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10 Free And Useful Websites For Music Lovers

10 Free And Useful Websites For Music Lovers

Pandora and Soundcloud may be awesome, but the web is full of even more creative, fun, and useful music websites. There are numerous ways to engage with music apart from just listening to it. From crafting your own tunes to converting different formats, here are 10 amazing free sites that all music lovers will find handy — and slightly addictive.

1. Unhearit

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    The concept behind Unheartit is brilliantly simple: got a song stuck inside your head? Kick it out with something even catchier! The creators claim they are using the latest in reverse-auditory-melodic-unstickification technology to give 100 per cent results. Try it yourself!

    2. Concert Vault

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      This is a huge directory containing live concert records that you can steam online. Jamiroquai at Woodstock ’99 or Ella Fitzgerald Birthday Tribute in 1978 — you name it. There are various channels to choose from — country, rock, jazz, blues, indie, and more. Plus, you can create personal playlists, queue songs for listening, browse interviews, watch videos, and search by name, album, or song. Concert Vault is an essential resource for everyone loving the classic beats. Still, the best is when you find a concert you’ve attended and get lost in the memories.

      3. 2conv

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        Heard a tune in a Youtube video and desperately trying to get it on your phone? That’s easy with 2conv.com — a free convertor to extract mp3 tunes from videos. Simply paste the url and download the file within a few seconds. You can also download 2conv to use it straight from your laptop, tablet, or phone. Compatible with both Android and iOS devices.

        4. Beat Lab

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          Beat Lab is an awesome free beatmaker, equally enjoyable for pros and newbies. Tap the grid and mix a new cool tune in just a few minutes. You can upload personal tracks and sounds or choose from a massive collection on site. Adjust speed from slow to OMG-fast, regulate volume and change genres to create unique melodies. Beat Lab also has an active community where you can look for inspiration, ask for advice, and get feedback on your music.

          5. Gnoosic

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            Want to discoverer new songs outside the genres you typically listen to? Try gnoosic, a search engine that helps you discover music that’s new to you. Answer a few simple questions — such as, what’s your favorite band? — and the engine will suggest performers that you may also enjoy. You can refine your experience by marking the tracks with like/don’t like/don’t know. My music suggestions turned out to be pretty accurate and I discovered some great tracks to add to my playlist. Currently, the site’s database contains a few thousand tunes, so you are bound to find something you like.

            6. Listen to Wikipedia

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              You would never think that Wikipedia could sound so great! Listen to Wikipedia creates a melody based on recent article edits made. Bell jingles signal additions to a page, while plucks signal removals. The bigger the edit was, the deeper the pitch is. The tune is never same and never stops. Plus, you can choose to listen to edits made in the different languages that Wikipedia supports. The sound is truly fascinating and very relaxing.

              7. Seaquence

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                The description on the Seaquence homepage is pretty vague and confusing: Adopting a biological metaphor, you can create and combine musical lifeforms resulting in an organic, dynamic composition. However, press go and give it a try. You have your colorful form of life on display and you can help it grow by adding new body parts via a grid-based beatmaker. Adjust the grid and change your pet color to get another melody and mix the sounds. It’s just too fun to stop.

                8. This Is My Jam

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                  The name says it all. This is my Jam is the community where everyone can share their ultimate song for today. The one that you’ve listened to countless times on repeat, that means something for you and helps you get things done faster. Users can create curated playlists based on the jams shared by other people, upload their own, like others, re-jam tunes, and follow users with similar musical tastes. This is my Jam is a fantastic place to discover truly great tunes curated by similarly minded people.

                  9. Every Noise At Once

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                    Have you ever pretended you totally knew what “new jack swing” is just to impress someone? Well, Every Noise at Once will help you discover all the weird and wonderful music genres that exist today. It’s a scatter-plot map of genre names. You can click to listen to an example song and click again to get a list of bands and singers. Now, who knows how Japanese psychedelic sounds or the names of four solipsynthm bands?

                    10. Blues Maker

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                      Whenever you feel blue, try playing around with Blues Maker. You can create your own sad song by choosing words and adding different harmonic effects. Afterwards, the site will turn it into a short blues song sang with a raspy man voice. A beautifully designed time-killer which can inspire you to compose some blues lyrics yourself.

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                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                      Boundaries are limits

                      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                      • When do you feel disrespected?
                      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                      • When do you want to be alone?
                      • How much space do you need?

                      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                      Sample language:

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                      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                      Final Thoughts

                      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                      Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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