Incredibox

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Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Explore musical elements with your very own beatboxing crew.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to put together a great-sounding song by experimenting with beats, melodies, and other musical elements. They'll make decisions about what sounds best, and create mood and atmosphere by adding or subtracting certain elements from a composition. Discovering where a single sound fits in to the whole of a song, kids will gain an understanding of the combinations it takes to make all kinds of music. Incredibox makes understanding musical connections simple, and kids will love it.

Positive Messages

It's nearly impossible not to have fun with Incredibox; from the goofy expressions on your singers' faces to the excitement of creating a really sweet beat. Kids will be empowered by the fact that there's no way to fail here.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

One of the bonus songs you can unlock by trying all the sounds, "Oh Little Miss," is pretty sexy, with heavy breathing sounds coupled with the image of a pear getting covered with dripping chocolate.

Language
Consumerism

The site is ad supported with a banner across the top of the screen. Products include software, sodas, and local attractions -- nothing objectionable or inappropriate. In addition, users can visit the Incredibox shop to buy T-shirts, iPhone cases, and buttons featuring the site's iconic hipster.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Champagne bottles appear in the bonus video "Oh Little Miss."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Incredibox appears to be a totally fun website to play around with, but it's teaching music and composition skills at the same time. Score! You may go crazy hearing your kids' somewhat repetitive songs, but they will love this beatboxing crew. The only thing to watch out for is some slightly suggestive imagery in the bonus videos that users unlock.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byMollyLappe September 4, 2016

Great!!!!

This is so fun!

What's it about?

A handful of sleepy-eyed hipsters become your very own beatboxing crew. Beginning with a single person on screen, users assign him a repeating musical element. Choices are Effects, Beats, Melodies, Chorus, and Voices. Give each character a sound by dragging and dropping from a bar of options. Another dude appears next to the first, and you choose a sound for him, and so on, until the screen is full and you've created a rich song. No sound is \"wrong\"; they all fit into the ever-developing song.

Is it any good?

Layering these song elements is crazy fun, and kids will love playing around with this site (although the never-ending jam might get a little repetitive to parental ears, it's better than Barney). The black-and-white characters are modern and funny to watch as they make their musical contributions. Aside from all the silliness, though, it's really interesting to see how simple sounds come together to create a dynamic piece of music. Kids can definitely gain a new understanding of composition here.

The site's a little difficult to navigate at first, but after a little poking around, everything makes sense. It would be nice if there were a few cool ladies jamming in the lineup, but hopefully they're working on that.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • After your kid records a composition, have them write words to their song. Incredibox's backing beats lend themselves well to nearly any style of singing.

  • Listen to a favorite song. Have your kid identify each instrument, where it comes in, and what it does to change the song.

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