Instant Music was a unique semi-automatic composition sequencer,
designed for use by the musically incapable to create sophisticated and
The ‘piano roll’ is familiar to users of music
software. Dots and dashes are plotted in sequence - left to right in relation
to time, down to up in relation to pitch. Instant
Music’s twist is to use extra template settings to keep chord
patterns in lockstep, which can be disabled at will. Experienced users have
more control over the project whilst novices can enjoy ‘doodling’ their
Chords and their patterns, tempo, synth’ voices and octave
ranges can be adjusted by menu with no necessary musical knowledge. The
computer becomes the virtuoso, interpreting the composition for its performance.
Another of the software’s big attractions is its MIDI
compatibility. A compatible MIDI cartridge, for example the Sonus or Passport,
can take advantage. MIDI music data instructs keyboard instruments, samplers or
computers which notes to play and how. The MIDI plays in realtime with the C64
sound output. When recorded to a PC,
Instant Music template copies can be layered or played in sequence, allowing
complex movements to be easily compiled.
Lacking features such as MIDI CC, Instant Music is
musical toy. But it does feature ‘Mouse Jam’, which involves playing
‘freestyle’ with the mouse as music plays. Not only can it allow good music to
be made by those who feel unable to grasp the art, but also more seasoned
musicians can use it to inspire them and provide foundation or embellishment
for their own original work. And for more advanced users, the program’s
restrictions can be largely ignored as the MIDI data itself can be suitably
mastered using other programs.
AMIGA 500-ONLY VERSION:
Disk 1 Disk 2 Readme
(Amiga Note: For MIDI use open I.M. files in
Deluxe Music. (It’s downloadable, with many other programs, here.))
Ye Olde Infocomme seller,
The assumption is
made that this program is Abandonware.
OTHER LINKS TO
page linking to these resources, Apple site download,
Byte review, Amiga version compositions.
ADDITIONAL TEMPLATES (Amiga only) (click image):
Instant Music discussion thread on Remix 64, plus two Windows
programs providing rudimentary instant music.
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