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Re: Musical Packages for PCs [message #281175] Sun, 09 November 1986 21:16
Originally posted by: ted@imsvax.UUCP (Ted Holden)
Article-I.D.: imsvax.637
Posted: Sun Nov  9 21:16:05 1986
Date-Received: Mon, 10-Nov-86 05:08:57 EST
Organization: IMS Inc, Rockville MD
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J Wavrik of UCSD writes:

 >   In response to the interest in music producing software I might mention
 > a product called the "Music Construction Set" (put out by the same
 > company that did the "Pinball Construction Set").  It is NOT the equivalent
 > of a music board.  The speaker in PCs is apparently the result of the
 > ancient art of Bonsai!  It will, however, produce polyphonic music like that
 > posted by Ted Holden to the net. The data entry is mouse-like: notes are
 > dragged to positions on the staves using cursor keys (or mouse).

There have been several attempts at polyphonic music on PCs which I am aware
of;  all except Steve Muenter's technique amount to faking it, albeit some
of these attempts are exceedingly good.  It's still quite easy to tell that
it's being faked.  The best of these packages, to my knowledge, is Piano-
Man, a share-ware package available on various BBS's.  I am including here
a .com version (uuencoded) of the best effort of the Piano-Man folks which
I know of to date.  I would appreciate it if Mr. Wavrik, or anyone else with
access to it, would compare the effect of this version of the William-Tell
overture with the package Mr. Wavrik mentions, as well as with the little
package I posted last week and let me know if the effect of the "Music
Construction Set" is essentially like that of Piano-Man (as illustrated
in or like my system.

Thanks in advance

Ted Holden, IMS

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