Instant Music (Commodore 64, Amiga, Apple IIgs)
Instant Music is a rather unique music making program that was initially developed for the Amiga and then ported to the Apple IIgs and Commodore 64 in 1986. Instant Music came with a variety of songs pre-loaded and allowed the operator to vary the individual tones creating new music.
Instant Music was among one of the first programs released by Electronic Arts for the Amiga. It received very good reviews from both computer magazines and music magazines alike. Even the Commodore 64 version was very well done. It offered a number of sophisticated features for the time including:
- creating singe, double or triple notes in multiple ways
- cutting/pasting blocks of music
- modifying the tempo
- zooming in and out to edit a piece of a tune
- editing available instruments
- transposing pitch
It also has features that can ensure everything you do is in key and melodic (though those features can be turned off if you prefer).
Instant Music was a neat piece of software that allowed anyone to create unique music. I’m not sure what is out there today that can accomplish the same thing with as much ease though there is certainly more sophisticated music software these days. However, if you want to play around with creating music on your Amiga, Commodore 64 or Apple IIgs, this is a good place to start.