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Welcome to Utility of the Week! :) Each week there will be a new featured game on this page. The game may be good, average or diabolically bad, it really doesn't matter! Just look at the pics, read the text and enjoy the nostalgia! :-) Game of the Week! is open to contributions so if you would like to contribute a game article for this page you're more than welcome to! Every article we receive will be considered!
Dancing Feats
1983 SoftSync, Inc.
Programmed by Christopher Chance
Most text of the present article comes from the feature on music-making programs by Julian Rignall, as published in the first issue of the British C64 magazine ZZAP!64 (May 1985)


Artic, 7.95 cass

This, the cheapest music maker available for the 64, isn't much of a music maker at all, but for someone who has no musical experience it's great. Don't worry about setting up notes, noises or complex beats, just load, select a rhythm from jazz to rock, start and move the joystick back and forth.

OK, so it doesn't sound brilliant, but with a little bit of practice, some quite good, jazzy tunes can be created. Moving the joystick back and forth quickly results in lots of notes being played over two octaves. Keep the joystick tugged left, and a lower octave will he played.

Each note played is represented by a coloured bar rising from the bottom of the screen, which grows and then shrinks as the sound diminishes, giving an aesthetic picture as well as making a tune. One nice feature is a record-as-you-play facility.

With the many varied beats and sounds to choose from and the total non-existence of pre-programming, this program is great value for anyone who wants to make simple music simply.


-----Rignall ratings-----
Presentation 72%
Ease of use 87%
Sound potential 21%
Value for money 69%


Dancing (6k)

Htmlized by Dimitris Kiminas (17 Dec 2003)
There was no screenshot in the original review.

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