Segments: Slices from the Macintosh Life
Back to the Beginning
After reading Back to the Beginning in ATPM 16.01, I just wanted to share a memory with you.
In 1984 I discovered the very first Mac in a business supply store in Stuttgart, Germany. I had read about the Mac somewhere, and there it was. A 128K, grey, thing of beauty. It was a machine that they were going to use to introduce the Mac at a German trade show. I made a deal that as soon as the show ended they would sell me the Mac. What a joy…and pain. I had never used a computer and had no idea what I was doing, so there were some real growing pains. I loved MacWrite and MacPaint, and the spreadsheet program…I’ve forgotten the name. They were all wonderful, but there was also a little music program that was so powerful that I have seen nothing to compare, even today.
I have forgotten the name of that little basic music program also, but this was the beginning. It utilized the four channels of the Mac…one voice per channel. One could click the notes on a choral staff, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, and move them around with the mouse until they were as you wanted them. It didn’t end there. Any number of notes in any voice could be selected, and the program would instantly convert those notes to any fugal/contrapuntal device. It would turn the music upside down, write it backwards, make the notes twice or half as long as the original, transpose, or change them every way possible.
Sure, we have such wonderful programs like Finale, Performer, Garage Band, etc., but this very first music program on a Mac was a composer’s dream. I have seen no program today that could do those things. If I were a programmer I would reinvent this thing and make a fortune.
Since that first Mac I have never looked back. I have owned two Windows-based machines, which I used for teaching music, but I became so frustrated with the last one that I gave it away to my very surprised 15-year-old student during a lesson. Right then and there I learned mine, and since converting my wife away from Windows, my house now has three Macs and two iPhones. We both love ’em.
Also in This Series
- About My Particular Macintoshes · May 2012
- From the Darkest Hour · May 2012
- Shrinking Into an Expanding World · May 2012
- Growing Up With Apple · May 2012
- Recollections of ATPM by the Plucky Comic Relief · May 2012
- Making the Leap · March 2012
- Digital > Analog > Digital · February 2012
- An Achievable Dream · February 2012
- Smart Move? · February 2012
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