“Since its release in January, [Apple’s GarageBand], which allows even the most musically challenged person to construct a tune through simple software, has received rave reviews,” Stephen Williams reports for Newsday. “As part of iLife ’04, a $49 software suite exclusively for Macs, the GarageBand application is terrifically easy. Using a mouse, one drags and drops a loop or three – say, a funky guitar riff, a ’60s drumbeat, a few bars of R&B piano – onto a grid. Multiple tracks can be locked in, and GarageBand automatically adjusts tempo. Hit the play button and, voila, you’re a composer.”
Williams reports, “Alternately, GarageBand provides a number of software ‘instruments’ that can be played on a keyboard, and musicians can even plug in real instruments. GarageBand has spawned communities on the Web and emerged as a digital device to promote listening, sharing, criticism and other activities associated with popular music… On the Macjams Web site (http://www.macjams.com), hundreds of home-brewed tunes created with GarageBand are available for listening… As well as qualifying as entertainment, GarageBand has earned its stripes as credible instructional tool. ‘I love it. … It’s the game-ification of music,’ said Stephen Croes, dean of music technology at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. The program ‘is tapping into that deep need people have to make things and to imitate things that they like. And that’s proactive, a really positive thing.'”
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