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Reviews About Old Software on CD-ROM from the 1990’s

On the Road with B.B. King April 28, 2009

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Music – Contemporary

On The Road With B.B. King

Tour a digital replica of America with one of the greatest bluesmen of all time in On The Road With B.B. King (M.C.A. Records, Inc.). The disc is subtitled “An Interactive Autobiography,” which is pretty much right on; Mr (more…)

 

NewBeat Trancemission April 16, 2009

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Music – Music Tutors

NewBeat Trancemission

NewBeat Trancemission (Microforum) lets you program catchy techno beats, add samples, drop elements in and out, and get even fancier ? change pitch, swap channels, auto-compress, and much more ? but the disc, somehow, remains incredibly easy to use (more…)

 

Music Magician March 14, 2009

Creativity Tools

Music Magician

Musical ability, knowledge, and an advanced degree would all be helpful when you boot up Music Magician (Sony Classical, ages 8 -13). This is an incredibly complex and convoluted program, a clear case of having too many options and too little instruction on their effect (more…)

 

Kid Riffs February 18, 2009

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Music

Kid Riffs

Kid Riffs (IBM) is aimed at children 5 to 11, but a couple of years at The Berkeley Music School would make using this powerful tool more feasible. What begins as a simple, primary-color outdoors scene with five cartoon houses becomes excessively convoluted as soon as you enter any building (more…)

 

Tchaikovsky’s 1812: The Multimedia Festival Overture

Music

Tchaikovsky’s 1812: The Multimedia Festival Overture

“Once you’ve seen Broadway?.” or, in this case, once you’ve seen the Microsoft Composers Collection, you won’t be satisfied with Tchaikovsky’s 1812: The Multimedia Festival Overture (Future Vision Multimedia) (more…)

 

Tuneland Starring Howie Mandel January 30, 2009

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Music

Tuneland Starring Howie Mandel

Tuneland Starring Howie Mandel (7th Level – ages 3-6) is an old title, at least as measured in CD-ROM time (1993), but it’s still great. The voices and music are super. It’s packed with hotspots, animation, and lots of opportunity for interaction (more…)

 

Sarah McLachlan: The Freedom Sessions January 24, 2009

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Music

Sarah McLachlan: The Freedom Sessions

Another CD-Plus title that avoids breaking any real new ground is Sarah McLachlan: The Freedom Sessions (Nettwerk). Once again we’ve got a number of audio tracks for a regular CD player (eight of them, mostly alternate versions of songs from Fumbling Towards Ecstasty) and one multimedia track providing some interviews, background, and discussions of inspiration (more…)