What were the early 1990’s like? For many they were a celebration of the end of excessive hairstyles and cocaine abuse, the continuing War on Drugs and the end of George H. Bush’s presidency, ushering in an era of prosperity with a succeeding commander-in-chief who stabilized the U.S. economy to a point where most people were able to get ahead. That is, until the afore-mentioned leader decided to get a little head. But that’s not anything to dwell on unless your first name happens to be Monica.
It was a time when a curious musician could purchase a computer and some of the first cheap music software, specifically Deluxe Music Construction Set, a music composition, notation and playback program for the Amiga and Apple Macintosh home computers released originally in 1986. With a simple MIDI interface and multi-voice keyboard synthesizer, it was good to hide away from the early 1990’s in the United States and have a little fun.
Deluxe Music Construction Set was about as basic as it got. Notes were placed on a stave. Staves were assigned to instruments. Press the PLAY button. Don’t forget to save your files. The entire program fit on a plastic 3.5″ floppy disk. I made some recordings on cassette tapes which have since been lost, but recently I was able to reconfigure the original files in Ableton Live, with
hilarious stunning results.
The entire collection of songs is available for no cost from my historic archive at BandCamp under the title DMCS but I’m including a representative composition here called Plutonium Dance, just so you can hear how deliciously cheezy the music is and decide whether you could stand to listen to more than one tune, or if you might find it appropriate for the closing credits of your latest claymation masterpiece.