S2E15 Atari AtariMusic I & II – Supplement

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This episode features AtariMusic I and AtariMusic II, originally released in 1983 by Atari.

Box and Supplement Scans

Scan of the front of the box of AtariMusic I:

AtariMusic I Box Front

 

Scan of the front of the box of AtariMusic II:

AtariMusic II Box Front

 

Scan of the back of the box:

AtariMusic II Box Back

 

Ad from the 1983 Atari Home Computer Catalog featuring the XL line of computers.  Note the cassette (tape) part numbers were also planned:

AtariMusic Atari Catalog Ad 1983

 

Ad from later Atari Catalog.  Note no cassette (tape) part numbers:

AtariMusic Atari Catalog Ad

 

AtariMusic I in Action

A word about the screenshots for both AtariMusic I and AtariMusic II.  There were over 450 different screens captured.  The vast majority of those are lesson content.  To keep the web page somewhat concise, only 1 lesson is detailed.  Each lesson has approximately 30 screens.  If you want all the screen shots, you can find a zip file of them in the links section below.  I encourage you to download it and look through them.  There are quite a few different graphical elements Atari used in the materials presentation, drills, and tests.

Boot splash:

AtariMusic I Boot

 

Primary disk menu.

AtariMusic I 0 0 Menu

 

Note Reading

Loading:

AtariMusic I 1 0 Load

 

Menu:

AtariMusic I 1 0 Menu

 

Lines and Spaces

The loading screen shot was missed somehow, but looks like all the others.

Menu:

AtariMusic I 1 1 1 Menu

 

Lesson progress:

I chose to catalog lesson 2 (Treble and Bass Clefs).  See it below for an example of how the lesson plan flows.

 

Treble and Bass Clefs

Loading:

AtariMusic I 1 2 Load

 

Menu:

AtariMusic I 1 2 Menu

 

Lesson progress:

These screenshots follow a lesson all the way through from start to finish.  The menu options take you directly to various points within the lesson:

AtariMusic I 1 2 1

AtariMusic I 1 2 2

AtariMusic I 1 2 3

AtariMusic I 1 2 4

AtariMusic I 1 2 5

AtariMusic I 1 2 6

AtariMusic I 1 2 7

AtariMusic I 1 2 8

AtariMusic I 1 2 9

AtariMusic I 1 2 10

AtariMusic I 1 2 12

AtariMusic I 1 2 13

AtariMusic I 1 2 14

AtariMusic I 1 2 16

AtariMusic I 1 2 17

AtariMusic I 1 2 18

AtariMusic I 1 2 19

AtariMusic I 1 2 20

AtariMusic I 1 2 21

AtariMusic I 1 2 22

AtariMusic I 1 2 23

AtariMusic I 1 2 24

AtariMusic I 1 2 25

AtariMusic I 1 2 26

AtariMusic I 1 2 27

AtariMusic I 1 2 28

AtariMusic I 1 2 29

AtariMusic I 1 2 30

AtariMusic I 1 2 31

AtariMusic I 1 2 32

 

Ledger Lines

Loading:

AtariMusic I 1 3 Load

 

Menu:

AtariMusic I 1 3 Menu

 

The Grand Staff

Loading:

AtariMusic I 1 4 Load

 

Menu:

AtariMusic I 1 4 Menu

 

Note Attack Game

Loading:

AtariMusic I 1 5 Load

 

Menu:

AtariMusic I 1 5 Menu

 

Instructions:

Instructions work the same in all three included games.  Only the first is indexed here on the web page:

AtariMusic I 1 5 1

AtariMusic I 1 5 2

AtariMusic I 1 5 3

AtariMusic I 1 5 4

AtariMusic I 1 5 5

 

Game play:

AtariMusic I Game 1

 

Whole and Half Steps

Loading:

AtariMusic I 2 0 Load

 

Load error when wrong disk is inserted:

AtariMusic I 2 0 Load Other

 

Menu:

missing

 

Steps Between Letters

Loading:

AtariMusic I 2 2 Load

 

Menu:

AtariMusic I 2 2 Menu

 

Sharps and Flats

Loading:

AtariMusic I 2 3 Load

 

Menu:

AtariMusic I 2 3 Menu

 

Steps with Sharps and Flats

Loading:

AtariMusic I 2 4 Load

 

Menu:

AtariMusic I 2 4 Menu

 

Making Steps on the Staff

Loading:

AtariMusic I 2 5 Load

 

Menu:

AtariMusic I 2 5 Menu

 

Stepwise Transporter Game

Loading:

AtariMusic I 2 6 Load

 

Menu:

AtariMusic I 2 6 Menu

 

Game play:

AtariMusic I Game 2

 

AtariMusic II in Action

Boot splash:

AtariMusic II Boot

 

Primary disk menu.  Major Scales on disk 1, Hearing Scaleeise Melodies on disk 2.  The menu is the same on both disks:

AtariMusic II Disk Menu

 

Major Scales

Loading Major Scales:

AtariMusic II 1 0 Load

 

Major Scales menu:

AtariMusic II 1 0 Menu

 

The C Major Scale

This lessons does not need to load from disk.

Menu:

AtariMusic II 1 0 1 Menu

 

Major Scales In Other Keys

Loading:

AtariMusic II 1 2 Load

 

Menu:

AtariMusic II 1 2 Menu

 

Naming Key Signatures

Loading:

AtariMusic II 1 3 Load

 

Menu:

AtariMusic II 1 3 Menu

 

Writing Key Signatures

Loading:

AtariMusic II 1 4 Load

 

Menu:

AtariMusic II 1 4 Menu

 

Key Wars Game

Loading:

AtariMusic II 1 5 Load

 

Menu:

AtariMusic II 1 5 Menu

 

Game Play:

AtariMusic II Game 1

 

Hearing Scalewise Melodies

Loading:

AtariMusic II 2 0 Load

 

Wrong disk inserted error:

AtariMusic II 2 0 Load Other

 

Menu:

AtariMusic II 2 0 Menu

 

Instructions and Options

Loading:

AtariMusic II 2 1 Load

 

Menus.  It is spread across 2 screens.  The instructions generate over 60 screens of information:

AtariMusic II 2 1 Menu 1

AtariMusic II 2 1 Menu 2

 

Drills with Goals

Loading:

AtariMusic II 2 2 Load

 

Menus.  Again, spread across 2 screens:

AtariMusic II 2 2 Menu 1

AtariMusic II 2 2 Menu 2

 

Drill in progress:

AtariMusic II 2 2 4

 

Show Links:

 

 Bit Rating 8

 

Intro music is an excerpt from a chip tune by Wizwars named 8 Bit Raceway.  It is used under Creative Common license Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States.
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3 thoughts on “S2E15 Atari AtariMusic I & II – Supplement

  1. Hi Wade,

    with those guys at ANTIC cranking them out at a crazy pace I am always late in catching up with Atari podcasts. So my comment is quite late. I enjoy your podcasts even though I wouldn’t use most of the software you describe ;-) Thank you for your detailed work on documenting what probably sold a lot of Ataris.

    I wonder if you might know if Atari Music supports PAL machines (which need different sound generation due to the different processor speeds).

    Best regards,
    Siegfried

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