||(Win95/98/Me/XP) (CD w/ Kwik Reference) (KIDRIFFSPO)
Children / Music
4 ½ stars from CD-ROM Today
Kid Riffs allows your children's creativity to lead the way,
even if they don't have any musical training.
CD-ROM Today, September 1995
"Think you have budding virtuosos under your roof? By all
means, put them in front of a computer and have them play with Kid
Riffs. This is a fun, hands-on music program designed to teach the basics
of musical composition and performance.
"The disc sports a building metaphor in which different
musical concepts are taught. You can try out more than 1200 different
instruments in the Instrument Inn, or explore musical scales in the Scale
Shack. The Rhythm Room presents the meaning of rhythm and how measure affects
it, and you can add special effects and musical progressions to your tunes in
the Mirror Mansion.
"All paths lead to the Concert Castle, where you can show
off your new-found knowledge by producing tunes in a five-track recording
studio. A bright idea bulb provides a convenient jumping-off point for
exploring each building's specialty. The program suggests that you follow a
specified path between the buildings, but it doesn't force the issue; you can
explore them in any order you like. You can also ask the Kid Riff (the
program's musically precocious host) for help and guidance along the way.
"Kid Riffs is a superb educational CD-ROM. It's right
on the mark for children aged 5 to 11, but almost anyone will be able to
achieve reasonable results with it. Even adults will have fun exploring music
with this program because you'll find that your compostiions become
increasingly complex as you master each concept. And if you have a wavetable
sound card, Kid Riffs will take advantage of the higher quality sounds
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