Not an American user?


Compose and play a musical score using an easy graphical interface and toolkit. Use a pointer to drag notes, sharps, and other music nomenclature directly onto a staff, then play your creation. You can cut, copy, and paste entire sections of music, as well as print your masterpiece.


Will Harvey's Music Construction Set Atari ST Title screen
Will Harvey's Music Construction Set Commodore 64 A blank score, awaiting it's first taste of art.
Will Harvey's Music Construction Set Apple II Ah, a blank canvas...
Will Harvey's Music Construction Set PC Booter File browser (special version for IBM Music Feature card)

Promo Images

There are no promo images for this game

Alternate Titles

  • "The Orchestrator" -- Original Atari ST title

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

Amazing for its time, and still fun today PC Booter Flint Million (4)
The first drag-and-drop interface! Unfortunately limited by PC speaker. Try Apple ][ version with Mockingboard! PC Booter Krellan (11)
An offensive abuse to the ears. PC Booter Brian Hirt (10069)
A then-revolutionary concept marred by the PC's hardware limitations. PC Booter Trixter (9123)
A wonderful piece of software. PC Booter Tomer Gabel (4646)

Critic Reviews

Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Apple II Jan, 1984 4 out of 4 100
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Apr, 1986 9.5 out of 10 95


Topic # Posts Last Post
DMCS - lump it? 6 Pseudo_Intellectual (60787)
Feb 01, 2012


Music Construction Set uses a timing loop at the beginning of the game to calibrate it's internal sound playing routines. This was very forward thinking of the PC programmer, and as a result, it still works perfectly today on higher-speed machines. However, there is a catch--the faster a machine you have, the longer it takes to calibrate. On a 333MHz machine, the startup delay is almost 20 full seconds. :-)

The little "house" icon in the middle of the actions panel returns the score to the first measure. This is referred to as "returning home", and is the first known use of this icon to represent "going to the beginning of something". The Mosaic web browser, which adopted a "home" icon and made it popular, wasn't widespread until at least 9 years later.

The original PC and PCjr had a cassette port that you could use to input/output data to a cassette recorder. Music Construction Set actually supports this, so if you wanted to send 4-voice music to your stereo, you could.
Contributed to by Trixter (9123), Krellan (11), ZenicReverie (1976), Eli Tomlinson (2516) and Belboz (6576)