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MacroMind MusicWorks, released in October 1984, was a music composition program and the first product by MacroMind (predecessor of Macromedia).[1]

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Apple Macintosh - MusicWorks - Gymnopedie 1

The project was initially called SoundVision, which was to have graphics, text, and sound capabilities. The media elements were timed by a "score" based on an early implementation of MIDI.[2] At the insistence of the publisher, the graphics features were split off and later became MacroMind VideoWorks.[1] The remaining music and audio application was renamed MusicWorks and distributed by Hayden Software.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Birth of MacroMind by Marc Canter, p.63. Festival Ars Electronica. 2003-08.
  2. What Is an Authoring System? by Randall Packer, Ken Jordan, Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality, p.201. 2002.
  3. Peripherals; Portable screen for Apple by Peter H. Lewis, The New York Times. 1985-02-19.

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