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NodeBeat is not a game but, a musical distraction. you can choose to simply listen or create your own “song”. If you choose to create your own song, you will be able to have some control over many aspects of the music. And, if you create a tune you like, you can record it to share with adoring fans everywhere.

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If you look at the top of this picture, you can see from left to right, 3 circles with plus signs in them, a square with a plus sign, and a number of colorful smaller circles. The first 3 circles are for setting up the rhythm and overall musical sound. The square is the beat, and the rest of the smaller circles are notes.

The notes interact with the circles with the plus in them and play when and only when they are close enough to the larger circles. The same holds true with the square. Now, once you have everything on screen, you can listen and say to yourself, “Ok, what’s next?”. To which I will say “Glad you asked.”. No, really I am glad you asked. If you take a moment to look at the lower right corner of the screen, you will see a small gear. Click it, and you will have an array of options to choose from.

You can choose to keep the screen stationary, or have the notes move on their own, and more. You can change the pitch, the octave, the scale, how long the echo is, and so many other things, I just can’t fit them all in.

Now, you can probably tell that I like this program. It kind of goes along with my Ambient music likes, but there is something about this app that I am not so crazy about. As you play along with this app, you will discover that nearly everything sounds the same. Yes, you can change things to speed up or slow down the song, but over all, it’s the same tune.

For some, the sameness can be a bit boring. I still however love this app as I do see the potential for something big in the future. I recommend giving this one a try. who knows, you might get a discovered on You tube or, might just have a bit of fun playing around with it like I have.

You can get NodeBeat from the Google Play store here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.AffinityBlue.NodeBeat&hl=en

Raymond Stapleton
I have worked in and around many different types of computers. In the Navy, I used a magtape drive computer that was a step down from pen and paper. I later worked for a big computer company and after that, taught computer class’s nation wide. I had the privilege of teaching 14,000 students in a 2 years period of time. Afterwards, I owned a small computer training and repair shop for a few years. I have owned C-64’s, Pc’s of various types, Amiga’s, and even Mac’s. I now have included the android to my collection. At any time, I have close to 15-20 computers or combinations of computers and game systems in the house. I look forward to more.