The 30 Ataris
of the JosTosBond
pondering what to write about for this month's
column, I received an e-mail from Atari-MIDI
forum member Jos Vlietstra (who we know affectionately
as "JosTosBond"... and don't ask!)
with an attachment of several pictures of his
classroom in Dordrecht, the oldest town of Holland
from which he teaches music education. This
seemed like a perfect topic for this month as
it displays no less than 30 Atari computers!
Jos uses Atari
computers to teach music notation as well as
basic music composition. When asked about the
notation program he uses as well as his "story"
on his 30 Ataris, he responded with the following:
notation program is written in Dutch and made
by a Dutch music teacher. When a pupil
makes a mistake, this program begins with a short
or long help lecture, after which the pupil
won't make this mistake again.
I also have
a notation program which works with the keyboard
keys. When a pupil waits
too long, they get a nasty sound and the program
remembers this mistake and
repeats the note which was given the wrong name!
I also use
XANADU, the Israeli rhythm program, a Music
Memory with all kinds
of music pics and Cubase-Lite with a specially
made blues scheme. For
text I use "Tempus" editor, which
I translated into Dutch with the help of the
famous Disk Doctor.
children also want to play on Atari computers.
The all-time favourite
is "Ballerburg", a monochrome game in which
you have to shoot cannons
at the enemy's castle. Pupils love it! (And
asked me for a copy
for their PCs .This is possible with TOSBox
on one floppy disk!)
you see in these pics has been realized
recently for a month! Now
I've got 30 1040STs and 30 SM124s all installed
in just one half of the classroom!
Before this ideal formation, I had about 20
STs just placed on tables, with
cables all around the floor. In Holland we have
an organization which controls
dangerous electrical situations in buildings,
and they advised me
and the school to get rid of these loose cables
and make a proper solution.
Well, for about $ 850 this problem was solved
is situated in Dordrecht, the oldest town of
Holland (1100 after
Christ) and is named Titus Brandsma college.
Titus Brandsma was a priest, who
was killed by the Germans in WWII.
Vlietstra has been a long time member of the
Atari-MIDI forum and has contributed quite
a few programs to the archive at TAMW as well
as helping out many members on the forum. Besides
being a music teacher he is also an excellent
musician playing keyboards as well as wind instruments
(saxophone) and plays professionally as a jazz
musician. He recently completed a project of
progressive rock with his former band called
"Symphony" and released a CD. Information
on his web site (see link section).
We are thankful
for people like Jos who continue to use Atari
computers in the education field, even in this
modern day of 2002!