Seeing as I am more familiar with Jimmy Saville than Judge Jools, I approached Music 2000 with trepidation. Haunted by the non-descript sounds made by bedroom-bound portastudio boffins that somehow made it onto Top Of The Pops, I slipped the disc into the tray and held my breath. Fifteen minutes later, I was convinced of my position as the long-lost third Chemical Brother.
It really is that easy. True enough, deciphering the initial screens will overwhelm the faint-hearted, but once you have tried a few sonic experiments, you will find it hard to give it up. Then again, practice does make perfect, and when you finally put together a piece of music that actually makes some sense of rhythm and melody, you'll be grinning from ear to ear, and everyone within shouting distance will simply have to hear it. After all, we all know how much fun self-indulgence can be, eh?
There are thousands of samples in Music 2000, and almost any kind of instrument sound you could name, but the clincher is that you can take samples from your own audio CD's and paste them into your own composition. I sampled the fattest, deepest bass riff I could find in my reggae collection, there was no discernable deterioration in sound quality, and now a small part of WF1 will forever be Kingston, Jamaica.
Music 2000 truly bridges the gap between utility and sheer entertainment. Even for the tone deaf amongst you, or folks who believe that silence is golden, this title rocks...if you want it to.