Editors' Note: You must sign up for an account on our Web site before Noodle will play tracks for you. Please refer to the developer site for pricing information. The Download Now link will download a small installer file to your desktop. Remain online and double-click the installer to proceed with the actual download. Download file size is 5MB to 12MB depending on your system configuration.
Editors' reviewUsing Noodle is like eating an artichoke: a whole lot of effort with little payoff. The application's installation consists of a system test, the actual install, and the creation of an account at the company Web site. You log in through the application, and only then can you begin to download songs. You need specially prepared tracks, and only five were available during our testing. Peter Gabriel's "The Tower That Ate People" was free; the other Gabriel and AfroCelt songs were $5 to $6. The program took up every bit of CPU and memory resources on our test computer. The big payoff is dragging blobs, which the program calls musicians, around the visual representation of an audio space to rearrange samples and instruments. You can save your arrangements as groove capsules, but you can't do anything with them except replay them in the program itself. Poor implementation takes all the fun out of the program's good concepts. However, aspiring DJs may enjoy playing with Noodle.
Noodle is a game and a music player. We call it an interactive music player, but it's more than that. Once you have a track loaded into Noodle, the way you play it is entirely up to you. People have likened it to a musical instrument even nonmusicians can play.