Australian Council on Children and the Media

Mort Subotnick's Pitch Painter - Morton Subotnick

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This app is an audiovisual music creator. Most children will be able to learn and master this app very quickly. Suitable for ages 4 and up.


No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Mort Subotnick's Pitch Painter was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 31 May 2019.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Mort Subotnick's Pitch Painter
Developed by: Morton Subotnick
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: 4+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Mort Subotnick's Pitch Painter contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Played all available content.

App description

Pitch Painter allows users to create short and simple music scores, simply by dragging your fingers across the creation field. Players select their chosen instrument and then run their finger across the screen – as this occurs, the instrument plays in real time and indicates to the player where to slide their finger next in order to create a higher or lower note. Not only this, but the screen also leaves a colour trail of where you slid your finger – hence displaying a visual representation of the sound that you just created (see below). Once players have added as many instrument trails as they like, they can then press the play button and a slider line moves from left to right of screen – playing each instrument trail part as it passes. Completed music scores can be flipped and rotated for variation in sound and all scores can be saved and replayed later.



Reviewers comments

This app is very easy to use and inclusive to many ages and cultures (players can choose from a range of instruments from different countries, including: Europe and North America, West Africa, Middle East and East Asia).  It is also very similar to how professional music is recorded and represented visually through programs such as “Pro Tools” for recording artists. Children with sensory issues (such as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder) may also find this app appealing due to its visual/audio marrying aspects.


In App purchasing

There is no In-App purchasing in this game.

Online information

There is no online information required to play this game.


At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content. If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

There is no advertising or product placement in this game.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None noted. 

Coarse language

None noted. 

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

None noted. 

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Content is age appropriate for children this age

Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended

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Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

Contains some elements of gambling. Some content is not recommended for minors. Parental guidance recommended

No gambling content found in the levels played

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