Fun with MIDI
Stories about Using MIDI in different and interesting ways...
MIDI in Halloween Animatronics
Music technology can be a scary thing... especially when you use MIDI
technology to drive a Halloween Animatronics display! Learn how Brett
Ross -- a financial advisor for most of the year -- architects an
astonishingly realistic, fully animated display at Halloween that
creates massive lines that snake around the block and delights the
thousands who attend. Read the story or
click here to
watch Brett's Halloween display in action.
MIDI-Driven Computer Animation
Animusic produces innovative music animation by leveraging MIDI data in creating "virtual concerts". The animation of graphical instrument elements is generated using proprietary software called
MIDImotionTM. The technique is analytical, note-based, and involves a pre-process (as opposed to being reactive, sound-based, and real-time).
Read our interview with Animusic developer Wayne Lytle.
MIDI In Music Games
This article describes how MTV's "Rock Band" music game
uses MIDI to display the target notes and animate the avatars. And
because the game is based on MIDI, bands can now put their own music
into the game, and sell the tracks to Rock Band players all around the
world. Learn how to Get Your Music Into The Game!.
Also, read about how Rock
Band Three does even more with MIDI, including providing parts for
keyboard players and supporting the use of any MIDI Controller (USA
MIDI In Outer Space (?!)
Source: National Public Radio
A California company is offering a personal satellite
kit... providing everything from batteries and an antenna to solar
panels and a microcomputer. Once you've built your satellite, the
company will launch it into space on its own rocket. Professional
astronomer bought one with the intention of turning it into an
outer-space musical instrument...