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The History Of MIDI

We put together a series of articles about the history of electronic music and MIDI. Here are links to the series.

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MIDI History:Chapter 1- 850 AD to 1850 AD -

To really understand the origins of MIDI, you need to go all the way back to before there were digitally controlled synthesizers and computers, In fact you need to go back before there was even electricity to the very first mechanical music mach
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MIDI History:Chapter 2-Player Pianos 1850-1930 -

The golden age of mechanical music machines really came in the late 19th century and early 20th century with player pianos and orchestrions. A player piano is defined as any actual acoustic piano that is played by a pneumatic or electro-me
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MIDI History:Chapter 3-Early Synthesizers 1900-1950 -

Electronic musical instruments had been around in some form since the late nineteenth century. The Telharmonium and the Singing Telegraph date back to the beginnings of electricity itself while throughout the first half of the twentieth century
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MIDI History:Chapter 4-Synths Come of Age 1950-1983 -

The word 'Synthesizer' didn't arrive on the scene until the 1950s with the RCA Synthesizer I and II, but it wasn't long before these room-sized pieces of engineering had been, themselves, 'synthesized' down into more acceptable components and
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MIDI History:Chapter 5-MIDI Is Born 1980-1983 -

Visionaries including Dave Smith from Sequential Circuits, and Ikutaru Kakehashi from Roland began to worry that this lack of compatibility between manufacturers would restrict people's use of synthesizers, which would ultimately inhibit sales growth
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Craig Anderton's Brief History Of MIDI -

The MIDI specification first saw the light of day at the 1981 AES, when Dave Smith of Sequential Circuits presented a paper on the "Universal Synthesizer Interface" It was co-developed with other companies (an effort driven principally by Roland's I
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