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MIDI History:Chapter 4-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 electronic musical contraptions were quite the rage in Europe, from the French Ondes-Martenot to the...
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History Of MIDI:Chapter 3-Orchestrions 1900-2015

History Of MIDI:Chapter 3-Orchestrions          1900-2015
From mechanical to digital to virtual....and back! The relationship between mechanical musical machines and MIDI gets even more intriguing with orchestrions and "fairground organs".  Orchestrions have multiple mechanical instruments in them and are designed to sound like a complete orchestra (hence the name). Orchestrions a...
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MIDI History:Chapter 2-Player Pianos 1850-1930

By Daderot (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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-mechanical mechanism that operates the piano action via pre-programmed music. 

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MIDI History:Chapter 1- 850 AD to 1850 AD

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 machines. The very first mechanical musical instruments were documented in the Book of Ingenious Devices...
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