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THE MIDI ASSOCIATION (TMA)
The community of people who work, play and create with MIDI The MIDI Association’s mission is to nurture an inclusive global community of people who create music and art with MIDI. The www.MIDI.org website is the central repository of information about anything related to MIDI technology, from classic legacy gear to next- gen protocols on the horizon.

Conlon Nancarrow and Black MIDI

Conlon Nancarrow and impossible music In an earlier MIDI history blog, we talked about the strange symbiotic relationship between player pianos and MIDI. But one of the things we didn't talk about was Conlon Nancarrow, the 20th century American composer who lived most of his life in Mexico and wrote most of his pieces for player pianos because...

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Serial, Parallel, and Joystick Ports

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Serial, Parallel, and Joystick Ports Before USB and FireWire, personal computers were all generally equipped with serial, parallel, and (possibly) joystick ports, all of which have been used for connecting MIDI-equipped instruments (through special adapters). Though not always faster than MIDI-DIN, these connectors were already available on compute...

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Basics of USB-MIDI

Basics of USB-MIDI

USB MIDI 2.0 ADOPTED  MIDI 2.0 Progress Continues with Updated USB Specification -   As computers have become central components in many MIDI systems, USB has become the most widely used protocol for transporting MIDI data. With the introduction of MIDI 2.0, the USB Implementers Forum's USB MIDI 2.0 working group, headed by members o http...

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MIDI 30th Anniversary Articles from around the world

MIDI 30th Anniversary Articles from around the world

 How MIDI changed music  In 2013, MIDI turned 30 and the whole world turned out to celebrate.  In 2023, MIDI will turn 40 and MIDI 2.0 will be three years old.  It's a fascinating time for MIDI and the people who create music and art with MIDI.  Note on, note off: How MIDI changed music - ABC Melbourne - Australian Broadcas...

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MMA @ The 2013 NAMM Show

MMA @ The 2013 NAMM Show

MIDI Creators and Innovators Panel Featuring: Dave Smith, George Duke, Tom Oberheim, Alan Parsons, Jordan Rudess, Craig Anderton. For 30 years, MIDI has been at the forefront of music technology even as musical trends change. Watch a star-studded panel of MIDI instrument designers and musicians talk about the past, present, and future of MIDI with ...

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NAMM Museum Of Making Music Celebrates 30th Anniversary of MIDI

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MIDI 30th Anniversary Exhibit Display highlights historical significance of the communication interface in music making Carlsbad, CA (December 3, 2013) -- Commemorating 30 years of facilitating the creation of music, MIDI technology debuts a display at the Museum of Making Music that will be on exhibit now through 2014 at NAMM headquarters in Carls...

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55th GRAMMY® Award for MIDI

55th GRAMMY® Award for MIDI

Ikutaro Kakehashi and Dave Smith receive Technical GRAMMY Award from the Recording Academy® In 1983, Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder of Roland Corporation, and Dave Smith, president of Sequential Circuits, unveiled MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). The launch of MIDI motivated the cooperation of an entire industry and helped move music t...

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MMA @ The 2014 NAMM Show

Beyond the MIDI Mockup: Achieving maximum depth, subtlety, nuance and expression using MIDI hardware and software. This two-hour HOT Zone workshop session by composer Jerry Gerber provided tips and techniques for musicians, composers and sound designers to make realistic MIDI recordings using popular DAW software such as Sonar by Cakewalk...

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The Computer Chronicles: MIDI Music (1986)

This 30 minute TV show from 1986 is a window into the state of the art in MIDI music technology back then.  Guests: Chris French, Music Software; Bob Moore, Hybrid Arts; David Schwartz, Compusonics; Chris Potter, Mimetics; Curtis Sasaki, Apple; Gary Kildall, Digital Research; Gary Leuenberger, Midi RevolutionProducts/Demos: Casi...

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The Open Door: Macintosh, Midi, and Music (1988)

Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Tony Williams, Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson, Bryan Bell, Laurie Anderson, David Mash, David Rosenthal, Tom coster and more  talk about Macintosh, MIDI and music  in 1988. 

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