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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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Ikutaro Kakehashi passes away at 87

Ikutaro Kakehashi passes away at 87
Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder of Roland and co-inventor of MIDI passes away Ikutaro Kakehashi was certainly one of the most influential figures in electronic music in the 20th century.  He influenced music and technology throughout his lifetime.  He overcame many challenges in his early life to become the head of one of the most influen...
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MIDI History:Chapter 5-Synths Come of Age 1950-1983

MIDI History:Chapter 5-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 'modules' thanks to the pioneering work of visionaries like Dr. Robert Moog, Don Buchla, Harold Bode, ...
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MIDI History:Chapter 4-Early Synthesizers 1900-1950

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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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MIDI From The Inside

MIDI From The Inside
Updated with a new Youtube video We found this excellent Youtube interview by Orchestral Tools and thought it would be a great addition to this article with the first President of the MIDI Manufacturers Association, Jeff Rona.  This post was contributed by the well known film composer, Jeff Rona. Jeff was the first president of the M...
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