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MIDI and Robots

MIDI and Robots

We have a soft spot for robots....... People who tinker with robots, art installations and circuit bending are right in our wheelhouse .  They seem to share a passion  for pushing the limits of what MIDI can do.  Here's a quick selection of some of our favorite MIDI robots curated from the web.  Eric Singer and the Lea...

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MIDI Artist Interview with Richard Devine and Michael Loh

MIDI Artist Interview with Richard Devine and Michael Loh

TMA: When were you first introduced to MIDI? Richard Devine: It was during high school when I was about 16 years old so maybe 1991. I had started buying a bunch of analog and digital keyboards at second hand shops. I had Jupiter 6 (one of the two first instruments to have MIDI), a Roland TR909, and I noticed that it had these jacks on the back...

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Les Boîtes Mécaniques (Mechanical Boxes) from Kogumi

Les Boîtes Mécaniques (Mechanical Boxes) from Kogumi

In our history of MIDI, we covered the very earliest mechanical music machines.  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 fi...

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Geoshred 2 with MIDI and MPE Released!

Geoshred 2 with MIDI and MPE Released!

Whizdom Music and Moforte announced the release of Geoshred 2 this week with tons of new MIDI features including Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression.   GeoShred, Winner of a 2017 Electronic Musician Editor's Choice Award as "one of the most innovative, groundbreaking products to emerge in the past twelve months", has bee...

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Moldover-The Godfather of Controllerism

Moldover-The Godfather of Controllerism

Controllerism In 2005, Matt Moldover and Dj Shakey (Julie Covello) coined the term "Controllerism"  to describe  Moldover's performance style.  Ean Golden from Remix Magazine (now running djtechtools) wrote an article "Music Maneuvers: Discover the Digital Turntablism Concept, Controllerism, Compliments of Moldove...

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Heavy Metal MIDI by Author and Punisher

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Tristan Shone A.K.A. Author and Punisher is a musician and mechanical engineer who makes heavy metal MIDI controllers, really heavy metal ! He has created a range of unique MIDI controllers he calls "dub machines" using his electronic and mechanical engineering expertise.  Tristan studied for a Master of Fine ...

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The Glitch Mob's Blade 2.0-The world's most complex MIDI controller?

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The Glitch Mob has started touring with what may be one of the most complicated MIDI controllers every built.  The Blade 2 .0 was designed by Martin Phillips also who has done work for Deadmau5, Kanye and Daft Punk. Dell partnered with the Glitch Mob to provide Dell Alienware 15s computers that run Intel Core i7-7820HK quad-core processors. Th...

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These MIDI Generated Video Soundscapes Make You Feel The Future Is Now!

These MIDI Generated Video Soundscapes Make You Feel The Future Is Now!

Paul Prudence is an audio-visual performer who uses MIDI to create live-cinematic visual-music experiences. His weblog Dataisnature explores the relationships between natural processes, computational systems and procedural-based art practices. He also writes for Neural and HOLO magazines. The screen-shot below shows the complete Ableton L...

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Novalia Partners with Bud Light,McDonalds and Yo Gabba Gabba: Bluetooth MIDI Happy Meals

Novalia Partners with Bud Light,McDonalds and Yo Gabba Gabba: Bluetooth MIDI Happy Meals

TMA member Novalia has recently had three very successful partnerships to bring interactive conductive ink installations featuring BTLE MIDI to SXSW, McDonald's locations in the Netherlands and Moogfest 2016.  Novalia creates paper thin self-adhesive touch sensors from printed conductive ink and attached silicon microcontro...

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Frank Zappa and the Synclavier.

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​In 1986 Frank Zappa  released his final studio album  in his lifetime; for the remaining seven years of his life, he would only release live concert albums.Jazz from Hell is an instrumental album whose selections were all composed and recorded by Frank Zappa. It was released in 1986 by Barking Pumpkin Records on vinyl and by Rykodis...

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