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Ólafur Arnalds' MIDI Generative effects and Pianos that go Bleep Bloop

10571410-16x9-large Ólafur Arnalds at the Sydney Opera House Image: Prudence Upton

Ólafur Arnalds didn't start out playing keyboards. He started out as a drummer in hard rock bands. He is not alone. Yoshiki from the legendary Japanese hard rock band X Japan comes to mind. Many people forget that the piano is classified as a percussion instrument along with marimbas and vibraphones.  He has ...

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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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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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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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Sky Magic Live at Mt.Fuji :MIDI Controlled LED Drones

Sky Magic Live at Mt.Fuji :MIDI Controlled LED Drones

Okay, I admit it.  I'm a sucker for this sort of thing.  First, I have been into MIDI my whole life. Second, I lived in Japan for 7 years and have climbed Mt Fuji (twice).  Third, I love the combination of MIDI and art especially visual art.    So when I saw this I was hooked even before I watched it.  The Be...

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