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MIDI and the Surface Pen
Robin
Creating with MIDI
Pens and stylus' have been employed as computer interaction devices for quite some time now. Most commonly they were used along with peripheral graphics tablets to give a more natural flow to the artist or designer than a mouse could muster. With the release of the Surface Pro hybrid laptop by Microsoft in 2012 they brought a digital pen along to p...
Bluetooth MIDI is here to stay
Bluetooth MIDI is here to stay
The MIDI Association
MIDI Connections
This is an article that was originally posted on the Cakewalk blog and they kindly gave us permission to excerpt it here on MIDI.org and link to the full article. The cover photo is courtesy of Pete Brown from Microsoft.  There are dozens of wireless data standards today. So why is Bluetooth so popular?Wireless standards may be grouped into a ...
BLE-MIDI, Sonar and Zivix Jam Stick- A New Way to Enter MIDI into your DAW
BLE-MIDI, Sonar and Zivix Jam Stick- A New Way to Enter MIDI into your DAW
The MIDI Association
Digital Audio/MIDI Workstations
This is an article that was originally posted on the Cakewalk blog and they kindly gave us permission to excerpt it here on MIDI.org.  Greetings! My name is Mike Green, Music Product Specialist at Zivix, we make the jamstik+ portable SmartGuitar & PUC+ wireless MIDI link. I'm primarily a guitar player, and in my 15+ years of musical c...
MIDI and Robots Part 2- Super Booth 2017
MIDI and Robots Part 2- Super Booth 2017
The MIDI Association
DYI/Arduino/Maker/Robots
There has recently been a surge in robotic MIDI devices as Arduinos and low cost CPUs make it easier and easier to develop MIDI-controlled robotic components.  At Super Booth 2017, there were a number of significant MIDI robot introductions.  Felix Thorn From a very early age Felix was inspired by both visual and sound arts. He studi...
Music, Plants, MIDI and the founder of the CIA Polygraph Unit!
Music, Plants, MIDI and the founder of the CIA Polygraph Unit!
The MIDI Association
MIDI Stories
MIDI gets used for so many different things and one interesting MIDI application is plant music.  The story of MIDI and plants starts quite naturally with the CIA.  Yes, that's right "that" CIA,  the Central Intelligence Agency. Grover Cleveland "Cleve" Backster (which you must admit is a great name for an interrogatio...
"Let's" Makes You Want to Play Music with Art
"Let's" Makes You Want to Play Music with Art
The MIDI Association
MIDI Stories
LET'S is a team of Seattle multi media artists (Andy Arkley, Courtney Barnebey and Peter Lynch) who create interactive sculptures that combine art and sound using MIDI.  In their latest installation , We, now on at MadArt gallery in Seattle, the LET's team uses DIY controllers and an in-depth knowledge of MIDI to allow ...
Ikutaro Kakehashi passes away at 87
Ikutaro Kakehashi passes away at 87
The MIDI Association
MIDI History
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...
These MIDI Generated Video Soundscapes Make You Feel The Future Is Now!
These MIDI Generated Video Soundscapes Make You Feel The Future Is Now!
The MIDI Association
MIDI Stories
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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Now THAT’s a Horn Solo
David Battino
MIDI Software
Music is a visual language, too. Composer Andrew Huang used the piano roll editor in his MIDI sequencer to create sound from a picture of a unicorn. Each dot and line outlining the mythical creature triggers a MIDi note. To make the notes harmonize, Huang had to think both visually and musically. Se...
Moldover-The Godfather of Controllerism
Moldover-The Godfather of Controllerism
The MIDI Association
MIDI Stories
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...
The most important lessons from our MIDI survey
The most important lessons from our MIDI survey
The MIDI Association
MIDI News
We recently sent out our first MIDI Message newsletter and our goal was to do a survey to find out more about who MIDI Association members are, what their level of MIDI experience is and what kind of content and service they want The MIDI Association to provide.   We sent the survey to over 8000 members. We wanted to share all o...
MIDI and Music AI
MIDI and Music AI
The MIDI Association
MIDI Artists
Google's Duet AI (with Web MIDI)  Google Creative Lab recently released A.I. Duet, an interactive AI Music experiment that lets you use your laptop keyboard or a MIDI keyboard (using Chrome's Web MIDI feature) to make music and experiment with artificial intelligence .  Duet was built by Yotam Mann and t...
5 MIDI Quantization Tips
5 MIDI Quantization Tips
Craig Anderton
MIDI Software
Make quantization work for you, not against you  Quantization is the process of moving MIDI data (usually notes, but also potentially other data) that's out of time to a rhythmic "grid." For example, if a kick drum is slightly behind the beat, quantization can move it right on the beat. Quantization was controversial enough when it was limited...
Brockett Parsons and the Piano Arc
Brockett Parsons and the Piano Arc
The MIDI Association
MIDI Stories
 Brockett Parsons is a keyboard player from Summit, New Jersey.  Brockett studied at Bucknell University and played both piano and trumpet. He went on to study further at Berkelee College of Music in Boston.  In 2009 Brockett then became a winner of the MTV reality show "Making His Band" featuring P Diddy. The show was an intens...
Geoshred 2 with MIDI and MPE Released!
Geoshred 2 with MIDI and MPE Released!
The MIDI Association
MIDI Artists
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...
November MIDI Association Social Media
November MIDI Association Social Media
The MIDI Association
MIDI News
Here is a summary of our social media activities for the past  month.  RT @midiassociation: https://t.co/ueZlqf2w10Great article by @Synthtopia on Geert Bevin and his work on MPE. We're almost there! pic.twitter.com/nwztQfK8Kx — midi (@midiassociation) December 5, 2016 RT @midiassociation: https://t.co/FunmNnkXX3Gig Performer looks pretty...
Does MIDI Have an Image Problem?
Does MIDI Have an Image Problem?
The MIDI Association
MIDI News
What do you think of when you first hear the word MIDI? In a few weeks, MIDI will have been around for 34 years.  For the first 10 years after MIDI was developed it was on the cutting edge of technology. If you look at a Keyboard Magazine from 1989, you'll see tons of ads for MIDI software and hardware. Remember at that&nbs...
A Web Developer's Tale of the Octapad Revival
Jean-Philippe
MIDI Connections
Two months ago, I was tasked with presenting a talk on the Web MIDI API to an amazing crowd of music-loving web developers. Obviously, I wanted the presentation to be exciting, so my first idea was to find a cool MIDI controller that I could use to demo the API with. What kind of controller could fit the bill? What about an old... keytar?...
Les Boîtes Mécaniques (Mechanical Boxes) from Kogumi
Les Boîtes Mécaniques (Mechanical Boxes) from Kogumi
The MIDI Association
MIDI Stories
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...
MIDI Enhancements in Windows 10
MIDI Enhancements in Windows 10
The MIDI Association
Operating Systems
Recently Pete Brown from Microsoft posted a very informative blog post about MIDI Enhancements in Windows 10.  The blog post covers a number of topics including  UWP MIDI Basics – using MIDI in Windows Store apps New Bluetooth LE MIDI support in Windows 10 Anniversary Update The Win32 wrapper for UWP MIDI (making the API accessible t...
Claude Woodward- The Sonic Manipulator
Claude Woodward- The Sonic Manipulator
The MIDI Association
MIDI Stories
If you have never run across Claude Woodward, The Sonic Manipulator while searching the web then you really have to start with his own description of his origins.  Greetings Earthlings,I have had many interesting adventures on my way to becoming a spaceman, such is the nature of the convolutions of life.After taking a spin out from M...
Love Props creates an incredible MIDI powered Daft Punk Guy Manuel helmet
Love Props creates an incredible MIDI powered Daft Punk Guy Manuel helmet
The MIDI Association
MIDI Stories
There have been fan-created Daft Punk helmets before the Love Props' GM01.  You could buy a Halloween mask/prop for around $200 like this one pictured below.   In 2010, Volpin Props did a YouTube video  about "How to make a Daft Punk helmet in 17 months" that got over 4 million views.  But Love Props has take...
MIDI Artist Interview with Jordan Rudess
MIDI Artist Interview with Jordan Rudess
The MIDI Association
MIDI Stories
WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INVOLVED WITH MIDI? That was so long ago. One of my first exposures to MIDI was the Hybrid Arts sequencer with an Atari computer, I have very fond memories of those days and somehow that older software seemed more stable then some software these days, maybe because today every program is trying to do so mu...
Arduino MIDI Output Basics
Arduino MIDI Output Basics
Brent Edstrom
MIDI 1.0
Introduction The Arduino UNO is a popular open-source microcontroller that, in many respects, is a perfect complement to the extensible nature of the Music Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) protocol. Microcontroller platforms such as Arduino, Teensy, and others, make it relatively easy to develop custom MIDI controllers that respond to light, pre...