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, a weekly installation where the hottest MiDi traxx — replete with lyrics — are posted each and e’ery Monday (requires browser/player that supports MIDI files). [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature
on Aug 19, 2013 -
Rhythm King -
"Don had been hired by the Hammond organ company to demo its products on the show floor. He was using an Ace Tone rhythm box (which was distributed by Hammond at the time) as his percussion section. "I had modified my Ace Tone to death, changed all the rhythms because none of them fit my style of playing. I also wired it through the expression pedal of the Hammond, so I could get [percussion] accents, which no one was doing then. After the show this man from Japan came up and the first thing out of his mouth was ‘that looks like my rhythm unit but it doesn’t sound like my rhythm unit! How did you do that?’" It was Ikutaro Takehashi, the president of Ace."
posted by marienbad
on Jan 31, 2013 -
A harpsichord automaton. Malcolm Messiter
: "After hours of struggling with a soldering iron, suddenly it all became worth it when the system just worked flawlessly. The sheer joy and satisfaction of seeing and hearing it work for the first time was extraordinary. It played Soler’s Fandango, Brandenburg 5, the Goldberg Variations, and even the Flight of the Bumble Bee, late into that first night!" [Project direct link
(PDF, from p.27)].
posted by urbanwhaleshark
on Oct 20, 2012 -
composed Circus Galop
for the player piano. Performing it is impossible for a mere pair of human hands, but two people have tried to fake it until they make it
. Another has transcribed it
(or half of it, perhaps) for one player
. Often, people will run it through a MIDI sequencer of their choice, to make a lively animation
. Some have built Arduino robots
that perform it
. But, in the end, the best medium for a work this insane is the humble, yet manic player piano
(less manic, but clearer-sounding performance here
). Hamelin himself
has run his composition through one, managing to get his television host to start dancing as the closing credits fade out...
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Jan 3, 2012 -
is perhaps the internet's most infamous hack
, digi/net artist
. His work
stands for a growing culture
of artists who run wildly
through animated GIF landscapes populated
with corrupted data-compressed
bunny rabbits and tinny, MIDI renditions
of Savage Garden ballads. As the Lisson Gallery
, London, opens its archives to Arcangel's curatorial eye, could digi/net art
be set to infect
the real, fleshy world
, like a rampant Conficker Worm
? Has YouTube become
the truest reflection of our anthropological
selves? Are we destined to roam the int3erw£bs like the mythic beasts of yore
, hoping, in time
, that digi art can free us
from the confines of this fleshy void?
posted by 0bvious
on Dec 8, 2009 -
The Snyderphonics Manta
. With a few exceptions like the rare Buchla Thunder
and the ZenDrum
, computer musicians were stuck with controllers disguised as traditional instruments
, rolling their own
, or using grids
of generic rubber pads
. The Manta, in the spirit of the Serge TKB
's capacitance touchplate construction, attempts to do something new, and people are already doing interesting things with it
. Videos: polyphonic keys
, and lots more
posted by Señor Pantalones
on Jun 18, 2009 -
Have you ever wondered what the national anthem of Bolivia, Nepal or The Republic of Seychelles sounded like? Well wonder no more because NationalAnthems.info
has got you covered! It claims to have the national anthem for every country in the world in MIDI format, along with downloadable lyrics and sheet music so you can sing and play along. But if the MIDI format isn't doing it for you, there's also other sites that you can visit that have downloadable MP3s of pretty much every national anthem this planet and its inhabitants have to offer, such as this one
or this one
, which is notable in that the anthems featured there were performed by the US Navy Band. And finally, for your further reading and listening pleasure, check out this forum
which contains background information on and even more links to downloadable national anthems.
posted by Effigy2000
on Sep 22, 2008 -
points out Sven König's Scrambled Hackz
, an Ableton Live
-like app that takes in sound samples, analyzes their spectrum, and builds a triggerable, interactive beatbox set upon which hilarious and remarkable performances
can be built. A GPLed package will be released soon.
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Mar 27, 2006 -
The Unheard Beethoven
- This website endeavors to make all of Beethoven's unrecorded music readily accessible to the public. These never-before-heard works are now available to anyone with a computer, a modem and a soundcard, in the form of MIDI files. At present, over twelve hours of Beethoven's music is available on this website and in no other listenable format.
posted by Wolfdog
on Jul 11, 2005 -
John Nozum's Sleep Apnea page
isn't particularly interesting unless you suffer from the condition. He spends a great deal of time discussing his treatment which included a Tracheostomy
. Some of it's not pleasant to look at but then you stumble onto this page
and things... well... what can I say? I just hope to God this guy never gets a colostomy bag. A few warnings: Although not particularly gory or gross, many of these pictures are unpleasant in one way or another. Also, there's an embedded midi file on every page. BEWARE (it's located at the bottom of the page).
posted by E_B_A
on Dec 4, 2004 -
The Chicken Dance
inspires lunacy like no other piece of music. I found myself in a giggling fit over the silliness of the pictures on this page. Beware-it has the obligatory embedded MIDI file.
posted by plinth
on Jun 12, 2001 -
Inspector Clouseau as Greek Police role-model?
Wait for the midi file to load... At first I thought the site was hacked but, no, I checked, it's the real "Hellenic police informatics dept" web-site. I'm not sure whether it's self-sarcasm or cluelessness. And I wont even start about the site's imaginative design...
posted by talos
on Mar 6, 2001 -