Jeffrey Reid Baker: M. I. D. I.

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In the summer of 1970, I made the best decision ever. I needed a few more credits to graduate and decided to take a “computer” course. This is way before personal computers. Fast forward. In 1985, I bought a Commodore computer for my own birthday. A friend had told me that the computer could be hooked into a keyboard using MIDI. I tried this with a Yamaha DX7 which I had bought the summer before. I hooked the two together and, after a lot of hit and miss (nobody knew what the hell they were doing at the time), I was successful in having the computer play a segment of Stravinsky’s Firebird on the keyboard at the push of a button. It was love at first byte!! I started on a mission to equip myself with whatever equipment I needed to make the sound I could only imagine at the time. I had a lot of work so I could afford it. As my proficiency and equipment inventory grew, I was creating better and better demonstration recordings, and In August of the next year, I signed a recording contract with a record company for my first album which was titled Lisztronique. A year later I was asked to give a lecture at a local library as to what this MIDI stuff was all about. Upon returning home from that lecture, my son Josh asked if I could redo the lecture for him to video record on a borrowed VHS recorder. It wasn’t too late, so I said "Yes" and here is the result. It does explain what this MIDI stuff could do 30+ years ago!

 _________MIDI Tutorials ___________________

LOGIC PRO X

Writing with mouse in Score Editor

LOGIC PRO X

Notation: Single Clef Polyphony

DIGITAL PERFORMER

Using Step Time to Notate

DIGITAL PERFORMER

Converting Real->Measured Time

DIGITAL PERFORMER

Create a Tempo Map in real time

 _____________ My MIDI App from 1988_____________

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