François de Dardel MIDI FILES IN YOUR BROWSER Update 28 Jun 2019
For a better understanding of Midi files
Midi files are not recorded music. MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a technical standard that describes a communications protocol, digital interface, and electrical connectors that connect a wide variety of electronic musical instruments, computers, and related music and audio devices. A single MIDI link can carry up to sixteen channels of information, each of which can be routed to a separate device. MIDI carries event messages that specify notation, pitch, velocity, vibrato, panning, and clock signals (which set tempo). When you open a Midi file in your computer, it relies on a synthesizer that is included in your computer operating system.

In the past, most browsers would use a "plug-in" containing the Apple QuickTime application. Unfortunately, Apple has discontinued the use of QuickTime, so that the many Midi files in my web site just ceased to work.

I have found a "workaround", but it now relies on sound files and a complex JavaScript routine hosted on an external site. The sound is therefore different, and a few of my Midi files do not render gracefully. Those with piano or guitar are OK, but those with a full orchestra are not.

The pieces with a green bead can be downloaded to your computer. Click the bead.

Macintosh users: as QuickTime 7 does a poor job in rendering MIDI, I recommend MIDIPlayer X, available from the AppStore for 2 US$.

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