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As MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) celebrates its 30th anniversary, Ryan Alexander Diduck takes a look at the revolutionary and divisive technology. Via The Quietus:

The standard was intended to be universal, between different devices and different manufacturers. It was conceived of and sold as a revolutionary way to control one instrument with another, to create symphonies of synthesised sound – without the need for an actual symphony. But the data sent between instruments was just as much liberating as it was limited. In many ways, MIDI was a standard that produced its own usefulness.

Watch a short on the limitations of MIDI below.




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