by Marcel Garus ·2021-12-29 · 1 minute read · available at mgar.us/midi-music
I've played piano for a long time, but only recently discovered that my electric piano has a MIDI port at the back! Using it is a lot of fun: By connecting the piano to my iPad, I can play music through the iPad. This allows me to change instruments, and record and arrange music.
Here's how arrangements looks like in the GarageBand app:
Of course, some instruments (such as oboe or violin) sound bad, but percussion and plucked instruments generally have a good sampling quality.
Here is an example song making use of different keyboards, drumpads, and effects:
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As you might have noticed, we are currently in a pandemic. Luckily, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself and others: You can get vaccinated, wear a mask, avoid large groups of people, regularly ventilate when being indoors with others, etc. Some of these measures are easier to follow than others. Getting vaccinated is a one-off action, but remembering to open the window every few minutes is a lot harder if you also concentrate on something else, such as working or studying.
In the context of the Sonic Thinking and Neurodesign lectures at our university, I developed an app that continuously evaluates the current infection risk and turns it into music.
The aspirational goal of the project is to enable scenarios like these:
You walk into an office that hasn’t been ventilated for a long time. As soon as you step inside, scary music starts to play, like you're in a horror film.
Over one hour, your study room gradually fills with people. An alarming tune slowly fades in and gets more dissonant the more people there are.