Making MIDI Music with my electric piano and iPad

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.

Piano connected to the iPad via MIDI

Here's how arrangements looks like in the GarageBand app:

Screenshot of GarageBand on my iPad

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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Why This Website Has No Dark-Mode Toggle

2021-07-18 · 3 minute read · this blog

Maybe you're wondering why there's no dark-mode toggle on this website.

Short answer: Misaligned incentives between layers of software result in an overall subpar experience. I want to put pressure on the browser offering to control the dark mode of individual websites.

Long answer: I recently streamed music from my laptop to a Bluetooth speaker and wanted to increase the volume. Naturally, I tried increasing the volume on the computer. Nope, it's already at the maximum. The Bluetooth speaker has volume buttons! Gotta try those! But except for the music being interrupted by one of these awful beeps, nothing happens. Oh, I know! Windows has an option to adjust the volume of individual programs that I use pretty frequently. I must have lowered the volume there. But nada. Finally, I checked in the music app itself, and fair enough, there's the volume slider, its knob almost on the left.

What happened here?