Audio - Midi Files
This page provides some instrumental audio files --- in "midi"
Most web browers (Netscape, Mozilla, Firefox, Internet Explorer) include a player for midi files --- such as a Quicktime plug-in --- and most PC sound cards support the synthesis of musical notes and other music commands within "midi" (.mid) files. So you should be able to hear these sound files "rendered" when you click on the links below.
These files are ones that I think are of better than average quality --- but I may replace some with better files as I find them.
The quality of these music files varies. It seems to me that it is rather easy to find classical music which renders quite realistically from midi files --- into sounds that mimic quite accurately live performances.
However, it seems that it is much more difficult to make midi files of rock music that mimic live performances accurately. This is perhaps because of the use of a wide variety of tone changing electronics and a wide variety of playing techniques, such as "bending" notes on guitar strings, in rock music performances.
To imitate these near-infinite combinations of sound variations in rock music seems to challenge the capabilities of current midi recording parameters --- or it challenges the patience of midi file makers. Probably the challenge is a combination of both factors.
The links below are grouped together by source of the midi files. If you want to find a song by words in a title, you can use the Find option of your browser to find keywords in this page. Example keywords: bach zeppelin eagles fugue concerto andante "hotel california"
Simply click on a link to play the file.
Classical midi files from archive.cs.uu.nl :
Midi files from creativeartworks.info :
Midi files from downloads.opalcat.com :
(NOTE: These "popular" songs are not rendered like the originals.
It would probably take a lot of work to yield satisfying renderings
via midi files. Also, these are instrumentals --- no vocals.
The guitar parts often sound more like an electric piano or
Midi files from experiencesedona.dreamhosters.com :
Dorival_Caymmi_marina.mid (smooth jazz)
Edwin_van_Veldhoven_eurydice.mid (new age style)
Midi files from jeffcovey :
alborada.mid (piano, concerto style)
allemande.mid (simulated harpsichord solo)
br1182.mid (piano solo)
flaxen_hair.mid (piano solo)
gavotte.mid (harpsichord solo)
gerspre2.mid (Gershwin solo, electronic piano sound)
glimpses.mid (flute, piano, harpsichord, synthesizer sounds)
han.mid (brief percussion solo)
leyenda.mid (synthesized guitar solo)
mazurka-choro.mid (harpsichord-like solo)
odeon.mid (brief piano solo, fades out)
ravel41.mid (sounds like a mixture of accordion & harpsichord & strings)
ravelson.mid (sounds like a bass harpsichord)
rialto.mid (harpsichord-like solo)
rigaudon.mid (harpsichord-and/or-organ-like solo)
roman.mid (harpsichord-and/or-organ-like solo)
rondeau.mid (harpsichord-and/or-organ-like solo)
rumores.mid (simulated classical guitar)
sorcreat.mid (synthesized harpsichord and wind instruments)
tiroloise.mid (harpsichord-like solo)
Midi files from retards-org :
everything.mid (pop ballad)
wings.mid (pop rock --- flaws near end?)
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Page was created 06 Mar 2007.