I started this page as part of my main website, mnmol, in 1997. Back then, MIDI was still a viable format of music on the internet, in that MIDI files were very tiny in size in relation to an original, listenable-quality wave file cut of the same piece of music. Mind you, this was the age of dial-up modems, before mp3, as a means of high-quality downloadable audio, really took off, and also when RealAudio, embedded Flash and the like were still quite a few steps from invading every corner with economically optimized streaming media. In other words, you could perhaps even argue that, back then, MIDI was flourishing among those in the know as a premier choice when you wanted to get hold of this or that tune, be it that you were looking for something not available to buy, or even to evaluate before buying. Of course, the main concern was whether the MIDI was any well-done, since an inaccurately rendered, incomplete, and/or too simplistic MIDI file might not correspond much to its source, and thus be useless in this representative way.
This point of accuracy is where, I believe, MIDI is most likely to survive nowadays within the digital audio landscape. Let me give two extremes as an example: An inaccurate MIDI file of a popular tune of which everyone can get a neat original audio download is unlikely to stand much of a chance; however, a precise and well-arranged MIDI of a piece of music which might only exist in poor, obsolete quality and/or but as unofficial, fragmented audio could be a reason to rejoice for a fan of the original piece. MIDI is basically craftsmanship; it is the art of taking a tune apart, x-raying every aspect of it and piecing everything together again into a clean and clear sequence of notes and effects, abiding by rhythm and texture as closely as possible within the constraints of the format. The approach is fundamentally different from simply digitizing audio, converting and then redistributing it; MIDI sees through the sonic appearance and should ideally be like sheet music, like a blueprint of the piece of music it's supposed to convey.
The MIDI files on this site, some older and drawing on less experience than others, were all made by me with this sort of
fastidious approach, and I hope I might have somewhat succeeded, and will continue so, in delivering MIDIs which might come close to the
aforementioned ideal form. Having said all this, I appreciate your attention if you've read this far; finally, I just
hope you'll enjoy this site, and if you download some of my MIDIs, maybe you'll find them well-done!
Simply navigate through the several themed MIDI sections by using the icons to the left. Each leads to a page where you'll
find several MIDI files, accompanied by some explanatory words, and likely more information specifically related to each piece
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