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Web stats (posted by Keith, 15 Jun 2024, 11:44)

Hi Jim,
The MIDI Diary web stats show that about 65,000 pages are viewed each month, and that your page here is the second most popular one. During May 2024 your 'Hymn for Four Horns No 22' was the most listened to of your pieces - 64 times. Unfortunately I haven't got time at the moment to change the software to show listening stats for each piece.
All good wishes,

Music Theory (posted by James K. Taylor, 12 Jan 2024, 02:40)

Since no one has asked any questions on these free piano lessons, I guess I will post no more for the time being.
Keith: it would be helpful there was a way to indicate how many times a song was listened to on the CMD.

Piano Lesson 2 (posted by James K. Taylor, 7 Sep 2023, 02:11)

We are now going to work on finger numbers. These numbers will help when you start reading music.

Reach your right arm out in front of you (with the back of the hand towards your face).

Your right thumb is one or we can call it R1.
Your pointer finger is R2
Your middle finger is R3
Your 4th finger (or ring finger) is R4
Your little finger is R5

Reach your left arm out in front of you (with the back of the hand toward your face)
Your left thumb is L1
Your pointer finger on your left hand is L2
Your middle finger is L3
Your ring finger is L4
Your little finger is L5

wiggle R3
wiggle L5
wiggle L1
wiggle R2

Let's find middle C on the piano. As you look at a keyboard, you will see sets of two black keys and sets of three black keys.

Very important- the note C is a white key just to the left of every set ot two black keys. Now-play all the C's on the piano (going from lowest to highest and highest to lowest). Low is usually to the left side of the piano and notes there are usually played with the left hand. High notes are on the right side of the keyboard and are usually played with the right hand.

Now: find the C key that appears to be in the middle of the keyboard.
Starting on middle C and with R1 play 123454321.

to be continued

JKT Piano Lesson 1 (posted by James K. Taylor, 17 Jul 2023, 04:56)

Possibly, some of you that visit CADENZA MIDI DIARY might want to learn about music and the best way to start that process is by learning how to play a piano/keyboard/digital keyboard/percussion keyboards such as a zylophone/marimba, bells, etc.

Request: Say the MUSIC ALPHABET

Those are the white keys on a piano. The lowest note on a piano (but not on every keyboard) is an "A"

Low notes are to the left of the midddle of the piano, and high notes are to the right of the middle of the piano.

Starting on low A (the lowest note) play the notes/MUSIC ALPHABET one at a time AS YOU PLAY "up" (GOING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) THE KEYBOARD SAYING abcdefg,abcdefg,abcdefg until you rteach the highest note (C). I am not worried about your hand/finger position at this time.

Request: Say the music alphabet in reverse order.
Annswer: GFEDCBA

Starting on the highset note to the right (C), start going from right to left saying CBAGFED CBAGFED and continue until you reach the low A.

Request: play all sets to two black piano keys starting from the lowest to the highest sets.

NOTE: play both notes at the same time.

Do this up (from lowest to highest) and down (from highest to lowest).

Request: do the same procedure with the set of three black notes.

Another lesson soon.

PS There are probably many free lessons on YOUTUBE, but you will soon surpass all beginning students.

This is all self-paced, so no pressure.

Next lesson: white keys, finger numbers, hand position, posture, names of all notes, sharps, flats, naturals, double sharps, double flats, half steps, whole steps, unison, accidentals, and chromatic scale.

If you are one of those lucky people that can sit down at a keyboard and figure out a melody or melody and chords, then you are really lucky and talented. If you can't do that, then please try.

Downtime ... (posted by Keith, 9 Jun 2023, 04:32)

Apologies for this site's recent downtime. It should be stable again now.

Half step demonstration (posted by James Taylor, 6 Mar 2023, 17:54)

What is the quickest way to demonstrate a half step?
Answer: Have two young oboe players play unison.

Hymn Question (posted by James K. Taylor, 4 May 2022, 02:37)

Why did church hymn composers compose so many hymns with only four verses but never a fifth verse?

Answer. they thought people might have an "add-verse" reaction.

Daniel Rowe (posted by Patrick May, 30 Sep 2021, 14:58)

It's been a while since I checked the MIDI messages section...

I'm really sad to hear about Dan Rowe, I always admired and respected his creativity and sense of style/aesthetic/humour/personality.

I'm really glad to have been connected to him in some way. We're all lucky to have known him. I'm especially lucky to have had the opportunity to collaborate on a song with him.

Thank you Dan for all the music.

OM5 (posted by James K. Taylor, 15 Jul 2021, 10:28)

Very nice version of number 5. I liked the variety of instruments you used as well as your choice of harmony.

Other interests (posted by James K. Taylor, 4 Jul 2021, 23:35)

Here's proof that musicians have other interests besides music. I caught these today in one hour from a friend's pond in Mabank, Texas. I used a green lizard (artificial) with no weight. The hook is weed-less because the barb is in the lizard. I would cast the lizard as far as I could (10 pound line) and reel it in across the surface of the water. I released the six large mouth bass in a pond close to my house.

Fishing with Jim

Keith's SM1 (posted by James K. Taylor, 26 Jun 2021, 02:22)

Great music, Keith. Interesting intro, great transition between minor and major, and I really liked the change in tempo as you made an exciting ending.
I will send my SM arrangements on Mondays (one each Monday).

Glad to see you back on the saddle.

SM1-4 - Simple Melodies (posted by Keith, 23 Jun 2021, 19:11)

Please have a look at Jim Taylor's new postings, SM-1, SM-2, SM-3 and SM-4. Jim is inviting us to download these pieces and to add harmonies, counter-melodies, variations etc and then re-post. I'm going to have a go at this ...

So long, Dan. (posted by James K. Taylor, 6 Jun 2021, 03:44)

I do not know much about Dan, but we all know he loved music. May songs he posted here be appreciated and listened to for years to come.

Message from Jerzy Kulik (posted 3 Jun 2021, 09:34)

Very sad news.

Dan Rowe (1956-2021) (posted by Keith, 3 Jun 2021, 03:47)

Hi Nat,

Thanks for letting us know this very sad news. Dan will be greatly missed here.
Dan Rowe (1956-2021)
Dan Rowe (1956-2021)

R.I.P. Daniel Rowe (posted by Nat, 13 Apr 2021, 19:55)

Just found out that one of the most active musicians on this site (Dan Rowe) passed away over two months ago, three days after Reset was released in fact. May God protect and help his family get through these difficult times.

Autumn Is Here! (posted by Daniel Rowe, 23 Oct 2020, 02:32)

Just thought I would share a picture taken in my neighborhood. Before I know it, all the leaves will be gone...

Amazingly beautiful (posted by Adriana, 25 Apr 2020, 18:13)

The image is amazing, a piece of art.

Tree Fight (posted by Keith, 1 Mar 2020, 15:18)

Yesterday I made this image called 'Tree Fight' as a background image for - our online classical music magazine which has been running for over 20 years - nearly as long as the Cadenza MIDI Diary.

It's constructed by image processing a real photo of a tree.

It just occurred to me that 'Tree Fight' might make a good name for a piece of music.

Good to see Jim back here with some new pieces, and thanks also to Dan for posting regularly.

Tree Fight

Things in England? (posted by Keith, 9 Jul 2019, 20:22)

Hi Jim,

Difficult to say really ... most people here think we're completely doomed! I'm rushing around doing quite a lot of conducting and arranging music though ...

Good to hear from you.


Thanks Keith (posted by Jim Taylor, 7 Jun 2019, 09:38)

Hey Keith. How are things in England? I just turned 73 May 21, and every now and then, I start to think I am becoming mature. Shudder. Someday, if I actually retire, I will get back to composing. I am a retired band director, but I drive the school bus (am doing summer school this summer) and leading the music at an awesome little country church.

Good to hear from you
I did this with the traditional MS Paint program
a brain on music

Credit difficult with MIDI Diary (posted by Keith, 6 Jun 2019, 08:50)

Actually, Jim, it's quite difficult to submit pieces by other composers here - it's really just set up to accept original new music.

I think I'm guilty of something similar, by the way, when I submitted my 'Hallelujah Grotesque' - it's based (obviously) on a piece by G F Handel and I don't think I mentioned that.

Good to hear from you again here, anyhow. Just listening again to your amazing 'Basso Continuo' from the MIDI Diary Archives!
Coloured shapes with zoom blur ... a background image made for
Coloured shapes with zoom blur ... a background image made for

Credit not given (posted by Jim Taylor, 1 Jun 2019, 21:35)

I agree: I should have listed Beethoven as the composer. On the other hand, I would think that anyone who could afford a computer and the cost of an internet provider would automatically know this great composition was by Beethoven. Only someone from an alien planet or a barren, secluded island would be clueless as to who wrote Moonlight Sonata.

Beethoven! (posted by Dan Rowe, 31 Jan 2019, 19:22)

Jim ought to know better than to leave out the author of this piece: Ludwig van Beethoven.

Portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler

Jim Taylor's arrangement of the Adventures of Dr. Franken theme (posted by Patrick May, 25 Jan 2019, 15:17)

I enjoyed Jim Taylor's very relaxing arrangement of the Adventures of Dr. Franken theme. It's quite a lot more subdued and sombre than the original. Of course, I enjoy the original too.
Here's the original on youtube, if anyone is interested:
The Adventures of Dr. Franken
The Adventures of Dr. Franken

Re: sound systems (posted by Patrick May, 9 Oct 2018, 16:12)

I've noticed something similar. I bought a cheap mp3 player and I noticed that the sound quality sounded pretty thin and was lacking in bass, even while I was using my good quality Koss Portapro headphones. But I haven't noticed any sound quality problems with better quality mp3 players, or my laptop (as long as I'm listening through good headphones of course. Laptop speakers never sound good)

Sounding off (posted by Daniel Rowe, 27 Aug 2018, 18:47)

I encourage visitors here to listen to the sound files on a good computer and sound system. Smart phones, laptops, etc. are great, but they just don't reproduce the sound as the composer or arranger intended. I listened to a number of tunes here on my new cell phone, and it was slightly depressing. Even piano sounds too "electronic" to my ears.
public domain image

New server (posted by Keith, 9 Mar 2018, 17:34)

The MIDI Diary has moved to a new server. You should now be able to add new music again.

Please let us know if you find anything which doesn't work properly.

Best wishes,


Moving to a new server

Hello! (posted by Daniel Rowe, 24 Nov 2017, 23:16)

It's been three months since I've posted anything, but I see the Diary is still here, with a few new tunes. I know Thanksgiving is an "American" holiday, but I'd like to take this occasion to thank Keith for giving us this platform to express ourselves.
public domain art

A little joke for you music makers (posted by Jim Taylor, 8 Nov 2017, 03:27)

What is the password to Forest Gump's computer?
One Forest One

Diary working again (posted by Keith, 17 Feb 2017, 21:03)

Something strange happened to the Diary in Jan and Feb 2017 - it should be ok again now, but if you sent something in recently and don't see it, please just send it again!
DVW Invention
A DVW Invention

Dan's remixes (posted by Patrick May, 8 Sep 2016, 00:28)

Dan, cool stuff! That's an interesting interpretation of my song 'Johnny'. The ending is especially interesting - you seem to have emphasized the sombre emotional tone which was present in the original version of the song.

Your version of Blarg is cool too. It has your distinctive style, but it maintains the character of the original song.

If you want to do more, I encourage it. Combining ideas from two or more songs is a cool idea, it'd be interesting to hear the result.

"Johnny" Remix (posted by Dan Rowe, 25 Aug 2016, 07:04)

Patrick has invited people to feel free to remix his work. It was fun working on an old tune of his. I worked in a few ideas of my own, trying not to alter his original concept too much. Did I go too far, Patrick, or not far enough? If you like the result, I'd love to try it again with a different song; or maybe combine ideas from two or more songs, for fun.

AMAZING GRACE arrangement (posted by Jim Taylor, 20 Jun 2016, 03:02)

Hello fellow Cadenzians. I would like for you to do an arrangement of AMAZING GRACE in any style, key, or instrumentation. I just sent in number 50 of my horn quartets and it is AMAZING GRACE. Maybe your church uses different chords, or you can come up with something really new. When you hear my version, the first time through (after the intro) is pretty much right out of the hymn book. It is said that the melody to this this folk song was created using just the black keys on the piano. I am looking forward to your music.

Desktops Not Extinct Yet! (posted by Daniel Rowe, 6 May 2016, 23:53)

Like Jerzy and Patrick, I still use a desktop computer. My favorite version of Cakewalk (a sequencer program) is incompatible with my newer computer, so I use a HP Pavilion, at least 15 years old, for music-making. Kudos to HP for building a machine so reliable.

I started out on the Commodore 64, which had one cool feature: ring modulation and hard-sync sounds. You could actually make your own sci-fi sounds, like ray guns, quite easily. The Amiga came a little later, which Jerzy had.

Re: Desktop (posted by Patrick May, 30 Apr 2016, 21:41)

I still use a desktop computer. Laptops are convenient, but desktops are still good if you want lots of disk space, processor/graphics power, a full size keyboard, etc. In my case, I have two monitors attached to my computer, which is very useful for multitasking and image editing which I do occasionally.

The first computer I used was a BBC Micro, which belonged to my dad. I played games on it but not much else, since I was pretty young at the time, that was around 1991. It used the old 5 inch floppies that Daniel mentioned.

Desktop (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 25 Apr 2016, 21:56)

I have 2 desktops and 1 laptop. My first computer was an Amiga in 95. It was a wonderful 4 audio channel and multimedia computer.

Desktop (posted by Jim Taylor, 23 Apr 2016, 10:23)

Does anyone still use a desktop at home? How many did you own before switching to a laptop? When did you get your first computer. I got mine in 83. It was some kind of little Radio Shack computer called an MC-80. Then I bought an Apple 2+. Once I started using Microsoft, I guess I have owned around 4 desktops and two laptops. I can't imagine going back to a desktop.

Zip Disks (posted by Daniel Rowe, 28 Mar 2016, 23:49)

No, I never used them. But I remember using the 5.25 inch floppy back in the 1980s, and I believe you can still buy them new, if you look around! Weird, how there is a market for just about anything...

Offtopic question (posted by Patrick May, 23 Mar 2016, 17:08)

This question is a bit offtopic, but I thought I'd ask here anyway.
Did any of you ever use zip disks back when they were popular?

I and my family didn't use them, and I don't think I know anyone who did. I think they weren't as popular here in the UK.


Message from Aldo (posted 21 Feb 2016, 20:31)

I put a version of Jim's "Tommy" on the site I use as a depository for the support material I use while teaching. Jim, if you see this as an "abuse" of any sort, please let me know via this comment area, so that I can remove the files from here:

Hymns (posted by Patrick May, 18 Feb 2016, 18:05)

Thanks Daniel! I'm not sure if I'll make any more hymns, but hopefully there are still many more songs named after Jarski yet to come.


Patrick's Hymn (posted by Daniel Rowe, 17 Feb 2016, 08:05)

Patrick's hymn is super-inspirational! Can we look forward to more? Say, twenty or thirty? Jarski must really be a great guy!

Self publish (posted by Jim Taylor, 26 Jan 2016, 18:43)

Here is the link to self-publish your music at SHEET MUSIC PLUS.
There is no cost to you. All you have to do is:

send in a pdf score via form on the site
send an mp3 of the music via form on site

Your set your own price and receive close to around 40% royalty.

It may take awhile to make any money at it but eventually you will. I have been very pleased with the results, especially with the ease of submitting.

Happy New Year (posted by Patrick May, 8 Jan 2016, 00:26)

Maybe it's a bit late, but I thought I'd say happy new year.
This year I'm hopefully going to post more stuff to the Cadenza MIDI diary.

By the way, Jerzy's new song is interesting. It's got a great atmosphere & mood.

The Lost Paradise (posted by Keith, 29 Dec 2015, 17:30)

Dunno about everyone else, but I really enjoyed Jerzy's The Lost Paradise ... great to have one of these original pieces again!

Good to see that Patrick's around again, too, and thanks too to Dan for keeping things simmering round here ...

I don't mean to be rude or offend with this message (posted by Patrick May, 22 Dec 2015, 20:58)

I agree with Dan and Keith. The purpose of the cadenza MIDI diary is to share original music, so it doesn't seem right to upload so many non-original arrangements.

Maybe it wouldn't be a problem if it were just one or two uploaded every few months, but as it is now, almost all of the items in the 'LATEST MUSIC' list are non-original, and I think that's just not right.

I don't mean to be nasty to you, Jerzy. Your S. Joplin arrangements seem like fine work. But I think you shouldn't be uploading them here.
I hope you'll upload more of your original works in the future, since they were really interesting.

Anyway, I hope everyone's having a great Christmas.

My old laptop

To Jerzy (posted by Keith, 21 Dec 2015, 12:09)

Hi Jerzy,

I don't want to go as far as deleting things, but I'd really like to encourage you to submit some original pieces again! I understand that's more of a challenge than realising classical and jazz pieces electronically, but the original music you used to send us was really good. (I know I'm not putting much original music in the Diary at the moment, either, but that's because I don't have the right computer hardware to do keyboard improvisations at the moment.)

Take care


The original music (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 14 Dec 2015, 16:51)

To Keith.
If you think Dan's right,then delete all not mine pieces.

Where is the original music? (posted by Dan Rowe, 12 Dec 2015, 20:38)

"SUBMIT YOUR IMPROVISATION: Your piece must be original and by you." I like the classics as much as the next guy, but it seems we're getting away from the original concept of the Diary.

do-be-do-baaa-da-daaaaa (posted by Kit, 28 Sep 2015, 19:28)

You're welcome. Now I just need to start sequencing again. :)

Kit's music (posted by Keith, 25 Sep 2015, 10:43)

Enjoying ... thanks Kit!

Jerzy's music (posted by Jim Taylor, 9 Sep 2015, 02:04)

Well keep up the great music. I am really enjoying hearing so many pieces I've never heard before and I like the way and style you are using

To Jim (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 4 Sep 2015, 22:10)

Hi Jim.
No, I'm using midi files mostly.
I'am playing and recording them on a sequencer. The one I have it's Cubase SX3.
Here are some websites you can download not only Chopin's music. (You must be registered)
Of course to achieve the best result you have to work a little on them;)
I mean changing music tempo (if it's necessary) , dynamics,- you are musician, too so I think you know what I mean.
For me the most important thing is to create my own interpretation. No hurry.
Also very important is to use a good sound card or plugin (it's something like a sound card but it's a software).
There are a lot of plugins for all kinds of music.
Jerzy (George in English by the way;)).

Question for Jerzy (posted by Jim Taylor, 1 Sep 2015, 02:48)

Jerzy, how are you getting the music from the page to the digital sound? Are you playing these pieces or scanning them and the keyboard plays the music? The Chopin pieces are great, but how are you doing them? Thanks.

Jerzy's patriotic piece (posted by Jim Taylor, 20 Jul 2015, 23:31)

Very interesting piece and a good job on the sound duplication.

Patriotic songs (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 28 Jun 2015, 21:56)

Jim, great idea. I'm going to prepare some of the Polish ones.

Patriotic music (posted by Jim Taylor, 27 Jun 2015, 16:03)

I know many of you are from countries that do not celebrate July 4th, but how about posting a patriotic song from your country?

Sheet Music Plus (posted by Jim Taylor, 18 May 2015, 02:53)

Just a reminder that you can publish and sell your music at SHEET MUSIC PLUS. If you can create a score and parts and send in PDF files along with an MP3 recording, who knows how many people might purchase your music? Do you need someone to create these files from your music? Here I is! (naturally for a fee and I think half that fee should go to Keith)
A great way to kill time.
Clock Demolition

Sleepy drinks (posted by Will, 13 Apr 2015, 19:49)

Verily ...

JOY (posted by Jim Taylor, 24 Dec 2014, 06:07)

Hello Cadenza family. A few weeks ago, I sent in a computer generated MP3 of my Christmas arrangement named JOY. My church performed it 12/14/14. I could not upload my video of the premier to Cadenza, so here is a link to it on YOU TUBE.

Have a great Christmas

Thanks, Patrick! (posted by Dan Rowe, 3 Dec 2014, 09:44)

The Diary has been around since November 1997, so it's now seventeen years old. I've often wondered what happened to people like Javier Dominguez Gomez, Robert W. Thompson, Azer Mantessa, and Bob Kusiolek. Hope they are doing well, and haven't given up on music. And thanks, Keith, for keeping CMD alive!
ahead of their time!

1600 (posted by Patrick, 27 Nov 2014, 05:19)

Congratulations Dan Rowe for uploading the 1600th song since November 2006.

Time passes quickly. 2006 doesn't seem all that long ago, but it's already 8, nearly 9 years ago now.

A random picture I had saved on my smartphone.

Thanks. (posted by Kit, 28 Oct 2014, 09:31)

I've got a bit I should be able to get up soon. Just need to get my editing machine back up so I can clean them up some. Banks not being set properly, that kind of thing.

Heh, My editors an old 16-bit application, doesn't run at all on 64bit windows. I know it runs under wine, so I just need to swap out some dud memory on the reserve machine and should be ready to go again.

Beneath the Stars, Fire (posted by Keith, 26 Oct 2014, 21:42)

Thanks Kit! Great to have something in a different style, and in MIDI too! Hope we can hear some more of your stuff. Keith

To Jim (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 28 Jun 2014, 09:05)

Well. It is only confirms a thesis that the best things are created by accident;)

Thanks, Jerzy (posted by Jim Taylor, 22 Jun 2014, 00:58)

I don't know where it came from. I was using the mouse for input and it just happened. I made up THE STORM, and EXCURSION IN C on the same day. I am glad you like it.

Scherzo For Keyboards (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 16 Jun 2014, 11:58)

Wow, Jim. I like it.. It's very impressive.

Publish Your Music Online (posted by Jim Taylor, 26 May 2014, 07:02)

Go to

Create a login, and then submit a pdf score and a recording. You set the price (sheet music plus gets 55% and you get 45). You get paid through paypal, or you can have them send you a check. No harm in investigating.

Gershwin (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 7 May 2014, 15:04)

G. Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
A. Copland - Appalachian Spring

Hi everyone (posted by Patrick May, 15 Apr 2014, 02:07)

Hello again everyone. I'm really glad to see this site is still up and the same crowd still posting music.

I hope to start submitting music more often from now on, perhaps once every month or so.

I hope you're all doing well.
- Patrick
A picture of Linus Torvalds
This is a picture of Linus Torvalds

Concerts for guitar and orchestra (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 28 Feb 2014, 14:54)

Listen to five guitar concerts at my site

Good for you, Michael (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 20 Dec 2013, 23:15)

I can see you use quite a nice soft for creation your music.
Good for You.
Marry Christmas and Happy New Year for all.

Uploading (posted by Keith, 5 Aug 2013, 17:38)

Dan Rowe sent me this message:
'Hey Keith, I am unable to upload files directly, even now. I get "Internal Server Error" for some reason.'

Patrick May sent me this message:
'Reuploading. There seems to be a bug in the site - if you forget to fill in an important detail and try to upload, the site will return you to the upload form as designed. But then after that, no matter what you do, the upload fails and gives "problem with uploaded file" errors. Just to let you know.'

Thanks. Well, it was a bit more embarrassing than a bug. I'd actually let the web server's disk fill right up ... 0 bytes free! Had to have a clear-out. (Don't worry ... haven't had to delete any music files.)
Cherries in Ludlow

Upload bug fixed (posted by Keith, 9 Jul 2013, 07:57)

I've just fixed a bug which was preventing uploads bigger than about 6Mb, so if you've been having trouble uploading anything bigger than that, please try again!

Bach (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 1 Jun 2013, 15:03)

Thanks Jim.
Yes, Miroslav Philharmonik is a wonderful tool. But it takes time to use it properly. I finish or will finish some other composers which I' m going to post here. Nevetherless I don't think I' ll do that sort of things all the time. In my opinion much better is live orchestra.

Bach by Jerzy (posted by Jim Taylor, 31 May 2013, 19:24)

Jerzy: great work on the Bach arrangement. There were good sounds and instrumentation.

Now the MIDI Diary really is working again! (posted by Keith, 30 May 2013, 10:49)

Thanks to Jerzy, I discovered that the file upload size was set much too small on the new server, but that's now been fixed and everything should be ready to go, so please send through your latest MIDIs and MP3s as usual.

Server problems (posted by Keith, 27 May 2013, 01:23)

Sorry about all the server problems - we're now on a new faster server and everything should be working properly again.


Thanks, Jim (posted by Dan Rowe, 2 Mar 2013, 19:36)

I appreciate your comments. As always, your new music is catchy, and extremely well-crafted.

Nag Champa by (posted by Jim Taylor, 27 Feb 2013, 21:37)

I liked your piano piece. The harmony was new, the rhythmic feel was as interesting as the harmony, and it keeps one's attention. Good work.

Still here (posted by Keith, 2 Feb 2013, 02:30)

Jim: Very funny and very clever.
Dan: I'm still here. Thanks. Sorry I'm not posting much.
Everyone else: Where's your new music? Come on folks ...

Question (posted by Jim Taylor, 31 Jan 2013, 21:26)

Where do you throw Dictators who say mean, cutting things to their followers?

You throw them into a "Czar Chasm".

More music jokes (posted by Jim Taylor, 29 Jan 2013, 23:48)

Wind Instrument music names:



A piccolo ensemble: HIGH ON PICCOLOS


Trombone music:LET IS SLIDE

Music Jokes (posted by Jim Taylor, 29 Jan 2013, 23:43)

Here are some unique names for PERCUSSION music I came up with.





picture variation (posted by Jim Taylor, 8 Jan 2013, 01:19)

So I will name this composition "After Midnight". Do any of you know where you can find a program that adds music to animated gifs?

Happy New Year's (posted by Jim Taylor, 8 Jan 2013, 00:48)

And to you!

Happy new year (posted by Patrick May, 4 Jan 2013, 10:29)

Happy new year everyone.

To All (posted by Jim Taylor, 25 Dec 2012, 06:04)


Oh, boy! (posted by Patrick May, 8 Sep 2012, 10:04)

Hello everyone, and welcome back Michael.
Thanks Dan. Most of the music I make is pretty fast-paced, so it's fun to make something calm now and then.

Hopefully I'll be uploading more music in the coming weeks.

DBZ FOREVER!!! !!! !!!

Mike and Pat (posted by Dan Rowe, 22 Aug 2012, 06:34)

Greetings to Michael and Patrick. I dig your new tunes. Patrick, your latest is a nice change of pace, though I like your frantic ones, too!

Thanks guys! (posted by Michael Fonos, 9 Aug 2012, 16:30)

Thanks for your kind words! It's good to cam back and find out that everything and everybody are still here. I intend to post something more really soon. Greetings from polish mountains:)

Message from Michael Fonos (posted 4 Aug 2012, 17:06)

Thanks a lot guys! And it's good to know that the site is still here and people are creating music! Soon I'm planning to add sth more.

Mike's Music (posted by Jim Taylor, 1 Aug 2012, 13:14)

Howdy Michael. I liked your piece. It is a good theme and variations.

While I am posting; Keith: have you been to any of the Olympic events?



Welcome back Michael Fonos (posted by Keith, 31 Jul 2012, 23:16)

A big welcome back to the MIDI Diary (after over 3 years) to Michael Fonos!

Thank you also to Dan Rowe and Jim Taylor for keeping things ticking over here. Much appreciated, folks.

Good too to hear recently from Patrick May, Nikolay Trotsenko and Jerzy Kulik. Hope you'll all be able to send in pieces to the MIDi diary a bit more regularly in future.
View towards Wales from Clee Summit in Shropshire, England. Photo (c) 2012 Keith Bramich
View towards Wales from Clee Summit in Shropshire, England

Heh heh! Oh boy! (posted by Patrick May, 29 Feb 2012, 06:38)

I haven't been here for quite a while. It's good to see that you're all still composing.

August Rush (posted by Jim Taylor, 28 Feb 2012, 02:20)

Anyone see AUGUST RUSH? Quite a movie for musicians.

Youtube (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 18 Feb 2012, 15:29)

Two new videos of mine:


Web Robot (posted by Jim Taylor, 23 Jan 2012, 00:55)

Keith-I really liked your WEB ROBOT posted in the archives 1/22. What an assortment of sounds.

Message from Jerzy Kulik (posted 15 Jan 2012, 10:29)

All these shows and music were created by me.
I use "Ulid VideoStudio" and there'is a newer version of it - "Corel VideoStudio Pro X4".

For creation music I use a sequencer - "Cubase SX3"

and different so called, plugins.
There a lot of different plugins for different kind of music.

With this sequencer you can also compose your music using notes, like in "Finale".
To obtain almost real sound of symphonic orchestra, you can use "Miroslav Philharmonik" (it's just a plugin).

Listen, what it can do.

In this program all sounds are real sounds not synthetic ones.
Music to my slides "Colours of the Winter" and "The History of a Castle" was made just with "Miroslav Philharmonik".

I don't know exactly if Finale can use any plugins but only Midi cards.


Jerzy Kulik (posted by Jim Taylor, 13 Jan 2012, 08:24)

That was fantastic, Jerzy. Who made the show and what program (the picture manipulation) was it made with? What music program or keyboard do you use to create your music files?

Youtube (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 2 Jan 2012, 11:01)

Look, what I've been doing during the last few weeks.


Happy New Year! (posted by Dan Rowe, 2 Jan 2012, 06:35)

Best wishes to all in 2012!

Congrats to Jim, and I like your Russian arrangement!

Jim, Ricardo Frantz had some music published a few years back:

Maybe you should compare notes?

BTW, Ricardo is also a great photographer! Quite a bit of his photos online, if you look around.

Also, I've discovered some real gems in the archives lately, and I hope the composers are still active...

Last note (posted by Jim Taylor, 23 Dec 2011, 23:10)

"HEY" Ketih. I had to think a minute about which last note you were asking about. LOL.

The instrumentation is for full concert band.

Thanks much.

PS if anyone has the FINALE composition program, go to the FINALE SHOWCASE. I am posting some of my works posted here for use by bands everywhere.

Congratulations Jim! (posted by Keith, 23 Dec 2011, 00:36)

Glad to hear about this, Jim. Enjoyed the piece. Approximately what standard would you say this piece is, and will the score and parts be available to purchase? (Unless my ears are playing tricks on me, the last note is not played by any standard concert band instruments! :)

Happy Christmas everyone, and a big thank-you to Dan for prodding (pronking?) the MIDI Diary with interesting new pieces regularly to keep things going!

AT LAST!!! (posted by Jim Taylor, 12 Dec 2011, 18:07)

One of my band pieces is going to be published. It only took 40 years of composing and arranging, but it was worth the wait. I credit Keith and Cadenza for keeping the dream alive.

Go to

if you would like to hear it. You will have to right click and download the WAV file because it it much too large to send in via e-mail. The piece is FROM RUSSIA WITH MUSIC and the MIDI is at Cadenza. The WAV file was made at a recording studio with no live performers,but it sounds like a real band. Soon, it will be in a music store close to you!


Jerzy's new guitar arrangements (posted by Dan Rowe, 14 Oct 2011, 07:11)

Great! Even Segovia, who hated electric guitar, and I assume, all electronic music, might approve. The sound is just super!

Nice recent work by Joseph and Jim, too. Anyone have a Halloween tune in the works?

classical guitar (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 7 Oct 2011, 19:58)

I invite you to listen to my new classical guitar music

Classical guitar (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 29 Aug 2011, 12:09)

Thanks Dan.
I'm preparing more classical and flamenco guitar music now.
Classical guitar-the instrument of my youth.

Tarrega Piece (posted by Dan Rowe, 19 Aug 2011, 07:20)

Excellent arrangement, Jerzy!

HELLO (posted by Mr Nobady, 10 Jul 2011, 19:58)


someone has to contact the Polish composer Michael Fonos? Our orchestra is interested in the rendition of his work to help people who need help.

Sorry for my English.

(Ok - I've forwarded your email to Michael Fonos, so hopefully you'll hear from him directly. Keith)

Riddle (posted by Jim Taylor, 3 Jul 2011, 03:03)

Ok. Time for my worst original joke/riddle of the summer.

What would you call a spy in a factory that trains people to place ferns in the ground?

A plant plant plant plant.

Meanwhile, try my newest tongue twister.

Soldier shoulder surgery. Try saying it (ok, not the word "it" but the tongue twister) ten times in five seconds. Bet you can't do it.

Unbelievable! :) (posted by Aldo, 25 May 2011, 21:33)

Ha, ha! Finally someone found a way to make some use of my silly music! And they played it LIVE!!! From now on, I'm going to post my "compositions" as sheet music, too. Keith, believe it or not, you just made my evening a bit more happy than it was. :) Many thanks!

Spifferata (posted by Keith, 24 May 2011, 18:25)

Yesterday I printed out copies of the full score of Aldo's 'Spifferata' and took it to choir practice, and we all whistled the whole thing. Great fun!

Thanks (posted by Jim Taylor, 24 Mar 2011, 02:03)

Thanks much, Dennis. I need to find that one and see what it sounds like. It sounds like one of my classical types. Your songs are all great too.

C minor Trio (posted by denis, 21 Mar 2011, 23:49)

You don't loose the touch Jim. It is a jewel this piece!

Good new music! (posted by Keith, 21 Mar 2011, 02:13)

I'm enjoying all the new music here, even though we're getting fewer new pieces these days. In spite of that, the 'hits' here are still increasing.

Music Animation Machine (posted by Dan Rowe, 25 Feb 2011, 10:48)

Hi Jim,

In the FAQ, it states the free Windows version is designed for XP; maybe it won't work with your computer. But it should be easy to operate if you have XP; just load a MIDI file, and start playing it with the space bar. The graphics should start immediately.

Rather than explain how it should look, try this link:

There's a lot more at YouTube, besides this Bach fugue.

software (posted by Jim Taylor, 24 Feb 2011, 01:02)

Dan: I could not get the software to work. There was something about switching files between two computers or sharing them. What is the software supposed to do?

Thought For the Day (posted by Jim Taylor, 22 Feb 2011, 13:47)

Isn't it great not having to worry about having a lot of money? The only stock market we country folk have to worry about is the cattle auction.

Music Animation Machine (posted by Dan Rowe, 20 Feb 2011, 22:41)

This is a great freeware program:

When you play a MIDI through it, you get a nice graphic display, similar to what I use to create nusic in Cakewalk, using the "Piano Roll View".

I saw it featured on "Classic Arts Showcase", where the visual was used with a Chopin piece. (Etude, opus 10, #8)

Jim, I think your students would get a kick out of it. And by the way, I'm not an educator, just an amateur who digs MIDI.

animated gif (posted by Jim Taylor, 20 Feb 2011, 04:19)

Here is a new one I made with Easy Gif Animator.

Another original (posted by Jim Taylor, 20 Feb 2011, 03:09)

Parents HAVE to get across to their young children that education is an OPPORTUNITY, not an ORDEAL. Children should be as excited about the first day of school as they are about getting to see Grandma and Grandpa or Christmas morning.

picture (posted by Jim Taylor, 20 Feb 2011, 02:01)

Hey Dan. That looks like me cooking breakfast while in college. Are you an educator? I sure enjoy your music. As to your comment, a bad teacher can have as long lasting effect as a good one.

Teachers (posted by Dan Rowe, 18 Feb 2011, 23:27)

Not every teacher is great, nor do they all deserve to be remembered. The fact that you "slept through most of my music history classes" says something, doesn't it? Some students persevere in spite of their teachers, not because of them.

A Teacher's Immortality (posted by Jim Taylor, 17 Feb 2011, 16:51)

(this is another of one of my original "thoughts for the day".)

Write a great book. Over time, it will probably be forgotten and eventually turn to dust.
Write a great music composition. How many music compositions are left that are over six hundred years old? (ok you MIDI music experts: help me out here. I slept through most of my music history classes. I suppose Gregorian Chant was earlier than 600 years.)
Break an athletic record. Someone else will come along who will break yours.
It is only teachers that can have the honor of changing and shaping the future with an ever expanding force.
Every day, we cast the pebbles of knowledge into the pool of humanity's future and we will never know how far the ripples will expand.
Part of every teacher will exist until the end of time.

Thought for the day (posted by Jim Taylor, 29 Jan 2011, 09:56)

Howdy. We have been asked to send in a "thought for the day" at school, so I have been making up original ones. Here is my latest.


How much is one plus one? It could be eleven, a tall one when both numbers are placed on top of each other, the word ONEONE, a long dash if placed side by side horizontally, a long slash if placed side by side diagonally, a V or a ^, and it could even equal two, which in relation to the stated question seems the most unlikely. A teacher has to be specific when asking a question while at the same time, have an open mind to exploring every possibility.
Jim Taylor
1/29/2011 (or even a year)

It's an unusual request (posted by Dan Rowe, 26 Dec 2010, 11:30)

First off, you're talking about thousands of MIDI files. In the nine year period before the current format, there was one new original MIDI file every day; a total of around 3,285! And many more since then.

My recommendation to Peter is to sample the composers. If you hear one you especially like, download some of their files. You won't like everything, anyway, so why download all the MIDIs?

People have put a lot of time and effort into their music, so why not put in a little time and effort of your own?

Archive? (posted by Keith, 25 Dec 2010, 22:48)

@Peter Russillo: An archive of all the MIDI pieces? For private use, or would you want to sell it? What would you offer us all in return? Curious to know what everyone else thinks about this idea.

Season's greetings, everyone, and thanks for your latest music.
300 snowmen

archives of midi (posted by Peter Russillo, 23 Dec 2010, 01:12)

Any possibility of having an archive of all the MIDI pieces one could go to and download in a .zip file?

matpalyuleun (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 30 Oct 2010, 14:30)

Hi Yodu.
Very nice electronic experiment with voice.
I like it.

Michael Fonos (posted by Keith, 29 Oct 2010, 22:33)

@PopHitsEastbourne - I've forwarded your message to him, so if he's interested then you should get a direct reply.

Michael Fonos (posted by PopHitsEastbourne, 27 Oct 2010, 20:06)

Does anyone know an email address for Michael Fonos? I wish to ask permission to use one of his songs with a recording artist

Message from Jerzy Kulik (posted 25 Oct 2010, 21:01)

Yeah. I have such experience with some publishers, too. They want me to pay them a 1.000 $ first and after they sell 200 or 300 copies of my records, they give my many back;)

UP and Down (posted by Jim Taylor, 21 Oct 2010, 02:21)

You won't believe this. Last week, I received an e-mail from a band music publisher. They asked me to send them some of my concert band compositions, but the score had to be created with the FINALE program, and to also send a MIDI. Luckily, we have finale at my school, but I always have used ENCORE for everything at CADENZA. I went into high gear learning FINALE which has some great tools but is a little tricky at first, and finally, I sent them a piece for young band. Within two days, they wrote back and said they wanted to publish it. Yippee. But hold the horses. Today, I received an e-mail saying "sorry, we are closing our concert band division. blah, blah blah." Bummer. Right back where I started with nothing officially published. Oh well, at least I know how to use the FINALE program now.

Problem now fixed (posted by Keith, 2 Oct 2010, 20:32)

Thanks for this, Susan, and apologies for wasting your time. Have checked, and the same thing happens for me, so there's definitely a problem here which needs solving. I suspect that it's working for files up to about 7Mb in size currently, but should be able to fix this over the next day or two.

Update 4 Oct: Problem now fixed. I've increaseed the upload limits to 2GB, and tested (so far) with a 40Mb MP3. If you're uploading music for the first time, though, it's probably worth uploading a small file first.

Uploading my files (posted by Susan Masters, 29 Sep 2010, 05:58)

Thank you - have attempted upload.
All fields on the form are returned blank and in error after having completed them all and one piece (an MP3 about 30mb) has appeared to upload.

Yes please (posted by Keith, 27 Sep 2010, 07:43)

@Susan Masters ... Thanks for dropping in to the MIDI Diary. Yes, we'd love you (or anyone else reading this) to upload some of your music too. All music submitted here has to be through the form, and must follow the CMD house rules, but any style is ok. Please use the ADD MUSIC link at the top of the page to get started, and let us know if you need any help.

Upload new music (posted by Susan Masters, 25 Sep 2010, 13:03)

Would love to upload some new music files.

Thanks for latest pieces everyone (posted by Keith, 7 Sep 2010, 09:50)

It feels like the summer is over and the Cadenza MIDI Diary is springing back to life. Some very interesting music here lately!
Horseblocks. Photo copyright 2010 Keith Bramich

Thanks (posted by Rick Frazier, 8 Aug 2010, 00:08)

I appreciate your good word regarding Sheer. I had a little hiatus there for a while but the motivation is coming back. I think I'm going to be making some more soon.

Sheer (posted by Dan Rowe, 27 Jul 2010, 11:32)

I like your latest, Rick, and I actually prefer it to your older tunes. Any more coming our way?

Also, Jerzy's tunes are as impeccable as ever. Kudos to both of you.

Get out of goal free (posted by Keith, 15 Jun 2010, 14:49)

@Jim: Friends? You think I have friends? Actually, I wouldn't know the difference between good and bad sports if either of them came up and bit me on the ball foot supporter! At the time of the incident, I think I was singing Byrd's 3 part mass!

Goalie (posted by Jim Taylor, 15 Jun 2010, 03:18)

So Keith, what did you hear your friends and co-workers saying about England's goalie after the game with USA, or can it be printed?

Four of my six grand children

WARNING!! (posted by Jim Taylor, 14 Jun 2010, 02:58)

A warning for all Cadenza visitors. Do NOT listen to my 4'34". Don't say I didn't warn you.

Terragen landscape (posted by Jim Taylor, 18 May 2010, 02:48)

Another TERRAGEN picture

Landscape (posted by Jim Taylor, 18 May 2010, 02:41)

Landscape created with the free program TERRAGEN.

Latest Picture (posted by Jim Taylor, 4 May 2010, 10:38)

Here is my latest animated gif for your entertainment. I named it FANG THANG.

New Animated Gif (posted by Jim Taylor, 3 May 2010, 02:45)

This one took a few days to make with the MS Paint program. Each little rectangle was made with the smallest eraser and then filled in one at a time.

Making MIDI Files (posted by Dan, 2 May 2010, 04:54)

In response to Jim's question, I use Cakewalk Home Studio, which is an old version of Cakewalk. I input the notes via the mouse to the "Piano Roll" view, which is a grid. Like JT, I also start with the piano sound and then pick different instruments to suit the tune. It may sound like a slow way of working, but I've been doing it so long, it's become second nature.
not really me
Dan at work

Program or keyboard (posted by Jim Taylor, 24 Apr 2010, 02:46)

How do most of you create your MIDI files? I have a composition program named ENCORE and I play my songs into the program using a M-Audio Midi controller. I usually start with the piano sound and then assign different instruments after I finish my song.

Spring (posted by Jim Taylor, 10 Apr 2010, 09:15)

Spring is here!

Snowprint art (posted by Keith, 21 Feb 2010, 16:00)

Snowprint art, 21 February 2010, rural UK

Glass Is In Session (posted by Dan Rowe, 2 Feb 2010, 02:13)

Thanks, Jim. Like many others, my first exposure to Glass was Koyaanisqatsi. A couple years later, I bought his "Mishima" soundtrack on LP, which I enjoyed immensely. I've since seen about a dozen movies featuring his music. Although he has his detractors (some call it "wallpaper music"), I like his style, and he always seems to find some new wrinkle or angle to keep it interesting.

Spiral by Dan Rowe (posted by Jim Taylor, 1 Feb 2010, 09:20)

Dan: good job on your Philip Glass style. Have you seen both of his movies Powaqqatsi and Koyaanisqatsi? There are many samples on YOU TUBE. Here is one.

K--- was my favorite. I just went to his homepage. I had no idea he had composed for so many movies.

French Horn (posted by Jim Taylor, 30 Jan 2010, 21:30)

Another of my animated gifs.

String Art (posted by Jim Taylor, 24 Jan 2010, 02:57)

After creating this animated gif, my HAL 9000 computer told me his virtual memory was getting low. I told him to get back to work and quit singing Daisy.

New animated gif 4U (posted by Jim Taylor, 20 Jan 2010, 07:49)


Dallas Cowboys (posted by Jim Taylor, 17 Jan 2010, 12:47)

Are any of you Dallas Cowboy fans and are you able to see NFL games on your TV's?

New Year's Resolution (posted by Dan Rowe, 17 Jan 2010, 04:48)

Yes. To practice guitar more.

New Year's Resolutions (posted by Jim Taylor, 16 Jan 2010, 06:37)

So did anyone make any new year's resolutions?

Snow (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 10 Jan 2010, 15:11)

Thanks for greetings. You're a lucky man. In Europe a lot of snow!!!

Happy New Year! (posted by Keith, 9 Jan 2010, 22:01)

Happy New Year, everyone, and greetings from Japan!

Thanks for all the music in 2009 and please keep it coming in 2010.

Happy New Year! (posted by Dan Rowe, 31 Dec 2009, 22:27)

Thanks for the compliment, Jim. (No, the picture is not a Kincaid.) I hope everyone achieves their goals, musical and otherwise, in 2010!
keep rockin'

Oh, my goodness! (posted by Patrick May, 18 Dec 2009, 05:02)

I'd just like to say that if anyone feels like it, they can take any of my musical works that I've posted on this site, and remix them/edit them/and even post remixed versions up here on this site.

You don't need to ask permission, but if you do remix/extend something I've made, I'd like you to let people know what it's an extended song or remix.

I think that collaboration should be encouraged.
Thanks everyone. Have a great Christmas, and a great new year. Heh heh heh.

song (posted by Jim Taylor, 17 Dec 2009, 13:56)

Hey Dan. I enjoyed your version of O Come All Ye Faithful? Is the picture a Kincaid?

Oh, man. Heh heh. (posted by Patrick May, 8 Dec 2009, 17:29)

And here's my running man gif again, with the leg animation fixed up a bit. Now it looks a little bit more realistic.

Rotating man gif (posted by Patrick May, 7 Dec 2009, 16:56)

That's interesting, Jim. I tried it and it worked. After a while, I also noticed that his arms give the illusion of a rotating wheel.

Optical Illusion (posted by Jim Taylor, 4 Dec 2009, 04:16)

I took Patrick's little man and only intended for him to rotate inside the box. I discovered that you can make him change directions by thinking "ROTATE LEFT" or thinking "ROTATE RIGHT". He will go whatever direction your mind tells him to.

Keith's Guy Fawkes Post (posted by Stu, 3 Dec 2009, 16:29)


I am writing a series of fantasia poems about Guy Fawkes in the USA and would love to get permission from Keith to use his poster on the cover of the chapbook. Keith?



anigif (posted by Patrick May, 22 Nov 2009, 19:27)

Thanks Jim. The program I used is the "GNU Image Manipulation Program", which is also known as "GIMP". It's Free & Open Source software.
Another gif that I made with GIMP.
Another gif that I made with GIMP.

cool anigif (posted by Jim Taylor, 22 Nov 2009, 12:40)

Cool box - what program did you use to create the color transition background?

Animated GIFs (posted by Patrick May, 20 Nov 2009, 15:15)

Here's an animated GIF that I made.

Animated gif (posted by Jim Taylor, 18 Nov 2009, 02:01)

I figure you are tired of that F-14 so here is a new animated gif. The program I use to create these is called EASY GIF ANIMATOR.

New animated gif (posted by Jim Taylor, 16 Nov 2009, 04:07)

When I tire of MIDI creations, I try my hand at creating animated gifs. Enjoy.

Hymns (posted by Jim Taylor, 16 Nov 2009, 03:12)

I would like to hear some old hymns the rest of you grew up with if you have time to post any of them. Thanks in advance.

Kokin Joshi Scale (posted by Dan Rowe, 15 Nov 2009, 11:39)

On my new tune's page, I tried to use the pound sign to indicate "sharp" when writing the scale, but it didn't go through. For the record, the scale is C, C sharp, F, G, A sharp.

Welcome back Oskar Schuster! (posted by Keith, 12 Nov 2009, 12:25)

and thanks for your mellow piano pieces

animated gifs (posted by Jim Taylor, 8 Nov 2009, 14:07)

Thanks much, Patrick.

J T Controls (posted by Patrick May, 7 Nov 2009, 20:27)

I agree with Keith. Let me tell you, Jim Taylor controls the animated GIFs. I always enjoy the animated GIFs that Jim posts.

Jim, keep up the good work.

post (posted by Jim Taylor, 7 Nov 2009, 12:53)

No problem, Keith. I just couldn't figure out if it was a compliment or not.

It was me ... (posted by Keith, 7 Nov 2009, 12:15)

Sorry Jim, it was me that posted that graphic. No criticism intended, but it obviously came out wrong. I shouldn't have posted it anonymously, and should have put a comment with it. Just intended to be my little joke, marking the first time that all the latest pieces listed were by one person! Sorry if you took it the wrong way. :) I enjoyed all the music, as usual.

Great music site (posted by Jim Taylor, 7 Nov 2009, 10:04)

Want free movies, books, audio books, and software. Go to the INTERNET ARCHIVE.

The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

There are 222,120 moving images, 70,318 live concerts, 429,060 recordings, and 1,724,423 texts and these numbers increase every day.

Control vs Participate (posted by Jim Taylor, 7 Nov 2009, 09:38)

Well that was interesting. If it is a compliment thanks. If it is criticism, thanks. I think both Keith and I like variety. This is the first site I go to everyday just to see what is new. Anyone can participate as much as they want. I am not a "control freak" as you suggest, but I have always been guilty of making suggestions. There are plenty of other MIDI sites you can go to if you are offended by my music, movies, pictures, animated gifs, puns and stories. I am a 62-year-old band director (still teaching) in Texas with three children and six grand children. I started composing while in high school and have been writing music ever since.

All my grandchildren

JT Controls ... (posted by JT Control Corp, 6 Nov 2009, 20:11)

JT Controls ...

Message from Jim Taylor (posted 19 Oct 2009, 23:13)

Thanks Keith. The only thing about getting into MPEG 4 submissions is that you should require everything to be original. Copyright and CONTENT will really need to be monitored. Could you maybe do away with the darker colors against black print. How about a counter for each piece? That would be cool, but it might be too much trouble to make it retroactive. Mabye just a counter for the diary and the country it was visited from, or a map for visitors to mark.
Thanks again for your great site.

This'n'that (posted by Keith, 19 Oct 2009, 10:35)

The MIDI Diary's now accepting submissions in MPEG 4 Video format.

Patrick: sorry, we probably wouldn't accept your Disney remix (unless you got permission from the copyright holder to make the arrangment). The link to your incredible MIDI file didn't work, but you can find it in this list:

Jim: Thanks for the animated GIF metronome and the links to your stories. Might be worth converting them to PDF or RTF or something before uploading them, so that philistines like me (who refuse to use MS Word) can read them! No plans to close down the diary, by the way, and if I get time, I'll try to add some functionality for next month's 'birthday'.

Internet Archive (posted by Jim Taylor, 16 Oct 2009, 11:41)

Glad you read my stories. Your are sure right about the internet archive. I have not even scratched the surface of what is there. To Keith-if you ever decide to shut down your site, maybe you could donate all submissions to the archive.

Jim's Writing (posted by Dan Rowe, 15 Oct 2009, 22:00)

I'm no expert on "kid lit", although like everyone else, I love Dr. Seuss and the classics like "The Wizard of Oz". But I enjoyed Jim's efforts, especially the bit about the rocket going up the chimney. I also found out there's a lot more to than old Grateful Dead concerts!

Short Stories (posted by Jim Taylor, 14 Oct 2009, 01:40)

I have "composed" a couple of short stories. Rather than post them here, the links are as follows.

The basic theme of these stories is "GRANDADDY AND THE SPACE MONSTER." I make these stories up for my grand children all the time and decided to put pen to paper. Since you guys put up with my music, maybe you will enjoy something different from this old Texan.

On the dot (posted by Jim Taylor, 14 Oct 2009, 01:11)

I suppose with a MIDI file and an animated gif maker, one could create a metronome, or if a little monster lived in a city, a metro-gnome.

Incredible MIDI file I found (posted by Patrick May, 5 Oct 2009, 14:59)

Heh heh! The Cadenza MIDI Diary forum has been quiet for a while, so I thought I'd post something.

At some point, I'm going to try to make a remix of the theme music to the popular Disney cartoon "The new adventures of Winnie the Pooh". I can't sing, so I might use a speech synthesizer for the vocals. Or I may also have a friend do the singing.
Once I complete this, I'm wondering if it would be accepted here? Since it wouldn't be an entirely original work, but based on someone else's composition.

I also wanted to share with you all an incredible MIDI file that I found. It's from a Nintendo 64 game called "Let's Smash".
I've been listening to this a lot recently.

Fractal painting made with Apophysis (posted by Keith, 6 Jul 2009, 21:54)

Hi Dan ... Ricardo put this comment - "Fractal painting made with Apophysis" - behind the image, which will probably give us a clue. (Trying Binging or Googling 'Apophysis'.) Yep ... lots of good music from Ricardo and everyone else lately, and welcome back Nikolay and Charles. (Charles: English for 'cadenza' is 'cadence' and it has several meanings. Looking forward to hearing your new MIDIs.)

Ornament (posted by Dan Rowe, 5 Jul 2009, 09:29)

Ricardo's latest tune is very good, as usual. I particularly liked the instrument choices, the way it ends, and the picture, which adds a lot. I would like to see more art in that style. Did you make that, Ricardo, or can you tell me anything about how it was made?

hello long time ago i submit (posted by charles, 5 Jul 2009, 01:13)

hey bunch , long time no visit for me .. i forgot all about the cadenza ....what does cadenza translayte to englishe anyhow?

i just visiting , and going to write up new parts on some of the midis i done , posting soon with no delay.

still abig fan of this site, keep on rockin'


Slides (posted by Azer Mantessa, 23 Jun 2009, 04:54)

Hi Jerzy,

Thanks for the link. Bookmarked it :-)


Message from Jerzy Kulik (posted 19 Jun 2009, 19:52)

Hi all.
Go to my site and watch my slides.

Message from Michael Fonos (posted 2 Jun 2009, 20:46)

Hi Jerzy!

Thanks a lot for the link but I'm afraid that my computer is simply too weak to handle this program. Plus, this program is quite abstract to me at this time:)
But I do appreciate the info as in the near future I'd like to try and come up with some improvements with my compositions.
Rememeber I'm not a profesional musician:)
But your music is FANTASTIC!
May I ask what do you use to write it, what is the software and what do I need to improve with my computer to use some more advanced programs.
My e-mail is zimm44 AT go2 DOT pl if you'd be so kind and answer my questions.
Thanks again!

Message from Jerzy Kulik (posted 31 May 2009, 10:24)

Hi Michael.
Glad to see you again.
I recommend you "Miroslav Philharmonik" -
It's the whole professional orchestra. Try the demo first.

Thanks, Azer (posted by Dan Rowe, 27 May 2009, 12:32)

Glad you enjoyed Sanosu. Patrick and I will be doing more music together, I'm sure. I am enjoying your music, too.


Sanosu (posted by Azer Mantessa, 25 May 2009, 03:04)

Nice collaboration between you two. the song really reflects both of you :-) I was like ... whoaaaa ... both Daniel and Patrick at the same time!


a bit space rather sudden ending will be nicer (I think). newayz, very nice indeed :-)

Am a bass player (posted by Azer Mantessa, 22 May 2009, 05:39)

> Patrick May: which instrument(s) do you play?

I play bass guitar. I thought that's the only musical instrument no one ever bother. So that's cool.

My sons and daughters play the guitars. My wife plays the piano. No one wanna play drums and percussions.

Here, we pay like Ringgit 8 per hour for jamming ... which is about USD 2. Unfortunately, most of the time, the kids argue as the studio only provide two electric guitars.

I rely on humming and MIDI for song writing.

Which instrument(s) do you play? (posted by Dan Rowe, 20 May 2009, 15:21)

I've played the electric guitar most of my life, and many of my favorite musicians are guitarists. I also play electric bass, and have dabbled in alto sax, keyboards, and percussion.

Making music on "real" instruments is something I'll never give up, but MIDI and electronic music has its advantages. The two complement each other.
axe me nicely
My main guitar is a Fender Stratocaster

Message from Jerzy Kulik (posted 20 May 2009, 09:23)

> Patrick May: which instrument(s) do you play?

In my youth I played the classical guitar and a bass guitar.
But I always prefered to create music.
Now I use synthesizer and a computer with quite good plugins. I can make now all kind of music.

Instruments (posted by Keith, 20 May 2009, 07:03)

> Patrick May: which instrument(s) do you play?

Can't play anything very well. Used to play clarinet. Piano a bit, but not from music - just improvising. Orchestral timpani. Ocarina (out of tune). Tin whistle. Descant recorder. Toy glockenspiel. Throat (in choirs).
Embossed nature ...

Instruments? (posted by Patrick May, 19 May 2009, 23:04)

I've got a question for everyone here on the Cadenza MIDI Diary.

My question is, do you play a musical instrument? If so, which instrument(s) do you play?

Myself, I play the bass guitar. I also try to play the keyboard and the guitar, but the bass guitar is my main instrument.
My bass guitar.
My bass guitar.

Yeah man (posted by Patrick May, 13 May 2009, 17:26)

Oh, boy!

Message from Jiffie (posted 12 May 2009, 22:19)


Message from Jiffie (posted 12 May 2009, 21:48)


Whoa man (posted by Patrick May, 10 May 2009, 20:52)


Message from Jiffie (posted 10 May 2009, 15:03)


Oh, boy! (posted by Patrick May, 10 May 2009, 04:35)

Oh, man! Oh boy! Oh, my goodness! Heh heh.

Message from Brandon Homayouni (posted 25 Apr 2009, 22:00)

Thank you so much!

Hymn in E Flat Major (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 24 Apr 2009, 21:14)

Hi Brandon.
Very interesting piece of work, monumental.

Message from Jerzy Kulik (posted 14 Apr 2009, 16:48)

Thanks Azer. I have now quite nice soft for creation music.

The Year of the Snake (posted by Azer Mantessa, 14 Apr 2009, 06:56)

Simply amazing :-)

I was like ... whoaaaaaa

Marlon Hendred (posted by Azer Mantessa, 10 Apr 2009, 00:38)

Songs by Marlon Hendred are melodious. Great stuffs.
Am craving for more :-)

Amelie (posted by Denis Desbiens, 9 Apr 2009, 00:04)

Thanks Jerzy! As time goes by, I realize that I deeply like songs. After composing it, it stays a long time in my mind like a juke box. My daughter Hebe (on the photo) sings better than me. I want to sing and play in restaurants with her one day. Also my son too is a better composer than me now!

Amelie (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 8 Apr 2009, 17:14)

Hi Denis.
I like your song "Amelie". You have good voice (expression and light, clear vibrato at the end of the phrase). I think you should record it in a studio.

Thanks everyone! (posted by Patrick May, 28 Mar 2009, 00:41)

Thanks Jim, and Azer. I haven't had anything formally copywrited or published, but I have had some of my songs played on college/internet radio stations.

I'd really like to compose music for video games. Maybe one day I'll get lucky. But until then, I'm happy composing music just for fun.

Thanks again.
Green arrows.
Green arrows

LightningDennis (posted by Jim Taylor, 26 Mar 2009, 19:58)

Wow Patrick. That was fantastic. Have you ever had anything published or formally copyrighted, or are you among the ranks of those that are cursed with loads of talent and no luck?

LighteningDenis (posted by Azer Mantessa, 25 Mar 2009, 23:16)

Mr. May,

That's a fantastic song - colorful, lotsa varieties.

good drawing (posted by Jim Taylor, 25 Mar 2009, 03:35)

Good work on the drawing, Mr.May. I've never tried that type of drawing.

Welcome back Jim (posted by Patrick May, 24 Mar 2009, 16:52)

It's good to see you back, Jim.
Your animated gifs are always interesting. I especially liked your "Santa fun" (which you posted back in December 2007).

A drawing of my friend that I made myself, using paper and pen.

Hello (posted by Jim Taylor, 24 Mar 2009, 01:17)

I am back from Spring Break so it is time to get back to work. Here is a little animated gif I made for your entertainment.

Welcome! (posted by Keith, 16 Mar 2009, 23:21)

Just a quick welcome to Marlon Hendred ... enjoyed your three pieces which appeared today. Hope we're able to hear some more of your work sometime. Thanks also to everyone else for continuing to support the Custard Midas Dump!
Custard Midas Dump

Harp song (posted by Denis Desbiens, 4 Mar 2009, 01:37)

That's true James, the last note is too short. Thanks for the comment. Keep up with good compositions everybody!

Harp Song (posted by Jim Taylor, 1 Mar 2009, 02:42)

Hey Denis. I really liked your harp song. The MIDI cut the last note off early. I try to start and end all my songs with a very high 64th note with the seashore sound and I set it to ppp dynamics. In other words, I add a silent measure before and after my pieces. Once in a while though, I forget to add the dynamics and you might hear this little scratch in that silent measure.

My favorite minor piece is House of the Rising Sun. I can't hear a minor song without thinking about those awesome chord progressions.

Keep up the great composing.

They Are Here (posted by Azer Mantessa, 19 Feb 2009, 08:09)

Thanks Jerzy :-)

The song is a prelimanary description on the coming AntiChrist. 'They Are Here' means The Iblis aka Lucifer Followers are here as they have always been.

I predicted Year 2014 - The New World Order (Slavery and Total Control)

Year 2033 - The declaration of AntiChrist and The Final Wars


They Are Here (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 17 Feb 2009, 23:39)

Azer, I like your latest ballad, Good theme for a film.

Dark colours (posted by Patrick May, 28 Jan 2009, 19:15)

I agree with Jim - some colours don't mix well.

However, removing the options for these colours is a bit extreme, because those colours can still go well with some other colours.

Instead, it would be much better to implement some kind of preview system, or have a table displaying each colour, so that people can see which colours will go well together when they upload their songs.

Page colors (posted by Jim Taylor, 26 Jan 2009, 00:17)

Keith-is there a way you can take the colors purple, blue, or any other dark colors out of the options CADENZA DIARY uses for page colors? The black text on purple or blue is very difficult to read. If it can not be done, how about light colored texts on dark pages? The page where you store my music (thanks so much again) has been blue the last couple of days. I would just as soon it be black and white if possible.

Invite (posted by Jim Taylor, 24 Jan 2009, 11:26)

I have invited band directors that use THE YELLOW BOARD
<<<<<<< >>>>>>>>> (a message board site for mostly TX band directors) to post their music at CADENZA. Maybe we will have some new composers posting soon.

conductor (posted by Jim Taylor, 24 Jan 2009, 11:20)

Someone told me there was already a WII game with this option.

"Virtual Conductor" idea (posted by Dan Rowe, 5 Jan 2009, 10:22)

Jim, I think you may be overestimating the level of interest in conducting. People fantasize about being sports stars, rock stars, movie stars, supermodels, etc. but I've yet to meet someone with a fantasy about conducting. Of course, I could be wrong. Do orchestra conductors get groupies, too?

Virtual Conductor (posted by Jim Taylor, 3 Jan 2009, 04:34)

Here is a letter I just sent to Nintendo. Do you regulars at Cadenza think this would work?

I look for nothing in return for this suggestion. I am a Texas Band Director and have been teaching kids 34 years.

How about a "Virtual Conductor " game for Wii? The game would come with a choir, band or orchestra to conduct. All music would need to be public domain. Imagine conducting Beethoven "Ode to Joy" or Sousa's "Stars and Stripes". The game controller would need to be a conductor's baton, and the virtual musicians would need to be responsive to the conductor's beat. All you would need to do would be to include beat patterns in the directions. The volume of the performing group would be controlled by the size of the beat. The tempo (speed) of the music would be set by how fast the game player moved the baton. You might even go so far as to build in marcato and legato depending on how the beat is directed (I am sure the musicians on your staff can run with this).

You might have a lot of adult/mature interest in a Wii game like this.

First day of 2009 (posted by Dan Rowe, 2 Jan 2009, 12:53)

"Guess the tune". it "Good King Wenceslas"? Nice one, and I also enjoy Ricardo's and Patrick's latest. 2009 is off to a good start.

Happy New Year (posted by Azer Mantessa, 2 Jan 2009, 12:16)

Me too, thanks to Keith and everyone for this site and the music.

Happy new year! (posted by Patrick May, 31 Dec 2008, 18:13)

I hope you all had a great Christmas, and I hope you'll have a great coming year.

I'd like to say thanks to Keith, and thanks to everyone here at the Cadenza MIDI diary, for this site, and the music.

Merry Christmas (posted by Keith, 25 Dec 2008, 12:35)

Merry Christmas everyone, and thanks for another great year of Cadenza MIDI music!

Thanks, Jim! (posted by Dan Rowe, 22 Dec 2008, 21:22)

I also enjoyed "Ittybittigrittimittiditty", especially the part that enters about 35 seconds into it. Reminded me of "Switched-On Bach".

Winter Squall (posted by Jim Taylor, 22 Dec 2008, 12:14)

Hey Dan. I really liked your blues with varitions on WINTER SQUALL. I thought at one point you were going to go to the realtive major, but the modal sound of the flat seventh chord kept it in the minor key. Cool song.

Merry Christmas (posted by Jim Taylor, 20 Dec 2008, 01:24)

Here is a little animated gif I created using PAINT and EASY GIF ANIMATOR. Merry Christmas.

Multimedia Art (posted by Jim Taylor, 7 Dec 2008, 07:36)

Keith, at one time you mentioned you might change this to a multimedia site as opposed to just music. Why don't some of you creators create a piece of art using your paint program?
Here is a little work I made named "The Mind Of Keith".

Dream On (posted by Dan Rowe, 6 Dec 2008, 23:42)

Good work, Teo! Nice fadeout, as well.

Bun venit! (posted by Keith, 5 Dec 2008, 01:27)

Teo wrote: Hope you like it! (Song of a dreamer)

Da ... foarte bun! Multumesc ... si bun venit!
(and no, I don't speak Romanian :) I used to try though ...)

A Big Fan of Rainbow (posted by Azer Mantessa, 30 Nov 2008, 17:15)


Am a big fan of Ritchie Blackmore (Rainbow)


Chinese Democracy (posted by Dan Rowe, 28 Nov 2008, 13:09)

Any rock fans here? I'd be interested to know if they have heard "Chinese Democracy" by Guns N' Roses. It's not only the most expensive album in history, it is the first album of original studio material from the band in seventeen years. (But Axl Rose is the only original member, so is it really Guns N' Roses?)

I heard it streaming on the net. My opinion: it's good, but overproduced. It's possible to overthink music, which is why many of the best records are recorded live, on stage or in the studio, with minimal or no overdubbing.

Some trivia from Wikipedia:

"On March 26, 2008, various media outlets reported that Dr. Pepper would offer a free can of Dr. Pepper to everyone in America if the band released Chinese Democracy in 2008. After it was announced that the album would be released in 2008, Dr Pepper confirmed that it would uphold its pledge."

Let's hold them to it.

Thanks (posted by Jim Taylor, 25 Nov 2008, 02:43)

Thanks for the compliment concerning Eskimo Parachute Dance.
Check out HAVEANEWKIA (read the name closely-Have A New Kia)
posted 17 JAN 06. It is another theme and variations that accelerates until the end. POQUITO, 19 APR 07 is also similar. Thanks again. I am honored!

My sixth grandchild, Andrew.

Happy Birthday CMD (posted by Azer Mantessa, 24 Nov 2008, 10:07)

"This is quite some site. There isn't another site quite like this one, with 11 years worth of unusual and diverse songs." - Patrick

I certainly agree :-)

My most favorite song:

"Eskimo Parachute Dance" by Jim Taylor

Diversified sound
Interesting melody
Interesting tempo


"The Enchanted Forest" by Keith Theodosiou


"Terminus" by Daniel Rowe

I could not find pieces by Aldo Carpanelli ... he has contributed so many good pieces particularly about the mosquitoes ... the sound effect is great.

The scariest one is of course ... "Voodoo" by Jerzy Kulik. That one is really really really really scary ... whoaaa

Happy birthday Cadenza MIDI diary (posted by Patrick May, 21 Nov 2008, 19:39)

This is quite some site. There isn't another site quite like this one, with 11 years worth of unusual and diverse songs.

Great work, everyone, and thanks to Keith for the site.

While I'm at it, I'd like to say that "GMG Travels the world" by Azer Mantessa is a fantastic song. Very interesting, and very catchy. It reminds me of video game music.

Also, Wonder by Keith Bramich is a very nice song. The sound of that instrument is very relaxing, as are the chords and melody.

Intel LGA775 processor

Happy 11th Birthday, CMD! (posted by Dan Rowe, 20 Nov 2008, 02:08)

This is a place where one can count on finding interesting, challenging music. Thanks for this showcase for our talents.
Denis, Azer, Patrick, Jerzy, Jim, and the rest have all made worthwhile contributions here...Keith: I like "Wonder"; some of the ringing tones remind me of glass harmonica. Nice work.

Haircut (posted by Keith, 19 Nov 2008, 17:34)

It's the MIDI Diary's birthday today, so I've just given it a haircut! There's a lot less stuff on the homepage now, but none of it has disappeared completely ... in fact there's more stuff here than before.

There's been some really good music here lately, from everyone, so please keep it up. The page views are still creeping up, and it looks so far as if November might be another record month.

Voodoo (posted by Azer Mantessa, 12 Nov 2008, 14:10)

Jerzy ... that's very scary

biting nail

Vote for Guy Fawkes (posted by Keith, 5 Nov 2008, 19:11)

Vote for Guy Fawkes ... the only man ever to enter parliament with honest intentions

Mandala (posted by Denis Desbiens, 2 Nov 2008, 11:21)

I really like your Mandala, Dan! A good piece. The harmony is interesting.

Thanks, Azer! (posted by Dan Rowe, 25 Oct 2008, 12:25)

I confess I didn't know what "sifu" meant, so I just looked it up. That's quite a compliment, but I think you are doing just fine with your own music. "Pains of Stress" is one of your best, and seems like a totally different direction. I think I like the fast part best; it really takes off! I haven't heard anything quite like it.

By the way, I also like Denis Desbiens' new music...


Grave Undertaking by Dan Rowe (posted by Azer Mantessa, 24 Oct 2008, 01:57)

I remember this one and until today I could not composed anything like that. I have tried more than a year now and I think I should give-up.

'Terminus' is my most favorite song from Sifu Daniel Rowe


new pieces? (posted by Denis Desbiens, 15 Oct 2008, 00:10)

My work takes a lot of my time. That's why I don't compose much. I hope to compose some little pieces soon. That's true, there are very nice pieces here lately!

Promenade (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 13 Oct 2008, 23:31)

I like it, too. It's so peaceful. We are waiting for more :D

Great Promenade (posted by Keith, 13 Oct 2008, 22:09)

> Azer @ Denis: Very nice.

Yes - I like it too. (Couldn't listen earlier on when it came in, because I was in a meeting!) If we're lucky, we might get to hear some more of Denis's pieces - he used to be a regular contributor to the old MIDI Diary, when MIDI used to mean "Musical Instrument Digital In-the-face" :)

I like the other pieces we've had recently, from everyone, too, by the way.

Here's an extract from an email I just sent to Dan:

I guess with the "Einstein" story we could tell it lots of different ways, e.g. the student could have been Frank Zappa, Genghis Khan, Barack Obama, Osama Bin Laden, Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Mr Bean, Elvis etc etc, and the story would still have the same effect! Maybe Azer should build some randomness into the story-telling in his flash applet?

Promenade by Denis Desbiens (posted by Azer Mantessa, 13 Oct 2008, 15:05)

Very nice.

Thanks there Dan :-) (posted by Azer Mantessa, 13 Oct 2008, 04:34)

"The Einstein story is an urban legend, according to several websites, like this one:

Einstein's name was added much later to the story, to give the argument more credence."

Oh ... hehehe

Thanks Dan, for the info. I have to admit receiving the argument via e-mail. While reading it, the song poped along.

Personally, I'm with the young student.

Thanks for the web's addy. It's a cool one :-)

Sorry to burst your bubble, but... (posted by Dan Rowe, 12 Oct 2008, 10:20)

The Einstein story is an urban legend, according to several websites, like this one:

Einstein's name was added much later to the story, to give the argument more credence.

Thanks Jerzy :-) (posted by Azer Mantessa, 6 Oct 2008, 04:17)

Albert Einstein ... whata guy :-)

Azer latest flash (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 4 Oct 2008, 22:38)

Azer, I like your latest flash "The Evil, The Light and The Heat". Interesting music, good animation. It forms a good impression as a whole. Jerzy

Music, Art and Math (posted by Jim Taylor, 4 Oct 2008, 13:07)

Isn't it somthing how all three are related and yet so different. This little animated gif goes through the rhythm pyramid sequence,1-2-4-8 16 etc.

Input Program (posted by Azer Mantessa, 19 Sep 2008, 14:22)


Try take a look at the program.

Basically, input programs should have menu as below:

Menu --> Option --> Audio --> Drivers

The Audio drivers should be listed both at INPUT Drivers and OUTPUT Drivers.

Make sure they are ticked as selected.


Killers and such (posted by Aldo Carpanelli, 19 Sep 2008, 08:43)

I just listened to Rowe's "Giant Killer". Awesome "ostinato" indeed! And the melodic line has some sort of an "exotic taste" that makes it sound really intriguing. It's a real pity that the MIDI format does not allow a more precise control of the timbre. Nevertheless, the musical idea remains... gigantic! :)

MIDI drivers (posted by Jim Taylor, 18 Sep 2008, 03:18)

Ok. I went to the DELL driver site and found the updated driver for my computer. I can hear MIDI now, but something is still wrong. I cannot get my composition program to work. I can see and input notes but no sound. Oh well, Beethoven still turned out some cool tunes with no audio.

The animated gif you are looking at is a possible perfect figure. Use a ruler to draw it. Every side should be 1/2, twice as long, or 1 1/2 times the size of the first line. I drew this freehand with the paint program and used the EASY animated gif maker to make the gif.

drivers (posted by Jim Taylor, 14 Sep 2008, 23:28)

I have not changed drivers, but for some reason, the current driver is corrupt. I guess I need to contact Dell for the latest sound drivers for my specific computer.


Boxing Match

MIDI Driver (posted by Azer Mantessa, 14 Sep 2008, 14:26)

Hi Jim,

Have you installed any MIDI driver? My XP comes with SoundMAX HD Audio. Anything?


MIDI (posted by Jim Taylor, 14 Sep 2008, 03:53)

My computer at work (XP) will not play MIDI. I installed a new WMP but still no luck. Before I give my computer a lobotomy and start over, does anyone have any ideas about how to fix the problem? (OK Keith-don't tell me to get an Apple lol).

A little invention of mine. Draw 2 tic-tac-toes, connect all like corners and erase to bring out sides.

Message from Ryan Nescio (posted 12 Sep 2008, 14:41)

I'm gonna try and write something new. I just bought a laptop so I'm in the middle of installing everything again and getting my files transferred from my desktop. Unfortunately, I have Vista 64 bit, and my audio interface doesn't support this version of Windows yet, so I have to wait for the manufacturer to upgrade in order to use all of my new equipment! >:|

Ryan Nescio (posted by Azer Mantessa, 10 Sep 2008, 13:15)

Ryan Nescio! Ooo man ... long time no see!

Real sound is cool (posted by Keith, 9 Sep 2008, 22:51)

Ryan: Real sound is cool. Exploitation of dogs by stormtroopers is not so cool. :) Welcome back, and welcome back Patrick!

Message from Ryan Nescio (posted 9 Sep 2008, 18:05)

So I take it that this is no longer just a MIDI/MP3s-of-midis website anymore? The reason I ask is that I bought a new audio interface, some mics, and some new software over the summer and I've been entertaining myself by recording real sound. Is that cool to post here too?

pic unrelated

wb Patrick (posted by Azer Mantessa, 8 Sep 2008, 13:39)

welcome back Patrick :-)

Hello! (posted by Patrick May, 7 Sep 2008, 17:05)

Hello again everybody.

I've been away on holiday.
But now the summer holiday has finished, I'll begin to make more music.

It's good to be back.

Hey! (posted by Keith, 7 Sep 2008, 09:34)

Where are they?
Hey! Where's Ricardo? Where's Mike? What about Michael? Patrick? Keith T? Ryan? Rick? Brandon? Armine? Nikolay? ...

Acronyms (posted by Jim Taylor, 3 Sep 2008, 00:25)

Let's up the ante a little bit. It will be more challenging to make all acronyms pertain to music.

Now Our Tone Encourages Sorrow
No Opportunities To Euphonium Squeakers
Never Ostracize Two Elephants Singing
Night Owls Toot Extra Soft

Neglected Owing To Excruciating Strings (posted by Dan Rowe, 1 Sep 2008, 08:00)

here's another: nostalgia of the euphonic school.

Nowadays only trombonists eat string ... (posted by Keith, 30 Aug 2008, 07:28)

Well thank you Jim! Actually it kind of took over for a while, as a mini project. I started using the acronym generator Dan mentioned, but it only seemed to produce long complicated words, and so I ended up doing them manually using a process that used to be called brainstorming.

I think I'll pass on the 'No Ostriches To Egypt Soon' challenge though ... anyone else for this one?

Keith won! (posted by Jim Taylor, 28 Aug 2008, 23:18)

Ok, Keith. You won the gold medal for the most acronyms for MIDI (how long did that take? I am impressed!)
How about acronyms for NOTES such as
"Numerous Octaves To Entertain Students"

one more (posted by Jim Taylor, 26 Aug 2008, 10:32)

Munching Ice Depleats Igloos

Hehehe (posted by Azer Mantessa, 26 Aug 2008, 04:27)

"Mantessa's Individual Devilment Included"


MIDI Acronyms (posted by Dan Rowe, 25 Aug 2008, 08:10)

I'm partial to "Monacled Iconoclastic Dirty Inebriates", myself.

Music Is Difficult Isn'it? (posted by Keith, 24 Aug 2008, 06:16)

Mainly It's Dan's Inventions
Mantessa's Individual Devilment Included
Mankind Is Desbiens Incarnate
Minimalist Italian Doom-metal Improvisation
Musical Instrument Dentistry Interface
Muzak In Dance Implosion
Mistaken Identity Delivers Ideograms
Mind In Dump Input
May Interlopers Desire Inclusion?
Mower Is Dangerously Inefficient
Music Idealism - Daintily Instrumental
Mental Input Digitally Instantiated
Morons ... In Dime Investment
Madness Intrigues Decimal Interface
Monsterly Isolation Decides Inebriation
Mischievous Idealism - Dorsally Impassioned
Movement Is Decidedly Internettable
May Individuals Dump Intellectualism
Merrymaker's Impression Delicately Instantiated
Minim Incomprehensibly Delivers Ice
Moaning Is Dangerously Ineffective
Mulitlingual Instrumentality Double-reed Invasion?
Marimbas In Density Instrumentation
Melodramatic Intercultural Digerati Illustrator
Mozzarella Interviewer Deficiency Incoherence
Motto-Interdependent Defenseless Interconnect
Malnourished Individuals are Dentally Intolerent
Mustn't Invent Dilemma Inducements
Must It Die Inwards?
May Innumerable Dads Intoxicate
Marry Into Devious Instrumentation!
Metal Is Double Insulation
Man-trap Isn't Definitely Invented
Malnourished Implosive Dither Intoxication
Middle-class Irrationality Discontinuously Incorporated
Mixolydian Inbetween Dorian Isn'it?
Mannerisms Itchy, Definitely Itchy ...
Mama In Dog Incarcerated!
My Inglish Doesn't Inspire?
Mumbo-Iumbo Dumbo Icecream
Music Inhibited Dwindles Inside
Monacled Iconoclastic Dirty Inebriates
Mozart is dangerously invisible

acronyms (posted by Jim Taylor, 24 Aug 2008, 03:51)

Great idea. Let's see how many acronyms we can come up with for MIDI. Music In Data Increments.

Multifaceted Integrated Diversionary Instrumentations (posted by Dan Rowe, 9 Aug 2008, 22:42)

I knew this "Acronym Creator" would be good for something!

Media Inventions Discovery Invasions (posted by Azer Mantessa, 7 Aug 2008, 12:38)


Not bad an idea. Hope the words attract more lady composers. We are so lack of them. Life is about balance!


Fantasy (posted by Keith, 4 Aug 2008, 06:42)

Dan: Fantasy .... Hey, good one! That solo took me by surprise ...

Azer: Brilliant mushroom morphs!

Patrick: Ok then ... how about Cadenza MIDI and Media Diary? Or should we just stick with Cadenza MIDI Diary but say that the MIDI acronym means something different in our case? (Media Inventions Discovery Invasion???)

Jerzy: Very atmospheric pieces from you recently ... thanks!

Change of name (posted by Patrick May, 4 Aug 2008, 03:28)

Yeah, I'd be sad to see the MIDI in the title go too, since that's also what caught my attention. I found this site while I was searching for MIDI files on Google.

If the name is to be changed, perhaps it would be better to change it to something like Cadenza MIDI & MP3 diary rather than omitting MIDI entirely.

MIDI (posted by Azer Mantessa, 1 Aug 2008, 17:40)


Thanks for the comprehensive explanation on MIDI. I did miss one very important fundamental - in the end, it is the hardware :-)

Regarding the singing, you are very motivational. The friend of mine is right here feeling embarassed LOL


Now I understand better the major difference between MIDI and MP3. To keep the intended sound of the music especially to the receiver's end. Now I can explain to my friends better. Thanks :-)


I like the idea of changing the name MIDI into another word which is more progressive. A bit sad though because about a year ago, the word 'MIDI' caught my eyes.

Come to think of it, life is like that. Things do change and I am yet to learn to acept changes. Two weeks ago, my 18 year old daughter called and told us that she is having a boyfriend and I was like ... what???!!!

This is the thing. Kids grow. Next thing you know, they get married and live on their own. Learning to accept changes is something I'm yet to do as changes wil bound to happen anyway.

Am studying your cinematic sound which I think is interesting. That you keep 'Your Medicine Man' ... wow ... that's really something ... LOL

Am looking forward to writing something like that.

Thanks :-)

Message from Jerzy Kulik (posted 31 Jul 2008, 11:22)

Yes, I do exactly think what Keith has written. In some sorts of composition sound is very important, and you must hear it properly to understand the whole composition. I myself started to compose music using MIDI as well. I must admit that MIDI has a perfect and comfortable way for notation music. What I meant, starting this discussion was that more and more composition uploading here is in different formats. So, MIDI in the name of this site only, is a bit inadequate.
And, to Azer. I still have on my disk your flash "Your Medicine Man" and watch it from time to time. I like that voice and simplicity of drawing, sense of humour, which as a whole, gives splendid impression. I think you should do more that kind of work.

MIDI vs MP3 (posted by Patrick May, 30 Jul 2008, 23:46)

Yeah, it's best to use mp3 to keep the intended sound of your music.

But still, MIDI has a certain charm to it. Ever since I've been young, I've enjoyed listening to the same MIDI file with different synths; it gives it a new interesting sound to a familiar tune.

MIDI madness

MIDI friends and enemies (posted by Keith, 30 Jul 2008, 22:02)

With friends like yours, Azer, who needs enemies?! I guess it must be hot in Malaysia ...

I agree with what you say about MIDI, but I think this is exactly why it's not more popular, at least on the web. It's great for applications and encoding your instructions in small files, but at the end of the day, if I send you music as a MIDI file, I've no idea how it's going to sound when you listen to it. I can't guarantee the balance between the instruments or anything about the timbres or voicings ... you could be listening on a 10 year old computer with a crappy sound card, or you might have a bank of expensive synths, samplers and effects units. You might even print out my MIDI file as a score and give it to live musicians to play.

When we started this site in 1997, it wasn't so realistic to send big WAV and MP3 files everywhere ... MIDI made the files tiny and immediate - you could hear something straight away. Now we've got fast connections and gigs of webspace, it doesn't matter so much. MIDI's still great for building tracks, collaborating and realising music, but if you want us to hear your sounds as close as possible to how you hear them, then MP3s etc do that job much better.

Only a few of us have been brave enough here to start using real sounds in their pieces ... I haven't yet had the courage to upload the sound of myself singing!

I'm sure you know that you don't have the world's greatest voice, and I can tell you that neither do I. Singing's a bit different to creating MIDI music. What you DO have is a real gift for flash animations and telling stories in sound and images, and your voice makes these original and unique creations sound more personal and less computer-generated.

So I think you should just hand in the gun to the police, buy your friend a copy of 'Anger Management for Dummies' and then relax and continue making music :)

Nice (posted by Azer Mantessa, 30 Jul 2008, 14:29)

Hi all,

yay! no more glaring screen :-)

thanks :-)

I hope both words ... cadenza and diary stay.

one thing that i don't get it is ... why most media software developers hesitate to integrate MIDI with their applications? To me, MIDI sounds better, smaller, cheaper and simpler. One thing for sure, MIDI is programable for other music or sound development like music scores etc as MIDI is more digital-wise.

i did write to macromedia and other multi-media software developers but until today, they never bother to reply.

another thing is, i received this comment from a friend regarding my singing:

"Why don't you just shoot yourself with a gun you piece of shit!"

okay, i know that my voice sucks most of the time BUT the main problem is ... i think my voice is better than bob dylan. i am a bit confuse scratch head ... biting nails

i've got the feeling that people here have been very nice that when comes to my singing, nobody really comment anything ... well, not much.

what i'm afraid of is, i may destroy this site reputation by my singing.

any honest take on this one? anyone? please ...

PS: i'm kinda person who is hard to judge my ownself.

Media (posted by Keith, 28 Jul 2008, 06:25)

Hi Jerzy, thanks for your Media Diary suggestion. I think it's a good idea. What does everyone else think?

The new background changes colour every few minutes throughout the day, by the way. When Jerzy uploaded his latest piece and left his comment, the background was blue. Now, for me, it's a pinky red (but I see, in the cool light of day, that the transparent logo doesn't work very well using this colour, which is another good reason for making a new one ...)

Thanks very much, everyone, for your continued support of whatever this site is called ... last week was a new busiest ever week with 32930 pages served.

New background (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 27 Jul 2008, 21:39)

I see we have a new background. It's quite good, (light blue).
It is only my suggestion but, because there is not only MIDI format on this site so, I think, more suitable name for this site would be, let's say: Media Diary. What do you think about this, Keith?

Azer Mantessa agogo cats (posted by Joe Devins, 23 Jul 2008, 12:43)

Thanx for the compliment Azer ........... now its my turn ....
I love Agogo Cats ... music and animation .... very surreal!

Site Design (posted by Azer Mantessa, 18 Jul 2008, 07:48)

I prefer the simplicity of the design which is speedwise. BUT what I like most is ... behind the simplicity, there are great pieces by Joe Devins :-)

Thanks Patrick for the info on Firefox. At 44, I too am having a bit problem with the glaring whitish background.


Site design (posted by Patrick May, 16 Jul 2008, 14:31)

Hey, Joe.

Sorry to disagree, but I like the logo. It's nice and simple.
Actually I like the entire site design; very simple with no pointless flashy stuff, and it stays out of your way to let you get on with actually reading the content of the page.

But I do agree with you on the white text and black background. It's actually quite easy to get Mozilla Firefox to display pages in a set of custom colours. Just go to Tools -> Preferences, and then click on the "Colours..." button.

Cadenza with white text and black background

Sore on the eyes (posted by Joe Devins, 15 Jul 2008, 20:04)

Why not change the color of cadenza and give it a more pleasing background color ... I find the white a wee bit sore on the eyes and the logo is ... dare I say ... a bit boring.
A black background would be more pleasing to the eyes.

Message from Jerzy Kulik (posted 8 Jul 2008, 22:20)

Joe, Aldo - thanks for nice compliment.

Haszysz (posted by Aldo Carpanelli, 6 Jul 2008, 09:39)

What a GREAT track, Jerzy! Really impressive. Highly dramatic. As violent as needed. Hats off to you.

Jerzy's hashish (posted by Joe Devins, 3 Jul 2008, 12:16)

I really liked your latest mp3, Jerzy - lot of nice textures going on in there ... nice opening bass line.

Bandon Homoyummy (posted by Anon, 2 Jul 2008, 08:29)

Bandon, you still make a piano musics? You clazy white boy.


Jake Wharton's submission in .als format (posted by Keith, 29 Jun 2008, 10:55)

Hi Jake, thanks for your submission. Unfortunately our software doesn't accept .als format. Can you convert to one of the formats we accept (see ADD MUSIC above for details) and upload your piece again? Thanks, and welcome! Keith

Message from Jerzy Kulik (posted 26 Jun 2008, 23:13)

Thanks Michael. Now I'm trying to use virtual synthesizers.

Dolphinarium (posted by Michael Fonos, 26 Jun 2008, 21:45)

Jerzy - it's a great, moody, atmospheric track. I really like it. What did you use to compose it if I may ask?

My Apology (posted by Azer Mantessa, 22 Jun 2008, 06:58)

My humble apology to everybody for posting videos containing nudity particularly the song ... If I Could Have.

Please do list out my postings which are considered inappropriate.

Special thanks to Jim Taylor. Sometimes I do get carried away and reminders help :-)


Message from Jerzy Kulik (posted 21 Jun 2008, 23:17)

Good Morning Sunshine - I like it, Ricardo

Jim Taylor (posted by Patrick May, 21 Jun 2008, 02:39)

Yeah, sorry about that. Usually the people I show these things to are OK with it, since there's no actual nudity, and the guy's facial expressions are so happy so you can tell that nothing bad is going on.
But I do understand what you mean. I'll tone down the pictures that I post to this site from now on.

By the way, that's an impressive drawing that your brother has made. I like the details on the control panel, and the colouring of the craters on the moon.
The slick man Deven Gallo

Picture (posted by Jim Taylor, 20 Jun 2008, 22:31)

Here is a picture my brother made with the PAINT program. I am going to start a series of MIDI files to his pictures.

Say guys - I don't mean to be a prude, but I send my band kids to this site to practice along with pieces I compose for band and post here. Could we cool it with the pics and movies of guys in their underwear?

Picture by Kelbert Taylor

Message from Patrick May (posted 16 Jun 2008, 02:38)

Heh heh heh. Thank you very much, Azer. :-)

Cool Flash by Patrick May (posted by Azer Mantessa, 15 Jun 2008, 17:15)

Cool flash by Patrick May ... I LIKE :-)

Keep it up :-)

Ultraviolet 6 (posted by Michael Fonos, 12 Jun 2008, 20:58)

Simply WOW! It's fantastic. This theme is simple but very catchy. But THIS arrangement...hmm... I love it!

Hillary Concedes! (posted by Dan Rowe, 11 Jun 2008, 14:41)

Hard to believe visits to CMD have more than doubled in three months! Congratulations to all the contributors, especially Keith, who has worked hard on the new features here. Over the years I've seen a number of MIDI composers come and go (and there's been periods where only a few of us seemed to be keeping the Diary alive), but a lot of the most interesting music has come out in the last year.

Ultraviolet 6 (posted by Joe Devins, 11 Jun 2008, 09:31)

Interesting chords you used in a part of Ultraviolated which inspired me to do another mix of the track ... in music the possibilities are endless ... and you're absolutely correct, collaborations are good and can result in education and inspire invention.

ultraviolet 5 (posted by joe devins, 8 Jun 2008, 12:48)

for the purposes of your experimentation and usage of ultraviolet are welcome to do an arrangement of it with my permission.... interested to hear what you come up with!

some idea - to Joe Devins (posted by Michael Fonos, 7 Jun 2008, 14:26)

Joe - I really like your track "Ultraviolet 5" - great thing! While listening to it I came up with some idea. What would you say if I try and add something to it? I don't think it's a common thing but it would be great and interesting to post here some music that is the mutual effort of two composers (with mutual credits:).
Of course I won't do anything with the music without your permission so I'm waiting for your decision. Thanks anyway for sharing this track:)

Server statistics (posted by Keith, 5 Jun 2008, 06:08)

Just thought you'd like to see what's been happening on the MIDI Diary's server recently! Thanks to everyone for their continued support, and a big welcome to all the new contributors who have uploaded their first pieces here over the past few months.
Server statistics for Cadenza MIDI Diary, Feb-May 2008

Thanks Dan! (posted by Michael Fonos, 1 Jun 2008, 17:58)

Thank's a lot Dan. I listen to Coldplay, Sigur Ros, Alanis Morissette or Peter Gabriel but mostly I'm a big fan of movies and film scores. My favourite film composer is Hans Zimmer because of his usage of melodies (plus I like epic dramatic music which can be heard in my own work) but also Thomas Newman, James Newton Howard, John Powell, Harry Gregson Williams or Danny Elfman. I'm not a prefessional musician and I treat composing as my hobby (quite a big one:). I'm inspired by film composers and their work but I like to think that the final product is still a result of my own imagination:) When writing music I always try to visualise the concept of the particular project I work on, explore the ideas and arrange it in a way that doesn't put me off. Mostly it's so so - from average to decent - but from time to time I am able to amaze myself and write something I couldn't imagine I would be able to. These are the best moments!:)

Michael Fonos (posted by Dan Rowe, 30 May 2008, 22:19)

I am really enjoying your music. The quality of your work is consistently high. I'd be interested to know who your influences are.

Robohop (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 17 May 2008, 21:10)

You may be right, Joe. Hip hop is not my favourite, so I wanted to make it a bit funny.

Robohop (posted by Joe Devins, 17 May 2008, 17:14)

Great theme Jerzy ... that's one of your strengths!... but I think the robot spoils it ... I'd love to hear a hip hop version of this without the robot ... sorry robot!

Dr. Filth: still filthy after all these years (posted by Dan Rowe, 12 May 2008, 08:19)

Thanks, Patrick. Using a search engine just now, I see there's a rock band called "Dr. Filth" that's come up in the last few years, long after I did that tune. But they must have gotten the name from the same place I did: a minor character in "Desolation Row", by Bob Dylan.

"Doctor Filth he keeps his world inside of his leather cup. But all his sexless patients they're plannin' to blow it up. Now his nurse, some local loser, she's in charge of the cyanide hole. She's also in charge of the cards that read, 'Have mercy on his soul.'"

Doctor Filth (posted by Patrick May, 11 May 2008, 13:14)

I was looking through Daniel Rowe's music today.
I really like "Doctor Filth" by Daniel Rowe. It has an interesting selection of instruments, and an interesting melody... and also an interesting name.

re night heat blues (posted by joe devins, 21 Apr 2008, 14:46)

thanx for your comment jerzy. like to hear something from you soon, like your work.

night heat blues (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 12 Apr 2008, 10:50)

Hi Joe. For me it' s blues/jazz. I like this piece. Good work.

Monstruosity 2 -- for Daniel's eyes only? (posted by Aldo Carpanelli, 26 Mar 2008, 14:05)

I'm mainly playing live music these days, but I would be happy to try some tweaking (though modifying a masterpiece is usually a hard task!). A MIDI version of your song would make things easier and quicker.

To Aldo Carpanelli (posted by Dan Rowe, 24 Mar 2008, 11:57)

Thanks for the compliment regarding "Monstrum". I can't think of anything to add to that tune right now, but if you like, you can play around with it and add something. I notice you haven't uploaded anything since mid-October...hope you are still making music!


Excellent site. (posted by Patrick May, 23 Mar 2008, 23:51)

Hello everyone. I'm a young guy who likes to make music with the computer, though I've also taken up the guitar as well.

Most of the music I make is basically just MIDI files.

I came across here through google, and I'm pretty interested in this site. In this modern day, you don't find many new sites with MIDI files on them. Most of the sites I find haven't been updated since 1998 or so... But this site is still updated to this day, and has many original MIDI files posted each month, it seems.

So from now on, I'll be posting some of my MIDI files here. Thanks for a great site.
A screenshot from my computer system, showing some of my MIDI files.
A screenshot of my MIDI folder, containing the MIDI files that I made since 2004.

Guitar pieces (posted by Ricardo Frantz, 23 Mar 2008, 07:07)

Hi Jerzy!! thanks for the compliment!! have a nice Sunday!

Monstruosity! (posted by Aldo Carpanelli, 16 Mar 2008, 16:32)

Daniel (Rowe), my compliments for your horrific "Monstrum"! I find both the music and the photo really impressive. Why don't you try to expand such a valuable idea?

Duettinos (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 13 Mar 2008, 23:45)

Hi Ricardo.
As a former classical guitarist I do like your 2 pieces (duettinos for flute & guitar). Excelent work. Jerzy

Thanks there Jerzy :-) (posted by Azer Mantessa, 6 Mar 2008, 06:59)

Thanks there Jerzy :-)

Your Medicine Man (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 2 Mar 2008, 00:53)

Azer, It's an interesting idea - your voice (with helium). The flash movie - simple but corresponding to the music. Good work, I like it.

Flash MX (posted by Azer Mantessa, 27 Feb 2008, 09:40)

Hi Keith,

I use Macromedia Flash MX to generate Flash files.

Medicine Man (posted by Keith, 27 Feb 2008, 07:30)

Hi Azer,

Really enjoyed 'Medicine Man' ... how are you making your Flash files? I'm interested in putting some instructions online to help people wanting to make music files in various different formats.

Screenshot from 'Medicine Man' by Azer Mantessa - colours added by Keith Bramich

The Beast :-) (posted by Azer Mantessa, 22 Feb 2008, 12:48)

There is no safe seat at the feast
Take your best stab at the beast
The night is turning thin
Azer is turning SIN :-)

Six six six (posted by Keith, 22 Feb 2008, 11:57)

Arrrrggghhh! 666 - six six six - the number of the beast!!! (Sorry Azer - nothing to do with your flash test!)
666 pieces posted since November 2006

Gong Xi Fa Chai (posted by Azer Mantessa, 8 Feb 2008, 06:43)

Happy Chinese New Year to chinese listeners and chinese all over the world.

MIDI Diary visitors (posted by Keith, 4 Feb 2008, 00:20)

Hi folks ... here's some good news about the MIDI Diary ... it's getting busier. The graph shows the details (from the server logs) - that there's been consistent growth for the last four months. The left column of numbers is server requests and the right column is page views. This is thanks to everyone who has posted their music here. Keith
MIDI diary server logs

Scotsman in Calcutta (posted by Dan Rowe, 28 Jan 2008, 11:59)

Jerzy's latest track is brilliant. He should be doing movie soundtracks. (Or maybe, he has?) The other new tunes are good, too.

Message from Ricardo Frantz (posted 28 Jan 2008, 05:14)

Hi Jerzy! thanks for listening to my piece! cheers!

Message from Jerzy Kulik (posted 6 Jan 2008, 23:40)

Wow, new face of Azer. I like that.

Message from Jerzy Kulik (posted 29 Dec 2007, 12:50)

Ricardo, I like your latest piece "Just Playing".

voices (posted by Keith, 26 Dec 2007, 01:04)

Jim: Thanks for your comments. Yes - I did run the voices backwards and also faster.

Everyone: Compliments of the season! Thanks for supporting the Cadenza MIDI Diary for another year, and good luck with all your projects in 2008.
A Japanese santa

Keith's Song (posted by Jim Taylor, 14 Dec 2007, 11:06)

Keith: I really liked your "Goodbye and see you soon". It was unique in nature and innovative in style. I detected the very low spoken voice towards the end but I am not sure if you ran the voices backwards or at higher octaves at any point. I would think you could take one spoken word and convert it to any pitch and then make a composition using just that word for all notes. Keep up the good work.

Car available on ebay for four mil.

animated gif (posted by Jim Taylor, 10 Dec 2007, 02:25)

Just as we write variations to music, Jerzy, I took your picture of Santa and used an animated gif program named Easy GIF Animator to have a little "Santa fun".

Azer's Symphony (posted by Jerzy Kulik, 6 Dec 2007, 12:43)

Azer, thanks for your symphony.
Mary Christmas for everyone.

Christmas (posted by Jim Taylor, 4 Dec 2007, 02:18)

Merry Christmas, everyone!!

Brandon's HYMN (posted by Jim Taylor, 22 Nov 2007, 12:22)

Brandon, I liked your chorale. The first inversion chords and the major three chords to the minor six chords were nice. The last instrumental variation with the bagpipes was great.

Gershwin (posted by Jim Taylor, 22 Nov 2007, 12:13)

I watched RHAPSODY IN BLUE yesterday, an old black and white movie about the life and music of George Gershwin. Every musician should see this movie, especially if you write music. By the way: have a great and happy holiday season/Thanksgiving/Christmas.
I know this is not celebrated worldwide, but eat some turkey anyway!
Happy Thanksgiving

Great feature! (posted by Aldo Carpanelli, 19 Nov 2007, 20:31)

Great feature, Keith! In my opinion the MIDI Diary needed a place where one could comment on the others' music. Now it's available! Many, many thanks.


My Angelina Jolie (posted by Dan Rowe, 18 Nov 2007, 13:43)

I like Azer's new piece "My Angelina Jolie", particularly the series of descending chords in the middle. Very unusual and inspired; I wish I'd thought of that!

Fellow Angie fan,

Dan Rowe

Viplove - duplicate piece (posted by Keith, 16 Nov 2007, 14:54)

This is a message for Viplove. We got your piece, but it's the same music as you sent in October (Internationale), which everyone here has already listened to, so have replaced your older submission with this one (and new comments). Hope that's ok. Keith

Terragen (posted by Jim Taylor, 26 Oct 2007, 09:58)

Here is the link for downloading TERRAGEN. This free download allows you to create landscape picures like the ones I created for MUSIC FOR TERRAGEN posted 10/26/07. The installation of the program may require you to update your windows installer. You can create water, leaves, clouds, sun and haze color, mountains or plains, angle of sunlight, sand or grass, and many other aspects of your landscape picture. I can only imagine what the full version is like. Have fun, live long, and create.

This picture took about four minutes to create and generate.

The big five oh oh (posted by Keith, 10 Aug 2007, 13:15)

Hi everyone ... looks like we're about to pass the big 500 mark ... five hundred music files uploaded since we switched to our new system in November, so a big thank you to everyone who's contributed to this.

This means that we've probably easily doubled the number of pieces posted per month compared to last year, which is great.

We're hoping to make some more improvements soon.

UPDATE: 500 mark now reached ... thank you Jim (for Kylie's Song)

Great MIDI Player (posted by Jim Taylor, 30 Jul 2007, 03:22)

The following is the address of the best free MIDI player (well, at least for windows) that I have found. It is the VanBasco's Karaoke player and it works great for MIDI. (tucows)'s-Karaoke-Player.html (soft sea)
Either link should get you the program

Me at the Grand Canyon this summer.

where is keyz (posted by wonderingman, 29 Jul 2007, 19:48)

where is keyz? does anyone know what happen to the other side BBS

other (posted by Jim Taylor, 30 Jun 2007, 12:00)

Here are a few Keith. Traditional. Quirky. Far-out. Bizarre. Conservative. Gallop. Deep-space. Out of control. Semi-classical. Over the top. Restful. Serene.

bad jittery better jolly quaint tender beautiful kind quiet testy big long quick tricky lazy quickest tough bright magnificent rainyrare ugly clumsy many ratty vast crazy mighty watery dizzy mushy roasted wasteful dull robust wide-eyed fat new round wonderful frail nice sad yellow friendly nosy scary yummy funny nutty scrawny zany great nutritious short odd silly gigantic orange stingy gorgeous ordinary strange
grumpy pretty striped handsome precious spotty happy prickly horrible tall itchy tame. Actually, I did the ones with a period after them, and then I just looked up a list of adjectives.

Music in style 'other'? (posted by Keith, 30 Jun 2007, 02:14)

Just a quick question for everyone who has submitted a piece with style 'other' ... does this mean that none of the other listed styles match your piece? If so, can you suggest another style name that describes these pieces?

looking for Jim (posted by Jim Taylor, 15 Jun 2007, 17:01)

Ich haba never been to Deutchland or das Holland. IB60. Sorry Marsha: I am not whom ye seek. There are lots of Jim/James Taylors floating around, and apparently, quite a few of them are musicians. Must go with the name.

Good Luck.

A picture of me and one of my students.

Looking for a Jim Taylor (posted by Masha B, 13 Jun 2007, 18:33)

Hello, my name is Masha, i am looking for an old friend called Jim/James Taylor. I have lost contact several years ago. I met him in Munich (Germany) in 1994, he is a musician and about 45 years old. He used to live in Holland. If you know him, please let me know. Thank you.

A hundred in a day : 5 June 2007 (posted by Keith, 8 Jun 2007, 12:37)

Jim Taylor did another of his marathon music composing days, similiar to last summer, on Tuesday 5 June 2007 (4am until 11:50pm local time). You'll see each of his pieces on Jim's page - just click on the name Jim Taylor from one of his pieces on the LATEST MUSIC page.

Jim sent No 86 of his pieces twice, so we have an 86 A, which means 101 MIDIs in total. Not only that, but besides Jim's 101 songs, we had 12 other submissions during the day, which means 113 new MIDIs in one day!
Part of a temple at Nikko in Japan

Parodies (posted by Keith, 28 May 2007, 05:31)

We've just added 'Parody' to the list of available music styles, at Jim Taylor's request. If anyone wants this (or any other 2nd style) added to any of the pieces they've already uploaded, please get in touch.

Quicktime MIDI to WAV, MIDI to MP3 (posted by Keith, 28 May 2007, 05:16)

Hi Ryan,

Apple Quicktime Pro will definitely do this job - you can hear the results if you listen to one of my files in the LATEST MUSIC list shown as MP3 format (but not 'effects'). I've only done this on Mac OS/X though - if you want to do this on a PC, please check with the Apple website before you buy.

I realise this isn't free, but it doesn't cost much, and I think the results are very good. On Mac OS/X you can change patch sets too, if you want a different sound. Again - not sure if this works in the PC version.

Anyone else got any other ideas?


Message from Ryan Nescio (posted 28 May 2007, 01:27)

Does anyone know of a free program (no free trials) that will convert MIDIs into MP3s, WAVs, etc without forcing you to sit there and record it manually?

Real names (posted by Keith, 17 May 2007, 11:41)

Some people calling themselves 'Tau', 'jjqpphflow', 'wqwqspp', 'Bush', 'fgdfdeqiy', 'Omaculer',
'Mpmusicca', 'asd', 'Morrakaroj' and 'Cartolinent'
tried to upload some music here recently, but the uploads didn't succeed.

I think this is form spam failing to get through, but if any of these are from genuine
composers/improvisers, please try again, but note that we only accept
uploads from people who use their own real names!
Oilseed rape near Stapleton, Herefordshire, UK, April 2007

Beetlepool (posted by Rhino, 3 May 2007, 09:28)

Hm ... got my liver from the beetlepool! :)

ooppss (posted by Azer Mantessa, 2 May 2007, 15:52)

hi rhino,

i was too happy and get carried away ... ooppss

sowwie ... btw the beatles are from liverpool :-)

'scourse (posted by Rhino, 2 May 2007, 15:37)

Scouse me, but ain't this a music websiyt not a futborl won nil!

We Are In The FINAL! (posted by Azer Mantessa, 1 May 2007, 21:43)


Athens, Brings It On !!!

Firefox (posted by Keith, 18 Apr 2007, 16:07)

Just singing the praises of the Firefox web browser a bit. One of our regular composer contributors asked me today about having spell check and auto-complete facilities in the Cadenza MIDI Diary.

Well ... install the latest version of Firefox (Mac or PC) and you'll have both these features straight away. I think they're switched on by default.

Another advantage over Internet Exploder (or at least the versions of it that I've played with recently in their default configurations without special plugins) is that it streams MP3 files, which means that you can start listening to these items before they've finished downloading - great if you don't want to wait around.
Mr Sheep san. Photo © 2007 Keith Bramich, all rights reserved

messages (posted by Jim Taylor, 15 Apr 2007, 03:48)

Good to see the messages are back up.


Message from hobbysport (posted 6 Apr 2007, 08:15)

Recently a guy in Paris nearly got away with stealing several MIDI paintings from the Louvre. However, after planning the crime, breaking in, evading security, getting out and escaping with the goods, he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran out of gas. When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied:

-- (brace yourself) --

-- (this is going to hurt) --

"I had no Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh."

Neil Sedaka's Miracle Song (posted by Keith, 24 Mar 2007, 13:06)

Hi Paul,

Thanks for getting back to us. When you uploaded this music you wrote:

This song is the one that was made famous by Neil Sedaka i sequenced this one myself !!!!enjoy!!!!

We appreciate that you sequenced it yourself, but isn't there copyright on the actual song?

The Cadenza MIDI Diary is a forum for original pieces written by the person uploading them, not arrangements of copyright songs.

Warner/Chappel, for example, hold the copyright on the tune Happy Birthday To You so arrangements of that, too, are technically illegal, although it would be easy to make the mistake that it's a public domain tune that anyone can arrange.

Sorry to be difficult, but we need to be very careful that we don't use copyright works. As mentioned below, you'd be very welcome to upload your own original music here.

All best wishes

re-miracle song midi (posted by Paul Erroch, 23 Mar 2007, 21:20)

Hi Keith, Paul here yes the midi of the Miracle song i posted was a version that i made myself honestly, as i was trying to get that track but with no joy. So decided to build it up through my Cakewalk program. It took me a while to do it but i got there in the end so there really is no copyright infringement there. Once again thankyou for your response Keith hope to hear from you soon God bless, Paul.

Azer and Ryan (posted by Keith, 20 Mar 2007, 09:10)

Hi Dan, thanks for the posting. Yes - I like Azer's music too.
I also like the one just submitted by another new face - Ryan Nescio,
and the new ones by you and Ricardo.
Continued thanks-muchos to everyone sending in new pieces!
Bye bye, plane!

Message from Dan (posted 12 Mar 2007, 13:18)

Azer Mantessa is quite the original talent. "Terbang Lagi" is my favorite. Keep up the great work!

Paul Erroch please get in touch (posted by Keith, 10 Mar 2007, 04:38)

I'm trying to get in touch with Paul Erroch, who posted a MIDI here on 8 March 2007.

Paul: the email address you gave is bad - I couldn't write back.
I think the MIDI you posted is copyrighted by one of the big organisations, so we can't use it,
but please feel free to post music that's really yours.

Similarly, someone called 'kweni' posted something too, which sounds as if it's copyright,
so the same comments apply.
A Japanese alarm clock

Welcome back to MIDI Messages (posted by Keith, 4 Mar 2007, 23:04)

Just got this forum going again, after a gap of a few months!
Messages can now have photos attached to them.
Thanks for all the new music, folks.
Mount Fuji from Shinjuku, Tokyo

Message from anonymous (posted 11 Nov 2006, 05:46)

A sore-loser Republican, no doubt...

Message from anonymous (posted 1 Nov 2006, 16:38)

John Kerry IS a botched joke!

Message from Keith (posted 27 Oct 2006, 17:49)

You'll have to wait another 24 hours or so, Freddy - we're running Dan's three Halloween pieces on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday!

Message from Freddy Fenderbender (posted 27 Oct 2006, 00:19)

Where's the spooky music??

Message from anonymous (posted 24 Oct 2006, 02:47)

Cyndi Lou Who, that's who!

Message from anonymous (posted 17 Oct 2006, 17:51)

New Who! Who Knew? Woo Hoo!

Message from Rick Frazier (posted 16 Oct 2006, 19:06)

Thanks Jim for the compliment. I don't know that alot of people like my musical style (Prog Rock) and I know that is a classical oriented site, but I get a nice reception here most every song I submit. I appreciate it. Thanks again.

Message from Jim Taylor (posted 16 Oct 2006, 03:20)

Great theme and variations Rick. That's the best percussion backup of a MIDI file I have heard in a long time. Keep up the good work and welcome to Cadenza.

Message from Keith (posted 15 Oct 2006, 16:47)

Welcome back to Rick Frazier, whose latest MIDI appears here in a few hours' time ...

Message from Jim Taylor (posted 8 Oct 2006, 19:26)

A teacher the other day told me I must be crazy because I seemed to be enjoying teaching. I took it as a compliment! We played X----- last night there. The director, who had years of experience but was new at X---- this year said the discipline was so bad that all they could do was play straight through their music in rehearsal. He couldn't stop to try and correct anything because the kids would go crazy. These 1A and 2A football games are a hoot. At X----, the coaches rode a little tractor onto the field and filled in low places with shovel's full of dirt just before kickoff. Friday night at X-----, my band sat on wood bleachers. The steps to them were rotten and they rocked from front to back around three inches, almost like a spook house at the fair. The lady announcing X's half time said one of the girls names was "band-aide." I almost fell out of the bleachers I was laughing so hard. Apparently, she was a last minute choice to announce, and as the twirlers and what they did with the band were announced, she got ahead of herself. Ya just gotta look for the humor in life 'cause you never know what you will find next!

Message from Keith (posted 2 Oct 2006, 17:46)

And where are the sticklebacks? I reckon they've been eaten by the Unidentified Fishing Objects!

Message from Jim Taylor (posted 30 Sep 2006, 20:02)

In American football, you have quarterbacks and halfbacks. Where are the eighth and sixteenthbacks, not to mention the wholebacks?



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