I've made 200 or more arrangements mostly for MIDI piano since the late
1980s. I can't possibly keep them all here at once, so maybe a rotation basis
will work best. Most of the older ones aren't very good arrangements, by my
standards, so might not appear at all, but I'll try to make a list of them
when I can in case you'd like to request one. Many of the older ones are
obscure rags -- possibly never recorded.
These were arranged using an Amiga 1000 running the original version of Deluxe
Music Construction Set, with MIDI output to a Korg P3 piano module -- piano
number 2, play level 4. If you have a P3, never use play levels 1 and 2; they
are mapped wrong dynamically. (Adjust the "play level" as I call it by holding
down the Play button and using the arrow buttons.) What I mean is: if you have
a computer play notes progressively louder, you'll hear it get suddenly loud
at one point then go quieter again. I think level 3 is OK, but I use level 4,
which is the most dynamic, so most expressive.
DMCS existed before the standard MIDI format, so that explains why these
are called "long-lost MIDI files." Until I got a PC recently, all this stuff
was heard only by myself, since no one in his right mind actually uses
DMCS. (Actually, with a lot of wrestling, it's excellent for piano scores. The
music looks like crap but sounds great.)
These were saved in General MIDI format by connecting the Amiga's MIDI output
to my new soundcard and recording "live" using MIDI Orchestrator Plus.
Unfortunately, the Amiga's clock -- at least when running without extended
memory as it is now -- is just slightly slower, so none of these files could
be mapped accurately within measures. DMCS didn't send tempo change commands
anyway, so these are pretty much free-form data streams. Sometimes I didn't
even bother to set the starting tempo on the recording. I've recently got
another MIDI card, but its connector is nonstandard so I cannot convert more
MIDI files. Hopefully I'll get a cable made for it before too long.
DMCS did not have a facility for putting in sustain pedal commands, so those
few files here where there is sustain pedal use, think about all the hours I
spent viewing raw MIDI streams trying to figure out where to put them --
consider also that the "bar/beat/click" information was meaningless because of
the timing imbalance mentioned above. Aie! There are some more recent
arrangements that I haven't recorded as .mid files yet simply because I don't
feel like adding the pedal controls. I'll get around to it eventually --
famous last words.
The quality of my work varies, based on time and so forth. I'll rate every
file 1-3, though in retrospect (I already rated the 79 files I had recorded
before writing this) I should have used 1-5 perhaps. I'll explain the
There also is, I've decided, a level 0, for works which just aren't fit for
public consumption (nor my own really). The problems with these go beyond
mere shading and inherent staccato/legato; they contain badly timed grace
notes and arpeggios, and very unsubtle dynamics. Back then I didn't deviate
from DMCS's eight default volume levels and its own (de)crescendoes, and since
the range from f to ff was twice as much as from mf to f, the result often
was rather unpleasant. But when I get round to making a list of DMCS files
yet to be recorded, these will be included (though which qualify as 1 and
which as 0 I won't be able to tell you unless I play them, and if I played
them I'd be recording them, wouldn't I?).
That's about it. Go back to the MIDI page now.