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MSSIAH MIDI SID Software

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That title has got a whole lotta acronyms. I like acronyms.

After a long wait, the replacement for the Prophet 64 cartridge, the MSSIAH is available. The MSSIAH is surely the easiest way to gain MIDI access to a Commodore 64’s SID chip and integrate it with the rest of your gear. I ordered mine. Now I just have to be patient while it makes it’s way over from Europe. I am looking forward to using it.

Gauthier Snow Storm

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I saw an exciting exhibit at the Akron Art Museum by Jean-Pierre Gauthier. It was composed of motion sensitive pieces created from circuitry and mostly every day objects that generate slightly but endlessly varying sounds and movements. All the works were great but my favorite was the piano that triggered as you moved around it. I liked his chosen notes and the way it was programmed so that it was always different. It didn’t seem like you could trigger the same notes with the same movements. I could imagine accomplishing this in a lot of ways, perhaps he had programmed a long series of notes that are held in a buffer and triggered in sequence so that movement dictates only when something is struck but the note order is predetermined. At any rate, it was great. I snuck some audio with my phone and was inspired to use it as raw material in an ode to Gauthier’s exhibit and the night in general.

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Toy vs ?

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I have occasionally come across people referring to musical and sound generating devices as toys, sometimes in a negative way. I never understood the distinction. Either it generates some kind of sound or it doesn’t. If it does, than it is infinitely useful as a sonic building block.

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