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From Microcomputer to Music Computer: The MIDI Dimension

Peter Manning

in Electronic and Computer Music

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195144840
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849802 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195144840.003.0016
From Microcomputer to Music Computer: The MIDI Dimension

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The early years of the microcomputer were characterized by a rapid proliferation of different machine architectures, each being associated with a unique set of operating characteristics. As a result, many models enjoyed a relatively short production life, which in turn militated against the development of suitably robust and well-crafted software tools, especially in more specialist areas of activity such as music. By the dawn of the MIDI era, however, the design and development of such computers was proceeding on a more rational basis. Manufacturers had started to concentrate on generic approaches to the production of new models, in many instances designed specifically to accommodate applications developed for earlier technologies. This new climate of stability provided an important stimulus to the computer industry as a whole, leading to a substantial investment in the development of software resources, targeted at the business, scientific, and leisure communities.

Keywords: microcomputers; machine architectures; production life; software tools

Chapter.  7895 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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