In the early 1990s I was heavily involved in what was then the exploration of midi. MIDI is an acronym that stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It’s a way to connect devices that make and control sound — such as synthesizers, samplers, and computers — so that they can communicate with each other, using MIDI “performances”. The idea is that we can make music with our computers, with or without keyboards. It’s a different way of thinking, a different way of relating to music.
We were also exploring digital keyboards, what they could do, what they could not do, looking for new ideas, new openings. At that time the Yamaha Clavinova was close to the best keyboard available for this kind of work, so I began using it to record. These recordings are from the mid to late 90s, and although the sound is now dated (things keep getting better and better re sound and technology, I still like some of these recordings for their ideas, and so I am sharing them here. I was doing a bit of editing as late as 2005, but the actual playing, the creation of the MIDI files that drive the performances, are from much earlier.