Learning the Piano: the incredible power of Midi and the Fourth of July

Synthesia is not the only MIDI based software program for reproducing or recording piano notes on a computer. There are much older programs that have been composing music professionally for some time. Roland Sound Canvas is one of those programs. Here is an example of what can be done with old piano rolls in Sound Canvas. In this one, they (The international Association of Mechanical Music Preservationists) converted a four handed piano roll into a combination of organ and calliope sounds. They mapped out the various parts to different types of keyboard sounds in the MIDI tool box. The song is an old 1920’s hit, Who, from the musical Sunny. The composers and lyricists were Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Otto Harsbach:

I would also like to mention in passing that the Fourth of July was a big celebration for my Swedish ancestors in Minnesota. It was a time of baseball, rhubarb pie, picnics, homebrewed beer, and music. My Grandfather would get out his accordion (Swedish=draagspiel) and his brother Johan played a fiddle he had made himself. They called it “fortuly” So enjoy this incredible sound clip and let me wish you happy Fourth of July or Fortuly!

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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