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Midi Music is a song that has been recorded by some kind of computer, either in real time (someone playing a keyboard) or step sequenced (note by note, rest by rest) or a combination of both. Unlike an audio recording (wav, MP3, etc.), MIDI songs can be changed by assinging different instruments, muting certain tracks, moving (panning) the instruments to the left or right speakers, even by adding or removing entire parts.

The songs here have been mainly done by step sequence to get timing right, then by "punching" in parts that need a live touch. Most of them are origional "performances" by myself, along with a few that I've found out there on the internet and decided to change. Like a live performance, each time you play a MIDI song, it can be different, especially when you play them on different computers. The capabilities of your computer's sound card ultimately determines how the song will sound.

Your sound card may or may not be able to handle all the various controllers in the MIDI file that bring the song to life, or may not be able to generate enough sounds at any one time. This is what is known as Polyphonics. A 32 note polyphonic card can generate upto 32 notes at one time. If a part in a song requires a piano to sound 10 notes, the bass 1, drums 5, strings 8, and Horns 10, then something is going to be left out on the 32 note polyphonic card- or worse some cards may not sound any of the instruments at all.

I do like to lay down multiple tracks in my work, like the masters of electronic music from long ago. Having 4 tracks for my strings allows me to place each part where ever I want: Cellos on the left, violas on the right, etcetera. I even tend to "Hocket" (a term I first heard from Wendy Carlos on her "Secrets Of Systhesis" album) single parts onto multiple tracks to make the sound jump around the stereo listening field.

Oh, one last thing. Did I mention that I can't read sheet music at all? All that I've done here was made purely by listening to other performances and working out the parts. Enjoy!

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I found this out on the internet and fell in love with the band organ sound,
though it was a bit off in timing and the drums weren't quite right.
So, off to work I went and here's the result so far.

I re-arranged this wonderful work, shortening it a little and adding a
lead-in at the beginning before the main melody begins.

I also found the lyrics for the song, originally by Shep Fields and
Russ Morgan in 1937. The idea in the lyrics was really good, but
didn't fit the whole song, so I made up some of my own and added them in.
Midi Sequencing by Michael G. Anderson (Vodhin)

This piece is slowly coming together and will be a while for me to devolope it's style. My intention is to begin with a faithfull performance based on the one by The New Seekers, move through a 'honky-tonk' swing performance, and then into the style used for the Christmas commercial reprise that aired sometime in the late '70s/ early '80's (I think).

After that I will, hopefully, try to capture the tune as it might sound in different cultures around the world, and end back in the New Seekers style. Very tricky to do, and may not happen, I admit. But I'm gonna try!
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
This is one of the jaunty little tunes that the Adams Family TV show used as incidental or segway music. Songs like this always get stuck in my head and drive me crazy...
acme1 has just been added and needs to have its description written.
This is my idea for an Electrolux commercial:


Musical Beginning

The commercial opens with my Electrolux Song, played to the launch of a woman in 1920’s era dress riding an Electrolux Model V into orbit around the Earth, filmed to look like its old footage (Blue/Black & White and jumpy). She might be wearing a scarf, goggles and a leather driving cap like the automobile racers of the time?

We cut away to show the Electrolux Car speeding off as a chase car, much like the balloon aeronauts had around the turn of the century. There are people in the car hanging out the windows, gleefully pointing up and waiving as they follow her from the ground. A dog is happily running beside the car, barking and looking up as well.

The Vacuum Rider is dropping Vacuum cleaners by parachute to the grateful
population of the world, a surreal vision where they are larger than life,
just like the French advertisement.

We cut away to a woman in Swedish National dress reaching up to catch her Model XXX vacuum as it floats down to her. The black & white footage fades into full glorious color, vibrant and lustrous like the Technicolor movies of the day. In a twirl, she has the vacuum setup and is happily cleaning her beautiful rugs. She waves up to the Vacuum Rider.

Close up on the Vacuum Rider, now in Sepia Tone, as she smiles and waves back. The jumpy footage gently changes into the smoother grays of the 40’s & 50’s as she looks forward and zooms on, now with Model LX’s pouring out of her sack.
The vacuum she’s riding also changes into an LX.

We follow a LX down to a suburban home where a family is greeting an Electrolux Salesman at their front door, in rich color and not unlike a Norman Rockwell Painting. The smiling Salesman reaches up to catch a Model LX to present to the excited family.

Cut away to the interior where the house wife is happily trying out her new LX
with the floor polisher, her husband nods approvingly to the Salesman as the two children watch the machine in awe and excitement.

Outside the Salesman shakes hands with the father and mother as he leaves and the children are waving him off, then all look up to smile and wave to the Vacuum Rider.

We fly over the town to see lots of families stepping out and waving up at us,
Model LX’s, AE’s, F’s and G’s at the ready. Cars in the street change as the 50’s era closes and teenagers dance in the street to the music still playing. One woman is holding her Model L aloft by a couple of fingers in great appreciation, like the advertisement for that model.

Back to the Vacuum Rider, Color fading in as her dress knits itself into a pair of slack and her fashion changes to that of Mary Tyler More. The vacuum she’s riding changes into a model 1205 as she charges on through space and time, all the while dropping current vacuums on the grateful people below. She looks down, a gentile smile beaming on her face.

From her point of view, we fly over many homes with period cars from the early 70’s parked in their driveways. We fly through different homes to witness a montage of activities: Mom vacuuming the living room with a 1205 and power nozzle, Dad Cleaning up in the workshop, a teenage boy vacuuming out his prized sports car.

The cars change, the vacuums change as we continue through different homes through out the 70’s & 80’s: Another mom admiring the beautiful job her shampooer has done (the actual machine or vacuum attachment?). A TV somewhere in the background shows
a space shuttle launch.

Back to the Vacuum Rider. Her Vacuum has changed into the Grand Marquis and her own style is that of the business woman of the 80’s and 90’s. The vacuum she’s riding changes again into the most recent model offered by Electrolux as she waves to astronauts arriving at the International Space Station in the Space Shuttle.

With a grin of determination, the Vacuum Rider hunkers down and speeds off around the world yet again, now dropping the new Trilobites and other Electrolux Group products to the population of the world.

Back on earth, a modern home has people dancing happily past their Electrolux products and out the door to a wonderful life as the Trilobite vacuum does its own dance through their home. The family dog watches it with interest, and then barks approvingly at us.

This piece started out as a completely different song, but a melody kept creeping into my head. I had to do something about it... right? This is the longer version of the "Electrolux Project" song.


Well, let me explain a bit here:

This is not the theme song from the "Acme School Of Stuff" TV show that was Written, Produced, and Starring David Stringer.

So, what is it? Apparently, it's a new composition from yours truely!

It started out as an attempt to do "Stuff Like That There", from the motion picture, 'For The Boys', a big band/swing piece sung by Bette Midler and a lot of fun to listen to.

Well, it started out that way, at least. What happened was that while working out the bass line, I couldn't keep the melody in my head. Some other melody kept creeping in and eventually took over that bit of gray matter that I tend to consider my brain.

This drove me nuts, as I didn't know where it had come from. After adding in a few harmony parts that just 'felt' right, I began to remember other bits. Then, in the wee hours of one morning, it hit me:

It was the basic melody from an old TV show I used to catch on PBS in the wee hours of the morning. The "Acme School of Stuff" was a series of 26 1/2 hour shows about, well, stuff. From traffic lights to airplanes and everything else (This is just one of many shows made by David Stringer).

I searched on Google for 'Acme School of Stuff' which came back with hundreds of results, mostly for teacher resources. But there, hiding amongst many listings of reviews, was one that seemed out of place amongst the others. Just one word: "Resume".

Hmm...

A click later and I was looking at the website of the show's star, producer, and writer: LINK. I looked through his site, hoping to find some media from his shows, but, alas, didn't. Still, it was great to see that he's still out there, and still has his great, dead-pan sense of humor (that's what made his shows so much fun to watch!).

Once I had my song good enough to call complete, I decided to contact him, and eventually sent him a copy of my work. David said he had commissioned the original 'Acme' theme for his show from Harry Forbes, and after hearing my version, David told me that I had a 'whole new song'. The original "Acme" theme had been a MIDI song, but unfortunately it doesn't exsist anymore.

Was I that far off? Did this come from somewhere else? In a nutshell, yes. The "Acme" theme and my "Not Acme" song are indeed very different. David sent me an audio file of the original theme for me to listen to. The first thing I did was create a MIDI file of the actual "Acme" theme so I could compare the parts. Hmm...

Well, I was right, in a way. The "Acme" theme did leak into my brain as I had suspected, but the cobwebs and old junk in there must've got together for their own jam session. What came out was this completely new song (as far as David's concerned), which has just barely a hint of the original.

In time, I hope to be able to put the actual "Acme School of Stuff" theme up on my site, as it's a very catchy tune and a lot of fun.

Either way, I hope you enjoy this "Not the Acme School Of Stuff" song as much as I do.
From Whose Line Is It Anyway. Sequencing by Vodhin. This is a special version of the fun song where the lyrics are made up on the fly.

The normal version has 4 verses but this one has 5. That's because I found the "coffee" Hoedown where performer Catherine O'Hara's verse has a different melody. I decided to incorporate that melody between the first and last two verses as a kind of bridge.

I've also added my own rhythm section to the piece, something that the original normally wouldn't have (If there is an actual TV performance with drums, then I haven't found it yet).

I've added each performer's melody track to this sequence, using Alto Sax for Chip, Clarinet for Drew, Flute for Catherine, Muted Trumpet for Colin, and Trumpet for Ryan. Each track is panned slightly from left to right to approximate their standing positions on stage.

The inspiration for this Hoedown's first, second and last verses comes from the "Drunk Mother" Hoedown. Colin's verse (fourth in this arrangement) is loosely based on "Christmas Hoedown" . I've included the lyrics below.
When I first started this piece, back in 1995, I only had the melody in my head (Stuck, if you will) and was lacking knowledge of the name of the piece. I called it "Overture To Disaster", which I think is more appropriate, though incorrect.

In the movie, this melody Haunts Jack Lemon's "Professor Fate" character whenever he is on screen. Mr. Mancini was perhaps the best at setting music to a scene, and perfectly presents us with variations of this melody throughout the movie.

This version, in tempo and measure, is based on a scene where Fate's assistant, Max (Peter Falk), is piloting an impossibly real Bi-Plane - one that even the Wright Brothers would have laughed at - intending to snag the doomed Professor Fate and fly off with him dangling beneath the outrageous contraption.

Again, Mr. Mancini captures the ideal accompaniment to the scene, the music perfectly conveying the hopeless optimism the characters have for their stunt.
Midi Sequencing by Michael G. Anderson (Vodhin)

This piece is far from complete- Right now I am deciding weather or not to "play" the vocal part sung by Bette in the song. She does soooo much frantic singing/speaking that it probably will not sound right. The chorus or Ieda isn't a problem- they're actually quite fun to mimic.

What is here is incomplete and will probably not be finished anytime soon. (I don't have that much free time, ya know...)
Midi Re-sequencing by Michael G. Anderson (Vodhin)

This piece was found out on the internet and was very good to start with. After comparing it with the origional soundtrack, I realized that it was missing many of it's parts.

So off to work I went, adding a banjo part, drums and tamborine, and serveral key changes. Also changed was the verse/stanza order and a "wait" period where Mary Poppins says it backwards "Dociousaliexpicalifragilwhoopsus" (that is what she says...).
Midi Sequencing & Performance By
Michael G. Anderson (Vodhin)
Midi Sequencing by Michael G. Anderson (Vodhin)

This is a piece of music I started way back in 1990 on my old Yamaha V50 keyboard. This keyboard was the first one I owned that was even close to the professional models used on stage and in studios. With it's built in 8 track midi sequencer, I was able to program this piece- note by note, rest by rest - by listening to the video cassette over and over.

The keyboard had a floppy disk drive for storage, but it doesn't store the sequences in the now standard midi format- even the midi language is different than the standard General Midi format of today. After trying to locate a program to convert the files and even trying a "Mass Midi Dump" of the song's data, I gave up. Getting the song into my computer wasn't going to be easy.

The solution came about after a few attempts of live track recording on my PC yielded some interesting results. I hooked up a midi cable between the PC and the V50 and set out to re-record the song one track at a time. This was 'fun' in it's own way, as I had no way to sync the different tracks together. After a lot of editing on the PC, I finally got the tracks to line up and the piece was reborn. And just in time, too. The V50's disk drive is now dead, and replacing it would not be worth the effort or cost- provided I could find a replacement- it uses a propriatory unit. So here it is- The Dwarf's Yodle Song, reborn and polished up.
Midi Sequencing & Performance By
Michael G. Anderson (Vodhin)
Midi Sequencing by Michael G. Anderson (Vodhin)

From Nick Park's Animated Series
I was out strolling down the avenue
When a girl so pretty came in-to my view
My heart began to flutter
My thoughts began to stutter
When I saw her get on to the carousel


Oh, the Merry-Go-Round went round
I jumped on in one bound
The whole thing groaned
The cogwheels moaned
And the Merry-Go-Round went
"Um-pah-pah, um-pah-pah, Um-pah! Um-pah! Um-pah-pah!"


Oh, the Merry-Go-Round broke down
It made the darndest sound,
The lights went low,
We both said "Oh!"
And the Merry-Go-Round went
"Um-pah-pah, um-pah-pah, Um-pah! Um-pah! Um-pah-pah!"


Up, and Down
Around and around
Like a dream
T'was love that I'd found


Oh, the Merry-Go-Round broke down
It wobbled across the ground
To quell her fright
I held her tight
And the Merry-Go-Round went
"Um-pah-pah, um-pah-pah, Um-pah! Um-pah! Um-pah-pah!"
Oh, the Merry-Go-Round broke down!


As we danced and whirled around a bell went "ding"
I spied something shiny hanging from a spring
A joy glowed in her eyes
I'd get her the grand prize
And tried my best without success for The Brass Ring


Oh, the Merry-Go-Round broke down
And we went round and round
Each time t'would miss,
We'd steal a kiss
And the Merry-Go-Round went
"Um-pah-pah, um-pah-pah, Um-pah! Um-pah! Um-pah-pah!"


Oh, the Merry-Go-Round broke down
But my love was so profound
It kept us steady
'Cause we were ready
And the Merry-Go-Round went
"Um-pah-pah, um-pah-pah, Um-pah! Um-pah! Um-pah-pah!"


Oh what fun
A wonderful time
Finding love
For only a dime.


Oh, the Merry-Go-Round broke down
But you don't see me frown
Things turned out fine
And now she's mine -
Cause the Merry-Go-Round went
"Um-pah-pah, um-pah-pah, Um-pah! Um-pah! Um-pah-pah!"
Oh, the Merry-Go-Round broke down!
Chip
Oh, I knew Colin's mother,
yes I must tell the truth!
When she was nursing Colin,
her milk was ninety proof!
She wanted to kick the habit,
she didn't know what to do,
'cause if your baby looked like that,
then you'd be drinking too!


Drew
Let me tell you something
that happened just to me;
My momma started drinking
when I was just three!
Now I shouldn't
let this secret slip,
but my momma started drinking
when she married Chip!



Catherine (from the Coffee Hoedown)
I like my java
as hot as lava
I'll have fifty cups as the day passes.
But I don't feel real up,
unless I take twelve cups,
and [flubs] shove them up my asses.


Colin (from a Christmas hoedown)
Up in the North Pole,
the elves all went on strike.
Santa didn't care he said
go on take a hike!
Things were horrible that Christmas,
it all just turned to poo,
as Shakespeare said remember
to thine own elf be true!


Ryan
Oh boy this hoedown
is taking mighty long.
I am so sick
of this bloody song.
Wayne sits there
and he gets to rest.
His penis is large that's why
he's behind the desk.

High on a hill was a lonely goatherd
Lay dee odel lay dee odel lay hee hoo
Loud was the voice of the lonely goatherd
Lay dee odel lay dee odel loo
Folks in a town that was quite remote heard
Lay dee odel lay dee odel lay hee hoo
Lusty and clear from the goatherd's throat heard
Lay dee odel lay dee odel loo

Oh ho lay dee odel lee ho, oh ho lay dee odel lay
Oh ho lay dee odel lee ho, lay dee odel lee oh lay

A prince on the bridge of a castle moat heard
Lay dee odel lay dee odel lay hee hoo
Men on a road with a load to tote heard
Lay dee odel lay dee odel loo
Men in the midst of a table d'hote heard
Lay dee odel lay dee odel lay hee hoo
Men drinking beer with the foam afloat heard
Lay dee odel lay dee odel loo-oh

(Tuba Interlude)

One little girl in a pale pink coat heard
Lay dee odel lay dee odel lay hee hoo
She yodeled back to the lonely goatherd
Lay dee odel lay dee odel loo
Soon her Mama with a gleaming gloat heard
Lay dee odel lay dee odel lay hee hoo
What a duet for a girl and goatherd
Lay dee odel lay dee odel loo

(Musical Interlude)

Hm Hm Hm Hmmm --Mmmm Mmmm
odel lay hee --odel lay hee
odel lay hee hee --odel lay hee hee
odel lay hee...

Oh ah oh ho lay dee odel lay oh lay dee odel lay oh, lay dee odel lay!
Oh ah oh ho lay dee odel lee oh, lay dee odel lee o lay

One little girl in a pale pink coat heard
Lay ee odel lay ee odel lay Woo whoo
She yodeled back to the lonely goatherd
Lay dee odel lay dee odel lo
Soon her Mama with a gleaming gloat heard
Lay dee odel lay dee odel lay Hmm hmm
What a duet for a girl and goatherd
Lay dee odel lay dee odel lo

Happy are they lay dee olay dee lee oh
olay dee lee oh olay dee lay dee oh
Soon the duet will become a trio
Lay dee odel lay ee odel lo

odel lay hee --odel lay hee
odel lay hee hee --odel lay hee hee
odel lay hee hee --odel lay hee hee
odel lay hee...

odel lay dee odel lay --odel lay dee odel lay
odel lay dee odel lay --odel lay dee odel lay
odel lay dee odel lay --odel lay dee odel lay
odel lay dee odel lay dee odel oh
Whoo!