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It looks just like a portable MP3 player, but the software is made to play MIDI files.
For those who don't know, MIDI is the digital equivalent of sheet music. It offers extremely high lossless compression ratios; a whole orchestral piece can fit in a few dozen KB of space. Note that MIDI only works
with music, not voice.
Thousands of songs can be fit in the space of a mere 128MB. Perfect for composers and those who love video game music. (link)
Video Game Music Archive [Aq_Bi, Jan 08 2005]
(?) Four midi tunes wot I wrote
A wap page with four midi tunes I wrote, many years ago. Currently 'mackerel' is my phone ringtone. Help yourself - ejnoy. [Ian Tindale, Jan 08 2005]
This plays many file types, including MIDI, on a Palm PDA.
I got this software for the movie capabilities -- two full-length motion pictures fit on a 256MB card! But it has passable MIDI support, too. [Amos Kito, Jan 11 2005]
(?) MIDI Player/Composer
"The goal of this master thesis project is to develop a MIDI player and composer application for mobile phones on behalf on Teleca Software Solutions AB. The most advanced applications currently existing on the market feature a player for playing music files and a composer with pre-defined music patterns. Our applications should go one step deeper, to make it possible to design your own music pattern (e.g. your own drum solo)." [half, Jan 11 2005]
||In actual fact, I have an FM radio handsfree attachment for my NosyEricsson T610 phone. If I go somewhere by tube, it won't work when the train is actually underground, of course. However, for such occasions, I've a selection of midi files on the T610 which I find myself playing through the pathetic constantly-falling-out earpieces. The T610 has quite a good midi spec.
||How does MIDI replicate the timber/sound of various instruments or doesn't it bother?
||The General MIDI spec recommends a
list of 128 sounds in various categories
(not including drum sets - some of
those too are recommended). True GM
specification can therefore play back
more or less what the composer
intended. The actual sounds for any
given instrument in the GM bank for
any given synthesizer (whether
hardware or software implemented) can
vary considerably - especially for the
more abstract instruments.
||A portable MIDI playback device would be a fine thing, but I have to disagree with you about the losslessness of compression using MIDI.
||It may be lossless in encoding a piece of sheet music, but in that case, it really isn't compression, it simply encoding. MIDI is most certainly lossy if you try to use it to compress a musical performance. It can actually come pretty close with a performance that is just a piano, or some other instruments in which the performer has little control other each note played. But MIDI can't come very close at all for a recording of a wind instrument or violin where the performer can dynamically control the tone quality, vibrato, etc.
||I'm not saying that listening to MIDI files can't be enjoyable if it's a well produced MIDI file. I'm just saying you shouldn't call it lossless compression. It isn't.
||I couldn't think of a better way to describe it. Let's just call it sheet music with a built-in orchestra.
||This would be wonderful. +
||you could make these incredibly small, but I'm not sure I'd want to cope with the limited musical genres. (+).