QuickTime MIDI Music

General MIDI compositions
by Esa Toivonen

Also mp3-versions!


General MIDI makes you a natural born multi-instrumentalist.


Anybody can learn to compose a potential pop-hit with General Midi instruments!



You can read about the compositions in English below or leap directly to The Songz.




NOTE ABOUT THE VARIOUS QUICKTIME-VERSIONS
Apple (or Roland, actually) changed the MIDI instrument set & system in QT quite totally after the QT 4, which resulted many of the MIDI-files sequenced with early QT versions to sound odd and distorted under the QT 5 & 6. This is fairly usual problem with the General MIDI in avarage: a song made with instrument set A can sound horribly different when listened with instrument set B. For that reason I have encoded some of my older MIDI-pieces to mp3s, as that is the only instruments independent audioform everybody can easily and quickly have access to.

So, even if you don't have the QT 3 or 4 anymore installed on your system, you can always download the mp3-versions of some core songs at my site this far, and be sure they will sound quite exactly the same I made them to play originally. I will still keep the original MIDI-files up too, for those using older systems and the older QT-versions. For now I can't place all the songs up as mp3s though, due to the restricted discspace I have at my isp.




ABOUT THE MUSIC:
This page presents my original General MIDI (GM) compositions I have created with Apple's QuickTime 3 and 4 -instruments. The files are usually around 10-30 Kb by their size and will download in just seconds through anykind of internet connection. With a broadband connection the newly added mp3-files will not take much more time to download than the MIDI originals either, especially as the streaming allows you to listen them already at the same time as your application is downloading. Try for example with QT & it's browser-plugin, which you can get for free from Apple.

The files have been sequenced in a kind of "do-it-yourself-way", by mousing and clicking the songs note by note into the sequencer application's channells, and then arranging and mixing the whole only generally. Don't expect any detailed accents or pompous sound-paintings, as those would be difficult to create with my note-by-note method and without using a MIDI keyboard instead of my computer keyboard.

I am concentrating on delivering beautiful, catchy melodies and simple but effective arrangements. Sometimes it works nicely and sometimes not as well. The basic bodies of the most songs are years old, composed and arranged with an acoustic guitar - some even from decades ago - but the way I am sequencing them always produces also new and surprising dimensions on them. The song titles are in most cases brand-new, usually invented AFTER the MIDI-sequencing itself. They are mirroring coincidentally my more or less apparent influences in music and otherwise.

ABOUT COPYRIGHTS:
I am only in it for fun, so anybody is allowed to use the songs of this page any way they might want to. I don't claim any copyrights for myself of these songs, even if you would have profit by using them. On the other hand, should you make any own arrangements of these songs and perform them in public, please don't say they are my arrangements anymore.

Have fun!




The Songz




First Album

01 - Melting Ice March 06. 1999
02 - Good Bye Alysa Jan 25. 1999
03 - Martian Picnic Jan 25. 1999
04 - Back To My Library Girl Feb 06. 1999
05 - Soft Beauty May 11. 1999
06 - Extreme Rock March 22. 1999
07 - Irish Wild Flower April 12. 1999 MP3 (192 Kbps - 3 Mb)
08 - Go Go, Jojo! April 25. 1999
09 - Nylon Trilogy May 02. 1999
10 - Indian Woman May 20. 1999
11 - Sea May 29. 1999 MP3 (192 Kbps - 3,1 Mb)
12 - Princess (My Seasons) June 02. 1999 MP3 (192 Kbps - 2,1 Mb)
13 - Miraculous Kite June 13. 1999 MP3 (192 Kbps - 3,6 Mb)
14 - Back To Finland July 12. 1999 MP3 (192 Kbps - 2,2 Mb)
15 - Like Cathy Freeman Sept 04. 1999





Second Album


01 - Tartarian Honeysuckle Rock June 21. 2000 MP3 (192 Kbps - 2 Mb)
02 - The Days When Sharon And Demi Still Were Young And Free June 20. 2000 MP3 (192 Kbps - 3,5 Mb)
03 - River Oct 06. 2000
04 - Awakening Sandman Oct 21. 2000
05 - I Wanna Be Your Mann May 01. 2001 MP3 (192 Kbps -2,9 Mb)
06 - Remember Those Old Audrey Movies Aug 06. 2001 MP3 (192 Kbps - 4 Mb)
07 - Two Little Indian Girls Sept 05. 2001 MP3 (192 Kbps - 1,2 Mb)
08 - Cheeseburger Sept 05. 2001
09 - A Little Xmas Walk By Starlight Dec 21. 2001 MP3 (192 Kbps - 2,3 Mb)
10 - Lolling With Lady Elena March 06. 2002 MP3 (192 Kbps - 2,1 Mb)
11 - Hidden Bonus Track May 18. 2002
12 - Dancing With You (Eastern Swing) Aug 30. 2002 MP3 (192 Kbps - 3,4 Mb)
13 - Poptrain Nov 03. 2002
14 - Picture Of This Simple Life Nov 19. 2003 MP3 (192 Kbps - 2,9 Mb)
15 - Thunderbird Nov 23. 2003 MP3 (192 Kbps - 2,1 Mb)
16 - Waltzing At Moonlight Bay May 31. 2004 MP3 (192 Kbps - 3,1 Mb)
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Third Album


01 - Japanese Nights Aug 21. 2005 MP3 (192 Kbps - 2,5 Mb)
02 - Three Smiles Aug 21. 2005 MP3 (192 Kbps - 3,7 Mb)
03 - Oceanic Medley Aug 21. 2005 MP3 (192 Kbps - 4,1 Mb)
04 - El Mer Oct 16. 2006 MP3 (192 Kbps - 2 Mb)






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An old pic, but so are most of the compositions too.



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