The latest episode of Aux.tv’s This Exists takes a look at Black MIDI – a genre that gets its name because the music is so densely sequenced with notes that, written out, it approaches solid black:
Black MIDI music recalls the work of classical composer Conlon Nancarrow. Nancarrow composed for player pianos, because they allowed him to create music that was incredibly complex and effectively unplayable by a human pianist. But, while Nancarrow’s multiple simultaneous tempos, with complex relationships, Black MIDI composers tend to be more concerned with pushing the limits of what their machines are technically capable of playing. One Black MIDI composer, Xinyu Qian, notes that “There are more than 12,000,000 notes in the last 2 seconds,” of one arrangement.
Check it out – and let us know what you think of the genre of Black MIDI!
via Jon Stubbs