Music

My first piano lesson was the day before my fifth birthday. In the past, I often combined computers and music, like my now-defunct live performance software KeyMaster, originally written on the Commodore 64, ported to the Atari ST, and redesigned for the now-defunct BeOS. I’ve worked a bit on a new version for Mac OS X, but it’s nowhere near usable.

The MIDI reference has moved here. It’s not a tutorial. Rather, it is intended as a quick overview and a reference guide.

I performed in bands from 1980 to 1993, and started playing out with a band again in 2013. Everything from progressive rock to dance pop to electric jazz; covers and originals. Here’s a video of Miles at Connelly’s in Times Square, New York City in 2013. I’m the guy with the beard and glasses stuck to the side of the stage.

I write different kinds of stuff. Most of it is funk/dance/pop, but I also dabble in orchestral, Sondheim-esque pieces, game show themes, thirty-second newsroom background music, and whatever else tickles my fancy.

Perhaps some day I’ll post some snippets of my music. Aside from the typeset pieces below and the sequencer and MIDI files of the music I’ve done on my own, I only have one crappy cassette of a bunch of works-in-progress from the late ’80s. It’s dated but good stuff. The sound quality is horrendous. Also, the tape broke so I’ll need to repair it one day.

Compositions

Here are three pieces I composed that I’ve typeset using LilyPond.

Equipment Collection

Here’s a tech-head’s view of the tools I use to create my music.

Equipment List

Software List

This is not a complete list of all the music software I have. Since switching to Mac OS X, I’ve downloaded a number of utilities such as MidiPipe and SimpleSynth for testing MIDI apps I write.

Band List

Here are the bands and orchestras I’ve played in over the years. Believe me, you’ve never heard of any of them.