The Internet: it’s still doing crazy things with MIDI.

Just in the last few days, we’ve seen MIDI musical inventions go freshly viral. And keep reading even if you’ve seen some of that, as we’ve got a little bonus for you to get in on the fun.

It started with producer Aleksander Vinter, aka Savant – whose work extends to popular game scores. He created patterns like this one that double both as recognizable picture (a bird, reminiscent of vintage text art), and as compelling musical figuration. Behold:

See / hear more:

That led YouTube star Andrew Huang to go full unicorn:

And naturally, the Internet started freaking out:

The Internet Is Freaking Out Over This Song Made from a Unicorn Drawing [Creators Project]

Alexander Huang also gave us a clever tutorial, of course, so you can try this yourself:

What makes this particularly unique is really that the musical patterns generated are all tonal – doodling images that double as contrapuntal fantasy. But maybe that leaves you wanting something more, well, primal.

Erson Rybod writes CDM to share his own tool for just that. (He even gives us a quick bio, “i have no face, i also like to play with hacks.” Our kinda person/alien/thing/whatever, Erson is.

Erson urges us to “see no evil” (really, that’s in the email) but to download a free Mac-compatible app for making your own black MIDI:

i uploaded my diy app i made to turn any picture into midi file (black midi)
you can download it here i also puted a midi exemple with aliens πŸ™‚

And wow – it sounds great with aliens!

Have at it:
β–’β–“β–“_ ERSON RYBOD MIDI engine.dmg

More Erson:

Hmm, CDM black MIDI compilation? I’d do it. I have to think what the most obscure format we could release on — compact cassette is so bourgeois.

Enjoy! And… keep the MIDI hacks coming.

  • Teetons Friar

    NERP (meh)

  • Cute!

  • Thank you for sharing this sheer smile-inducing piece of creativity, Peter. πŸ˜€

    I like how one artist inspired another inspired another. And I see Erson shares an affinity for dithered Unicode squares.

    One correction: it’s “Andrew Huang” (not Alexander).

    • Charlie Robertson

      Every time I try to open the app I get a error message.
      “β€œβ–’β–“β–“_ MIDI engine” is damaged and can’t be opened. You should eject the disk image.”

      • Darren E Cowley

        You should change your security settings to open it, it’s not digitally signed i bet which produces an incorrect warning error…

  • Christian Otter

    It’s Andrew Huang*

  • pinta_vodki

    “I have to think what the most obscure format we could release on”


  • Michelle Deschamps

    who this is amazing , how can I get the midis lets draw a alien lol

  • No Windows Ver πŸ™

  • Babis Sismanis

    how do i download it?

  • Babis Sismanis

    can someone tell me?

  • Babis Sismanis