Sorry, for legal reasons, MIDI files can no longer be made
available for download.
WHAT IS MIDI?
MIDI is an acronym for Musical Instrument
Digital Interface. It is an incredibly sophisticated
method for controlling synthesizers and sound effects processors.
Almost every major recording artist and studio employs this system.
Well, one reason is that one MIDI programmer costs less than a
fifty piece orchestra.
For us webmasters, MIDI allows us to transform a surfer's $2,500
prized multimedia computer system into a $39 child's toy keyboard!
HOW DO I PLAY MIDI FILES FROM MY PAGE?
There are a few ways. The first is you can have the music
start up when the page is first opened. To do this please
take a look at this HTML trick.
The second and more polite way is to offer it as a link. This
can be as simple as:
<A HREF="/midi/CANDLE1.mid"> listen to
Candle in the Wind</A>
A very important consideration is file size. Many well
done MIDI files can be anywhere from 50K to 120K in size! We
generally recommend that you should try and limit file sizes
to 30K or so- especially for music that you start
WHERE CAN I FIND MIDI FILES?
I have found that a good place to find lots of files is in the
alt.binaries.sounds.midi USENET group. Please be careful
about letting the kids poke around. This is located in the
alphabetic (binaries, i.e. photographs) area of the USENET that
kids should be kept out of.
Music is such a personal thing, that rather than tell you were to
go for various types of music, just go to
which contains listings for sites to meet all tastes. Be sure to follow the
use guidelines regarding the music files at each site. For classical,
television, and movie music, try
The Midi File Page by Jonathan Gurstelle. The classical collection
is especially impressive.
For a wide variety of choices (over 200), please look at
The Midi Page.
For music from the 80's, check out
Kerhop's Best Eighties. For more MIDI files, visit
MIDI Files on the Net. ( The Internet MIDI Community's
Comprehensive List of Sites with MIDI Files)