Midi Onodera
Moving Image Artist

Baker’s Dozen (2010)

2010. According to the Japanese calendar, this is Heisei 22, the Chinese name it the Year of the Tiger and the United Nations has proclaimed it the International Year of Biodiversity. But what is my interpretation of 2010? Originally I had thought of doing a project called Year of MIDI. This was not meant to be some shallow, egotistical, self-aggrandizing project, (well maybe a tiny bit) but was supposed to be a year-long project inspired by Twitter.

For those who tweet, you’ll know that sometimes it’s difficult to find people with similar interests unless you know their @name. A common search seems to involve “@” one’s interest/hobby. This is how I happen to amass a small MIDI music following. MIDI, stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. But Midi is also my name. So in tribute to this industry-standard protocol, I thought I would put out a call to all MIDI musicians to submit soundtracks for this year’s weekly movies.

For the first short movie I didn’t have any MIDI compositions so I decided to whip something up myself and do a search to see what free MIDI files were available. The more I searched and fiddled around with GarageBand, I came to the realization that I am actually not very fond of MIDI music. And further, who was I fooling with this social networking swap? By nature, I’m not a social creature. I like my solitude too much. And besides, it’s a commercial world. The only responses to my Twitter call for submissions were from people who were looking for paid work. I don’t blame them, I understand the importance of getting paid. But this project was supposed to be fun and cash-free.

So instead, of the MIDI project, I’ve decided to cutback the number of shorts to a baker’s dozen. After making 417+ online movies I feel the need to step back, take a deep breath and look ahead to different challenges. So for 2010, I am committed to making 13 more shorts, posted once a month.

The first short, MMX, is my lame attempt to create a MIDI soundtrack. You can see why I was so uninspired. However, I see MMX as a malleable work. If you do happen to have a MIDI composition, drop me a line and I will rework the movie into something more exciting.

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In the series 2006-2011

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