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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we stand on guard

Posted December 25, 2010

Canadians: known for their cultural diversity or intolerance of difference. You choose.

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desperate measures

Posted December 12, 2010

Do you ever feel as though you need a holiday from your vacation?

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California Dreaming

Posted December 1, 2010

As the cliché goes, the road to fame is covered in potholes.

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the fitting room

Posted November 12, 2010

Patience is always a virtue.

coast to coast

Posted October 12, 2010

Until you’ve walked a mile in my (floppy) shoes, don’t even think about complaining about your job.

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Posted September 12, 2010

A simple misunderstanding can lead to disconcerting consequences

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recurring nightmare

Posted August 11, 2010

Rational or not, everyone has their fears

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cross dissolve into middle age

Posted July 12, 2010

This is the day I renew my gym membership and go on a diet (again).

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Posted June 12, 2010

This is what happens when you push all the buttons.

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Not Many Mushrooms At Portobello Market

Posted May 12, 2010

I’m a mushroom person not a people person.