Midi Onodera

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.


2010 a new decade

Posted January 1, 2010

the game, that people play

A true test of friendship is playing monopoly without a serious argument.

Posted February 12, 2010

America: any way you slice it

Might doesn’t always mean right.

Posted March 12, 2010

Moon Over Miami

The soundtrack is courtesy of Jeri Lynn Karr and friends.

Posted April 12, 2010

Not Many Mushrooms At Portobello Market

I’m a mushroom person not a people person.

Posted May 12, 2010


This is what happens when you push all the buttons.

Posted June 12, 2010

cross dissolve into middle age

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

Posted July 12, 2010

recurring nightmare

Rational or not, everyone has their fears

Posted August 11, 2010


A simple misunderstanding can lead to disconcerting consequences

Posted September 12, 2010

coast to coast

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

Posted October 12, 2010

the fitting room

Patience is always a virtue.

Posted November 12, 2010

California Dreaming

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

Posted December 1, 2010

desperate measures

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

Posted December 12, 2010

we stand on guard

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

Posted December 25, 2010