Last Updated: Sunday, June 25, 2006
There are two primary ways computers can make music. One is digital audio. This is simply a recording of sound waves, just like a compact disc. Digital audio takes up huge amounts of space! With low quality audio and compression, the Internet (at telephone speed) is just barely capable of playing digital audio in real-time.
The other way a computer can make music is by using what is essentially sheet music. A file containing sheet music is called a MIDI ("middy") file. When you play back a MIDI file, the computer does its best to synthesize the notes in the file. There are 128 standard instruments a MIDI synthesizer must be able to play.
Warning: The following music is in sheet music form (MIDI), if your computer has only a "frequency modulator" synthesizer, then the following music will sound very poor (and synthetic), like old video game systems.
If, however, you have a wavetable synthesizer, then it may sound very good! Click the links below to hear the music! (Your computer will use recordings of real instruments [played at different speeds] to synthesize the music.) Even if you do have a wavetable synthesizer, results may vary, because each wavetable synthesizer sounds different.
Here are a few of my favorite MIDI music files:
- Rocky - Gonna Fly Now (This one sounds very authentic on my system!)
- Rocky - Eye of the Tiger
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Beverly Hills Cop - Axel-F
- Star Wars
- Forrest Gump
- Schindler's List (Excellent movie!) If you haven't seen the movie, the music just won't have the same effect. See the movie!
- Mission Impossible (Movie Theme)
- Huey Lewis - Power of Love (from Back to the Future)
- Disney - The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Out There
- Smooth Operator
- Johnny Hates Jazz - I Don't Want To Be A Hero
- Johnny Hates Jazz - Shattered Dreams
- Pink Panther
- Robert Miles - Children
- Haddaway - What Is Love
- Haddaway - Life (Everybody Needs Somebody To Love)
Video Games (some of these are used on pages in my site):
- Wave Race - Theme
- Zelda 3 - Dark World Theme
- Zelda 3 - Title Theme (Wow! I feel like I'm there!)
- Zelda Dance Remix 1 (This is very excellent!! And so are the others.)
- Zelda Dance Remix 2
- Zelda Dance Remix 3
- Zelda Dance Remix 4
- Donkey Kong Country - Title Theme (Sounds better on the N64.)
- Mario Kart 64 - Credits Music
- Mario Kart 64 - Mario Raceway
- Mario Kart 64 - Rainbow Road
- Blast Corps - Simian Acres (A very cool, very unique game!)
- Super Mario 64 - In the Castle Walls (Castle lobby music. Thanks Justin!)
- Super Mario 64 - Hazy Maze Cave (Thanks Justin!)
- Super Mario 64 - Bowser 2 (Thanks!)
- Super Mario 64 - Vanish Cap Theme
- Super Mario 64 - Title Music (This is the cool steel drum music!)
- Super Mario 64 - Sliding Music (This is an updated, better version!)
- Super Mario 64 - Course 1 Music (Cool music, excellent game!)
- Super Mario 64 - Course 1 and Credits (A much longer version.)
- Super Mario 64 - Water Theme (Fits the game very well.)
- Super Mario 64 - Snow Theme (Very coooool!)
- Super Mario 64 - Dire, Dire Docks (Similar to the water theme.)
- Super Mario 64 - Metal Cap Theme (Rush, rush, rush!)
- Super Mario 64 - Metal Cap Theme (Piano Version) (More rush, rush, rush!)
- Super Mario 64 - Flying Cap Theme (This also fits the game very well.)
- Super Mario 64 - Select File (The opening screen music.)
- Super Mario 64 - Final Bowser Battle (This is loud too!)
- Super Mario 64 - Merry Go Round (This is from course 5.)
- Super Mario RPG - Latin Theme (I've never played this game.)
- Starfox (The original version.)
- Super Mario Bros. 1 (A classic.)
Here are a few of my favorite sound effect files:
- HAL - I'm completely operational.wav - The computer HAL from A Space Odyssey: 2001 says, "I'm completely operational, and all my circuits are functioning perfectly."
- HAL - Fault in AE35 unit.wav - HAL says, "Just a moment... I've just picked up a fault in the AE35 unit!"
- HAL - Human Error.wav - HAL says, "Well I don't think there is any question about it. It can only be attributable to human error. This sort of thing has cropped up before, and it has always been due to human error."
- deny.wav - The Star Trek (TNG) computer says, "Access denied!"
- Houston, we have a problem.wav - In the movie Apollo 13, Tom Hanks says, "Houston, we have a problem!"
- ring.wav - This is my very own, home-made recording of a phone ringing. I release this to public domain.
Note/Disclaimer: The MIDI music and WAV sound files above were found elsewhere on the Internet and are assumed to be public domain or freeware. The MIDI music I listen to often results in me buying the real album. I take no copyright on the above music files.
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