Using the MIDI Sequencer as a multi-
In this next piece composed by Stanley Myers for the movie “The Deer Hunter”, we use the MIDI Sequencer to construct a complete orchestral accompaniment. For the performance we add on the melody, string accompaniment and bass from the keyboard and pedals.
In addition to the two types of accompaniments previously considered, Styles and
Rhythm Patterns, there is a third option which is provided by the instrument’s Media
Player. This can play a variety of media files, of which MIDI, Wave and MP3 files
are the most useful for accompaniments. Unlike Styles and Rhythm Patterns however,
which typically provide a loop of only a few bars, these media files can provide
the accompaniment for an entire song. In this regard it is more accurate to describe
them as Backing Tracks. There is a huge number of files available in all three formats
covering a wide variety of songs and musical styles. Additionally, users can create
their own backing tracks using the instrument’s built-
In this first piece composed for the movie “Titanic” by Will Jennings and James Horner, we use the MIDI Recorder exclusively to record a piano backing track for the song, then play this back as an accompaniment for the performance.
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By combining the MIDI Recorder and the MIDI Sequencer, a composite accompaniment can be constructed. This is accomplished in two stages. First we record some of the tracks using the MIDI Recorder, then we add in the remaining tracks using the MIDI Sequencer.
In this next piece popularised by Buddy Holly, we use the MIDI Recorder to record a style from the Accompaniment Unit over the entire length of the song. Then we add in the remaining tracks of the orchestration using the MIDI Sequencer. As before for the performance, we add on the melody, string accompaniment and bass from the keyboards and pedals.
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The Media Player is also able to play video files. In this application the video content is displayed on the instrument’s touchscreen. A popular application of a video file would be to simply provide a visual accompaniment for the music being played. If appropriate however, the audio in these files can also be used as an accompaniment.
In this final piece composed by Randy Newman for the movie “Toy Story 2”, we use the vocal sung on the video by Sarah McLachlan as a backing track and fill in the rest of the orchestration from the organ to provide a combined audio/video performance.
(Listen to the audio)
(Watch the video)