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Ryan Diduck
Mad Skills: MIDI and Music Technology in the Twentieth Century
Release Date
March 15, 2018

Press Release

A cultural history of MIDI (the Musical Instrument Digital Interface), one of the most revolutionary and transformative technologies in the history of music.

Part rigorous history, part insightful commentary, and part memoir, Mad Skills tells the story behind MIDI, aka the Musical Instrument Digital Interface, through the twentieth century's kaleidoscopic lens. Guiding us across one hundred years of musical instruments, and the music made with them, Mad Skills recounts the technical and creative innovations that led to the making of the most vital, long-standing, ubiquitous, and yet invisible music technology of our time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ryan Alexander Diduck is an author, scholar, lecturer and critic. His writing has appeared in The Wire , The Quietus and Fact Magazine . He lives in Montréal.

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