Ha ha... Gary has given me the computer to write a little about Midi-itis as he is drying his head from the beer I poured on him for his ever lingering New York proclivity (trust me... I live in NY and he still has it) . .... alas he is young and oh so naive.
Midi-itis: A strain of infectious disease common amongst electronic musicians. Especially those with a penchant for the orchestra.
Almost inevitably, whenever I do a live recording of my music or that of others that have been proceeded by a midi mockup, I get the comment "but it doesn't sound exactly like the midi demo" Well, thats true. And that will be the case with the wonderful compositions our composers have submitted. In addition to it not sounding just like the midi demo, there will be some great little surprises and some very subtle enhancements. So, in an attempt to vaccinate all of you from this horrid disease I urge you to listen with unbiased fresh ears.
In a way, we are doing not a midi mockup but a midi mock-down. We are taking a fully realized midi rendition and deconstructing it and putting it back together with a live orchestra. This means that each and every note will have the interpretation of a different LIVE player. This means that the reality of the composition will be displayed.
But here is the thing. We are coming full circle in a most extraordinary way. As I see it, tools like GPO are actually bringing us to a more organic state of affairs. Its bringing folks like us into the realm of reality. The beauty of GPO is that its not necessarily replacing the orchestra, its facilitating the journey towards the real thing.