Making Mechanical Music for your own aMazement (MMMM)
This is a little booklet which explains the process of turning sheet music into paper roll music for your Busker Organ - or any other mechanical organ, as the techniques are the same. No previous knowledge of music theory is needed, as everything you need to learn covered. This was demonstrated by the first purchaser, Brian Mahaffey of Northern Ireland. Brian knew nothing at all about music, yet within one month he had not only produced two rolls of music, but had also 'pinned' the barrel of a mechanical harmonium with eight hymns. He had converted this instrument some years previously, but had never been able to find anyone able to 'pin' it! Being Irish, the eight hymns became nine when the local priest came to hear it working, and he thought that the last tune was 'lovely', although he could not actually recognise it. This was not surprising, as Brian had actually played the last one backwards! This effect apparently often works with simple hymns.
New section on using MIDI now included
Rather than making paper music rolls, the musical information described in this booklet can also be used to create MIDI files. However, MIDI creation software can be very daunting for the casual user - especially as the latest programs are so powerful, with so many functions, that it can make it difficult to find the few simple steps we need for our single channel files. The new text explains MIDI itself, in simple terms, covering just the parts we need to know about, and then goes on to describe the steps needed to make a MIDI file using an early version of a program called Cakewalk. Of ourse, similar steps could be used in later, more up-to-date and sophisticated versions, but I have found the one I have to be easier to use, and perfectly adequate for our needs. Details of where to download this version of Cakewlk are included in the booklet.