Foojay Podcast #54: Music and MIDI with Java and Kotlin

MIDI is a universal standard for communicating between musical instruments and computers.

Within OpenJDK, there is a whole Java package dedicated to MIDI communication and data handling. Is it up to date? Are there better approaches now? And what can we do with music, Java, and Kotlin?

Let’s find out…

Video

Podcast (audio only)

Guests

Atsushi Eno 

https://atsushieno.github.io/  

@atsushieno@g0v.social  

@atsushieno@fedibird.com 

Geert Bevin 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/gbevin/ 

https://gbevin.com/cv/ 

https://www.uwyn.com/ 

https://www.gbevin.com/  

Content

00:00 Introduction of the topic and guests
04:27 What is MIDI?
Learn more about MIDI and the javax.sound implementation in OpenJDK:
https://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/sound/overview-MIDI.html
https://docs.oracle.com/en/java/javase/21/docs/api/java.desktop/javax/sound/midi/package-summary.html
https://github.com/openjdk/jdk/tree/master/src/java.desktop/share/classes/javax/sound/midi
https://www.baeldung.com/java-packages-vs-javax
09:53 MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE)
https://roli.com/mpe
https://midi.org/midi-polyphonic-expression-mpe-specification-adopted
https://midi.org/insights
11:23 Instruments require real-time systems
15:18 Why Atsushi used Kotlin for ktmidi
https://github.com/atsushieno/ktmidi
https://github.com/jazz-soft/JZZ
https://github.com/thestk/rtmidi
Applications created with ktmidi: https://github.com/atsushieno/ktmidi/discussions/14
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.androidaudioplugin.resident_midi_keyboard&pli=1
23:31 Using ktmidi with JavaFX and the benefits of Kotlin
https://melodymatrix.rocks
25:00 Geert sticks to Java and loves the 6-month releases
27:24 Apps created by Geert for various Apple devices
https://uwyn.com/midiwrist-unleashed
31:11 Atsushi uses MIDI to develop audio plugins
32:34 Geert found back his love for Java and created Rife2 and BLD
https://rife2.com
https://rife2.com/bld
https://software.moogmusic.com/store
Erik Thauvin https://www.linkedin.com/in/ethauvin/
43:13 How things just happen and finding a good open-source approach
https://codewithrockstar.com
https://webtechie.be/post/2024-06-18-jfxinaction-christopher-schnick
https://www.jdeploy.com
50:46 Conclusions

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