January 21 – First Trips Festival, MIDI introduced


Three-day psychedelic event The Trips Festival — the first of many — begins at San Francisco‘s Longshoreman’s Hall (near Fisherman’s Wharf), organized by later Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand, US author Ken Kesey, and Owsley Stanley. (*) (*) (*)(*)

It’s a benefit for the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Along with sound engineer and Kesey pal Ken Babbs, synth pioneer Don Buchla is there, with his Buchla Box.

This guy was unbelievable. At the Trips Festival at Longshoreman’s Hall … he had ten speakers set up around there in the balcony…. He had this board in which he could run the sound around in circles…. Made it himself, absoulutely fantastic. — Ken Babbs

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See also: Psychedelic rock


After a couple of years in development, MIDI (the music instrument data interface) is first demonstrated at the January 1983 Winter NAMM. Dave Smith uses a Sequential Prophet-600 to control a Roland Jupiter-6 synth.

The official Midi 1.0 Detailed Spec is published in October of 1983. After decades, today MIDI is incorporated in most music hardware; it’s also an integral part of both digital audio workstations and many cellphones. In 2013 the invention wins a Technical Grammy for Dave Smith and Ikutaro Kakehashi.

▷CDM:2013 Technical Grammy▹ ▷Quietus:MIDI’s 30▹
@Electro:December:First MIDI synths

 ~ Chadabe: The Electronic Century