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Ron O'Dell's new MIDI song site
By Ron Yost

Hello all! (Here's some new music, Beatrice!)

As the Official Notifier of New and Interesting MIDI Song-Sites for the Digest <grin>, here's another new one with both original compositions and versions of old songs:

The site is run by Ron O'Dell (, who's been making arrangements of ragtime for MIDI piano since about 1988, and is in the process of converting his music into MIDI form from some proprietary format (?) and putting it all up on his web page.

I find the selections from Scott Joplin's opera "Treemonisha" especially interesting, though I'm not familiar enough with this work to know if Ron's interpretations are 'good', so I won't attempt a review. I remember reading in the Digest sometime back of George Bogatko and Terry Smythe asking about a piano roll of Treemonisha selections, so perhaps they or someone else would like to check these out and give us a review?

In any event, here's what's available currently (this will change as Ron adds or deletes songs):

(There's a full explanation of the songs on the web page. Most of them are individual songs contained in two .zip files. The filenames are *not* listed on the page; I include them here for your convenience. Most are one - or two - track piano songs.)

"My own ragtime compositions" ( = 82.2K) contains:

spontrag.mid = "Spontaneity Rag"
birthday.mid = "Happy Birthday" ragtime arrangement
convpces.mid = "Conversation Pieces"
tcorag.mid = "That Crotchety Old Rag"
grsyspn.mid = "Greasy Spoon Rag"
affinity.mid = "Affinity Rag"
unname.mid = "Infernally Unnamable Rag"
fastcat.mid = "Fast Cat Rag"
scorcher.mid = "The Scorcher"

"Selections from "Treemonisha" by Scott Joplin" ( = 56.4K) contains:

tma2pre.mid = "Prelude to Act 2"
tmadvice.mid = "Good Advice"
tmaround.mid = "We're Goin' Around"
tmbears.mid = "Frolic of the Bears"
tmchild.mid = "I Want to See My Child"
tmdinah.mid = "Aunt Dinah has Blowed de Horn"
tmrest.mid = "We Will Rest a While"
tmsprstn.mid = "Superstition"
tmstree.mid = "The Sacred Tree"

Individual songs (zipped individually): = "Theme to 'Animaniacs'" = "Theme to 'Doctor Who'" = "Rialto Ripples" - early George Gershwin = "Kitten on the Keys" - Zez Confrey = "12th Street Rag" - Euday Bowman = "Dark Eyes" - Russian folk song, by Richard Bender. = "12 Variations on 'Ah! Vous Diraj-je Maman'" - Mozart = "Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude & Fuge in C Major"

Enjoy!! And, for all the U.S. subscribers, have a GREAT Memorial Day weekend!

Ron Yost <>

(Message sent Fri 24 May 1996, 23:12:34 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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