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All My Hummingbirds Have Alibis

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For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
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Created by composer Morton Subotnick, this multimedia production offers two pieces for MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) keyboards, MIDI mallets, flutes, cello and computer. "All My Hummingbirds Have Alibis" and "5 Scenes from an Imaginary Ballet" are both based on Max Ernst's collage novel A little girl dreams of taking the veil .

"Hummingbirds" consists of two large sections--"Evocation" and "Dances"--each of which is divided into three subsections…While listening to the music, you may view the collage images or switch to the score or to Subotnick's commentary on the structure of the composition.

The CD-ROM also provides background information on the composition and the technology used to create the music and to record it. MIDI was developed in the mid '80s and allows machines--computers and synthesizers--to communicate with each other. What is played back is not a sound, but the onset of a key press; the synthesizer simply duplicates the performance. Subotnick used a software program called Interactor (developed by himself and Mark Coniglio), which allows the composer to set up situations where a MIDI event can arrive and the program can intelligently respond to it. Interactor allows the computer to follow up to eight different tempi simultaneously. In his notes, Subotnick emphasizes the importance of real-time interaction between the computer and the performer: the choice of the right musical 'moment' ("when does it feel right for something to happen and how should it be played") is still essential to communicate the meaningfulness of a musical idea.

What makes "Hummingbirds" a true multimedia experience is the way it fluently interweaves music, text and images to create a piece of art with a distinctly educational value. (Description from this review)

The image is a bin-cue pair compressed with OS X zip. Just burn the bin-cue with Toast (for example) to make a CD that contains both application and audio partitions.

Architecture: 68k

This is a Mac-only CD-ROM.

System requirements:
SSW 6.0.7
640 x 480 colour or grayscale monitor