The project instructions for this Junto project are straightforward: Record an original piece of music that you feel belongs within the genre of “old-time electronica.” I’ve been thinking about the metaphor of the MIDI piano roll as a peculiar skeuomorphism for paper piano rolls, and figured that it would make a good direction for my track. I Googled “piano roll MIDI” and downloaded the oldest one I could find, which turned out to be “Gypsy Love Song,” composer unknown, cut by Phil Ohman in 1896. I downloaded from here: http://www.trachtman.org/rollscans/RollListing.php
I took small pieces of the piano roll, looped them, mapped them onto some synths and voila. The breakbeat is from “Synthetic Substitution” by Melvin Bliss.
More on this 137th Disquiet Junto project — “Produce an original piece of music that fits the genre ‘old-time electronica’″ — at: