Seems like I’ve been fighting to play back midi tunes of any sort, for years now. My most recent attempt with pmidi failed abysmally, and to be honest I had resigned myself to a state of midi-challenged.
All that changed this afternoon.
Even better, timidity++ greeted me with a snazzy ncurses interface that has almost everything I look for in an application, except color … unless you count the graphical spectrogram. But I’m willing to overlook monochromatics, since timidity++ actually plays back music — as in, the vibrations that go in my ears and tickle my brain.
Surprise, surprise. The only embarrassing part was that my speakers were turned to the max setting in every direction, which drew some attention from people around me. 😳
All that can be brushed aside, since this is my first successful attempt to get anything audio out of a midi arrangement. And it sounds quite good.
Just as a note to future self, I installed timidity++ and the timidity-freepats packages out of the Arch repos, copied /etc/timidity-freepats.cfg to /etc/timidity.cfg, and started up the timidity service with
sudo systemctl start timidity. In other words, I followed the instructions in the Arch wiki. 🙄
Why this works now and hasn’t with other software in the past is a mystery for later. I’m pleased for once to have gotten music out of a midi program. I haven’t been this proud of an audio accomplishment since I milked Revolution Void from the ISA-based hardware in a 120Mhz machine. Those were the days. … 😀