Once upon a time, there was a boy who loved making music. He taught himself piano, with a little help, then guitar, then drums and bass, and eventually some awful saxophone.

As he grew older, he started recording music and writing his own songs.

And one day, this magical thing came into his life, that let him take the notes he was playing on a keyboard, and turn them into drums and orchestras and synthesizers and thousands of other instruments.

That magical thing was called MIDI… short for Musical Instrument Digital Interface.

And the man who created MIDI was Dave Smith. And MIDI changed the way millions upon millions of people now make music.

Dave passed away today, and there is no way this now grown boy can ever properly thank him for what he created. He changed my world, and I will forever be grateful.

Rest in peace, Dave. And thank you.

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