One thing I like the most about the internet is the sheer volume of free downloadable MIDI music from various locations. Furthermore, the variety of MIDI music available on the web is almost limitless. They range from classical music to pop and rock. Think of any song or music and you are likely to find one lurking somewhere on the web. Thanks to the musicians who went out of their way to fix this music and upload it to the Internet.
My favorites, of course, are the wide selection of movie and TV tracks available in MIDI format. Since we were children, my siblings and I have loved to hum, sing, or play our favorite TV or movie songs. We even played this game where one of us hummed or played the theme and we guessed the TV show or movie that was shot.
Most of the songs I will present here are classics from the eighties. Perhaps one of the reasons for this is that, during my teens (which is in the 1990s), they stopped doing the kinds of shows that I loved during my childhood days, which is the 1980s. (I was disappointed a lot when they stopped broadcasting McGyver.) Of course, they tried to revive some of the classic TV shows, like Star Trek (I lost count of the covers they’ve done), but I thought none could top the glory of the classics and I totally lost interest in the latest releases. Another reason was that as my thinking began to mature, I became interested in shows that had more mature and intellectual themes like LA Law, which has themes that I don’t find attractive in MIDI format.
So far the nostalgia, and let’s begin to examine each of my featured TV topics. I found it difficult to narrow down my options to 10. But after much consideration, I finally did. Sorry for the favorites that I didn’t include. But then these are my personal options.
- Knight rider – Do I need to say more? Surely most of us who were aware before 1986 are familiar with KITT, a highly sophisticated autonomous car, driven by none other than David Hasselhoff, aka Michael Knight. In fact, the connection between Hasselhoff and this show impressed me so much that, until now, I still call it Knight Rider. The theme music was composed by Glen Larson and Stu Philips. The arrangement featured here was that of Don Peake, who made the music for the show when Stu Philips left the series. This is the arrangement that I got to know. It sounds more electronic (compared to the Philips symphonic style), which I think is a more appropriate style for the high-tech of the series.
- Battlestar galactica – When I was a child, I was fascinated by science fiction series. The first intergalactic series that I could remember was Battlestar Galactica. Although I do not remember its plot well, and I cannot remember any of the episodes (all I remember was the great battleship gliding through the vastness of space), its main theme, with its sonorous set of horns, still resonates in my mind. . . This arrangement that I downloaded, looks a lot like the original theme.
- Star Trek, the next generation – I considered myself lucky to be able to witness the revival of the Star Trek series on September 28, 1987. Although I was able to see reruns of the original series, I didn’t like it as much as Next. Generation. The reason is that the new series has much better special effects. And of course I love the majestic marching sound of their title track.
- Danger – I love watching game shows. Some of the many shows that I came to love are The prize is the right, the wheel of fortune, the name of that tune, the deal or no deal, the family feud, and of course, Jeopardy.. As a student, I used to join (and sometimes win) inter-school trivia contests. This is why I came to love Jeopardy and its theme song. The theme presented here is “Think!” music, played during the final danger when contestants write their final answer. Interestingly, it runs for exactly 30 seconds, the time limit given to contestants. “Think!” (Written by Merv Grifin as “A Time For Tony” as a lullaby for his son Tony) it was first played in 1964 when the original Jeopardy debuted (I didn’t know Jeopardy was that old). When Jeopardy was revived in 1984, the electronic version of “Think!” was used as a theme. However, the original is still used in the Final Jeopardy round.
- Perfect strangers – I had vague memories of comedies I watched as a child, including Different strokes and Mork and Mindy. But none of them stuck in my mind as much as the antics of Balki Bartokomous and Larry Appleton in Perfect stranger. I was looking forward to each episode, and each one is sure to make your belly ache with laughter. I was sad when they stopped airing it in 1993. Successful sitcoms like Friends never captured my interest since Perfect strangers finished. Equally memorable was the theme of the show titled Nothing will stop me now written by Jesse Frederick and Bennet Salvay, and was played by none other than David Pomeranz. I consider it one of the most inspiring TV songs I’ve ever heard (with lyrics like: Standing on the wings of my dream, Arise and fall on the wings of my dream …) The vocal version of the song is far superior and sounds better than the instrumental (MIDI) version available here. But then this MIDI version is enough to give you an idea of how melodious this song is.
- Doogie Howser MD – It was during my teens that Doogie Howser aired. (1989 – 1993) Naturally, I loved television dramatic comedy because it addressed issues of adolescence. Yes, Doogie Howser was a genius (a 16-year-old doctor), but he lives a very normal teenage life, thanks to his friend Vinnie Delpino, a typical teenager, who keeps him grounded in life outside of his profession. As a young musician, I was also drawn to the show’s theme music. Interestingly, the main theme is the YAMAHA DX-7 synthesizer sound, which was popular in the mid to late 1990s. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a MIDI version that closely resembles the original. Are there only a few musicians who are also fans of Doogie Howser? (It is possible that one of these days I will post my own version of the Doogie Howser song here. I remembered during my high school days that I became instantly popular at my school just by performing the Doogie Howser song.)
- The x files – “The truth is out there”, “Trust no one”, “I don’t want to believe”. These are the slogans that appear in X-Files, a show that addresses paranormal phenomena, distrust of the government, conspiracy theories and belief in extraterrestrial life. The enigmatic sound of the X Files theme song (featured here) accurately captures the mysterious nature of the show.
- MacGyver Once again, anyone who developed consciousness before 1992 (the year the show ended) meets MacGyver, an extremely resourceful and laid-back secret agent, played by Richard Dean Anderson. We are in awe of how MacGyver escaped extreme situations simply by using simple, ordinary everyday things and his most trusted Swiss Army Knife. He was so well known in this that sometimes we say the phrase “we get out of a situation.” Although more recently, the Mythbusters (another one of my favorite shows) tried to test some of the MacGygers tactics and found that some – like the ultralight airplane made of bamboo, plastic bags, and a concrete mixer motor – are completely bogus (but that one is another story). and off the main topic of this blog). Along with a popular program comes a popular musical theme. I still remember how the girls got scared when I performed the MacGyver theme in my high school. Some curiosities: McGyver’s first name is Angus. Teri Hatcher appeared on the show as Penny Parker. (I knew it. A quiz show got it wrong when it said that Hatcher’s first appearance on television was on Lois and Clark.)
- The Simpsons – When I was a child I loved cartoons. But when I entered adolescent life and began to lose interest in them, The Simpsons came on the scene. It was a new generation of animation shows, mostly dealing with more mature themes, not typical of cartoons. They were the first adult-oriented animated sitcoms. Needless to say, The Simpsons became so popular that it is now the longest-running American sitcom and the longest-running American animated show. Its main theme is equally interesting. Did you notice that Liza’s saxophone solo (aside from Bart’s chalkboard lines and the couch scene) is different from show to show? Another trivia: Did you know Homer’s annoying growl “D’oh!” Has it been adopted into the English lexicon?
- Mission Impossible – Last on my list, but definitely not least, is the Mission Impossible theme song. It was composed by Lalo Schrifrin. The version featured here was from the 1966 show. It was given a fresh and modern arrangement when the show was revived in 1988. The film version of the Mission Impossible theme has an even more powerful arrangement. So even though the Mission Impossible series and the movies (even though I didn’t like how they ruined the IMF team) were very successful, therefore it is the main theme that is considered one of the most iconic television themes of all time. .
That concludes my list of my top 10 MIDI TV tracks. Hope you enjoyed downloading this music and bring back good memories from the past.