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Last Midi Background (LMB) (2009) - Sebastian Schmieg

By John Michael Boling


Last Midi Background (LMB) is a project by Sebastian Schmieg, a Berlin-based student focusing on new media and stuff.

It is an internet radio, a cyberspace shuttle, and a kind of archive. LMB takes you on a journey through an almost forgotten web that is loud, colorful, often "personal", and doesn't care about standards. Though it might be forgotten by many, some parts of it are still there, waiting to be explored. And maybe we can learn something along the way.

LMB plays a continous stream of MIDI music. However these aren't just random tunes, instead the songs are taken from websites where they are being played as background music.

While playing a song the LMB cyberspace shuttle flies through a stream of images that have been taken from the website you're (kind of) listening to.


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Luke Munn 5 years, 11 months agoReply

interesting - I finished a similar piece a couple months ago for Window called "Deferred, Referred" which combines some of the same dated homepages with other media like radio stations, youtube clips, and flash intros. http://window.auckland.ac.nz/archive/2009/10b/online.html