Have you ever been listening to a normal song
and thought, “I wish this normal song had 280 million notes and took up 1.1 terabytes
of data and was literally unplayable on any computer?” Of course, you’re only human. MIDI is a shared digital language that lets electronic
instruments communicate with computers, invented in the early 1980s to provide a technical
standard in the burgeoning field of electronic music. MIDI used to sound like this. Now MIDI is literally at the core of all pop
music — it’s how keyboards and laptops and samplers make Katy Perry records. It’s how
your ring tone works. It’s how you use a tiny plastic guitar to play the “Freebird” solo
on Expert. It’s basically digital music air. It is in everything. Black MIDI is a sequenced MIDI file so dense
with notes, it literally just appears to be jet black. So instead of sounding like this
– It sounds like this – Uploaded on February 6th, 2011, that piece
of hypnotic mayhem from kakakakaito1998 is the first-ever Black MIDI. Although these
files were being traded online as early as 2009 in Japan, kakakakaito1998 an original
“blacker.” Because naturally his subculture has bad-ass lingo. These songs are created — or “blacked” as
the bad-ass lingo goes — by initially layering multiple MIDI files on top of each other,
shortening the notes, and then presumably offering some sacrifice to the pagan Gods
of yore because seriously this shit is insane and no one who does it seems eager to divulge
the secret sauce. The visual side of black MIDI is as mesmerizing
as the notes themselves — of which that song has 7.67 million. There is an element of technical
braggadocio and one ups-manship to not only the number of notes, but the presentation.
The description of that video is simply “My graphics card has enough memory to run this
without invisible notes :D.” Why? Why? Why? Bullet hell. The most popular blackened MIDIs all originate
with the Touhou project, a one-man enterprise that has seen the release of 21 bullet hell
games in as many years. The quintessential Japanese shoot ’em ups, Touhou games feature
an unending reign of enemy fire and big tunes. That, for example, is a 2003 Touhou game called
Perfect Cherry Blossom. And this is “Necrofantasia,” a popular song from Perfect Cherry Blossom. In fact, the 10 largest black MIDIs, according
to the Impossible Music Wiki’s leaderboard, are all Touhou project songs. But it’s YouTube
so of course someone did “What Does the Fox Say.” But in the end, the best part of any of these
songs is when the computer just gives up and barfs pure black. That was Jingle Bells. When Adrian Chen wrote about black MIDI for
Gawker, he joked that we should expect Rihanna to be stealing it within three months. What
do you think? Could this blow up all weirdly mainstream like sea punk? Like us know in
the comments, and be sure to subscribe for new episodes of This Exists every week. Happy
blacking.

Black MIDI songs will kill your brain and your computer
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100 thoughts on “Black MIDI songs will kill your brain and your computer

  • June 24, 2018 at 2:32 pm
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    Apple Newton instead of laptop

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  • June 27, 2018 at 5:18 am
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    kay-toe

    lol its Ka-e-toe

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  • June 29, 2018 at 7:46 am
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    I'm black midi maker. xD(I'm Japanese)
    I'm a member of JBMT(Japanese Black Midi Team)
    but I can't make good black midi. lel
    I hope the black midi will become more popular :3

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  • June 30, 2018 at 2:24 pm
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    Touhou PCB is from 2003, not 2013. It even says so on the very picture you show of it, the cover.

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  • July 1, 2018 at 11:25 pm
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    3:55. That reaction made me choke on my Lucky Charms.

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  • July 2, 2018 at 10:01 pm
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    Gr8 b8 m8

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  • July 3, 2018 at 5:19 pm
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    young petite song gets B L A C K E D

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  • July 4, 2018 at 4:04 am
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    Ya' boy said KA-TO. Umm, pretty sure that's KAI-TO. Like the Vocaloid.

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  • July 11, 2018 at 5:28 pm
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    KAKAKAKAKAYTO IM DONE

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  • July 25, 2018 at 6:52 pm
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    kakakakakakakakakakakkakakakakakakakaito

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  • July 26, 2018 at 4:33 pm
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    I’ve just realised this guy looks like T J Miller a bit

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  • July 27, 2018 at 8:48 am
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    now i remember why my phone broke

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  • August 1, 2018 at 10:22 am
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    The All Star midi is impossible, it crashes the cpu

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  • August 1, 2018 at 3:17 pm
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    I’m going to have a wonderful seizure!

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  • August 2, 2018 at 5:12 am
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    The original would be 'The Black Page' by Frank Zappa. Not Midi though, but same idea of so many notes. It was done in 1976

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  • August 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm
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    Blacked dot com.

    Oh yeah nice BALCK SONGS get it ?

    Ok taking my racist humor elsewere

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  • August 6, 2018 at 8:56 pm
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    So it's like MIDI Conlon Nancarrow.

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  • August 9, 2018 at 8:53 pm
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    I had a seizure yesterday. I’m really taking a risk.

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  • August 10, 2018 at 7:25 am
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    But I’m watching on iPad

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  • August 15, 2018 at 6:36 pm
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    4:02
    Where can I download that sound effect? I need it to represent my generic all powerful anime move.

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  • August 21, 2018 at 10:05 am
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    That was… Jingle Bells

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  • August 22, 2018 at 4:21 am
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    Get 100 fingers and maybe you be the best piano player.

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  • September 8, 2018 at 6:01 pm
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    Skynet could sneak malicious code into that to where you'd need a quantum computer to hack it out. Invisible notes anyone?

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  • September 14, 2018 at 7:36 pm
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    perfekt when you add this to gabba techno 😀

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  • September 16, 2018 at 9:25 pm
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    I heard bullet hell and instantly subscribed!

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  • September 23, 2018 at 12:48 pm
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    Nokia has black midis to

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  • September 26, 2018 at 12:16 am
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    … wait. I'm not the only one doing this ?

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  • September 28, 2018 at 1:47 am
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    kakakaito98 is back!

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  • September 28, 2018 at 8:18 pm
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    Now… The Largest Midi Is Armageddon v2… Containing… 1,073,741,814,995 Notes. It Uses 4.2 TB Of Your Storage. It Is Made By Gingeas. Play It Now. You Will See How Laggy It Is…

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  • September 30, 2018 at 10:21 am
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    I A W O K E W H E N I H E A R D N E C R O F A N T A S I A

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  • October 7, 2018 at 1:09 am
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    Yup. Touhou is in here. I knew it would be in here

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  • October 12, 2018 at 2:35 am
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    If you made us listen then why is our computer and us not dead

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  • October 16, 2018 at 7:26 pm
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    I sincerely hope not

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  • October 19, 2018 at 3:00 am
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    God, that "What did the Fox Say" black midi SUCKED. All the design notes were silent, it would just be a basic midi if you took them away. The use of the entire keyboard for a percussive sound is outright lazy.

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  • October 24, 2018 at 8:07 pm
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    I can hear god. He’s angry.

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  • October 26, 2018 at 6:24 am
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    You missed nuker 3

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  • November 16, 2018 at 4:11 am
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    there was a ransomware where u had to play touhou to .2 billion to decrypt ur files

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  • November 16, 2018 at 11:57 pm
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    Cool video. Wear a Celtics shirt next time!

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  • November 22, 2018 at 4:34 pm
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    I stopped asking why/😂🤣😅

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  • November 25, 2018 at 9:57 pm
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    Meet nuker series 😉

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  • November 26, 2018 at 10:38 pm
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    I usually listen to a hardcore black midi song while I’m getting an aggressive edging jerk going.

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  • November 28, 2018 at 8:54 am
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    B L A C K E D

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  • December 7, 2018 at 12:19 am
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    GOOD LUCK WINDOWS XP!

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  • December 7, 2018 at 9:20 pm
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    plays computer explosion noise that was jingle bells

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  • December 12, 2018 at 6:01 am
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    "happy blacking"

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  • December 18, 2018 at 2:07 am
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    And people say progressive Metal is complex. LOL!!!

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  • December 22, 2018 at 2:29 am
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    can we get a vantablack midi?

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  • January 17, 2019 at 1:39 am
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    I wonder if a GTX 1060 can take this

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  • January 26, 2019 at 5:54 pm
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    It's gone!!!!!!

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  • February 7, 2019 at 5:38 pm
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    Zappa had the black page

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  • February 12, 2019 at 8:46 pm
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    I came to discover black midi from a Conlon Nancarrow piece on Youtube… I see the connection, but I wish black midi were more interesting! The concept is good but I haven't heard any of the music that really explores much of the concept. It all sounds pretty video game-y. Maybe I'll do some.

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  • February 13, 2019 at 1:36 am
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    God it's beautiful

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  • February 21, 2019 at 2:41 pm
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    Touhou Hijack Lol

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  • February 24, 2019 at 9:28 pm
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    These midi files can say the n word.

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  • February 24, 2019 at 9:35 pm
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    Toulouse=Awesome

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  • February 27, 2019 at 5:09 pm
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    I think you are wrong in who is the creator of black midi. I consider Conlon Nancarrow to have created the original black midi on player pianos.

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  • February 28, 2019 at 11:44 am
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    Where was this when I needed a MIDI background track for my website in 1999?!

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  • March 12, 2019 at 1:47 pm
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    Imagine this in a doom wad that would fucking scary

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  • March 17, 2019 at 3:36 pm
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    Why don't I see any blackers in the comment session of this video??

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  • March 19, 2019 at 1:44 pm
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    How about hail of the mpuntain king black midi song the impossoble

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  • March 27, 2019 at 1:34 pm
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    good thing im on my phone

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  • April 2, 2019 at 7:04 pm
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    Lol i got a piano ad before this

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  • April 4, 2019 at 1:37 am
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    2:30 knew that was Bad Apple! 😀

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  • April 7, 2019 at 9:17 am
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    If anyone knows the name of the first song (0:12) Let me know, just curious.

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  • April 9, 2019 at 7:08 pm
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    Now the biggest black midi have 93 trillion notes and its size is 256 terabytes

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  • April 11, 2019 at 1:53 am
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    sam you look handsome

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  • April 11, 2019 at 10:45 pm
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    Why is the title "Black midi songs that will kill your BRAIN and your computer? this shit gives an angel its wings.

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  • April 26, 2019 at 6:15 am
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    Black midi are just 15 or more people Playin piano at same times to make a song

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  • April 29, 2019 at 2:48 am
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    Conlon Nancarrow did this with player pianos long before MIDI.

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  • May 3, 2019 at 2:23 pm
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    This made me have hypnagogic hallucinations

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  • May 4, 2019 at 3:50 pm
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    Now we have bad apple decimation mode 2.1 billion :)) is that ok ??

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  • May 6, 2019 at 12:18 pm
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    n e c r o f a n t a s i a

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  • May 12, 2019 at 12:42 am
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    Wow wtf is this guy that guy that got eaten by the cloverfield monster or does he look like almost the same

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  • May 15, 2019 at 2:16 am
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    This is not music.

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  • June 24, 2019 at 7:33 am
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    Someone should re upload the kakakakaito's black midi

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  • June 25, 2019 at 8:04 am
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    You know touhou themes are that good

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  • June 26, 2019 at 9:02 pm
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    22:00 Your making me scared
    by saying It will kill your Brain…It hypnotized me! STOP MAKING THESE HYPNOTISING VIDS!

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  • July 1, 2019 at 4:41 am
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    such a magnificent purpose

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  • July 6, 2019 at 6:57 am
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    My phone actually restarted when I pressed this video

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  • July 10, 2019 at 8:24 pm
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    I don't know if this has anything to do with the video but my headphones dont work now.

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  • July 21, 2019 at 7:50 pm
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    He is right I lost 2 braincells out of my 99 trillionz

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:21 am
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    Bullet hell fandom makes the game music reflect the source material, just because they can! I think that's a little bit beautiful.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:25 am
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    lol, i died over 9000 times hearing this

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  • August 3, 2019 at 12:05 am
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    yeah man, i love black midi!
    Schlagenheim is my favourite!

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  • August 26, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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    John cena THE time is now midi is the best

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  • August 31, 2019 at 12:28 pm
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    >> 4:02<< It actually Piano sound…

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  • August 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    3:534:06 I laughed so hard XD 🤣🤣🤣

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  • September 6, 2019 at 12:33 am
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    So this is Black Midi’s band name origin

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  • September 14, 2019 at 4:38 pm
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    I M A BLACKER

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  • September 14, 2019 at 5:26 pm
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    That´s cool and all but did any of you heard of cold pizza? https://youtu.be/BbAed6kHKWA

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  • September 16, 2019 at 3:49 am
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    Midi used to sound like this…idiot

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:28 pm
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    Conlon Nancarrow was one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century, along with Elliott Carter and John Cage.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 12:10 pm
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    Oh yeah? But what about SMB's 1 million subscribers special????
    (this is a joke)

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  • September 27, 2019 at 12:27 am
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    yeah i dont like it too 3:53

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  • October 4, 2019 at 4:32 am
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    SHE MOVES WITH A PURRRPOSE

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  • October 6, 2019 at 5:30 am
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    "Black MIDI Songs will kill your brain and your computer"

    Nah, My Brain is fine and my computer is okay

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  • October 11, 2019 at 6:34 pm
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    MIDI: Musical Instrument Digital Interface. There, I said it.

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  • October 18, 2019 at 6:54 am
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    4:13 – 4:22 Considering I've never heard of Black MIDI until just now, something tells me it wasn't successful in becoming mainstream. Because of this, I would have to go with, "No."

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