Ikutaro Kakehashi commented, "I am very happy that MIDI has been regarded as a global standard by many musicians all over the world, even 30 years after its development. Also, I am honored to receive this Technical GRAMMY Award. MIDI will be around for many years, and I am sure it will be developed further to continually incorporate the latest technologies for generations to come. One of the best examples of MIDI's continuous advancement is MIDI Visual Control, which was defined in 2011. This new standard opened the door to all musicians to control visuals with electronic musical instruments. I think musicians will really enjoy this totally new way of expression more and more in the future. MIDI has built, and continues to build, a strong "bridge" ["Kakehashi" means "Bridge" in Japanese] that connects musical instruments, computers, content, visuals and lighting with each other. I believe in the future of MIDI, and I am looking forward to seeing it."
GRAMMY Award Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are determined by vote of The Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory Council and Chapter Committees, as well as The Academy's Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.
In 1983, Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder of Roland Corporation, and Dave Smith, president of Sequential Circuits, unveiled MIDI. 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of MIDI, a standard that motivated the cooperation of an entire industry and helped move music technology into a new era. In a nearly unprecedented collaboration between competing manufacturers, two competing electronic keyboards were connected and enabled to "talk" to one another using a new communication standard. The announcement ultimately revolutionized the music world. Today, MIDI is ubiquitous in the musical equipment industry, and it is the de facto standard feature on virtually every electronic music product made by every manufacturer.
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