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Pure speculation on my part but from what I know about the 555 chip a "gunshot" is a pretty easy sound to make with a basic electronics setup. After a siren it's one of the first sounds people make when they're learning how to create sound effects using electronics. For instance: http://www.555-timer-circuits.com/machine-gun.html


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I can't comment on why the committee decided on those particular sounds as I wasn't there, but I will say that gunshot sound effects are very common in musicals, and until recently it was common for any kind of timing sensitive sound effect to be in a synthesizer book. Now we have laptops and software like QLab so it's more practical for it to be fired from ...


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The General MIDI sound set was influenced by what was implemented by existing sound modules. Since musicians were expected to program their synthesizers anyway, the application where standardization of a sound set would make the most sense was games. At that time, the most widely used device was the Roland MT-32 or its compatible modules. The original MT-32 ...


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The MIDI Manufacturer's Association released the General MIDI Specification for hardware sample players and sample-based keyboard synthesizers in 1991. Read about it at the Wikipedia article, which includes reference links to the actual published specifications. I do not think there is a definitive answer to your question. I believe the industry committee ...


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I have "researched" quite a bit and collected some interesting examples, see below. As can be seen, we have a huge geographical impact, France (I have numerous additional examples) seemed especially fond of the backward-7 notation, keeping it up to the middle of 19th century, while the Bach autograph from ca. 1723-1730, the Walsh print of 1795 and the ...


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Possible duplicate of: Origin of the 'squigly line' used for quarter note rest? There are several scans of manuscripts (from Corelli to Mahler) linked from that page that show many intermediate forms. It seems to have been a gradual evolution due to handwriting, rather than a dictatorial all-at-once change. In addition, each composer had their own ...



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