This page lets you try out Cosy from the comfort of your browser. If you don't know what Cosy is, I describe it here. The text entered into the form on this page will submit to my web server where Cosy happily churns out a MIDI file. These examples serve as a very rough initial attempt at some documentation.
Select an example, click the "Play in Browser" or "Download" button
below to generate a MIDI file. Feel free to change the example sequence or try writing your own.
If you have any problems using this page, questions, feedback, or whatever, please send me an email or use the link at the bottom to leave a comment on this page. Windows users, check Note #2 below for some info on a problem you may encounter.
Please note that MIDI files are just instructions for generating music, not the raw audio data that you would find in a .wav or .mp3 file. MIDI files will normally play using your soundcard's built-in MIDI synthesizer, which probably sounds like a cheap 1980's synthesizer. This was the easiest way to let anyone try out Cosy from a web site. Remember, Cosy is about sequencing. It is up to the synthesizers to make it sound good. I typically would send MIDI to something like Logic to generate good-sounding output.
The "Play in Browser" option requires that your browser has a MIDI plugin (like QuickTime). It works well for me on OS X (Safari or Firefox), but the QuickTime plugin often misbehaves on Windows. On Windows, sometimes there is a really loud noise when playback initially begins, sometimes the first note plays for too long on the first playback, and sometimes it doesn't work at all. There doesn't seem to be anything I can do about this, it appears to be a bug in the QuickTime plug-in for Windows.
If you have any issues, please try the "Download" button, which should prompt you to save a file and open it on your computer's default MIDI player (like Media Player, WinAmp, or the desktop version of QuickTime). This works with no problems everywhere I have tried it.