Got a cool idea for a physical computing project (or actual music instrument) that uses MIDI, but don’t have a computer with an actual MIDI port? Use a Windows-based computer? Then Stephen Hobley (of laser harp fame) has you covered with his serial port MIDI relay project. After getting tired of relying on expensive, unwieldy adapter boards, he wrote a slick piece of software that monitors a regular serial port, and passes messages between it and the operating system’s MIDI interface. Excellent idea!
Under Linux, I *think* you can configure the snd-serial module to achieve the same effect, however I don’t have any experience with OS X. Have you done this with your favorite operating system/program? Got tips, or a better way to accomplish the same thing?