Music Website News
with KEITH BRAMICH
How on earth can anyone be expected to follow Peter Dale, and his fantastic
Survivor's Guide published here this
month, Basil? Oh well, I'll give it a try ...
Music & Vision's August newsletter was published at the beginning
of the month. If you haven't already received your copy by email, our autoresponder
is waiting to send you a copy, which should be with you within minutes -
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Music & Vision and its newsletter are, of course, completely
free. All we ask is that you tell all your friends and associates about
The spirit of the internet, of course, is to provide everything free
of charge, and the first few items in this week's selection demonstrate
this in action.
Free CD corner
Thomas Oboe Lee is promoting his work as a composer by offering a free
CD from his website at www.thomasoboelee.com.
Music Timeline website has a Name that tune quiz - download a MIDI file, listen and guess
the composer and the name of the piece. Email the webmaster your entry -
the prize is a classical CD.
You may be able to win a copy of the 1999 BBC Proms double CD by taking
part in their acronym quiz. When I last looked, the current quiz ended
yesterday, but there could be something new by now.
Mp3.com, who are quickly making a name for themselves as the site for
MPEG format music, are giving away a free sampler CD, although there is
a small charge to send it to addresses outside of the USA. To order a copy,
As far as we're aware, all the free CD offers we mentioned last month are still available.
Free sheet music
Opportunities abound for obtaining sheet music over the net - here are
a couple of free downloads. A few months ago Music & Vision published
Richard Graves' article about the strange history of Debussy's Morceau
de Concours, including a download
of the Morceau.
ChoralWeb publishing are offering you a free piece of choral music (with
optional sacred or secular texts) at www.choralweb.com .
A gospel-jazz style harmonisation of the universally known and loved
passion chorale melody O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden (O Sacred Head)
for SATB a capella is available for free at Music for the Church in the
New Millennium - home.earthlink.net/~bgoldes.
Sometimes it's surprising just what you can find for free on the net.
The GNU Project specialises in freely available computer software produced
by teams of volunteers, and is known for its excellent programming language
compilers and operating systems. GNU make the source code for their projects
freely available, so with some computer knowledge you can build versions
for even obscure types of computer.
LilyPond is the GNU Project's music typesetter - it produces beautiful
sheet music from an input file in a high-level description language. You
don't have to be a computer expert to use LilyPond. Pre-packaged versions
are available for i386 and PPC. Further information is at www.cs.uu.nl/~hanwen/lilypond/
'an alternative approach that harnesses the calculating power of the
computer in partnership with the creativity of a human' - Quantum Portal
is Ray Watson's generative MIDI composer, which generates his (and your)
surreal music from a scripting language. Don't let me put you off before
visiting www.quantumportal.com though! Some software may be offered free.
Copyright © Keith Bramich,
August 3rd 1999
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