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with Keith Bramich
Musical orgies at WHRB
The Harvard radio station WHRB Boston/Cambridge is known for inventing
the 'musical orgy' - a twice-yearly marathon-style programme dedicated to
a single composer, genre, performer or subject. The next in this series
is the Bach Orgy in January - ten days beginning on Sunday 9th during which
the entire musical output of J S Bach will be played uninterrupted, to celebrate
the 250th anniversary of Bach's death.
WHRB is available live on the internet, both at 20kbps (suitable for
most dial-up phone connections) and at 96kbps - a high quality feed for
those with a broadband connection. Why
not listen now whilst you're reading the rest of this article? Their
broadcasting encompasses classical music, jazz and underground rock. WHRB
use Windows Media Player streaming, and you may need to download a player
or a codec before you can listen. Instructions via the WHRB website.
Met Opera Broadcasts
The new season of radio broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera New York
is beginning, and you can see the coming season's schedule on-line. The broadcasts
are available in Australia, Europe, New Zealand and the US from various
radio stations. If your local station doesn't carry the broadcasts, you
can listen on-line via WHRB above.
Aimed at music and college teachers, academics, professional and amateur
musicians, pupils and music lovers, the European Music Journal or EMJ is a new internet-journal
for music and musical education. Publishers Prof Dr Wilfried Gruhn, Prof
Dr Siegmund Helms and Prof Dr Reinhard Scheider are creating a forum for
teaching music within the medium of the internet. The design is clear and
distinctive, and uses musical rest symbols for navigation. The content appears
to be available in German, English, French and Italian, although various
snippets of German kept appearing in the English version whilst I was exploring.
Early days yet though ...
An inexpensive scoring program Melody Assistant is available (for
both Mac and PCs) from Myriad
Online. Besides working with music notation, it can sample and edit
sounds. Apparently the program's printed output, built-in sounds and templates
are less than ideal, but it is still very good value for money. From the
same company, Harmony Assistant works with MIDI input (and is more
To read web-based user feedback before you buy either product, visit
the discussion forums for Melody Assistant and for Harmony Assistant.
Copyright © Keith Bramich, December
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