Links to share
These are some links that I’m hoping that you’ll find interesting for various reasons. When you finish
with the link(s), Just close the window(s) to get back here.
Wikipedia is my number one go to place to learn about new things. You’ll probably notice that I constantly
use links to it in my website.
TED – Technology, Entertainment and Design
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues.
Petrucci Music Library
The Petrucci Music Library has 91,769 works · 312,647 scores · 34,744 recordings · 12,580 composers
of public domain classical music that can be viewed or downloaded.
The history, technology and development of musical tuning is a very interesting subject.
I turn your attention to the Wikipedia article and it’s associated links on this subject.
When music is played with ‘natural tuning’, the chords sound wonderful, but each key needs a different tuning.
For instance, ‘E’ in the key of ‘C’ has a different tuning than ‘E’ in the key of ‘A’. To make it possible for
instruments to play in all twelve keys, temperaments (compromise tunings) were developed. The ‘best’ one for most
‘western’ music turned out to be ‘Equal Temperament’. This was necessary for the development of keyboards. Bach
wrote his ‘Well-Tempered Clavier’ to demonstrate this concept.
I find the subject of temperament interesting because most instruments that are in common usage are fixed with
equal temperament. The piano is the classic example of an instrument that is limited totally by equal temperament.
The two major exceptions are the orchestral string family and trombones. Some instruments like
the saxophone can allow their tuning to be altered by the embouchure to escape the confinement of equal temperament.
I find it fulfilling to fool with temperament when I’m playing. the 3rd and the leading tone (7th),can be moved up
or down to brighten the sound of a chord.
Enneagram of Personality
Enneagram is a model of human personality which is principally understood and taught as a typology
of nine interconnected personality types. I’ve found that a cursory study of the surface details of Enneagram
has been useful with helping me to determine people’s basic personalities and how to deal with them in everyday
The P.E.T.E. is a unique tool to use to perform isometric exercises that strengthen and develop the embouchure. I’ve found mine to be very effective. I use it at night while watching T.V. and it makes up for some of the practice time that’s not available to me. I find that if I use the P.E.T.E. and then emphasize slurs and flexibility studies in my practice time it’s a great balance.
IMDb is a listing of celebrities in movies, television, music etc., and I was fortunate to have my music
included in one nationally known movie and credit is given here in the IMDb site.
A composition of mine called ‘Southland Strut‘ was included in the film Snow Falling on Cedars about midway
through the movie. I’m the very last credit listed on this page, lol.
The World Digital Library
The World Digital Library is a treasure-trove of information.
The Free Country
Just found this site. It appears to be a library of programming languages. I’m putting it here
to give me a chance to check it out.
This is another project that I’d like to learn more about.
The Iamus computer is a computer that can compose music and learn how to constantly improve upon it’s ability
to compose and get better and better at the process.
Alan Turing Memorial Concert
Melomics is devoted to computer composition, specifically music composed by the Iamus computer.
Adsum for Orchestra
What is numberphile? I don’t know either, but I’ll be finding out. Click on the above for the Wikipedia article and start there.
Here are a few videos to start you out.