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Complete archive of folk music for all countries
In your country, city or your village, there are some musicians who play folk music of their area. Maybe they are famous or maybe they are not! Let's introduce them to the world. We are not looking for folk-pop, folk-jazz or folk-rock. We are looking for pure folk and classical traditional of each region. You can send their songs here and give us information about their music and their works. It can be an old farmer or a dedicated musician. Currently its hard to find information about folk / traditional music of all countries in one place. We want to achieve this goal with your help.

This project is focused on original folk and traditional music of the different countries, nations and ethnic groups of the world. Definition of “folk” and “traditional” music in different cultures changes, and generally it's hard to give a universal definition.

Although folk music usually refers to orally transmitted music or music with unknown composers, but it can include the traditional classical music of countries as well which theoretically differs from folk music, like Indian traditional classical music vs. Indian folk music. But it doesn't include Western (European) Classical music.

These music are accepted here: indigenous music, aboriginal music, ethnic music, regional music, rural music, root music, traditional ritual music, arranged folk music, recreated folk music,...

These music are not accepted in this project: folk-pop, folk-rock, folk-jazz (any kind of folk fusion that employs some folk elements like an instrument, a melody or a rhythm in another genre or style), world music (folk music arranged for Western ears with commercial interests, usually published by Western labels; although some “world music” are original and accepted), fusion of different original folks (like Arabic oud with Indian sitar or Spanish flamenco with West African rhythms), modernized and contemporized versions of folk tunes with new sounds, especially electronic sounds.
folk  music  archive 
9 weeks ago by Quercki
(3) Meg Yardley - Okay friends, I need some new music! At the...
Meg Yardley
August 1 at 9:21 PM ·

Okay friends, I need some new music! At the beginning of the school year I like to make a new playlist, and that's coming up in just a couple of weeks. So: what is a new/ recent song that you've been listening to? Here's one to get you started:
Meg  playlist  music 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
The Rantin’ Raven: Songs for the Old Religion, in Context | Dana Corby
I’m asked if Pagan music was important in the 70’s. Well, not as such, though individual Witches who were also musicians could not help writing songs that expressed it — I wrote several myself, including The Sungod, which appears on the album. Folk music was crucial, because so many of the secrets and mysteries are encoded in old folk songs. Witch rituals were intended to have music, specific old songs for the Sabbats, Moons, and other occasions. Pagan music — Witches’ music as it was then — grew out of that. Gwydion was to my knowledge the first to compile and sell his music, and even then it was sold at first as sheet music, for other people to learn and perform among themselves. The album was an afterthought, the result of a serendipitous meeting between Gwydion and me.

Pagan musicians in particular ask me about the Pagan music scene of the time – who else was doing what we did, what clubs played Pagan music, how records got distributed, and so forth. Wow. They really have no idea. There was no ‘Pagan music scene’ in 1975; SFTOR started it. There were no Pagan clubs, though there were a couple of short-lived metaphysical coffee houses and of course the Bodhi Tree in Los Angeles which is as of this writing finally closing its doors, alas.
pagan  music  Gwydion  Dana_Corby  witch 
june 2019 by Quercki
The Rantin’ Raven: Songs for the Old Religion – Part 1: the Making | Dana Corby
The Rantin’ Raven: Songs for the Old Religion – Part 1: the Making
June 6, 2015 by Dana Corby

In 1973, a friend of mine returned to Southern California from a visit to a Wiccan gathering in the Bay Area telling me about a musician he had met by the name of Gwydion Pendderwyn who had a songbook full of wonderful music all about the Craft. My friend gave me the address of an organization called Nemeton from which one could order the book. So, for the extravagant sum of $2.50 plus postage I did and set about learning to sing and play some of the songs.

Two years later, I was spending a few weeks guesting in the home of a Gardnerian couple known as Athena and Dagda. While I was there, Gwydion came to visit, and I played and sang for him including an arrangement I’d done of his Harvest Dance for Appalachian dulcimer.
pagan  music  Gwydion  Dana_Corby 
june 2019 by Quercki
Copyright - Music Lady Carol
There are several different areas of copyright law that apply to the music world in general and that dulcimer players and teachers should keep in mind when using music created by others. These various areas should not be confused or mixed up with each other -- each has its own parameters and requirements:
1. Creating (and printing and distributing) dulcimer arrangements of copyright-protected material
2. Performing a copyright-protected song in a public venue
3. Recording a copyright-protected song on a CD or digital download and/or posting to Youtube or other social media sites
copyright  music  performing  publishing  youtube 
may 2019 by Quercki
(14) Marlene McCall - The caption on this Youtube video is misleading....
Marlene McCall
5 hrs ·

The caption on this Youtube video is misleading. Obviously, this is not the earliest complete tune. But it IS the earliest complete tune that has actually survived and come down to us in written form. They say here it's from 200 B.C., but I read around the first century C.E. (in the book Life of a Song: The fascinating stories behind 50 of the worlds best-loved songs
By Jan Dalley). Its music and lyrics were engraved in Greek on a tombstome in what is now Turkey. (Don't ask me what form of musical notation was used. I don't know.) The lyrics are both philosophical and universal in nature:

While you live, shine
Have no grief at all
Life is only here for a short while
And time will take its toll.
early  music  200BC  Greek  Turkey 
february 2019 by Quercki
Seikilos Epitaph ( the earliest complete tune ) Greek 200BC - YouTube
Seikilos Epitaph ( the earliest complete tune ) Greek 200BC

Marjan Fawzi 2017
Its music and lyrics were engraved in Greek on a tombstome in what is now Turkey. (Don't ask me what form of musical notation was used. I don't know.) The lyrics are both philosophical and universal in nature:

While you live, shine
Have no grief at all
Life is only here for a short while
And time will take its toll.

on Oct 9, 2017
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Song of Seikilos - 1st century Greek song
SAVAE (San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble)
Ancient Echoes - Music from the time of Jesus and Jerusalem's Second Temple
Licensed to YouTube by
The Orchard Music (on behalf of World Library Publications), and 3 Music Rights Societies
oldest  music  Turkey  video 
february 2019 by Quercki
Thirty Second Narratives - analysis of music in political commercials
Thirty Second Narratives

In thirty seconds, a political television commercial has the daunting task of convincing a swing voter that its candidate is the right person for the job of president of the United States. Instead of simply stating facts about the candidates and leaving the analysis of these facts up to the viewers, the commercials create narratives that encourage the audience to come to desired conclusions about the different candidates. The advertisements use several different television median that, though incomplete when separated, become complete narratives when observed as a whole. In this website, I will look into campaign commercials run for and against George Bush and John Kerry, the two prospective candidates for the Democratic and Republican Parties. What makes these commercials appealing to the viewers? How can they depend on thirty seconds of air time to convince a viewer that their candidate is the right choice? Are there similarities between the commercials of apposing candidates?

To study these commercials, I will use Labovian analysis of narrative as described by Michael Toolan to find what makes these thirty-second television blips into successful and persuasive narratives. I'll examine their combination of verbal, visual, and audible texts to make incomplete parts complete narratives. Finally, I will look at some inconspicuous measures the commercials use to make their candidates appealing to as many voters as possible.
politics  commercials  music  Bush  Kerry  2004 
december 2018 by Quercki
Reevaluating the 'Romantic' Hit Songs of Pop Music's Patriarchy | KQED Arts
Pop music, perhaps in particular, is by its very nature both borne of a time and place—a mirror of existing culture—and a building block of it. Just ask the musicians of Stax Records during the Civil Rights movement, or anyone who was 18 in this country during the Vietnam War.

“Given all that women are expected to live with—the leers that start when we’ve barely begun puberty, the harassment, the violence we survive or are constantly on guard for—I can’t help but wonder what it has all done to us,” wrote Jessica Valenti in her 2016 book Sex Object. “Not just to how women experience the world, but how we experience ourselves. I started to ask myself: Who would I be if I didn’t live in a world that hated women?”

I come back to that line often. And I came back to it after this performance, because this performance reminded me that blocking out misogynist messaging every day takes energy, and effort. That you're not winning if you're still doing all the work, that there are no medals for a job well done.

Perhaps most insidiously, these messages are so all-encompassing that you truly stop noticing: I can’t tell you how much of my brain is devoted to trying to prevent the most damaging kinds of misogyny from entering my body, because I don’t know, because I've been doing it as long as I’ve been alive.
pop  music  misogyny  performance 
november 2018 by Quercki
Unintentional Pitch Drifting | Andrew Meronek
Because our music notation is based on the keyboard layout, what we read is also tempered. A side-effect of extensive use of tempering is that when we go to untempered instruments (such as a violin or the human voice, particularly when without vibrato) our ears naturally want to keep things untempered, because tempering is a deliberate distance away from where our ears hear a harmony as being the most stable or in tune, and we naturally gravitate toward these points of stability, reintroducing these small intervals that are tempered out in our music notation.
music  pitch  tune 
september 2018 by Quercki
Janelle Monáe and Tessa Thompson are here to remind you that not all women have vaginas Pynk
Thompson also appeared in Monáe’s music video for “Make Me Feel,” another thematically queer piece of art that has been called “an eye-popping celebration of bisexuality.” On Tuesday, tweeting about the release of the “Pynk” video, Thompson described her role in the clip as “me playing both a woman and a special part of some women.” It’s that “some women,” a quick but essential acknowledgement that not all women have vaginas, that struck a chord with fans on Twitter, many of whom responded to thank Thompson for using trans-inclusive language.

She got more explicit about that inclusivity later on Tuesday. Retweeting a tweet that called the video for “Pynk” the Vagina Monologues for black girls, Thompson addressed a message to “all the black girls that need a monologue that don’t have vaginas.”
Janelle_Monae  vulva  music  video  transgender  queer 
april 2018 by Quercki
Album Liner Notes
We are the largest archive of Liner Notes on the internet.
Glad to see you here, have fun, look around.
You will find some good stuff here.
music  data  liner  notes  albums  artist 
april 2018 by Quercki
Turning The Tables: The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women (As Chosen By You) : NPR
The results are in for the first-ever NPR Turning the Tables readers' poll, and they send a strong message to anyone fancying themselves a cultural justice warrior in 2018. It is this: check your intervention. The original list of 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women, assembled by a committee of nearly 50 NPR-affiliated women, sought to correct a historic bias against putting women's stories, and their artistry, at the center of popular music history. Your votes and comments, which deeply modify and sometimes openly challenge that list, challenged us to recognize that no matter how justified the correction may be, in popular music — happily — no center ever holds.
women  music  150  NPR  list  albums  listen  female 
april 2018 by Quercki
Convert Audio Files To/From All Audio Formats with Switch
Sally Greenberg BTW, for anyone else dealing with audio format conversion issues, Switch is a great little program for doing batch conversions. It retains all of the file tags.
freeware  audio  music  mp3  wav  ogg  flac  aiff 
april 2018 by Quercki
"We Shall Overcome" has overcome copyfraud and is now unambiguously public domain / Boing Boing
A group of activist lawyers/documentarians have made a vocation of fighting copyfraudsters in the courts, first forcing Warner Chapell to relinquish its bogus claim over "Happy Birthday" and then targeting Ludlow Music Inc. and The Richmond Organization who had spent decades fraudulently collecting licensing fees for the public domain civil rights hymn "We Shall Overcome."

Now, Ludlow and Richmond have capitulated, entering into a settlement in which they "dedicate" the song to the public domain -- presumably, this is a weaseling bid to maintain the fiction that the song was in copyright until now, as a means of forestalling legal action from the victims of their legal shakedown racket.

Ludlow and Richmond are serial copyfraudsters, claiming to hold the copyright over Woody Guthrie's public domain song "This Land is Your Land." The band Satorii is suing them to make them stop pretending that users of this song need to take a license.
copyright  songs  music  fraud 
january 2018 by Quercki
Women's rights suffrage song-Standing on the Shoulders - YouTube
Women's rights suffrage song-Standing on the Shoulders




Earth Mama
Published on Mar 20, 2015
All rights reserved.
Official theme song of 75th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, in 1995.
music  song  women  womenshistory  feminism 
january 2018 by Quercki
Loafer's Glory — The Long Memory

The Continuing Saga of Loafer's Glory / A Hobo Jungle of the Mind.

As I courageously plow through miles of tapes, mountains of CDs, Lps and old 78s, I offer music known and unknown and years of sheer recollection delicately hammered together into a one-hour weekly radio show. Songs and stories from Mickey Katz to Mongolian horsemen, war and peace, trampimg...all or most of it proving once again that no matter how long I vaccum, the bag is never full.
music  download  *** 
january 2018 by Quercki
Free music samples: download loops, hits and multis | MusicRadar
Free music samples: download loops, hits and multis
By The MusicRadar team 13 days agoTech

63,728 free sample downloads
samples  music  audio  library  free 
january 2018 by Quercki
20 Favorite Tunes From Old-Time Black Musicians – Mother Jones
To accompany an essay I wrote about confronting racism in old-time music, I asked the black artists I interviewed to share some of their favorites from early black performers. Dom Flemons, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, gave me a whole bunch. Earl White, a North Carolina-born fiddler, added another handful. Ben Hunter was tied up, but his musical partner Joe Seamons came through with a few more gems.

“I play somewhere around 300 to 500 tunes,” Earl White says. “I’ve always insisted that most were played by both blacks and whites.”
As I noted in the piece, it can be hard to track down the provenance of some of these old tunes. This was the pop music early in the 20th century. And black and white people were playing this style—both together and separately—long before recording technology was in widespread use. But as White put it, “If you were a white person and you went into a black neighborhood and learned a tune from a black person, it wasn’t cool to advocate that you learned it from a black person.” It wasn’t uncommon for the white guy to record those tunes later on, sometimes giving credit, but more likely not.
country  music  race  racism 
december 2017 by Quercki
Nancy White Discography - The Queen of the Topical Song - from Canada
Nancy White Discography

I have had the privilege of hosting the official Nancy White
web pages from circa 1998-2008.
Nancy has moved her online presence to MySpace. Please visit her there:

Nancy White MySpace Page
Nancy White Anne and Gilbert MySpace Page
If you’re looking for a place to start, definitely get Stickers on Fruit, Gaelic Envy, or Unexpected!

Nancy cuts to the heart of the matter--and often it’s the heart that is the matter. Unexpected also has Nancy’s most powerful political song, “Desaparecidos.”

If you are a parent, then Momnipotent: Songs for Weary Parents is also a great place to start—it’s a shiny, round support group!

Most of the items come with extensive liner notes for those of us who are not up on Canadian politics, although that is almost not needed for Gaelic Envy.
Momnipotent  funny  music  albums 
december 2017 by Quercki
The Nyckelharpa Effect: Rum in the Pudding
Friday, 29 December 2017
Rum in the Pudding
It's the Friday before New Year's Eve, so here is a tune called Rum in the Pudding. (You can find the tune on our Christmas album). So here it is for New Year!
music  video 
december 2017 by Quercki
Brian Wilson | Songwriting Tips and Techniques | Disc Makers Blog
We look at recurring songwriting and chord techniques Brian Wilson used to create some of the most beloved and enduring songs in 20th century popular music.

In “The ingenious musical arrangements of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys,” we explored Brian Wilson’s unique arrangements in an effort to better understand what makes him stand out as a master at crafting a song. This post will dig into some of the tricks Wilson used to write some of the most memorable and beloved songs in 20th century popular music. The next time you’re seeking inspiration for a song, maybe some of these techniques can stir the muse.

Slash chords

Slash cords, or inverted chords, are simply chords where the bass note is something other than the root. A typical slash chord you might see is D/F#, which means you’re playing a D major chord with an F# in the bass (also known as the first inversion).
music  writing 
november 2017 by Quercki
New Statistics About Country Music Fans Revealed at Billboard Country Summit | Billboard
A further breakdown shows that 48 percent of those who like country music are male and 52 percent are female. The age brackets are interesting, as 13 percent are in the 18-24 age range; 17 percent, 25-34; 18 percent, 35-44; 20 percent, 45-54; and 16 percent each in the 44-64 and 65-plus. Twenty-six percent are singles who have never married.
country  music  statistics  gender  White  male  terrorism  Las_Vegas 
october 2017 by Quercki
(9) David Gerrold - Way back when I first started trying to catalog my...
So while I still use FP on the desktop and laptop for other stuff, I use Readerware for cataloguing books, videos, and CDs. There are three separate modules. And there are mobile apps for Android.
The program is reasonably priced and you can use a barcode scanner to add items to the database. The program toddles off to Amazon (and other sites) and downloads appropriate cover art and descriptions and other assorted data into the database — so you can build your entire catalog simply by scanning. Barcode readers are cheap — or you can load the mobile app and scan barcodes with your phone. (I haven't done that, so I can't say how well it works, I just know it's possible.)
If the uploaded information is inaccurate, you can edit it, of course, and you can tweak the system to reflect your own keywords and other criteria.
music  database 
september 2017 by Quercki
Music Database Software - CD Collection Software - Music Label 2017
Easily bring more value to your music collection by knowing what you music is at all times? Be reminded of golden oldies and feel safe in case you ever need your insurance.

Music Label will open a whole new window to your music by downloading interesting and useful information about your collection. Populating the database is as easy as scanning your hard drive or inserting an audio CD into the drive.
music  database  windows 
september 2017 by Quercki
Clementine Music Player
Search and play your local music library.
Listen to internet radio from Spotify, Grooveshark, SomaFM, Magnatune, Jamendo,, Digitally Imported,, Soundcloud, Icecast and Subsonic servers.
Search and play songs you've uploaded to Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive
Create smart playlists and dynamic playlists.
Tabbed playlists, import and export M3U, XSPF, PLS and ASX.
CUE sheet support.
Play audio CDs.
Visualisations from projectM.
Lyrics and artist biographies and photos.
Transcode music into MP3, Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Speex, FLAC or AAC.
Edit tags on MP3 and OGG files, organise your music.
Fetch missing tags from MusicBrainz.
Discover and download Podcasts.
Download missing album cover art from and Amazon.
Cross-platform - works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
Native desktop notifications on Linux (libnotify) and Mac OS X (Growl).
Remote control using an Android device, a Wii Remote, MPRIS or the command-line.
Copy music to your iPod, iPhone, MTP or mass-storage USB player.
Queue manager.
music  database 
september 2017 by Quercki
Tabletop Audio - Ambiences and Music for Tabletop Role Playing Games
Original, 10 minute ambiences and music for your games and stories.
music  audio  games 
june 2017 by Quercki
New features in MuseScore 2.1 - YouTube
Published on May 2, 2017

Free SFZs:

SFZ setup instructions:

New note input modes:

MuseScore 2.1 release notes:
music  writing  transcribe  sheetmusic 
may 2017 by Quercki
How To Get The Most Out Of Reddit As A Songwriter - Speed Songwriting
Here's how to get the most out of reddit as a songwriter...

You can promote your music in /r/Music (if you follow their rules).

There are many subreddits for getting your songs critiqued, like /r/ThisIsOurMusic.

If you feel like discussing music production, composition, music theory, or the music business, check out /r/WeAreTheMusicMakers.

There are subreddits for every piece of gear or musical instrument you can imagine, like /r/Guitar and /r/Piano.

Looking for a co-writer? Check out /r/MusicInTheMaking.

Figuring out a song? Check out /r/Transcribe or /r/Tabs.

Need something new to listen to? How about /r/ListenToThis.

And you can explore specific genres like /r/Funk or /r/Jazz.

But that's not all!

Check it out:
How to get the most out of reddit as a musician.
song  writing  Reddit  transcribe  music 
april 2017 by Quercki
Embed lyrics to mp3 and view offline - Windows, Mac, iOS, Android
Page Contents
1 Automatically add lyrics to music files
1.1 Embed lyrics to MP3 on Windows
1.2 Embed lyrics to MP3 on Mac
2 View lyrics offline
2.1 View embedded lyrics in Windows Media Player (Windows)
2.2 View embedded lyrics in iTunes (Mac/Windows)
2.3 View embedded lyrics on iOS
2.4 View embedded lyrics on Android
3 List of apps to view song lyrics
lyrics  itunes  music  add 
march 2017 by Quercki
Meta, Music Tag editor for Mac — Batch edit audio metadata, Rename files, Embed artwork and more…
Advanced audio metadata Tag editor for macOS.

If you’re a musician, DJ, or a music enthusiast, chances are your care deeply about your music library. Meta helps you with every aspect of managing a digital music collection, and saves you time when you rip vinyls or download music from 3rd party stores…

Download Buy Now US$14.99
Meta v1.6.5 — Requires macOS 10.8 or later

Meta supports all popular audio formats such as: mp3, mp4, m4a, aiff, wav, flac, ogg, oga, opus, spx, and writes metadata formats ID3 (v1, v2.3, v2.4), MP4, Vorbis, INFO and APE Tags.
music  Mac  tags  catalog 
march 2017 by Quercki
iTunes tagging basics and tips | Macworld
You need these tags to be able to choose what to listen to or watch, and to create smart playlists to listen to music according to preset conditions. In this article, I’ll explain how to best tag files in iTunes, and I’ll give you some tips to help make tagging more efficient.
itunes  music  tags  howto  basic 
march 2017 by Quercki
Music Database Software, for cataloging and organizing CDs and vinyl records -
Music Database Software - Catalog your CDs and vinyl records

Automatically download album details and images
Like artist, title, label, song list & cover art.
Just search our huge online music database ...
... by artist & title, by barcode or by inserting CDs.
music  database  catalog  software 
march 2017 by Quercki
MusicBrainz Database / Schema - MusicBrainz
The SQL scripts that create the schema can be found in our source code repository.

This schema diagram shows the core database tables and relationships between them. Core entities are blue, mostly-static lists are yellow, and external identifiers are red. There is also a higher resolution schema diagram.
music  database  structure  relationships  diagram 
march 2017 by Quercki
About - MusicBrainz
MusicBrainz is a community-maintained open source encyclopedia of music information.

This means that anyone - including you - can help contribute to the project by adding information about your favorite artists and their related works.

In 2000, Gracenote took over the free CDDB project and commercialized it, essentially charging users for access to the very data they had themselves contributed. In response, Robert Kaye founded MusicBrainz. The project has since grown rapidly from a one-man operation to an international community of enthusiasts who appreciate both music and music metadata. Along the way, the scope of the project has expanded from its origins as a mere a CDDB replacement to today, where MusicBrainz has become a true encyclopedia of music.

As an encyclopedia and as a community, MusicBrainz exists solely to collect as much information about music as we can. We do not discriminate or prefer one "type" of music over another though, in fact we collect information about as many different types of music as possible. Whether it is published/unpublished, popular/fringe, western/non-western, human/non-human - we want it all to be entered into MusicBrainz.
music  information  database 
march 2017 by Quercki
▶ The I.P.D. | Judy Small Lyrics, Song Meanings, Videos, Full Albums & Bios
The I.P.D.
by Judy Small

I'll sing you all a song about
a wondorous new device
The nation's latest contraceptive plan
That funny little object
they call the I.U.D
Has recently been changed to fit a man.

(It's) the IPD, the IPD
It may not feel too good to you
But it's not hurting me
So every time the pain begins
to fill your eyes with tears
Remember I put up with it for years.

They tested it on whales
and tried it out on mice
They used it in the poorer
parts of town
It's the cleverest invention
since the automatic lift
Guarranteed to never let you down.

It was proven to be safe
for the average human male
Though testing showed some
minor side affects
There were two died from infection
and six were sterilized
But only ten percent were too depressed.


But you know some people
are never satisfied
So scientists are working once again
They've got something even better
than the good old IPD
its called the morning after pill for men.

Ot's the pill its better than the IPD
It may not be too safe
but we'll just have to wait and see
so put away your worries
and put away your fears
And remember I put up with it for years!
IPD  Judy_Small  music  video  lyrics  male  contraception 
march 2017 by Quercki
Julianne & Her Farm Friends (w Lyrics) on Vimeo
Here’s a signally charming vimeo, made by Nancy Bieschke, using snippets of songs from my mother’s [Ruth Seeger, mother of Peggy] songbooks for children. It’s in the style of Peter and the Wolfe but very suitable for very small children and for adults with very small inner children. I loved it.
music  instruments  video  children  Alanna 
february 2017 by Quercki
Learn How to Play Chords on the Piano in Less Than 8 Minutes! (FOR BEGINNERS) - YouTube
RW Studio
Published on Jul 21, 2016
► Watch Piano for Singer/Songwriters Crash Course Trailer:

In this lesson I show you as fast as humanly possible how to read and play chords on the piano.

In 8 minutes, you'll understand notes, intervals, chords, inversions, voice leading, and the basic pop rhythm pattern.

You can lookup chords and lyrics online at and play your favorite songs.
piano  chords  music  tutorial  video 
february 2017 by Quercki
Songwriter's Notebook: Advice from a Protest Singer on Protesting
A bonus of protest organizers becoming well-connected with the cultural spheres is that stage hands know how to set up stages, musicians often know people who own sound systems, and they can teach you good microphone technique, which is essential for any speaker who wants to be taken seriously (and be heard).

In order to make this work well (that is, work), you need to think about things like whether you need to hire a sound company to run the stage (which obviously requires a budget of some kind), or whether this is something people with bits of equipment can cobble together themselves.  If you're expecting crowds in the thousands, you'll definitely need to have a budget of at least a few hundred dollars to hire a sound company.  If you're organizing something smaller than that, you may be able to easily cultivate the connections within the music scene that come with sound equipment.

In terms of attracting this kind of talent to your protests, you should know that what the artists who can make the protest an inspiring, worthwhile occasion want from you is to be taken seriously.  That's all, really.  Taking an artist seriously means understanding that they have needs in this situation.  They need a sound system that is adequate for whatever they're doing -- which can vary wildly depending on whether we're talking about a 10-piece band or a singer with a guitar -- and they need an audience.  So don't put the band on before the rally starts or after it ends.  Put them on during the rally.  Ideally with great frequency, and for long periods of time.

Keep your rally short.  Leave them wanting more.  This is theater, and all performers know these maxims.  You need to, too.  Two hours is a good maximum.  Even that is long.  All rallies, in my humble opinion, should be mostly music and other forms of culture, in terms of what happens on the stage.  This is doubly true of any rally that's longer than two hours.  If you're doing something like that, then you should look at it more as a festival than a rally.  Which, really, is equally appropriate for the shorter rallies, as well.

If a rally is really good, well-timed, well-executed, and mostly cultural in nature, it shouldn't lose people as it goes.  It may even grow in size as it goes on.  This is a sign that there is an energy being created by the confluence of successful factors you have brought together that day.  The kind of energy that makes people want more, want to come back.
howto  protest  demonstration  rally  music  organizing 
january 2017 by Quercki
The Music Theory Song | The Journal of Music – Musical Life
The Music Theory Song
This song, titled ‘Intervals Roasting’, with lyrics by David Rakowski, attempts to encapsulate the fundamentals of music theory in just over two minutes. You can download the sheet music here.
music  theory  video  sheetmusic  Christmas 
november 2016 by Quercki
Dave Conservatoire - Muse Score, Ear Training, Improvisation
Ear Training

Learning to Listen!
Recognizing Intervals - Part 1

Recognizing Intervals - Part 2

Recognizing Intervals - Part 3

Recognizing Intervals - Part 4
music  learning  theory 
november 2016 by Quercki
MuseScore | Free music composition and notation software
Getting Started

Lesson 1 - Score Setup
Lesson 2 - Working with MuseScore
Lesson 3 - Note Input
Lesson 4 - MIDI Keyboard Input
Lesson 5 - More Input Ideas
Lesson 6 - Text, Lyrics and Chords
Lesson 7 - Tablature and Drum Notation
Lesson 8 - Repeats and Endings, Part 1
Lesson 9 - Repeats and Endings, Part 2
Lesson 10 - Articulations, Dynamics and Text
Lesson 11 - Layout and Parts
music  software  notation  opensource 
november 2016 by Quercki
Tunes Composed by Eric Black
Tunes by Eric Black

In March, 2015, the Muse started whispering (singing?) into my ear, and tunes have been pouring out. More than 190 so far as of September, 2016.

Here are some of the ones that I think are good enough to share. The ones listed in boldface are the ones I think are worth checking out first.

I hope that they are original, and are not just being pulled out of forgotten memories in my subconcious. Please help me identify anything that sounds familiar to you!

Each tune has a PDF file with the score, and an audio sample MP3 file. The audio is twice through the tune so you can see how it comes back around to the top.

MANY APOLOGIES for the robot piano player. I don't play piano, but I'm hoping to have some of my many musician friends sit in and record these tunes.

Most of the names are meaningless, just a temporary mnemonic to help me keep them straight. All the generically named tunes are available to be named (hint, hint!) The number in parentheses is the sequence in which they were composed and transcribed, starting at 0001 (which is one of only a few with a name, “Starting Over”.

Here's the PDF score for the entire collection in one file. Links to individual tunes are below.
Contra  dance  square  waltz  reel  music  mp3 
november 2016 by Quercki
Leigh Ann Hussey - Pagan Carols
The Homebrewed Book of Pagan Carols
Volume 1: Winter


This is the third of Leigh Ann's solo efforts. For this recording, she drafted many of her friends, putting together an eight-part chorus.

You can download these tracks. Right-click on the track you want, then select "Save Target As..." (Internet Explorer) or "Save Link As..." (Firefox).
1 Soul Cake 128 kb, 8.45 Mb
2 White Mare 128 kb, 2.40 Mb
3 Welcome Winter 128 kb, 1.85 Mb
4 All And Some 128 kb, 1.75 Mb
5 The Boar's Head 128 kb, 1.12 Mb
6 Deck The Halls 128 kb, 0.96 Mb
7 Gloucester Wassail 128 kb, 1.68 Mb
8 Gods Rest Ye Merry 128 kb, 1.34 Mb
9 Gower Wassail 128 kb, 3.15 Mb
10 Green Growth The Holly 128 kb, 1.81 Mb
11 Hail Holy Light 128 kb, 1.59 Mb
12 Sir Cernunnos 128 kb, 3.54 Mb
13 The Holly And The Ivy 128 kb, 2.06 Mb
14 In Praise Of Yule 128 kb, 2.59 Mb
15 Somerset Wassail 128 kb, 3.11 Mb
16 Yorkshire Wassail 128 kb, 2.15 Mb
17 The Yule Log 128 kb, 1.26 Mb
18 Yuletide Carol 128 kb, 2.14 Mb
19 The Fire Festivals
Leigh_Ann_Hussey  winter  Samhain  Yule  music  download 
october 2016 by Quercki
Body of the Goddess

Words & Music by Michael Stillwater (1993)
Previously only released on the compilation CD, 'Song Universal- Voices of the Blue Island', Body of the Goddess is now available as an individual track via digital download.
music  Pagan  chants 
september 2016 by Quercki
Songbook – Home of the Autographed Cat

A Better Plan
A Con Spent A Circle
Accept No Substitutes
All For Me Swag
Aurel Vixation

Boba Fett Isn’t Dead
Buggy Software

Consumed By Wonder
Country Response

Dark World
Dead Tired
Do Ragna-wop
Don’t Cry, My Dear, Have A Cracker
Don’t Panic

Fare Thee Well, Lithuanian Maiden
Foggy Duet
Fratricide and Spirits
Fund Me Now

Georgia’s First Ever Filking Con
Gingrich of Congress
Glitter Breasts

Hope and Mercy

I Can’t Stand The Sunshine

Jeff’s Wedding
Just In New Zealand

Karazhan Tonight
Keep You Closer

Last Flight Of The Cradle of Commerce
Lawyers, Guns, and Honey
Life Is An Intermittent Fault
Littleton Aftermath
Long Haul
Love May Yet Survive This Fall

Major Outage Tech Support Blues
Max Level Newbie
Mr. President
Music Of The Cat
Musing On Jane

Naismith (Not Vorkosigan)
Naked Ambition
Never Seen The Tech Desk
Nobody’s Ranger Now
Novel Man

Obligatory Convention Filksong
Open Source Of Frustration
Ordinary Tree

Pale Horse
Party Of Four
Plains of Nebraska
Play It…AGAIN?
Press Gang (Ya Got Trouble)

Rainy Day Argo #12 & #35
Ramblin’ Fan
Ring of Sedation
Rockin’ Argo

Sam’s Lament
Second Chances
SETI@Home in Cincinnati
Small Town Dungeon
Somewhere On The Windows Server
Son Of A Son Of A Vor Lord
Still Captain After All These Years

Team Koudelka Girls
Terence Chua Could Filk It
The Ballad Of The Swingman
The Dumb Ones Don’t Live Long
The Flamewar Never Dies
The Gold Standard
The Ironforge Song
The Last March of Gondor
The Master
The Media
The Night They Drove The Death Star Down
The Tacos Of Shame
The Work Of The Drummers
Thirteen Ways of Looking At A Cicada
Twelve Months of GaFIA
Two Of Dave

Upon The Fields Of Catnip

We Will All Sin Together When We Sin
Where’s The Filkcircle
Wolf’s Bane
Writer’s Lament

You’ll Never Surf Alone
Your Call Is Very Important To Us…
filk  music  folk  lyrics 
august 2016 by Quercki
Cataloging Your Music Collection – TweakHound - Windows?
Cataloging Your Music Collection – MP3’s

Part 1 – Getting those tracks organized.

Software needed: Mp3tag (freeware). Filetypes supported: AAC, APE, FLAC, MP3, MP4, OGG, WMA, and others.

Optional software: I also use another program called dBpoweramp (not free).


***Before you begin, BACKUP your music. If you make a mistake in these steps you can make a file unidentifiable by file name or tag.

***You’ve been warned.


Most digital music uses tags to store information about a file. These can include a wealth of information. For those unfamiliar with tags see this wiki article.

In a nutshell, tags contain information about the song. Some of this information is useful, some not so much. Tags can show things you may not want, i.e. where a file came from or song rating. Those of you you get your music from, umm… “unofficial” sources can have really messed up tags.
music  library  catalog  itunes  mp3 
june 2016 by Quercki
Music Collector for Mac OS X - Features & Screenshots
Cataloging music files (MP3, MP4, M4A, OGG, FLAC, etc…)
Let Music Collector scan your harddisk or iTunes library and add the found music files automatically
Supports meta-tag data (including ID3v2 cover images)
Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, M4A, Flac, OGG Vorbis, MPC, APE, Flac, WMA, WAV, AIF(F), M4R and AC3.
Supported tag formats: ID3v1, ID3v2, Vorbis, WMA and APE
Then use Update Albums Automatically to download album information
(like genres & cover images) from the online database.
Or, link the found music files to existing entries in your music database.
Use the Play button in the Details View, or Play button on the toolbar, to play the music files.
music  library  catalog  itunes 
june 2016 by Quercki
Composer Catalog | Software created for writers, by a writer
Composer Catalog allows you to take control of your music library by using specific metadata that is geared towards what a composer needs, not just the generic “genre, bpm, author” fields you find in general audio media libraries. With this specifically targeted metadata in place, you will quickly be able to get the information you need. You can also link any music audio files that you have on your system to a track in Composer Catalog. If you have more than one mix, link all the mixes and designate one as the main mix. It does not matter where your audio files are.
With the ability to search your library in great detail, you can quickly find the right music.
music  catalog  library  itunes 
june 2016 by Quercki
OrangeCD Catalog - CD database software to catalog your music collection
Friendly, intuitive and customizable user interface.
Comprehensive set of fields, including lyrics, artwork, and credits.
Rich, customizable set of custom fields.
Integration with our free CD player.
Last but not least:
Free lifetime upgrades.
Unconditional 90-day money back guarantee. No questions asked. We don’t want your money if you are not completely happy with your purchase.
Why purchase separate programs for managing your CD collection and MP3 files? It’s all music, and OrangeCD Catalog can do it all.
In OrangeCD Catalog, you can:
Add your CD albums to the database without typing.
Add MP3, OGG, Windows Media (WMA), FLAC or other music files by automatically scanning disk folders.
Add CD albums by reading barcodes from jewel cases. (We recommend using CueCat barcode reader for best results.)
Catalog classical music albums as well as pop music.
Store any extra personal information in custom fields.
Store artist and composer profiles, biographies, or reviews.
Organize your music web bookmarks.
Track who borrows your CDs.
Maintain wish lists and purchase lists.
Sort your albums alphabetically, chronologically, or by any field, with one click.
Display albums in folders grouped by any field.
Search your albums for a text string or by any combination of fields.
Print the lists of your albums and songs.
Play or queue song playback in the media player of your choice.
music  database  Windows 
june 2016 by Quercki
7 Apps for Cataloguing Your Home Library | GradHacker
Emily VanBuren is a PhD student in history at Northwestern University. You can find her on Twitter at @emilydvb or at her blog, dighistorienne.
Summer is just around the corner, and I’ve been drawing up a list of all the things I’d like to accomplish before next academic year. It’s a fine time to relax, to step back and reassess my existing workflow, and to reorganize. One of the projects I’m trying this summer? Cataloging my own library.
Do you ever spend too long looking for a book that you just know you already have? Have you ever accidentally purchased a book twice? Sadly, I can answer “yes” to both of these questions. One of my problems is that I can never remember if I own a particular book, or if I’ve just checked it out of the library frequently enough that I think it’s a permanent fixture in my personal collection. I also often struggle to remember if I own a book in hard copy or Kindle form. And one of my least favorite feelings is when I know that I’ve loaned a book to a friend or colleague, but I’m unable to remember which person borrowed it or when.
So, inspired by fellow GradHacker Justin Dunnavant’s post on using Goodreads to organize his library, I’ve decided that it’s time to reorganize my own collection of books. My requirements: must be an iOS-friendly app, must be less than $5, and must allow me to track borrowing. Here are a few of the contenders I’ve been considering, for any of you who might be interested in doing the same:
library  music  catalog  books  itunes 
june 2016 by Quercki
Writing Malvina Blog
Welcome to my blog: I’m writing a biography of my mother, songwriter/activist Malvina Reynolds, and blogging about writing and doing research for the book, and about what I do when I’m not writing the bio, which includes writing songs, storytelling, reading, swimming, walking the dog and hanging out.
Photo by Angela Lloyd
Malvina_Reynolds  Nancy_Schimmel  music  history 
april 2016 by Quercki
The Beach Girl Behind the Beach Boys -- Vulture
the Beach Boys’ legendary Pet Sounds. She’s also on a jukebox’s worth of hit songs from the ’60s: Ritchie Valens’s “La Bamba,” Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair,” to name a few.
She could show up at a session for Sonny & Cher’s “The Beat Goes On” and rescue the tune with a bouncy lick in F, or improvise, on a lark, a zippy bass solo on Mel Tormé’s classic “Games People Play” that makes the song.
It got to be so that if she couldn’t make a date, producers asked other bassists for “the Carol Kaye sound,” which she says boils down to clean lines, perfect timing, and hard picking that let her “dance on top of the beat,” which she does most gloriously on “Good Vibrations.” You can hear other prime examples on the opening to Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman,” on which her playing somehow translated the song’s feeling of mystical whimsy, and in the verve of her lines on Joe Cocker’s “Feeling Alright.”
Carol_Kaye  bass  music 
april 2016 by Quercki
The Lyke-Wake Dirge: the revival of an Elizabethan song of the afterlife – Early Music Muse
So it seems clear that the kind of lyke-wake that was the context for the song dates back to at least the 13th century, though we have no evidence to date the song itself to before the mid 16th century.

For how long did this song persist in the oral tradition? Our best testimony is in Richard Blakeborough’s Wit, Character, Folklore, and Customs of the North Riding, 1898: “I cannot say when or where the Lyke Walke dirge was sung for the last time in the North Riding [of Yorkshire], but I remember once talking to an old chap who remembered it being sung over the corpse of a distant relation of his, a native of Kildale. This would be about 1800, and he told me that Lyke-wakes were of rare occurrence then, and only heard of in out-of-the-way places.”

The Lyke-Wake Dirge melody  

How far back can we trace the melody? In his Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, Vol. II, Walter Scott wrote, “The tune is doleful and monotonous, and, joined to the mysterious import of the words, has a solemn effect.”

Unfortunately, neither Walter Scott in 1802, who must have heard the tune, nor John Aubrey in 1686, nor Joseph Ritson’s letter writer, “H. Tr.”, in the 16th century, wrote the tune down; and Frank Sidgwick in 1904 didn’t mention it.

The cover of The Young Tradition’s first LP, The Young Tradition.
The song was revived for performance in 1966 on the self-titled debut LP of folk song trio, The Young Tradition (Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood and Heather Wood). Their melody is dorian (the tonic is the second note of a major scale) and hexatonic (having 6 rather than 7 notes in the scale, the 6th dorian note being absent). The same melody was also used for the song when recorded by The Pentangle on Basket of Light in 1969, then by Al Stewart in 1970 and then by several others in the years since, including Alasdair Roberts in 2005.
Lyke-Wake  Dirge  Samhain  music  history 
march 2016 by Quercki
Music Theory: Exploring The 432Hz Tuning Debate : Ask.Audio
The tuning of A = 432 Hz, also used throughout music history, is making quite a comeback these days, especially in the field of sound healing and meditation. Researchers, scientists and musicians are leading a growing movement to prove this tuning is best for heart-centered, therapeutic sound work.

This article briefly explains the history of tuning and some key points that support 432 Hz as the scientific tuning, by relating it to mathematical relationships, harmonic ratios and frequencies found in nature. Hopefully this will inspire some thoughtful discussions. There are some audio examples to compare tuning for critical listening and a brief explanation on how to compose in 432 Hz tuning in Logic.
pitch  sound  music  tuning 
february 2016 by Quercki
Mudcat Café message #3763155
The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #81112   Message #3763155
Posted By: Joe Offer
06-Jan-16 - 02:47 AM
Thread Name: Rise Up Singing Book II: 'Rise Again'
Subject: RE: Rise Up Singing Book II: 'Rise Again'
Here's a list of Spotify playlist links for each chapter in the Rise Again Songbook:

Ballads & Old Songs
British Invasion
Dignity & Diversity
Dreams & Mystery
Farm & Prairie
Friendship & Community
Funny Songs
Golden Oldies
Good Times
Gospel & Sprituals
Healing & Letting Go
Home &
Mudcat  Rise_Again  singing  spotify  playlists  Joe_Offer  music  songs 
january 2016 by Quercki
Son keeps alive Reid's Records, founded in '45 - SFGate
"We found that there was a new market for what was then called 'race records,' " Betty, 88, recalls. "Mel decided that one of the things we might do to become independent was to open a record shop where we could sell that music. There was a huge market because the black population had gone up." Indeed, the Bay Area's African American population more than tripled from 1940 to 1945, from fewer than 20,000 to more than 60,000.
Betty minded the store during the early years, while Mel worked as a playground director during the day and at the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond in the evening. He did find time to order records and get them played on Berkeley radio station KRE, except during the season he was away playing halfback for the Honolulu Warriors.
Much of what Reid was then selling was down-home blues that appealed to African Americans recently arrived from the South. "We didn't know anything about that stuff," Betty says. "We'd been listening to Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Louis Jordan and Billie Holiday."
The conversation is briefly interrupted by a customer looking for a headless tambourine on a stick to play in church. David tells her he doesn't carry them but could probably order one. He does, however, stock plenty of other church supplies and religious material, including standard tambourines, choir robes, Communion ware, Bibles, songbooks, Sunday school curricula, Christian greeting cards and, of course, gospel CDs.
Betty_Reid_Soskin  gospel  music  African-american 
december 2015 by Quercki
Negro League Baseball: The Reid Factor; Mel Reid-Part II | The Shadow Ball Express
Mel’s former wife, Betty Reid-Soskin, helped him start the Reid’s Record business back in 1945, when as a young couple, they began a family-owned and operated business in the basement of their small, but adequate dwelling on Sacramento Street, in Berkeley, California. These days, Betty Reid Soskin is better known as the oldest living National Park Ranger in the United States, who heads up the Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond, California. During WWII, Mel also spent his time working as a playground Director at San Pablo Park, and at night in the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond. He’d pick up work wherever when ever he could.

Betty and Mel Reid in the early days

Mel’s football career began in 1943 at the age of 25 with the Oakland Gaints. By the age of 27, while starting in the back field as a Halfback for the Oakland Giants (Mel would eventually play quarterback for the Hawaiian Warriors by age 30, towards the end of his football career), Mel decide to go into the music business and never once looked back. 1945 was one of Mel’s most heartbreaking years, but his drive and ambition never waned. By enlisting the help of his uncle, Paul Reid, who was a DJ on the radio program “Reid’s Record’s Religious Gems”, a weekly religious music hour was developed and produced for KRE, and from this Mel and Paul built a financially productive business, built on a dream and a prayer.

It was the Hail Mary play of a lifetime.
Bob_Reid  Betty_Reid_Soskin  gospel  music  Negro  sports 
december 2015 by Quercki
Oakland to Take Down Lake Merritt Signs Prohibiting Musical Instruments, Activists Plan Protests | Seven Days | East Bay Express
"There is no prohibition against music while the parks are open from dawn to dusk," Councilmember Abel Guillen told me by phone this morning. Guillen — whose district includes Lake Merritt — said he has fielded numerous complaints from residents about the signs, which he said are five to eleven years old. Drum circles that aren't amplified are permitted, he said, adding that the city plans to remove the outdated signs today. The sign circulating on Facebook is at Cleveland Cascade, which is on Lakeshore Avenue on the east side of the lake. 

Here's a photo of the sign in question from Oakland radio journalist Davey D Cook, who has written extensively on Facebook about policing and gentrification around Lake Merritt. 
music  Oakland  parks  drumming  Lake_Merritt  solution 
october 2015 by Quercki
Why 'Over the Rainbow' takes us to a magical, musical place
JEFFREY BROWN: “Over the Rainbow,” right, one of the most — everybody knows this song, but why? What makes us know this song?

ROB KAPILOW, Composer: You know, amazingly, the answer to that starts with the very first two notes. In this famous opening idea, there’s really only two ideas. One of them, I call leap. The other one, I call circle and yearn. And it’s important.
music  theory  songwriting 
october 2015 by Quercki
Protest Party at the Lake
Abel Guillén
13 hrs · Oakland, CA
The sign about musical instruments (in white with green border) is between 5-11 years old. I'm here at Cleveland Cascade, and as reported, these old signs are still up, causing confusion. We’re finding out that many of the old signs were never removed after City regulations were revised, including outdated signs at Pine Knoll Park.
We understand that the City is working to remove the old, confusing signs.
Bottom line: There is no prohibition against music while the parks are open “dawn until dusk,” including the unamplified drumming that has been the subject of recent conversations.
A permit is required for amplified sound. The City has a noise ordinance – check it out at…/oakland/codes/code_of_ordinances….
These rules and the new signs represent the letter of the law, but I also encourage you to practice the spirit of the law and consideration of others when enjoying the park and the neighborhood, especially where public and private spaces intersect.
And don’t forget, BBQ's are now allowed in designated areas around Lake Merritt.
I am working with my Council colleagues and pushing the City Administration to come out with a statement to clear up the confusion that is causing consternation among some residents and park users.
Thanks for your patience. And let's continue to all enjoy our public spaces in a neighborly manner for all to enjoy.
Municode Library
Lake_Merritt  music  instruments  drums  Oakland  city_council 
october 2015 by Quercki
12.64.260 - Definitions. | Code of Ordinances | Oakland, CA | Municode Library
12.64.260 - Definitions.
The following words and phrases, whenever used in this article, shall be construed as defined in this section:

"Director" means the Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services or his or her authorized representative.

"Musical or other entertainment" means and includes the playing of any musical instrument and the use of sound amplifying device.

"Parks" means and includes all grounds, roadways, avenues and parks of the city, or any part, portion or area thereof.

"Permit" means a permit for use of parks as provided for and defined in this article.

"Persons" means and includes persons, associations, partnerships, firms or corporations.

"Private event" means any event conducted in any city park consisting of twenty-five (25) or more patrons that is not open to the public, including but not limited to picnics, birthday parties, family, church and school events or related activities, and may include amplified or nonamplified sound.

"Special event" means any event that is open to the public, including but not limited to rallies, concerts, fundraisers, fairs, exhibits or related activities, and which is more specifically defined in Title 9, Chapter 9.52 of the Oakland Municipal Code. "Special event" permit requirements shall apply to park events, so that the permit process for special events in Chapter 9.52 applies to this section and is incorporated by reference herein.

(Ord. 12131 § 1 (part), 1999; prior code § 6-8.02)
music  Oakland  parks  Lake_Merritt 
october 2015 by Quercki
Listen to performances of the world's oldest complete surviving song-Seikilos epitaph
The Seikilos epitaph is the oldest known complete composition of music in existence, a Hellenistic Ionic song with complete notation likely inscribed in the first century AD. And its notation have allowed modern music scholars to play the song in the modern day.

Although there are certainly older musical texts and fragments, the very brief Seikilos epitaph is a complete song, found engraved on a tombstone near Aidin, Turkey, along with the inscription, "I am a tombstone, an image. Seikilos placed me here as an everlasting sign of deathless remembrance."

The song also has lyrics, translated from the Ancient Greek:

While you live, shine
have no grief at all
life exists only for a short while
and time demands its toll.
history  song  music  lyrics  **** 
september 2015 by Quercki
Arizona Irish Music Society - Song List

Song Lyrics


collected and transcribed by Joe Bethancourt

Thanks to The Irish Rovers, Tom and Marie Teven, Shelley Rabinovitch, Karen Jolley, Andy Stewart, Kirby Wise, Seamus McCafferty, Rich Bailey, and a bunch of other rounders and roarers and pub-crawling lovers of Irish music who have contributed to this database - and many, many thanks to the late George O'Brien for his sterling work of founding the Arizona Irish Music Society.

lyrics  Irish  music  songs 
september 2015 by Quercki
Listen to the Oldest Song in the World: A Sumerian Hymn Written 3,400 Years Ago | Open Culture
In the early 1950s, archaeologists unearthed several clay tablets from the 14th century B.C.E.. Found, WFMU tells us, “in the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit,” these tablets “contained cuneiform signs in the hurrian language,” which turned out to be the oldest known piece of music ever discovered, a 3,400 year-old cult hymn. Anne Draffkorn Kilmer, professor of Assyriology at the University of California, produced the interpretation above in 1972. (She describes how she arrived at the musical notation—in some technical detail—in this interview.) Since her initial publications in the 60s on the ancient Sumerian tablets and the musical theory found within, other scholars of the ancient world have published their own versions.

The piece, writes Richard Fink in a 1988 Archeologia Musicalis article, confirms a theory that “the 7-note diatonic scale as well as harmony existed 3,400 years ago.” This, Fink tells us, “flies in the face of most musicologist’s views that ancient harmony was virtually non-existent (or even impossible) and the scale only about as old as the Ancient Greeks.” Kilmer’s colleague Richard Crocker claims that the discovery “revolutionized the whole concept of the origin of western music.” So, academic debates aside, what does the oldest song in the world sound like? Listen to a midi version below and hear it for yourself. Doubtless, the midi keyboard was not the Sumerians instrument of choice, but it suffices to give us a sense of this strange composition, though the rhythm of the piece is only a guess.
ancient  music  history  Sumerian  Inanna 
august 2015 by Quercki
Foobar2000 is a Fully Customizable Music Player
Foobar2000 is a Fully Customizable Music Player
If you are sick of iTunes or Windows Media Player because they’re bulky and won’t play certain formats, then it’s time to look for another player. Today we take a look at Foobar2000 which is light on system resources, extremely configurable, and plays several types of music format.


Foobar2000 is a great music player for the geek who wants a light player that they can tweak the heck out of to their liking. The installer is only a 1.6 MB download but packs a lot of power. Features include gapless playback, ReplayGain support, ripping CDs, customizable interface, open component architecture and a lot more. It supports FLAC, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV, WMA, AIFF, and other music formats.
itunes  music  alternative 
august 2015 by Quercki
Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes -
Download hundreds (455 and counting) of AppleScripts for Apple's iTunes that will help make managing your digital music collection easier and more fun!
itunes  script  programming  Mac  Apple  music 
august 2015 by Quercki
Taming iTunes & iPod for Classical Music
Summary:Apple iTunes is great at handling files, but its support for so-called classical music is pitiful. This page explains my scheme to make iTunes and iPod work for my collection, which is mostly classical but includes some other genres. I’ve set things up to access classical and non-classical in the most natural ways that iTunes and iPod allow. You might not use my scheme as is, but I hope it will alert you to the choices and get you thinking about how to set up your own collection.
“Your solution, while still a kludge, is an elegant kludge that is about as perfect as you can get.”  —Owen Mathews
“Your tips are worth the price of any Apple for Dummies manual. ... A godsend for those of us with hefty CD libraries we want to import to iTunes as intact albums or audiobooks, rather than a jigsaw puzzle of disconnected ‘songs’.”  —Mary Lou Steptoe
itunes  tagging  database  music  CDs 
august 2015 by Quercki
University Libraries Officially Open the Digital Ozark Folksong Collection | University of Arkansas
The Ozark Folksong Collection, collected between 1949 and 1965, is the largest and most complete collection of traditional music and associated materials from Arkansas and the Ozarks in the nation. Now available online, the collection contains recordings of songs, tales, instrumentals, and conversations from over 700 performers.

The recordings illustrate a rich diversity of cultures, economic classes, occupations along with topics including politics, regional conflicts, emotional bonds, and religious beliefs of the era. The opening celebration honors the legacy of Mary Celestia Parler, the primary collector of this collection.
music  songs  folk  digital  online 
august 2015 by Quercki
Planetary Harmonics & Neuro-biological Resonances
Planetary Harmonics &
Neurobiological Resonances

in Light, Sound, & Brain Wave Frequencies;
Including the translation of sound to color

Copyright © 2003-2014 Nick Anthony Fiorenza, All Rights Reserved

New sections added:

How to convert musical notes to color.
Musical notes and Keyboard colors.
Play Pythagorean vs. Standard Scales.
The Measurement of Light, Musical composition—tuning a musical scale to Earth and Venus.
Planetary Harmonics for light-sound healing.
Natural verses man made frequencies.
Schumann Resonances & Brain Waves.
Related Material

Planetary Bio-Harmonic Audio Meditations
Planet-Chakra Correspondences
The Emotional Tone Scale
The Geometry of Infinite Mind by Shine Richards
Cerebral Breathing by Shine Richards
music  sound  color  waves 
july 2015 by Quercki
Hieronymus Bosch painted sheet music on a man's butt and now you can hear it
This original contribution to human knowledge comes from Amelia, a music and information systems double major at Oklahoma Christian University. She also likes to blog about nerd things, for which we're eternally grateful.
Late one night, Amelia and her friend Luke were examining The Garden of Earthly Delights, the surreal triptych by Hieronymus Bosch, when they discovered something amazing:
“ written upon the posterior of one of the many tortured denizens of the rightmost panel of the painting which is intended to represent Hell.”
After she stopped laughing, Amelia decided to transcribe the notes and record the song based on what she knew of Gregorian-era chants.
music  hell  art  *** 
june 2015 by Quercki
▶ OSA Vocal Rush - 2015 ICHSA Finals Set - YouTube
Published on Apr 20, 2015
Upside Down - Paloma Faith
Arranged by Lisa Forkish
Soloist: McKenna Lindell-Wright (winner of Outstanding Soloist award)
VP: Barbara DeVeaux-Griffith

Awake My Soul - Mumford and Sons
Arranged by Lisa Forkish
Soloists: Ari Nikbakht and Jada Banks-Mace
VP: Nelly Ake

Brave - Sara Bareilles
Arranged by Lisa Forkish
Soloists: Nelly Ake, Roman Mebrahut and Britani Washington
VP: Barbara DeVeaux-Griffith
Oakland  Vocal_Rush  music  video 
april 2015 by Quercki
(8) Osa Vocal Rush - We just returned from an incredible,...
20150422 We just returned from an incredible, life-changing weekend in New York City. Thank you to everyone who supported us in our journey to get to ICHSA Finals! We are so honored to have received our 3rd Championship title, as well as an award for Outstanding Soloist for McKenna Lindell-Wright. We love you all and couldn't have done it without your support, as well as the guidance from Oakland School for the Arts and our director Lisa Forkish. Here is a video of our set! Be sure to subscribe to our channel if you haven't already.
Oakland  Vocal_Rush  music  video 
april 2015 by Quercki
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