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31 January 2002
I tried to write a solo piano waltz in the style of Franz Schubert's 34 Valses Sentimentales, Op. 50, D. 779.
Your computer can probably play it as a MIDI file [MIDI].
Here is a MIDI file for all 34 waltzes in Schubert's Op. 50 [MIDI]. It takes about 22 minutes to play the whole thing. The one I wrote is based on Schubert's No. 1.
No composernot even Mozartproduced such a bewildering abundance of brilliant music in so short a span of time as Franz Schubert. In his brief lifetime of 31 years he produced many hundreds of works, including nearing 600 songs...This is what I did:
After scrawling the music [PDF] onto blank music paper [PDF], I pointed and clicked the same notes into a Windows application called CakeWalk.
I created the MIDI file by exporting from Cakewalk.
Here's the sheet music as printed by Cakewalk [GIF]. It's a bit hard to read. Also, there are notes on the treble clef that should be connected to the bass notes instead (ie, they're to be played by the left hand on a piano). I don't really understand the CakeWalk application.
Cakewalk doesn't seem to get along well with the Acrobat PDF writer, so I had to scan in the sheet music from a print out.
31 January 2002
Here's another MIDI file for an excerpt from Haydn's Kaiser quartet [MIDI].
I created it by plunking out notes from a Presbyterian Church hymnal on a MIDI keyboard (a Yamaha PSR 520), and capturing the notes into Cakewalk.
Pictures of Haydn always seem to make him look like George Washington on methamphetamines. Perhaps it just the wig.
27 January 2002
"Email makes possible a new style of intercalated text and response, as 'indents' pile up in the left-hand margin..."
Geoffrey Nunberg, writing in Nature on 10 Jan 2002, page 120, "Talking Techno."
From the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary:
Etymology: Latin intercalatus, past participle of intercalare, from inter- + calare to proclaim, call
1 : to insert (as a day) in a calendar
2 : to insert between or among existing elements or layers
22 Jan 2002
The String Theorist
Leonard Susskind, a physicist at Stanford, lives two doors over from our house on Tasso Street in Palo Alto.
He told me at one of our street parties that he is the "inventor" of string theory. I have no idea what that is, except what I read in the papers. I did buy a book [Image] about it once, but it lies utterly undisturbed on my shelf.
Here's a copy of a New York Times article that's mostly about Stephen Hawking, but has some pithy remarks by Susskind and his photo in it. [NYT article]
[Note added 25 August 2002] If you examine these photos taken in the street in front of our house carefully, you may find more than one photo of Leonard Susskind sporting a red and blue beard.