Learning German with Brahm’s Ein Deutsches Requiem

Some resources… A video that pronounces all the words, second time slower And a list of all the words, most commonly occurring first Deutsch English und and die the werden become sie you sind are ist is wie as ich I denn because des of der of the mit with alle all herrn mr ein … Continue reading Learning German with Brahm’s Ein Deutsches Requiem

The curious case of the missing fundamental

People are fascinating creatures. We can perceive differences in air pressure as pitch (sound, tone). Provided that said changes in pressure are fast enough and cyclical enough. OK, some clarification… Wave your finger. No sound. Now faster, faster. If you manage 20 times in a second, you’ll start hearing something. 20 times-per-second is also measured … Continue reading The curious case of the missing fundamental

Remembering key signatures: another silly little trick

Key signatures are critical. Says David Cope “Key signatures are the equivalent of addition and multiplication tables in mathematics – absolutely essential for succeeding” (Psst, you can practice key signature flashcards using my little tool. You can learn more about them in the posts about circle of fifths. And another little trick to remember stuff.) … Continue reading Remembering key signatures: another silly little trick

Jonny Greenwood’s score to Phantom Thread live

What a night! And a front-row seat pour moi, no less. The Theater at the Ace Hotel is one of those oldish beat up venues with a certain vibe. 1920’s style kitsch that has this endearing Hollywood former glamour. There a quite a few of those theaters (e.g. Wiltern, Saban) in Los Angeles and I … Continue reading Jonny Greenwood’s score to Phantom Thread live

Ambient Bach: Stoyan Jams episode #2

I needed about a minute of ambient music and this is what happened. Three chords repeated with slight variations. Mostly stolen from Bach’s Prelude in C. Type these into MuseScore. Render in to WAV in MuseScore with samples for “strings”, then with “ooh”, then with “bassoon”. Copy these to Reaper. Cut some parts from “ooh” … Continue reading Ambient Bach: Stoyan Jams episode #2