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Essex born programmer and researcher at Microsoft's lab in Cambridge. Dad. Opera lover. Keen but shite violinist. Too many hobbies and obsessions to list!


Apr
4
comment Why are “music bags” with the metal bar a distinct bag for sheet music?
Good answer, but with the stitching along the base these bags (or at least the music bags I've seen and used) are not that flexible length-ways anyway.
Apr
4
comment Why are “music bags” with the metal bar a distinct bag for sheet music?
I realise that the tag sheet-music is incorrect but I need at least one tag to submit a question and all the others I could think of do not exist on the site.
Apr
4
asked Why are “music bags” with the metal bar a distinct bag for sheet music?
Mar
21
awarded  Yearling
Mar
20
comment Is there a mandolin-like instrument with guitar-like tone and range?
It's worth note that the "octave mandolin" Wheat mentions (i.e. the mandola tuned an octave below the mandolin) is also called the octave mandola or (perhaps more correctly) the tenor mandola.
Feb
10
comment Why aren't intervals zero-indexed?
I don't see how it makes any difference as long as the convention is well documented and well understood. VB programmers start arrays at index 1, most others at zero. Americans call the ground floor the first, Brits don't. It is not a problem.
Feb
6
comment What's the point of keys other than C and Am?
Is "equal temperament" a red herring? Surely before equal temperament a harpsichord tuned in C and one tuned in C# would have an identical pattern of intervals, but around different roots. On those two imagined harpsichords what makes the key of C on one feel different form the key of C# on the other beyond the slight shift in pitch - anything?
Feb
6
comment What's the point of keys other than C and Am?
I voted it up because it has always slightly bugged me. When composers talk of the colour of a key or the mood I'm left wondering if this is cultural (i.e. over the years composers in generation after generation associate a key with a mood) or is it something about the notes themselves. Sometimes such discussions bring up equal temperament, but even before equal temperament keys would have an isomorphism between them (albeit involving retuning)
Jan
26
revised Which are the ~15 most common time signatures?
adding link from The Lamb score reference to sample jpg on musicroom
Jan
26
suggested suggested edit on Which are the ~15 most common time signatures?
Jan
22
revised Does the kind of wood used in making a violin affect its sound?
Adding ref to Alex answer
Jan
21
revised Does the kind of wood used in making a violin affect its sound?
Correcting figure
Jan
21
revised Does the kind of wood used in making a violin affect its sound?
adding papers that cite Barlow
Jan
21
revised Does the kind of wood used in making a violin affect its sound?
added 1 characters in body
Jan
21
answered Does the kind of wood used in making a violin affect its sound?
Jan
20
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jan
20
comment What is the difference between male head voice and falsetto?
In contrast to the longer explanatory answers you're getting I think they are more-or-less the same and so the answer is just one word: training
Dec
23
comment Improving Singing Clarity
Boba (sorry - I mean Wheat), you may get the bounty, but I get the hat :-)
Dec
21
comment What is it called when a song starts with few instruments, and gradually adds one at a time?
I do not have an answer, but if you get the chance to hear Gavin Bryars piece en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus'_Blood_Never_Failed_Me_Yet go for it, it is a beautiful example of gradually adding instruments to accompany a simple looped sung phrase. So moving.
Dec
21
comment Improving Singing Clarity
Thanks for the spelling corrections @alexander-troup but I disagree :-( Though I can understand why people are squeamish about writing "cum" because of it's rude connotations it is the right word: en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cum#Etymology_1