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At 10, I cut my teeth writing text adventure games in Scheme. In high school, I wrote Mandelbrot set programs on a $10 Commodore 64 from a yard sale, an HP 48 calculator, and a Java 1.0 applet. I've entered 68k machine code by hand into RAM on on a computer I built on a breadboard, and I've implemented an object oriented layer in Scheme for scripting interactive educational multimedia.

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Jun
14
comment Music education audio lessons
Found the "How to Listen" course at my local library. Between that and the David Lucas material, I'd say this answer has given me some good starting material.
Jun
9
comment Music education audio lessons
I must admit to being skeptical about the perfect pitch course. It seems to oversell itself, making rather substantial claims of being able to teach anyone perfect pitch, when as far as I know it's pretty hard to learn. Do you have positive experience with it? Has it actually taught you perfect pitch? The book looks interesting, but this question is about audio lessons, not written. The third link, for the course on great music, looks like just the kind of thing I'm looking for, though $350 for the course without being able to sample it is a bit steep. Have you tried it? Can you give a review?
Jun
4
comment What interval should frets be placed for the Tar (Persian Lute)?
@NReilingh He means that it's an instrument with movable frets, made from gut tied around the neck. Thus, you need to attach them yourself, and position them so that they form the correct intervals. This is how early fretted string instruments were constructed, such as the lute and the viola de gamba.
Jun
4
comment Music education audio lessons
Hmm. That appears to be mostly instruction sheets and video, not audio lectures. It's not something that I could stick on an MP3 player and listen to while commuting. Thanks for the link, but I don't think it's quite what I'm looking for.
Jun
3
comment Examples of songs or phrases played in different temperaments
Interesting! Yeah, you can definitely hear the difference in the tuning there, though it all sounds kind of odd due to the use of pure sine waves. It would be nice to hear the difference on real instruments, too.
Jun
3
comment Equivalent Key Signatures
And in that time, I decided to ask that as a separate question rather than just a comment. Perhaps you could provide your update as an answer to that question.
Jun
3
comment Equivalent Key Signatures
I'm curious; do you know of any side-by-side examples of the same song being played in an equally-tempered tuning and the "appropriate" tuning for a given composition (if that tuning is known)? I've heard side by side examples of individual intervals and chords, but never heard a good side by side example of an entire song or even phrase in different tuning systems. I'm curious how much difference there is; how much we've lost by standardizing on 12 tone equal temperament.