Friday, March 29, 2002

Yesterday I finished creating the accompaniment MIDI to the second movement of the Ewazen trumpet sonata. It was easily the most difficult one to do musically because of the rubato nature of slow movements. Using the Gekker-Ewazen recording as a model, I timed the piece measure by measure and adjusted MIDI tempos accordingly. Also, there were a large number of pedal markings that had to be manually inserted into the score every half a measure. If I have time, I'll finish off the third movement this weekend.

This past week, I reread Peril's Gate. I always try to reread good books a few months after getting them to take everything in more methodically. The first reading is usually a barn-burning page-turning, and the second always reveals details I didn't catch on the first try. The book is still very good, but towards the end, the plot necessitates a review of all the major events from the earlier books. Like flashback episodes on sitcoms, it's fun and helps to get new readers up to speed on the story, but in this case I think it was just a little too long.

Here's a couple space-related pictures that have been making the rounds and ended up in my mailbox:

    Shuttle payload (257KB)
    Earth from space at night (96KB)

"I realize you may think I'm nuts, but anyways, I am getting paid for doing this." - professor, after noting that there's probably Grails floating around inside the "holey" spaces in a student fugue

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