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I just finished my editing pass on L'cha Dodi, the longest of the movements of my setting of Kabbalat Shabbat. I have generated all the PDFs and MP3s, including all sixty part-prominent rehearsal MP3s.

I hereby declare the composition phase of this project complete! I have finished one of my open projects! D'you hear me? IT'S DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Next up: Recording a sestet; I have most of the singers lined up for that and intend for it to happen in June.
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I just finished my editing pass on L'cha Dodi, the longest of the movements of my setting of Kabbalat Shabbat. I have generated all the PDFs and MP3s, including all sixty part-prominent rehearsal MP3s.

I hereby declare the composition phase of this project complete! I have finished one of my open projects! D'you hear me? IT'S DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Next up: Recording a sestet; I have most of the singers lined up for that and intend for it to happen in June.
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KabShab -- Last week I implemented most of the edits that I scrawled on a printout in February. I updated the website with new PDF and MP3 files. On track to get a demo recording together in a few months. YAY!

Siddur -- You've seen the traffic go by about the Al ha-Nissim. I'm gratified by the outpouring of positive feedback I've gotten on it, and I think I'm going to use it. I also have a ton of changes to the siddur that my excellent team of volunteer proofreaders and test users have suggested. Current plan is to spend a month or more knocking that list down, with a second test distribution this summer.

Dafcast -- I have plans for getting this jump-started again... but for now it's lower priority than the other two main projects, so that's all I'll say for now.
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KabShab -- Last week I implemented most of the edits that I scrawled on a printout in February. I updated the website with new PDF and MP3 files. On track to get a demo recording together in a few months. YAY!

Siddur -- You've seen the traffic go by about the Al ha-Nissim. I'm gratified by the outpouring of positive feedback I've gotten on it, and I think I'm going to use it. I also have a ton of changes to the siddur that my excellent team of volunteer proofreaders and test users have suggested. Current plan is to spend a month or more knocking that list down, with a second test distribution this summer.

Dafcast -- I have plans for getting this jump-started again... but for now it's lower priority than the other two main projects, so that's all I'll say for now.
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I just uploaded the latest files to the KabShab website. All movements have reached my second milestone!

This means that all ten movements have been broken out into six voices with lyrics properly assigned. What remains: a couple of simple editorial tasks (make sure dynamics and tempi are correctly notated, and that all lyrics are using the same font) and a pass to check the singability of each part (change that it's in range, has no awkward jumps, and that the syllables of the lyrics fall reasonably in the contrapuntal sections).

Let's hear it for long weekends! :-)
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I just uploaded the latest files to the KabShab website. All movements have reached my second milestone!

This means that all ten movements have been broken out into six voices with lyrics properly assigned. What remains: a couple of simple editorial tasks (make sure dynamics and tempi are correctly notated, and that all lyrics are using the same font) and a pass to check the singability of each part (change that it's in range, has no awkward jumps, and that the syllables of the lyrics fall reasonably in the contrapuntal sections).

Let's hear it for long weekends! :-)
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In the morning, I worked with the kids on their science-themed Chanukah presents, which have been sitting partially-done for a while. Tani and I finished building his FM radio kit; and Alissa and I went down to the basement and whomped on geodes in an old sock.

After lunch, we walked over to the library for a flute consort concert, which we all enjoyed. Then, of course, we were at the library, so we stayed for a while and got some books.

In other day news, I've gotten KabShab V into six voices; updated the PDF on the website. And I took a first stab at expanding KabShab VIII (Lecha Dodi) from 4 staves to 6; it was already sort of six voices. More editing is needed before I am ready to post that, but it's in pretty good shape. Huzzah! [ETA 11pm: Did the add'l editing on VIII and got the lyrics properly assigned for X. Website updated with new PDFs/MP3]

And tonight is the first of Adar, a happy happy time. Yippee!
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In the morning, I worked with the kids on their science-themed Chanukah presents, which have been sitting partially-done for a while. Tani and I finished building his FM radio kit; and Alissa and I went down to the basement and whomped on geodes in an old sock.

After lunch, we walked over to the library for a flute consort concert, which we all enjoyed. Then, of course, we were at the library, so we stayed for a while and got some books.

In other day news, I've gotten KabShab V into six voices; updated the PDF on the website. And I took a first stab at expanding KabShab VIII (Lecha Dodi) from 4 staves to 6; it was already sort of six voices. More editing is needed before I am ready to post that, but it's in pretty good shape. Huzzah! [ETA 11pm: Did the add'l editing on VIII and got the lyrics properly assigned for X. Website updated with new PDFs/MP3]

And tonight is the first of Adar, a happy happy time. Yippee!

Priorities

Feb. 14th, 2010 10:08 am
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Due to various changes, I need to once again re-prioritize and re-schedule my big projects. Here's the new list:

1. Finish editing KabShab. This should take me another one or two nights of intensive work, and then a few days of touchup. New goal: Finish by Feb. 21. Once that's done, the new project will be producing a demo recording, which I hope to finish by June 1.

2. Next round of edits on my siddur. Realistically, this is going to take a month or so, and we're heading into the period of Pesach prep. I'll do what I can as I can, but I no longer think it's reasonable to assume this will be done before Pesach, so (alas) I'm going to push the deadline out to Apr. 30.

3. Resurrecting the Dafcast. Every few months I get a nice note about how useful the pages that are already there are, and I really should get back into it. I'm going to try to get back to doing two or three dapim a week, as an ongoing target along with everything else. I will try to finish up Megillah, but it would also be great to get the missing dapim from Pesachim, Chapter 10 done before Pesach. I also note that with the Daf Yomi starting Sanhedrin today, we've got Makkot coming up on June 6, and it would be awesome to have the 22 pages of Makkot translated (or, even better, turned into podcasts) before Daf Yomi gets there. (Anyone want to take on some of the translation?)

Priorities

Feb. 14th, 2010 10:08 am
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Due to various changes, I need to once again re-prioritize and re-schedule my big projects. Here's the new list:

1. Finish editing KabShab. This should take me another one or two nights of intensive work, and then a few days of touchup. New goal: Finish by Feb. 21. Once that's done, the new project will be producing a demo recording, which I hope to finish by June 1.

2. Next round of edits on my siddur. Realistically, this is going to take a month or so, and we're heading into the period of Pesach prep. I'll do what I can as I can, but I no longer think it's reasonable to assume this will be done before Pesach, so (alas) I'm going to push the deadline out to Apr. 30.

3. Resurrecting the Dafcast. Every few months I get a nice note about how useful the pages that are already there are, and I really should get back into it. I'm going to try to get back to doing two or three dapim a week, as an ongoing target along with everything else. I will try to finish up Megillah, but it would also be great to get the missing dapim from Pesachim, Chapter 10 done before Pesach. I also note that with the Daf Yomi starting Sanhedrin today, we've got Makkot coming up on June 6, and it would be awesome to have the 22 pages of Makkot translated (or, even better, turned into podcasts) before Daf Yomi gets there. (Anyone want to take on some of the translation?)
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KabShab IV is properly 6-voxed. PDF on the website is updated; MP3 didn't change enough to recompile.

Onward!
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KabShab IV is properly 6-voxed. PDF on the website is updated; MP3 didn't change enough to recompile.

Onward!
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I've been kinda down for the past week. It's a combination of low-sun blahs (yes, I know, grow lamps) and a weekend in which I spent too much time unsuccessfully trying to develop a crossword idea and a feedback loop in which my lack of creative productivity saps me of the drive needed to exercise creative productivity.

Cut for length )

That would be really awesome. It would be great to get some of this "creative productivity" to the point where someone other than myself might enjoy the fruits of my labors.
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I've been kinda down for the past week. It's a combination of low-sun blahs (yes, I know, grow lamps) and a weekend in which I spent too much time unsuccessfully trying to develop a crossword idea and a feedback loop in which my lack of creative productivity saps me of the drive needed to exercise creative productivity.

Cut for length )

That would be really awesome. It would be great to get some of this "creative productivity" to the point where someone other than myself might enjoy the fruits of my labors.
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This week is Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of Song, and as has been my custom these past few years I use this week to take stock of my music-making.

Kabbalat Shabbat is fully composed, except for the editing. Details behind a cut to keep your friends page short )

Pesukei d'Zimrah remains stalled. I'm starting to feel bad again about the prospect that it might never get performed, so once KabShab is done I hope to return to PDZ and get it rolling again.

Bible Bystanders is also stalled. That's got better prospects than PDZ, I suppose, so I should get back to it; I have some ideas that I haven't had time to flesh out. And my kids are soon going to be too old to appreciate it.

I am not singing. Well, I sing to myself, and I sometimes am shaliach tzibbur, but this year I haven't been taking voice lessons and I'm not in a chorus any more and I'm not in a small group. That sucks. Again, cut for length. )

And so, my fellow netizens, the State of Andrew's Music is mixed. I'm excited and proud about KabShab; I'm depressed about PDZ, Bystanders, and about not singing.
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This week is Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of Song, and as has been my custom these past few years I use this week to take stock of my music-making.

Kabbalat Shabbat is fully composed, except for the editing. Details behind a cut to keep your friends page short )

Pesukei d'Zimrah remains stalled. I'm starting to feel bad again about the prospect that it might never get performed, so once KabShab is done I hope to return to PDZ and get it rolling again.

Bible Bystanders is also stalled. That's got better prospects than PDZ, I suppose, so I should get back to it; I have some ideas that I haven't had time to flesh out. And my kids are soon going to be too old to appreciate it.

I am not singing. Well, I sing to myself, and I sometimes am shaliach tzibbur, but this year I haven't been taking voice lessons and I'm not in a chorus any more and I'm not in a small group. That sucks. Again, cut for length. )

And so, my fellow netizens, the State of Andrew's Music is mixed. I'm excited and proud about KabShab; I'm depressed about PDZ, Bystanders, and about not singing.
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As I've mentioned here recently, I'm currently trying to wrap up a bunch of long-open projects. For December, my goal has been to complete composing my setting (for a cappella sextet) of Kabbalat Shabbat, the selection of Psalms and paraliturgical texts that "Welcome the Sabbath".

Well, for those who don't follow my hour-by-hour progress on Facebook, this week I finished the basic work on the three remaining movements. (The first movement stops halfway through the chapter, though, so I will probably revisit it.)

I have created a real homepage for the project, containing a complete set of mp3s, as performed by my computer synth, and preliminary PDFs for many of the movements.

I've got a week left in December to write the missing half-movement and format the score for the new ones. (In many cases the PDF will show everything on a piano reduction, which I need to explicitly split out into the six voices and to which I must add the lyrics.) Lookin' good for meeting my self-imposed deadline.
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As I've mentioned here recently, I'm currently trying to wrap up a bunch of long-open projects. For December, my goal has been to complete composing my setting (for a cappella sextet) of Kabbalat Shabbat, the selection of Psalms and paraliturgical texts that "Welcome the Sabbath".

Well, for those who don't follow my hour-by-hour progress on Facebook, this week I finished the basic work on the three remaining movements. (The first movement stops halfway through the chapter, though, so I will probably revisit it.)

I have created a real homepage for the project, containing a complete set of mp3s, as performed by my computer synth, and preliminary PDFs for many of the movements.

I've got a week left in December to write the missing half-movement and format the score for the new ones. (In many cases the PDF will show everything on a piano reduction, which I need to explicitly split out into the six voices and to which I must add the lyrics.) Lookin' good for meeting my self-imposed deadline.
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As you may have noticed, I'm trying to wrap up a bunch of my long-standing projects, such as the siddur and my setting of Kabbalat Shabbat, the Psalms and other texts that introduce the Friday night service. Moderately lengthy details behind a cut tag to spare your friends page. In the end, though, ... ) I really like the new setting. It's a shade under 2 minutes and here's an MP3 of the computer playing it on the piano. [This recording is missing the incipit Mizmor shir l'yom ha-Shabbat, if you're going to listen to it with the text in front of you. Just be sure the text you use has all the verses.]
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As you may have noticed, I'm trying to wrap up a bunch of my long-standing projects, such as the siddur and my setting of Kabbalat Shabbat, the Psalms and other texts that introduce the Friday night service. Moderately lengthy details behind a cut tag to spare your friends page. In the end, though, ... ) I really like the new setting. It's a shade under 2 minutes and here's an MP3 of the computer playing it on the piano. [This recording is missing the incipit Mizmor shir l'yom ha-Shabbat, if you're going to listen to it with the text in front of you. Just be sure the text you use has all the verses.]

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