Saturday, 5 October 2002
Christi has left me her laptop, so I am lying in bed and updating my blog. I used to day dream about doing things like this. I have Christi's previous castoff laptop as my very own now, so I could do it, but that one has a terrible keyboard. Also, it got upgraded until it was too slow, so I's need to back up to System 8 to get decent performance out of it. Anyway, with Christi's shiny new not-yet-over-upgraded laptop, I can lie in bed with a good keyboard and slack away, totally prone. Not totally, prone cuz then i couldn't see the keyboard, and i'm not any sort of touch typist, especially with these nice but tiny keys. I've got her laptop so I can try out her score notation software. You enter in notes into whatever type of score you've picked up (I've got a percussion score open) and then you can play them back and hear a good midi rendition of the instruments you've chosen. I know, welcome to the 1980s, this is not a new thing. But it's new to me. First of all, the MIDI sounds actually sound good. Secondly, I never quite got my notation software working. It's mostly designed for people who want to do MIDI pop songs, so it uses that piano roll method of showing notes and if you get into score mode, it's a pain to edit the notes. And it's more designed for people to play something into the program then painstakingly type in each note. But Siebelus is aimed at composers. It's aimed at composers who want to spend a lot of money and then only be able to install on one computer. So this is Christi's software on her computer and not mine. Also, it's got the best splash screen of any program. I like to start and restart the program so I can hear the violin line do that great tension/resolving thing. yikes.