Software: Sibelius (.mid) -> Anvil Studio (.mp3) -> my new account at SoundCloud. Due to my early 21st century laptop I’ve had a few problems with buffering in AS – listen out for the occasional click. I also obviously lose the drum, woodblocks and triangle, and it all ends up sounding distressingly Smurfish, but for testing purposes it beats fiddling with mikes and hoping sleeping dogs will lie.
Lyrics: See the hints on each track. I’m not using .kar files because of a curious experience a few years ago: an oompah band paid me for some arrangements and proudly included the midi files on their website, only for a rival horde of leathermen to take the midi, rip off the arrangements, and learn them first. And then the Moors took advantage of the fighting to occupy Hispania. Jesus, what a mess that was.
If SoundCloud dies:
|When you are old and grey||Tom Lehrer|
|The supper-supper march||Dr Seuss|
|Tulips from Amsterdam||Ralf Arnie|
Let’s return Tom Lehrer from the fairground to the cabaret:
- Barrel organ and musical saw duet
I’m not much good with chordophones, so the closest I’ll get to this is on my fine collection of Swanee whistles.
- Four more African inflationary tunes
Ghana, Sierra Leone and the Congo are now represented, but so far there’s nothing from Zimbabwe or in French.
- Noisy buskers used to drown out the sounds of murder
But were organ-grinders really complicit in the 1817 killing at Rodez of the French politician Fualdès, as the translation suggests, or
- John Kennedy Toole’s mum plays piano and sings
And talks New Orleans in excerpts from Confederacy of Dunces
- Stalin’s organ works
But all its pipes are the same length, so it only plays one note. Plus totalitarian musical dogs and terror management