For those envious of Colloquium XXI
  • Carl DCarl D
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    I am starting to post the audio recordings of the Colloquium. Here's the master page:

    http://music.dierschow.com/2011Colloquium/index.htm

    Please be patient with broken links and such, these are being updated continuously.
  • Carl DCarl D
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    I've now posted the recordings from yesterday, Monday. No doubt people will find mistakes all over, just drop me an email when you see something.
  • fp
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    THANK YOU!!!!!
    FP
  • Ruth Lapeyre
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    Oh goody this is sort of a "left behind" thread. I love it! Thanks
  • LEFT BEHIND!

    Instead of hearing Gregorian Chant yesterday, I had a flashback experience to being on a plane in Charlotte, NC and, at the last moment a horde of sweaty women came stomping down the aisle and sat in the rows behind me...raving about almost missing the plane and running through the airport being on the way back from a missionary trip to Africa.

    Interesting, but hardly noteworthy. Until the plane was cleared for takeoff.

    At this point this Pentecostal group all began praying and shouting in tongues. Loudly. Very loudly.

    At this point my friend Peach, if she was there would have said, "Oh, m'God!"

    I said to myself....with all this prayer going on if a plane's going down today it's going to be this one. But things were fine.

    What does this have to do with this forum?

    I boarded a plane yesterday, got in my seat and began to hear humming behind me. The same melody over and over again, in a man's voice. The melody was different, with a sort of hopping rhythm and melismatic phrases. Over and over again. At first it bothered me...5 hours of this to look forward to?

    I mean the fact that the movie was a dud was bad enough.

    Then I got it. The three orange-robed Buddhist monks were right behind me! Neat.

    Takeoff was fine and then they all fell asleep until we landed.

    I got a chance to talk with them.
  • Carl DCarl D
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    OK, folks, now we're getting to the exciting stuff!

    I've processed the recordings for Monday's Compline, Tuesday's Lauds, Tuesday's Mass, and Msgr Wadsworth's plenary lecture. I also have a recording of Ed Schaefer's breakout session on Semiology.

    Here are the recordings
  • Carl DCarl D
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    I also just uploaded the Professor Mahrt's Vespers class from Tuesday, it's down at the bottom.

    Here's the link
  • Kathy
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    (bumping)
  • David DeavyDavid Deavy
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    Carl - Thank you for all your work.

    This helps ease the pain of not being their

    David Deavy
  • Ruth Lapeyre
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    Yes thank you thank you guys for uploading the Masses and some of the lectures!!!!
  • Carl DCarl D
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    Ed Schaefer was kind enough to send me the PDF for the handouts for his Semiology class.
  • Carl DCarl D
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    This morning, I finally had a chance to listen to Msgr Wadsworth's presentation about the Chants of the New Roman Missal. Absolutely amazing!

    But because I was listening closely with iPod headphones, I also was distracted by the background noise. Not that people were eating dinner, but that MP3 recordings tend to add lots of strange sounds on top of that.

    All MP3 recordings have this problem to some degree or other, and you'll notice it on these recordings on my website. The reason I give you this version is because I want these tracks to be accessible to the largest possible audience. Even if you have a slow internet connection, or some prehistoric computer, you should be able to play these. And they shouldn't take forever to download.

    Rest assured that the original recordings don't have this problem, and in the coming weeks I'll produce a version using the full quality WAV format. They'll take a lot longer for you to download, but the quality will be quite amazing.

    If you have specific tracks that you'd like in the high-quality format, let me know, and I'll do those first.

    Carl
  • Carl DCarl D
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    I have now uploaded Friday's Mass.
  • Carl DCarl D
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    I have now uploaded Saturday's EF Mass.
  • Carl DCarl D
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    I'm hoping to get to the rest of the recordings this weekend - thanks to all who have volunteered to upload files! I'm overwhelmed.

    After that, I'll try to produce the packaged zip files (so you can download the whole file set much easier) and the high-quality versions. I was also wondering how hard it might be to produce an RSS file so people can have iTunes or other podcatcher download the files automagically - anybody know how to do that? I'd rather not do it by hand, since this is hundreds of files.

    Carl
  • chonakchonak
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    Carl, this is a great aid for us as we share the Colloquium experience with others.

    Are the 64 kbs MP3s showing some compression artifacts?
  • Carl DCarl D
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    Compression artifacts? Absolutely, and I find them annoying myself. See my response to this thread from last Sunday to see why I'm doing it that way.

    The uncompressed versions will be forthcoming, it just takes more time. Many thanks to you and the others who recorded the source uncompressed, and then were extremely patient on the upload process.
  • Carl DCarl D
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    I've now uploaded Sunday's Mass. It appears that Bruckner's Ave Maria wasn't sung at the end? If you must have your fix, here it is from the 2008 Colloquium.
  • Carl DCarl D
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    I just uploaded Jennifer's recording of Wednesday Lauds.
  • Carl DCarl D
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    I'm so happy to have now heard and be able to upload the Friday Vespers Service.
  • Carl DCarl D
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    I've now added the tracks for the New Compositions on Saturday. It will take a while longer to split out each song individually and stitch together the pieces, so please be patient with that.

    This gives such great hope for the future of Catholic sacred music!
  • Carl DCarl D
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    Thanks to the gracious help of our friend Chonak, I am now able to embed a media player on the web page so you can stream the recordings without having to download them!

    14 June Mass (Tuesday)

    19 June Mass (Sunday)

    Techies might notice that I've upped the quality of that last Mass to 256Kbit MP3 rather than 64Kbit, so it should sound significantly better.

    Please, everyone, let me know if this is working on your machine! I'm a newbie with some of this.
  • Carl DCarl D
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    I've now added a bunch of "play boxes" so you can stream each Mass to your computer without downloading:

    Here's the main page

    I've also been creating ZIP files so you can download an entire Mass at once. Takes awhile, as these are huge files, but well worth the effort. I would strongly recommend downloading a WMA version first, because if you can play it (on iTunes or Windows Media Player or whatever) then you have the highest quality version.

    Here's the link for the download page

    For you techies out there, notice that I've also created an FTP account so you can download the files faster using FTP. If you don't know what those letters mean, then don't worry.

    Carl
  • Kathy
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    Hmmm, it's showing up a little problematically for me. The embedded media player is showing The New Pornographers and Slaraffenland...

    I'm sure it's just a bug.
  • Carl DCarl D
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    Anybody else having problems with the media players on the page? I checked each of them and they seemed to work...
  • Carl DCarl D
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    OK, I now have all the new composition songs split out individually:

    Here's the direct link

    Has anybody tried downloading the WMA/MP3 Zip files yet? Any problems?
  • chonakchonak
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    The media player is fine here -- even using the Opera Mobile browser on my Android phone!
  • Kathy
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    It's a little tiresome, isn't it, when someone asks for help with bugs, and then you tell them about a bug, and they say they don't have a problem on their end, and they just move on?

    I just played Cold War Kids--Hang Me Up To Dry from the media player embedded here: http://music.dierschow.com/2011Colloquium/index.htm
  • Jeffrey TuckerJeffrey Tucker
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    Kathy, your point is valid, but it is a part of the reality of technical fixes and bugs that if the technicians can't reproduce the problem, it can't be fixed. This is why it is important to report when the issue cannot be reproduced. Sometimes people interpret this as "it's not my problem so it must not exist." That's not it at all. It is just a matter of narrowing down the source of the problem, and it's appearance in some settings and nonappearance in others become an important part of the diagnosis.
  • Carl DCarl D
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    OK, Kathy, here's what would help diagnose the problem. Please send me the version of operating system you're running on, and the version of your browser. Then let me know WHICH of the music player boxes you were using, and whether all the tracks in that box were affected, or just one. And whether the song also identified itself as Cold War Kids or as what I had put in there.

    You can send me this directly at carl@dierschow.com, no need to bore everyone else with technoid details as we get this worked out.

    Carl
  • Kathy
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    Vista 2007 running IE.

    Firefox works normally.

    All the tracks on all the boxes are affected. Every box is identical.
  • Carl DCarl D
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    Thanks, I was able to reproduce now. I have a theory as to why this might be happening - I'll dig into it.
  • Carl DCarl D
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    OK, it appears to all be fixed. Thanks for the help, Kathy! Let me know if you see any more problems - no doubt there's errors scattered through the page.

    (It was a really bizarre IE bug, totally illogical, but what we've come to expect from IE!)
  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    Imagine my delight and surprise that my double descants edition of "Come down, O Love divine" were selected for the June 14th Mass at SMC XXI. There was, however, a quirk in timing, since I had recently revised the double descants for better voice leading and effect, so the edition used was somewhat out of date. Nevertheless, I was greatly moved to hear the live recording of the Mass with the earlier edition. The newer version is attached, and a synthesized MP3 recording (with oboe and English horn doubling the descants) is also available from CPDL at this page.

    I think you'll find the newer version is much better.