Hello all and welcome to my most excellent web page, now operating for its sixteenth week! My goal in adding this page to the WTS is to entertain my fellow toasters, and maybe even a small segment of the rest of the Web. I'll endeavor to add something new every week, so keep checking in, or look for my announcements on Andy's "What's New" page.
My offerings will fall into two categories: First, original works; artwork, music, photos, or writing that I'm collecting here for self-publication on a scale unimaginable a few years ago. Hopefully, the world's collective yawn won't totally blow me over, but I think you'll enjoy it if you've gotten this far. Second, Stuff I Found On The Web, brought back and held up to the light for your enjoyment. There's a whole underground world of music publication on the Web through a device called "MIDI", and I have a link page or two of my favorites for you to cruise. Also, in commenting on an issue or interest of mine, I'll write some essays filled with links for you to read.
Go directly to the corners of my electronic world by using the navigation bar appearing at the top of this page, or jump down below this section to find out what I've added this week. I'll also be experimenting with time, allowing you to scroll through previous weeks' versions of my pages where appropriate.
Hello all. Ok, I'm lame!!! No new content. Been just too busy. However, I found something this week on the web that made my heart stop; you must check it out. As I said last week, I spend a lot of time looking for MIDI files on the web. What I found was the most amazing Beatles Midis I have ever seen, far better than I ever expected to find on the Net, David Barnes' original Beatles Midis. This guy is some kind of genius, he's sequenced nearly every Beatles song himself, and they sound truly amazing. What's more, in addition to collecting all the files onto pages by album, he has made "whole album" midis containing all the songs in a single file! Nearly every song is mind-blowingly well done, and in the cases where they do not duplicate the sound and instrumentation of the originals with great precision, they meet the perhaps greater criteria for good midis in that they interpret the original rather than succumb to the limitations of the media.
Just to start out savoring this exquisite treasure, I recommend you explore his Revolver midis; download the album file and play it through headphones as you do other things at the computer (work, surf, play). My favorite sequence from this album by far is I'm Only Sleeping, and a good demonstration of the high quality DWB has achieved. Among my other faves are And Your Bird Can Sing, For No One, and Taxman. Dave's arrangement of Love You To seemed a little strange at first, but now I think that the interesting thing about this is that without duplicating the original, it may more fully realize the Indian sound that George had in mind.
Well, if you don't LIKE the Beatles, or if you don't have a sound card or a have an older "FM" card, slap yourself. For more information about midis in general (plug, plug) or to hear songs by other groups, visit my midi page, and from there check out my "how and why" page, or visit "Cora's midi links". Thanks.
The Lisa Joy Adulation Page
Original Music by Number 12
Show Me Your Bus