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In this month's issue:
Announcing Noteflight Crescendo. Noteflight is built on our vision of a musical community that is open to everyone. Together with you, our users, we are over 50,000 people with a common interest in creating and sharing written music online. Now, in addition to our free service, we are thrilled to announce the launch of a new premium service: Noteflight Crescendo.
Due to launch in the first quarter of 2010, Noteflight Crescendo is a subscription-based service with a higher quality sound library, advanced sharing capabilities, guitar tablature, and other features. For under $50 per year (less than $5 a month), Crescendo users will receive:
It remains a critical part of our mission for us to offer a free version of Noteflight, and we will continue to do so. What's more, we are not limiting or taking away any of the music notation features of Noteflight for our free users. The basic version of Noteflight will continue to support the same level of musical expression, and it will keep on growing over time in the way that our community has come to expect.
User: Susan Amirian Bonser |
Earliest musical memory: I grew up in a family of musicians. My earliest musical memory is one of my grandfather (a composer and band director) complaining how much he despised Al Jolson for taking the theater musicians' job with talkies. He always said "The Great Train Robbery" was a bear to play because of the intensity of the music throughout the film.
Instrument of choice: Piano (now keyboard).
I am inspired by: Kids -- it
is wonderful and amazing what they come up with!
Favorite Composer: Beethoven: because I remember Fur Elise as one of my favorite pieces as a child.
Favorite Musician: I am wowed by the artist who calls himself Kutiman that creates mashups on YouTube. He makes music by collecting sounds from videos and composing them into something very different. But then, I loved Stomp and The Blue Man Group. I find outliers amazing.
How I use Noteflight: I rewrite church hymns into melody and chords so I can play them on sight and embellish as asked to play.
Susan has always provided two things to her son: books and music. Having a wonderful interest in music, Susan's son asked to take lessons in almost every instrument he saw other children holding while in the waiting room of the music studio. At one time, he was playing eight instruments and Susan essentially lived in the music school lobby after work!
Notation Feature Update. Noteflight 1.4, released in December, introduced support for slurs and hairpin dynamics. What's coming next?
We're finally attacking repeats and musical form notations such as numbered endings. Noteflight playback will take these things into account and play a piece correctly, jumping back to previous measures when the form calls for this to happen.
We're also working on another set of features that we see many requests for: grace notes, cue notes and ornaments. Grace notes are quite tricky to work with since they go before a "regular" note and change the layout of the measure in some ways that are, well, interesting.
Finally, tempo changes are on the way!
Talk to us. Please tell us about how you're using Noteflight to collaborate and share music with others, so we can let everyone know about your ideas and experiences in future newsletters. Send us an email at: email@example.com. Nowadays, you can communicate with us via Facebook and Twitter too!