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In this month's issue:
User: Jeremy Olsen |
Earliest musical memory: My earliest musical memories are the themes from childhood shows such as the Thundercats. When I was in 4th grade, I got to pick an instrument – and because my father was a drummer, I chose the drums.
Instrument of choice: The drums, of course, but I have also ventured into guitar. I am also using my voice more and am hoping to make it a bit more pleasing to the ears.
I am inspired by: Inspiration can come from anywhere, but I am most inspired by people that go through hardship and sacrifice with a smile on their face. I am inspired by music that is emotive genuine and passionate.
Favorite Composer: Ravel, Respighi, Wagner, Stravinsky and Strauss.
Favorite Performers: Toad the Wet Sprocket
How I use Noteflight: I write on a regular basis so I use Noteflight to quickly jot down musical ideas, leave them for a while and then come back to them. Sometimes I'll write a piece for someone and share it with others as I work. Recently, I have been working on an opening tune for a musical that my friend has written. I have also started the blog Composer’s Playground to motivate myself (and hopefully others) to write more often. Each week I present a new topic or theme with the goal that each person using the site will write something on Noteflight to fit the theme, and then share it on the blog.
Listen to my Noteflight score: Old Stink-Face
Editor’s note: This score has remained in the Top 5 of Noteflight’s All Time Favorite List for the last two months. More recently, Jeremy’s piece received a round of enthusiastic applause when played live during our presentation of Noteflight at the March 2, 2010 Web Innovators Group in Cambridge, Mass.!
Noteflight Update. After our announcement in January of our new premium service, Crescendo, we have been inundated with requests from the Noteflight community to get started. We are almost there! The release is in its final stages of testing, and we are pleased to announce that Crescendo will be available this month. Note that the free version will remain an essential element of our service and we are continuing to enhance and support it in many significant ways. For those that want to take musical creativity to the next level, however, Crescendo will offer:
Once it’s released, Noteflight users will be able to take advantage of Crescendo immediately by upgrading their existing free account. A subscription to Noteflight Crescendo will be priced at $49 per year.
The free version of Noteflight will also see some significant upgrades with this release, including:
Other features currently under development include grace notes, guitar bends, slides and articulations, and some very significant performance gains.
Goodbye to Flash Player 9, Internet Explorer 6. Starting with the Crescendo release, Noteflight will no longer support Flash Player 9. As our sound engine evolves, it is not possible to continue to offer high-quality audio on older versions of the Flash Player. Very few of our users are still on Flash Player 9 and version 10 is a free upgrade from Adobe, so we think it’s about time for this change.
In another change, we will be dropping support for the Windows Internet Explorer 6 web browser as it is gradually disappearing from the web and requires a very considerable extra effort from developers. Noteflight will still be usable in IE6, but we will no longer be designing our web pages to look good and read well in that browser.Other News. We are pleased to announce that in January, Noteflight was chosen by a poll of music educators at NAMM as “Best Notation Product” as part of the Best Tools for Schools award. The "Best Tools for Schools" award was developed by Symphony Publishing, the publishers of School Band and Orchestra magazine. Music educators selected category winners during the 2010 Winter NAMM Show. Noteflight will be profiled in an upcoming issue of School Band and Orchestra, that serves as a guide for music educators by showcasing resources that can be leveraged by school music programs.
On March 1, 2010, Noteflight was awarded “Audience Choice” during the Web Innovators Group, a Boston-based forum for web innovators and the investment community.
Talk to us (yeah, we always say that!). 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!