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Your turn: help blind musicians have music to read

on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 11:34

Did you know that blind musicians are just as capable as sighted musicians? Of course you did! Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles made sure of that. But they didn't have to read music to achieve their success. Blind musians who need to read notes, to play Bach, Beethoven, or Mozart, need scores in braille format. Guess what? These scores don't exist in adequate numbers. Blind musicians give up on their ambitions to study, not because they can't play, but because the world hasn't provided them the scores they need to read.

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My contribution to the DrupalCon opening session

on Sun, 09/29/2013 - 13:48

I wasn't in Prague on the first day of DrupalCon, but that didn't stop me from contributing to the opening session. Here is the "song" that I "sang", with all of the lyrics. Enjoy!

Open Source Music - Video from the DrupalCon Session

on Sat, 09/28/2013 - 20:14

The "Bach to the Future" session at DrupalCon Prague was fun, and a success, I think. Together with my wife, pianist Kimiko Ishizaka, I presented the concept of open source music, showed how Drupal is enabling the MuseScore project to thrive and treat musical scores as semantic content, and gave a demonstration showing the cool things you can do with digital scores and live performances. Kimiko Ishizaka played a selection of pieces from the Well-Tempered Clavier on the venue's Steinway grand piano, and it was a lovely way to start the final day of DrupalCon.

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