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Evaluating content storage software

Big decision to be made today. Again I need to improve my workflow!

I'm a sucker for doing things the digital way. I used to keep large file cabinets storing my material and personal "archive," but I've realized quite throughly that this kind of system is for people keeping a permanent position (and permanent office) only. My neatly organized computer history archive from a few years back is of no use to me now. It's stored in boxes some 2000 kilometers away from my present place of being, and I can't access it. The same goes for other projects I've finished, but never really managed to put behind.

In my current project the stack of both digital and physical sources are starting to overflow. I need a way to get both sources and research notes on my material stored in a neat and retrievable way. "Content storage software"is the key. Previously I have experience with EndNote, Evernote and DevonThink. As of today, I store all my files in Dropbox (…

How to cite e-books?

Since I'm living in a different country that I work, I've ended up using lots and lots of time in airports and planes. As an effect of this I'm trying to get as much of my research material as possible in digital format. This also goes for books. The Kindle app is my new friend. It keeps my suitcase within cabin luggage limits.

Today I've encountered for the first time the problem of how to cite E-books in an academic text. E-books are still a fairly new technology, and they are treated by both publishers and many readers as "second grade" editions. I guess this will change with time, but for now we have to deal with inconveniences as the lack of proper page numbering, lack of stable "edition markers" and so on. And not to forget - tons of hyphenation errors, bad quality images and other oddities. This goes even for big publishers like Oxford University Press.

Anyways, the point is - how to cite? I found a fairly good introduction to the problem on …

Riff structure in Emperors Nightside Eclipse

Yesterday I had a bit of private fun on the plane while flying back to Norway. I was listening to Emperors old classic In The Nightside Eclipse from 1993while preparing for a lecture on 20th century music. I was for a moment concerning using some of the songs on the album as examples of how to analyze contemporary music, and I did a quick formal analysis of a couple of the tracks.

Inno A Satana, an old favorite, is using the following schema
Intro Short drum intro tema 1, 1, 1, 1 A (”Verse”) tema 2, 2, 3 tema 2, 2, 3 B tema 4, 4, 4* tema 4**, 4**, 4**     A (”Verse”) tema 2, 2, 3 tema 2, 2, 3 C tema 5, (bridge), 5, 5 tema 5, 5, 5 End 
* = Alterated or expanded

Cosmic Keys To My Creation and Times

Intro  (Tonal centre: A)
tema 1, 1 (without band)
tema 1, 1 (with band)
tema 1, 1

A (”Verse”)
tema 2, 2, 2*, 2*   - tonal centre: E
tema 3, 3, 3, 3 (vocals)   - tonal centre: A
tema 2, 2, 2, 2   - tonal centre: E
tema 3, 3, 3, 3 (vocals) - tonal centre: A

B (Tonal centre H)
tema 4, 4, 4, 5
tema 4, 4, 4…

Spotify-list: Griffiths Modern Music and After (part 1)

I'm using Paul Griffiths comprehensive but still concise overview of the history of modern western art music after 1945, Modern Music and After, in one of my courses. This spotify-list is a collection of some of the central works he is discussing. It doesn't include every piece, but it should at least contain one example from every composer mentioned (if available on Spotify).

Spotify link to Griffiths Modern Music and After (part 1)

Spotify link to Griffiths Modern Music and After (part 2)