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Everything posted by ProfessorTomoe

  1. New Music Release Thread

    I've updated the recording of the Bach Prelude No. 7 in Eb Major on SoundCloud. Only the audio has changed, slightly - the link remains the same as in the above post. In other news, I'm getting ready to send off the Prelude to the Austin Symphonic Band to see if they'll play it. They're a high-level community ensemble that comes recommended to me by a fellow member of a professional music fraternity (Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia) who is now a Doctorate and a Professor at Texas A&M. (I'm quoting his recommendation in my intro letter.) They'll be getting a printed and bound score, plus a thumb drive with PDFs of the parts and an MP3 rendition of the music. I'm hoping this will convince them to take up the piece and play it. (See the cover of the score below.) I'm going to go get it bound today, along with the Bruckner 6th / 1st Movement arrangement, which by itself is going to cost me $15 to get bound. (It's due to the odd size of 11" by 17" - one place wanted to charge me $30 bucks to bind it!) I'll update here on the status as things proceed. Wish me luck. where can i upload photos
  2. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    Long time no see update: I had a TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack - also known as a mini-stroke) back on 9/17. Wound up spending a night in the hospital for observation as a result. It hit me as a bad headache on the right side of my skull, with numbness on the right side of my face and difficulty controlling my speech out of the right side of my mouth. The symptoms lasted about 30 minutes and were relatively mild. I had to really sit and figure out if I was having a stroke or not. In the end, we called 911, who took me to the hospital with lights and siren going all the way. None of the physical tests showed anything, but I flunked some of the therapy tests they give you after such an event, mainly having to do with memory. My primary care doctor has me following up with a neurologist, plus he's got me getting a carotid artery ultrasound scan next week. I had a scare a few days ago, when my head generated a full-skull headache that was so bad it felt like my head was going to explode. I got sick to my stomach from it. It came in two separate, short waves. My wife called 911 on that, too. Fortunately, a hyper-dose of Advil calmed it down after about 90 minutes, so no hospital trip this time. I'm on a hair-trigger when it comes to stroke symptoms now. Not fun.
  3. New Music Release Thread

    I've got a file up on SoundCloud for your listening pleasure of one of my arrangements for band. This one is of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Prelude No. 7 in Eb Major" from "The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1." Just like with the Bruckner 6th Symphony, it's been rendered using Dorico Pro 5 and NotePerformer 4. I'm hoping to get this polished and published on Sheet Music Plus soon, by way of the ArrangeMe.com service, so if you're in a band, be it high school or above, and you'd like to play this, keep your eyes on this thread - you'll probably get the chance if you can talk your band director into it! If you've got any questions or comments, drop them here or on SoundCloud. Thanks for listening! Here's the link: https://soundcloud.com/lee-jackson-12/prelude-no-7-in-eb-major
  4. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    I just got home from the hospital a few hours ago after spending the night there for observation for a possible stroke. Yep. Lotsa fun. Everything started at around 3:30pm Sunday. I got a headache on the right side of my head, the right side of my face went numb, and I started having some trouble talking out of the right side of my mouth. After about 30 minutes, I brought up the subject to my wife, Brenda. We discussed the matter, and then I finally called 911. They came out and took me to the hospital with lights and sirens going. They ran some blood tests on me at the hospital and did a CT scan, both of which came back negative for anything scary. Still, the doctor wanted to keep me for observation, so I was admitted for the night. There were the usual snafus with my pain medicines, of course, and the IV they stuck in my right arm back in the ambulance hurt every time I tried to bend it, so things were less than fun. The worst thing that happened was when they gave me a potassium chloride drip in my IV. IT HURT LIKE HELL. We're talking pain level 9 on the 0-to-10 scale here. Still, I toughed it out as long as I could, since the doctor told me my potassium levels were very low. (I'm wondering if that may have contributed to me feeling so bad on Sunday.) Anyway, they finally decided I'd had a Transient Ischemic Attack, or TIA for short. Basically a "mini-stroke." They've increased my cholesterol medication and have given me a 21-day course of Plavix blood thinner to take, just in case I've got a baby clot hiding in my brain. I'm glad the situation is over with for now. I'm beginning to hate hospitals with a passion.
  5. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    I'm headed out to a surgical center on Monday (Sept. 11) to have a procedure done - yet another Rhizotomy. I just had one a little over 6 months ago, and I've lost count of how many I've had, but man, am I in desperate need of another one. I can't stand in one place and do anything (like cooking) without my lumbar spine giving me excruciating pain after just a few minutes. They're going to zap my spinal nerves with radio waves and follow up with steroid injections, if I'm remembering the procedure correctly. I've been told by my physician's assistant at the pain clinic to ask for extra pain medicine on the left-hand side, since that's where the worst lower back pain is happening. I go in at 10:30 a.m. Monday morning and should be out in a couple of hours. With luck, I should be feeling relief within a week.
  6. Other Random Comics

    I disagree with the entire concept of "catch and release." I believe that you shouldn't be out fishing in the first place unless you're going to eat the damned things. Otherwise, leave 'em the hell alone.
  7. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    Monday is Labor Day. They might be closed.
  8. Sad news

    Jimmy Buffet's flip-flop has blown out for the last time. He's now enjoying a cheeseburger in paradise. He was 76. https://trib.al/zeAD17r
  9. The Weather.

    INFIDEL! You take that back!
  10. Political Discussion Thread (READ FIRST POST)

    And they say the moon is made of green cheese. They had to get the cows up there somehow.
  11. New Music Release Thread

    There is a high probability that my second woodwind quintet, "Theme and Tangents," will be played during a rehearsal by an honest-to-"Bob" live woodwind ensemble tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 1, 2023). I am crossing as many body parts as I can manage to cross in hopes that this doesn't turn out to be a dud. Please wish me luck, folks - I'm interacting with the real world here, I think.
  12. New Music Release Thread

    Work in Disco Porn...erm, Dorico Pro continues. I'm in the process of arranging a civil war-era brass band "gallop"-style march into a form that a modern concert band can play. I've already finished the brass and woodwind arrangement. All that remains, aside from tweaking the music itself, is to enter the percussion parts. I've left that for last because I don't yet know how to input percussion using Dorico Pro. Time to buckle down and open up the help file. The percussion parts aren't going to be anything complex, so this is a good piece on which to learn. Watch this space for more updates and mp3s.
  13. New Music Release Thread

    I know. I played some of PDQ Bach's music. I even constructed and played a tromboon once. Too bad that it was my band director's trombone that I used for the trom part of the rig - he didn't appreciate my sense of humor.
  14. New Music Release Thread

    Music world logic is a wreath of pretty flowers that smell bad.
  15. New Music Release Thread

    I've put up another Disco Porn...erm, I mean, Dorico Pro rendering of one of my works. The work is a woodwind quartet (not quintet - no french horn) arrangement of a Beethoven piano sonata (#18, opus 31 no. 3 in Eb). I've arranged the whole ball of wax - all four movements, all 23 minutes worth (whew!) - and I'm looking to get someone to try and perform it in Real Life. If you'd like to hear what Dorico thinks it's supposed to sound like (it's not bad, actually), here's a WeTransfer link to the MP3: https://we.tl/t-3ocNr7egjX Please let me know what you think, and whether or not you listened through the entire composition. Thanks!
  16. New Music Release Thread

    Dorico Pro is a gem, despite its proclivity to crash upon closing at times. I've managed to crank out full scores and parts for both Woodwind Quintet No.1 and "Theme and Tangents," plus I've got a full three-movement recording of Woodwind Quintet No.1 as rendered by Dorico Pro! It has all the proper instruments, slurs, articulations, dynamics, and so on. Still, it's not 100% perfect, but it's a real-ish recording nonetheless. If you'd like to hear it, here's the WeTransfer link: https://we.tl/t-aS9fZkZlAx Please let me know what you think. Thank you!
  17. New Music Release Thread

    I finally have a copy of Dorico Pro 5 on my laptop! No more waiting for my legs to get better before I can use a notation program. Hopefully this means that my woodwind quintets will get put out to the real world soon!
  18. New Music Release Thread

    Got something for you to listen to if you're bored. Please don't distribute. I helped out a friend with an Industrial rhythm track he was writing. Once he was done, I asked him for the stems so I could play around with the track a bit. I wound up adding a minimalistic bass line and three more minimalist "melodic" layers on the top. The end result is up on WeTransfer for your listening pleasure. Here's the link: https://we.tl/t-1uwwfkoBT1 Like I said, please don't distribute this, since the piece has not been publicly released yet. I would appreciate it if you would let me know what you think of this pseudo-Industrial track. Thanks in advance!
  19. What Are You Ingesting?

    A perfectly ripe White Nectarine, sliced and dusted with Penzey's Cinnamon Sugar. The only thing wrong with it was that it was at room temperature. I like my nectarines chilled. Otherwise, om nom nom.
  20. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    I almost spilled nearly an entire Coca-Cola on top of my laptop. What scares me more than the "what" of the situation is the "why." You see, I almost fell asleep with a can of Coca-Cola in my hands. The can was on a collision course with my laptop as I was dozing off, but I jolted and caught myself at the last moment. I'm tired, but I can't seem to get the right amount of sleep. I can't lie down on a bed due to my torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder. I have to sleep sitting up in a recliner, and that's not the most conducive environment for good sleep. For some reason, it's driving me crazy today. I go from awake to asleep and back again. Urrgh.
  21. Sad news

    Sinead O'Connor has passed on. Now she'll get to finally learn if the pope really was the "real enemy," I guess.
  22. What Are You Ingesting?

    I've had a whole Florida lobster in Florida, at a restaurant on the coast, and I must admit that what there is of it is mighty, mighty tasty. The tail stacks up pretty tall against a similar-sized Maine tail. However, it's the Maine claws that leave 'em standing at the starting line. Florida lobsters don't have much meat in that department.
  23. Deep Thoughts

    Please do the same math for a certain former President, if you would.
  24. Cats, Dogs, Other pets.

    Proof that the Earth is not flat - if it were, cats would have knocked everything off of the edges by now.
  25. What Are You Ingesting?

    Had some quite good Maine lobster from a food truck this evening. Cousins Maine Lobster has been making the rounds of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, and they ventured into the Garland area today. Mrs. Prof, despite having a shellfish allergy, was kind enough to drive me up to the HTeaO location where they'd parked so I could procure a few prime morsels. I ordered up a Connecticut-style lobster roll (warm, with butter, as opposed to the Maine style, which is cold, with mayo), a bowl of lobster bisque, and a red velvet Whoopie Pie. The roll, while appearing small at first glance, was absolutely overflowing with tender, buttery lobster. Top grade stuff. The bisque was flavorful and meaty, but a bit too thickened for me to give it similar high praise. The Whoopie Pie was a Cousins-made pie, very large, fluffy, and with lots of creamy center. I couldn't finish it at one sitting. Cousins Maine Lobster apparently ships, so check them out, and if you're ever in the DFW area, look up their food trucks. You'll be glad you did, as long as you're not allergic to shellfish. (BTW, Mrs. Prof got her dinner from a nearby Ethiopian takeaway. She'd never had Ethiopian food before. She proclaimed it good, if a bit spicy.) https://www.cousinsmainelobster.com/locations/dallas-fort-worth-tx/