Music 250 Multimedia Projects--How to Put the Pieces Together
Writing VCD Files
Essay and Examples
Links Essay to VCD Files
Convert your Word Document to HTML
A. Mark up your composition.
With a photocopy of the score and text in hand, divide the work into phrases or sections of reasonable length. You could use the verbal text as a guide, marking off each line or idea and its corresponding music, or simply mark off the various musical phrases or articulations (and the words they set). You'll always be able to revise these segments, or make a special segment for a particular passage. For your initial work, the most important thing will be to mark off units of reasonable size and musical significance.
With the marked score in hand, listen to your recording (use a CD deck, or if you are working at the computer, use AppleCD Audio Player, noting the track number and timings for each passage (and for the entire composition). It's probably a good idea to be little generous with start and stop times for individual passages, since it will be better to have the listener hear too much music rather than too little. Your notes could begin like this:
Title of work:
Monteverdi, Ecco mormorar l'onde
Monteverdi, Il secondo libro de madrigali (1590). (The Consort of Musicke)
SWAT CD 1752
Track 1: 0',00" to 3',45"
Track 1: 0',00" to 0',12"
Track 1: 0',11" to 0',24"
B. Write VCD files.
These files contain the track and timing information that Voyager CD Link will need to play the segments you've just noted. The files themselves are VERY short, and contain but a single line of text, like this one:
[COMMANDS] play 8,1,20,00,8,1,35,00
This is a set of instructions to play fifteen seconds of Track 8, starting at 1 minute and 20 seconds into that track. As you will note, there are eight numbers in each of these little scripts--the first four represent the starting point; the second four represent the stopping point. In this example the start set represents Track 8, Minute 1, Second 20, Frame 00, while the stop set is Track 8, Minute 1, Second 35, Frame 00.
[There are 50 Frames in a second--just put 00 in the frame position for now. If you want to fine-tune the start or stop time to some fraction of a second you can always return to do so later. For our purposes, timings to the nearest second will be fine.]
It's best to use Simple Text, to create these, since a word processor like MS Word will add special formatting characters that will only confuse the Voyager program. If you like you can find a sample vcd file in the Samples folder on the multimedia computer (just edit to include the track and timings for each of your segments, and save it in your own folder).
You will need to name each of your VCDLink scripts an save them in your own folder (later you will need to link these files to your Web page for the project). Name the files in some systematic way, or you will have big headaches later on. Each must end with the extension ".vcd". Don't use spaces in the name of the file, as this will only confuse Netscape and the computer.
I suggest naming the files in a way that includes the rehearsal letters you used to mark the score in the first place, thus "eccoA.vcd" "eccoB.vcd". If you return at a later time to add another script (for some special passage) you can always give it the next available letter in the sequence--just make a note of what measures it corresponds to somewhere in your main notes.
C. Make a Play List for your Files.
The play list will let you work with the various segments of your piece as you formulate your argument and think about which examples might serve to support it. Later you'll be able to call up particular examples directly from the body of your paper.
You can use Claris Home Page (our new web page software) or Word (and then follow the conversion instructions outlined below). I've made a sample PlayList for Word, and PlayList.html for Claris Home Page (find them in the samples folder). Save this play list with the same abbreviated title (such as eccoPL) you've used for the vcd files (but without the .vcd extension!), and put it in the same folder as those files.
Here is a sample play list document:
Monteverdi, Ecco mormorar l'onde
Monteverdi, Il secondo libro de madrigali (1590).
The Consort of Musicke
SWAT CD 1752
D. Write your essay.
After you've sorted out just what you'd like to say about the work, write your essay using MS Word, citing examples by rehearsal marks and measure numbers (include a note about which CD to use at the outset of the page, just so the reader has everything in hand). You should put these references in boldface just to make sure that you find them all later on. When you're done with the essay, save it, and then convert it for use with Claris Home Page and the Web. Save the final version (with .html extension) in the same folder as the rest of your materials (play list, .vcd files).
E. Add Links to .VCD Files
Using Claris Home Page, link the references in the body of your essay to the corresponding .vcd files. Adjust formatting, if that seems necessary. You will also want to link your essay to your main page for the course.