Volume 49

Editor's note: David and Peter ran an online music technology column called "Squeak and Blat Rap on Music Technology" (a take off on Click and Clack of course) from 1996 to 1999. Due to popular requests we welcome them back as "Squeak and Blat" returns. Dave is "Squeak" the clarinet…
Squeak and Blat, Q: You've offered us many good technology tips in the past. I need help with the future. I'm involved in long-range strategic planning for our School of Music at Counterpoint College and we'd appreciate your insight on what we might see in terms of music technology further…
Q: Dear Squeak: I'm heading out on a much earned sabbatical and one of my goals is to study Mozart operas. I have quite a collection on DVDs and Netflix has many I can rent to review. I'm looking for a way I can put these on my iPod (or…
Q: Dear Blat, I have been using CDs for years and have also been buying music off of Apple's iTunes Store. My son has been encouraging me to "rip" many of my CDs into the iTunes library so everything can be together. So I started doing this without really looking…
Q: Dear Squeak, Several of my American students (e.g., Aaron, Elliot, Ingolf, Elle, Virgil, and Elinor) are sending their compositions over here to my Paris studio for my critique and they are using many different music notation software programs. There are also my early composition and those of my sister…
Q: Dear Blat: People keep sending me files I cannot open. I am especially bugged by the latest .docx files that seem to be created with a new version of Microsoft Word which I have no intention of buying. Short of asking my friends to resend the files, how can…