Volume 36

Dear Squeak and Blat, I ran across some notes on a presentation you two gave on HyperCard a few years ago. I've been thinking about writing some multimedia software for my music history classes. I'm especially interested in authoring some software that can reinforce notions about music style. I'd like…
Dear Squeak and Blat, Aaargh! I'm very frustrated! I can't seem to find a consistent source for buying CD-ROMs in music for my school. My music store seems to not know what I am talking about and I don't see much listed in the big mail order places. I also…
Dear Squeak and Blat, I have enjoyed your first few months of helpful hints. Help me with something I have wondered about. How do I find money to develop a music lab? It's clear at my school that everyone is excited about technology but the money internally just isn't there,…
Dear Squeak and Blat, I am wondering if you know of an ear-training program that would let the instructor enter all examples (or at least have the ability to enter examples and catalogue them) of melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation? We currently have GUIDO and are moving to add MLS…
Dear Squeak and Blat, Thanks for your column and the great advice guys. Maybe you can help us out here at our school. I chair our department and am trying to write a grant to create a music technology lab. Our music education prof wants us to buy "General MIDI"…
Dear Squeak and Blat, My music department is still in the dark ages and isn't connected to the Internet. I would really like to have e-mail and take advantage of all those neat things on the Internet. How can I get my old tired Mac LC connected from home or…
Dear Squeak and Blat, Has the world lost its orbit or what? All I hear about is Java, Javascript, Java Beans, Java Cafe, Java Applets, ad whipcreamium! I know there's a real coffee craze going on but what has all this to do with computers and the World Wide Web?…
Dear Squeak and Blat, With just a few dollars to spend after Christmas, how can I get some rudimentary music software? I'd like to be able to score a bit, and it would be nice to be able to play on my MIDI keyboard. I've got a Mac, a Casio…
Dear Squeak and Blat, Finally my college gave me $20,000 to create a small music lab. I want to use this for my students to do ear training, composing, arranging, and notation. Where do I start? Is Mac really dead? Should I think Windows instead of Mac? My music department…
Dear Squeak and Blat, Help! I'm loosing my mind! I try to download some neat movies from the Internet on how to assemble bassoons and oboes and I keep getting this message saying that I don't have enough room. My uncle Sid from Spillville sells clocks (distant cousin to the…
Dear Squeak and Blat, I want to write my first web page that features my family and their music achievements. My wife is a pianist, I play trumpet and my daughters are learning drums and tuba. I've just signed up with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and they tell me…
Dear Squeak and Blat, I am an older person (I won't say how old, but my high school music teacher was called a "bandmaster") and I want to learn more about music technology. I am retired and have a new computer and my son gave me a MIDI synthesizer for…
Dear Squeak and Blat, I have a computer in my classroom but I haven't figured out how to use it so that my whole class can see the screen. How can I get this to work for me? M.M.  Blat: Well M.M., how about just putting the screen up high…