News Archive: 2006

Praise for hosing around

I received a number of comments in response to the hosaphone clip in my previous post.

From Ralph D. Moore,

The overall sound is very trumpet like. I was impressed most by the trills.

From David Cooper,

That was great! I asked myself why do I have all these trumpets costing Thousands!

And finally, from the webmaster of the official hosaphone website,


It is so refreshing to come across such a talented and deep-thinking young person who appreciates the beloved, revered and mostly plastic Hosaphone(tm).

David A. Roth

[6 December 2006]


The hosaphone, or "hosaphonium," is featured in the comic strip, "For Better or For Worse," in a series from 28-31 October 2006 (see 1, 2, and 3). The hosaphone consists of nothing more than a regular mouthpiece attached to plastic tubing and a funnel bell.

To demonstrate the "warm, plasticky sound" of the instrument and to show off my prowess with the hosaphone, I've included a clip from my recital last Spring: Prince of Denmark's March (hosaphone).

For what it's worth, I added this clip to the Wikipedia article on the hosaphone. [16 November 2006]


I went to a presentation on claymation a few weeks ago by fellow student, Karin Blythe. Here's a claymation by Tyler Bridge and myself: Pool Trick Shot (Windows Media). [5 November 2006]

Wet Floor Effect

The graphic effect used at the top of each page of this website has an actual term (and even a Wikipedia article), as I learned today. According to Wikipedia, "The [wet floor effect] is popular on sites which appeal to a modern young-adult culture." The graphic effect is also mentioned, less positively, in 8 Web Design Clichés of 2006.

Is my wet floor effect part of a comprehensive, strategic, visual plan, or is it nothing more than a cheap gimmick? Evidence leans toward the latter. I produced the graphic when I was trying to familiarize myself with a new graphic editor. It was the result of me playing around, more than anything else.

As I stare at my mirror-like graphic, I ponder the status of my artistic refinement and taste. If nothing else, it is cause for reflection! [16 September 2006]

Update on Noteworthy Composer to MusicXML converter

Since my last post, James Lee has been working to fix the bugs I reported for nwc2xml, which converts Noteworthy Composer files to the popular exchange format, MusicXML. The updated version has improved support for lyrics, multi-voicing, and slurs. As far as I can tell, it works perfectly. Good going Mr. Lee! [25 August 2006]

MusicXML converter for Noteworthy Composer

Noteworthy Composer is a fairly inexpensive, easy-to-use score writer for Windows. As a result, it has a large number of users who share sheet music on the web. Two large collections are the Cyber Hymnal's collection of hymn scores and Scriptorium's enormous collection of works (many in the public domain).

Now, what if you're choice of software is something other than Noteworthy Composer? Thanks to the excellent work of James Lee, you can convert these files to MusicXML, using nwc2xml, and open it using the software of your choice. Alternatively, if you decide to buy Noteworthy Composer instead of some of the (high-priced) high-end software, you can rest assured that your files will be compatible with any of the major scorewriters, via MusicXML. The development of standard formats, such as MusicXML, allows people to choose software on the merits of the product alone, rather than its popularity or ubiquity.

James Lee's converter is still in "beta," meaning it is not quite perfect, but I've manage to get in contact with James and bring his attention to some of the bugs. In the past couple weeks James has already added some fixes, and the software is well on its way to becoming a stable, reliable converter. [29 July 2006]

Recordings from Independence Auditorium Recital

For those who weren't able to attend Saturday's recital, you can listen to it in 90 seconds of highlights: Trumpet Voluntary (excerpt) and Prayer of Saint Gregory (excerpt). [1 July 2006]

Elision Slurs

Sample elision slursIf you've ever tried to create those curvy lines between syllables, called elision slurs, in the popular notation editor, Finale, you'd know what I mean when I say, "hassle." I documented a more efficient way to create elision slurs than the method described in the help manual. See Creating Elisions in Finale. [17 July 2006]

Short Recital

I will be sharing a recital with Julie Conway on organ and myself on trumpet, 1 July 2006, 3:00 p.m. at the Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Missouri. The recital is part of the daily organ recitals that take place on the Auditorium organ or the Temple organ across the street. [16 June 2006]


I came across OpenSong, which is designed for use by church music leaders. It produces and organizes chord charts and/or lyric sheets, and has built-in presentation software. The presentation software makes use of the lyric sheets to automatically create song slides, contains a scripture module to add verses to slides, and a general editor to customize slides for announcements, etc.

Although the software comes pre-packaged with a limited number of songs and only the King James version of the Bible, additional Bible translations can be downloaded by registered users. The sizable song-pack of additional songs and the background pictures are well worth the required registration.

I experimented with the scripture module to see if I could import a Book of Mormon module by preparing the file in the same format use by OpenSong for the Bible scriptures. The module imported successfully, but the OpenSong interface seems to predetermine the number of chapters and verses for each book of the Bible (which, of course, do not correspond with the chapters and verses in the Book of Mormon).

For anyone that wishes to experiment you can download/save the file: B of Mormon (RLDS).xmm (1.5 MB), and select the file using the "Install module..." from the Settings menu of OpenSong. [5 June 2006]

Friend's Website

I just visited the redesign website of my friend Lyle R. Anderson II. I was excited to see proper separation of presentation and content and valid XHTML markup. Congratulations to the attractive, fully-modern redesign. [1 May 2006]

Recital Program

My 30 minute recital is at Graceland University Shaw Center Auditorium 4:00 pm on Sunday, 7 May 2006.

  1. John Stanley: Suite of Trumpet Voluntaries in D
  2. Alan Hovhaness: "The Prayer of Saint Gregory"
  3. Kent Kennan: Sonata for Trumpet and Piano

The recital includes Dr. David Pickering, organ, and Jack Ergo, piano. [Posted: 28 April 2006]

Trip to Israel

My brother, Matthew, and I met up in Israel and spent time with Granddad at his house there. Matthew got some great photos from the trip. [27 March 2006]

Trumpet Exercises Recordings

Over Christmas break I came across Tony Rapacciuolo's Trumpet Exercises web site. Tony's goal is to make recordings of music from all the popular method books, and allow people to listen to the recordings from his website. I promised I'd help him record some of the exercises as soon as I had the right equipment. Here's my first submission: Arban: "My Pretty Jane" from The Art of Phrasing. [18 February 2006]

Trumpet Photos

A friend of mine, Ahron Barber, took some great pictures for me to use for my recital posters. Out of this collection came the photo on the left. [8 February 2006]

Junior Recital

I booked the Shaw Center Auditorium for my junior recital. Most of the weekends were already taken so my recital will have to wait for the end of the semester. I reserved the auditorium for Sunday 7 May at 4:00pm. [2 February 2006]