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Music and Measurement: Linear Feet in the Archives

Measuring by linear feet is the most common method of calculation in archival spaces. It’s an absolute necessity in libraries, museums and archives to know how much space could potentially be needed for a collection and new acquisitions. 9.5 boxes… Continue Reading →

I Love Big Folders and I Cannot Lie!

Supplies came in and look at what I got! Gigantic folders! Now, Reader I know what you are thinking: “Really random internet archivist, those folders seem a bit excessive.” Not to worry kind Reader, I answer. Just look at what… Continue Reading →

Arrangements by Allan Blank

What is an “Arrangement” in music? Essentially, arrangements are the reorganization of an already created work through the altering of orchestration, structure, transitions and themes. Arrangements are often referred to as Cover Versions and can encapsulate instrumental updates, lyrical changes… Continue Reading →

The Graduation Song: a Brief History of Pomp and Circumstance

About a week ago, over dinner, my S.O. brought up the topic of “the graduation song”… What’s it actually called? Why do schools cross the United States use the same song over and over, from Elementary to University? and Isn’t… Continue Reading →

Writing Music with Elmo

I’ve discovered a great deal about writing music from Allan Blank’s composer’s notebooks. Yet, the the greatest lesson I’ve gained from Mr. Blank is that music whether simple, or complex can be found everywhere. Now, as a parent, I want… Continue Reading →

Listening to A Miscellany for Saxophone Quartet

Last week one of our new student workers asked me what I was working on. I explained that I am the Archival Processor for the Allan Blank Collection and my job is to preserve and organize the composer’s work. Picking… Continue Reading →

Hey…Jude: an Opera in Three Acts

Thomas Hardy wrote a tale of a tragic man whose ambitions are never realized, his love lost and his life plagued by death. Jude the Obscure interweaves the themes of education, religion, sexuality, marriage and death throughout the tale of… Continue Reading →

Love Poems and Yeats Songs

  Happy Valentine’s Day music lovers, archive lovers and lovers of Allan Blank! To celebrate this day of love, I wanted to share a composition by Mr. Blank based off the poem Brown Penny by William Butler Yeats from “Four… Continue Reading →

Blank: Blackbird, Parables, Poem

Sometimes even the best laid plans face obstacles and unforeseen challenges. Scheduling conflict were probably the most used terms this week, thus my colleague from the Deihn Composer’s Room was not able to join me in processing the newest Allan… Continue Reading →

New Day, New Box!

  This past November has been a busy month! Sadly, my blogging was pushed aside in favor of a big research request, but now I’m back and ready to start a new box. My first impression is that this box… Continue Reading →

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