From the Library: A Baroque Mosaic

Today on Radio Riel’s Main Stream we present a diverse col­lec­tion of music from the Baroque era, includ­ing both sacred and sec­u­lar music, and even from com­posers on both sides of the Atlantic.

Indeed a wide range of com­posers are rep­re­sent­ed, and thanks to the vagaries of clas­si­cal music meta­da­ta, they should be fair­ly well spread out*.

Please tune in and enjoy some of the rich tapes­try of Baroque music on today’s pro­gramme – music with plen­ty of deli­cious twid­dly bits.

From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now in-world at http://music.radioriel.org, or click one of the but­tons below. Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin.

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For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

*To explain: Meta­da­ta is the infor­ma­tion con­tained in a file that dis­plays on your play­er as it’s played out over the air. It includes sev­er­al fields, the main ones of which are Title, Album and Artist. That’s fine for pop­u­lar music, but when it comes to clas­si­cal, it breaks down com­plete­ly, as very often the Com­pos­er is placed in the Artist field, because orig­i­nal­ly there was­n’t a Com­pos­er field – and even today, inter­net radio appli­ca­tions don’t trans­mit the Com­pos­er field and play­ers don’t dis­play it – so if we used the cor­rect field, you’d nev­er know who the com­pos­er was. Of course, you real­ly want the Artist field to con­tain the names of the per­form­ers, and not the com­pos­er, and we gen­er­al­ly try to get round it by mak­ing the Title some­thing of the form “Water Music Suite No 1 in A by Georg Fred­er­ic Hän­del”, but there’s a lot of music out there. This real­ly becomes an issue when it comes to oper­at­ing a licensed inter­net sta­tion like Radio Riel, because we have to adhere to rules deter­mined by the DMCA (in the US) and sim­i­lar ones by PPL (in the UK, where we do our inter­na­tion­al licens­ing). One of these rules requires that the same Artist appears no more than three times in a three hour peri­od, or on aver­age once an hour. Now, if “Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach” appears in the Artist field, his work can only appear once an hour, even though he does­n’t actu­al­ly mind a whole lot if we play his music all day, and nor do the licens­ing author­i­ties as they are con­cerned about artists and not long-dead clas­si­cal com­posers. One day the Com­pos­er field will be ful­ly used and used prop­er­ly, but that day is not yet with us.

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