I was researching medieval Spain when I came across this video. It’s a live concert of medieval Spanish music, performed on period instruments. The gentleman who stands up and speaks occasionally is a celebrated expert on historical music of all types, apparently, and has numerous albums. Check it out!
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I haven’t posted a Music Monday in a while, and when I came across this last night I felt particularly inspired and wanted to share it. I can’t remember exactly what thread of searching through music on youTube brought me to Violin Revolution. I know I wanted a few different instrumental covers of System of
Waking up at 5am is something I’ve done before. Sometimes it was was so I could get to work on time, sometimes it was for a road trip or a convention, and other times it was because I wanted to get an early start to the day. Honestly, there’s nothing materially different about this morning
This past weekend was the spring Steel City Comicon here in Pittsburgh. Because it was scheduled the same time as Tekko (the big anime convention in the region) a friend of mine, Dan, was in a tough spot: he relies on both conventions to earn enough money to get through the quarter, but he’s only
I live in Pittsburgh, PA, and there’s no denying that Windsmith City is based on my hometown. But, when I was writing I wanted to ensure that the city I was making would still be unique. I started by altering the geography and the economic history of the city. I like to say that, sure,
***WARNING: FANBOY RANT INCOMING*** Somebody should write a space opera about a fandom caught in the stranglehold of a megalomaniacal Emperor who’s screwed the whole thing up and refuses to fix it or allow anyone else to fix it. The fandom remains loyal nonetheless, only becoming angry when the Emperor finally has a good idea
It looks like I forgot to make a blog post about the end of NaNoWriMo. Well, suffice it to say that I was pretty exhausted & burned out. But, I did it! I crossed the finish line with 50,027 on Nov 28th. NaNoWriMo is not known for producing the best work ever. Many people write
About two years ago I picked up, on a whim, an erhu. For those unfamiliar with the instrument, it’s most easily described as the Chinese two-string violin. The mechanics behind how the instrument works is pretty different than a violin, but the actual method of playing it is pretty much the same. I didn’t know
In about one hour it will be November 1st. In the writing world, that means it’s National Novel Writing Month! If you’re unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it’s a non-profit organization that promotes writing by challenging people to write a whole novel in a single month. To be more specific, the challenge is to write 50,000 words
Two Steps from Hell is one of my go-to places for great writing music, and the opening track to Skyworld is one of their best. All’s Hell that Ends Well is one of the first pieces of Epic Classical that really nails the use of dubstep style techno, mixed will mass choral and full orchestra.