Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Music Generator

Hey genea-philes - it's Saturday Night again --
 time for more Genealogy Fun!!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  Go to and enter a text phrase or sentence into the P22 Music Text Composition Generator.  Enter a file name, the beats per minute you want (120 is slow, 1200 is really fast), and the instrument (from the dropdown list).

2)  Play your music text composition.  Can you find a way to put it on your blog?  

3)  Tell us about your musical text compositions - what did you try, what sounded great?  Have fun!

My thanks to M. Diane Rogers who suggested this to me on Facebook - suggesting it be called "The Music of Our Ancestors."

Here's mine:

*  My first try was the first names of my Seaver ancestral line (600 bpm, Acoustic Grand Piano):  [randall frederick frederick frank isaac benjamin benjamin norman robert joseph shubael robert seaver] .  I captured the notes below:

*  My second attempt was (900 bpm, Trumpet):  [I am a native San Diegan, a graduate of San Diego State University, a retired aerospace engineer, a genealogist and a family guy. My wife (Angel Linda) and I have two lovely daughters, and four darling grandchildren. We love to visit them and have them visit us. Angel Linda and I love to travel to visit friends and relatives, to sightsee, to cruise or to do genealogy. Our travels have taken us all over the USA, to England and Scandinavia. ]  Pretty boring...

*  A "Music of my Ancestors" with ancestral surnames back 3 generations (900 bpm, Dulcimer): [seaver carringer seaver richmond carringer auble seaver hildreth richmond white carringer smith auble kemp ]  Pretty good...

*  Another "Music of my Ancestors" with birth places of my ancestors (900 bpm, Dulcimer): [san diego leominster san diego leominster killingly san diego chicago medfield northborough hilperton killingly mercer burnett newton delhi]  I like this one the best, and I like the Dulcimer.

*  I could save each composition file to my computer as a MIDI file, but could not figure a way to put it here on Genea-Musings (a Blogger blog).

Come on now, show me yours!

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M. Diane Rogers said...

Hi, Randy. I composed a new ancestral tune this morning and did get it on-line. However, I had to 'cheat' and put it on another of my websites, Postcard Craze: Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Music Of My Ancestors Perhaps someone will give us some advice about adding music files to our genealogy blogs? I hadn't thought it would be so awkward. I see at MidiShrine you can add files and link to them, but they might be on-line only for a week. Hope there is some better way. This time I do have a good excuse for not getting this SNGF done till Sunday though, as I spent the night (but not ALL night) at my favourite cemetery, beautiful Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver, BC.

Liv said...

Hi Randy and Diane, I'm a day late getting my melody online -

But the techie in me couldn't pass up on this activity. I was able to install the tune on my blog website. But I must admit that you have to do a few tricks to get it to work.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Hello Randy Seaver, I really like your post, it helps me relax very well, thank you very much, by the way, my housework is very busy so I often buy things online, I know a Very reputable but affordable store, especially selling Music Speakers.