Thursday, December 14, 2006

iTunes scripting, MIDI, books and studying

More years ago than I care to remember, I used to cut a lot of code in Visual Basic. I'm currently dusting off my skills to write some configuration scripts for iTunes and my iPod. Anyone who uses iTunes seriously for classical music will know its limitations (some of which arise from the software itself, and others from the woefully inaccurate CD data on CDDB). I'm trying to write some scripts that will clean up the data and also automatically create some sensible Smart Playlists.

If I have any success I'll post the results here, and maybe make the scripts available for download.

In the last few days I've also been experimenting with MIDI files created in Sibelius and played back via our wonderful new Yamaha Portable Grand Piano, which probably goes someway to explaining why I haven't blogged for a few days.

I'll finish up today by posting another ten of those books I've read from the 1001 you (apparently) need to have read before you die, otherwise your life will have been miserably unfulfilled:

Mervyn Peake: Titus Groan
Thomas Mann: Death in Venice
John Buchan: The Thirty-Nine Steps
Henry James: The Portrait of a Lady
Robert Louis Stevenson: Treasure Island
H. Rider Haggard: King Solomon's Mines
Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Thomas Hardy: Tess of the Durbervilles, Jude the Obscure
Arnold Bennett: Old Wives' Tale

Oh, and I just got the result of my Open University course in art history - I passed!