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Conference Morsel: Sharing Resources

(An excerpt from the interest session “Extencec New Works: Sharing Resources and Successes,” presented by David Hodgkins with Alan Harler and Deborah Simpkin King during the 2014 ACDA Eastern Division Conference)
 
       I am a self-proclaimed Troglodyte. To me an app is something you order before dinner and a tweet is a birdcall. But even I can see the possibilities that are inherent in the internet to share large swaths of concrete, useful information – full scores and recordings – of unpublished extended new works, especially that publishers often find too risky to publish.
       In my 20 plus years with Coro Allegro I have premiered quite a number of wonderful new works that have been embraced by both audiences and performers, only to have the score sit on a shelf because there is no way to share that information in a format that is easily distributed, user friendly, and above all can be displayed in a format that is protected from piracy.
       Until now.
       The session I gave with Alan Harler and Deborah Simpkin King in Baltimore had a new wrinkle: In addition to the typical bibliography about each work, we were able to present the full score with a sound file embedded in the score, so that each work can be simultaneously listened to and viewed on a computer, all with the click of a button, thanks to new technology and the wizardry of John Delorey and his talented minions at WPI. This could revolutionize the way in which conductors research and share resources and successes. In a short time our session will be posted on the ACDA Eastern Division website. I invite you to check it out.