Friday, June 26, 2009
Thankfully, there is a really easy solution. All you have to do is clear cookies and clear cache from your web browser. If you have any trouble figuring out how to do that either check out the two links about cookies/cache or send me an email and I'll walk you through it!
tvick at naxosusa dot com
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
As you can see, you'll get an Invalid argument message, which will then continue to display when you try to stream music using Flash, Silverlight or Windows Media Player until you adjust your settings in either Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox. Now, the key here is not to panic. I know website errors make my body temperature rise and my palms start sweating, but I promise there is no need for such a reaction anymore!
The key is to clear cookies. Yes - this will stress some of you out even more than the error message, but in order to get the NML to work after you receive that error message, you must delete cookies! (Picture courtesy of Scott Beale / Laughing Squid)
According to Ask Leo, cookies are simply a way for websites to remember who you are the next time you visit. He sites Amazon.com as a great example:
When you visit a site like Amazon.com and log in, Amazon might place a cookie on your machine that contains your account name, and the fact that you're logged in. When you come back a day later Amazon.com picks up the cookie and sees who you are and that you had successfully logged in the day before.
So if you rely on cookies to remember who you are for websites, make sure you have a record before you delete cookies! The best way I've found is to keep either a log on a table in Word, Excel, or just keep a running list at your desk. As always, if you have any questions, be sure and ask!
Monday, June 22, 2009
It's that time of year again where I get antsy for new music, and who better to get suggestions from than you?
For example, I was going through our catalog and realized we don't have much Moses Hogan music. Since I am the office choir nerd, I thought that Moses Hogan definitely needs to be in the Naxos Music Library. His music pretty much defined my choir experience in high school (enter Elijah Rock!, The Battle of Jericho, Wade in the Water, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord...the list goes on...).
If you're going through the Naxos Music Library (Jazz, or Spoken Library too!) and think we need to add something to our catalog, let us know in the comments! I'd love to get more ideas for content you want in the NML. Better yet - I challenge you to come up with your favorite composer we don't have in the NML yet!
Friday, June 19, 2009
However, one of the things I find so interesting about the period of 1910-1945 is the music. It really conveys how good and bad things were during those times. I can't imagine anything more difficult than sending loved ones off to war, and anything more joyous than having them home safe. That being said, I bring you I Dreamed About You - Songs of Love and Longing from World War II. It is a great collection of music from the 1940s from ABC Classics. Here's a quick song listing:
1. Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree
2. We'll Meet Again
4. It's Been A Long, Long Time
5. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
6. I'll Walk Alone
7. I Cried for You
9. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
10. Room 504
11. Why Don't You Do Right?
13. I'm Beginning to See the Light
14. Star Eyes
15. I've Heard That Song Before
16. Don't Fence Me In
18. Home Town
I'm planning on putting together a playlist for my Dad on his account. Do you have any suggestions for all the Dad's out there? Hope you have a great Father's Day!
We have a very focused purpose which is to educate classical music students and aficionados about the history of music. We don't have any limitations on how much you can stream, and the only way you can increase the cost is by getting a higher-quality stream. Plus, we just upgraded to a Flash player, which streams at 96kbps (Near CD-Quality) and 192kbps (CD Quality), instead of our previous rates with Windows Media Player (64kpbs and 128kbps).
Clearly, classical music remains an important part of a music student's education and is used as background music in countless movies, video games, commercials, TV Shows, websites, etc. A subscription service is the perfect way to add to anyone's classical music collection, especially since you can take it with you wherever you go in the world with an Internet connection. You don't have to overload your computer or iPod with hundreds of megabytes, which is a MAJOR problem for me. Plus, it's so cheap! It's like buying 1 or 2 new CDs every month, even though we add roughly 500 tracks a month (if not more) from a ton of labels.
Are you using a music subscription service and which is your favorite? Better yet - if you do subscribe, what have you discovered that you'd otherwise have no idea about?
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Please be advised that the Advanced Search function works. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Taylor or Nick and we'll help you find what you're looking for. Contact us at NMLHELP at NAXOSUSA dot COM.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Sadly, ours is one of those that's being affected! However, there is a remedy to IE8's compatibility issues. I found these instructions online from Craig Bailey.
- Go to the TOOLS menu
- Click on COMPATIBILITY VIEW SETTINGS
- Select the check mark box titled "Display all websites in Compatibility View" near the bottom of the pop up window
- Click CLOSE
In case it goes away or Google changes it before you can get there, here's what it looks like:
Pretty cool, huh? I'll give you a hint. The part on the left can be found in Fantasia 2000 and the part on the right started a major uproar when it was first performed. The crowd actually rioted!! Who says classical music is boring and for stuffy old people?
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
We'd like to officially welcome the Van Cliburn Competition to the NML!
The recordings from the 2009 preliminary rounds are already available in the NML, and we're uploading the rest of the competition as I write this! We're also pleased to announce that all of the semi-finals will also be uploaded!
You can hear the winners' recordings by searching these catalog numbers:
Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medalists Nobuyuki Tsujii: VCF090523D Haochen Zhang: VCF090525F.
You can hear all of the other full length recordings inside the Naxos Music Library, as well as purchase them at our download store: ClassicsOnline.com.
Monday, June 8, 2009
- Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber (8.559088)
- Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, TrV 176 by Richard Strauss (8.550182)
- The Nutcracker by Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky (8.550324-25)
- Carmen by Georges Bizet (8.660005-07)
- The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi (8.550056)
- Der Ring by Richard Wagner (8.550211)
- Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (8.557893)
- Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland (8.550282)
- Gayane by Aram Il'yick Khachaturian (8.550085)
- Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi (8.660013-14)
Who: Taylor Vick & Naxos Music Library
What: Playlist Webinar
Where: http://www.DimDim.com - "NaxosMusicLibrary" is the room name
When: June 10, 2009 11AM CST
If you have any questions about how to login, or to receive an official invite, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! See you there!
Friday, June 5, 2009
The Naxos Music Library is full of music: classical, pop/rock, world, asian, jazz, video game music, renaissance, romantic, baroque, opera, ballet, modern, just to name a few. Hopefully this blog will grow to encompass all the different genres. My hope is to get our collective wisdom to contribute to the blog. Being a life-long student of musicology, I am still learning about composers, musicians, styles of music and instruments. I'm not sure an entire lifetime would be enough to learn all there is to know about music, so feel free to post comments at will!
Additionally, there will be plenty of information focused on the ins and outs of the Naxos Music Library. Occasionally our users will have questions about how to use the website, or spot errors in the library, so I will address those questions here! If there is ever anything you need to know (regardless of if you subscribe or not!) I'll help you find the answers you need. I am excited about this musical journey and hope you are too!