Explanation of Musical Atlas: Project
1| Project 2 | Listening
to the Musical Atlas
Listening to the files on the Musical Atlas
The most important requirement to listening to
these files is having hardware that can listen to .au, .wav, and
.mid files. Then, the appropriate software is needed. Finally, your
WWW browser should be set up so that the MIME type description is
set to be handled by the appropriate player.
A note about audio files (.au and .wav
Project 1 uses .au and .wav files.
Unlike MIDI files, audio files are actual sound
recordings. These recordings are offered in two formats (.au and
.wav) to accommodate different systems. Except for the format type,
these files are identical. To hear these files, be sure that your
browser matches the appropriate software with the MIME type for
.au and .wav files.
A note about MIDI files
Project 2 uses .mid files.
The MIME type of the .mid files on this Atlas
is audio/midi . If you are having trouble playing these files (e.g.
your screen is filled with nonsense text) then you need to do one
of the following:
Selecting a player/helper application
Go to the general preferences (under Options)
and look at Helpers. Make sure that a suitable application is chosen
for MIME type audio/midi. This will enable your browser to call
on a MIDI player when listening to a .mid file.
Downloading a player/helper
If you are using Netscape or Internet Explorer,
Crescendo is an appropriate
application for Macintosh or Windows. Quicktime
is also available for these systems. After downloading a player,
make sure you have selected it for audio/midi in the Helpers section
of General Preferences.
Downloading the .mid files
If you prefer listening to the files on an external
sound module this can be done by downloading the files and saving
them as text or source files with the proper extension (i.e. .mid
or .midi files). The instruments have been assigned general midi
settings (GM) and should correspond to similar instruments universally.