|MP3 or Real Audio? page 2||British Composers with many sound files
musicnow has CD tracks and video
including tracks for sale online
Getting Sound Out of Your Computer - If you are having trouble playing audio files firstly you need to ensure that your computer is audio capable. i.e. that there is a sound card and speakers installed.
A few MP3 Players for Windows:
MP3 Players for DOS:(we have not tested these)
All the MPEG layer3 files on the Composers Web Project site have a .wav extension and after you install the winplay3 player or NetShow 2, the codec will be available to Win95.
It is worth checking out the very useful things that RealAudio/Video have up their sleeves, download their new RealPlayer5. LiquidAudio has also made some interesting recent developments.
This site hosts the British Composers Project, which has a very broad sweep of music styles including some very complex music. Being able to hear even a short illustration of a work makes the experience of looking around more interesting (examples at bottom of page). The question has been what path to follow as far as audio goes. It is the usual dilemma of quality, file size, streaming and download times etc. and what format is most readily available to most of the people dropping by the site.
As the music can go from being highly complex to very simple within a single piece and often have a high dynamic range, we had to be quite disconcerning about what codecs to use. While nothing is definitive as events are developing all the time, for the present sound clips will be in either Real Audio or Mp3 formats for these reasons:
Real Audio because the players seem to be the most widespread at this time, as they have been around for a while. Incidently Microsoft have a free RA player (Real Audio/Video) available from their NetShow site.
If you would like to try or hear/see some other possibilities then take a look at musicnow record label which has Active Steaming (ASF) and RealMedia (RM) samples ... something for the near future which we hope to do more of! You will need NetShow and/or RealMedia Player.
Why not visit the Composers Project or musicnow site for more sounds and have a browse.