Monday, July 14, 2008

music on YouTube

You can find lots of Choral Music and other Classical Works on YouTube, just type in the name of any piece. One especially recommended is a performance of Dream of Gerontius, conducted by Andrew Davis, in St Paul's Cathedral. London. There is also a great Pictures at an Exhibition, from a London Prom. There are some performances where you wonder why they bothered putting it on YouTube, but lots of the performances, especially some of the amateur ones are worthwhile.

You can also see classic episodes of Dr Who with Patrick Troughton, including Tomb of the Cybermen, and also The Magic Roundabout. (Just to avoid confusion, no Patrick Troughton was not in a classic episode of The Magic Roundabout.)

6 comments:

daharja said...

Thanks for the idea of Gerontius on YouTube. I'll have a look, as I need to practice it rather keenly!

daharja said...

P.S. On a brief and geeky note, there's quite a useful tool called KeepVid (http://keepvid.com/) which you can use to save YouTube videos to your own computer for later viewing.

This is particularly useful for slow connections, or when an item comes in parts (such as the Dream of Gerontius presentation I located here) and you want to watch it in one sitting.

It's pretty simple to operate, and I've found it invaluable.

Leta said...

The keepvid tool looks awesome; just a pity it's not available for Macs! I wonder if this tool allows one to breach copyright laws? Just a thought...

daharja said...

Hi Leta,

It is available for Macs - I use a PowerBook and it works beautifully.

As far as copyright goes, I think the whole of YouTube is one copyright disaster. I think the Copyright guys have probably given up on YouTube! They probably waggle their fingers at it from time to time, but really, it's a mess.

Leta said...

OK, thanks Leanne. I'll give it a go. I stopped reading about the product when I read this: All Applian recording products are designed for the Microsoft Windows operating system.

daharja said...

Hi Leta,

A lot of the time you'll see notices like that - I generally ignore them. Sometimes the product works, sometimes it needs a quick hack to fix (did I say that?), and sometimes it's a complete mess. It's usually worth a go.

Saying that, even Mozilla for Macs has a few nigglies. So even when the product is designed for Macs it can be dubious. But Macs are so much more advanced than the competition that its worth dealing with a few products that don't fare so well :-)