Welcome to Musicuratum – a website, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands although it does belong to a native speaker of English, and initiated in the middle of 2012, which is paired with a number of subsidiary pages under the same name on Youtube, Soundcloud, Spotify, Academia, Calaméo, Issuu, Yumpu, Facebook, and Gab.
On all of them the immediate aim is to share playlists and other information about a diverse group of musicians, singers, composers, and the like. While the criterion for featuring them is unabashedly one of personal preference, perhaps others, encountering them for the first time in the expository notices or interpretive essays throughout these pages, will be filled with a similar enthusiasm.
Under the masthead on the front page of this website, visitors will see the titles and dates of the entries, with the most recent first, while the numbers and arrows at the bottom of the page will bring them to still older ones, or back to the more recent. A click on any of these front-page titles will take the reader to the text; once there, by clicking on the masthead in the upper left-hand corner, one may return to the front page, or proceed to the previous or the next post by means of their titles displayed at the bottom of the page.
Some of the longer entries are presented in a columnar format, by way of being an alternative to the long blocks of text the reader must scroll through vertically. In these cases, the divisions containing the columns are delimited by full-width horizontal guide-lines placed above and below, which the reader may align with the top and the bottom of the browser window. Then, with everything extraneous positioned off-screen, readers can leaf through these texts at their leisure. (Please note that the dimensions of these columns have been set to vary in accordance with the height and width of the browser window.)
A search function for the whole website, along with an archive of all the entries, and a subscription form, will be found on the sidebar which slides open when the toggle-switch in the upper right-hand corner is clicked.
The menus at the top of the site are for the most part self-explanatory. Via the “Playlists” menu visitors will find links to pages containing all the various ones I’ve put together on Soundcloud, Spotify, and Youtube respectively (the last of these, evidently unavoidably, takes some time to load properly – patience is advised). As for these various playlists individually, links to them may be found on the pages reached via the headings “sights” and “sounds” under the “Projects” menu; while via the next under the same menu the visitor will come across a montage of quotations of which I have availed myself throughout these texts; and the last heading under this menu leads to a panorama-like presentation on a single page of all the foregoing items.
Between the pages containing these various sorts of individual projects, one may navigate by means of the titles at the bottom, in the same way as with the separate postings.
Via the menu entitled “The Library” visitors will find a provisional bibliography, as well as a heading “Books and other texts” that leads to a list of them, of which each is a link to a page where the item is presented. (This feature is possible thanks to the Internet Archive, a commendable service, even if at times, alas!, the materials available there have been digitized somewhat less than carefully.)
In order to distinguish them a bit from the other parts of this website, on the pages grouped under the menu “Projects” the color red is used prominently, while those pertaining to “The Library” menu have been styled in black and yellow.
Those readers who would like to study the texts on this website on paper, will find them assembled, apart from a few pieces of ephemera, and prefaced with an introduction, into a compilation that is presented both in the form of a PDF file, and also, thanks to the Issuu system, as a virtual book. Under the menu entitled “The Compendium,” these two options may each be perused at the reader’s convenience.
A word about embedded materials. While looking over the articles as given here, every so often readers might notice that some of the visual or audio recordings which I had included initially, subsequently have been removed by their makers (or else by the sites which hosted their work). Of course, over these decisions themselves I have no control, but for my part, generally I’ve let the players stand as empty placeholders, if only because as such they’d remind us how fleeting even music itself is found to be, sometimes.