Music in the Stars – Grace in Victory, Grace in Defeat – Anne Katherine

This week has been trying, both for my project and in other aspects of my life.

At the beginning of this week I was having a lot of trouble mentally with coming to terms with the seven weeks left in the year that will be jammed packed with no break. During this period of time I will be turning eighteen, an event I have been having a continual panic attack about since a few nights before my twelfth birthday. I am well aware that my fear of growing up is completely irrational and yet I still find the prospect of fending for myself out in the world as an adult absolutely terrifying.

On Tuesday I gave my candidacy speech for Student Body President, which went as well as I could have hoped. This morning I found out I will not be next year’s SBP. On top of that this is my second try at this blog post I am currently rewriting it after it all got deleted when the internet cut out a few minutes ago.

So yes, it’s been a very trying week.

As for my project, I have been trying relentlessly over the past few days to convert my audio files to MIDI format so that I can generate sheet music. I have asked for the help of teachers, tech support, the maker of a YouTube tutorial on the first step to this process, and my contact Edward who created the CodePen program for me, none of whom knew how to do the conversion. I have tried countless software programs and approaches with absolutely no luck. *Sigh.*

With my progress report coming up in only two weeks I have resolved to spend one more week on this predicament and then spend the next preparing for my presentation, sheet music or no.

I have decided to split my progress report into seven parts:

1. Introduction to the project

2. How I got the data

3. Discussion on the difference between Data Set #1 and Data Set #2

4. How I extracted the necessary data from the raw data of Data Set #1

5. My use of CodePen

6. Either A. Presentation of the sheet music or B. Explanation of my progress in getting sheet music

7. My plans for the future of the project

This morning after I found out the result of the election my mom reminded me the importance of maintaining grace in victory and grace in defeat. I believe that this bit of wisdom is incredibly important when getting through difficult situations whether they be frustrating software troubles or otherwise. Now it’s just a matter of remembering this and continuing on. (I distinctly remember expressing this sentiment much more eloquently on go-round number one.) Until next time, keep your heart up, I’ll try to.



2 thoughts on “Music in the Stars – Grace in Victory, Grace in Defeat – Anne Katherine

  1. margaretjhaviland

    So, let me get this straight, your audio files are in one format and you need to convert them from whatever they are to midi. Codepen is a java/html editor. And all of this will some how come together to allow you to take the Lyman Forest data and convert star light wave lengths to notes on a music staff. You need to find the right list serv of folks doing interesting things so that you can post your question and get the right answer!
    Perhaps Gabriel has connections at a university or NASA who might point you in the right direction.

  2. annekatherineb Post author

    Yes, I have audio files and now it is just a matter of transcribing them into sheet music.
    Good idea, I’ll shoot Gabriele an email.


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