Projects

Articles, games, and more by Ramsey Castaneda

www.RamseyCastanda.com

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Scale Degree Flash Card Game

I created this game to help my students increase the speed at which they recognize scale degrees of any tonal center. Check it out and let me know what you think!

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All Combinatorial Hexachords

In the spring of 2015 I wrote a paper on Milton Babbit's composition All Set, which is based all-combinatorial hexachords. It took me quite a while to fully grasp the theory behind these, so I decided to make this webpage. Let me know if it helps!

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Random Chord Progressions

Great for composition and improvisation practice!

Use this app to generate random chord progression. They can just major, just dom7, or completely random using all chord qualities.

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12-tone matrix generator

This page generates random 12-tone matrices at the click of a button! It also automatically sorts the table by 0 and can notate any row or column.

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Jazz In Pop Culture!

JazzInPopCulture.com is a website database I created and developed to catalog references to jazz in popular and mass media. Contact me you come across an interesting mass media portrayal of jazz not found here.

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Coltrane Maps

An interactive biographical map of John Coltrane's life. This page utilizes google maps so you can see exactly where Coltrane grew up and even get directions to his houses!

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Click here to check out one of the most incredible clarinet solos ever! Inside you can download a PDF of the transcription and view a video of Peplowski playing this solo accompanied by the scrolling transcription.

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Interval Class Vector: Calculator and Tutorial

Use this app to calculate (and graph!) an interval class vector. Also included is an interactive tutorial on how to find an ICV on your own.

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Mwandishi

An essay I wrote for a music history class at usc that covers Hancock's "Mwandishi" ensemble.

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Chris Potter Discography

I've been curating and updating this unofficial Chris Potter Discography since 2011, and it's actually what sparked my interest in coding. It continues to garner weekly views from around the world. I'm betting I've spent thousands of hours working on this discography! Let me know what you think.

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Jazz and Poetry

Jazz and poetry has an extremely rich history that is too often undervalued. I created this webpage to highlight and showcase just a few instances of some of the incredible works of art that stem from the intersection between jazz and poetry.

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John Coltrane's Psalm Animated

Dedicated to the Coltrane's Psalm, from his landmark album A Love Supreme Along with web development, I also dabble in motion graphics/animation. This video is one of my first animations. It features the notation and prose that Coltrane combined to create his piece, "Psalm." Please check it out and let me know what you think.

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Chris Potter Transcription: Four

Video transcription of Chris Potter's incredible solo on the jazz standard "Four."

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This was my first transcription project with this current format. It features some incredibly tasteful playing -- a masterclass in combining jazz and pop.

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This is a one-chorus transcription of Chris Potter playing the melody to "Nardis"

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Inversion Calculator

Use this page to invert any musical phrase! It accepts integer notation and will display the inverted integers and notate the results.

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Jazz DMAs

When I was researching DMA programs in jazz I had a hard time just figuring out which universities offered this degree. Hopefully this table will help save others some time as well.

This table has not been updated since 2013.
As far as I know, however, there are no new jazz DMA programs to report. Please email me if you are aware on one that is not listed.

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