How To Play The Files

Updated: 19 November, 2021

What I provide

For works in copyright:

  • MP3 files, which you may play online or you can download to your own computer to play or to transfer to a phone/tablet/MP3 player

For works out of copyright:

  • MP3 files as above, plus MIDI files, playable online or for download to your own computer. I also provided Avid Scorch files, but Avid have now discontinued Scorch, so I provide Sibelius files;, and Music XML files which you can load into most music programs

The Sound Files:

The pages holding the files are in the format of a table. The table elements (e.g. MP3) are all clickable.

To play: Click on the relevant file and it will play through your computer’s MP3 player.

To download: This depends upon whether you are downloading to a desktop or to a mobile device (and which kind, which operating system, which browser), but whichever, the files on this site are no different from what you will find on other sites; whatever way you use to download from elsewhere will also work on this site.

Right-click (Ctrl-click on a Mac) will generally offer the option to download the file to your hard drive. Some browsers offer “Save Target As…”. Don’t choose “Save Link As…” as only the link to file will be saved rather than the file itself.

Once on your hard drive, you can then load them into the music program of your choice. You can drop MP3s into iTunes and sync them with your phone/tablet/MP3 player. (Don’t be tempted by some browsers which offer to download the MP3s directly into iTunes, as they are only playable from iTunes.)

iOS13.1: Safari: you can now download files directly to Apple devices, and play them with the Music app.

There’s such a variety of smartphones/tablets/desktops/laptops, etc with different operating systems and browsers, that I cannot give specific instructions covering them all. An internet search should provide you with the specifics.

The speed and/or pitch of the files can be adjusted:

Speed:

Most browsers will allow you to change the speed: on the transport bar at the bottom of the file you are playing, Safari shows a right-arrow to click offering a slower speed of 0.5; Google Chrome shows it as 3 dots vertical dots, and offers slower speed of 0.75 and 0.5. On mobile devices you may need to turn your device on its side (landscape) to see these controls

There are various apps which allow you to adjust the speed and pitch of the files I create.

Using a browser on a desktop or laptop:

For MP3s, download the file to your hard drive.

For playing through your browser, Alan G. suggests TimeStretch. Just drop your MP3 onto the page.

Anelle T. suggests time-stretcher. With this one you have to navigate to where you saved the MP3.

For MP3s Windows users, Michel P. suggests these instructions for Windows Media Player.

Apps for mobile devices:

Readdle Documents is a free app for iOS devices. It has a browser for you to call up my website. Search for your file in the normal way. Then, clicking on the file will download it directly to your iPhone or iPad.

Here’s a Free app for iOS devices: SpeedPitch

Here’s a link to a page covering Apps for Android devices

David B. highly recommends AudioStretch, for both iOS and Android devices. The free version only plays the first 3 minutes of an MP3 (and videos), but the full version, current price £8.99, will play up to 10 hours!

Tony H. suggests using Wiretap Pro.

Audio Pitch and Speed Player is available for iOS and Android devices as well as for Apple and Windows desktops. It costs £6.99

For out-of-copyright music I provide MIDI files. Val T. suggests Sweet MIDI Player, which allows change of tempo and pitch, and is available for both Windows and Apple users. There’s also Learn My Part.

MuseScore3 can load MIDI and Music XML files. This is also available for the desktop.

Sibelius (the free cut-down version) can load MIDI and Music XML files, and can also load any Avid Scorch files that I provide.

Avid Scorch has recently (Summer 2021) been discontinued, but Sibelius for iPad can load the Avid Scorch files.