How To Play The Files

Updated: 30 November, 2022

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 have started to provide Sibelius files; and Music XML files which you can load into most music programs

The Sound Files:

All in-copyright files are stored on my webhost’s servers. An increasing number of out-of-copyright files are stored in my Dropbox account.

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

To play files stored on my webhost’s servers: Click on the relevant file and it will play through your computer’s MP3 player.

To download: On many pages there is a DOWNLOAD column, which is a one-click link to download the file to the location chosen in your browser preferences.

If there is no DOWNLOAD column, the method 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.

To play or download files stored on Dropbox: Where a page has a table of sound files, click on the relevant file and you will be taken directly to that file in my Dropbox account.

Where a page doesn’t have a table of sound files, click on the “Click here for the sound files” link; better still, R-Click (Ctrl-Click) and choose to Open in New Window. Once in Dropbox, you will see a list of files available. The files are listed in alphabetical order rather than score order. The MP3 file with no voice name is the Full Voices file. Click on the one you want.

For multi-movement pieces, the first page on Dropbox lists the movements; click on the movement to get to the individual sound files.

Some browsers will only show a blank page, but wiggling your mouse will display a transport bar at the bottom. It will have various icons to play, pause, stop. There is a slider to jump to anywhere in the file. On the right there will be an icon clicking which will allow you to change the speed. In addition to playing the file on this screen, there will also be a Download button. The placement of this button, and even its name, may differ depending on a number of things:  the computer/device you are using, the browser you are using, and also whether you have a Dropbox account or not. Also, if you have a small device like a phone or mini-tablet, you may need to re-orientate it into landscape mode so that there is enough screen width to show the various controls.

You don’t need a Dropbox account to play or download these files.

If you download the files onto your hard drive, you can 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:

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:

  • Audio Speed Changer Download the MP3 to your device. Open Audio Speed Changer in your browser (Chrome is best) then drag and drop the MP3 onto their window
  • 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.