This photo by Robert Campbell (attribution below) is an aerial view of Petaluma, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, USA. The Petaluma River flows through the center of the city and empties into San Pablo Bay about 12 miles (19 km) in the distance. This photograph shows only about one third of the city. View is to the southeast.
RiverfrontSouth.com, LLC was founded from a location along the Petaluma River in 2008, as an extension of CreativeMusicWorks.com, a 2005 website dedicated to music improvisation theory.
MusicStudioStore.com, established in 2008 to extend opportunities for self-teaching of music, was inspired by the new digital technology becoming more widely available in 2008, which made it possible to slow down recordings without altering pitch.
By 2008, publishers were offering sheet music with CDs, for play-along by instrumentalists, and sing-along by vocalists. The problem was that, for student musicians, a professional recording was too fast for play-along. And occasionally, recordings and certain instruments were not tuned to the same exact pitch.
Prior to the availability of digital recordings, a musician could make a tape recording, the main studio resource at the time, by which he could slow down a recording to play along. The problem was that the recording’s pitch would be altered when the tempo changed.
A new invention by TASCAM, the Trainer, had recently become available around the year 2008. A musician could now alter tempo without altering pitch, to play along with a recording, but at the right speed for the performer. The trainer could also adjust pitch so that the musician’s instrument could exactly match the pitch of the recording.
Tempo could also be adjusted digitally at the time a CD was being manufactured, so that certain recordings were offered at different tempi on the CDs themselves, and so did not require a trainer to adjust speed. These recordings were designed specifically for students.
The slowing of tempo and altering of pitch was also possible to duplicate with new audio editor technology, such as the free Audacity audio editor.
The idea of providing a recording for play-along with sheet music, as a self-teaching tool, was very much facilitated by this new digital technology and the TASCAM trainers.
GoKaraokeMachine.com extended the concept of self-teaching, for vocalists, by offering karaoke machines which could alter pitch. Karaoke singers could read lyrics to sing along, and did not rely on musical notation. With a karaoke machine, however, there was generally no provision, or only rarely a provision, for altering tempo.
Vocalists who preferred to read from sheet music, or wanted the option of altering tempo, could obtain sheet music with CD, and utilize the TASCAM trainer for sing-along, instead of a karaoke machine. Not quite a karaoke machine, in that one could still hear a faint melody, the TASCAM trainer was still effective in functioning as a karaoke machine for vocalists, using sheet music instead of a monitor for lyrics.
New versions of the TASCAM trainer use chip technology, so that MP3-MP4 audio files may be loaded from the web or a personal device, so as to adjust tempo and pitch for play-along.
Since embarking on these websites dedicated to empowering the self-teaching of music, we’ve branched out into several other websites, our most recent being a science article curation website at Science15.com, where we invite visitors to spend 15 minutes a day on reading about science.
In short, we’re a small company serving that segment of the internet community which thrives on self-teaching. In whatever subject we are researching on the web, our philosophy is that quality information, in some depth, will provide a foundation for building useful knowledge by the website visitor.
In the end, if the visitors who find us are looking to be very accomplished in subjects where public schools may fall short in the teaching, and where private funding may be unavailable, we are hoping to fill such a niche.
As its reason for being, RiverfrontSouth.com, LLC, wishes to further self-teaching. In the end, in those endeavors in which we excel, we are all self-taught.
Thank you for your interest in our company.
Photo attribution: By Robert Campbell [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons