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TABLE OF CONTENTS

SCORES

PERFORMING THE MUSIC

MACINTOSH AND UNIX-BASED AUDIO PLAYBACK

WINDOWS-BASED AUDIO PLAYBACK

IF ALL ELSE FAILS....

 
SCORES

Scores are provided in Adobe Acrobat pdf format. Scores of large works are broken into sections with the file size indicated for each section. Time for downloading will depend upon the speed of your internet connection.

File sizes are not shown for smaller scores. The largest of these files is 2,000 KB, but most are smaller than 1,000 KB.

You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view scores. Click on the following link to obtain a free copy of the reader:  http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html

 
PERFORMING THE MUSIC

Individual parts are not provided but can be obtained by writing Richard Rendleman at 1417 Dogwood Lane, Raleigh, NC 27607 or by calling 919-782-4170. As scores for piano compositions and works for small chamber and choral ensembles become available, they may be downloaded and performed, but they may not be sold or distributed. The composer requests that he be notified of any scheduled performances.

 
MACINTOSH AND UNIX-BASED AUDIO PLAYBACK

If you cannot get audio playback to work properly on a Macintosh or UNIX system, go to the following link: http://www.mp3.com/help.  If audio still does not work, try the following link: http://help.mp3.com/help/welcome.html.

A high-speed internet connection is required to play back the Hi-Fi audio files but the Lo-Fi files should play on any home computer equipped with proper playback software and a 28.8 KB modem.  After requesting playback for a particular composition, you may have to wait a few seconds to actually hear music, and the wait will be slightly longer for the first composition you select.


 
WINDOWS-BASED AUDIO PLAYBACK
 
Audio Playback and Programs

Audio files are provided in streaming Hi-Fi and Lo-Fi MP3 formats. You will need a program such as Real Player, WinAmp, or MusicMatch Jukebox to play these files.  If you are currently using an older version of one of these programs, it would be best to update to the most recent version. I have found MusicMatch Jukebox to be the easiest of these programs to use, although WinAmp appears to be more compatible with the Netscape browser. These programs and others can be downloaded free at http://www.mp3.com/software.  You might also go to http://www.mp3.com/help for step-by-step instructions for installing audio software.  If you follow these instructions, and audio playback still does not work, try this link: http://help.mp3.com/help/diagnosis/index.html

A high-speed internet connection is required to play back the Hi-Fi audio files but the Lo-Fi files should play on any home computer equipped with proper playback software and a 28.8 KB modem.  After requesting playback for a particular composition, you may have to wait a few seconds to actually hear music, and the wait will be slightly longer for the first composition you select.

 
Settings Within Audio Playback Programs

The RENDLEMAN.COM web site uses streaming audio files with an extension name of M3U. Before these files can be played back, you must associate M3U files with your playback program as follows.

MusicMatch Jukebox

Go to the options menu and select settings.  Within settings, you will see Use MusicMatch as the default player for: ... Check the boxes for .mp3 and .m3u.

WinAmp

Click the symbol in the top left corner of the WinAmp display. Then select options followed by preferences.  Within preferences, go to Setup and select File Types. To the right you will see a list of file extension names. Make sure that mp3 and m3u are highlighted.

RealPlayer G2

I do not believe there are specific settings for mp3 and m3u files within RealPlayer G2.

 
Audio Problems

If your playback program loads, but you fail to hear music, check to see if the program's time counter is counting off elapsed time.  If so, you should expect to hear music within a relatively short period of time.  If you do not hear music after approximately 30 seconds, check to see if the volume on your speakers is turned up and/or increase the volume using the volume control of your computer.

If music begins playing but then stops, your internet connection is not sufficiently fast to handle audio playback.  This could be a function of modem speed or internet traffic.

If you cannot get music playback to work at all, try the following link: http://help.mp3.com/help/welcome.html.

 
Audio Settings for Microsoft Internet Explorer

I have not experienced any problems with audio playback using Internet Explorer 5.0. Nevertheless, if you are using Internet Explorer and you cannot get music playback to work, try the following link: http://help.mp3.com/help/diagnosis/index.html .

 
Audio Settings for Netscape

I have experienced numerous problems using Netscape Communicator 4.5 and 4.7.  For awhile, when I attempted to play audio files using Netscape, I would get no playback. Instead, the browser would display the name of the audio file that was supposed to be played.  This problem went away altogether after I downloaded WinAmp.  Presumably, the downloading of WinAmp automatically created appropriate settings within WinAmp and the Netscape browser.

Certain settings must be provided within Netscape preferences for audio playback to work properly. Under Netscape's Edit menu, go to Preferences, followed by Navigator and Applications.  To the right you will see an Applications menu to specify helper applications for a number of different file types. All references below are to these file types.

Music Match Settings in Netscape

Scroll down the descriptions until you see Mmjb.  You are likely to see two or more Mmjb entries.  After clicking on an entry, you should see file type details listed below. Within the details, one of the Mmjb entries should show:

    Extension: m3u
    MIME Type: audio/x-mpegurl
    Handled by:  MMJB

If you do not find such an entry, you should create one. If you find such an entry for m3u but the other details are not the same as above, go to edit to change the entries.

WinAmp Settings in Netscape

Scroll down the descriptions until you see WinAmp playlist file.  You are likely to see two or more such entries.  After clicking on an entry, you should see file type details listed below. Within the details, one of the entries should show:

    Extension: m3u
    MIME Type: audio/mpegurl
    Handled by:  WINAMP

After verifying the information above, go to edit to confirm that the WinAmp program is properly referenced. For a typical installation of WinAmp, you should see "C:\Program Files\Winamp\Winamp.exe" "%1"

If you do not find an m3u entry, you should create one.  If you find such an entry for m3u but the other details are not the same as above, go to edit to change the entries.

RealPlayer G2 Settings in Netscape

I do not know how to specify m3u settings for RealPlayer G2 within Netscape's preferences.

 
IF ALL ELSE FAILS ...

If you are still having problems getting music playback to work, try the following link: http://help.mp3.com/help/diagnosis/index.html.