This is the official, cannonical URL and grandiose title for songs,
recordings, and writings by hacker/songwriter/blogger Steve Savitzky (bio).
Moved: I have recently moved to West Seattle; the family is nicely
settled in to a wonderful house called Rainbow's End, along with my sister of choice and bandmate Naomi, her
kids, and her small business, Rainbow's End
Massage. I'm currently working full-time at Amazon.com, and won't be
looking for something else until 2015 at the earliest. You can find my
resume, software, and related writings at Stephen.Savitzky.net.
Folk, with Naomi Rivkis. Our debut as a duo was at Conflikt 2012.
Copyright Notice: unless otherwise noted, all material below is
copyright Stephen Savitzky, and is released under a Creative Commons or
free software license. See below for details.
Coffee, Computers & Song!
- Published and planned CDs. The first one, Coffee, Computers, &
Song!, was released in August of 2007; three more are
planned and the first of those, Amethyst Rose, is in the early stages of recording.
There is a LiveJournal community (multi-user blog) devoted to discussion of
my albums; some of that discussion will be moved back here eventually.
- Recorded concerts. The earlier ones are mostly low-quality recordings
and/or dodgy performances, but may be of interest to rabid fans, if I
have any. Concerts after 2007, especially the ones with Tres Gique and Tempered Glass, are
- Songs/ (index)
- Collected songs: song lyrics and sheet music; occasionally sound files.
Not all songs in this directory were written by me, but those that were
not are either in the public domain, under a license (e.g., a Creative
Commons license) that allows me to distribute them, or are published on
the site with the explicit permission of the author. Songs in my
repertoire that I do not have permission to distribute may be
represented by mostly-blank ``dummy'' pages that give only key and
- Doc/ (doc/)
- Textual works of nonfiction. Could have been called "Writings", but
"doc" is traditional in the Unix world; I've been using it for a long
time. It's also more accurate, since fictional text is in a
separate directory. The lowercase alternative name is provided for
- Lit/ (Formerly Fiction)
- Textual works of literature: fiction and poetry. At the moment all
of this is "work in progress" stuff, and would take quite a lot of work
to get it into publishable shape. It's included here mainly as
background for some of my songs.
- Src/ (src/)
- (open) Source code. All of the code and software documentation on this
site is distributed under one or more open-source licenses (e.g., the
GPL or MPL) that give anyone permission to use, study, modify,
and redistribute the code. The lowercase alternative name is provided
for tradition's sake.
- Open-source tools, mainly scripts and Makefile templates, used only (or
primarily) on this site. These include the tools for song formatting,
album and track management, and demo CD production.
- I have a personal weblog called The Mandelbear's
Musings on LiveJournal
which might be of interest. In addition, there's a community
(multi-user blog) called mdlbear_albums that my older daughter set up for discussing my
This is filk. Basically, you can do whatever you like with my music
except make money off it, and you can do that by paying the usual license
fees. So, unless otherwise mentioned, software and documentation are
published under the GPL or LGPL, and music is published under the Creative Commons Non-Commercial Share-Alike US license v3.0. Except
as noted (e.g. for third-party software, traditional songs, etc.) it's all
copyright by Stephen Savitzky and published by Stephen Savitzky doing
business as HyperSpace Express.
- License for Lyrics and Music:
The licensing legalese for my songs is still unsettled, but the
basic license for the music and lyrics is the Creative Commons
attribution, non-commercial, share-alike license with a few
extra permissions granted to make it more filk-friendly. In
particular, if you record your own lyrics and only use my music, you'll
only owe me half the usual royalties; permission for mechanical
licensing of music only will automatically be granted (but you'll still
have to contact me first because that's the way the law
- License for Audio Files:
Audio files for all songs both written and performed by me (when I get
around to posting them) are posted under the Creative Commons
Music Sharing License. (I'll try to get permission from other
people to license their performances of my songs, and my covers of
other peoples' songs, the same way. Trying to license my occasional
covers and filks of songs by people outside the filk community promises
to be something of a nightmare, so for now I'm simply not going to post
any. If you're a songwriter whose songs I cover, and you don't mind my
posting them, please let me know. If you're a listener, you'll just
have to wait for the CD.)
- License for Software:
- Unless otherwise noted, programs and their documentation are
licensed under the GPL and libraries, including Perl modules and Java classes, are
licensed under the LGPL.
- Collections have capitalized, single-word (usually plural) names.
Being capitalized, they sort at the front of directory listings, which
is where most people expect to see them. In a few cases lowercase
alternatives are provided for historical reasons (e.g.,
src and doc).
- Individual items have lowercase, usually multiword names with words
separated by underscores. With lowercase titles one doesn't have to
worry about such arcana as why the word "of" is capitalized in
"Of Mice and Men" but not in "Lord of the Rings". Initial "The" and
"A" are omitted. If the title contains a name that is supposed to be
capitalized, both capitalized and lowercase versions will be provided
(for_Amy and for_amy/).
The slightly unusual capitalization convention is one I've been using for
a long time now; among other things, it makes collections sort first in a
listing, keeping them separate from "items" (documents) even if, as in
this case, they're both represented by directories. It also vastly
simplifies the problem of error correction -- simply force everything to
lowercase rather than trying all 2n combinations or making a
linear, case-insensitive search.
Note: If you still have links into the old tree,
/people/steve/Doc/Songs/*, you should change them;
they will continue to work as redirects, but the new paths are better.