Code: This website is written in (mostly) raw HTML with Emacs,
version-controlled using git, and managed using a combination of GNU Make,
bash, perl, and LaTeX that is available on GitHub as MakeStuff.
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.
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
better. There appears to be a long gap in recording after 2012.
Collected songs: song lyrics and sheet music; occasionally sound files.
Not all songs in this directory were written by me; the ones with
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. Other songs in my
repertoire are listed without lyrics, but some have associated notes.
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
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.
(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
MIT License) that give anyone permission to use, study, modify,
and redistribute the code. As with doc, the
lowercase alternative name is provided for tradition's sake.
Open-source tools, mainly scripts and Makefile templates, shared across
all of my websites. These include the tools for song formatting, album
and track management, and demo CD production, as well as for web
deployment and version control. Open source -- feel free.
Except as noted (e.g. for third-party software, traditional songs, etc.)
everything here is copyright by Stephen R. Savitzky and published by
Stephen Savitzky doing business as HyperSpace Express.
License for Lyrics and Music:
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. The basic license for the music and lyrics is the Creative Commons
attribution, non-commercial, share-alike license, but 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 works).
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 CommonsMusic 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 MIT License
Collections (also called "directories" or "folders") 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). Albums, which are collections of songs, are named by their
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", "A", and "An"
are omitted. If the title contains a name that is supposed to be
capitalized, both capitalized and lowercase versions will (sometimes)
be provided (e.g. for_Amy and for_amy/). Note that in most cases an item
will be stored in a directory; that allows them to be accessed without
a ".html" extension, keeps them together with any other
resources they need, and lets them include sub-pages. (See this article for more details.)
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,
especially /people/steve/Doc/Songs/*, you should change them;
they will continue to work as redirects, but the new paths are better.