This is the official, cannonical URL and grandiose title for songs,
recordings, and writings by hacker/songwriter/blogger Steve Savitzky (bio).
Retired: I am officially retired as of May Day 2017. You can still find my resume, software, and
related writings at Stephen.Savitzky.net, though that's kind of irrelevant now.
Moving: We will soon be moving our household, which will still be
called Rainbow's End, along with
Massage, to Whidbey
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
better. There appears to be a long gap in recording after 2012.
- 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.
- 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
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.
[also on GitHub]
- 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.
[also on GitHub]
- Configure an Ubuntu system just the way I like it, with one command.
Open source -- feel free.
- I have a personal weblog called The Mandelbear's
Musings on dreamwidth
which might be of interest. It's mirrored on livejournal.
In addition, there's a community (multi-user blog) called mdlbear_albums that my older daughter set up for discussing my
albums. It's been inactive for quite a while.
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 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 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/).
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.