Jochen Kopf's introduction to the MMDigest
Hello all, my name is Jochen Schäfer, living in Marburg, Germany.
Since 2007, I am a member of the German Association for Self-playing
Music (GSM) and yesterday I subscribed to the MMDigest forum.
In my home I have a big collection of music boxes with the focus on
antique machines. I show them on my YouTube channel "JochenKopf"
( http://www.youtube.com/user/JochenKopf/videos ) with English
descriptions for the international community and sometimes with the
link to our German association. Some music boxes I also show on my
second channel, "MusikalischeRomanzen" [Musical Romances]:
I am blind since birth, so I haven't seen anything, but it's my good
fortune to be _born_ blind so that I can't miss anything optically.
The videos I make with assistance. Subscribers who know my video
channel(s) will have already noticed.
To be blind has another advantage: the hearing is better trained,
so I can be helpful sometimes with identifying tunes after hearing,
especially on music boxes.
Best regards via this venue to Mr. Roland von Malmborg in Sweden,
an expert on music box disc serial numbers.
All the best to you,
Jochen Schäfer, also known as Jochen Kopf
[ Jochen processes printed magazines to Braille for the German
[ Institute for the Blind (Blista) in Marburg. He uses a flat-bad
[ scanner to capture an image of the page, followed by an OCR
[ (Optical Character Recognition) program that converts the image
[ to a text file, and then he further converts the text file to a
[ mechanical Braille output "display" that he reads with his finger
[ to check the results of all the processes.
[ He wrote me separately about pages at the MMD web site that don't
[ work well with his modern computer, e.g., music files that display
[ text gibberish instead of playing music! Jody will be working to
[ fix these problems, among others, that have emerged since MMDigest
[ began publication in 1995. We welcome feedback from blind and
[ sighted readers about our web pages. -- Robbie