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“Alex Ross’s The Rest Is Noise is that rare music book that teaches you how to hear — and feel — in entirely new ways. Now Ross has turned the book’s website into something more than a promotional device: Augmented with 300 audio and video files, it’s become a wonderfully convenient, stand-alone resource for those of us who’d love to learn about classical music by listening but wouldn’t know how or where to begin.

Divided into 3 parts and 15 chapters, the site proceeds chronologically, from Mahler and Strauss to bebop, rock, and modern composers you’ll actually like (we’ve grown especially fond of Argentina’s Osvaldo Golijov). Ross has also posted a dictionary of musical terms (it, too, has illustrative audio files) and an iTunes playlist you can download and listen to as you, for instance, trace the connection between Xenakis’s “Metastasis” (we’d never heard of it either) and the Beatles’ “Revolution #9.” If you want to know how and why the music you hear affects you — or even if you’re looking to impress your next date to a concert — this genius site is just the thing for you.” – – VSL

http://www.therestisnoise.com/audio/ 

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Nine Inch Nails has come out with a new CD: Ghosts I-IV.  They are offering the first nine tracks (with PDF), FREE on their website.  Just click the “order” link at the bottom left side — the page will show several options for ordering – – the free option is on the top right hand side.

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 I tried to leave two comments on this site; however, I think the spam blocker, blocked them because of all the sites I listed.  So, I will leave this up for a while – – hope it helps someone!!  : )

Although the resources would be considered free, in all actuality, you do have to pay for shipping.  I belong to several on-line book swapping sites.  In all of them, you get points when you ship out books to others – – you can, in turn, use those points to get books for yourself.  The most common cost of mailing a book is 2.13.  Very good deal for a book.  Here are the sites:
www.bookmooch.com
www.frugalreader.com
www.paperbackswap.com
www.whatsonmybookshelf.com

A lot of the books I use for the swaps are from the thrift shop, library sales and what I already have on hand (that we have read and are done with). 

Here are some of my favorite Free (or nearly free) resources:

Audiobooks:
http://storynory.com/
http://librivox.org/newcatalog/
http://www.wiredforbooks.org/index2.htm

Classical Music/Composers:
http://www.classicalarchives.com/
http://www.squidoo.com/musiclapbook
http://www.classicsforkids.com/
http://www.highsmith.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Production/LSP/pages/2005_pdfs/lsp_mar05_lessons.pdf

Language Arts
http://www.spellingcity.com/
http://www.wowio.com
http://www.poemofquotes.com/articles/poetry_forms.php

Science
http://www.middleschoolscience.com/life.htm

History/Geography
http://www.studentsfriend.com/index.html
http://lunablog.net/2007/12/02/happy-holidays-the-first-free-lunablognet-homeschool-curriculum-is-on-its-way/
http://www.ourlosbanos.com/homeschool/history/americanpdf.html

Curriculum (with LOTS of FREE resources)
http://amblesideonline.org/index2.shtml
http://oldfashionededucation.com/index.html

Okay, there you have it – – my faves broken down…..hope this helps!!  : )

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Classical Archives is a fabulous site, where you can either sign up as a free member and get 5 free files a day… OR…you can pay 25 dollars a year and have access to 1,000 files per month.

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