Step 1: Make a page for yourself and add it to the Composer Index by typing your name or the title of your page in square double brackets on the next line.
Step 2: Visit the Structural Tag Index to familiarize yourself with the basic Claypot reference system.
Step 3: On your personal page, write your first query by typing "query builder" in . A query interface will appear so that you can use AND, NOT, and OR to define searches for samples. Instructions for manual queries are nested.
Step 4: Step 5: The query will return all samples that meet your specified conditions and allow you to visit the pages and download those samples. For example, query four second samples featuring the interval of a major sixth on viola. Queries can describe scales, interval classes, or other imaginative subsets based on onomatopoetic tags or TSU designations. See T.W.C. for more examples.
Step 5: Shift click the results of your query to bring them up in the sidebar.
Step 6: After writing a number of queries, download some of the results listed on your query page and arrange them in a musically satisfying way. Audacity is a free digital audio workstation (DAW) which you can download and use to do this. Composers may consider using Ableton, as well, for its strengths particular to sample manipulation and playlist arrangement.
Step 7: As you develop a sense of the character of the samples you have come to know, list them under your own tag headings as block references on your page. We will add composer created tags written as block headings to the Composer Tag Index. This is a convenience for the composer who then has shorthand access to personalized queries of samples in her workspace, and it helps our community grow by leaving her searches for others to use afterwards.
Step 8: Query the database for combinations of the structural and composer tags so that other composers can visualize graphs of your tags and corresponding samples.
Step 9: Expand your queries and knowledge of the database using the block search and Roam portal functions. Block search using ctrl + shift + 9. Roam portal is a powerful search and data visualization tool for the database which you must add to Google Chrome separately. Instructions for both are nested.
Step 10: Claypot has built the doors in this house. It is up to you to add footprints in the carpet. Read these housekeeping guidelines:
Creating a legible and carefully considered query page complemented by distinctive list of personal block references to your own tags will yield endless new musical material even if you leave the document, as newcomers to the Claypot Composition Library will use them to situate themselves and compose in new ways.
Keep in mind that your previously posted queries will display new results as Claypot adds new samples which meet their conditions, and they may reveal new connections upon reexamination.
Do not delete anything. This includes most things that you have written yourself, too. Unless there is an error or redundancy in the query or tag, please instead make a secondary page for retired queries and link it on your main page so that it can still be used as they expand with updates.
Step 11: Email your music to firstname.lastname@example.org in .wav format.