Notebook 5

Posting to celebrate another full notebook. #5, photographed and ready to be stored on the shelf.

This one contains show notes for MTT and personal notes covering 2020/09 thru 2022/07. Ran out of ballpoint pens halfway through, switched back to mechanical pencil. The pages alternate between mix notes and a diary, a log of daily events.

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I'm really glad that obs-studio is in the FreeBSD ports tree (and that it's available as a compiled package). It's a great tool, opens up a lot of possibilities.'s avatar image // / 108745096071271122 Origin link. Source file. This is a reply.
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I beat Super Metroid on stream way faster than I expected so I spent a few minutes testing PSX emulation and then played about 90 minutes of the old dungeon crawl SNES game Arcana.

It seems like PSX emulation + live video encoding on my CPU will work if I lower the priority of some processes, particularly my web browser.

This Is A Shout Going Out by Central Fire

This Is A Shout Going Out by Central Fire. Written by Courtney Nielsen, produced by Courtney Nielsen & DJ Spun (Jason Drummond). A2 sliced & spliced by Jim Hopkins. First released on Twitch Recordings in 1994, remastered and reissued by Mint Condition in 2022. Vinyl, 12", 33 RPM. Flac, 16bit/44.1khz, 161M. Tracklist and credits from the label artwork. Track durations, file size, bit depth, and bitrate are of my stored recordings of the 1994 vinyl.'s avatar image // / 108739106201589117 Origin link. Source file. This is a reply.
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Played up to the fight with Ridley in Lower Norfair on stream today. I'll come back tomorrow and finish the game.

Streaming Super Metroid was a good test to see if my computer can handle SNES emulation plus realtime video encoding on the CPU. It can, but just barely. There were occasional glitches that I might be able to solve with some scheduler tweaks.'s avatar image // / 108728164967046432 Origin link. Source file. This is a reply.
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Posting a bit early so I can go to sleep. Apologies for some sloppy beatmatching in this one; I hope it doesn't reflect poorly on the tracks.'s avatar image // / 108710147116310095 Origin link. Source file. This is a reply.
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Completed Alkaline 1.1. Really awesome mod. Visuals, gameplay, everything. I played it on normal difficulty this time; next I'll have to try hard.

The last map I played today in particular, "Overengineering Mania" by Mazu & Greenwood, was very creative. It was a bit like a Metroidvania in that there were several items that granted movement abilities that opened up new areas of the map. It took me around an hour to beat.'s avatar image // / 108703836165405712 Origin link. Source file. This is a reply.
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I played through about half of the Alkaline 1.1 mod for Quake today. It's really good! I got lost a few times but that's OK, it was an opportunity to look at the scenery. I think I'll finish the mod tomorrow.

Alkaline 1.1 at Quaddicted: - Alkaline 1.1 … in the Quake archive at

Version 1.1 update of Alkaline, featuring fixes and polish to the original as well as several additional maps, enemies, and music tracks.'s avatar image // / 108692371897480006 Origin link. Source file. This is a reply.
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This one's coming in about 12 hours late for health reasons. I had a bad/difficult day Wednesday, then needed time on Thursday to recover.

Music File Management 3: Playback with CMUS

CMUS on my computer in Library View playing a song by Aural Float

The C* Music Player (AKA CMUS) is my preferred music player and library program. It's lightweight, highly configurable, and is controlled via the keyboard (all things I like). It works well with my directory structure and standardized tags. And it supports a wide variety of formats & seems to handle large collections well.

This short post will go over my CMUS configuration, including how I have it set up to edit tags from the library views. This is the final part of a three part series, the first part covered how I organize my music files and the second how I manage their tag metadata.'s avatar image // / 108669015878585954 Origin link. Source file. This is a reply.
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Finished Dissolution Of Eternity. It was good! I enjoyed playing it more than Scourge Of Armagon, I think, but Armagon was more visually impressive. I had definitely never completed Dissolution before, the final boss was a surprise to me.'s avatar image // / 108656969652658272 Origin link. Source file. This is a reply.
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Completed the first Quake expansion Scourge of Armagon in about four hours (without secret hunting or playing the hidden levels).

Was good, about the right length to play in one sitting. I've played through it once before but didn't remember much about it.'s avatar image // / 108651764749472457 Origin link. Source file.
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FreeBSD + Mednafen + OBS on a 10 year old computer is not a good combination. It works but stutters occasionally.'s avatar image // / 108650042226876117 Origin link. Source file. This is a reply.
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"Working in my laboratory making mutant tests strange reactions came upon me while sitting at my desk. Clearance must be achieved before I can tell the rest the result is of the creation of the great Professor X"

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Lot of pretty quick & loose mixing in this hour so don't expect digital perfection. Just attacking the tracks & mashing 'em together. This is pretty close to what sets at the arcade were like.'s avatar image // / 108650015440512172 Origin link. Source file.
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MTT 281 / Across My Membranes

More , mostly old selections this week. This features music by Contactless, Dagobert, The Egyptian Lover, Go Nuclear, Kraftwerk, Professor X, Shawescape Renegade, and more.

There's one track in here (Dial-A-Freak) that's... not really raunchy but has some moaning in it. The Egyptian Lover doing his thing. Consider your environment when listening.'s avatar image // / 108649564047546108 Origin link. Source file.
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Mix is gonna be a few hours late. Finished recording at nine, doing the editing & writing now, expect it to be up at ~1 AM.

Meant to record before I went to sleep this morning at ~10 AM but didn't. Ah well, late is OK.'s avatar image // / 108633945072882836 Origin link. Source file. This is a reply.
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Finished episodes 1 & 2 of Quake tonight, will try to do 3 & 4 (the rest of the game) tomorrow.

Those Ogres and their aim. I took a lot of grenades to the face.'s avatar image // / 108611650297128625 Origin link. Source file.
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15 or so years ago I happened across an upload of the album "I, Individual" by the band Gloria Mundi. I loved it at the time & still love it now. Existentialist punk, sarcastic and wry, cutting. I won't pretend and say that I understand it, I'll say instead that I love what it means to me, the message of dread & angst.

I've only heard their first album, "I, Individual", from 1978. It's incredible. An album out of time.

The title track: "I, Individual" by Gloria Mundi:



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I forgot how much more work it is to beatmatch by ear. Been doing it the easy way too long.

I mixed today's set with xwax DVS running on a Raspberry Pi 400. (One 1200 and one old Denon CDJ as timecode sources). No tempo information on screen, waveforms too small to be useful for beatmatching, so all done by ear. (Expect some slop).'s avatar image // / 108594152132621877 Origin link. Source file.
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Fooling around with OBS & streaming on twitch. I'm surprised my 10 year old computer can handle realtime audio + video encoding. This Athlon II X4 setup was a good choice, I guess.