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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.

Always happy to fill a notebook.


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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.


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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.


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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.



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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.





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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.





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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.


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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.



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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.



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FreeBSD + Mednafen + OBS on a 10 year old computer is not a good combination. It works but stutters occasionally.


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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"

So good


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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.


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MTT 281 / Across My Membranes djcev.com/2022/07/mtt-281-acro

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.



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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.



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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.



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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).


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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.