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Working on a tune from 1868 this week, which has a darker sound than its name would suggest.

Eddie Peabody (b. February 19, 1902) died 49 years ago today. I am nowhere *near* capable enough on plectrum banjo to record any kind of tribute, so here's the man himself:

youtube.com/watch?v=KESgZT4aYS

Sneaking in late with last week's over at minstrelbanjo.ning.com, "The Modoc Reel" by Frank Converse, from 1886.

youtube.com/watch?v=gVXUtxVD2T

TIL that ffmpeg's '-t' option (for trimming video clips) does not always play well with the '-vcodec copy' option; depending on key frames and other encoding considerations it may result in weird behavior at the end of the trimmed clip. (Likewise the `-ss` option for skipping time at the start of a clip)

Woah halloween third day in a row

Lets get it

love to confidently stroll into a straightforward data export task only to once again slip on the banana peel of python2 string encodings

Justin Robert's video on audio mastering with Audacity is perhaps the single most straightforward how-to I've ever found on the subject. I know mastering is an art in and of itself, but honestly the technique applied here is fine for anyone self-producing stuff and just trying to get the loudness up. tl;dw, use the 'amplify' plugin to get peaks up to 0db, then use the hard limiter to bring peaks down around -3db, then amplify back to 0db. Super simple, very effective. youtube.com/watch?v=HmdE467KVQ

I am annoyed at banjo synths that are deliberately designed to sound janky and out of tune

I've been fooling around with for the first time in a while and damn, steel strings hard on a person's pinky after years of nylon.

I'm tempted to try nylon strings with a felt pick (properly set up, nylon/gut strings can be quite loud on a banjo with a good tone ring) but there is something to be said for building up those callouses and being able to pick up any old without killing my fingers.

Forgot to share an clip yesterday: "Cataract Jig", a duet by Herbert J Ellis, circa 1900, recorded by me last year:

youtube.com/watch?v=-dpT2FilrL

At the movies I don't have to talk OR perform the expected activities of murmurs and expressions of interest while listening, win/win

I have been idly wondering for a while if there's any kind of open-source version of the various commercial "Band in a Box" type apps that are out there that let you plug in chord patterns and use that to generate accompaniment tracks for practice/recording/etc, and I just came across "MMA - Musical MIDI Accompaniment" which has been around for a long time but for some reason has a low profile: mellowood.ca/mma/

Hey, I just published a package for programmatically building songs that can be imported into for . It is called , of course:

pypi.org/project/pyrealpro/

It's released under the . The easiest way to install it is to use pip, just type:

pip install pyrealpro

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