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If you never get a petard, then life’s pretty great

Frank Converse :fbc: wrote a few pieces in non-standard keys; because of the drone string, most of the music written for the older gCGBD tuning is in the key of C or G (A or E eAEG#B in the mid-19th century when banjos were tuned lower)

The shapes always feel all wrong, muscle memory is a hell of a thing

Sorry follow requesters that don't have profiles or posts, I know that might not be your fault because they might not have federated yet, but I gotta narrow things down somehow

One of the unexpected joys of the fediverse over other places is the addition of weird domains appended on to everyone's usernames.

It makes the web feel like more than just four websites again.

It's both a signal of a smaller more intimate internet and also a larger and far more diverse internet at the same time!

...something like this is what I had in mind when I bought the thing. I should be smaller in the frame to convey a better sense of stage+backdrop but it's encouraging. Ought to look pretty good if I use my LED strip footlight!

All processing done in ffmpeg; chromakey composite over the background with a LUT to simulate orthochromatic film, and some simple alpha noise for "grain" (although that's somewhat lost in the conversion to GIF)

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Current status: contemplating getting a pretuned hand drum with a renaissance head and attempting to make a 19th-century style fretless neck for it. (Part of the reason I drifted away from fretless stuff for a while was ongoing frustration with the vagaries of actual hide heads in humid weather)

I *finally* spent some time screwing around with the pop-up green screen I impulse purchased early last year. I need to experiment more but it seems like 5x7 is *barely* large enough to sit a few feet in front of with an instrument.

On the plus side, pretty good results with nothing but my living room’s existing overhead lighting.

It remains to be seen if I can come up with anything other than a black background that doesn’t look cheesy

Oh snap I can filter out '' and wipe out all those crossposts

Here is "Spring Jig" by Frank B. Converse :fbc: for five-string , from 1865.

bass playing

:brain1: play root of chord
:brain2:​ play root, fifth, and octave
:brain3:​ play modal scale
:brain4:​ play root of chord

Had an idea the other day. Turns out there’s already a “Chord Dice” company but they only sell on Amazon and they’re completely out of stock, so I ordered some blank D8 dice and made my own 🎲

Having trouble fitting an entire DX-7 or Fairlight CMI into your mouth? Have we got the musical instrument for you!

TIL that ffmpeg has a built-in Haas effect audio filter, which you can use to give a mono signal stereo presence and fullness.

ffmpeg -i myfile.wav -af haas output.wav

I haven't even tinkered with parameters at all because the defaults sound pretty good.

Good morning! This will eventually be released under the @magicians umbrella, but in the meantime enjoy Violet Mazurka, composed for 5-string by James Buckley :jb: in 1860.

Valid to block instances that aren't *overtly* garbage but somehow still give off those edgelord vibes

The Moon is Waxing Gibbous (99% of Full) 🌔

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