linux music

Quick beets import tip

Starting with beets to manage and organise your music library? Read the ‘getting started‘ guide? An additional quick tip:

Import your first few albums individually using

beet import -t $album_directory

The -t flag is for timid(ly).

Why? If you’re like me, you might not be in 100% agreement with how MusicBrainz represents the match metadata; and -t will ask for confirmation which you can either accept ([Enter] or A) or reject (U for ‘Use as-is’).

If the first few matches are fine, you can drop the flag; if not, you can figure out how to finesse it to import files to your liking via beets‘s excellent plugins.

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Tom and Jerry Music

Preamble: Yes, I know that arguably this post falls into the class of “pointless stuff I generally detest”, but I figured it might interest someone else looking for the info.

This morning my hi-fi alarm went off (as usual), was tuned into some kind of classical music station (as usual), and just about failed to wake me up (as usual). What was unusual was that as I was half asleep listening to the static-filled music – my hi-fi has no aerial to speak of; it’s a wonder it gets any reception at all – was that I recognized the piece that was playing. While I didn’t know its name or even the composer, I could clearly see the scene from the Tom and Jerry cartoon Mice Follies in which it featured. The scene is the one where Tom is effortlessly keeping up with Jerry and Nibbles’ skating while dodging chairs and various other part of furniture. At the end I just about made out the presenter mentioning Strauss and “spring”.

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Music (…no, not that Madonna album)

So I had an interesting discussion about music and it got me to thinking about the current musical state of affairs.