Flutini/Potatoes O'Bryan

I'm going to make potatoes O'Bryan(O'Brien) for breakfast tomorrow. Just thought I would share that. It always makes me think of Miles O'Brien of TNG and DS9 fame. I wonder if, in his backstory, he ever ate potatoes O'Brien. Someone get the writers on the phone.

Tonight, I'm playing the Salem Ceili, with Na Rosai. I don't know if I'll bother putting the little line things in, in the Na Rosai name. I think it registers in metadata the same regardless of unicode characters used. It would be unicode, right? As I haven't done it in a while I decided I would clean my flute out pretty good. After the good cleaning I wanted to check, and potentially adjust, the head cork position.

My flute has a threaded cork thing, that you can adjust very simply. Simple head corks could just be a chunk of cork shoved into the head-joint and positioned with a dowel. Mine is a wood bit with threads turned in, with a cap that receives the threads and allows for quick, fine tuned, adjustment, which I like to mess with and see what happens.

To tune this apparatus, you concentrate on the tuning between the higher notes of the first and second octave; B, A, and C, etc. So, while my ear isn't a particularly accurate instrument compared to computer algorithms, I recalled that a piece of software had been developed which allows you to play continuously while the software records all notes and averages their tuning. You can just bob along playing any old tune, and the machine will tell you have well you play all the notes in tune. It's pretty great. This sort of method is called Real Time Tuning Analysis, as Terry McGee, one of the authors of said software, describes. I used the Windows based software called Flutini, in OS X, using a Wine wrapper, called(cleverly) Wineskin, which is software which probably was to allow people to play Windows games in OS X without having to boot to a separate partition. I'll make a tutorial for Macintosh users on how to do this in a little bit.

Using this software, I was able to quickly, and I suppose, accurately, adjust my cork to where I it seemed best placed. The real test, now, is to see how accurate the software is, and I shall perform that test at the Ceili tonight.

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