The Weirdest mode in Emacs
Considering Emacs has a lot of inbuilt functionality , existence of this mode is not a suprise.
If you don’t know about MPC-Mode , this mode allows us to control , manage and restructure your music database by interfacing with the MPD Server.
MPD(Music Player Daemon) is a popular music server on the Linux world. It helps in keeping your large music collection organized. You can also stream , and remotely control your own music collection.
The biggest problem with this mode, is the lack of documentation.
There is minimal documentation for this mode , available through
Although it is not enough to use it efficiently. And for evil-users the journey is quite hard.
How does it work ?⌗
To start the mpc interface , just use the command
The interface contains 5 windows/splits.
Here’s a pic for reference
The screen is effectively divided into 2 parts vertically. The top split is further divided into 3 splits horizontally. The bottom split is split into 2 horizontally splits.
The top-left split is the
Genre split. The top-middle split is the
Artist | Composer split. The top-right one is the
Playlist | Album split.
The bottom-left split is the
Status split.The bottom-right split is the
Now that we know what each split is called, let’s begin!
One things you have to know about MPC is that you cannot select a single song! You have to select a artist / playlist / genre .
This is the main split with the main information. It shows the songs included in currently selected artist / playlist / genre.
mpc-playlist command to show the current playlist. You can select a song using the command
mpc-select. Remove it using the
You can save the current playlist using
mpc-playlist-create.If viewing a different playlist in “MPC-Songs” split. , you can use
mpc-playlist-add to add it in the current playlist.
This view is useful for viewing all the differnt albums and playlists you currently have.Again to actually select a song use the command
Moving up and down is using the standard C-n and C-p.When a album or playlist is selected , the artists involved are shown in the “MPC-Artist” split.
The white line denotes where the involved artists name ends and uninvolved artists name starts.To add the selected album to current playlist use
In the same way the currently selected album / playlist has it’s genre shown in the “MPC-Genre” split.
This view works in the same way. When selected a genre using
mpc-select , all the artist involved are shown in the “MPC-Artist” split.
All the albums in the genre are shown in the “MPC-Album” split.
In the same way , you can select a artist using
mpc-select. And it’s information will be shown in the respective splits.
The currently playing song , album and artist are shown here.Also there is a graphical volume bar. This is a little lacking as it does not show whether “Shuffle , Consume , Single " modes are active. It has a mouse-based volume bar , but it cannot be controlled using keyboard , nor there is a command for it.
evil-collection does not support mpc-mode.Although it has been requested (https://github.com/emacs-evil/evil-collection/issues/535) .
general.el I have created some of my own keybindings. My keybindings also need custom function for moving up and down.
(defun move-mpc-down () (interactive) (evil-next-visual-line) (mpc-select) ) (defun move-mpc-up () (interactive) (evil-previous-visual-line) (mpc-select) )
Below are the keybindings I use for MPC-mode.
You can change these , according to your workflow.
mpc-play-at-point simply plays whatever you have selected directly , clearing the current playlist.
(general-define-key :keymaps 'mpc-mode-map :states 'normal "j" 'move-mpc-down "k" 'move-mpc-up "t" 'mpc-toggle-play "r" 'mpc-toggle-repeat "s" 'mpc-toggle-shuffle "S" 'mpc-toggle-shuffle "c" 'mpc-toggle-consume "a" 'mpc-playlist-add "p" 'mpc-playlist ">" 'mpc-next "<" 'mpc-prev "R" 'mpc-playlist-delete "RET" 'mpc-select "x" 'mpc-play-at-point )
Down the Rabbit Hole⌗
Keep falling in the rabbit hole of Emacs! Till next time!