I launched both patches and also just mother.pd by itself, in both gui and nogui mode. Same deal, success with GUI mode none in nonGUI, and the console looked the same both ways:
tb_peakcomp~v1.0 2013 Two Big Ears
upsend: connecting to port 4001
No errors, no nothing. Interestingly, I also tried specifying the midi routing with configuration flags from the terminal (-midiindev 1 -midioutdev 2) and that didn't work either. I really have no idea what could be causing this...