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Old 04-08-2011, 07:31 AM   #1
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One hour composition competition

So, there's a popular thing in another community that I am a member of where once a week, everyone gets together and has one hour to record something and post it on a webpage for people to listen to. A listen party occurs after that one hour, and then people have a week to vote for the best tune. There's a theme every week to model the song after, which usually makes it interesting.

It's a truly interesting challenge that tests your creativity in a crunchtime. I've found that it brings out some of the most interesting ideas, and most of the songs on my album started as OHC's. This was my latest one, done on my new Pod HD500 with my new Carvin DC727 tuned to drop A. Since it's a one hour competition, mixing/mastering takes a backseat to the actual composition.

http://compo.thasauce.net/files/Neko...ce(OHC127).mp3

I wonder if ss.org would benefit from such a competition?
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:55 AM   #2
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I am super duper keen on this, even if I first thought this thread would be about a competition of hour long compositions :P
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:57 AM   #3
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How do we make sure that only an hour is spent on it?

What happened to Jeff? Funny how he dropped off the radar now that the entire Western world disagrees with his right wing bull.....
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:01 AM   #4
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How do we make sure that only an hour is spent on it?
We need to trust our fellow musicians
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:03 AM   #5
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who's keen? like right now? lol
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:53 AM   #6
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:56 AM   #7
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Lovin this idea. I might give it a shot today...

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Old 04-08-2011, 10:13 AM   #8
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Sounds fun.

Too bad I'm epicly blocked creatively.

I dunno, I might give it a shot. So, we just spend one hour on something and post the results here?
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:36 AM   #9
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How do we make sure that only an hour is spent on it?
I'm guessing they don't tell you the theme until the hour starts or something.

Would definitely be interested in seeing something like this, although I think I'd lack the spontaneous creativity to get something done in an hour, and be confident about the result.

Edit: Just listened to the OPs song, that was really good given the time constraints!
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:38 AM   #10
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^ I am pretty blocked as well

but anywho

Im down , this sounds fun

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Old 04-08-2011, 10:48 AM   #11
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Wow, that's a pretty cool song you wrote there! If I were a little more confident in myself I'd gladly participate in something like this, I really think it's a great idea. I could see this as being a good challenge for me to grow in a number of musical areas.

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Old 04-08-2011, 11:16 AM   #12
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^Sweet sig bro. I laughed. Hard.


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Old 04-08-2011, 11:18 AM   #13
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I got a new amp today so this is looking even more enticing.

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Old 04-08-2011, 11:44 AM   #14
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I would be down for this if I was capable of actually composing anything right now.

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Yeah, the theme is generally NOT released until the start of the compo. Everyone gathers somewhere (some kind of chat, usually IRC) and has at it for an hour, then has 10 minutes to mix down/master, and 10 minutes to upload. After that, a listen party occurs where everyone then votes on the pieces for ranking.

It's actually a fantastic exercise for people who are creatively blocked; it has helped me through so many blocks that I can't even begin to count 'em. The only problem is trusting people to not actually begin until the compo begins.

As to the theme, for the MP3 I posted, the theme that week was "Waterfalls", hence the shimmery, chorus-laden cleans.
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:59 AM   #16
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Organize this. Even thouh I'm writer's-blocked, do want! Sounds fun.
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If this can help my song writing abilities, then sign me up!

Are there duration parameters for the composition's length?
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:41 PM   #18
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This marks the first time I've subscribed to a thread.

If you don't care enough to research your own question, why should anyone else care more?

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Old 04-08-2011, 02:46 PM   #19
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such a neat idea

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Old 04-08-2011, 04:46 PM   #21
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We need to trust our fellow musicians
I can't see that working. It's not a level field if anyone spends a month on a song and says that he spent an hour.

What happened to Jeff? Funny how he dropped off the radar now that the entire Western world disagrees with his right wing bull.....
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Old 04-08-2011, 04:49 PM   #22
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That's true. How else can you assure it?

I mean honestly, at the end of the day it would just be for fun anyway. If someone wants to stroke their ego-cock by releasing something they've been working on for months to have people fawn over it, I don't care. I'd do this to possibly have fun and write something cool.
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Good point. In that case count me in!

What happened to Jeff? Funny how he dropped off the radar now that the entire Western world disagrees with his right wing bull.....
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Old 04-08-2011, 04:58 PM   #24
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I don't have the confidence or really the basic recording quality to join in on this. I'll let you guys have your fun and then see if I would be able to submit something that is comparable.

Also, if any of you guys are having a creative block, feel free to suck some of mine out. I'm sort of mired down in the muck of having too many ideas to get anything done.

If you're going to 'like' my posts, give me some rep instead.

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