Composition Challenge #25 - Chat

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stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 815
edited December 2018 in Making Music
Time for round #25 of the Fretboard Composition Challenge.

Every few months there'll be a composition challenge. It revolves around individuals or groups of forum members composing and recording music based on a set of rules or guidelines laid out for that particular challenge.

No prizes for this challenge. It's just for fun, a spur to creating, sharing, discussing music/recording and learning. Plus a way of testing the water with your creations and getting some feedback.

GUIDELINES -THEME

The theme for this one is: "Music for a superhero movie".


Interpret the theme as you wish. Who knows, we might discover a future Hans Zimmer in the making.

Picture: In addition to the music, try to create your own picture that relates to your selected theme/title. This isn't mandatory but, as a small incentive, those that provide a picture will be awarded a free point to add to their voting score. Note the picture can be anything from a hand drawn sketch, photo, photo edit or something generated in a graphics package.


DATES AND VOTING

Fretboard Challenge #25 starts NOW! - Submission deadline -  Midnight 31st March 2019.

Voting will start soon after the submission deadline and run for about two weeks, with each voter selecting their 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice.

First choice gets 5 points - Second choice gets 3 points - Third choice gets 1 point

The entry with the most points wins.

The order and scores of the three people with the most votes will be announced soon after the voting ends.


SUBMISSION DETAILS

All recordings and pictures need to be sent via email to Compositions@theFB.co.uk

Songs to be submitted in mp3 format.
Pictures to be in jpg or png format.

It's not a competition.
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  • Bump. Still a couple of months to go, but a quick weekend reminder of the composition challenge. 
    It's not a competition.
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1915
    Do we need vocals? or can it be instrumental?
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  • poopot said:
    Do we need vocals? or can it be instrumental?
    Whatever you want to do. Mine will be instrumental unless I suddenly learn how to sing :)
    It's not a competition.
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 440
    poopot said:
    Do we need vocals? or can it be instrumental?
    Whatever you want to do. Mine will be instrumental unless I suddenly learn how to sing

    Given the theme for this one I think (and hope) that virtually every entry will be instrumental.

    Even I am not in the slightest tempted to write lyrics about a superhero and my past entries would indicate a low threshold for submitting the ridiculous :)
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  • BezzerBezzer Frets: 221
    Gotta say I'm loving this challenge.  I think my piece is more or less there writing wise.  A few flourishes and tweaks to add.  I don't think you'd call it the main theme though … more the lament that leads into war and then tragedy …. 

    Definitely the most complicated chord sequence I've ever come up with.
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1915
    Mines done... just need to sort the photo ;)
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 440
    I'm going for a Metallica S&M type piece. I know where I'm going with the guitar and I have a concept... The orchestral parts might take a bit longer. Plenty of time though
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  • I'm up for this challenge, I have a cover version in mind, is this allowed? I also want to put a guitar solo in it, but am i right in thinking that drunkenly tapping my plectrum on the fretboard in an Iddly Tiddly Widdly Piddly Kinda Way would not be the right approach : ) Any tips on soloing would be appreciated.
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  • I'm up for this challenge, I have a cover version in mind, is this allowed?
    I don't see why not. I'm sure you'll put an original and creative take on it.

    It's not a competition.
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  • Please let me know if anyone has any ideas for the next theme, after this one, that will encourage entries.

    It's not a competition.
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  • thecolourboxthecolourbox Frets: 3778
    I'm trying to do this one mentally (while I sort out my new laptop) though I'll admit I've never watched a super hero movie as I had to Google who Hans Zimmer is. Mine will hopefully be a bit of modified classical, there won't be vocals in the sense of a song though I'm not ruling out there being voice used... Hopefully
    I may feel slightly sad, but I won't cry
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  • I’m up for this and working on ideas. No idea what the super hero is yet. 


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  • ...No idea what the super hero is yet. 

    I was thinking generically but, if I had to visualise one, I'll go for Wonder Woman :)
    It's not a competition.
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  • thecolourboxthecolourbox Frets: 3778
    I have a super hero but not sure what his power is as yet. I am hoping my vst plugins will decide that for me
    I may feel slightly sad, but I won't cry
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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 20134
    Please let me know if anyone has any ideas for the next theme, after this one, that will encourage entries.

    Having been on a forum where we used to do this the following worked well:

    A track inspired by your favourite band (wide open from metal to blues to acoustic folk)

    In a similar vein to above think about the first album you purchased and create a song inspired by a favourite track - it doesn't need to be a slavish homage to either the band or the album.

    The Fretboard EP/album task - pick a musical style and get people to create a track to go on the album .. for fun you could create a bonkers band name. Again this is open to interpretation as if you picked say hard rock as a genre people could create an out and out rocker, a slow ballad, an acoustic piece etc.

    Provide some basic samples (I have terabytes of these so could help) which people can use. These would be drums, bass and other bits and pieces. Use as many or as few as you want and feel free to chop them up. This can allow people to quickly create a backing track to play over. Have a pool of stuff people could use helped.

    Frexited
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  • Fretwired said:
    Please let me know if anyone has any ideas for the next theme, after this one, that will encourage entries.

    Having been on a forum where we used to do this the following worked well:

    A track inspired by your favourite band (wide open from metal to blues to acoustic folk)

    In a similar vein to above think about the first album you purchased and create a song inspired by a favourite track - it doesn't need to be a slavish homage to either the band or the album.

    The Fretboard EP/album task - pick a musical style and get people to create a track to go on the album .. for fun you could create a bonkers band name. Again this is open to interpretation as if you picked say hard rock as a genre people could create an out and out rocker, a slow ballad, an acoustic piece etc.

    Provide some basic samples (I have terabytes of these so could help) which people can use. These would be drums, bass and other bits and pieces. Use as many or as few as you want and feel free to chop them up. This can allow people to quickly create a backing track to play over. Have a pool of stuff people could use helped.

    That's excellent. Plenty to pick from. Many thanks.
    It's not a competition.
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1915
    Sent :)
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  • poopot said:
    Sent :)
    Received :)
    It's not a competition.
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  • BezzerBezzer Frets: 221
    Finished last night, got it all mixed and to volume then on play though, in a quiet section, there's the familiar "bffttttzzzz brfftzzzz" of a mobile phone trying to get signal and being picked up by everything with 70 yards ....

    Guess I'll be re-recording that bit then ha ha
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  • BezzerBezzer Frets: 221
    Sent!

    I think I lost my mind a little with this one … but I can explain when necessary … probably :)
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  • Bezzer said:
    Sent!

    Received. That makes 2 entries so far.

    It's not a competition.
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 440
    poopot said:
    Do we need vocals? or can it be instrumental?
    Whatever you want to do. Mine will be instrumental unless I suddenly learn how to sing

    Given the theme for this one I think (and hope) that virtually every entry will be instrumental.

    Even I am not in the slightest tempted to write lyrics about a superhero and my past entries would indicate a low threshold for submitting the ridiculous


    So that's the lyrics finished and I'll hopefully send it in the next week or two...


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  • BezzerBezzer Frets: 221

    So that's the lyrics finished and I'll hopefully send it in the next week or two...


    As soon as you said "I'm not tempted" I wondered how long it would last :)
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 440
    Bezzer said:

    So that's the lyrics finished and I'll hopefully send it in the next week or two...


    As soon as you said "I'm not tempted" I wondered how long it would last :)
    It was actually your fault@bezzer
     

    I heard your excellent classical v metal song on your personal soundcloud and figured we didn't need two of the same (also the free orchestra vst I was using sounded crap)
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  • BezzerBezzer Frets: 221
    edited March 5
    Ha ha ... sorry!  I put it up as my mates email wasn't working ... probably should've waited.

    Which VST are you using?  I switched to EastWest on the sub model and it's just incredible
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 440
    Bezzer said:
    Ha ha ... sorry!  I put it up as my mates email wasn't working ... probably should've waited.

    Which VST are you using?  I switched to EastWest on the sub model and it's just incredible
    Well I enjoyed listening to it and you've saved me a lot of work so I'm glad you didn't wait. The orchestral stuff sounds great.

    I'm just using VSCO2 free. In defence of the software I think my composing also contributed to the sucking ass vibe.

    FWIW I'm still using the brass samples with funk rock. I was going to do the serious Endgame music for Infinity War part 2 but am now doing something more akin to Deadpool 3 or a Trey Parker/Matt Stone movie

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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 815
    Bezzer said:
    Ha ha ... sorry!  I put it up as my mates email wasn't working ... probably should've waited.

    Which VST are you using?  I switched to EastWest on the sub model and it's just incredible
    Well I enjoyed listening to it and you've saved me a lot of work so I'm glad you didn't wait. The orchestral stuff sounds great...


    Hang on. Are things going on behind my back? Am I losing control? Oh well who cares :).

    I'm finally making progress. The way things are developing have led me to a ticking clock idea, so now I need to somehow weave that into a Superhero theme. 
    It's not a competition.
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1915
    Been searching for bezzers soundcloud all day now!...
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  • BezzerBezzer Frets: 221
    @poopot this is a journey that can only end in disappointment :)

    @stratman3142 nothing malicious sir, just my borderline incompetence ... I say borderline ...
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1915
    Bezzer said:
    @poopot this is a journey that can only end in disappointment :)

    @stratman3142 nothing malicious sir, just my borderline incompetence ... I say borderline ...
    Found it :) no disappointment here!... 
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