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Title: Chizoon Contest! Changed deadline for lazy people! November 17 - December 3
Post by: Ben on 17 Nov 2003, 21:17
RED ALERT! RED ALERT! INCOMING TRANSMISSION!

Because nobody has entered yet, I've decided to move the judging date to December 3.. However, if nobody enters by Saturday (Nov. 29), I'm going to close the competiton and take suggestions for a new one..

END TRANSMISSION! HAVE A NICE DAY!
 

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Right. Geoffkhan won last week's contest, but said I could take over, since he already hosted one recently. So let's make him proud, kiddies!

I was thinking about something last night. You know how when you're browsing through your midi patches or sample collection, you sometimes come accross a sound that makes you cringe? You hear that abrasive synth or that tinny piano and say to yourself, "I'm never going to use that HORRIBLE NOISE in MY BEAUTIFUL MUSIC!!"

Well, that's this week's challenge. You're not too cool to befriend those misfit samples. Find those instruments or sound effects that you never dreamed could be used in GOOD music-- combine them with a few other instruments of your choice in any way you find suitable. And create something that will melt our brains with ORGASMIC MUSICAL PLEASURE!

Any questions?
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! November 17 - November 24
Post by: Gregjazz on 17 Nov 2003, 21:55
Nice idea!

I had done something like that about a year ago, in which I took all the worst sounding soundfonts that I never used and made a song with them. Actually, it didn't even come close to "beautiful music". :)
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! November 17 - November 24
Post by: Evil on 17 Nov 2003, 22:38
My guitar is out of tune. Maybe I'll plug it in an give it a shot for fun.
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! November 17 - November 24
Post by: shbaz on 18 Nov 2003, 00:37
Your guitar may be out of tune, but the amp I built randomly makes these loud "WEEEEHHHHHH" buzzes in the background for whatever reason. I dunno if I should fix it or leave it and try to do this.
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! November 17 - November 24
Post by: Evil on 18 Nov 2003, 03:43
I have a dirrect pulg. It plugs into my pickup and into my pc. Its only like a few doller parts at Radio Shack.
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! November 17 - November 24
Post by: EldKatt on 18 Nov 2003, 11:04
[...] but the amp I built randomly makes these loud "WEEEEHHHHHH" buzzes in the background for whatever reason.

Well, won't that merely make this contest even easier for you? :P
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! November 17 - November 24
Post by: remixor on 18 Nov 2003, 11:37
Man, what happened to the tune contests when we could just compose a MIDI tune?  :(  I suppose I really should learn all of this sampling/soundfounts/etc. business...
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! November 17 - November 24
Post by: EldKatt on 18 Nov 2003, 12:17
You certainly have a point, remixor... I'm a composer rather than a producer, so I kind of prefer the ones where MIDI is enough as well.

Nevertheless, this isn't so bad an idea. :)
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! November 17 - November 24
Post by: Gregjazz on 18 Nov 2003, 21:45
Well, it's good to learn how to use samples and soundfonts and stuff, so your music sounds good in games. But I will say that it is also good to compose using General Midi also -- it's limiting soundwise, and teaches you how to make terrible instruments sound good.
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! November 17 - November 24
Post by: Ben on 19 Nov 2003, 00:08
Remixor: You can still use General MIDI. This competition is meant to get the most out of limited sounds.. Perfect for midi.

Find a use for that helicopter sound-- nobody ever uses that :P.. Or just use one of the instruments for something it wasn't meant to do. Play a bassline on the glokcenspiel or something..
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! November 17 - November 24
Post by: n3tgraph on 20 Nov 2003, 12:01
I think we should limit this to MIDI sounds only :)

hence the fun and then everybody would have the same horrifying sounds ;)
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! November 17 - November 24
Post by: Trapezoid on 21 Nov 2003, 03:22
I dunno, not everyone has the same midi card. For instance, for all you know bass glockenspiel might sound GOOD on my computer.
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! November 17 - November 24
Post by: remixor on 21 Nov 2003, 05:12
We could render midis as mp3s then, I suppose.
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! November 17 - November 24
Post by: loominous on 21 Nov 2003, 14:24
Or we could simply skip any themes that includes:

(i) funny sounds

which indeed always turn out to be very amusing

(ii) any other where the focus isn t on melody and/or arrangement

making the soundquality unimportant
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! November 17 - November 24
Post by: Ben on 21 Nov 2003, 20:59
*sigh*

Should I move the deadline so you guys can spend a few more weeks talking? ;)

I know that not all midi cards sound the same. I think this competition can still work with midi, though. Take and instrument and do something with it that we won't expect..
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! November 17 - November 24
Post by: Gregjazz on 22 Nov 2003, 03:06
*sigh*

Should I move the deadline so you guys can spend a few more weeks talking? ;)

I know that not all midi cards sound the same. I think this competition can still work with midi, though. Take and instrument and do something with it that we won't expect..

Very well put. Even if General Midi it sounds different on different soundcards, General Midi will never cease to have bad sounding instruments.
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! Changed deadline for lazy people! November 17 - December 3
Post by: Sluggo on 29 Nov 2003, 05:35
Alright, here's my entry:

It's called Oceanside Tribal Ritual
http://cygnes.homestead.com/files/tribal.mp3 (http://cygnes.homestead.com/files/tribal.mp3)

Here's the midi:

http://cygnes.homestead.com/files/tribal.mid (http://cygnes.homestead.com/files/tribal.mid)

Instruments:
Seashore
Taiko Drums
Shamisen
Birds
Breath noise
Flute
Tinkle Bell
Helicopter

Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! Changed deadline for lazy people! November 17 - December 3
Post by: Ben on 30 Nov 2003, 19:20
Sluggo saves the contest! I guess that means I can finally sleep..

It's a nice song. It's calming, but a bit ominous as well. I'll try to give a more in-depth comment when all the other entries are in.. That is, if there are any other entries.  :P
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! Changed deadline for lazy people! November 17 - December 3
Post by: Gregjazz on 01 Dec 2003, 03:46
No kidding. If nobody else enters, maybe I'll whip up something in my spare time.
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! Changed deadline for lazy people! November 17 - December 3
Post by: EldKatt on 03 Dec 2003, 16:42
No kidding. If nobody else enters, maybe I'll whip up something in my spare time.

I say precisely the same thing. But it's a bit late. Eh... we'll see.
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! Changed deadline for lazy people! November 17 - December 3
Post by: Ben on 03 Dec 2003, 20:36
It's not the 3rd yet. And I'm sure I won't judge the songs until I get home tomorrow, so you've got about 24 hours to do something.. If you can work under all that pressure  :P
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! Changed deadline for lazy people! November 17 - December 3
Post by: EldKatt on 05 Dec 2003, 08:36
Well, woohoo: I'll have something in by this evening GMT. It will give Sluggo something to beat.
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! Changed deadline for lazy people! November 17 - December 3
Post by: Ben on 05 Dec 2003, 21:01
Aight! I'll wait another day!

 :P
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! Changed deadline for lazy people! November 17 - December 3
Post by: remixor on 07 Dec 2003, 09:30
I think it might be time to move on...
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! Changed deadline for lazy people! November 17 - December 3
Post by: Ben on 07 Dec 2003, 20:08
You're right. This contest was a disgrace!

 ;)

Sluggo is the winner, since he's the only one who entered. His tune was cool.. it had a strange melody to it, and I loved it.

So Sluggo, if you're still here, I'd like you to host the next tune contest.
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! Changed deadline for lazy people! November 17 - December 3
Post by: EldKatt on 10 Dec 2003, 14:10
A sudden illness of some sort has made me unable to do anything but sleep for the last few days, and of course, I haven't been able to get anything done. I'll be around for the next contest.
Title: Re:Chizoon Contest! Changed deadline for lazy people! November 17 - December 3
Post by: on 10 Dec 2003, 23:36
Well done Sluggo! Well done to everyone else who-- oh. Well done Sluggo!

On with the next... :)