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#1 Skol303

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 06:12 PM

The January Composition Competition is now underway.

There are two images to whet your creative appetite this month, chosen by the previous joint-winners AL-the-Bassman and Dad3353. As is tradition when we have a draw, your composition must take inspiration from both pictures. So... err... good luck with that :D

From Dad3353 we have...
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...and from AL-the-Bassman we have:
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Posted 01 January 2014 - 08:41 PM

WOW, thats going to be VERY difficult.
I can think of ideas for each, but not both......
Can we do 2 compositions ? based on each.or just one based on one of the pictures with one overall winner ( unless its another Draw of course )

I mean how can i make a tune about burt reynold's tash, and illusion art ??

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 10:23 PM

View PostAL-the-Bassman, on 01 January 2014 - 08:41 PM, said:

WOW, thats going to be VERY difficult.
I can think of ideas for each, but not both......
Can we do 2 compositions ? based on each.or just one based on one of the pictures with one overall winner ( unless its another Draw of course )

I mean how can i make a tune about burt reynold's tash, and illusion art ??

Serves you damned right for not colluding..! :P (No, I didn't either, so I'm just as dumb... :blush: ).
How about "The illusion of Burt Reynolds"..? No..? Not inspired yet..? (Incidentally, thanks; I didn't know who was in the photo. I'll return the favour; the title of the Escher work is "Ascending descending"...)
"The Escher 'tach"..? No better..? Hmm... You're a difficult one, you are... :angry:
"Monk bandits"..? "Reynolds Stare lift"..? "Stepping out with Burt"..? "Stairs and doors"..? "Un tâche sur l'escalier"..? "Bandits climbing to the bottom"..?
No..? Still nowt..? I give up, then. :unsure:
Maybe I'll superimpose the pics and see what happens..? ...or create a 'beat' of tramping feet from a sampled car door slamming. Go on, I'm sure you're cap. Not 'easy peasy', I'll allow, but all the others have the same handicap..! :lol:
Whatever, it's going to be a really off-the -wall winner this month, that's pretty certain. Good luck... B)

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 08:30 AM

I really don't know what to say............ Thus will be a challenge.
Everything's relative.

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 09:58 AM

Both great photos but took a bit of tying together, but I think I have an idea for this one now, it could get messy :rolleyes:
When I said lower the frequency , I didn't mean only on christmas and birthdays blue moons


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Posted 02 January 2014 - 10:23 AM

Well we've had tougher challenges in the past... the month involving Jimmy Saville, Scooby Doo and the Mexican Day of the Dead; not forgetting the time we had to compose to each of the previous 12 month's images - set to video!

So yeah. In the words of Man vs Food: "It's time to put on your big boy pants and get to it!" Or something like that :D

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 10:35 AM

PS : my tip for this month would be to not get bogged down in a literal interpretation of each image.

The images are meant to be a starting point for your music - the aim is never really to capture them precisely (like a soundtrack), but to produce something inspired by them.

For example: from Smokey & The Bandit it could be a country theme, 'driving music', perhaps a sense of action/chase. From the Escher picture it could be something technical (even techno!), repetitious, or ascending/descending as already hinted by Douglas. And much more besides.

You get the idea...


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Posted 02 January 2014 - 11:41 AM

All I can picture in my head is Burt Reynolds running around the Escher staricase to the Benny Hill theme tune.
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Posted 02 January 2014 - 11:43 AM

View PostSkol303, on 02 January 2014 - 10:35 AM, said:

PS : my tip for this month would be to not get bogged down in a literal interpretation of each image.

The images are meant to be a starting point for your music - the aim is never really to capture them precisely (like a soundtrack), but to produce something inspired by them.

For example: from Smokey & The Bandit it could be a country theme, 'driving music', perhaps a sense of action/chase. From the Escher picture it could be something technical (even techno!), repetitious, or ascending/descending as already hinted by Douglas. And much more besides.

You get the idea...

:lol: :lol: I guess you have already heard mine then , a repetitious country driving song , It takes the surprise element away though :lol:
When I said lower the frequency , I didn't mean only on christmas and birthdays blue moons


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Posted 02 January 2014 - 05:16 PM

these 2 are difficult, certainly not giving me any immediate ideas..

will be intersting to see what people produce

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 07:48 PM

View PostAL-the-Bassman, on 01 January 2014 - 08:41 PM, said:

WOW, thats going to be VERY difficult.
I can think of ideas for each, but not both......
Challenge accepted. One picture gives me an idea for a theme, the other for a style :)


View PostSkol303, on 02 January 2014 - 10:35 AM, said:

...For example: from Smokey & The Bandit it could be a country theme...

***Hard Stare*** Now they're all gonna think I nicked your idea. It was MINE I tell you MINE!!!!

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 08:21 PM

well the country theme is obvious if you've seen smokey and the bandit .
its blending that in with the other picture....
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Posted 02 January 2014 - 08:22 PM

View PostSteveO, on 02 January 2014 - 07:48 PM, said:

...***Hard Stare*** Now they're all gonna think I nicked your idea. It was MINE I tell you MINE!!!!

Chill out, son, I'd already chucked away two in this idiom before these suggestions. No, I don't (yet..! Mwahaha..! :ph34r: ) have the answer, but answer there is. More bourbon, perhaps..? :gas:
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Posted 02 January 2014 - 08:24 PM

View PostAL-the-Bassman, on 02 January 2014 - 08:21 PM, said:

well the country theme is obvious if you've seen smokey and the bandit .
its blending that in with the other picture....
tricky

...and as I hadn't come across this before (my loss, I know...), I've spent today 'researching'. I'm just glad I didn't pay seats in the cinema to watch that. Ideas, however; ideas... Hmm... :unsure:
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Posted 02 January 2014 - 10:22 PM

HOW HAVE U NOT SEEN THIS FILM ??
smokey and the bandit is a Classic film.
and sally fields in it is HOT

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 10:40 PM

View PostAL-the-Bassman, on 02 January 2014 - 10:22 PM, said:

HOW HAVE U NOT SEEN THIS FILM ??...

Mis-spent youth; long story. :blush:
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Posted 02 January 2014 - 11:59 PM

The music will be inspired by one photo and the lyrics by the other. Cool. I can hardly wait to get started.
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Posted 03 January 2014 - 12:00 AM

View PostDad3353, on 02 January 2014 - 10:40 PM, said:



Mis-spent youth; long story. :blush:
Why am I not surprised. :D
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Posted 03 January 2014 - 01:10 AM

Escher and The Bandit?? OH COME ON!!!?!?! :blink:

Well... what about some redneck car-chase banjo music with a rap by MC Escher..?

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 03:20 AM

View Postdiscreet, on 03 January 2014 - 01:10 AM, said:

Escher and The Bandit?? OH COME ON!!!?!?! :blink:

Well... what about some redneck car-chase banjo music with a rap by MC Escher..?

If folks will vote for that, you're going to become even more popular. Gregorian chanting, bluegrass style..? Hill-billy lutes..? Keep 'em comin', they're all good... ;)
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Posted 03 January 2014 - 04:30 AM

Here we go, then, to get you started. Here's my version...

Progression of the Omnibus Bandits

Enjoy...
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Posted 03 January 2014 - 11:25 AM

well Done,
that was quick

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 01:18 PM

I am not listening in just yet , I have my ideas planned, but not started recording yet , so i wont listen to others till I'm done , but B*****y H**l Dad , you are going to be sitting around really twiddling those fingers for a whole month again waiting for the next one :lol:
When I said lower the frequency , I didn't mean only on christmas and birthdays blue moons


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 02:19 PM

View Postlurksalot, on 03 January 2014 - 01:18 PM, said:

I am not listening in just yet , I have my ideas planned, but not started recording yet , so i wont listen to others till I'm done , but B*****y H**l Dad , you are going to be sitting around really twiddling those fingers for a whole month again waiting for the next one :lol:

Twiddling what..? Oh, fingers... :blush: Sorry, I misheard. No, I've got several of my own on the go which reclaim my attention, and a hefty session of sorting out my sounds library in waiting. The 'music room' is being 'refurbished' (euphemism; it means 'rebuilt'..!), so it's 'armchair' stuff, for now, although i can now plug an instrument into the PC. Next step: dig out my bass from wherever it's been stored (read: hidden...).
...and not as quick as it may appear, either. It depends whether one can sleep or not, and as I can't, I may as well do this. It's not as if it's high quality, either... :blush: More patience than anything else, I'd say. Come on, you can all do better than that... :rolleyes:
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Posted 03 January 2014 - 06:27 PM

I've got an idea that ties in with the pics (got it straight away too!). I should get an entry this mumph. :)
I'm looking forward to hearing all the entries.

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 06:46 PM

Should get an entry in this month, an idea formed surprisingly quickly. For some reason, I look at those pictures and hear sludge metal. I honestly don't know why.

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 11:08 PM

Please can somebody create a picture of both of these images side by side , as one file ( i don't have the right software)
thank you .

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 11:49 PM

Ive lost a bit of the scale but does this help

Attached File  monthly_01_2014/post-6010-0-87336500-1388965680.jpg   144.42K
When I said lower the frequency , I didn't mean only on christmas and birthdays blue moons


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 12:43 AM

View PostDad3353, on 01 January 2014 - 10:23 PM, said:

Serves you damned right for not colluding..! :P (No, I didn't either, so I'm just as dumb... :blush: ).
How about "The illusion of Burt Reynolds"..? No..? Not inspired yet..? (Incidentally, thanks; I didn't know who was in the photo. I'll return the favour; the title of the Escher work is "Ascending descending"...)
"The Escher 'tach"..? No better..? Hmm... You're a difficult one, you are... :angry:
"Monk bandits"..? "Reynolds Stare lift"..? "Stepping out with Burt"..? "Stairs and doors"..? "Un tâche sur l'escalier"..? "Bandits climbing to the bottom"..?
No..? Still nowt..? I give up, then. :unsure:
Maybe I'll superimpose the pics and see what happens..? ...or create a 'beat' of tramping feet from a sampled car door slamming. Go on, I'm sure you're cap. Not 'easy peasy', I'll allow, but all the others have the same handicap..! :lol:
Whatever, it's going to be a really off-the -wall winner this month, that's pretty certain. Good luck... B)

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 01:15 AM

View Postambient, on 06 January 2014 - 12:43 AM, said:

Burt Reynolds, that's who the guy in the car is ?

According to Al, it's a cinema classic that no-one could reasonably not know about...

View PostAL-the-Bassman, on 02 January 2014 - 10:22 PM, said:

HOW HAVE U NOT SEEN THIS FILM ??
smokey and the bandit is a Classic film.
and sally fields in it is HOT

...I had a peek on t'tube, to find out what I'd been missing all these decades, and was... ehem... shall we say 'somewhat underwhelmed'... <_<
Never mind all that; just get composing..! ;)

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