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Posted 01 September 2017 - 08:21 AM

September’s Composition Challenge is now under way!

Here's the picture chosen for this month's Challenge by last month's Winner: Xgsjx :)

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 08:51 AM

Where's the Doom in that?! I'm gonna have to get creative...
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Posted 01 September 2017 - 09:01 AM

:lol:
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Posted 01 September 2017 - 11:02 AM

Look at those clouds above. If that, not enough doom, then you've also got a traction engine. Imagine getting knocked down by one of those!!!

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 11:11 AM

Doom..? Doom..? Doom..! Ah, yes..! Doom..! Thanks for the tip; I'll get onto that right away..! Where's my keyboard..?

(Doom... Now then, what have I in stock suitable for Doom..? Storm samples..? Nah, too evident. Screeching brakes..? Nah, not on a traction engine..! Doom... Hmm... Not as easy as I first thought. Doom... Doom... Doom... Doom... Doom... No, nothing coming so far... :()

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 12:03 PM

View PostMornats, on 01 September 2017 - 08:51 AM, said:

Where's the Doom in that?! I'm gonna have to get creative...

:lol: :lol:

I'm thinking I could go with the 'Dawson' angle......as in , Les :biggrin:
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Posted 01 September 2017 - 02:58 PM

View Postfingers211, on 01 September 2017 - 12:03 PM, said:



:lol: :lol:

I'm thinking I could go with the 'Dawson' angle......as in , Les :biggrin:

Or the tribute act Less Dawson :D
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Posted 01 September 2017 - 04:59 PM

I can't get this out of my head when I look at the photo


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Posted 02 September 2017 - 11:01 AM

Flippin' 'ell.
The first thing that went through my head for this was , 'Shostakovich - Waltz no.2'.

Pastiche it is then .... :blush:

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Posted 02 September 2017 - 02:14 PM

Here we go then; I give you ...

Doom Di Doom Di Doom ...

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 01:33 PM

Inspired by Stephen King's "IT".

"I'll kill you all! Ha ha! I'll drive you crazy, and then I'll kill you all! I'm your every nightmare you ever had, I'm your worst dream come true! I'm everything you're ever afraid of!" - Pennywise.

Oh wait, hang on... what happened here? That's not my usua....

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 07:56 PM

Mines done , I did want to write some lyrics in but the tune ended up all happy and the words would not have worked , so I left it instrumental . NO , NO I hear you cry , but alas, yes, it is purely toooon this month :D

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 08:06 PM

I'm sure you'll all be gutted to hear I won't be able to get it together this month, gig Friday, 3 gigs Saturday then off on holiday til the closing date. "Lucky escape!" I hear you muttering amongst yourselves..... :)
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Posted 08 September 2017 - 05:00 PM

I've made a racquet...
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Posted 10 September 2017 - 03:33 PM

i have been out for a couple of months, been rather lacking in inspiration recently. hardly been playing anything at all so there wasnt much hope for anything composition wise. i decided to try and get back in to things though. so this is based around having a head full of acid at the fair. i wanted it to sound like the fair was just off kilter so everything just seem not quite right. i went for the tradition waltz style tunes as a basis. not sure if it works but a proper tune wasnt very forthcoming so i figured something closer to a soundscape would serve. the human noises are courtesy of my mum and little brother.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 12:03 AM

I've got Stuff happening right now, so I'll get this posted in here whilst I can. Here, then, is...

The Return Of The Return Of 'Play Of The Day'..!

In order of appearance...

'Doom Di Doom Di Doom', from Dad3353 ...

A steady 'chug', but it's a lure, a sort of count-in to an up-tempo blast-beat, rocking straight into an almost country-picking guitar lick, a firm bass riff and hard-rock drums. There's a definite sensation of déja-vu, a feelng of familiarity . Now where has this been heard before..? A short solo sax, slightly distanced, takes over, but is immediately pushed aside by the urgent guitar/bass/drums. Follows a few bars of chundering and drum break; the steady 'chug' makes its presence felt before the riff is back with a vengeance, the guitar now doubled. The pattern continues, with solo sax variants, contrasting with the raw tone of the overdriven bass, and extra guitar layers joining in successively, interspersed with ever more sophisticated drum breaks, each time with a reminder of 'Old Faithful' chugging away, oblivious of the pace that was so innocently set at the start.
There's a leitmotif established right from the start, with the traction engine ticking over with constance, and echoes of a distant funfair evoked by the sax melodies; the theme of the picture is respected without resort to too much cliché. You never know; it just might work.

'Carouhell', from Mornats ...

Ominous, foreboding, menace. Nonchalant chattering in the background seems heedless of the impending pounding building up. A stomping pace is established, along with a disturbing jangle, like muffled alarm bells. Virtual 'stabs' of brass cut through; the girlish shrieks in the vicinity are provoked by what, exactly..? The disquietening ringing fades away, replaced with equally unsettling murmurings and sound effects, which break into a rather mocking cross between a cheezy Farfisa organ and a hurdy-gurdy, playing a strnge mixture of half-jazz, half-circus, half-theatre interlude music. The stomping has mutated into a more classic, but just as enthusiastically pummelling drum set, adding to the incongruety. Diabolical mocking laughter rings out, doing nothing to allay our troubled state, the organ continues unabated with a brash melody, then relapdes into its vamped travesty of euphony before desisting behind one last derisive cackle. The crowd continue their chatter; perhaps the worst has been averted..?
There is ample expression of the theme here, with the pounding pace and rhythm well match the locomotive; the carnaval is represented through the crowd 'noises off'. There's a certain lack of cohesion in the evolution of the piece, but the global effect aimed for is attained.

'All the fun...', from lurksalot ...

Ah..! A funfair..! A nice waltz-time carousel theme..! Oh, that was just the intro; we're into the 'real' compo now. A bit of a 'stomping' beat, an enthusiastic crowd and a lilting organ stabs out the melody. Now it's joined by an orchestra, filling out more and more, the audience ever more appreciative. Every sort of variation is thrown in, all retaining an authentic link to the theme, as if in the imagination of a listener, extrapolating the basic sounds, adding progreessively to the complexity of the already rich harmony. The dream comes to an end; reality pierces the bubble and the piece ends with a flourish, rightly applauded by the assistance. Does it fit the picture..? Not 'alf it does, eh..? Where's me toffee apple, me ol' china..?

'Scream If You Wanna Go Faster!', from Leonard Smalls ...

It's not so much a problem (well, it is, but ignoring that...) as a philosphical challenge. From the start, one is inclined... (well, I say 'one'; I really mean me, of course...) I was saying, one is inclined to 'fast forward', or even to end the session as abruptly as the 'music'. I have, however, for my pains, a conscience, which disallows such behaviour. I said I'd review the works; revue them I shall. Still, I can't really write what I think of it [Tommy Cooper] "Just like that..!", I need to at least try to find something, anything, that's not too defametory. Hmm... I'll have to listen again; there's no other way. What was that..? A crafty shift there... Was that a spoken phrase..? Hey, it's been sped up, but the voice has sped down..! That's almost a neat trick..! The drumming not half bad, either; better than the too-often abused disco big beats. That's a positive remark, isn't it..?
Yes, the more one listens, the more one hears good bits, carefully hidden away, tiny nuggets that require intensive sifting amongst the silt clogging it up. But that's the point, isn't it..? This stuff needs listening to, again and again. Forget the initial pain, the bleeding ears soon heal and a grainy image forms in the mind, twisted and distorted, somewhat elusive; as soon as I think I've caught a glimpse it's swept away from earshot, to be followed by another, equally disturbing flash of insight.
I do so wish Lenny would get his bass repaired, though.

'Acid at the carnival', from christofloffer ...

Giggles, almost hysterical, as a pipe organ churns out it's 3/4. Sturdy basses resonate boldly, a carillon peeps out timidly from behind the lay of the air. The melody chiming out in the background seems disjointed, although its rippling cascades are pleasant enough. The chortling continues unabated as the chimes edge forward; the organ and its basses slink away, leaving the peals of ringing and the peals of laughter have share the front of stage. The tittering is twisted towards the end; this is a strange, but fair, interpretation of an 'amusement park'. Jolly Good (but I'd recommend reducing the dose, just the same...).

I'll try to post others as and when they drift in; my apologies in advance if I can't do 'em all.

To be continued, hopefully...

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 04:07 PM

View PostDad3353, on 11 September 2017 - 12:03 AM, said:


I do so wish Lenny would get his bass repaired, though.



Cheers Mr D! Good to see Play Of The Day returning!
I'm glad you liked my haunting little melody... I say Liked, I mean Tolerated. And by Tolerated, I mean you'd probably prefer to be Edward The Second than have to listen to my offering ever again :)
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 06:49 PM

Thanks for the write-up :) The general incohesion in mine was totally due to me wanting to throw off anyone suspecting that my Doom array was going to come in and absolutely wasn't anything to do with throwing that one out quickly. Nur-hur.

The background talking/yells etc. is one of the atmospheric pads from Ethera Soundscapes. Some nice little gems in there.
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:41 PM

I got one in, guys!! Featuring my melodica debut!! I deserve to win for that alone!!

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:04 AM

Oddly enough, I've not found this month's pic as easy to write for as the previous 2 months. Maybe it's because I already have songs written by other people that I associate with the pic.
I'm trying to meld them all together. I've recorded some bass & laid down some organs (easy now). I've got some steam & now I'm working on the beats. Hopefully get it finished soon. :)

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:02 PM

Here's my entry.
The melody I came up with on the bass, so I decided to keep it on bass. It was fun to play.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 02:53 PM

This is my effort, I get a sinsiter feel from the picture, fairgrounds have always for me felt quite moody places. The ones from the youth were full of violence and debauchery. Ive tried to capture a psychedelic under the influence experience at the fair, which is what i get from the colours and the out of focus figure near the steam engine. Theres also a nod to shennigans that I obseved at the Unfairground at Glastonbury. The title is named after the Ghost Train at our local fair called The Bone Rattler. Thank you for listening.

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 04:13 PM

Looks like I've managed to get this in after Dad's 'play of the day'....

it's the same theory I had for late homework, in that hopefully it won't get marked !!

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 10:03 PM

I'm not sure it belongs here , but a day at the races means I pick a horse called 'song maker ' and I win a few pennies , next race I pick a horse called 'arty Campbell ' and I win a lot more pennies , random , maybe , not when you bet like a lady ........cheers Leonard :lol:
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Posted 16 September 2017 - 07:24 AM

View Postlurksalot, on 15 September 2017 - 10:03 PM, said:

cheers Leonard :lol:

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 10:07 PM

The Return Of The Return Of The Return Of 'Play Of The Day'..!

'Carousel', from Bilbo ...

A waltz, in soft 'tzigane' format, with a gentle 'pump' of rhythmic chords, a staid, respectful double bass and a lovely melody picked out on guitar. This is doubled discreetly by a very Parisian accordion (yes, I know it's a melodica, but the sonic effect is of an accordion at Montmartre...). The base chords are very repetitive, but the variations spun out by the melody instruments fulfil their role admirably; indeed, they require the constance of this backdrop to waft away and back with grace and elegance. The contract is entirely respected, the picture expertly sketched out. Moving stuff; well done, lad.

'Steam Fair', from xgsjx ...

A full-on steam organ comes in with authority, only to step back and leave the centre stage to a double-stopped bass, doubled by an organ-synth, with a distant arpeggio giving pace to the background. We change again; the melody is now picked out with a rather 'poppy' bass; a more subdued 'standard' bass takes back its usual role of underpinning. Once again, we ring the changes with a driving drum kit pushing an organ to the front for the melody. The volume reduces, but not the intensity; we are hustled from semi-disco to pop-rock, always with the leitmotiv, chased from pillar to post. It's the doubled bass that finishes the sequence off, with the very last gasp coming from the 'steam puff' that's been doggedly providing a backbeat throughout. Very much 'steam', very much 'funfair', an interesting cross-culture interpretation. Well performed; Good Stuff.

'The Bone Rattler {DEMO)', from Indy ...

An unsettling ambiance is established, as if the band were tuning up, orchestra fashion. A mono-chordal pounding bass riff and we're off. I'll have to 'fess up here, and suggest that, in order to really give credit to the lyrics, I need them to be either very, very clearly sung, or have them printed out on the record sleeve. That's one of the many penalties of old age; one misses out on so much. :-(
Never mind, the general gist is there. The mood and overall sound brings to mind Steppenwolf (take that as a great complement, please...), and the vocal effects merging with the keys give a very authentic colour to the piece. Very well played on all instruments, subtly arranged and mixed; it's very rich without overstepping to become cloying. Perfectly suited to the declared impressions taken from the picture, so successful from every point of view. Well done.

'Caravan Of Fun !', from fingers211 ...

Ha..! A wonderfully cynical view of the characters one could meet at these places..! Happy days..? Not always, it would seem. The introductory phrases reek with promise of a good time to be had, Wurlitzer style, but we're very quickly disenchanted when all turns sour, with echoes of The Who's 'Quadrophenia' in there somewhere. The tone is set; it's not going to be all jolly, after all. Mid-piece, the hullabaloo dies down; we're left in the lurch, deflated, just like the burst balloon Eeyore gets as a birthday present from Piglet. An all-to-familiar personal experience brought to life in fine fashion; similar childhood memories awoken (for better or for worse..?). Excellent, top-notch. Does it fit the picture..? Yes, in spades.

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 03:34 PM

Hi guys - it's been a while!

Here's my entry entry for this month.

It seems started off as a bass part I came up with while looking at the picture but it grew a bit away from that so my apologies!

It was a bit of a rush job to get it done by the deadline (excuses over now!).

I've hidden my sub par vocals behind a vocoder to save you at least some of the misery.

https://soundcloud.c...yes/way-of-life

Edited by Rikki1984, 22 September 2017 - 04:48 PM.


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Posted 22 September 2017 - 05:22 PM

Any more late-comers..? <_<

The Return Of The Return Of The Return Of The Return Of 'Play Of The Day'..!

'Way Of Life ', from Rikki1984 ...

A solid, funky bass beat, with an equally solid, hefty beat from the drums. The rhythmic starts up a chordal riff, joined by a buried vocal, treated to such an extreme extent as to be totally inaudible (Yes, I know; I'm deaf... :blush: ). The lyrics are... There are lyrics..? Never mind, the relentless grind of the poppy bass, metronomic drums and half-wah guitar do their job well enough.
Ah, it would seem that the lyrics have ended. This is the signal for the bass player to lose all sense of decorum and indulge in a wild flurry of thrashing. Luckily the rest of the band stay on track and, now exhausted, the bass recovers its principal role, right up to the surprising 'outro', switching to three-four time. Odd, but it works quite well. Inspired by the picture..? The link is tenuous, at best, but the piece is worth listening to, if only as a warning to others to not let a bassist off the leash too readily.

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 10:45 AM

Thanks for the 'kind' review Dad......the cheques in the post <_<

On a serious note, your reviews always add another dimension when listening to the tracks.

Very much appreciated, thanks...

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 11:50 AM

View Postfingers211, on 23 September 2017 - 10:45 AM, said:

Thanks for the 'kind' review Dad......the cheque's in the post <_<...

Fixed. :mellow:

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