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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

SpinTunes #5: Round 1 Challenge

The Beginning Of The End - Write a song about the last day of work. (2 minute minimum) (your submission is due June 30th 11:59PM (Sat).

- We of course run things by my time...not yours. The link at the top of the blog may be helpful to you when it comes to deadlines throughout this contest. (I'll update that after work today around 7PM)

- The bold part is just the title of the challenge/album. Everything after that is the actual challenge. "The Beginning Of The End" will be the title of the album.

- I set my alarm just so I could get up in the middle of the night & post this. If you see mistakes, just leave a comment.  I'll fix them after work.

Submitting Entries:
- Entries must be received by the given deadline. Otherwise it'll be posted as a shadow. Received means that it has to appear in my e-mail inbox by the given deadline. I will be going by the time stamp on the e-mail in my inbox. PLEASE do not wait until the last hour to send me something. If there is a blackout in your area, your computer crashes, or your dog actually eats your thumb drive...I will not care. You are allowed to send in a draft of your song early just in case something horrible happens & you miss the deadline. Then you can add polish to your song & send in a better version closer to the deadline. 1 minute late is still late people.

- Send your file in a format that Bandcamp accepts. (.aiff, .wav or .flac) (at least 16-bit/44.1kHz) You can find the specific requirements for Bandcamp files HERE.

- Name your file the song's title, but without spaces & punctuation.

- Title of the e-mail should be the title of the Challenge & your band's name.

- Include the song lyrics in the body of the e-mail. (If your song doesn't have lyrics...consider yourself eliminated. Instrumentals can be pretty, but SpinTunes does require lyrics.)

- Include information on anyone that needs credited if you collabed with someone.

- If you have a BandCamp account, you can just send me a link to your song on BandCamp if you include all the info I mentioned above. Make sure you have it set as a free download, and have it set so that I don't have to put in an e-mail to download it if you pick this option. THIS IS THE BEST FILE SHARING OPTION!

- Other file sharing options if you need them: YouSendItSound CloudDrop BoxRapidShareZShare & MediaFire. Please send an e-mail as I already stated, but with the download link if you need one of these services. Please follow directions so your file doesn't wind up in my spam or trash folder accidentally.

Side Notes:
- Good luck everyone. I don't care who wins, but I hope you all have fun & maybe even learn a little something along the way.

- Remember that Max, Dave & Tom have access to my e-mail now. If I'm not available, it's possible that one of them will respond to you.

- Remember that you are allowed to send in a little background about your song. Some people don't like to do that, and you don't have to, but if you want to write a couple sentences about your song I'll post it on the BandCamp page for people to see. Some judges will look at the lyrics & this extra info, but they aren't required to.

- If you didn't sign-up in time to compete in SpinTunes #5, you can still complete the challenge & send in a song. It'll be uploaded with the other entries as a "Shadow Song". Check the FAQ if you don't know what that means. You can even complete past challenges from previous contests.

- If you didn't sign-up you can also do a song for "Single Rainbow Across The Internet". You're song would be played during the LP as well.

- The only other way to get your music played at the LP is to cover "Today's The Day" by Inverse T. Clown.

- Feel free to leave any questions in the comments.


  1. Does school count as work? Ive never had a job...

  2. We did not define "work" for a reason. That is open for interpretation.

  3. Can there be cussing in it? I seem to recall a lot of cussing on my last day.

  4. I've got some lyrics and a vague idea of where I want to go with it. My last day at work was quite joyous so it should be an uplifting number. Self empowerment, my brothers & sisters.

  5. I really enjoy the discussion board format at songdight that acoompanies each round over there. Is there anything like that for spintunes? If so, where can I find it?


    1. Not really. We just use the comments here, Twitter & Facebook mostly.

    2. Would you object if I wanted to create a free discussion board somewhere for that purpose?

    3. Sammy might have something over at the Ocean Of Bees website already, but I don't think people use it. You can check that out. If you decide to make a forum that's fine as well. Since SpinTunes doesn't go on all the time like Song Fight, I've never really felt the need to make a forum.

    4. testing...is this thing on?....