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Sunday, August 5, 2012

SpinTunes #5: Round 4 Challenge

Photo Finish - Write a song inspired by the photo below:


(2 minute minimum) (your submission is due August 12th 11:59PM)

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: YouSendIt, Sound Cloud & Drop Box. 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.

9 comments:

  1. Let me be the first to say, "WTF?"

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  2. This song is judged only by popular vote of the Spintunes 5 contestants, not by the judges, right?
    This is the Spintunes FIVE round 4 challenge, by the way. Not Spintunes 4.

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  3. Final Round:
    In the last round, everyone who has been eliminated (who also submitted at least 1 song) will be allowed to rank the songs. This round the judges have no say in matters, but they will still be required to review each song. Rules for a tie are altered just a bit. Popular vote is the first deciding factor, then the judges, and then I am the last deciding factor.

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  4. Since it is apparent that composition, orchestration and lyrics do not matter in the face of a judges bias/prejudices, and to benefit the remaining competitors, would you please provide a short list of ideas/items that would be rejected out of hand, lest the remaining competitors write a song that would raise a judges ire, and do so for all future competitions?

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  5. I'm with Dave. You can't be out of challenges already.

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    1. Round 4's challenge has been posted.

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    2. Yes, I know. But this challenge has been done before. I was hoping for something new.

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    3. It's only been done before if what we see at the top of the page is a rusty old car.

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  6. I should point out for the record that I'm joking. Actually, the bare nature of this photo should make it particularly challenging for the competitors to stand firm and go toe-to-toe with one another.

    "Inspired by" covers a lot of ground.

    ("ground". I crack me up)

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