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Friday, July 17, 2015

Champions Vs Shadows #1: Round 1 Challenges

Sign ups are now over, and we have 5 former Champions set to battle a hoard of 20 Shadows.  Will the Champions have what it takes to conquer this army of musical mayhem?  Only time will tell, so let's get it on...

As mentioned on the sign-up page, the Champions & Shadows will have different challenges in round 1.  So make sure you complete the correct challenge.



Building Bridges: Write a song about building something.  The only thing off limits is going meta.  So no songs about making music or writing a song.  (2 minute minimum length) (your submission is due Sunday, July 26th 11:59PM)



Listin' In: Write a list song about any topic you like.  The song should be in the form of a list, not about a list.  (2 minute minimum length) (your submission is due Sunday, July 26th 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: Sound Cloud (set to download a format BandCamp is ok with) & 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:

- 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 Champions Vs Shadows, you can still complete one of the challenges & 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.

- 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 comment:

  1. Hello, all!

    It's Edric. I look forward to the songs that get written to meet these new challenges, but I wanted to let you all know that after much mental "back-and-forthing," I finally decided not to sign up for "Champions Vs. Shadows." I still plan on being part of ST11 like I promised, but this summer I didn't really need an OUTSIDE songwriting prompt, as I'm actually busy working on a challenge I gave MYSELF. (And even though I'm normally very "no hints," I'll go ahead and share my challenge below. Hopefully you'll agree that it's a good enough reason not to participate in this round.)

    Good luck to all the participants! I can't wait to hear what you write!

    My Challenge: Choose any Jonathan Coulton song you want, and turn it into a full stage musical.