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[MUSIC ON] Cover contest! This week: Songs about the Devil

Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
edited November 2008 in Debate and/or Discourse
There's a number of musicians in D&D, and a number of us have enough recording equipment to put our stuff on the internets. Thus, I propose we have a little fun with it.

How it works

This thread is a cover contest. Each week or so, a song will be picked that everyone has to cover. The song can be any style, any artist, etc, and the cover can be any style that you want to do. It can be an instrumental or an acapella or even a percussion-only track. Doesn't matter. In fact, the weirder the better.

Post your covers in the thread, for people to listen to and critique and enjoy. This is also your chance to get some advice on how to improve your musicking. The OP will be updated with websites where you can upload your tracks, although any site that lets you link your files should work. I use Google's page creator: http://pages.google.com - feel free to suggest the ones that you use or find particularly useful.

I'm leaning towards the idea of having everyone vote for their favourite cover at the end of the week, and having the winner pick the next song. Of course, this means that the winner has to be reasonable with their pick. This means something you can link on youtube, and which is somewhat conducive to being covered.

I will update the OP with current and/or recent covers in the running, as well as the youtube for the song to be covered, each week. Hopefully I can get this turned into a poll when people start contributing.

Who can participate

Everyone! If you're horrible at music, we can laugh at you. If you only play one instrument, you can just do an instrumental with it. Just make sure that you listen to the tracks each week so that people's effort isn't wasted. I'm hoping that we get plenty of people who have the right equipment and talent so that we have a fair number of covers.

Multiple forumers can collaborate to do a cover, in addition to their individual entries, if they so desire. In fact, you can collaborate with people who aren't on the forum if you want, like friends who play other instruments or bandmates who aren't nerdy enough to crawl around on forums.

You can also retract your entry and replace it with a new one as often as you want up to the week's end deadline, but you might want to PM me to make sure I catch it.

how i maek musac?

To get your stuff on the computer, you'll need the appropriate instruments and physical devices, like a microphone or an input. I'm using the Rock Band USB microphone right now, and it works okay. For recording, I use Audacity: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ It's free and it gives you multi track recording, sound reduction, some effects, etc.

I plan to update this section as people leave suggestions for programs and such as well. Maybe I'll just have a resources section at the bottom of the OP.


What's happening this week:

Last week's winner was APZonerunner, who won with his cover of Frog's Theme from Chrono Trigger.

This week, theme songs. Our winner has stipulated that the theme chosen must be the main theme of a given work; you can't do the Imperial March, only the Star Wars main theme, for example. This is open to anything from game shows to TV shows to movies to video games to commercial jingles, as far as I'm concerned.

The deadline is next Sunday, October 12th, at midnight.


Judging procedure

Because not everyone has time to listen to all the songs, it's hard to get people to actually vote, so we're going to try a panel of judges this week.

Judges have yet to be selected; PM me or post in the thread if you're interested in being a judge! Judges, obviously, cannot participate, although they can post an entry in the thread for shits and giggles.

The system I am thinking is that each judge will rate each song out of 10, providing a brief justification for their score, and the songs will be ranked by highest total score. The winner is of course the poster with the highest total score. That poster chooses the next song or theme for the week. If he's not around on the Tuesday after judging is complete within a reasonable time, the next highest score gets that honour, and so on.


This Week's Contenders

Bedlam - Ch-Check it Out (Beastie Boys) 7.5 + 5 + 0 = 12.5

Mullitt the Wise - (Just Like) Starting Over (John Lennon) 9 + 7.5 + 7 = 23.5

Evil Multifarious - The Lion Sleeps Tonight (The Tokens) 10 + 8.5 + 10 = 28.5 Winner!

Amphetamine - Sex and Candy (Marcy Playground) 5 + 6.5 + 5 = 16.5

Simon Moon - Champagne Supernova (Oasis) 4 + 8+ 3 = 15


Past Contenders

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    InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Query: Can multiple people collaborate for one cover?

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    MrMonroeMrMonroe passed out on the floor nowRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Oohh, excellent. You will all bear witness to my mandolin skillz soon enough.

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    Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Inquisitor wrote: »
    Query: Can multiple people collaborate for one cover?

    Yes, I forgot about this.

    Multiple forumers can collaborate on a cover, and you can do that in addition to your own individual cover if you have the inclination and the time to do so.

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    InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Hot! I am now definitely going to go out and buy some stuff to record.

    Being only able to play bass and lacking the ability so sing or anything else means collaborating is probably the way to go for me. Listening to just a bass track is only so exciting.

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    Wonder_HippieWonder_Hippie __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2008
    Huh, I don't particularly like either of these songs. I could maybe try Hey Ya.

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    Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Huh, I don't particularly like either of these songs. I could maybe try Hey Ya.

    Part of the fun is that the song to be covered can be terrible, like No Diggity. No Diggity is really badgood.

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    Nova_CNova_C I have the need The need for speedRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Huh, I don't particularly like either of these songs. I could maybe try Hey Ya.

    Part of the fun is that the song to be covered can be terrible, like No Diggity. No Diggity is really badgood.

    I like your cover of Hey Ya, EM. You've set the bar pretty high right away.

    Good thing that no matter how hard I try I can't play anything ever, so I'll just enjoy the music and vote.

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    InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Hum, neither of this songs really have anything in the way of bass.

    Maybe next week for me.

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    Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    If nobody likes these songs, we can pick something else; alternatively, be creative and make your own bassline for the song!

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    InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    If nobody likes these songs, we can pick something else; alternatively, be creative and make your own bassline for the song!

    Well, first time for everything I guess. I'll dick around some.

    I do like Hey Ya, for the record.

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    Wonder_HippieWonder_Hippie __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2008
    Huh, I don't particularly like either of these songs. I could maybe try Hey Ya.

    Part of the fun is that the song to be covered can be terrible, like No Diggity. No Diggity is really badgood.

    I think I can make Hey Ya work, but I have a feeling it'll be like when Alanis Morrisette covered My Humps.

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    Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    For the record, I loved her My Humps cover.

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    InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    As long as we are putting stuff on the record, your Hey Ya cover is pretty kicking rad.

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    RentRent I'm always right Fuckin' deal with itRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Wow, that Hey Ya! cover was pretty awesome. :^: , EM. Bluespot.

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    Wonder_HippieWonder_Hippie __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2008
    For the record, I loved her My Humps cover.

    I did too, in that weird, ironic sort of way. But then again, I love her.

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    muninnmuninn Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Nine Inch Nails put up the source tracks/files for a lot of their songs on their website, so if we choose one of those songs, it would lower the entry bar, as anyone with a most basic sequencer could remix that shit. Just thinking that having an easy initial song, could up the interest/participation rate in this glorious experiment.
    Besides, who doesnt love some NIN...

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    Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Hmm, maybe some more popular/accessible options should be available for the first week, just to drum up interest. Any other suggestions?

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    MikeManMikeMan Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    This is an awesome idea and an awesome thread.

    I will be contributing to this most supulescentifilously.

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    OboroOboro __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2008
    Huh. I have a harmonica, an acoustic guitar, and a piano. I may attempt either of these songs anyway, but ... it'll be a strange, strange ride if I do. <.<

    EDIT: Dang, EM, your stuff is intimidatingly good. :P

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    JRoseyJRosey Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    This is great idea. I'll try to be in.

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    Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Oboro wrote: »
    Huh. I have a harmonica, an acoustic guitar, and a piano. I may attempt either of these songs anyway, but ... it'll be a strange, strange ride if I do. <.<

    EDIT: Dang, EM, your stuff is intimidatingly good. :P

    I'm not gonna lie, part of the reason I like this idea is that it's very nice to hear people enjoying my music. :D Thanks for the kind words, everyone.

    Good to see that there's a solid amount of interest!

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    KilroyKilroy timaeusTestified Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    My assortment of wind instruments and I accept this challenge!

    Clarification: can we collaborate with non-forumers? For instance, could I make a cover with my roommate's girlfriend playing the guitar?

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    Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Kilroy wrote: »
    My assortment of wind instruments and I accept this challenge!

    Clarification: can we collaborate with non-forumers? For instance, could I make a cover with my roommate's girlfriend playing the guitar?

    Sure thing!

    If someone's in a band, they can do a cover with their whole band. If someone's in an orchestra they could even use the whole group, if they can convince them.

    This might be unfair if you are friends with, say, Slash, or Buckethead.

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    MikeManMikeMan Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    i'm friends with jordan rudess

    Y'ALL GONNA GET PEEOWNED

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    KilroyKilroy timaeusTestified Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
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    "We're putting the band back together."

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    JamesJames Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I think I might be in on this.

    (Your No Diggity cover isn't loading for me)

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    jeddy leejeddy lee Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Man, I covered hey ya at open mic once. I should get cracking on this this weekend.

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    Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    James wrote: »
    I think I might be in on this.

    (Your No Diggity cover isn't loading for me)

    Whoops, I had some extra slashes in there. My bad. Link fixed!

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    jeddy leejeddy lee Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Ok, in my head I am having looped hip hop beats, Accoustic Guitar, Jazz Flute and a banjo going to hey-ya. I'm trying to think weather I should translate the keyboard part to flute or banjo. This is all me scheming at working hoping to have this produced this weekend if I aint to lazy. I'll have my wife do the chorus.

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    Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    jack eddy wrote: »
    Ok, in my head I am having looped hip hop beats, Accoustic Guitar, Jazz Flute and a banjo going to hey-ya. I'm trying to think weather I should translate the keyboard part to flute or banjo. This is all me scheming at working hoping to have this produced this weekend if I aint to lazy. I'll have my wife do the chorus.

    that's a tough call. sounds like it would be more appropriate to the flute, but the banjo would make it a much more distinctly interesting sound.

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    jeddy leejeddy lee Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Whats the best way of hosting this crap? Can I host a cover on myspace? I havn't touched myspace in a long freaking time.

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    Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    jack eddy wrote: »
    Whats the best way of hosting this crap? Can I host a cover on myspace? I havn't touched myspace in a long freaking time.

    If you can get a googlepages account going, it's a great hosting service.

    Worse comes to worst, use yousendit.com or similar file transfer services that hold your file online for a week, which is the perfect duration.

    http://www.babulous.com/home.jhtml is also a music sharing site, which happens to have a plugin app on Facebook.

    mediafire and rapidshare are also fairly common.

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    Simon MoonSimon Moon Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Okay, so, every time I try to record something in Audacity, it sets the volume on the mic to 32. I tried going into the control panel and manually setting the levels on the mic to a higher value, and as soon as I hit the record button in Audacity, the level gets set back to 32. Anyone know what's going on, or how to fix this?

    Edit: okay, I tried changing the levels in the control panel while it was recording, and the level now defaults to that level when I hit the record button. Not an optimal solution, but I suppose it'll work for now.

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    OboroOboro __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2008
    jack eddy wrote: »
    Ok, in my head I am having looped hip hop beats, Accoustic Guitar, Jazz Flute and a banjo going to hey-ya. I'm trying to think weather I should translate the keyboard part to flute or banjo. This is all me scheming at working hoping to have this produced this weekend if I aint to lazy. I'll have my wife do the chorus.
    This is sort of like what I'm doing. Instead of beats for the baseline, I'm using the acoustic guitar chords + slaps. For the keyboard riff, I'm using my own woodwind -- a harmonica. :P

    The problem I'm facing now is that I still have the lead section, and because I've already used the acoustic guitar for the baseline I can't use it for that; there's not enough differentiation. I could use editing software and apply some sort of effects or synth, but ... I'd rather tackle this with the "one girl and a half-dozen instruments" approach if at all possible. I have an electric guitar somewhere, I might be able to get a different-enough sound out of that. Otherwise, I have a piano, but ... I'd probably switch something else into the baseline, and free up the acoustic, if all else fails.

    The harmonica is also sort of troublesome, in that it's not a very strong instrument for repetitive riffs as opposed to more open-ended (and brief) soloing. I'm going to be recording it from a distance, probably, to try and cut as much of the characteristic 'fuzz' as possible and get clearer tones.

    I composed the baseline on guitar and already have that recorded, it sounds true-to-tale. This makes me happy. :)

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    JamesJames Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Simon Moon wrote: »
    Okay, so, every time I try to record something in Audacity, it sets the volume on the mic to 32. I tried going into the control panel and manually setting the levels on the mic to a higher value, and as soon as I hit the record button in Audacity, the level gets set back to 32. Anyone know what's going on, or how to fix this?

    Edit: okay, I tried changing the levels in the control panel while it was recording, and the level now defaults to that level when I hit the record button. Not an optimal solution, but I suppose it'll work for now.

    One solution is to use an actual, physical mixer with the program. Other than that, I don't really know, I'm not experienced with the program.

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    MikeManMikeMan Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I haven't used audacity. Does it have a mixer?

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    The CheeseThe Cheese Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Oh man, I want to do Hey Ya. This is awesome.

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    ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    So, Evil, I hope you don't mind if I throw out some constructive criticism:

    You sound way better on the No Diggity track than you do on the Hey Ya track. That thing you're doing with the reverb? It makes it sound like you're singing in your bathroom. I realize you were probably just messing around with it, but really, the whole point of doing studio tracks (and the reason they sound so much better than live tracks) is so that you can cut out crap like the reverb.

    Also, you should turn down your guitar a bit, and bring the vocals more to the forefront. You're singing kind of quietly, and being overpowered by the guitar; if this means moving your mic some, I would do that.

    Otherwise, you sound pretty good.

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    Wonder_HippieWonder_Hippie __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2008
    EM, do you multitrack or sing+play? This is pertinent to how I record, especially since I've only got the one mic.

    Also, songs for the next round potentially: Little Red Corvette and All Things Must Pass (DOOOO EEEEEET)?

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    Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Thanatos wrote: »
    So, Evil, I hope you don't mind if I throw out some constructive criticism:

    You sound way better on the No Diggity track than you do on the Hey Ya track. That thing you're doing with the reverb? It makes it sound like you're singing in your bathroom. I realize you were probably just messing around with it, but really, the whole point of doing studio tracks (and the reason they sound so much better than live tracks) is so that you can cut out crap like the reverb.

    Also, you should turn down your guitar a bit, and bring the vocals more to the forefront. You're singing kind of quietly, and being overpowered by the guitar; if this means moving your mic some, I would do that.

    Otherwise, you sound pretty good.

    Yeah, the Hey Ya cover is fairly old and reverby. It was a way to mask certain background sounds at the time, I believe.

    I really need to get a mic stand to bring the vocals up, you're right. I am literally using the analog sticks on a 360 controller to support my Rock Band mic when I record, since my other mic bit the dust. :P

    Hippie: I've done both, but I tend to do singing and playing simultaneously if it's a really complicated or tricky rhythm, to keep everything in time - but only if I don't mind just doing all one track. If it's anything with more than just the two instruments, I always multi track, since concentrating on one task makes for better results most of the time. This means putting on headphones and listening to one of the other tracks while recording the next, usually.

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