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Season 2, Episode 1: "Country Road"

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Results are in!

Results!

  1. First Place: "The Boss Must Dance" by Cash and Change feat. pu_freak, with 20 points.
  2. Second Place: "There's an Ape in My Coffee" by Trism feat. Argle, with 18 points.
  3. Third Place: "Olato's Star" by Esperado feat. Kuolema, with 17 points.
  4. Fourth Place (tie): "An Adept's House Party" by Final Kingdom feat. chimpazilla, with 10 points.
  5. Fourth Place (tie): "The Mystic Sands of Nightfall Desert" by Cosmic Sounds feat. Flexstyle, with 10 points.

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Theme

It's spring break, and spring break means ROAD TRIP! So your task this week is to work with music you're likely to encounter on the road. All mixes should either:

  1. Be based on a source from a portable game system than has never appeared on a non-portable system. If any particular tune has appeared in any game on a full console or PC (emulators don't count), it's out. So, for instance, Wood Man's theme from Mega Man II is fine, but Charge Man's from Mega Man IV is not. Game Boy games are fine despite being playable on various SGB adapters for consoles. iOS and Android are fine. Or:
  2. Be based on any source, and be done in a style of music that seems to be the only thing you can get on the radio when you're in the middle of nowhere. In my personal experience, that's country western, mariachi, and contemporary Christian music. You may base this choice on your own experiences.

Pairings

About ReMixing With the Stars

ReMixing With the Stars is intended to give beginning remixers some support, encouragement, and mentoring in their quest to become great, and as a sidenote, to become posted remixers. Beginners are mentored by experienced remixers to push their abilities to new heights and submit collaborative works according to the theme of the month.

Who's a "Star" and who's a "Novice?"

Any posted or accepted-to-be-posted remixer, as the only artist or as the lead arranger on a piece, is automatically considered a "Star." This isn't meant to be a statement on who's a "good" or "expert" artist, but it's a somewhat meaningful threshhold which doesn't require any subjective judgment on my part (however subjective the OCR judging process may be). Additionally, anyone who wants to sign up as a Star can also be put into that category. This is because a lot more "Novices" (who is everyone else) sign up than stars, and it's better to receive some mentoring from someone who's good but not posted than from no one at all.

If you've done any of the following things, as examples, I strongly recommend you sign up as a Star:

  • Contributed to an OCR album
  • Had a submitted remix rejected but with one or more "Yes" votes
  • Beat a posted remixer in direct competition (not counting forfeit)
  • Sold your compositions (remixes or not) for money

If you want to sign up conditionally (e.g. "I'd prefer to be a Novice, but if you need me to be a Star so more people can participate, that's fine too"), then go ahead, and bless you.

Rules

  • Enrollment/Pairings: Since this is a new season, pairing priority (should it be an issue) is flipped: newcomers get the first slots, while returning Novices will be dropped, by order of signup, if there aren't enough Stars to go around. As before, once the list of Novices is reduced to the same size as the list of Stars, novices will be randomly paired with Stars. Since this is a new season, Novices may be paired with a Star they worked with last season.
  • Mixes: The Novice must be the primary remixer. Stars can contribute by giving advice, playing a live instrument or vocals, and with production, including minor adjustments to fix timing or dissonance issues. They may also contribute a short solo segment. No one other than the Novice and Star may help in any way.
  • Submissions: All entries must be sent to me by the 10PM PDT deadline via PM on the forums, with a link to a reliable host for me to download your mix from. Also please include a YouTube link to your source(s). Please don't use Tindeck, as it doesn't give you control over what the filename will be when downloaded. I also recommend you post in this thread that you've submitted your mix, since I know there have been issues in other compos with PM's not being received. Please submit your file as an mp3, preferably encoded at a high-quality VBR or 320kbps. Filenames must be in the following format:
    Novice feat. Star - Title (Game).mp3
    Example:
    MindWanderer feat. djpretzel - The World's Worst ReMix (Pong).mp3
    Proper file names mean I can do my job of getting the compliation done and posted faster, which means you get to hear the great music produced by this sooner. Incorrect file names annoy me, and an annoyed host is an unhelpful host.

Schedule

All deadlines are 10 PM Pacific time (PDT).

  • Signups until Wednesday, April 3, 10:00pm PDT. If you're signing up as a Novice, and didn't sign up for a previous episode, you must post links to at least two samples of your previous work! They don't have to be good, they don't even have to be game remixes, you just have to prove you're not brand-spanking-new to this music production thing. Things you've posted to the WIP forum are preferable but not required. If you're signing up as a Star, say a little bit about your strengths, and maybe post a link or three to remixes you feel best represent them. You can mention anything else you think would be helpful in working with you (software preferences, instruments you play, etc).
  • Announcement of the pairings and theme on April 3. The theme will be broad enough to allow many, many options, serving mainly as a unifying factor. It's announced later so that no one gets a head start.
  • ReMixing from April 3 to Wednesday, April 17, 10:00pm PDT (2 weeks). Rules and guidelines above.
  • Voting from whenever I get the compilation posted (should be no more than a few hours after the deadline) until Wednesday, April 24, 10:00pm PDT. Votes should be based on, in roughly descending order, use of source (i.e. interpreted but recognizable), arrangement, production, and enjoyability. How appropriate the submission was for the theme shouldn't be considered (since this is easier for option A than option B). You'll pick your three favorites, in order. Your first-place vote will get 3 points, your second-place 2 points, and your third-place 1 point. Participants (both Novices and Stars) may not vote for their own mixes, but participants who vote will get a free first-place vote added to their score. Please send me a PM with your votes, like this:
    1. First-place ReMix
    2. Second-place ReMix
    3. Third-place ReMix

Thanks for your interest, and lets get this show on the road!

Previous Episodes

Season 1 Compilation

  • [thread=40611]Pilot Episode: "Beginnings"[/thread]
  • [thread=41556]Season 1, Episode 1: "Spooky!"[/thread]
  • [thread=41864]Season 1, Episode 2: "Origins of Home Gaming"[/thread]
  • [thread=42143]Season 1, Episode 3: Special "You Can Never Have Too Much Mega Man" edition[/thread]
  • [thread=42485]Season 1, Episode 4: "Yesteryear"[/thread]
  • [thread=42797]Season 1, Episode 5: "Ultra-Modern"[/thread]
  • [thread=43124]Season 1 Finale: "Touched by a Star"[/thread]

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I'm going to sign up as a Novice as well. I would definitely love to get some help with Orchestra (My primary genre) :).

Edit: I just saw that I have to post two works that I've done. One of the songs in the link is in the Workshop. http://soundcloud.com/cosmic-sounds-1/dream-bubble

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I'm not here to sign up, but I have been keeping an eye on the compo's development during the first season and checking out everyone's involvement. It's been a good showing - even went as far as playing Tuberz's track in the Ultra-Modern round on SEGA Mixer Drive because it just blew me away in regards to what was put together from both him and Hakstock x)

Either way, let's see how this goes! Good luck, all :)

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whats MRI?

Musical Replacement Initiative. (in the "A compo idea" thread).

Yay! Another Star :). I was hoping that this wouldn't be put on hiatus (I want to learn more).

I mentioned the MRI because I wasn't sure if one was being put one hold, since the PRC, RMWtS, and MRI would eventually be running all at once. (In which I would still try the MRI :) ).

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It's been a good showing - even went as far as playing Tuberz's track in the Ultra-Modern round on SEGA Mixer Drive because it just blew me away in regards to what was put together from both him and Hakstock x)

N'awwwww.

You're lovely Bev. <3 :D

I really wanted to do the source tune some justice. It's one of my favourites in the entire series.

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I'll sign up as a star if anyone wants me. I have a collab mix accepted on which I did a humongous amount of work (arranging/mixing). And my more recent work can be heard on my Soundcloud (several of which were recently submitted or soon to be). I'd love to help out and repay the universe for all the wonderful mentoring that I have received from others more worthy than I!

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I already have my source, and it's filling one of the songs that I've always wanted to Remix :). I've already started working on it. (It's Orchestral, and Ethnic)

50th Post :-D. (I'm very talkative :razz:).

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