DarkeSword

Mega Man: The Grand Robot Master Remix Battle 2018

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Remember, for the new folks: you have to use both themes.

Also a tip: match the key/mode the songs are written in.

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3 questions:

- Do we need to make the source song recognisible in the remix?
- Can we do an original theme from both songs?
- Will that be good as long as we can prove we used both songs?

That may help me really good.

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Well if it helps contextualize this a bit, take a listen to some of the past competitions on here (like 2010 & 2011), and check out how they integrated the sources. Also, while not strictly called for, a good rule of thumb on handling the sources would be to pretend you're writing it for OCR - that is, make sure either of the sources are recognizeable for at least 50% of the track (either in the background or front & center). In 2011, for example, I did a funky arrangement where I pulled from plenty of alternative sources (including Schala, for shits and giggles) - but I made sure the sources I needed to include were there for at least 50% of the track. I'm certain if you want to do some more original writing you'd be alright as long as there's about half of your arrangement where people can recognize the sources somewhere.

Aside from that, go nuts - whether the source is in the background over something more original or if the sources are more front and center, as long as they're there. Just realize that this is being voted on by regular people and not necessarily judges, for better or worse, so I suggest not being TOO subtle with your sources. If people feel like you're not really arranging the sources and instead going on your own rail that could impact the vote (even if you can prove that you're subtly using the sources). Of course, time stamping in here wouldn't hurt your chances if you feel it's pretty subtle, so hey.

Hope that helps a bit!

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Thanks, really helps me and screws me at the same time xD I'm doing some pitch shifting and some chopping, the sources are recognisable, but it's subtle. But the end result sounds so good and I spent so much time doing this that I almost died of an heart attack while reading your reply xD

At least i still have time xD

 

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Oh, that sounds interesting.

Well, let's see what happens - at the end of the day this ISN'T an OCR submission, so if you can justify your stuff then you might be able to get away with it. I just know what has qualified before, so there ya go.

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Keep in mind that voters will be instructed to evaluate how well your remix incorporates both themes. If people can't tell your remix uses the themes, they won't vote for you.

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I'll be updating with submission instructions tomorrow. Some very specific guidelines about file names and file formats.

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1 hour ago, DarkeSword said:

I'll be updating with submission instructions tomorrow. Some very specific guidelines about file names and file formats.

Awesome! I'll need to turn my song in by tomorrow night, I won't be around Monday to do so. 

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I've been having trouble with my grandma and won't be on this computer Monday. I put my theme in the lead and "Fireman" (Megaman 1) in the pizzicato string. I put it on my Soundcloud just for transfer. I'll just P.M. it to DarkeSword early (hope you don't mind and read the description).

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Round 2 starts Monday night around 10PM ET.

I've updated the first post with submissions and voting instructions. Make sure you read them carefully. I need WAV files, not MP3s.

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sorry for the disappointment, but I think i gotta forfeit on this one. Came into this hoping I would get out of my funk and I just never did, I restarted so many times and I just didn't like any of my attempts... I have just been creatively shocked for this year so far, even just attempting to make some original tracks never goes longer than a minute. Think I just lost all my motivation or something, honestly don't know what to do anymore to get fully back on the creative saddle..

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2 hours ago, Supercoolmike said:

sorry for the disappointment, but I think i gotta forfeit on this one. Came into this hoping I would get out of my funk and I just never did, I restarted so many times and I just didn't like any of my attempts... I have just been creatively shocked for this year so far, even just attempting to make some original tracks never goes longer than a minute. Think I just lost all my motivation or something, honestly don't know what to do anymore to get fully back on the creative saddle..

Oh no! That's a bummer! I'd encourage you to still turn something in please. Believe me, I'm right there with ya:  it's literally been 3 years since I've made any music so this round was a struggle for me too. My song isn't very long either, so even if you only submit a WIP, it's still better than nothing! :-D

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18 hours ago, DarkeSword said:

Round 2 starts Monday night around 10PM ET.

I've updated the first post with submissions and voting instructions. Make sure you read them carefully. I need WAV files, not MP3s.

In regards to the file name, would it be an issue of my "artist name" is slightly different from my username in this forum? I like to go by "pixeltea" for all of my music now.

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48 minutes ago, SuperiorX said:

Oh no! That's a bummer! I'd encourage you to still turn something in please. Believe me, I'm right there with ya:  it's literally been 3 years since I've made any music so this round was a struggle for me too. My song isn't very long either, so even if you only submit a WIP, it's still better than nothing! :-D

Looks like I'm not the only one who didn't do anything musical last 3 years. And my track also short and silly. Submit your wip Supercoolmike!

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Going to echo the same sentiment as others here: even if you don’t have much of anything, still submit anyways. Better to at least have something to show for than nothing at all. 

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3 hours ago, pixelchips said:

In regards to the file name, would it be an issue of my "artist name" is slightly different from my username in this forum? I like to go by "pixeltea" for all of my music now.

Your artist name can be whatever you want it to be.

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Eh, it happens to the best of us; I've had one or two submissions to these things where I only had about 50 seconds of music finished. One week to make a mix can be a brutal limitation, and it's one hell of a hardcore way to get back into arranging music off a coldspell of 3+ years.

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