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    Avantgarde Music Challenges


    Hi there!

    Every week or so, I have my musician group do weird challenges. The challenges are designed to get us to make music in unconventional ways, think about things differently, etc.

    So far, we have had these among others:
    - a challenge where you have to make a song with your DAW muted, and can't hear it until the final render
    - a challenge to make the soundtrack to an image
    - a challenge to make a sound with only cymbals
    - a challenge in which everything had to be in E pentatonic minor
    - a challenge in which random words were put together to make new genres, and then we made music in those new genres

    Would anyone here be interested in doing challenges like that? I've found them pretty fun and rewarding.

    How do you know you're getting old? When you don't have time for it.
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    Sounds fun! I wouldn't mind doing that.

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    When we did the musical dares here in the past, the aim was always to use at least some sounds from Freesound.
    If we can keep that, maybe would make ot more interesting for the Freesound community.
    To be fair, we haven'y done one in ages.
    I will give it a try...

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    Hmm... a lot of my challenges so far have been open-ended in nature, so people *could* use Freesound (and I often did), but I'm not sure how many sample-based challenges I can come up with. Anyone can suggest ideas for a challenge, of course!

    I'll try to integrate Freesound into the challenges whenever I can!

    Anyway, we can talk more about our method, refine it for our needs and so on. But for the time being, I will go ahead and write a prompt. These challenges are noncompetitive, and meant to encourage creativity, not oneupmanship. Therefore it's up to each person how to interpret the rules of the challenge. I tend to be a purist and never break a challenge's rules, but if breaking the rules helps you make a better song that you love more, then go for it!

    I also don't do deadlines. Once a challenge prompt is issued, it's open indefinitely. Latecomers can dig through the thread, find challenges they like, and then do them if they so desire.

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    Freesound Music Challenge (FMC) 001 - "What's Poppin'?"

    Make a track of at least 30 seconds in any style you like, so long as that style includes a beat. Beat sounds must be made by playing or modifying this sample: https://freesound.org/people/strangehorizon/sounds/612977/

    EXTRA CREDIT: Use the sample for every part of the song!

    Upload your composition (ideally to SoundCloud) and link it here to show us!

    If you want to help keep things organized, add the prefix "FMC001" to your track's name. This also helps us with making compilations and playlists, if we get to that point.

    * * *

    Some inspiration (playlist of past challenges I have done): https://soundcloud.com/sonic_kitchen/sets/avantgarde-music-challenges
    (Go to an individual song's page to read the challenge prompt.)

    How do you know you're getting old? When you don't have time for it.
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    EDIT: Sorry, didn't realize big images would break the thread. I guess it'll only ever matter on page 1 though!

    SoundCloud cover image (for when we don't have any other suitable image to go with a submission):

    How do you know you're getting old? When you don't have time for it.
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    Welp, there's my submission! grin

    https://soundcloud.com/sonic_kitchen/fmc001-march-of-the-blooming-onions

    I only used the wine cork pop. I'm surprised at how guitar-like it sounded when sent through an amp sim.

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    I'd be interested for sure. So far, I understand the rules to be,
    use some sounds from the Freesound Community and then just free form it?
    Is there a theme or just free form it?

    Steven F. Allen - AuDioChosis - WindTryst Farm https://soundcloud.com/user-574803010
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    I did a little.

    https://soundcloud.com/user-678701554/pop-sound-challenge-1?si=65400aa6716742b4b391a9a1aa1c01ea&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing

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    audiomirage: I posted the first challenge prompt above as "What's Poppin'?". Music with wine cork pops!

    Migfus: Nice work! Gave you a follow grin

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    i put zero effort into this but here
    https://freesound.org/s/614936/

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    Right on. Hope you had fun with it!

    How do you know you're getting old? When you don't have time for it.
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    I sure do like a good challenge. I'm interested.

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