Hello everyone! In lieu of the recent BTC thread, I’ve decided to host an unofficial Beat the Clock to see how it goes. Depending on how many entries I get, I may be looking for someone to help host it in the following weeks. Also, if this ends up being a success, I may end up changing the title to something original. I’m excited to see how this goes.
Everyone is welcome to participate! In order to enter, post your track on SoundCloud and add the tag #EswynBTC01, as well as posting a link in this thread! For this first one I’ll be a bit more lenient as I figure out what system for submissions is most efficient. The Deadline is November 2nd around 12:00pm (Noon) CDT. I’m going to be loose with this, just have it submitted by around then.
This week’s challenge:
- Create a track that is under 1 minute 30 second (not counting reverb tails and delay tails)
- The main focus of the track should be a lead solo that is at least 16 bars long
- The solo should be complex and interesting, but fitting to the style of the track
- The catch? No drums or samples. This means no Auxy samples and no Imported samples, regardless of whether or not they are melodic. Only melodic instruments.
The tracks will be blindly graded on 4 categories: Accuracy, Composition, Mixing, and Character
- Accuracy is based on the track’s adherence to the challenge rules
- Composition is based on the actual execution of musical and compositional techniques
- Mixing is based on how the track sounds overall, choice of sounds, balanced volumes, progression of the track, etc. (I can explain more if necessary)
- Character is based on the expression of the track. It shouldn’t sound bland and boring, it should sound unique and interesting. Use interesting sound design, give the track ‘your sound’, make it unique to you, don’t worry about what other people are submitting!
I’m going to work on the grading system to see what works best. For now, just do your best to adhere to the challenge rules, create a unique and interesting track, be creative, and have fun! Don’t take this too seriously, it’ll be a lot more enjoyable.
Good luck everyone!