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by JonPorobil
Mon Aug 02, 2021 5:08 am
Forum: Sidefights and Highlights
Topic: Circle of Titles 2021
Replies: 26
Views: 478

Re: Circle of Titles 2021

All right, folks, it's August 2nd, and my arbitrary deadline was tomorrow. I've received two participants' songs already, but from just about everyone else, the response seems to be that folks aren't ready. On the personal front, this has turned out to be a tough couple of weeks for me (we've had es...
by JonPorobil
Thu Jul 29, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: Sidefights and Highlights
Topic: Circle of Titles 2021
Replies: 26
Views: 478

Re: Circle of Titles 2021

Some of you guys really impress me with your productivity! I've gotten three songs from two people already. I've written mine, but not recorded yet. I did perform a solo version of it live at an open mic last night and it was well-received, so I'm hopeful that the person assigning the title also enj...
by JonPorobil
Sun Jul 18, 2021 10:08 pm
Forum: Sidefights and Highlights
Topic: Circle of Titles 2021
Replies: 26
Views: 478

Re: Circle of Titles 2021

Hey everyone, Sorry I was running so late on sending out the assignments. My kid unexpectedly got sick. :-( Anyway, I've sent all the assignments out as PHPBB private messages. Everyone was assigned two titles to choose from. This year, nobody's titles matched, and in my opinion, none of the titles ...
by JonPorobil
Sat Jul 17, 2021 9:02 am
Forum: Sidefights and Highlights
Topic: Circle of Titles 2021
Replies: 26
Views: 478

Re: Circle of Titles 2021

The less-than-ideal timing is proving even more less-than-idea, so I am rescinding my "in". I didn't send in any titles yet, but sorry if I held up the assignment of titles. Have fun everyone! You didn't hold things up nearly as much as my %&*#$ day job did. Sending them out today... at some point.
by JonPorobil
Thu Jul 15, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: Sidefights and Highlights
Topic: Circle of Titles 2021
Replies: 26
Views: 478

Re: Circle of Titles 2021

Thanks, j$!

I've generally not been rigid about deadlines with Circle of Titles. I assume most of us will be late anyway, so attaching a specific hour to the deadline doesn't strike me as useful. :-)
by JonPorobil
Thu Jul 15, 2021 6:27 am
Forum: Sidefights and Highlights
Topic: Circle of Titles 2021
Replies: 26
Views: 478

Re: Circle of Titles 2021

Hey folks - I said the deadline for titles/challenges was July 16th - That's tomorrow. I've got eight sets of titles so far, and two others who have expressed interest but not submitted titles yet. Please get those in if you wanna play! :geek:
by JonPorobil
Fri Jul 09, 2021 6:15 am
Forum: Sidefights and Highlights
Topic: Circle of Titles 2021
Replies: 26
Views: 478

Re: Circle of Titles 2021

With eight in so far, this is wonderful!

You folks are responding to the addition of optional challenges much more positively than I expected. Keep 'em coming, everyone!
by JonPorobil
Thu Jul 08, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Sidefights and Highlights
Topic: Circle of Titles 2021
Replies: 26
Views: 478

Circle of Titles 2021

About 11 years ago, I had a conversation with Sven Mullet in which we mused it would be fun to have a sidefight where the participants get to provide the titles. We brainstormed a bit, and soon afterwards Circle of Titles was born. I've run it at or near the end of Nur Ein every year (except for the...
by JonPorobil
Thu Jul 08, 2021 5:41 am
Forum: Nur Ein
Topic: Nur Ein XVI: Final Round "Blue"
Replies: 20
Views: 586

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Final Round "Blue"

I already said this in the Discord, but I'll say it with more words here. Major congrats to Owl/Crown Shy for a well-deserved win after a run of songs that was fantastic from start to finish. Looking back over rounds 0 through 6, I rarely had you any lower than third place. In an endurance competiti...
by JonPorobil
Mon Jun 28, 2021 7:12 am
Forum: Nur Ein
Topic: Nur Ein XVI: Round Six "Devil In The Rain"
Replies: 33
Views: 913

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Six "Devil In The Rain"

I don't consider it a requirement for each of the remaining competitors to upload a Youtube video of their song playing over the source video, but I do appreciate the convenience afforded to me as a judge by those who have done this.

Thank you all!

NUR EIN!!!!!!
by JonPorobil
Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:41 am
Forum: Nur Ein
Topic: Nur Ein XVI: Round Six "Devil In The Rain"
Replies: 33
Views: 913

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Six "Devil In The Rain"

Pigfarmer Jr wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:18 am
JonPorobil wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:05 am
Either way I'll be fine with it.
Assuming it's done well. :twisted:
It should go without saying that "Being fine with your take on the challenge" and "Liking your song" are two dramatically different bars to clear for everyone. :ugeek:
by JonPorobil
Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:08 am
Forum: Nur Ein
Topic: Nur Ein XVI: Round Five "The Only Way Out"
Replies: 36
Views: 934

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Five "The Only Way Out"

Thanks for the review, and if I don't see you next round (you sure make it sound that way) I'll see you next Nur. Aw crap. I wrote this with some assumptions in mind based on the scores I'd already seen. I had intended to not publish until after the results were public, but when I clicked "Send" ou...
by JonPorobil
Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Nur Ein
Topic: Nur Ein XVI: Round Six "Devil In The Rain"
Replies: 33
Views: 913

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Six "Devil In The Rain"

I concur with the other two judges who've weighed in already. I'm not expecting some musical element to align with every cut. We intentionally avoiding using the words "soundtrack" or "score" so as to avoid suggesting instrumental soundtrack pieces (though for the record, I personally am not opposed...
by JonPorobil
Wed Jun 23, 2021 7:03 am
Forum: Nur Ein
Topic: Nur Ein XVI: Round Five "The Only Way Out"
Replies: 36
Views: 934

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Five "The Only Way Out"

In my defence what I did was google modulation and found (Music, other) music the transition from one key to another Downward means go down (obviously). So I tried to add elements that go from one key down to the other and didn't think anything else of it. I'm reminded of when the challenge was "Mu...
by JonPorobil
Wed Jun 23, 2021 6:53 am
Forum: Nur Ein
Topic: Nur Ein XVI: Round Five "The Only Way Out"
Replies: 36
Views: 934

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Five "The Only Way Out"

My theory nerd brain really wants to explore this more instead of sleeping, but unlike my self righteous rant above, I’m going to stick this behind a spoiler bar so that judges have to actively choose to be influenced by my thoughts :twisted: I had been talking with some Nur Einers last week about ...
by JonPorobil
Tue Jun 22, 2021 10:00 pm
Forum: Nur Ein
Topic: Nur Ein XVI: Round Five "The Only Way Out"
Replies: 36
Views: 934

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Five "The Only Way Out"

What's this? Jon did two sets of reviews in one night? I'm finally caught up! Yay! Overall, this was another frustrating round to judge because you guys are all really good and the field is getting uncomfortably tight! NUR EIN!!!!! Brown Word and the Big Whine - I wonder if Max Bombast can give you ...
by JonPorobil
Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: Nur Ein
Topic: Nur Ein XVI: Round Five "The Only Way Out"
Replies: 36
Views: 934

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Five "The Only Way Out"

If ya’ll wanted something more specific, I would have expected the pedantic self-indulgent discussions of the previous rounds. I was genuinely shocked that there weren't any such discussions until after the songs were turned in. I thought, "You know, the musical scale is a cycle , so if you go five...
by JonPorobil
Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Nur Ein
Topic: Nur Ein XVI: Round Four "Waiting For The Sun To Fall"
Replies: 73
Views: 1930

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Four "Waiting For The Sun To Fall"

Belated reviews! Sorry, folks, I started a new job near the beginning of the year, and they didn't tell me that Nur Ein season would also be the time of year we would get absolutely buried in work. It's really eaten into my judging/reviewing time, not to mention time for my own music. Ah well. This ...
by JonPorobil
Fri Jun 18, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Nur Ein
Topic: Nur Ein XVI: Round Four "Waiting For The Sun To Fall"
Replies: 73
Views: 1930

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Four "Waiting For The Sun To Fall"

So I have been eliminated, which is OK to me and I'm not complaining. I would just like to know if it was because of my taking liberties with the challenge, or just because it was a lousy song/arrangement. That would be nice to know. I guess it's the latter. Full reviews to come, but I did not knoc...
by JonPorobil
Mon Jun 14, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Nur Ein
Topic: Nur Ein XVI: Round Three "Pleasant Row"
Replies: 69
Views: 2021

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Three "Pleasant Row"

Belated judge reviews - in order of my rankings, from bottom to top. It was a strong round overall. We're getting to the point where I'm ranking even songs that I like low on the list, so I hope you all don't take it too personally! Cavedwellers - I get that I'm just being an uncultured philistine h...
by JonPorobil
Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:38 pm
Forum: Fight Discussions and Reviews
Topic: Slap on this ankle monitor (House Arrest prefight)
Replies: 25
Views: 739

Re: Slap on this ankle monitor (House Arrest prefight)

I haven't actually submitted my file, but I've now made enough progress to state with confidence that I'll be in. It's just a question of how much time I'll get to clean up the performances and mix now. :-)