Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

There can be only one.
User avatar
Niveous
Beat It
Posts: 7074
Joined: Mon Sep 27, 2004 6:45 am
Instruments: vocals, songwriting, guitar
Submitting as: Lucky Witch and the Righteous Ghost
Pronouns: He/him
Location: Staten Island, NY
Contact:

Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by Niveous »

Welcome to the Nur Ein XVI!

How do you enter?
Submit an original song by May 16th at 11:59 PM(Eastern) that fits the following criteria

Title: Semiprecious
Challenge: Gradual emphasis of repetitions

Send your MP3 to nurein.sidefight@gmail.com

Good luck!
"I'd like to see 1984 redubbed with this in the soundtrack."- Furrypedro.
NUR EIN!
X-Tokyo
Lucky Witch and the Righteous Ghost
noma
Push Comes to Shove
Posts: 499
Joined: Fri May 02, 2014 12:59 am
Instruments: Guitar, programming, various other stuff
Recording Method: Audacity
Submitting as: Nick Soma

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by noma »

Could we maybe get some examples of songs that would pass the challenge, i.e. songs that feature "gradual emphasis of repetitions"? Like, I basically know what that means, semantically, but I'm not sure what the judges were thinking of. Some examples would be helpful. Thanks!
User avatar
Pigfarmer Jr
Ice Cream Man
Posts: 1764
Joined: Sat Mar 21, 2009 6:13 am
Instruments: Guitar
Recording Method: Br-900CD and Reaper to mix
Submitting as: Pigfarmer Jr, Evil Grin, Pork Producer, Gilmore Lynette Tootle, T.C. Elliott
Pronouns: he/him
Location: Columbia, Missouri
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by Pigfarmer Jr »

I think the idea is to see how y'all interpret the challenge. So, no. At least, not from me.
Evil Grin bandcamp - Evil Grin spotify
T.C. Elliott bandcamp - T.C. Elliott spotify

"PigFramer: Guy and guitar OF MY NIGHTMARES." - Blue Lang
noma
Push Comes to Shove
Posts: 499
Joined: Fri May 02, 2014 12:59 am
Instruments: Guitar, programming, various other stuff
Recording Method: Audacity
Submitting as: Nick Soma

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by noma »

Pigfarmer Jr wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 5:51 pm
I think the idea is to see how y'all interpret the challenge. So, no. At least, not from me.
I see. So, that means there isn't just one correct interpretation of the challenge that I don't quite get. That's all I wanted to know. Thanks!
User avatar
Pigfarmer Jr
Ice Cream Man
Posts: 1764
Joined: Sat Mar 21, 2009 6:13 am
Instruments: Guitar
Recording Method: Br-900CD and Reaper to mix
Submitting as: Pigfarmer Jr, Evil Grin, Pork Producer, Gilmore Lynette Tootle, T.C. Elliott
Pronouns: he/him
Location: Columbia, Missouri
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by Pigfarmer Jr »

I can only speak for me, but there absolutely is NOT one way to interpret it. That's what I like about the challenge.
Evil Grin bandcamp - Evil Grin spotify
T.C. Elliott bandcamp - T.C. Elliott spotify

"PigFramer: Guy and guitar OF MY NIGHTMARES." - Blue Lang
User avatar
Niveous
Beat It
Posts: 7074
Joined: Mon Sep 27, 2004 6:45 am
Instruments: vocals, songwriting, guitar
Submitting as: Lucky Witch and the Righteous Ghost
Pronouns: He/him
Location: Staten Island, NY
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by Niveous »

examplememe.JPG
examplememe.JPG (36.8 KiB) Viewed 1128 times
"I'd like to see 1984 redubbed with this in the soundtrack."- Furrypedro.
NUR EIN!
X-Tokyo
Lucky Witch and the Righteous Ghost
User avatar
Caravan Ray
bono
bono
Posts: 8584
Joined: Sat Sep 25, 2004 1:51 pm
Instruments: Penis
Recording Method: Garageband
Submitting as: Caravan Ray,G.O.R.T.E.C,Lyricburglar,The Thugs from the Scallop Industry
Location: Toowoomba, Queensland
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by Caravan Ray »

noma wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 9:41 am
Could we maybe get some examples of songs that would pass the challenge, i.e. songs that feature "gradual emphasis of repetitions"? Like, I basically know what that means, semantically, but I'm not sure what the judges were thinking of. Some examples would be helpful. Thanks!
I'm pretty sure the judges are looking for something like this:

Just give us a bit of your eurobeat - you'll be fine.

And you may be too recent to remember Sausage Boy. He is from Adelaide - so he is pretty easily impressed. A quick reference to a body in a shallow grave and a hand job in the Veale Gardens - he'll be eating out of your hands.
User avatar
JonPorobil
Beat It
Posts: 5629
Joined: Sat Sep 25, 2004 11:45 am
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Accordion, Bass, lots of VSTs
Recording Method: Cubase 10.5
Submitting as: Jon Eric, Jon Porobil, others
Pronouns: He/Him
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by JonPorobil »

Pigfarmer Jr wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 6:48 pm
I can only speak for me, but there absolutely is NOT one way to interpret it. That's what I like about the challenge.
Yeah, I think the judges are mostly on the same page about that aspect of it this time. Can't speak for the other three, but we came to a consensus not to provide examples this time. Even me, and I normally love examples. We didn't discuss example songs in the private judges-only chat, either, other than to agree that we won't provide any.

I will say this. The challenge was not suggested by me this time around, and though I did think of a few songs by famous bands that might have fit the bill, I strongly suspect that the person who did suggest this challenge would actually hate every one of my potential example songs. I'll consider sharing the ones I thought of... once the deadline has passed.

This challenge is open ended, and all five judges are committed to listening to these songs with an open mind, so basically... Don't worry about it! If you approach this challenge in good faith, I can't imagine any of us will knock you for it. If that assurance isn't enough, I'll try to address any questions you might have, but remember that I don't speak for the whole panel.

Also, I might be in with a shadow entry. It's not progressing at the pace I'd like, so still a maybe. We'll see.
"Warren Zevon would be proud." -Reve Mosquito

Stages, an album of about dealing with loss, anxiety, and grieving a difficult year, now available on Bandcamp and all streaming platforms! https://jonporobil.bandcamp.com/album/stages
User avatar
BoffoYux
Mean Street
Posts: 721
Joined: Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:22 pm
Instruments: Keys, Clunking, SFX and Strings
Recording Method: Audacity, Adobe, and other 'A' titled software
Submitting as: Boffo Yux Dudes
Location: New England
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by BoffoYux »

Round 0 Listening Party happens Monday 5/17 at 9pm EST. I'll be on vacation at a beach house, so who knows what mayhem and internet interruptions will occur!



https://youtu.be/MGWOQc7YQR0
j$
Beat It
Posts: 5252
Joined: Sat Sep 25, 2004 11:33 am
Instruments: Bass, keyboards, singin', guitar
Submitting as: Johnny Cashpoint
Location: London, Engerllaaannnddd
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by j$ »

Caravan Ray wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 4:17 am


I'm pretty sure the judges are looking for something like this:

Just give us a bit of your eurobeat - you'll be fine.
This song, opinions on quality put aside, in no way meets the non-optional challenge. Therefore, try again. I would suggest trying to write a good song that vaguely and "gradually" meets the challenge - otherwise enjoy round 0 as your endpoint.

j$
User avatar
arby
Somebody Get Me A Doctor
Posts: 128
Joined: Sat Jul 16, 2016 8:21 pm
Instruments: Omnichord, vocals
Recording Method: TASCAM, GarageBand
Submitting as: Lucky Witch & the Righteous Ghost, Virgo Power
Pronouns: she/her
Location: Staten Island, NY
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by arby »

Welp, I submitted (as Virgo Power, my side "band" (haha it just me)). You've heard of Guy & Guitar, now get ready for Girl & Omnichord!

I actually cut stuff, instead of my usual method of piling on more crap until it's unlistenable! Yay! Still expect to get cut as my thing is definitely not for everyone. Well, I tried! :lol:
"Not fair, LW+RG get ambience for free every round." - Chumpy

"You are not afraid to brazenly refuse to resolve a chord until you damn well feel like it." - DJ Ranger Den

User avatar
Caravan Ray
bono
bono
Posts: 8584
Joined: Sat Sep 25, 2004 1:51 pm
Instruments: Penis
Recording Method: Garageband
Submitting as: Caravan Ray,G.O.R.T.E.C,Lyricburglar,The Thugs from the Scallop Industry
Location: Toowoomba, Queensland
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by Caravan Ray »

arby wrote:
Sat May 15, 2021 9:58 pm
You've heard of Guy & Guitar, now get ready for Girl & Omnichord!
Followed by old man and "what does this button do"-core

I'm in
User avatar
Rabid Garfunkel
Jump
Posts: 2461
Joined: Sat Sep 25, 2004 12:43 pm
Instruments: Absurdity
Recording Method: iPhone, GarageBand & rando apps/toys
Submitting as: wombat!, Rabid Garfunkel, Primitive Screwheads
Location: Portland, Oregon
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by Rabid Garfunkel »

in with a hail mary and hoping to pass round 0 on the "not enough entries to eliminate this song" technicality.

apologies for the song, five years rusty and a decade of languishing makes one... return to a baseline of right proper sucking.

instrumental with spoken samples.

wombat!
"Urban cartoon music." -- Paco Del Stinko
Be my friend? --- Song of the Day
governingdynamics
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
Posts: 56
Joined: Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:24 pm
Instruments: Guitar, bass
Recording Method: PreSonus Studio One 5, Sono Audient interface
Submitting as: Governing Dynamics
Pronouns: he/they
Location: KCMO

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by governingdynamics »

GD's in.

I assumed that the subject/body/MP3 naming convention should be the same as for SF, if not I apologize.
User avatar
WreckdoMelle
Push Comes to Shove
Posts: 278
Joined: Tue May 01, 2012 5:18 am
Instruments: Gibson SG, clarinet, tuba, bass guitar, baritone horn, mandolin, vox, sax (sorta)
Recording Method: Bitwig Studio
Submitting as: Brown Word and the Big Whine, sometimes WreckdoM
Pronouns: she/her
Location: Austin, TX
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by WreckdoMelle »

I did same re: naming convention. I see some people providing liner notes - please say this isn't going to be point of judgment like last time...
Brown Word and the Big Whine on Bandcamp:
http://brownwordandthebigwhine.bandcamp.com
User avatar
lichenthroat
Push Comes to Shove
Posts: 451
Joined: Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:54 pm
Recording Method: MuseScore & Ardour or Reaper
Submitting as: Lichen Throat, Dimetrodon, Sparetooth, Escapegoat
Pronouns: he/him
Location: New Mexico

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by lichenthroat »

I think I did about three times as many vocal takes on this song as I've ever done before. I'm also a little worried that my "emphasis of repetitions" may be too much on the subtle side. I cumulatively added instrumentation to each verse, but it doesn't sound that different. And the lyrics in the bridge were supposed to be reflect an increasing sense of mediocrity, but I'm not sure how apparent that is.
User avatar
vowlvom
Ice Cream Man
Posts: 1023
Joined: Wed May 17, 2017 3:29 am
Instruments: guitar, keys, "other"
Recording Method: PC, reaper, ableton
Submitting as: Vowl Sounds, Vom Vorton
Pronouns: he/him
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by vowlvom »

My emphasis of repetitions may be the least subtle thing ever recorded, so hopefully we balance out.
User avatar
crumpart
Ice Cream Man
Posts: 1001
Joined: Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:04 am
Instruments: Fuzz
Submitting as: Hot Pink Halo
Pronouns: She/her
Location: Cork, Ireland
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by crumpart »

In.

In in in in in in in.
Devil’s got me Lindt! Devil’s got me Lindt!
sailingmagpie
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
Posts: 28
Joined: Wed May 06, 2020 12:48 pm
Instruments: Guitar, Bass, Keys
Recording Method: Reaper
Submitting as: The Serviettes
Pronouns: He/him
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by sailingmagpie »

I'm in. I tried to use repetition in the concept of my story. Not sure how successful I've been with that though.
noma
Push Comes to Shove
Posts: 499
Joined: Fri May 02, 2014 12:59 am
Instruments: Guitar, programming, various other stuff
Recording Method: Audacity
Submitting as: Nick Soma

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by noma »

I'm in with a weird, kind of psychedelic song most of which I wrote in one day. Repetitions are in the lyric, gradually increasing towards the end, plus the "Oh, my semiprecious*" part at the end of the chorus gets repeated more often with each chorus (no repeat in the first chorus, one repeat in the second chorus, three repeats in the final one.)

* I had planned to go full Gollum with my vocal at some point in the song, but then I decided against it. After all, the title is Semiprecious, so half a Gollum is definitely enough.
User avatar
Pigfarmer Jr
Ice Cream Man
Posts: 1764
Joined: Sat Mar 21, 2009 6:13 am
Instruments: Guitar
Recording Method: Br-900CD and Reaper to mix
Submitting as: Pigfarmer Jr, Evil Grin, Pork Producer, Gilmore Lynette Tootle, T.C. Elliott
Pronouns: he/him
Location: Columbia, Missouri
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by Pigfarmer Jr »

Here is some cover art for semiprecious, if it isn't too late. And if one of them is near the correct size.
Attachments
Semiprecious1400.jpg
Semiprecious1400.jpg (15.43 KiB) Viewed 815 times
Semiprecious1150.jpg
Semiprecious1150.jpg (3.87 KiB) Viewed 815 times
Semiprecious1Master.jpg
Semiprecious1Master.jpg (120.04 KiB) Viewed 815 times
Evil Grin bandcamp - Evil Grin spotify
T.C. Elliott bandcamp - T.C. Elliott spotify

"PigFramer: Guy and guitar OF MY NIGHTMARES." - Blue Lang
User avatar
Niveous
Beat It
Posts: 7074
Joined: Mon Sep 27, 2004 6:45 am
Instruments: vocals, songwriting, guitar
Submitting as: Lucky Witch and the Righteous Ghost
Pronouns: He/him
Location: Staten Island, NY
Contact:

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Round Zero "Semiprecious"

Post by Niveous »

Thanks PFJ. That's a time-saver.
"I'd like to see 1984 redubbed with this in the soundtrack."- Furrypedro.
NUR EIN!
X-Tokyo
Lucky Witch and the Righteous Ghost
Post Reply