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#1
COME ON IN, THERE BE COMPOSING AHEAD!

Welcome! I am Jet Penguin, your resident host/referee/sub-clinical psychopath, and I would like to welcome you to our latest little project (and hopefully the first of many): An Exquisite Corpse!

inb4 Jet's getting all necrophilious again


Jet, What in Bach's name is an Exquisite Corpse!?

An Exquisite Corpse is a group composition where each member is only responsible for a piece of it, a collective process where chaos is the name of the game.

That's....cool..I guess...How does it work?

It's simple! We're gonna follow these easy steps:

1. Grab a bunch of composers
2. Draw straws to determine an arbitrary order of participation
3. Arbitrarily assign certain parameters to the project, and an amount of bars for each participant

4. The first composer will create any music they wish (lucky) filling the required amount of bars with whatever they think sounds good; they can write anything they want.

5. This composer hands the music off to the referee (the handsome and witty Jet), who then gives it to the next composer, who continues the piece for their allotted duration.

6. Here comes the catch. Each composer is only allowed to see the final few moments of the previous composer's work. EVERYTHING else is a total mystery. That's all you get to go off of.

7. We repeat steps 5 & 6 until we run out of players. The last player will be informed they are responsible for the ending, so the tune doesn't just stop.


Amazing! How can I play? What do we do? Are there more rules?

-Sign up by letting me know and I'll randomize the names when we have enough and we can start playing!

-I am open to suggestions about a good number of bars, and any other parameters we want to agree on. Normally the only other set one is tempo, in order to create at least some kind of flow to hold things together.

-There are no rules musically, everything is fair game.

-The time limit for this will be semi-long term, because we all cannot compose at once. I will give everyone a reasonable time limit, and if you run out of time and aren't done, your half-finished music WILL be used (unworked bars will be edited out, purposeful silence and rests will be left in)

What do I have to send in to the Ref?

As far as the logistics go, I see two options:

1. People can record the music and send it to me, and I'll chop it up in the DAW and edit appropriately.

2. People without access to recording/sequencing equipment can write out good ol' sheet music with instructions, and I will sequence it my DAW. This way the final mixdown will be coherent across all tracks, but more importantly:

EVERYONE can play, even if you do not have recording equipment!


It will be fun, good, bad, hilarious, chaotic, emotional, but most importantly INTERESTING.

Sign up and get in on this, and we can show UG that MT is actually capable of teamwork for once.
"There are two styles of music. Good music and bad music." -Duke Ellington

"If you really think about it, the guitar is a pointless instrument." - Robert Fripp
Last edited by Jet Penguin at Oct 3, 2014,
#2
This is a shameless double post to keep track of the festivities, and to organize the pending insanity.

List of Victims....I Mean Players

1. Crazy Sam, The Craziest of Samuels, and the Radiance of His Burning Face and Disco Sprites

2. 20Tigers, Master of Vigesimal Predatory Felidae, Solitary yet Social, Endangered yet Deadly

3. Golden Guitar, The Academic, a Doctoral Dissertator of Daunting Discussable Data

4. Elintasokas, Sus Scrofa, Ancestor of Pigs, the Tusked One, Food for Tiger, Last of the Finns.

5. Duaneclapdrix, The Trinity, the Young Gun, Schooled from Home, Friend of Monkeys

6. RonaldPoe, Wielder of the Keyblade, Lexicological Lineman, Slayer of the Seven Evil Exes.

7. Sean0913, The Erudite Sage, Practitioner of the Mystic Art of Multidirectional Waveform Transfer

8. The4thHorsemen, Death Himself, the Pale Rider, Harbinger of The Final Cadence

9. MapOfYourHead, The Big Boxer From Belfast, Proliferator of Pure Filler, Holder of Belts.

10. MaggaraMarine, Slapper of Basses, The Penultimate Finn, Amphibiously Deployed

11. Mjones1992, The Philadelphian, Wanderer of The Land of Eternal Sun, Cheesesteak Samurai


The Parameters

I'm gonna give everyone UP to 16 bars of 4/4 at Quarter Note = 130.

That comes out to about 30 seconds of music for each player.

If you are hell-bent on changing time sigs keep it to 30 seconds, so 16 bars of 4, 12 bars of 5, etc.

THE ORDER OF THE SURVIVORS

1. Ronald Poe (The intro is all you, my friend)

2. 20Tigers

3. The4thHorsemen

4. MaggaraMarine

5. Duaneclapdrix

6. MapOfYourHead

7. Mjones1992

8. Elintasokas

9. Lersch

10. Golden Guitar (You have to write an ending, be warned!)

UPDATE:

Sorry everyone, I goofed and sent the file to the wrong person, I have changed the order, switching the places of 20T and Duane in order to preserve the game and suprise. My apologies. 20T is second now, Duane is up 6th.

UPDATE OVER

Alright that's everyone. Ronald Poe is up first, so write your music and flip it to me when it's done. I'm gonna give everyone a reasonable amount of time

(A few days max? I dunno what your lives are like)

But ASAP is always nice. If you can do it in a day go for it, and just PM it to me as soon as you are finished so I can inform your successor.

Good Luck, and Have Fun!
Last edited by Jet Penguin at Nov 20, 2014,
#4
Nope, I'm actually looking forward to the inevitability of a scorching guitar solo abruptly changing to a choir and string quartet. Part of the game is effectively making a completely insane transition somewhat believable.

I would probably recommend less instruments (<6), a full orchestra is probably overkill for this.

That being said, if I need to wind up sequencing other people's writing, they should be warned my orchestral instrument sounds are lame. I have synths for days though.
"There are two styles of music. Good music and bad music." -Duke Ellington

"If you really think about it, the guitar is a pointless instrument." - Robert Fripp
Last edited by Jet Penguin at Oct 3, 2014,
#5
Fair enough, that means VSTi's are fair game, seeing as how my physical instruments aren't at my hotel. Sign me up.
#6
Duly noted. Welcome to the club.
"There are two styles of music. Good music and bad music." -Duke Ellington

"If you really think about it, the guitar is a pointless instrument." - Robert Fripp
#8
Roger that.
"There are two styles of music. Good music and bad music." -Duke Ellington

"If you really think about it, the guitar is a pointless instrument." - Robert Fripp
#9
In! Please don't give it to me before November. I've got a thesis due in the following weeks. D:
Last edited by GoldenGuitar at Oct 3, 2014,
#11
Consider yourselves added, and enjoy your Epithets.
"There are two styles of music. Good music and bad music." -Duke Ellington

"If you really think about it, the guitar is a pointless instrument." - Robert Fripp
#13
I don't like the idea ... I love it. I'd like to add one of my piano parts and go nuts. Please let me join and tell me when this thing starts.
"I don't know what you're trying to suggest. There's no shame in taking what you need to hold your position!"

Super Buu (DBZ) on assimilation (it could also apply to blues guitar and guitar soloing in general).
#14
I was about to be like "THEN GO AWAY THIS IS WHY MT IS BROKE"

Then I read the rest. Welcome aboard Mr. Poe.
"There are two styles of music. Good music and bad music." -Duke Ellington

"If you really think about it, the guitar is a pointless instrument." - Robert Fripp
#16
Quote by Sean0913
Interesting idea. So, can I compose my bars on something like GP or power tab with manuscript, and submit those that way?

Are we talking single lines, or more ensemble/compositionally based?

Best,

Sean

I'm pretty sure it's entire ensemble parts. A piece of a song like you'd normally compose.
#17
Yeah, Elintasokas has it. There's no rules per se. You could do a passage of solo guitar, or a full rock band, or a drum solo or string quartet, anything goes.

If you stick it in GP and flip it to me Sean, I can sequence it with my DAW and record/overdub the guitar/bass tracks myself if need be.

As long as you don't write anything impossible, that is. I should be able to tackle most anything, but I'm not a virtuoso yet!
"There are two styles of music. Good music and bad music." -Duke Ellington

"If you really think about it, the guitar is a pointless instrument." - Robert Fripp
Last edited by Jet Penguin at Oct 3, 2014,
#19
Cool, I'll add you to the roster. I figure I'll give people a weekend day to sign up just in case, and either sometime tomorrow or Sunday we can get the ball rolling.

I know people are busy so I don't want to blow through the sign up process and leave the enthused behind.
"There are two styles of music. Good music and bad music." -Duke Ellington

"If you really think about it, the guitar is a pointless instrument." - Robert Fripp
Last edited by Jet Penguin at Oct 3, 2014,
#20
I was thinking maybe we could use 8 bars per part because I find it to be just enough room to say something interesting and an overall good measurement. What do you think?

To Sean, I know you debate a lot but am glade to work with you. I'd also love to see what you're music sounds like.

Honestly I could provide a nice starting point right now, if you want.
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"I don't know what you're trying to suggest. There's no shame in taking what you need to hold your position!"

Super Buu (DBZ) on assimilation (it could also apply to blues guitar and guitar soloing in general).
#21
Well I'm gonna give people some more time to sign up before I random everything out, but If you want to volunteer to go first, be my guest! I'll let you know when it's time to begin!

I'm thinking a little longer, but at a faster tempo. Maybe 10-20 (probably 16) bars at around Quarter Note= 130 , so that way each person's section is more than a "blip", but could potentially standalone. This will add more interest.
"There are two styles of music. Good music and bad music." -Duke Ellington

"If you really think about it, the guitar is a pointless instrument." - Robert Fripp
Last edited by Jet Penguin at Oct 3, 2014,
#24
Sounds cool... Yeah, I'm in.
Quote by AlanHB
Just remember that there are no boring scales, just boring players.

Gear

Bach Stradivarius 37G
Charvel So Cal
Fender Dimension Bass
Hartke HyDrive 210c
Ibanez BL70
Laney VC30
Tokai TB48
Yamaha FG720S-12
Yamaha P115
#25
Maybe wait until the sign up process is complete, then set a durational length on the piece? Then each composer gets an x amount of seconds.
#26
Quote by MapOfYourHead
My part will be an slowly detuned sine wave with a screaming woman over the top

It represents oppression

I'm loving it already!
#27
Yeah Golden, That's my my plan. I'm gonna split a total track length amongst everyone and use the tempo to calculate a number of measures for each writer.
"There are two styles of music. Good music and bad music." -Duke Ellington

"If you really think about it, the guitar is a pointless instrument." - Robert Fripp
Last edited by Jet Penguin at Oct 3, 2014,
#28
^ What if somebody decides to change tempo? Or time signature?
Quote by AlanHB
Just remember that there are no boring scales, just boring players.

Gear

Bach Stradivarius 37G
Charvel So Cal
Fender Dimension Bass
Hartke HyDrive 210c
Ibanez BL70
Laney VC30
Tokai TB48
Yamaha FG720S-12
Yamaha P115
#30
Yeah, just cuz its the first one to make it more streamlined.

Time sigs are good, but we're all gonna stay at the same tempo. "Feel" changes are totally allowed though.

I have to break in a new bassist today and won't be around, so when I get in tonight I'm gonna consider that the end of the sign up period and kickstart phase 2.
"There are two styles of music. Good music and bad music." -Duke Ellington

"If you really think about it, the guitar is a pointless instrument." - Robert Fripp
#32
Nope, not at all! In you go!
"There are two styles of music. Good music and bad music." -Duke Ellington

"If you really think about it, the guitar is a pointless instrument." - Robert Fripp
#33
Quote by Jet Penguin
Time sigs are good, but we're all gonna stay at the same tempo.

Um, if people change time sig then that will change the length of their section. I guess that doesn't really matter as long as nobody does something stupid like try to say their part is in 8/4. Maybe just say something like anything between 3/4 and 5/4 is acceptable so that you could use 3/4, 7/8, 4/4, 9/8, and 5/4. (or even something like 13/16 or 19/16 if you want to be that way).

It's just a thought. I'm sure if you just let people use their own discretion it would be fine.
Last edited by The4thHorsemen at Oct 4, 2014,
#34
Well, I'm back! So Let's start the party.

I'm gonna give everyone UP to 16 bars of 4/4 at Quarter Note = 130.

That comes out to about 30 seconds of music for each player.

If you are hell bent on changing time sigs keep it to 30 seconds, so 16 bars of 4, 12 bars of 5, etc.

RonaldPoe wanted to go first, so he has it.

Golden is responsible for the ending, because he has school stuff to do. I feel your pain, Golden.

Everyone check my first two posts for this info and the order.
"There are two styles of music. Good music and bad music." -Duke Ellington

"If you really think about it, the guitar is a pointless instrument." - Robert Fripp
Last edited by Jet Penguin at Oct 4, 2014,
#35
I decided to start with the patterns from "Too Weak" (an original tribute to Jojo's Dio Brando). I called the file "Embrace the Chaos" (it's a midi). Love to see what happens next.
"I don't know what you're trying to suggest. There's no shame in taking what you need to hold your position!"

Super Buu (DBZ) on assimilation (it could also apply to blues guitar and guitar soloing in general).
Last edited by RonaldPoe at Oct 4, 2014,
#36
Oh wow! It's done already!

Awesome! I'll plug this into the DAW and send it to #2.

Ronald, can you do me a favor and delete that link?

I don't want anyone looking at anyone else's parts, it defeats the purpose of the game.

Everyone can PM me the stuff in the future!
"There are two styles of music. Good music and bad music." -Duke Ellington

"If you really think about it, the guitar is a pointless instrument." - Robert Fripp
#37
Sure thing, I edited out that link like you wanted. I wrote that melody in either July or June (can't remember). So it's not exactly new anyway (not that I couldn't write a decent part in about an hour). Anyway I'd like to know what you think. I don't know how to PM someone so that's why I did that.

Have a nice day and please update me with the progress.
"I don't know what you're trying to suggest. There's no shame in taking what you need to hold your position!"

Super Buu (DBZ) on assimilation (it could also apply to blues guitar and guitar soloing in general).
#38
Sure thing! I'll keep you updated.

While I'm at it, people should let me know what the best way to get audio/MIDI files to them is.

Unless there is some kind of UG attach-y type thing, which I am unaware of. My default plan was Google Drive, but people should let me know!
"There are two styles of music. Good music and bad music." -Duke Ellington

"If you really think about it, the guitar is a pointless instrument." - Robert Fripp
#39
Double Post, but whatever:

Unless I screwed up somewhere (probably did), I have sent the ending of the first section to composer #2, the illustrious 20Tigers.

The ball is now officially rolling, so check back on the thread for updates, and keep your eyes peeled; I will be PM-ing you when you are up.

GLHF
"There are two styles of music. Good music and bad music." -Duke Ellington

"If you really think about it, the guitar is a pointless instrument." - Robert Fripp