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  • #7747
    Haunted ParraspHaunted Parrasp
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    Hey humans and other monsters.
    After a discussion I had yesterday I’ve decided to make a couple entries into the International Songwriting Competition 2016. The thing is, it’s my own work and I don’t completely trust myself to see which songs a judge — or really, any listener apart from myself — would like the best.
    I’m planning on making two entries — one from my soundcloud which will be easy enough to pick based on likes by real people, and one that’s not.
    So that’s where I need your help. I was able to narrow my choice down to three of my recent tracks based on the lyrics — which are really the important factor for this contest — and I just need to figure out which one actual people like best, as opposed to… whatever I am. 😛
    And since the lyrics are so darn important I’ll give you a transcript of those as well.

    The three songs are:

    Gossamer Soul


    Nevermore

    Primordial

    And a transcript of the lyrics for all three:
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/39155151/3%20lyrix.rtf
    I have seven days to make this decision before the price of submissions goes up. I’d really appreciate if some of you guys could listen to these three and just tell me which one of them you like best.

    Ship’s cat, MPSV Iberia
    Check out his original music @ http://vertigofox.bandcamp.com/

    #7748
    SigmaSigma
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    Gossamer Soul

    #7749
    Haunted ParraspHaunted Parrasp
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    Thanks Sigma.

    Ship’s cat, MPSV Iberia
    Check out his original music @ http://vertigofox.bandcamp.com/

    #7750
    SigmaSigma
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    No problem. I love music.

    #7751
    TwoCablesTwoCables
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    I’m not sure (I’ve never been a good judge of lyrics), but I will say that I personally would have made the vocal track be louder. If it weren’t for the lyrics in front of me, I doubt I would have understood any words. I also found myself being caught by surprise that the vocals came back into the music because I wasn’t always sure if I was hearing vocals or instruments. I also would have written in the lyrics when the chorus is being repeated.

    I can’t judge it musically because they are all very weird and strange to me. I don’t understand what I’m listening to (I feel it’s best for me to be honest so that you don’t ask lol). I normally only listen to music like Dave Matthews Band and Dream Theater and jazz fusion and Pearl Jam, etc.

    Prepare for Overload…

    #7752
    SiriusSirius
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    Well 🙂 Dream Theater can be pretty weird too (I still don’t get The Dance of Eternity) but they do have a lot of more accessible stuff. This music is heavily electronic and doesn’t seem to use conventional song structures so I imagine that might have a lot to do with it – it reminds me of game soundtracks from around the mid-90s in that way.

    Anyway, to make things more complicated – out of these three, I’d say Nevermore by a fairly decent margin, but Gossamer Soul is second. Though in much the same way I couldn’t predict the opinion of an art critic, I also can’t predict the opinion of a professional songwriting critic… they might be looking for stuff that a guy who thought Creed wasn’t really that bad wouldn’t even notice.

    #7753
    Haunted ParraspHaunted Parrasp
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    You’re probably better at it than the person who wrote the song. 🙂
    My brother voted for Nevermore also so that’s two to one so far.

    Ship’s cat, MPSV Iberia
    Check out his original music @ http://vertigofox.bandcamp.com/

    #7754
    TwoCablesTwoCables
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    You’re probably better at it than the person who wrote the song. 🙂
    My brother voted for Nevermore also so that’s two to one so far.

    Do you mean that you’re not asking anyone else for votes? Just us and family?

    Prepare for Overload…

    #7755
    Haunted ParraspHaunted Parrasp
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    Yes. What I’m looking for is just a second opinion to mine.
    I don’t need to make it too complicated.

    Ship’s cat, MPSV Iberia
    Check out his original music @ http://vertigofox.bandcamp.com/

    #7757
    TwoCablesTwoCables
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    Oh, right. I wouldn’t want to either.

    Prepare for Overload…

    #7765
    Haunted ParraspHaunted Parrasp
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    Well, I’m probably going to make the submission tomorrow morning — best to give myself an extra day in case something goes wrong with payment. I’ll check the thread again before then and then it shall be done.
    Thanks guys.

    Ship’s cat, MPSV Iberia
    Check out his original music @ http://vertigofox.bandcamp.com/

    #7768
    YoshimitsuYoshimitsu
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    Alright, here we go. My choice for entry would be Nevermore. Of the 3 it is the most musically interesting to my ear and I like the lyrics the best. It also does the best job of illustrating the lyrics with music.

    My girlfriend had a similar (more detailed) reaction to Nevermore. In particular she thought that the

    Breathe in
    Hold
    Breathe in
    Step
    Breathe in
    Hold
    Breathe in
    RUN!!!

    section combined very well to evoke the feel of a stalking predator.

    On the other hand, even though she likes it considerably less, she thinks it’s possible that Primordial might be better received in a competition because the lyrics are less specific and could possibly speak to a greater number of people.

    #7769
    Haunted ParraspHaunted Parrasp
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    Heh… “Run” could just as easily be substituted for “Kill” and it would be the same. You might not even be able to tell the difference with all the processing! 😛
    And that whole thing about speaking to more people (or not) is why I’m making two entries to begin with. The second one will be lyrically very different.

    Thanks!

    Ship’s cat, MPSV Iberia
    Check out his original music @ http://vertigofox.bandcamp.com/

    #7775
    Haunted ParraspHaunted Parrasp
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    Hey guys. As it turns out I cannot make my entries today because of a bug on the ISC website — which I’ve reported to them. So until I hear back from their tech support this is still open.
    EDIT: The entry is complete! Thanks everyone!

    Ship’s cat, MPSV Iberia
    Check out his original music @ http://vertigofox.bandcamp.com/

    #7778
    YoshimitsuYoshimitsu
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    Good Luck Splotchie! Hope they go over well. 🙂

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