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Scomber's card game to choose a daily genre

permalink   Wed, Mar 18, 2009 @ 3:12 PM
To make my 365 day challenge a little more interesting I have devised a card game that helps me select which genre to butcher each morning.
I have marked a deck of cards, writing a genre on the face of each and I randomly select one from the pack.
The genres are; Blues, Country, Dance, Disco, Funk, Grunge, Hip Hop, Jazz, Metal, New Age, Musical Theater, Pop, R&B, Rap, Reggae, Rock, Techno, Industrial, Alternative, Ska, Death Metal, Soundtrack, Euro Dance, Trip Hop, Progressive Jazz, Trance, Classical, Fusion, House, Gospel, Soul, Punk, World, Ethnic , Gothic, Electronic, Folk, Comedy, Gangsta, Jungle, Psychedelic, Rave, Rock & Roll, Swing, Latin, Celtic, Bluegrass, Opera, Porn, Power Ballad, Dance Hall, Drum & Bass, Brit Pop.
Once I’ve chosen a card it is kept aside until 52 tracks later when the I start with a full deck again.
Each day I then draw another card; if its a red suit, it has to be “Pop” ie commercially palatable, if its a black one, it has to be alternative….
If any one has any genre suggestions, that you think I should replace some of these with or if I’m doubling up, please post a comment with your suggestion.
I’m marking each genre off above in red (for a pop mix) or black (for an alternative mix) when I’ve completed each track.

I’m also open for donations of the musical variety, so if you have a mix or part getting dusty from any of these genres let me know.
Many thanks to the ccM community for supporting my madness, its all about growing as a musician and a person.

Peace S x

PS: if anyones out there wondering whats happened to my Interactive Musical Stageshow project, I’ve handed it over to someone much more adept at musical theater to formulate a script, stage directions etc.
He has had a few big commercially successful shows so I’m salivating waiting for what happens next with this.
We still intend to keep the CC flavor to the music, so watch this space…
John Pazdan
permalink   Thu, Mar 19, 2009 @ 7:09 AM
Acid Ska, RastaBilly, Industrial Polka, Brunch Jazz, Po’ House (too topical?), String Quartetatron, Ten Blip Etudes for a bent Speak ‘n’ Spell, Romanian Fahnk Blues, Country and Eastern, Satan Worship, Black Metal Christian Rawk.
permalink   ScOmBer Thu, Mar 19, 2009 @ 7:22 AM
Thanks John :-0 - there’s a few ideas there mate.
permalink   Subliminal Thu, Mar 19, 2009 @ 8:53 AM
Quote: John PazdanBlack Metal Christian Rawk.

He he he…
permalink   Thu, Mar 19, 2009 @ 8:59 AM
Quote: ScomberI’m also open for donations of the musical variety, so if you have a mix or part getting dusty from any of these genres let me know.

I should have a couple of things lying around that need a more talented person to finish. I have to check if and how I can turn it into something which you might be able to work with. I am away this weekend so it would have to wait until next week. That is, if you are interested.
permalink   ScOmBer Thu, Mar 19, 2009 @ 2:51 PM
Always open for donations and hand-me-downs Sub!
I don’t know about the “more talented” bit though. “Productive” maybe.
Cheers Mate
permalink   Subliminal Thu, Mar 19, 2009 @ 10:31 PM
I checked my work in progress folder and noticed that I had already deleted a couple of those ideas where I got stuck. There is still something there though. In the meantime you could have a look and listen here. (I know I am shamelessly plugging my own samples here, but maybe it could be of use to you.)
permalink   ScOmBer Fri, Mar 20, 2009 @ 3:07 AM
Very interesting Sub. I’ve been secretly perving at your work before, but now with my card game of fate, I’ll have to file these away ready for the appropriate genre.
Thanks man
permalink   Thu, Mar 19, 2009 @ 2:50 PM
Dude, this is an absolutely awesome idea. I’m running upstairs to grab an old deck of cards now! I especially like the alternation between pop/experimental sounds…I’ve been looking for an excuse to try some more experimental-sounding stuff lately, since I often err on the side of “people need to like this right away!”, and this is just it. Excellent
permalink   ScOmBer Thu, Mar 19, 2009 @ 2:53 PM
Thanks DoK, its kind of like strip poker, but instead I’m baring my creative butt to the world, possibly warts and all.
Thanks Man.
permalink   DoKashiteru Thu, Mar 19, 2009 @ 3:13 PM
So, I’m doing things a little bit differently - it’s not really applicable to your 365-day thing, since it’s based on taking a week or so per song, but hey, it couldn’t hurt to share!

So, instead of each individual card, what I did was assign each card value to a genre, using this list:

Ace: Hip Hop
2: Rock
3: Reggae
4: Electronic
5: Ska
6: Metal
7: Soundtrack
8: Spoken Word Music (ie, hip-hop like, but without a rap and rather with a backing track under spoken word, like this)
9: Grunge/Alt
10: Blues
J: Gothic
Q: Industrial
K: Classical

If it’s red, it’ll be a commercially-oriented song, with quick appeal; if it’s black, it’ll be more experimental. Also, diamonds and clubs will be songs that fit into a story - ie, less of a traditional lyric/song structure and more like a narrative (the sort of music I’ve really been wanting to do since I started listening to Wagner. It’s ALL about the material being sung, and would be really confusing and slow without reading what’s going on at the same time as the piece), while spades and hearts will be standalone songs.

The first one I drew was the ace of hearts - a standalone, instantly-appealing (“pop,” if you will :P) hip hop song. What I’m going to do now is take a week to make it happen - a day or two immersing myself in the genre, then a couple days assembling samples and ideas, then a couple days putting together the finished product. Thanks for the excellent idea, Scomber - this is a great writer’s-block buster!
permalink   ScOmBer Thu, Mar 19, 2009 @ 3:55 PM
Glad your running with it dude.
I had the idea sitting on the loo with the morning paper. Definitely no writers block downunder.
It least youv’ afforded yourself the luxury of a week. What was I thinking??
I guess a challenge or goal isn’t worthwhile if it doesn’t excite and scare at the same time.
Cheers mate