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Title: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: habiTat on September 09, 2012, 10:05:54 PM
The Blueprint Challenge

Ok guys, here it is...

Basic Aim/Rules
Using the 'Blueprint' Lyrics below (kindly supplied by Songsthatcry), compose and record a song in the style of your choosing. You may use whatever chords/rhythm/melody you want. The idea is to see how differently each of us fair when presented with the same basic lyrics 'on paper'. Minor flexiblity is allowed, ie. repeating the chorus/omitting the odd tricky line, but where possible, try as best you can to stick to the script. This should be a good test of your ability to be creative and work with something outside of your comfort zone.

Your Submission
Now I understand that you guys are busy people, spending loads of time recording/mixing  a song that someone else wrote may not be high on your list of priorities. Because of this and the fact that this is a challenge in your interpretation of lyrics and not your mixing/production skills, a basic recording will suffice. If you want to call in the London Philharmonic Orchestra and pay George Martin to produce it, thats fine ;) but a basic 'voice/guitar', 'voice/keyboards' recording will be fine.

Deadline...ish?
I have thought about this and I understand that people have work/family/jollies etc. so, three weeks will be the initial duration of the challenge, entries after this time will be ok (it is a challenge, not a competition) but three weeks will be the 'work time' given before your efforts can be posted. Due to the nature of the challenge, hearing someone elses effort early may influence your own work and defeat the object. Because of this, PLEASE DON'T POST YOUR RECORDING UNTIL SUNDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER. By the looks of previous competitions, its probably best to submit your recording on its own thread within this competions board, entitled 'Blueprint entry...' or the like. That way each entry can be reviewed seperately by others. Submissions after this date are fine, just try to avoid listening to other peoples work or you might accidently/subconciously copy them :)

Who wins?
I think in this case, whoever has a go and actually records something will win. To create a song from a set of words which will stand out as an individual, unique audio entity is pretty cool. And given the fact that we've all had the same starting point, it should serve to show how unique each of us are in our thought processes and creativity.

If there is any demand for finding an actual winner by democratic vote, let me know and I'll contact Tone and try to find out how we do a poll once all the submissions are posted.

Ok, I think thats it, if you're finding this thread a bit late, don't worry, feel free to join in, the more, the merrier.

If you decide to join in, just stick your name down on a reply to this thread so we all know who is playing :) and use this thread for any discussions relating to the challenge.

Here is your Blueprint, GOOD LUCK

if there was  still something,,something,left to prove...
don`t you think,.. i wouldn`t make that first move,,
when am i never there, to hold a hand

i have nothing left to prove
and it`s a grove ,i fit in to so easily
so pleasingly ,understand me..babe

and when you break it all down
into the  itty bitty parts..

you still can`t find the piece
where all the trouble starts..

so i will just play your games
and fall in to your arms..
(chorus)
cos,you know i`m only shining my
copper coated heart..

......
i`m a good soldier
and i will soldier on

and if you need a friend
 until the battles won
i`m on your side
till the final charge..
and if your order is to love you
that wish is my command.

(chorus)
cos,you know i`m only shining my
copper coated heart..
...
(MIDDLE
and i glow like  gold
when the sun is out
yes i glow like the gold
in a fire lit sky
on a summers night
and i feel it so right..
feels so right

in my .......
copper coated heart..

cos you know i`m only shining
and you know i`m  only shining

 ..my copper coated heart...

and i will just play your games
and fall in to your arms..
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: man of simple pleasures on September 09, 2012, 10:45:45 PM
am in!  8)
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: Michael on September 09, 2012, 10:55:48 PM
So am I :)
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: andy5544 on September 09, 2012, 11:31:31 PM
me too  ;D
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: Dutchbeat on September 10, 2012, 05:10:16 AM
in
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: habiTat on September 10, 2012, 06:31:10 AM
Oh yeah  :P and me :)
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: mihkay on September 10, 2012, 07:37:16 AM
Will give it a go.  ;)
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: habiTat on September 14, 2012, 07:43:22 PM
How's it going?

I've managed to establish a rhythm that seems to fit ok and have worked out a chord sequence. I'll admit it is more difficult than I was expecting.. The song structure is not obscure or anything, its just that I didn't write it and I am needing to get my head round it. I've never collaborated before so creating a song from someone elses lyrics is a completely new challenge for me. Quite satisfying now I think I've cracked it though :)
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: habiTat on September 15, 2012, 03:00:54 PM
I've finished it and want to upload  >:(

Really quite pleased with it :)
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: Kafla on September 15, 2012, 03:24:22 PM
I have the majority sketched now - when's the deadline again?
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: habiTat on September 15, 2012, 03:40:27 PM
It's Sunday 30th, another two weeks :(

maybe we should announce on here once we're done and upload them when everyone is ready. I thought it was going to take longer...

Or is it best to stick to the deadline?
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: Michael on September 15, 2012, 04:08:18 PM
Wow, you finished already?  :o
I'm gonna need at least another week for this...
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: habiTat on September 15, 2012, 04:23:42 PM
Ok cool, and to be honest, mine's only a simple recording, very minimal, but thats kind of my thing so it doesn't take long once its worked out.

Original deadline it is :)

Good luck and enjoy..
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: Michael on September 15, 2012, 04:43:30 PM
Well, my singing is mediocre at best, so I'm trying to do the "full band" thing with this song to distract from the vocals  ;)

... plus George Martin was busy this week  ;D
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: mihkay on September 16, 2012, 08:10:44 AM
Been busy. Not even started yet.  :(
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: mihkay on September 19, 2012, 01:36:47 PM
OK. Spent this morning sketching out a possible tune. The loose rhyming scheme and rather random metre of the Blueprint has taken me to what would usually be a starting point. From here I'd now cut some parts and change others to suit my thoughts as I progress. But to follow the rules of this challenge I'll be leaving everything as it was writ! Except to change "grove" to "groove", I assume that was a typo, I may be wrong.  ;)

OK, off to work.
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: habiTat on September 19, 2012, 04:44:23 PM
Yep, I've changed grove to groove, I'm sure STC will confirm but it deffo looks like a typo.

Good work though, I thought mine was done, then I left it a day, listened again and now think it needs more work. It was just the age old problem of that honeymoon period just after you've composed something, it seems great at the time but in the cold light of day it actually isn't :(



Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: S.T.C on September 19, 2012, 05:06:47 PM
Yes groove... :D
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: andy5544 on September 19, 2012, 07:01:19 PM
I have jiggled a few bits to suite the music i've done . i have groove also .
can i change polishing to shinning ?
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: S.T.C on September 19, 2012, 07:05:11 PM
I have jiggled a few bits to suite the music i've done . i have groove also .
can i change polishing to shinning ?

Do you mean shining to polishing?
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: andy5544 on September 19, 2012, 07:18:19 PM
I have jiggled a few bits to suite the music i've done . i have groove also .
can i change polishing to shinning ?

Do you mean shining to polishing?

I'm a Dick !
My printer ran out of ink , so I wrote the words out by hand ,
so I wrote polishing for some strange reason , then struggled
like bell to fit it in , then thought sod it , I'll change it to shining .
What a tosser  :D
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: habiTat on September 19, 2012, 07:20:42 PM
I have jiggled a few bits to suite the music i've done . i have groove also .
can i change polishing to shinning ?
I have jiggled a few bits to suite the music i've done . i have groove also .
can i change polishing to shinning ?

Do you mean shining to polishing?

Wellll....

I guess they mean the same thing and its only one word. I've left out the odd word to make it flow with my composition (ie the second 'something' in the first line)

You gotta do what you gotta do :)

LOL, JUST READ THAT AS I WENT TO POST THE ABOVE HAHA...

Shining does flow better :)
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: habiTat on September 23, 2012, 08:20:45 PM
One week to go until you can start uploading your masterpieces.  ;D
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: andy5544 on September 24, 2012, 08:36:37 AM
Which section do we post in , this one ?
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: habiTat on September 24, 2012, 08:53:18 AM
Which section do we post in , this one ?

That's what I said in the intro, the only trouble is that this section is a bit quiet and people might not see the entries to review them. It does keep them together though for easy comparison and all regulars should spot them as they appear on the recents list on the home page. So yes, I think we should post them in this section, a bit like the pairs comp.

If they do end up in the main reviews section, make it clear that they are part of the Blueprint challenge so they can be easily identified and don't confuse anybody.

:)
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: seriousfun on September 24, 2012, 09:50:39 PM
Oh my oh my.... I just found this thread and now I am way behind you guys, so expect something pretty rough and ready from me. Perhaps due to my late ness I should be given an extra two or three months :)) 
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: habiTat on September 24, 2012, 10:04:24 PM
Oh my oh my.... I just found this thread and now I am way behind you guys, so expect something pretty rough and ready from me. Perhaps due to my late ness I should be given an extra two or three months :)) 

GREAT to have you on board SF. Its more of a challenge than a competition, the next Sunday deadline was just to stop people hearing other versions and inadvertantly being influenced by them. The more the merrier on this :)

This can run and run really :)
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: andy5544 on September 26, 2012, 10:50:49 PM
I've finished it and want to upload  >:(

Really quite pleased with it :)

Thought you'd sneak it onto s/cloud unnoticed did you ? 30th already is it ??

Managed to resist listening..........for 5 mins   :D :D :D ;D ;D
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: habiTat on September 26, 2012, 11:04:50 PM
I've finished it and want to upload  >:(

Really quite pleased with it :)

Thought you'd sneak it onto s/cloud unnoticed did you ? 30th already is it ??

Managed to resist listening..........for 5 mins   :D :D :D ;D ;D

Oi cheeky, that was for my impartial muse to judge not for forum ears ;)

Did you listen? What did you... No No save it until Sunday.

It might not be finished yet anyway ;)
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: seriousfun on September 27, 2012, 01:33:01 AM
Wow this was fun.  Such a challenge trying to stick to the lyrics, there were a couple of pieces that really challenged me but I guess that is what it is all about..........now roll on Sunday so I can hear what everyone has written.
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: Dutchbeat on September 27, 2012, 03:24:58 PM
I hope i have a very inspired saturday, because my version has not come together yet...
but i have till Sunday, i hope the time pressure will do it for me
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: andy5544 on September 28, 2012, 08:56:16 AM
I just had a cancelation , so I,ve got time to re do my vocals , doesn,t mean they,re going to turn out any better than before...but you never know  ;D
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: Michael on September 28, 2012, 11:02:58 AM
Just finished the arrangement and all the instruments, now I still have to record the vocals and complete the mix... might be a long night  ;)
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: habiTat on September 28, 2012, 02:49:18 PM
Good luck chaps, I did a version, left it a few days, then realised it was pants. So I've done another version, liked it, then left it a few days and realised it was pants  ??? I've now re-recorded the vocal and I'm still not happy with it. I am planning a bit of harmony recording tomoro in the hope that I can improve it.

I tried to approach this as a challenge, not a competition. I now feel like its a competition of sorts, as I don't want mine to be rubbish  :-\
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: andy5544 on September 28, 2012, 05:41:38 PM
Good luck chaps, I did a version, left it a few days, then realised it was pants. So I've done another version, liked it, then left it a few days and realised it was pants  ??? I've now re-recorded the vocal and I'm still not happy with it. I am planning a bit of harmony recording tomoro in the hope that I can improve it.

I tried to approach this as a challenge, not a competition. I now feel like its a competition of sorts, as I don't want mine to be rubbish  :-\

From my sneak preview of yours I heard , I was starting to worry
about mine !  :D
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: mihkay on September 28, 2012, 08:20:28 PM
Well I haven't really progressed past the sketch. Not had much time spare this last couple of weeks. Won't get the chance now before Sunday to make it better so I'll just have to mix what I've got as best I can and post it.  :-\

But it's not a competition (Oh yeah?  :P) so I can always revisit it later.  ;)
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: Dutchbeat on September 29, 2012, 03:01:06 PM
i am sorry guys, my attempts have not delivered anything remotely decent

I FAILED, I SURRENDER
sorry
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: habiTat on September 29, 2012, 03:19:52 PM
i am sorry guys, my attempts have not delivered anything remotely decent

I FAILED, I SURRENDER
sorry


Ahh don't worry Dutch, the deadline was only to stop early entries influencing each others work, there is no limit on time, if you want to try again..it'd be great to hear your version. If not, a euro dance re-mix of someone elses version would be pretty cool. ;)
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: andy5544 on September 29, 2012, 08:20:30 PM
Counting down to midnight ,
Got 2 different endings , and 8 different mixes,
Don't know which one to post !!
Can't get the bloody tune out my head now.......
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: habiTat on September 29, 2012, 08:30:16 PM
Counting down to midnight ,
Got 2 different endings , and 8 different mixes,
Don't know which one to post !!
Can't get the bloody tune out my head now.......

haha it's a b*stard aint it...

I've spent more time on this than anything else I've done haha...

I'll be posting at/or around midnight, try to catch you night owls ;)
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: man of simple pleasures on September 29, 2012, 10:15:57 PM
well its been driving me mad as i left it too late and not really spent much time on it and am full of cold and i only recorded it today so its a very rough version of it so i'l post it up for people to listen to altho i aint got the ending but i'l work on it but just wanted to get sumit up when the clock strikes midnight! i'l follow everyone else's lead on it and post when the songs start to go up!
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: andy5544 on September 29, 2012, 10:41:46 PM
well its been driving me mad as i left it too late and not really spent much time on it and am full of cold and i only recorded it today so its a very rough version of it so i'l post it up for people to listen to altho i aint got the ending but i'l work on it but just wanted to get sumit up when the clock strikes midnight! i'l follow everyone else's lead on it and post when the songs start to go up!

You could have my spare ending  :D ;D
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: man of simple pleasures on September 29, 2012, 10:51:53 PM
well its been driving me mad as i left it too late and not really spent much time on it and am full of cold and i only recorded it today so its a very rough version of it so i'l post it up for people to listen to altho i aint got the ending but i'l work on it but just wanted to get sumit up when the clock strikes midnight! i'l follow everyone else's lead on it and post when the songs start to go up!

You could have my spare ending  :D ;D

haha nice!  8)
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: mihkay on September 29, 2012, 10:57:53 PM
I've decided to postpone my posting.  :o
Having just finished work today and listened to it again, there are just to many things not right with the beast as it is.
I'm working again tomorrow (Sunday), but I'm off Monday! Hooray.  ;D

So late Monday my Opus will be posted.......hopefully.....At which point I'll lend an ear to the challengers!  ;)

Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: pacho on November 22, 2017, 05:47:09 PM
If it possible I want to try this
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: 2tuoo on November 23, 2017, 03:50:19 PM
:)
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: Steph2019 on August 09, 2019, 10:40:57 AM
I`m on! ;)
Title: Re: THE BLUEPRINT CHALLENGE
Post by: tone on August 09, 2019, 02:04:39 PM
I`m on! ;)
Hi Steph - I wonder if you realise this project is from 2012? I think you've missed the boat here, but there are plenty of other comps/ challenges coming along all the time. You'll see soon enough as you become part of the community here :)

Welcome aboard :)