This one is a bit different. In this one, it’s all about emotions. More specifically, it’s about the feelings that you can evoke in your listeners and how you transition between these.
However, in line with Hegel’s dialectic approach proposing the idea that everything comes in triads and progress is based on a progression from thesis to antithesis and finally to synthesis, I want three distinct ones.
Specifically, I hereby ask you to identify at least three different emotions that you felt intensely at different points in your life that you still remember, and evoke those in your listeners with your submission.
Here is some inspiration in case you are an artificial intelligence and haven’t gotten around to installing your emotion chip:
Here’s the full plan:
1) Identify at least three situations in your life that went along with intensive emotions.
2) Identify the three relevant emotions that life evoked in you at these times. If your emotions do not fit any of the categorizations provided, bad luck. I’m not gonna invent new ones for you. You are still allowed to participate if your Xenoemotions can be adequately distinguished from each other by either a clinical orthopedist or an evolutionary anthropologist. However, you might be out of phase with your true self and might be well-advised to meditate or go on a walkabout before diving into this one.
3) Make these three emotions the center pieces of the story you want to tell in your submission. Build your track around these three emotions. Try to evoke them in your listeners.
4) Start with the emotions. You don’t have to think about a story, but it wouldn’t hurt - probably.
5) Think about the transition between emotions and the ways your composition will manage to reflect and evoke such developments.
6) Download this and pick a few samples from it:
7) Make something taking us through the three different emotions previously identified.
8) Post it here.
Deadline: Let’s say August 21st? (Up for discussion!)
There are a lot of different samples from my precious (MY PRECIOUS!) personal collection in the sample pack I compiled for this, ranging from basic drum samples to vocal-based stuff and hand-painted SFX. They are all heavily overprocessed by yours truly.
You are allowed to use any or all of the samples provided, and all additional synths and effects that you think might be necessary to evoke the emotions you want to evoke in the listener. The focus this time is on the emotions, not on production techniques, so if you ever wanted to join a Beat Battle, but doubted if you can produce a complete beat from some field recording, this is your time to shine!
So, you might ask yourself at this point: “Does it matter what kind of different sounds I can squeeze out of a 1 ms white noise sample and how fast I can build a complete wavetable synth or a playable multieffect in my fav modular environment?” No, my friend, it does not. At least not for this one.
The only important thing is that you manage to evoke some form of emotional development with your submission, ideally a triadic transition between three distinct emotions (not necessarily completely in line with the aforementioned dialectic paradigm, but that would be pretty cool).
Develop a new form of acoustic psychotherapy with your submission. You can publish the respective paper at a later date, no need to hurry.
I think it makes sense to use a longer deadline for this one, so I would say August 21st for the submission and August 28th for the vote, but it’s up the regulars - no problem to change the dates if you would like a shorter time frame.
I got a free license from Bitwig (for their 8-Track mini version) and got another one for Corel Painter left over from a Humble bundle, so I will give these two to the winner of this one. No guarantees that these licenses will still work, but that’s what I expect and I promise that I will do my best to treat them well in the meantime.
That’s probably more words than I have spoken to anyone outside my core family since Covid, so I hope you feel the immense privilege that is associated with having read this description. Anybody left? You can go home to your DAW now.