This is good news!!
One thing I might add with the netlabel release that has been discussed in the past is that we need samples that are free to use, and not under copyright (unless we can clear them for our use).
One issue with previous beat battles (1-100) were that we weren’t able to definitely say all the samples were properly cleared. Also, some previous beat battle sample libraries varied in quality at times… lol. So, as far as reusing previous battles, I’d be open to it, but I know there were definitely some battles where the samples were just kinda… meh… and it’d be nice for the 100th battle to have some decently workable samples.
@InDefianceOfGravity, as for previous beat battle rules, those have mostly been lost. I try to record the rules for current beat battles and add them to the archive with the samples, but unfortunately that information didn’t get recorded from the old site prior to its crash (unless someone happens to have that info somewhere). The oldest beat battle archives I got copies from @MFXxx.
Some time back we were considering trying to source the samples as submissions from members, collect them, and then run the beat battle with the resulting samples. I think it might be cool if we tried sourcing the samples from the community, had a sample submission period and then a time to work on the actual track. This would also help with copyright concerns, as they’d all be original samples. Especially if we opened it up for longer, 4-6 weeks, say 6, we could do two weeks for samples, and 4 weeks for entries.
There was also talk of a prize for the winning track for the 100th battle. Nothing huge, we were talking one of those pocket operators, or something like those Korg à la carte synths (like the Monotron). Something small and not terribly expensive, say $30-50, $60 tops. and we also could accept funds from anyone who could pitch. We’d need to figure out something like a paypal to allocate the funds properly and make sure they are used for the prize. I’d be willing to put up some funds towards that.
But yeah, extended submission period, we could maybe figure out some baseline rules, but I think it’d be nice to lean on the side of being more open. I’d personally like it to be samples + other, with a requirement to use a certain number of samples. Maybe establish a theme, but nothing too restrictive, I think BB100 should be fairly easy-going.