November's challenge is to help create a MeFiMusic version of the famous intro section from Mike Oldfield's 1973 classic Tubular Bells
, as famously featured in The Exorcist. Thanks (I think) to Major Dundee for the idea.
Alternatively, create a piece of music featuring an augmented triad
(for example, C-E-G# is C augmented).
Tag your submissions "mefimusicchallenge" and "tubular" if you're doing the Tubular Bells challenge, and 'augmented' if you'd rather do the other one.
As you might imagine there's a whole hunk of stuff beneath the fold.
Okay. Deep breath.
First of all, we're doing Tubular Bells Part 1. The full version
is here. The shorter version used in the Exorcist is here
Second of all, we're not trying to recreate it but to do something new. So go nuts.
Third of all, the actual recording is full of hideous time signature changes. It starts with a 7/8-9/8 repeating figure, then the bass comes in in 3/4 underneath it, then there's a section ostensibly in 3/4 but with the piano playing in 15/8. And some random bars of 5/4 thrown in. I kid you not. You can take a look at a piano arrangement of the whole thing
here if you have the guts.
We're not doing that.
We're going to base it off the iconic riff, which is three bars of 7/8 followed by a bar of 9/8. Fortunately it's very easy to count.
This is meant to be a collaborative process, and how the collaboration will work is as follows:
1. I will supply a backing track of the iconic riff. It's 150 bpm in the key of Am. It's about 4'00 long but that's just in case you feel like doing a 4'00 epic overdub. 10" is just as fine.
2. You will record a new part (or parts! Go nuts!). This could be an overdub or a different version of the riff (which I deliberately made completely metronomic and dull so please improve on it).
2a. If humanly possible, your stem will include you announcing the instrument in a voice full of gravitas. "FIVE STRING BANJO!" "ZITHER!" "CRAPPY ORGAN I FOUND AT THE SIDE OF THE ROAD" and so on. Bombast is welcomed.
2b. Your new part can be as long or as short as you like. If it's short, just cut off the rest of the backing track.
3. You will post a mix of your overdub with the pre-existing track but ALSO in the comments post a clean stem of your overdub on its own, so that other people can use it to remix or however they want. Dropbox or Soundcloud are excellent ways of doing this. If you do more than one part, please post a clean stem of each.
4. Feel free rather than using my original starter track to use any of the overdubbed tracks that have been posted. But still remember to post an MP3 of your overdub on its own.
5. We are allowed to fork this project. In fact, I totally encourage it. You're not restricted to using the latest mix.
6. Feel free to use stems that other people have posted in your own mix.
I hope this sounds anarchic. It's certainly meant to be!
I'm sure there are other wrinkles but we can discuss below.