Monthly MeFiMu Challenge thread - August edition

July 31, 2009 7:14 PM

So, here in my neck o' the woods it's already August 1, but many of you western hemisphere types still have a few hours to get your VU&N covers in under the deadline. I'm counting about 35 submissions in as of right now (with just a few hours left in the month!), which is, of course, below the number of folks who signed on, but, hey, that's life in the slow lane! I'm hoping for an avalanche of last-minute masterpieces. But meanwhile... on to the next! So without further ado...

AUGUST 2009 MEFIMU CHALLENGE: Let's go with MajorDundee's "write a Metafilter music jingle or ringtone" idea (his original suggestion here). Seems perfect for August, somehow. No big epic, grandiose thing, just a little jingle. Of course, it's gotta be GOOD, you understand. Real GOOD. And it has to clock in at 30 seconds or less. You can also think of it as a 'sound logo' kind of thing, like the 'Intel Inside' 4-note logo, or whatever. That kind of thing is probably very challenging, in fact. So, get to it, y'all!
posted by flapjax at midnite (20 comments total)

So, regarding VU&N project, in the end we had 36 submissions, an astonishing amount of which were actually from man vs sun and/or askmeaboutLOOM. It breaks down like this:
Sunday Morning (4)
MajorDundee, mexican, micayetoca, askmeaboutLOOM
I'm Waiting for the Man (4)
flapjax at midnite, snsranch, the_very_hungry_caterpillar, man vs sun
Femme Fatale (4)
cortex, man vs sun, asmeaboutLOOM, davejay
Venus in Furs (4)
dagosto, MajorDundee, man vs sun, bonobothegreat
Run Run Run (3)
minifigs, ORthey, askmeaboutLOOM
All Tomorrow's Parties (3)
azarbayejani, flapjax at midnite, man vs sun,
Heroin (4)
chococat, uncleozzy, The World Famous, askmeaboutLOOM
There She Goes Again (2)
not_on_display, man vs sun
I'll Be Your Mirror (2)
He Is Only The Imposter, askmeanoutLOOM
The Black Angel's Death Song (2)
pyramid termite, man vs sun
European Son (1)

Thanks to everyone who submitted a cover.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:48 AM on August 1, 2009

Um... actually, I seem to be missing 3 from my list above... if I left yours out of that list, sorry, and please add it in a comment here. I don't have time now to go through the list again...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:14 AM on August 1, 2009

Yeah...we did 3 different versions of Femme Fatale: one by man vs sun, 2 by me. We're actually halfway distributing our "Pasty Anglophiles Rape Andy Warhol" as a full album.
posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 8:05 AM on August 1, 2009

Deadlines are for wimps! I'm sticking to the originally proposed "two months or so" timeline, and will have a VU+N submission forthcoming in the next several weeks. :)

Also, I object to the terms of this months challenge -- does it really have to be GOOD?
posted by abc123xyzinfinity at 10:46 AM on August 1, 2009

Of course it doesn't have to be good. Listen to what I've just deposited....
posted by MajorDundee at 12:17 PM on August 1, 2009

There were some FANTASTIC VU + Nico covers posted. You guys rocked this one.
posted by snsranch at 4:38 PM on August 1, 2009

I'm starting to get some ideas for a jingle--MajorDundee just inspired me, and our flutist has a perfect NPR voice.
posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 5:03 PM on August 1, 2009

I couldn't do justice to the Velvet Underground. I'm gonna hold out for the great Metafilter Residents cover challenge (I would suggest Mark of the Mole or The Commercial Album as good starting points for that.)

Tons of great VU covers grew out of that last challenge, though. I enjoyed it very much.
posted by metagnathous at 7:20 PM on August 1, 2009

Just to make clear on the challenge, the jingle/ringtone/whatever should actually be about MeFiMu, right? Or is it just for anything relevant to it, or totally open (as long as it's within 30 seconds)?
posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 10:36 AM on August 2, 2009

I'm inclined toward the more liberal interpretation, but I choose to believe it was intentionally ambiguous.
posted by cortex at 1:17 PM on August 2, 2009

LOOM - I think if poss it should have at least some relation to MeFiMu, but as abstract and/or obscure as you like. I mean abstract to the point of "what the fuck is that all about??" is fine by me. But if that's not a runner - whatever you like man. After everyone's hard graft on VU+N, main thing is that this should be fun (cue brittle PA announcement "You will all have fun, starting.... now. Those caught not having fun will be in the slammer faster than shit through a goose"). Personally, I think the sillier the better....I mean I'm trying at the moment to locate a decent sample of cow mooing......
posted by MajorDundee at 2:34 PM on August 2, 2009

...oh and I nearly forgot. Anything over 30 seconds will result in electrodes being attached to your knackers and you being forced to do a perfect execution of Gene Kelly's routine from "Singing In The Rain" accompanying yourself on a Uke. On roller skates. With a floppy hat. Hope that's clear.
posted by MajorDundee at 2:41 PM on August 2, 2009

I'm inclined toward the more conservative interpretation*, but I agree that it should be fun, and people should do whatever they want to**.

*it should refer directly to MetaFilter Music, or to Metafilter

**as long as no one's copyright is infringed and no one's grandmother is slandered
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:17 PM on August 2, 2009 being forced to do a perfect execution of Gene Kelly's routine from "Singing In The Rain" accompanying yourself on a Uke. On roller skates. With a floppy hat.

expect this.
posted by man vs sun at 7:27 PM on August 2, 2009

posted by not_on_display at 10:19 PM on August 2, 2009

In case anyone was offended by my "Nerd Mafia" post, it was totally meant as a compliment. That term comes to mind every time someone get outed on MeTa for spamming and stuff. I always think, "Man, a guy can't get away with ANYTHING around here, it's like the Nerd Mafia!"

That is all!
posted by snsranch at 6:25 PM on August 5, 2009

I'm really excited about the goofy, nonsense track I'm working on for this challenge. I won't give it away, but I am doing one of my most favorite musical things to do.
posted by uncleozzy at 6:43 AM on August 7, 2009

Oooooh uncleozzy, you're such a tease...
posted by MajorDundee at 4:34 PM on August 7, 2009

Ditto that, dammit!
posted by snsranch at 5:16 PM on August 7, 2009

Well, I was pretty sure I'd finish it tonight. And I did. I really enjoyed working on it.
posted by uncleozzy at 8:13 PM on August 7, 2009

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