Libre Music Challenge #7 : Yet Another Kick !

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Re: Libre Music Challenge #7 : Yet Another Kick !

Post by Die_Lokki »

Allright, managed to wrap it up, so here goes nothing.

It was a great experience, that tought me a lot, so huge thank you @Sahaathyva
The sound is somewhat minimal, and I wanted to make the track as a soundtrack of sorts

Here's track: https://soundcloud.com/lokkimusic/challengelmc7
And here's a download link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ziF9Rr ... c65ia/view
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Re: Libre Music Challenge #7 : Yet Another Kick !

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This is a reminder :

@dsimardii @WeirdConstructor , would you please post me an ogg or mp3 of your subs please ?

if i can i will upload tommorow at archive.org, so i need your files please ;)
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Re: Libre Music Challenge #7 : Yet Another Kick !

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I'm a tad bit late, uploading something right now! So hopefully I can still join in.

This was a great challenge, Kickmess is a simple little thing but quite ingenious to get nice sounds out of it. So I hooked up my sequencer and a MIDI keyboard and did my best to create something nice. Turned out a bit Postal Service meets Album Leaf with a tinge of The Cure (Disintegration style). Everything is Kickmess except for the vocals (so hopefully I'm still entitled for the 1.33 multiplier bonus). Had to quickly sample my own voice otherwise I couldn't work on the song after the kids went to bed so the timing of the vocals is a bit odd, had to cut the samples into pieces quickly.

This experience was particularly nice because it's been a while since I did a song like this with FOSS tools. Things have changed a LOT in the past few years, and definitely for the better. Love the LSP suite and the Dragonfly reverb is a keeper. Sequenced everything live with a hardware sequencer into Ardour, also played the little solo live. Some plugins I used:
  • Kickmess of course
  • ACE compressor
  • Dragonfly Reverbs
  • x42 MIDI plugins
  • LSP sampler
  • LSP gate
  • LSP multiband compressor on the master bus
  • Shiroverb for the solo
The song is called "Deze Stad". Did it in my native tongue because I had something like, let's extend this challenge to the max. You can download it here: autostatic - Deze Stad

Translated lyrics:
This City

Softly I walk through the black snow
The taste of iron in my mouth
My eyes sting, I won't rub
And all that anger spins around faster and faster

This city is not venerated
This city goes unnoticed
This city is mostly avoided
But don't tell me I deserve better

Some explanation:
The city I live in is generally considered as being ugly and unhealthy to live in because there's a big steel mill in the close vicinity. But I love living here because of this underdog position. And yeah, we really had black snow last week.

All material CC BY-SA.
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Re: Libre Music Challenge #7 : Yet Another Kick !

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Heyo everyone! Here's my very very last minute submission.

https://soundcloud.com/nyxeles/morning-in-the-village

Made in Ardour, and all sound were created from the Kickmess plugin.
I struggled to find sounds at first but I'm quite happy with the end result! I got a chance to explore the guitarix suite, and it was very fun.


--- Edit below, with some more info about the track.

There are 18 instances of Kickmess.

Other plugins used:
Guitarix
Calf Filter, Compressor, Limiter
Calf Exciter, Flanger, Multi Chorus, Stereo Tools
MDA Detune
AM Pitchshifter
LSP Gate
TAL Filter II
TAL Reverb III
TAP Autopanner
EQ10Q

Overall I'm quite happy with the final track.
I got somewhat stuck on mixing at the end (as I always do), and some last minute struggle reviewing the kickdrum sound which I wasn't happy with and getting rid of some excessive chorus/flanging that I only noticed was bad when I listened on a speaker and not headphones. Mixing is hard!
If I had had the chance I would have spent some extra time on making drum patterns more interesting and varied, and adding more shape to the synth sounds with automation.

I'm also sharing my Ardour 6.5 session (CC BY-SA) if any of you is interested. You can download it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D3nltT ... sp=sharing

The track should be downloadable from Soundcloud, but here's the file just in case: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mqY7i_ ... sp=sharing
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Re: Libre Music Challenge #7 : Yet Another Kick !

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@dsimardii @WeirdConstructor you are asked to provide me your files ASAP please, the uploas is frozen at the moment waiting for your subs ;)
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Re: Libre Music Challenge #7 : Yet Another Kick !

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Hi, sorry for the delay.

Here is the original mp3 file:

http://m8geil.de/data/push/20210206_p1.mp3
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Re: Libre Music Challenge #7 : Yet Another Kick !

Post by Sahaathyva »

Ok we got to listen and vot now :!:

You can find songs there :

https://archive.org/details/libre-music-challenge-07

I want the vote to be closed next saturday before 12:00 AM to be able to submit the winning track to be played in the sunday livestream of Unfa 8)

So it's up to you for the vote, i may post the next challenge tommorow, expect a little back in time contest :mrgreen:

PS:i am sorry for dsimardii but not having the file i can't upload it :x

"à vous de jouer ! "
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Re: Libre Music Challenge #7 : Yet Another Kick !

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There is a bug with Largos and Nyxeles tracks that are ogv and so considered to be video ogg , archive don't play them , so please listn to them here ( i have the original files, will see if i can convert, but i fear i won't be able to add them to the existing page ) :

https://soundcloud.com/nyxeles/morning-in-the-village

https://soundcloud.com/no9nein9/largos- ... xbSzIwWzhe

I don't know whatwe should do with Vulnr 's track, he stated it to be unfinished so to be showcased but not voted, i let you decide, tell me.

And if someone have enough will to prepare the ascii voting sheet, you are welcome sir :mrgreen:
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Re: Libre Music Challenge #7 : Yet Another Kick !

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Sahaathyva wrote: Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:58 pm There is a bug with Largos and Nyxeles tracks that are ogv and so considered to be video ogg , archive don't play them , so please listn to them here ( i have the original files, will see if i can convert, but i fear i won't be able to add them to the existing page ) :

https://soundcloud.com/nyxeles/morning-in-the-village

https://soundcloud.com/no9nein9/largos- ... xbSzIwWzhe

I don't know whatwe should do with Vulnr 's track, he stated it to be unfinished so to be showcased but not voted, i let you decide, tell me.

And if someone have enough will to prepare the ascii voting sheet, you are welcome sir :mrgreen:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZEQRON ... sp=sharing

I uploaded a mp3 version if that helps. I don't know why it says that about being ogv.
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Re: Libre Music Challenge #7 : Yet Another Kick !

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Not sure why it shows up as ogv! Anyway I noticed that the "ogv" tracks are still playable from the archive page under the "Download Options -> Ogg Video" menu. Apologies for the inconvenience!
Looking forward to giving all tracks a good listen :)
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Re: Libre Music Challenge #7 : Yet Another Kick !

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I managed to change this behavior : just renamed ogv in ogg :twisted:

Good luck all, and remember to vote before saturday ;)
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Re: Libre Music Challenge #7 : Yet Another Kick !

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I made a super fancy scoring sheet! Insert for each track a score from 1 to 5 with 5 being the best and post it here. Don't vote for your own track.

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+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Artist            | Track                  | Score |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Largos            | Bleakuary              |       |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| sg75              | Kickmessiness          |       |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| dagniel           | Challenge six+1        |       |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Stefano Droghetti | Cuba Libre             |       |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Weird Constructor | Sequencemess 1         |       |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| SahaaThyva        | a squarish Mess        |       |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| MyLoFy            | Gimme A Lunch Break    |       |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Pulsing Bulb      | Bos grunniens          |       |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Die_Lokki         | Challenge              |       |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| nyx eles          | Morning In The Village |       |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| autostatic        | Deze Stad              |       |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Lifeline          | LMC Kicks              |       |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| VULNR             | Ki                     |       |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
Good luck everyone!
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Re: Libre Music Challenge #7 : Yet Another Kick !

Post by Lifeline »

Guess I'm the first one to vote, hello! Lifeline here and I'm kicking off (Cough cough...) the voting round!

+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Artist | Track | Score |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Largos | Bleakuary | 4 |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| sg75 | Kickmessiness | 5 |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| dagniel | Challenge six+1 | 404 |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Stefano Droghetti | Cuba Libre | 5 |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Weird Constructor | Sequencemess 1 | 5 |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| SahaaThyva | a squarish Mess | 5 |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| MyLoFy | Gimme A Lunch Break | 5 |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Pulsing Bulb | Bos grunniens | 5 |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Die_Lokki | Challenge | 4 |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| nyx eles | Morning In The Village | 5 |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| autostatic | Deze Stad | 5 |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Lifeline | LMC Kicks | x |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Vulnr | Ki | 5 |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+

And some really subjective feedback for each participant, uh it may not be serious or it may, you can take it or not ^^)/


| Largos | Bleakuary
Hmm It is oke tho some of the notes seem like they clash together, especially from the bass and the are clicks in the bass sometimes, tho I really love the later part in the song with the arp! Great work nonetheless

| sg75 | Kickmessiness
Getting up early... Going to work... Having this come up on the tracklist as the first from this playlist really did it for me! Biased but all oke I guess, love the track ^^)/

| Stefano Droghetti | Cuba Libre
The first time I heard it... I just fell in love and not much has changed thru the time I listened to it! Love it dearly, great work Stefano!

| Weird Constructor | Sequencemess 1
Minimal but it is great in it's own way! Does it clip? I didn't check but it has a weird swell that goes in and out... Might be the bass or the recerb on it... There's nothing wrong with that and it does sound hardstylish! I love the precussions and how automation was used in this tho! Great work!

| SahaaThyva | a squarish Mess
As much as I love that snare I wish it cut thru a bit more thru the mix like the kick does...
Tho anyways, I absolutelutely adore the harmonies and the overall progression!

| MyLoFy | Gimme A Lunch Break
Love the guitar and arps ^^)/ Tho I will point out that the drums felt a bit unbalanced in terms of frequency content and it kind of felt like that in the beginning, maybe the cymbal felt a bit too loud but when more elements kicked in it was lovely!

| Pulsing Bulb | Bos grunniens
Really groovy! I like the rhythms a lot in this one and I love the rumbling sound in the beginning, and I adore how it takes a darker turn later on ^^)/
The only downside is that the mix feels a bit flat, not much stands out but it does blend well!

| Die_Lokki | Challenge
Some parts sound really bare and have a really tough time catching my attention but I really like some of the sounds here and the harmonies ^^ Great work Die_Lokki

| nyx eles | Morning In The Village
Vibing... I ran out of things to say ;_; Apologies!!!

| autostatic | Deze Stad
Love the vocals, even tho I don't understand what it means... Maybe I don't need to... It does sound melancholic ^^ Love it!

| Lifeline | LMC Kicks
Who is this person again?

| Vulnr | Ki
If I was a dj I would play this in a club! Even tho it is unfinished it bops! Great work! Keep the hype coming.

Thank you.
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Re: Libre Music Challenge #7 : Yet Another Kick !

Post by bsg75 »

Nobody wants to start the voting, eh?
I will, so here are my votes and some comments :)

Overall, great contributions :!:

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+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Artist            | Track                  | Score |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Largos            | Bleakuary              |  3.5  |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| sg75              | Kickmessiness          |   x   |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| dagniel           | Challenge six+1        |   3   |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Stefano Droghetti | Cuba Libre             |  4.5  |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Weird Constructor | Sequencemess 1         |   3   |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| SahaaThyva        | a squarish Mess        |   4   |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| MyLoFy            | Gimme A Lunch Break    |   5   |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Pulsing Bulb      | Bos grunniens          |   5   |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Die_Lokki         | Challenge              |  2.5  |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| nyx eles          | Morning In The Village |   3   |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| autostatic        | Deze Stad              |  4.5  |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| Lifeline          | LMC Kicks              |   4   |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
| VULNR             | Ki                     |   4   |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+
Largos - Bleakuary: ++ bass line & mood
Pulsing Bulb - Bos grunniens: +++ Aphex Twin vibes :); +++ the oddness makes my face literally twitch!
Stefano Droghetti - Cuba Libre: ++ bass line, percussion & vibe; almost too musical in the second part compared to the genre outlined by the first part
VULNR - Ki: ++ evolving & dark, i like the theme
Weird Constructor - Sequencesmess: ++ odd, minimal rythm
autostatic - Deze Stad: ++ vocals :); ++ traditional verse/chorus sturcture; ++ instrumental/solo
Lifeline - LMC Kicks: ++ cool beats and FX; ++ production
MyLoFy - gimme a lunch break: +++ top production; ++ lyrics: "eh-eh-uh-ej ... yi-ey-ja" :)
SahaaThyva - a squarish Mess: ++ laid back, melancholy mood
Die_Lokki - Challenge: ++ unexpected chord change at 0:15; ++ Phil Collins a-like tom fill; sometimes boomy
dagniel - Challenge six+1: ++ catchy; the sounds could be a bit more processed and automated
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Re: Libre Music Challenge #7 : Yet Another Kick !

Post by rghvdberg »

here are the results of the dutch jury

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+-------------------+------------------------+-------+-------------+
| Artist            | Track                  | Score |Kickmess-only|
|                   |                        |       |(yes/no)     |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+-------------+
| Largos            | Bleakuary              |  2    |             |
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+-------------+
| sg75              | Kickmessiness          |  3    |             | THIS IS CHEATING, anything with a vocoder is cool ;-)
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+-------------+
| dagniel           | Challenge six+1        |  4    |             | Very sweet song, oh ... 0:50 ! actually a good song \o/
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+-------------+
| Stefano Droghetti | Cuba Libre             |  4    |             | another good entry , good sounds , liking the plucky sounds
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+-------------+
| Weird Constructor | Sequencemess 1         |  2    |             | not my thing
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+-------------+
| SahaaThyva        | a squarish Mess        |  4    |             | Good
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+-------------+
| MyLoFy            | Gimme A Lunch Break    |  5    |             | HOW ?
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+-------------+
| Pulsing Bulb      | Bos grunniens          |  3    |             | ok, had to get through the 1st minute or so
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+-------------+
| Die_Lokki         | Challenge              |  4    |             | catchy start, is it loud ?? (listening on crappy gamer headphone)
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+-------------+
| nyx eles          | Morning In The Village |  4    |             | sounds very dry :-/ chill and melodic
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+-------------+
| autostatic        | Deze Stad              |  4    |             | vocals + dutch \o/
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+-------------+
| Lifeline          | LMC Kicks              |  3    |             | happy happy happy happy happy boing boin boing boing boin boing
							          this one came with the best video
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+-------------+
| Vulnr             | Ki                     |  4     |             | sounds awesome, could be a bit more .. no never mind it is ok
+-------------------+------------------------+-------+-------------+
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