I bring you April's theme:
"Dispisery themed" you say? What does that mean?
Well.. it's a combination of despair and Misery - April is best known for april showers.. and everyone knows that rain brings on a depressive mood - so since most of you are angst ridden depressed teenagers ANYWAYS - you might as well put all that emo energy to good use :P
your life is like a deep abyss.. it's like, so dark.. and its like,taking hold of you and tightening its grip.. tighter and tighter, tighter than a pair of your 9 year old sister's jeans.. (which look great on you btw)
so yeah.. think like an emo.. or.. trent rezner.. or.. kurt kobain.. or.. MSI.. and make some seriously deep moody depressive (and possibly unintelligible) music that makes us all wanna off ourselves! YAAAAAAY!!!!
To make anyone that is happy after listening to your song feel miserable :P
think twisted.. melancholy.. gothic.. etc, etc.
So yeah misery basically.. suck the living joy out of us - basically this is as close to an emo/goth/angst/grunge/whatever contest that this site will probably ever see :P - props given to inventive soundscapes in bg,.. real instruments, and vocals, as well as stellar mixing. I really wanna see some focus on using the bg ambiance to set the depresive mood - it's something I always prided myself in my own songs to paint a picture in a users mind. Think of yourself like a moody artist and you are unappreciated and alone and trying to show the world the dark pit of your soul.. or some shit like that. Haunting works well too.
aaah yes.. examples.. there will be MANY. Let's scour the internet and find some! Basically I want you to make music you listen to when you hate life or life has fucked you over and want to listen to music that speaks to how you feel.
I have one that is part of my personal archive but i don't have it atm.. if i reacquire it I shall link it too - it's a truly awesome song.
some of these just sound depresive.. some are depressive soundscapes.. and others have depressing despairing lyrics...
NIN - Every Day is Exactly the same
NIN - Right Where it Belongs
NIN - Hurt
Evanescence: My Immortal
Aphex Twin: Come to Daddy
Mr. Tick and Mr. Tack
Minor Mirror Error
Silent Hill 2: Music Box
Come little Children
Flyleaf: What's this?
fuck em! No covers or remixes allowed for this contest, unless you are covering or remixing another users depressive song that they submitted to the portal in the past, or your own depressive song that you may have submitted in the past.
Or even better, take a CHEERFUL song someone has submitted.. and suck the life out of it - Like Flyleaf did with the nightmare before christmas's "whats this?" song :)
Production, in a break from the others, WILL play an important role in this contest. This will stress quality and pressure the contestants to put as much effort, knowledge and talent that they possibly can! into their submissions.
1) If you use real instruments - make sure they sound sweet!
2) If you use a real vocalist - make sure the vocals sounds sweet!
3) If you use Nuendo or East west (which I know 90% of you that go down that route will) - for the love of god - mix it properly!
We'll favour like we said real instruments and voices - but in the end we will judge based on sheer talent and production of the song, and it's appropriateness to misery and despair >:[>
Voices can be used, provided that:
1) It is not sampled from copyrighted recordings.
2) It is 100% your own recording and creation.
3) You can ask another artist or group to provide vocals, as long as all material is newly created for your submission, and you provide the details of the vocalist(s), who they are.
Recordings of instruments are great! Make sure you list any you used in your song description, and if anyone else helped, list them as well! As a result if someone assists you with instruments you may include them as part of your song - just make sure to mention them in your song description. The prize however will only go to the user that submitted the song.
All tracks must be in by the deadline. Please check your Newgrounds in-boxes regularly. If you have a problem with reaching the deadlines, please contact us as soon as possible, and we will review your case.
Submissions must not contain any material deemed offensive.
Further questions pertaining to official NACs can be found in the NAC General Discussion Thread
Last but not least, remember to have fun! Don't get too competitive and/or elitist, or I may have to bash some heads! :P
"Artsy" Musicians and singers, this is your time to shine!
As well as anyone who may otherwise... shoot up an entire school or something.. put that dark energy to good use! ;)