By popular (ok, so one guy said it’d be a good idea, guess that qualifies it as ‘popular’) demand, I present you all with the FIRST ANNUAL I’VE SOUND BLOG KARAOKE COMPETITION, an event so important I can’t keep the word order straight out of sheer excitement. An event where the two or three I’ve Sound Blog readers brave enough to submit karaoke recordings to be judged by the populace do just that, and we the readers and writers of the blog get to vote on which of the submissions sucked the least did the best. And, if all goes well, we’ll do the same thing next year as well so the ‘annual’ in the title can become that much less of a hilarious misnomer. Or so we can only hope.
Anyhow, the rules and regulations of the contest thingamajig:
–All recordings must be submitted via e-mail to aibumeanscaress[at]gmail.com, posting them in the comments section before the date where the songs are to be posted for judging might lead to unfair bias and also cut down on the hilarity when we realize that everyone chose to do Red fraction. For streaming and standardization purposes, mp3 format only, preferably under 320 kbps. We don’t need ridiculously high bitrates for a karaoke contest.
–Deadline for submissions is July 18th, 2009, 2 weeks after the contest officially begins. On that date, all appropriate submissions will be posted in a blog post and the sidebar poll will decide who did best in their karaoke effort.
-If you can’t find a karaoke or instrumental version of the song you want to do, don’t sing over the vocal version, just pick a different song. Just because you want to show the world your vocal power as you belt out Permit doesn’t mean that you’re allowed to do that. Unless you know something I don’t and there’s actually an instrumental version of Permit out there somewhere.
–Every song must be I’ve. The kotoko single is out, as are any songs where neither composer nor arranger come from the I’ve camp. However, through sheer force of non-logic, Eiko Shimamiya’s “FLOW” would still be available if anyone wouldn’t mind bias against song choice probably preventing anyone from voting for you.
–Keep editing to a minimal. I’m not by any means suggesting you don’t try to clean up your recording at least a bit, but let’s try not to have anyone using Autotune here. Vocoder effects aren’t banned, per se, but it’s questionable why one would want to use them since I’ve vocals have traditionally been fairly naturalistic anyhow.
–Multiple submissions are accepted, but only one song per applicant will be posted for the contest. One per person means that nobody can try and increase their chances at winning by giving themselves mutliple chances. Oh, and I’ll be the one picking which one is the one to be posted.
And, have fun with it! Submissions can be sent in immediately, and from now until July 18th I’ll be taking songs from anyone who wants to send them in.
Edit – Oh, and when voting is over (the end of this month), the contributor with the most votes gets a prize of some sort. So there’s some reason to do this other than just the joy of embarrassing yourself in public.