this particular topic resulted from debates I had both on the forum, and behind the scenes. The following statement is not intended to stifle creativity of the Songwriting Competition, but to provide a fair basis for all who wish to participate in the future.
|⚠||Moderation Message from Mister Fox|
|As of January 2023, no vocal phrases/a cappella sample library may be used anymore as center piece of a production.|
No lead vocals are allowed that are not your own, made by a vocalist for this track specifically (including providing proper credits), or by created custom phrases through the help of sample instruments and/or vocal synthesis. (see examples below)
Samples that have pre-recorded lyric lines or phrases, that are part of construction kits and/or already in a certain song-key.
Allowed Sample Sets and Vocal Synthesizers:
Voice synths (selection):
Understandably, "sampling" is a foundation of hip hop music. The idea here is not to prohibit you from doing so in any future productions of yours, but rather push / encourage your creativity instead of taking something "off the shelf" and simply re-pitch it as needed
With songs like "Dua Lipa - Swan Song", "Jigg - So Hot", "Jay Z - The Story of OJ", "The Chemical Brothers - Block Rocking Beats", "The Prodigy - Voodoo People", "The Wiseguys - Start the Commotion", etc -- the main focus is the music and custom written lyrics. The ever so often seeded in and heavily altered voice samples work as additional effect.
With songs like "Moby - Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?", "Fatboy Slim - Praise You", "Eminem - Stan", "ProleteR - April Showers" or "AcesToAces - Stay With Me", etc -- the music has been built around an an already pre-recorded vocal phrase, or even a whole song section. The focus is "that" particular sample with barely any added original content.
While I understand the desire to "produce something amazing," and in certain cases even compete with other vocal productions... Songs with vocals have never been a requirement for the Songwriting Competition. In fact, some games require that you refrain from doing so.
However, if you want to add vocals to your production but have limited access to them (e.g., you don't know anyone who can sing for you, or because you don't consider yourself capable enough due to various reasons), there are many affordable alternatives to creating/requesting custom "vocal lines" that are equal to, if not better than, "pre-recorded" (lyrical) content. Not to mention that your material will be unique.
Collaboration within our community is also highly encouraged so that a resident vocalist can be contacted if needed. For example through Discord.
Might happen on a per-game premise and will be pointed out specifically.
Rule Book update:
The Rule Book section will be updated within the coming weeks.
Thanks for reading.
INFO: Post originated on on 18-DEC-2022, edited for more clarity on 20-DEC-2022.