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    Make Your Own Soundtrack WALRUS

    welcome to an amazing WALRUS hosted by the remember

    a WALRUS is a game where i write categories and you select songs to fit those categories. these are then scored

    after submitting to many WALRUS games i decided to make one of my own... but i cant hold a candle to all of you creating your amazing and creative CATEGORIES so ive got to do one with a bit of a twist... in this walrus you will be creating a soundtrack to your own TV SERIES or ANIME! you can choose any type of show from shonen anime to HBO prestige so the category descriptions have been left intentionally vague for genre

    on scoring:
    1. most categories are scored by catfit. if i really hate a song, it may get panned. individual category scores themselves are agnostic to the "whole" of a show
    2. the individual category scores are half of your score; the other half of your score will be about how cohesive your soundtrack is as a whole
    3. i listen to everything and enjoy everything in terms of music so pandering to me specifically is quite difficult, but in this walrus i'd probably enjoy creative uses of songs
    4. don't worry about your soundtrack's song having lyrics! i know most soundtrack songs don't, but seeing as we're picking and choosing, approximating the vibe is certainly enough, and the presence of lyrics won't hurt your score
    5. double dipping into the same artist will hurt your score and isn't recommended. after i hear an artist once in your subs, a repeat of the same artist will result in a halved category score
    6. using ersatz material instead of your own creativity is a bad idea. so, if you're going to have an anime OP, using a song that's been an OP in an actual anime will score poorly
    7. writing the plot of your series and/or context for the scene in which a song will play may help your score, but it isn't required to win the category or to get a perfect cohesion score. in other words, if you're more into the music than writing a show, you won't be penalized at all if i can really feel and imagine the vision behind your submissions. but, if i'm mixed on your submission, such context could be a bit of a tiebreaker and bump you up.


    the examples given are just to get your brain juices flowing, but your songs may be totally different if your show has a different genre!

    now for the actual categories:

    1. Intro Song
    What you hear at the start of every episode. While many people skip these after seeing them once or twice, they're invaluable for setting the tone of your show. What I'm looking for in an anime show will be way different than what I'm looking for in a prestige TV series.
    (Note: Non-Japanese songs are likely going to do better in the anime category, since so much of Japanese rock fits the bill and is way too easy. Do what you will, though!)

    Examples (only for this category):
    [Anime] Moron Police - Captain Awkward https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfLiQMVkp-w
    [Anime] ELLEGARDEN - Space Sonic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_iOOwCU5jg
    [TV] Five Blind Boys From Alabama - Way Down In The Hole https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dxnr9fV-Ts
    [TV] Massive Attack - Teardrop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb0MC0jFv6M

    2. Main Character's Theme
    Motif that encapsulates the personality and surrounds the actions of the main character.

    3. Rival or Foil's Theme
    Motif that encapsulates the personality and surrounds the actions of the rival or foil character.

    4. Villain's Theme
    Motif that encapsulates the personality and surrounds the actions of the villain character.

    5. Training/Preparation Arc
    Getting stronger. Plotting your next move. Growing as a person and learning lessons. Be it something energetic or something montage-worthy, let's hear a song that accompanies the cast through their character development as the series winds up.

    example:
    [fierce anime training] Cornelius - Count Five or Six https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXbsgwTwsdk
    [montage] Simon Viklund - Break the Rules https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4Z96WwZrL0

    6. Filler
    Levity breaks up the pacing of your series and reminds us that the characters are human. Without showing us that life is to be enjoyed, how can we attach ourselves to them? How about some comic relief or a trip to the beach?

    example:
    Serani Poji - Rabbit Panic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sI1WSL1akYs
    Daniel Pemberton - Cuban Peacock https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG2xgfxnGAs

    7. Intrigue
    The plot just got way more interesting. Maybe some dark plot elements got uncovered.

    example:
    Virna Lindt - Underwater Boy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OcYQRDPks8
    The Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Milk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1lSANDyKjU

    8. Somber Scene
    Sad stuff happens. Pretty self-explanatory.

    example:
    Toshio Masuda - Kotowari https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3ewe2uF6O4
    Michael Giacchino - Locke'd Out Again https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_btA1bS53w
    Funkadelic - Maggot Brain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOKn33-q4Ao

    9. Power Up!... Get Ready!
    The MC is going super saiyan. Okay, maybe not in the grounded shows, but they're at least getting into their element.

    example:
    The Crystal Method - Name of the Game https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hP8pItthKkg
    Kensuke Ushio - Hero Appears https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04aZ3zbSR98
    Ground Zero - Miagetegoran Yoru No Hoshi Wo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2ZTM8-TdWA

    10. Climax
    Epic fight or confrontation. Or mysteries being solved. Whatever. Lots of tension and some catharsis.

    example:
    0edit - Tin Soldiers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zl-FWcMOno
    Elfonia - ... de los libros del tiempo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M28MtmJ13k

    11. Denouement
    Everything is over, and people are coming to terms with what happened and how it changed them.
    example:

    example:
    The Limetree Warehouse - On the line https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZPagg5QDbw
    The Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Coronation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyBBzP1AB1Q

    12. Credits
    For anime, this is usually the ED. For a prestige TV show, this is what I want to hear playing as the last episode fades out. A lot of movies and TV shows play pop songs for this purpose.

    example:
    glass beach - classic j dies and goes to hell part one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWyePx5bS3I
    The Pretenders - 2000 Miles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SkWIqQ3oLY

    deadline is September 13th, appr. 1 month from now. late subs may be taken until category 1 is revealed, but not after that

    no limit to entrants

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    nutella
    Visorslash
    BLOODYRAIN10001
    c4e5g3d5
    Shad
    Owner of a Lonely Heart
    soah
    Last edited by remember; September 13th, 2022 at 10:29 PM.

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    I'll probably sub to this but I'm wondering if you can provide more detail on:
    using ersatz material instead of your own creativity is a bad idea. so, if you're going to have an anime OP, using a song that's been an OP in an actual anime will score poorly
    Does this mean we shouldn't use anything from a soundtrack for anything at all? Or just don't use songs that were part of soundtracks for the same type of media or a similar show?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLOODYRAIN10001 (#4)
    I'll probably sub to this but I'm wondering if you can provide more detail on:
    using ersatz material instead of your own creativity is a bad idea. so, if you're going to have an anime OP, using a song that's been an OP in an actual anime will score poorly
    Does this mean we shouldn't use anything from a soundtrack for anything at all? Or just don't use songs that were part of soundtracks for the same type of media or a similar show?
    I'm probably going to find it less impressive if you use songs from TV, movie, or anime soundtracks

    From other stuff, still more interesting

    I guess it comes down to whether or not I find the pick boring or too easy so it's a bit subjective

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordQuas (#3)
    idt i'm smart enough for this
    Don't need to be!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordQuas (#3)
    idt i'm smart enough for this
    that's what I thought too and then 6 hours later I was wondering if I needed to bother waiting to submit in case I came across better material

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    Is familiarity relevant

    Not that I'd be able to do anything about it because I have no idea what music you listen to
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    Quote Originally Posted by c4e5g3d5 (#10)
    Is familiarity relevant

    Not that I'd be able to do anything about it because I have no idea what music you listen to
    Nope, except for the caveat that famous songs from TV won't score well

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    Are there any problems with somewhat long winded writeups for plot?
    I have an entire thing mapped out in my head, but brevity is not my forte.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mischief (#12)
    Are there any problems with somewhat long winded writeups for plot?
    I have an entire thing mapped out in my head, but brevity is not my forte.
    Not at all, write whatever you want

    They'll be posted during the reveals

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    ping me if I haven't sent something and it's getting close to deadline

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    didn't click any of the samples yet but what is your metal tolerance level

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shad (#16)
    didn't click any of the samples yet but what is your metal tolerance level
    i like metal

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    samples arent indicative of my favorite music

    i threw them together to get the thread posted

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    This looks fun.

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    i might forfun a submission even tho its gonna score terribly cuz its all gonna be osts

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    Only two weeks left to submit for the walrus. Good luck competitors

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    Just about eight days left!

    @Shad

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    Thanks for the heads up. This one's a bit trickier than most but I should be able to ship something.`

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    need to find 3 more songs then I'll be in

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    Certainly not my most original sub song-wise, but a sub it is.

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    sent

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    deadline is tomorrow, but still accepting subs til cat 1 reveal which will be a few weeks

    havent updated the oP list, will soon

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    I'm gonna try to muster up the motivation to knock these reveals out, but the low amt. of interest and number of submissions has put a damper on things, coupled with my recent decision to spend a lot less time on the computer. We will see!

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    Most likely, I'll be revealing songs in sets of two so that the reveals aren't too short. If there isn't a lot of live interest in the first reveal on Discord, I'll just post the scores in here. Don't want the efforts to go to waste for the submitters.

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    Can we get an update on the reveal timeline?

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    Quote Originally Posted by soah (#30)
    Can we get an update on the reveal timeline?
    trying not to be a piece of crap about it but i straight up havent been listening to music aside from walrus reveals that i get bored of and leave halfway

    will try to sit down with it soon cuz ppl put a lot of effort
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