One Hour Competitions (OHC, also called One Hour Compos) was a type of event that rose with the demo scene. Usually hosted in IRC channels, the host sent out a link to a pack of small, low-fi samples prepared for the event. The competitors then had 1 hour to complete a song using only the given samples, and editing the samples within their music software of choice.
The songs were mainly composed in trackers (Fast Tracker II, Impulse Tracker, ModPlug Tracker) and more often than not, competitors ended up doing chip tunes. This part of the scene is still alive today.
How would this work with Reason?
Well, different hosts can have different rules. This is my setup, in order:
- We use Reason (duh )
- You are required to be in the chat
- 2 minutes before start, I will give you the material for the entry. The content of this material will be in a .zip file. It might be a picture with a specific mood/setting, that you have to write a song for. There might also be a sample that you HAVE to use in your song. You never know
- I will start a count down in the chat. By then, you have 1 hour to finish your song in Reason.
- If there's a sample provided in the material, you will HAVE to use this sample. You can cut, chop and reverse as much as you like, as long as this is done in Reason. However, make it noticeable that it's the original sample, in one way or another.
- When time has run out, you have 5 minutes to export your song, and upload it somewhere. Mp3 format is prefered (if you dont have hosting, you can email it to me).
- As soon as your song is uploaded, you will PRIVATE MESSAGE me in the chat. It is VERY important that you don't talk about your song, or tell the name of your song.
- I will then provide a link in the chat, where all the contesting songs are located. Then it's up to you, the competitors to listen to all the songs, and private message me which song you vote for. There wont be time to listen to all entries 4 times, and compare mixing, mastering or whatever fancy stuff you listen for. It's a one hour competition. Vote for creativity and staying on topic (relating to the material provided).
- Obviously, you can't vote your own entry!
- When voting is done, I will announce the top 3 in the chat
Saturday july 18th @ 21.00 CET
Hope to see you around!
Edit: To clear out all questions, please be in the chat half an hour before start. That is, 20:30 CET!