For those new to the forum, the Lines Community Remix Project (LCRP) is a fairly regular community-building project where any of us gets involved to make some music. The result is compiled and put on a Bandcamp page, with on-demand CD option.
If you’re reading this, you’re welcome to join in.
We’ll be looking to have the music ready for the March equinox, Saturday 21 March, then a bit of further prep and potential mastering.
The main idea for this one: we’re going to make pieces of music together, one layer at a time, with each track involving three musicians.
How it will work
- On 10 January participants will be randomly grouped into threes, including an order to work in.
- Participants organise yourselves as you like - more below.
- Participant 1 creates a single musical layer, then passes it to participant 2.
- Participant 2 adds a layer, then passes the combined layers to participant 3.
- Participant 3 adds a layer, and submits the track as done.
- When we’re done, share notes in this thread. (For me that’s a great part of the LCRP)
How to get involved
Sign up on this Google sheet by 10 January. Put down your lines username, so we can contact each other easily if required.
You can put your name down twice, if you want to be part of two trios - and if, based on past experience, you’re confident you can easily get this done.
Watch this topic, so you get notifications and reminders.
People who miss out on a trio
It’s likely the number of participants won’t neatly divide by three. I will keep your names on the spreadsheet in reserve, unless you say otherwise.
- At least one participant will likely drop out. You could be subbed in at this point.
- At least one person will see this after 10 January and want to get on board. You could self-organise into a trio. Keep me in the loop.
Time’s going to be fairly tight, if you’re someone who is busy and/or works slowly. Humans are far too optimistic about our ability to get things done. Think honestly about any time you’ve done something similar and assume some unexpected event will come up.
Here’s some things you might want to start thinking about now and quickly agree in your trio. Feel free to share ideas in this topic too.
- Is the default order going to work? You’re welcome to change places in your trio. Please update the spreadsheet. The fastest person goes last, so if there’s slippage they’re not stressed out?
- What deadlines, if any, do you want to set for each participant to finish their part? Count backwards from 21 March. Do you want to have “drop dead” dates? How hard-line do you want to be?
- What rules, if any, do you want to set around what “one musical layer” is? A single instrument? What’s one instrument?
- What rules, if any, do you want to set around length? Keeping it short might sound easier to achieve.
- Can the second and third participants change the previous layers?
- Do you want to talk tempo and/or tuning?
- Do you want to agree roles? Some version of drums / harmony / melody? Low- / mid- / high- end? This might all be entirely irrelevant to how you like to work
- If you are participant 1 or 2 do you want to hear the track before participant 3 submits it?
What if you’re out of time?
It’s likely at least one participant won’t be able to get their part done in time. As per the section above, communicate in advance about what you’ll do when this happens. Keep in touch with each other.
If someone does find they just can’t get their part done, there will likely be a reserve list and even the possibility that someone who dropped out of one trio is willing to sub back into another one. Messaging each other is probably appropriate, but you’re welcome to message me or post here as well. It’s supposed to be a good time.
I’ve contacted those who expressed interested in doing artwork about whether they want to do something In parallel similar to the music making.