February 11, 2008

Grindhouse Takes A Beating From The Man...

by Chris Randall

Our nascent genre has taken a blow from the Forces Of Evil, as our Wikipedia entry was deleted. Apparently all our hard work is "patent nonsense." This, from a site that has a 10K word cross-referenced entry on Light Sabers, which (unlike our genre) are completely and utterly imaginary.

Well, be that as it may, we shall forge ahead undaunted. I have to say that I'm really liking the examples in the previous thread. The nice thing about our genre is that, even with such strict guidelines, it still allows ample room for experimentation. I think it's time we started working on our "This Is Grindhouse" album, frankly.

I think that the album should be free, to foster interest in our genre; once we have it done, you can all go forth to the other forums you're involved with and spread the word, either sub rosa, or with malice aforethought. We'll host it on the Positron! site, of course, to give it the credence of an actual label.

So, if you want to be involved with the comp, make your Grindhouse track per the rules and examples, and upload it as a 44.1/16 WAV or AIFF, and send me a link where I can get at it, and we'll take it from there.

NOTE: If you're going to create your own sub-genre of Grindhouse for the purposes of the comp, make sure that your ruleset is a sub-set of what already exists. e.g.: a dub iteration of Grindhouse should be exactly half-time of a normal Grindhouse track, 70 bpm. An ambient or minimalist version should have elements at 140 bpm. All Grindhouse tracks should be able to be easily mixed with one another, in other words.



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Feb.11.2008 @ 12:46 PM
Based on amount of people reading AI and the proportion of those inevitably being budding grindhouse artists (the genre being hip these days and all), I'm wondering if the compilation will end up having equal of 4 or 5 CDs worth of tracks...

Feb.11.2008 @ 12:51 PM
CR, you going to master the comp? Just wondering if I should un-squash my mix for mastering purposes.

Feb.11.2008 @ 12:59 PM
Chris Randall
That's a good question. Let's say I'll just level-match, and EQ any sore thumbs. Otherwise, squash or don't squash as you see fit. Personally, I would recommend a heavy hand with the limiter, even though that goes against my normal tendencies.

As for the number of tracks on the comp, I'll cap it at, say, 15, else it will be incredibly tedious, I think. If we get so many good submissions that isn't enough, perhaps we can split it, stylistically, or immediately release a "This Is Grindhouse II: The Early Years" or some shit.

We'll need cover art, too. Any aspiring CG artists want to get in on the action?



Feb.11.2008 @ 1:21 PM
This is a great idea. It should make for an interesting listen. As someone with no skill with regards to music composition (those of you who may have been around for the Perdition contest can attest), I'll sit this one out.

But, the question begs to be asked: Is it really a genre if their aren't groupies/wannabes? To that end, I am furthering the cause.


Feb.11.2008 @ 1:33 PM
As a matter of due course, any track submitted within a sub-genre of GrindHouse should probably be reserved for the "So Last February: Post-GrindHouse" follow up compilation.

The 10k light sabre essay scared me down to my core.


Feb.11.2008 @ 1:38 PM
Re: The So last Feb. Comp

As long as it doesn't have some asshole hollering "REMIX!" In the back, I'd probably listen to that too...


Feb.11.2008 @ 1:39 PM
..I forgot, that would violate rule #4. The post-GrindHouse comp should be good to go.

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Feb.11.2008 @ 2:22 PM
when is the closing date ?

Feb.11.2008 @ 2:42 PM
"The 10k light sabre essay scared me down to my core."

I like Wikipedia, but wandering too far into its algae-covered depths can unearth horrors no human eye should see. Like a painstakingly-researched and cited 8,000-word article on Sonic the Fucking Hedgehog.

That said, I'd love to throw a piece together; what sort of length would be ideal for a Grindhouse track?


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