Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Nur Ein Round 4, wherein the poet sings

Round 4 of Nur Ein has been underway for two days at this point, with my new song "What Once Was Grand" is among the competition. There's nine other songs in the running, and four will be eliminated. Will I make the cut? Who knows! All I know is it was very fun to engage in this week's non-optional challenge: lyrics must be in the form of a sonnet.

EDIT: Well, I'm finally eliminated. Finished dead last. It was a fun ride while it lasted. See you all next song!

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posted by Jon Eric  11:23 PM 

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Round 3 - Herein there be rap!

Round 3 of Nur Ein IV begins at midnight tonight, and my new song "Silver Tongue" will be among the thirteen entries posted. One artist has already declared he won't be able to get his song in, so there will be three cuts this round. Will I make the grade? Hopefully the stylings of R. Mosquito and my new Roland P101 should help.

The non optional challenge was "Guest appearance. Guest must rap in your song." I didn't want Reve to feel all alone on the mic, so I rapped too. Fair warning.

Hear the song here.

UPDATE: Out of 13 songs, I finished 8th. Not stellar, but enough to continue to the next round. See you there!

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posted by Jon Eric  4:15 PM 

Monday, May 4, 2009

Round 2

Round 2 of Nur Ein has begun! With three acts having missed the deadline, there will be only two cuts this round. Will my song make the grade? You tell me.

The title was "Schadenfreude," and the non-optional challenge was "Song must argue two sides of an argument."

Oh, and one more thing... I've been trying to keep it relatively clean, but this song happens to have a dirty word in the chorus. If you're particularly sensitive to the "f-word," then I'd advise you to steer clear of this one.

EDIT: The results are in, and I finished in 5th place!

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posted by Jon Eric  2:04 AM 

Monday, April 27, 2009

Round 1

Nur Ein Round 1 is up! The title: "Bullets and Lovers." The challenge: Song must be 2:00 or less, including at least two verses, at least two iterations of a chorus, and a solo.

Hear my entry here!

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posted by Jon Eric  9:06 PM 

Monday, April 20, 2009

Nur Ein is on!

If you're not in the know about Nur Ein, here's the scoop. Each year since 2006, Niveous hosts an intense elimination challenge called Nur Ein (German for "Only One"). 25 entrants begin the competition, and through a series seven elimination rounds, only one will be left standing. The past winners have been Glenn Case, Puce, and The Worldly Self Assurance (couldn't find a website for the WSA, sorry).

The qualifying round, Round Zero, which will determine the 25 contestants, has just ended. Its title was "Sleep Tight," with the stipulation that the song must include (human) whistling. For my entry, I went with something a bit different from what I've been doing lately. You can hear it here. I'll let you know what the judges think when the results come in in two days.

UPDATE: Round Zero had exactly 25 contestants, so no eliminations... yet. See you in Round 1!
UPDATE 2: The rankings came in. Out of 25 entrants, I placed 13th. directly in the middle. Not bad.

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posted by Jon Eric  12:19 AM 


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