Tuesday, January 01, 2008

The Nerdy Dozen

They say you can tell a lot about a man by the company he keeps. If this is true, then perhaps I’m a bit more relevant than I give myself credit for. You see, I’ve had the pleasure of helping Doctor Popular, TradeMark G., and Tanner put together an event for the ages: The Crate Digger Death-match!

The CDD challenges artists to create an album’s worth of music in a mere 12 hours using only $12 worth of materials purchased on the day in question from thrift stores. Compelling, no?

BOOM!The challenge is scheduled to take place Saturday, January 5th, and all submissions must be turned in to yours truly by 8:00 AM the following morning. The albums will then be judged by a panel of 4 experts – well, 3 experts and me – but a showcased single from each disc (picked by the artists themselves) will be posted publicly for online fan voting. On the following Saturday, the results of the judges scores and online voting will be tallied, and the first King of the Crate Digger Death-match will be crowned.

The event is capped at a maximum of 12 participants, and the good Doctor, T-Byte, and TradeMark have already been joined by the likes of nerdcore producer nYgel and beatsmith extraordinaire Bomarr. Suffice it to say this is going to be one to watch.

But why just watch when you can take part? The clock is winding down, but slots are still available. So if you’d be interested in challenging yourself to create something memorable from the most mundane of sources, take a gander at these handy rules and regulations and throw your hat in the ring. There can only be one King of the CDD, and it could very well be you.

15 comments:

antisoc said...

Is it allowed to record vocals? If so, I might be in on this.

nygel said...

i wish i had $12, hopefully before saturday i can scrummage that sum up.

Doc Pop said...

no vox (or drums or guitars etc).
Only sounds culled from your thrift store goods.

Z. said...

Yeah, Soc, what Doc said. Lyric-writing is really a whole other beast, and it's hard to be sure that the vox folks are recording are from spur-of-the-moment lyrics, so we opted to just use physical sound sources purchased the day of the competition. Honestly, though, I'd still love to see you participate. You, my brother, make a mean remix!

Damn, nYgel, I'll spot you the 12 bones if need be. :)

antisoc said...

Count me in.

Z. said...

Rock! Welcome aboard, Soc.

Alright, folks, only 6 more slots left. Get in while the gettin' is good. :)

Nygel said...

z, i should be able to scrummage it, if not ill jack the cd and run my ass out of wal mart :).

im tapin a gig on friday night and am selling my mixtape there, so hopefully i sell atleast 2 so i have the 12$.

Z. said...

I believe you men runnin' your ass out of Goodwill. ;)

Holler at me and let me know how the gig goes BTW. I'm very interested in hearing how FFB and the rest sound live.

antisoc said...

yeah, dude, don't get yourself arrested. I'm willing to kick in a few bucks as well.

antisoc said...

also, another question: what about radios and other such devices? are those legit?

Z. said...

Yeah, man; if you can snag it from a thrift store and it makes a sound you like I say go for it. :)

Jesse Dangerously said...

aaaaaa I didn't find out about the Cratedigger Death Match until this minute and I am BUMMED because it is essentially EXACTLY WHAT I LIVE TO DO. Plus then I could have delayed my wax-amassing road trip that concluded yesterday to conclude today instead and then all those 25 cent records I copped yesterday afternoon would count.

Have the next one soon because I WAS BORN TO WIN THIS.

Z. said...

Damn, Jesse, we would've loved to've had you. I'll be sure to let you know as soon as we settle on a date for the next round.

Dave S (Muteqx) said...

I just posted on another thread about this, and the more I read, the more I wish I'd entered!

So I think I'd like to throw in my hat for the next round, if possible!?

For starters, I'd love to try my hand at an altogether different style of producing music. (In fact, I should do that anyway - got too many cobwebs forming and my enthusiasm and energy is drying up.)

So, please let me know when it is, and I'll do my best to enter:

muteqx {at} muteqx {dot} com

Z. said...

Just keep your ear to the ground, Dave. I'm sure you'll hear rumblings regarding the next round of the CDD long before it gets here. :)