Lamp Sessions (Monthly Challenge #012) – August 2019

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    • #91877

      Our crew!

      Whaddup everyone, now that we have had a little breather from that last beast of a challenge (real fucker, weren’t it?…also some of you still need to VOTE), let’s move into our next month’s challenge, and I hope everyone enjoys this 12th official LAMP CHALLENGE (1nce again, Big up R4NSOM for such an incredible streak!)!!!)!!!!!

      This month is all about fucking shit up, on purpose. And I mean real sorts of fuckups: nasty DC offset that turns your waveform into a GD smiley face, ground loop noise, REAL DIGITAL distortion, ugly room tone, hard disk/CPU bleed into your soundcard, over filtering, over processing, extreme to the point of being well beyond disgusting, mobile phone interference noise…

      Some of you will be too young to remember, but DJ’s back in the late 90’s/early 00’s used to live in fear of some near-standing twat’s phone ringing during their show, which would create this awful interference sound, not pleasant. But some dj/producer’s leaned into it and there were several tunes that featured that interference sound intentionally, albeit in a more well-mixed and musical way.

      There was a house version:

      There was a techno version:

      And what was real crazy was that it was a different sound depending on the continent that you were on, which I suspect was just a difference between GSM and whatever we yanks were using at the time.

      I digress, the point is, this month’s challenge is asking you to source broken, garbage-y shit, and process it & mix it & music it in such a way that it becomes aesthetically appealing. And it doesn’t even necessarily end up sounding like what the initial bad sound was, but as above, it certainly could.

      Here is an example of what I am saying that isn’t so on the nose:

      This tune is FUCKING DISGUSTING in such a GD good way. Even through the intro he’s doing some extreme resonant filtering that, if not wielded so excellently, could sound like shit. Very creative mixing. Current Value does this a lot in his mixes too, almost breaking time & space with his phasey resonant mixing. And you could create some of those broken sounds with real broken sounds, but even just the idea of it sounding like it’s about to bust wide open is part of the spirit of this challenge.

      But no one’s asking you to change your style. Adapt this competition to you. If you’re a liquid guy, make it work for you, or funk or whatever. Oh and I would think that you half-step, Ivy League, drumstep, grime folks would be keen on this too.

      The challenge begins TODAY, and here are some guidelines:

      If you intend to participate, please give reply with some sort of positive affirmation. Even if you just *think* you might, I think a public promise might encourage more users to stay the course. (of course no harm if you can’t follow through…we all know life happens). AND, if you don’t happen to reply with a claim to start, but show up with a tune, no worries. I don’t givafuck how we get there, I just want as many of you to participate as possible!


      I would like to give us all the chance to have a mid-month check-in, if we so desire. That can be everyone’s chance to get feedback, get help with issues, etc. I’m definitely down to help in any way I can.

      Once submissions are in, please listen to the submissions & pick one demo as your favorite, other than your own submission; if you cannot participate but listen to the submissions, add your voice to the discussion. Feedback on final submissions is encouraged as well, but not required. Just remember “Want feedback? Give feedback.”

      SUBMISSIONS DUE: Saturday August 31, 2019

      VOTES DUE: Before the August samples go live, usually the 2nd of the month.
      Genies and Moderators are exempt from prizes, so be sure to vote for another member.

      SUBMIT: Upload a private track on SoundCloud and share the link in this thread any time after July 21, 2019. Collaborations are okay, but if you post a collab, you cannot also post a solo piece or additional collaborations.

      PRIZE(?!?): GENIE HQ has final say, and will announce a winner at the conclusion of each month. Typically the winner will get a free month of Sample Genie next month, and possibly some additional feedback from a Sample Genie artist.

      Any questions, just ask. Also, if you have any recommendations or ideas for future challenges, send them our way please!

      _-| get to work |-_

    • #92160

      IM in on this one fucking wierd shit is going down lol FAMALLAMAS 4 LIFE!!!!

    • #93667

      Interesting, I’m in a creative rut after my move. so this will be fun! just have fun fucking shit right up 🙂

      Nothing of interest here.

    • #93684

      Haven’t been that active lately, also kinda experiencing a small writers block. I’ll try to put my hands on something, curious to see how this challenge turns out for all of us 🙂 Lets fuck shit up

    • #93731

      I use to torture my devices with pleasure. N feel so horrible about skipping this shit every months. soo letts do this!!!

    • #93781
      ,GENIE HQ

      we are expecting some seriously disturbed & distressed sounds 😀 😀 😀

    • #95989

      Here is my Submission for this Month 😀 Its been a lot of fun making this track, I have to admit. Most of these sounds are basically noise from different sources (ms20 mini, ableton’s operator, arturia modular) or randomized patches on my ms20, that I processed and manipulated. The bass for example was made from some self-generating resonance loop that I patched on my synth, or this weird pad in the intro was made from the same noise sample as the main hi-hat. Its cool to see what one can achieve from pushing plugins really hard haha. 🙂


    • #95990

      Nice one, Martial

      Here’s a nasty little thing, created and re-sampled from all manner of nasty little things:

      _-| get to work |-_

    • #96321
      ,GENIE HQ

      Surprising we didn’t see a few more on this challenge as it’s such a gold-mine of vibes, especially for D&B, but it’s very likely like with other ones people begin on it and then turn the submission into an actual demo tune, if so… awesome!

      Either way, a nice heads up: Challenge creator Vs Martialistikz.

      Martialistikz – your tune is very good, solid, well made. You clearly have an ear… But not sure it sits squarely in the outline of the challenge, sounds a bit too clean?

      Shrike has, with enormous surprise, managed to follow the purpose of the challenge and his tune sounds very stressed and pushed and as a result done what was on the tin!


      • #96476

        Yeah, thats true. I already thought about it, a reason why I kinda hesitated to submit this tune, but went with it anyway. I do understand if it disqualifies itself haha 😀 I took the ‘torture your devices’ in a workflow related manner, ended up with a clean-ish tune though. (usually the style I aim for)

    • #96467

      Who’s got an enormous what, now?


      _-| get to work |-_

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