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Hello everyone! I kinda discussed a little idea of a competition for Christmas to do with my favorite thing besides gaming, MUSIC. so the idea of this competition is to add a song for each of the 12 days of Christmas. These songs can be absolutely anything you want. The way this shall be judged is that i shall be me and the admin team to rate each song out of 10 in thier opinions and an average shall be made. The highest average score shall be the winner. For each day, the artist and its title must be provided ideally for easy access. so in the form of: day 1 - Darude - Sandstorm day 2 - Big Shaq - Man's not hot Post your lists below and get creative. This may be judged towards the 25th December, entries close on 23rd december 7 pm GMT and selected by 8 pm GMT on the 25th December. BUT WHAT CAN YOU WIN? i hear you guys ask. from discussions with Hula, Archangel and Zero the decided prize for this competition shall be an AK-47 Light of king AK-47 Light of king - https://warzone.gg/viewitem?id=1092 Best of luck to all participants
In light of the new song from Psy, it feels appropriate to discuss what it means to be “original” in music, seeing that “Gentleman” is causing polarizing responses due to its “Gangnam Style Part 2” nature. It’s not uncommon for K-Pop idols to be accused of having the same song as some other artist. It should be duly noted though that such claims lead to next to no fanfare beyond the bout of fan-war commonplace among internet denizens. When it comes to idols copying themselves, as in the case of Psy and more famously the group Super Junior, the reactions are much more mixed in intensity. This however, leads to the basis for more serious arguments against the validity of K-pop as a genre, whose platform rests on the idea that K-pop is just a form of borrowed and repetitious pop music, with bright lights, plastic doll visuals, and of course, understated sensuality. For this accusation to be true, it is one of deep dark insecurities that pretty much every K-pop fan has (myself included!). There are two general ways that (usually foreign) fans deal with this issue: one, they deny that they listen to the mainstream music and focus on the supposed 'true' artists (usually the examples are BTS, Big Bang, 2NE1, GOT7, Blackpink etc.) or two, they degrade the genre as a whole by asserting that they’re only there for the entertainment value and pretty faces and that they listen to real western music the rest of the time. Sure, you could live by that disposition and be absolutely fine, but why should we relegate something that earns billions of won a year and has dozens of people devoting their lives to it to nothing more than a distraction? This especially is disconcerting as there's lots of people who find the product meaningful enough that they would spend some of their time and/or money devoted to it. Why should any one artist, or any one genre, in this case, K-pop, be inferior to another if they all have followers? Why should we downplay someone else’s taste? Though we can review artists’s material in the context of musical theory, or critique them under a particular set of rules, assumptions, and personal preferences, music fundamentally cannot be given an arbitrary label of superiority or inferiority. Music, I would argue, has one and only one goal. Recognition. Often times, to gain that recognition songs actually have to sound nearly the same. To understand this, we first need to look at what musical recognition is on a technical level. For that, here’s a video that can explain the technicalities much better than I (TLDR skip to 6:21) Basically, what Michael is trying to say is that humans, in general, tend to gravitate towards the same kinds of songs and lyrics. The human ear recognizes a limited set of pleasing sounds, common cords, and melodic structures, and that is what people like as a whole. Too much “experimentation” loses audiences, who then promptly return to what is familiar. Take SNSD’s “I Got A Boy,” where we have a conglomeration of styles that completely sends the song formula out the window, and what do we get? We get people that don’t really like the song. I’m not insinuating that we should write the same song over and over, but there is definitely some sense of familiarity that we seek. If it’s not there, we don’t listen. On the flip-side, groups also seem to receive backlash for not sounding “original,” or “unique” enough, which is actually ironic given the above. First of all, no song is truly unique, but we’ll ignore that here. Admittedly, a lot of K-pop finds its roots in European styles, and it’s not surprising that well, K-pop sounds somewhat European. Is that necessarily wrong? I don’t think so. Korean Pop will always be Korean so long as it’s lyrics are in Korean, it’s sung by Koreans, and is sold as Korean. The roots are irrelevant, because the central audience is Korean, and what they appreciate is undoubtedly Korean when the three conditions are met. More often than not, there is some Korean stylistic element that makes a song Korean pop as opposed to a song for say, the Backstreet Boys. So the real inquiry should be, “Where is the line drawn between ‘boring’ and ‘familiar?’” Why does this occur? It really comes down to knowing how to succeed at using the formula — pop music in general is really all about maximizing it. Give people the familiarity they need, and then layer elements that will force people to take note of the song beyond the formulaic structure. If you produce a song that reminds them of something else through immediate association, the intended audience is not going to consume it to the same extent. This is all just my opinion, feel free to disagree with me -Alex
Right now, you cannot know what music selection you have for the MVP song, other than by name of the music (Often not very useful). It would be great if we could play the music from the inventory when selecting. Rather than waiting until the music is played after a round where you are MVP. Which is annoyingly difficult at MVP seems random...? So like selling an item, you could right click the item, bringing up the menu list, then play sound.