BATTLE OF THE BARDS - Heat 4!

We're closing in on the end of EN World's song competition now, with the last of the four initial heats. Next week's fifth and final heat will be the final and will decide the overall winner of BATTLE OF THE BARDS! But before we get there, we need to decide which of this heat's excellent songs will join Mary Crowell's I PUT MY LOW STAT, Mississippi Bones' DUNGEON HUSTLE, and AJ's CLICHE RPG SONG in the final. So, below, you'll find the five song entries in Heat 4 - enjoy!

As always, cast your vote, share, and discuss! To listen to entries in previous heats, check out our YouTube channel.

Level One by W. Scott Snyder of Austin, Texas


[video=youtube;dL603a_3GTQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL603a_3GTQ[/video]


Pistolero by Nathaniel Webb of Nashville, Tennesse


[video=youtube;5phcxZ6ujiQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5phcxZ6ujiQ[/video]


Typhena's Men by Benjamain Loomes of Syndey, Australia


[video=youtube;AWIn7PlV6Mk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWIn7PlV6Mk[/video]


Were-Owl by SJ Tucker of Dumas, Arkansas


[video=youtube;P1BZbRcyE14]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1BZbRcyE14[/video]


Edition List by Friends of Gravity of Victoria BC, Canada


[video=youtube;MbGAc7Ia-f8]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbGAc7Ia-f8[/video]

in parody of the tune "HIGH HOPES" by Pink Floyd



Notes


These entries have been arranged in heats randomly with the following exceptions: where a contestant has entered more than once, we have attempted to place their entries in separate heats.

Contestants retain all ownership and copyright regarding their works. They have non-exclusively licensed EN World to display their entries.

The winner of the prize - an animated music video (no, that's not it above: we'll be creating a much better one with the winner's input) will own all copyright to that video with the caveat that they non-exclusively license EN World to display it.

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KesselZero

Visitor
In case anyone is wondering, my tune "Pistolero" is specifically a Pathfinder song. It's all about the Gunslinger class. Whee! :cool:
 

Bardiclug

Visitor
Take it on the road!

So all of the entrants should get together in some centrailzed location and put on a concert! BattleBardCon! ;)
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
So all of the entrants should get together in some centrailzed location and put on a concert! BattleBardCon! ;)
Unfortunately, if you centralize everyone I think you end up somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic.

Perhaps we could hire a submarine? That would be awesome!

More seriously, we're totally thinking about seeing if anyone's interested in doing something at GenCon.
 

Lanefan

Victoria Rules
Unfortunately, if you centralize everyone I think you end up somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic.
Other than one from Australia and ours from Canada, most of the entries seem to be coming from the southern US. Maybe we all meet in New Orleans? :)
Perhaps we could hire a submarine? That would be awesome!
That would be loud! Can you imagine the echoes in there?
More seriously, we're totally thinking about seeing if anyone's interested in doing something at GenCon.
I'll be there (99% certainly) but I very much doubt my bandmates would be.

That said, I'd love to meet the rest of the contestants. Songwriting slam session in the RAM pub, anyone? :)

Lanefan
 

Bardiclug

Visitor
That said, I'd love to meet the rest of the contestants. Songwriting slam session in the RAM pub, anyone? :)
Heck yeah! My brother works GenCon most years (in the auction) and he's been after me to go - this would probably get me there. :)

Of course, we could always do songwriting challenges in another venue, like, this forum, or something. No travel costs that way. :)
 

Mary_Crowell

Visitor
That said, I'd love to meet the rest of the contestants. Songwriting slam session in the RAM pub, anyone? :)

Lanefan
What is the RAM pub? I've been to GENCON only once in 2008, and my husband and I day-tripped there two days in a row. This coming year we are planning to go again. And we want to attend the entire time and actually stay in the room block and such.

I would love to meet you and the other song writers! I know Gary McGath, Scott Snyder, and S00J from various filk and general science fiction conventions.
 

Mary_Crowell

Visitor
Heck yeah! My brother works GenCon most years (in the auction) and he's been after me to go - this would probably get me there. :)

Of course, we could always do songwriting challenges in another venue, like, this forum, or something. No travel costs that way. :)
I think you should go to GENCON! Then we can see each other TWICE in one year. Will I get to see Linda and/or Amanda too? At ConFlikt and/or Gencon?

And on another subject, I'd like to hear a Morrisey Brothers duet. Because 'Morrisey Brothers' sounds like a good band name,
 

Lanefan

Victoria Rules
What is the RAM pub?
It's a pub (duh!) a block or two from the convention centre. In past years they've gone all-in on GenCon e.g. decorating the pub, producing a GenCon beer and mug, etc., and they let people game there.

There's another pub - Scotty's - that also really gets into GenCon, but I've never been there (well, more correctly, I've never had the patience to wait through the lineup).
I've been to GENCON only once in 2008, and my husband and I day-tripped there two days in a row. This coming year we are planning to go again. And we want to attend the entire time and actually stay in the room block and such.
The times I've been I've always made sure to arrive on Tuesday afternoon; that gives time to unpack, get the lay of the land, find out where things are, etc., and the pubs aren't that busy Tuesday. Wednesday there's lots of unofficial stuff to do (along with picking up badges which can wipe out the afternoon, though I hear it was much better in 2012); then Thursday to Sunday is go time.

And Monday, after a much-needed night's sleep, is go-home time.
I would love to meet you and the other song writers! I know Gary McGath, Scott Snyder, and S00J from various filk and general science fiction conventions.
I've never done a filk convention, mostly because until now I didn't realize such things existed.

Lan-"who has yet to make it to GenCon in an even-numbered year"-efan
 

Markn

Visitor
I LOVE Typhena's Men. Great voice. Love the rolling R's. And the voice carries the song much more than the background instruments. I picture a bard in the world of D&D paying homage to this group of heroes which obviously was based off a campaign. I think it's epic! Great work! I think it epitomizes this contest IMHO.
 

cfx

Visitor
I LOVE Typhena's Men. Great voice. Love the rolling R's. And the voice carries the song much more than the background instruments. I picture a bard in the world of D&D paying homage to this group of heroes which obviously was based off a campaign. I think it's epic! Great work! I think it epitomizes this contest IMHO.
This. It's got my vote for these very reasons. So 'authentic' rather than modern. But given my entry, I guess I'm a little biased toward this type of sound for this type of contest. :)
 

benjamin

Visitor
Glad people like my little song! :-D

It does come from our actual campaign... playing "Red hand of doom" which we REALLY LOVED...

The citizens of Brindol, wrote this song about the PCs at the conclusion of this wonderful module. The song describes actual details of the final battle for Brindol including, most notably, the decapitation of Typhena (by way of a “Game Mastery Critical Hit Deck Card”).

The party:
Thokk: Half-orc Barbarian
Narsk: Kobold Paladin
Koaltax: Kobold Druid
Jarad: Halfling Rogue

...and of course...
Typhena: Elven Arcane Archer

(The sounds at the start are made my RPG Sound App - Syrinscape).
 

tuxgeo

Visitor
I LOVE Typhena's Men. Great voice. Love the rolling R's. And the voice carries the song much more than the background instruments. I picture a bard in the world of D&D paying homage to this group of heroes which obviously was based off a campaign. I think it's epic! Great work! I think it epitomizes this contest IMHO.
I also went for Typhena's Men* because of the vocal style. I'm still confused about whether that's ballad style or lament style; I'm guessing the former, but I'm no music student. It sure sounded bardic.

However, none of the songs in this round have stuck in my head: I'm still humming "Swing Beat" from last round. ("And heads are going to roll.")

* I may have to listen again more carefully. I thought I heard reference to "Red Hand" in the lyrics the first time through.I may have to recheck.
 

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