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Old 09-19-2007, 03:40 PM   #1
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Symphonic Album Mini-Game: Round 1, Heat 4

Please vote for the tracklisting you LIKE THE MOST.

Welcome to the fourth heat of the first round of the Symphonic Album Mini-Game. The object of this game is to see which forum member can create the best concept album no longer than 80 minutes.

In the second heat, corianderstem held off liamcool by the score of 8-5. Since we'll be using the same point system from the previous game, liamcool will pick up a point for finishing within three votes. An update on the standings will be posted after the completion of each round.

Heat 4 features phanan and Irishteen. Below are their playlists.

If you don't know the songs, or wish to hear how each tracklisting flows, leave your e-mail address and we'll help you out.


Forum name: phanan



The Smuttynose Murders

The Isles of Shoals are a small group of islands located just off the coast of New Hampshire and Maine. Back in the early 1870's, six Norwegians (including two married couples) had made the journey across the Atlantic and had settled down on one of the islands, named Smuttynose. The men soon were able to establish a successful fishing business, and had begun saving their money to procure a larger boat that would help their small enterprise flourish that much more. One summer, they took in a fisherman from Prussia named Louis Wagner who was struggling to make ends meet. Wagner would assist the fishermen with their duties and be compensated for room and board at their house. There were rumors at the time that Wagner became romantically involved with one of the women.

On the night of March 5, 1873, the fishermen were docked on the mainland in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, waiting for a bait shipment to arrive. When it was apparent that the train from Boston carrying the bait would arrive too late for the men to return to the island that night, Wagner realized that the women would be alone on the island (nobody else lived on the island at the time). He had previously learned that the Norwegians were saving for a new boat and supposedly had $600 already saved. Desperate for cash, Wagner stole a small rowboat and made way to Smuttynose Island.

Not long after midnight, he went to the house, intent on stealing the money. He apparently forgot that the family had a dog, though, and the barking was enough to awaken the women. When he was recognized, he realized he had no choice and grabbed an ax nearby. He brutally murdered two of the women, while the third escaped to the other side of the island and waited in the darkness, her bare feet freezing in the cold March winter night. When Wagner was unable to locate the third woman, he instead returned to his boat and headed back to the mainland.

The woman waited all night, too terrified to move, until dawn approached. She then made her way along the island until she faced Appledore Island and the small cottage that was within shouting distance. She began to scream for help until the owner heard her and arrived to offer assistance. The proper authorites arrive at the crime scene, and the woman identifies Wagner as the killer. He is found a short time later in Boston, and is eventually hanged for the murders.

This playlist isn't a retelling of those events. Instead, it's an attempt to understand, through music, what each person involved was feeling at the time. The jealousy of the murderer, the horror of the deaths, the waiting in the freezing night, the discovery the day after, and the aftershock that followed. In some instances, lyrics aren't even needed.

More information can be found here: http://seacoastnh.com/smuttynose/history.html

1. Mogwai - "Hunted By A Freak" - Happy Songs For Happy People (4:15)
2. Jesu - "Transfigure" - Conqueror (5:58)
3. Vangelis - "Movement II" - El Greco (5:19)
4. Gil Shaham/Orpheus - "Winter, Part One: Allegro Non Molto" - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (3:21)
5. Alcest - "Sur L'autre Rive Je T'attendrai" - Souvenirs d'un Autre Monde (6:50)
6. Queen - "Who Wants To Live Forever" - A Kind Of Magic (5:16)
7. Sting - "Fragile" - ...Nothing Like The Sun (3:56)
8. Peter Gabriel - "I Grieve" - Up (7:25)
9. Sigur Ros - "Untitled 4" - ( ) (7:33)
10. Pink Floyd - "Marooned" - The Division Bell (5:29)
11. Porcupine Tree - "Fadeaway" - Up The Downstair (6:13)
12. Moby - "When It's Cold I'd Like To Die" - Everything Is Wrong (4:13)
13. Explosions In The Sky - "Memorial" - The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place (8:52)

Total time: 74:40


Forum Name: Irishteen



Title: This Is Where Your Sanity Gives In...

Concept: It took ages for me to come up with a concept for this competition, but one day it all came to me. A Story just popped in my head and I tried to put songs to it and this is the end product. In short "This Is Where..." is the story of a Crime of Passion in which a man, finding out his wife is cheating on him, leaves his home and heads to a motel. His heartbroken thoughts soon turn to anger and this leads him to decide to kill his wife. However after doing this deed, he realises he can't live with himself and takes his own life as well. Several Songs tell each part of the story. Songs 2 - 7 are about the wife cheating on the husband and him finding out. Songs 8 and 9 deal with the time in the motel, while songs 10-12 deal with the anger taking over his mind. Songs 13-17 deal with the Murder-Suicide itself. The first and final song (especially their opening and closing lines respectively) give a brief summary of the playlist as a whole. So that's basically the story/concept of my playlist, but what I think is most important is that you enjoy it, so...please do.

1. The Cardigans - "Paralyzed" - Gran Turismo (4:57)
2. The Smiths - "Pretty Girls Make Graves" - The Smiths (3:43)
3. The Verve - "Space and Time" - Urban Hymns (5:36)
4. Joy Division - "She's Lost Control" - Substance (4:54)
5. The Boomtown Rats - "(She's Gonna) Do You In" - The Boomtown Rats (3:54)
6. Franz Ferdinand - "Cheating On You" - Franz Ferdinand (2:36)
7. Electric Light Orchestra - "Evil Woman" - ELO's Greatest Hits (4:21)
8. Gary Moore - "Empty Rooms" - Victims Of The Future (6:35)
9. Modest Mouse - "Little Motel" - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank (4:44)
10. Queen - "I Want To Break Free" - The Works (4:18)
11. Nouvelle Vague - "The Killing Moon" - Bande a Part (3:38)
12. Halves - "Take Exact Revenge" - Halves EP (3:45)
13. Morrissey - "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" - Ringleader Of The Tormentors (2:59)
14. Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer" - Talking Heads: 77 (4:20)
15. The Cure - "Siamese Twins" - Pornography (5:28)
16. U2 - "Exit" - The Joshua Tree (4:13)
17. The Decemberists - "We Both Go Down Together" - Picaresque (3:06)
18. Radiohead - "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" - The Bends (4:12)

Total Runtime: 1:17:19



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Old 09-19-2007, 03:42 PM   #2
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I liked the mood of phanan's.
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Irishteen. Gotta love the Smiths.
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These lists are also very close -- have to listen to these again to make a decision.
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Tough but I think I'm gonna have to go with myself on this one
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Holy shit, phanan's is good. I actually think his is the best in the game.
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I'll go with phanan this time. It was close, but in listening to the lists again, I liked the flow of phanan's list. It wasn't as spellbinding as Desert Island III, but it's solid.

I like all the songs on Irishteen's list.
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I liked the flow of phanan's list. It wasn't as spellbinding as Desert Island III, but it's solid.
You think so? Because, although his Desert Island III list was really awesome, I think this well and truly tops it.
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You think so? Because, although his Desert Island III list was really awesome, I think this well and truly tops it.
The reason I feel that way is because DI3 was a magical experience where I was hearing wave after wave of incredible new songs. It's hard to match that! <grin>

But I've listened to phanan's new list 3 times and I've liked it more each time, so maybe there's hope. <wink>
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Phanan is the 90s Yankees of this game. Consistently superb.
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Wow, a tie so far.

Irishteen has a great list. I'm surprised I'm hanging in there!
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Wow I didn't except I'd have this much of a chance, so close
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