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Old 10-09-2007, 11:42 AM   #1
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Symphonic Album Mini-Game: Round 6, Heat 4

Please vote for the tracklisting you LIKE THE MOST.

Welcome to the fourth heat of the sixth 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.

Results from Heat 2 are in, and in a landslide, liamcool shutout the Supertracklist by the lopsided score of 11-0. An update on the standings will be posted after the completion of each round.

This heat has phanan going up against COBL_04 in a battle of the winless. 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.



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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: COBL_04



My playlist from the start was not going to be a concept where each song told part of a story, as I said I don't have the brain for that, wish I did though! My concept is basically just centred around how my life kinda is. There's a lot of gloomy moments, but plenty of reasons to keep plugging away. At the heart of this playlist is a man who is quite depressed about his life, unhappy, down in the dumps. This is the first half of the playlist, where experiences anger (Chop Suey!, Stockholm Syndrome), Sadness (Mad World, Heaven Can Wait), constant worry (This Unavoidable Thing Between Us, Don't Forget Me, The One, The Gank). He hits rock bottom when thoughts of suicide creep into his mind (Quicksand). But all of sudden, WHAM! Life takes an unexpected turn for our protagonist. This is represented perfectly by Good Morning Good Morning, because the song goes bang and straight away wipes him out of his slumber, but the early lyrics are still despondent. But then everything changes with the lyric 'heading for home you start to roam then you're in town". Now everyone this man sees is full of life, as opposed to the total darkness he was seeing before. From here on there is not much of a story, just a few songs I pieced together because they express (to me anyway) happiness and are uplifting, although in most of the songs you can still see the doubt in the back of this man's mind. The final piece is Eclipse, which expresses happiness in the music, but if you look closely at the lyrics there is still some doubt there. I wanted to end on a 100% happy note, but wanted to express that even though this man is now happier, there are still times of doubt and despondency.

My final note is that I feel that people will probably have some quandaries with my playlist, and the interpretations of some of the songs. I just want to say this is how I have interpreted the songs, and they feel in the right place to me. I tried to focus on the music and the lyrics together. If you disagree, say so, but I am proud with the turnout, so, well, deal with it I guess.

Thank you!

it's twilight breaking through - a different kind of blue

1. System of a Down - "Chop Suey!" - Toxicity (3:30)
2. blink-182 - "Stockholm Syndrome" - blink-182 (2:41)
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Don't Forget Me" - By the Way (4:37)
4. Evermore - "This Unavoidable Thing Between Us" - Dreams (5:02)
5. The Wallflowers - "I Started a Joke" - Zoolander Soundtrack (3:08)
6. Gary Jules - "Mad World" - Donnie Darko Soundtrack (3:07)
7. Meat Loaf - "Heaven Can Wait" - Bat Out of Hell (4:41)
8. Nelly - "The Gank" - Nellyville (4:48)
9. Limp Bizkit - "The One" - Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog 10. Flavored Water (5:43)
11. David Bowie - "Quicksand" - Hunky Dory (5:07)
12. The Beatles - "Good Morning Good Morning" - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (2:41)
13. U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming" - The Unforgettable Fire (5:28)
14. Silverchair - "Straight Lines" - Young Modern (4:17)
15. Crowded House - "Recurring Dream" - Afterglow (3:24)
16. The Verve - "Bittersweet Symphony" - Urban Hymns (5:56)
17. Passengers - "Beach Sequence" - Original Soundtracks 1 (3:31)
18. Paul Colman Trio - "I Dream" - New Map of the World (4:44)
19. Paul McCartney - "Maybe I'm Amazed" - McCartney (3:53)
20. Pink Floyd - "Eclipse" - Dark Side of the Moon (2:04)




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Old 10-09-2007, 01:35 PM   #2
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I think I'll throw Daniel a vote here. Pretty much a tie, but I don't know...I guess I prefer his song choices slightly.
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Phanan here. Songs were similar, I liked the concept of Phanan's a little more.
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Songs were similar? How so? I think our lists are completely opposite.

Just curious.
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My mistake, I meant the quality of the songs was similar. This is what happens when I get four hours of sleep, have two tests in school, and do an hour of basketball training.
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Ah, ok.
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My God, I might actually win a heat in this tournament.

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My God, I might actually win a heat in this tournament.

About bloody time. Apart from my own, I think yours is the best tracklist here.
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Thanks! It appears you're in the minority, though.
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I'm kind of used to that.

But come on, Jesu, Alcest, EITS, and FADEAWAY? Bloody hell that's awesome. I cannot get enough of Fadeaway nowadays.
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I gots me another vote
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