Hi all, i’m very happy to be hosting this battle!
1972 was a psychedelic year - let’s get crazy and out there!
Rule #0 (the standard one) - all production, mixing, etc. must take place inside our venerable friend, the OP-1. That said, “Normalizing” the song and 1 trim/cut on each end of your song is allowed (example: to get rid of a click count in or the random noise burst that happens at the end when recording with the Album)
Rule #1 - use the “hidden” filter effect - this was removed from the Effects list at some point with a TE firmware update; i feel like it’s more flexible / musical. You can download a patch that has both the “hidden” synth engine (Iter) and the filter. Filter has Low, High, Allpass modes as well as Notch. Cutoff, Resonance, and Drive controls round out the picture. A note about Iter, feel free to use it if you want; you can always change to a different synth engine while retaining the Filter Effect, Envelope, LFO settings by pressing Shift-(1) under the screen and selecting a new synth engine…
Rule #2 - since 1972 is pretty psychedelic and still had a lot of prog rock going on, experiment with at least a bar or two in a different time signature (After all if we’re thinking Pink Floyd, “Money” even has parts written in 7/8…)
Rule #3 - Engines - Sampler (and Drum Sampler) of course; on the other synth engines, limit yourself to Pulse and Cluster (and yes, optionally Iter as per Rule #1)
Rule #4 - Drums - try to use dBox in at least 1/4 of your piece (i’ve never been really successful here)
Rule #5 - External stuff - since you can use the sampler, of course you can sample anything you like; limit yourself to 3 external items: one electronic, one acoustic, and one human voice (yours if you’re daring enough) maximum.
Rule #6 - don’t take yourself too damn seriously - a quote i took to heart while prepping/playing my entry for Battle #071 in direct contrast to my usual way of working is “the ‘perfect’ is the enemy of the ‘good’” - get off the grid, be atonal, consult your Oracle, try something new, call it “done” before you might usually…
Excited to hear what you all come up with! Would like to wrap this up by the end of the year, so setting deadline as 12/31/2020