I know I know, a totally, blatantly, shamelessly personal post but, you know, I usually don’t participate in contests just because I get lost in them: I can’t find time (even though I would have time!), and I generally lose focus after a while.
Timed contests though, well that’s another beast: 24 hours to create a song using samples from M83, Junior Boys, and Nosaj Thing. That sounds like fun! So I spend my last sunday making the song you can find at the bottom of this page.
Is There a Lesson in All This?
I like to think so! Apart from the reason itself, like, you know, winning the contest, what I really learnt is that focusing on specific tasks really makes you work efficiently. If this was any other kind of contest, I know I would just procrastinate and keep telling myself I don’t have time, but sunday I happened to have a full day free and I decided to get things done. And since I had just 24 hours, there’s no excuse like “I’ll never finish this” or “this will take me ages”.
Thinking well about it, giving yourself a strict (even fake) timeline for anything you do and, most of all, believing in it, makes you work efficiently most of the times. Things kept in a sort of suspended state, something like “yeah sure I’ll do that, sooner or later, maybe” are what screws you up: it doesn’t work, no matter what. Plus it’s a lot more engaging to have a time-frame, it’s a sort of challenge, through the whole day I was wondering if I’d get it done, and although it probably isn’t my best work I am quite happy with it (and I’d love to know what you think as well).
All in all, a great chance to really know my capabilities and something fun to do as well.
Back to The Point
So, how can you help me? Very simple:
1. Click here -> http://contest.ableton.com/tracks/919
2. Click on “Login to vote” on the top right corner
3. Login with your Facebook or Soundcloud account (no spam guaranteed, Soundcloud is a very respectable service)
4. When you get brought back to the track’s page, click on “Like” on the top right corner
The contest is kinda smart, you can vote as many songs as you like, but just once per song, so don’t feel limited if you like other songs too. And of course, if you REALLY hate my song, hah, you don’t have to vote, but I still hope you’ll like it