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Guerilla Imaginary Landscape

Post by hftf » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:40 pm

Imaginary Landscape No. 4 is just six weeks away! I hope you’re as excited as I am for John Lawrence to direct another iteration of the best quizbowl event of all.

In preparation for IL4, and just for fun, I will run a guerilla online event on audio questions that you will submit to me. This event has the following goals:
  • Laid-back practice session for IL4
  • Subsidize some prizes to be awarded at IL4
  • Fun event for those who can’t make it to IL4
  • Socialize about music with nice people
  • Try your hand at making audio questions
  • Get exposed to some music that’s new to you
You will have two weeks to “write” a small number of questions. I expect to receive 100 submitted questions from around 20 interested players, so I don’t plan to write many questions myself.

Cost

EDIT 3: The event will actually be free to play. However, there is a recommended donation:

$10  – less than 5 questions submitted
$5    – 5 to 9 questions submitted
Free – 10 or more questions submitted

This is an incentive to get you to write more questions, or contribute to prizes otherwise.

Submission guidelines

There is no enforced distribution. However:
  • Please keep questions to around 60 seconds in length. A question should have around 6 ten-second clues in decreasing order of difficulty, but this may vary.
  • Please write at least 75% of your questions on easy, accessible answerlines. Creativity of clues is better than creativity of answerlines.
  • Please write at least 25% of your questions outside your comfort zone. Opera, jazz, film, rock, world, classical, whatever it may be.
  • Please balance out overly whimsical ideas with some more standard questions.
I’d like this event to be welcoming to all, including those who never played IL before, so please don’t submit questions that nobody would reasonably convert, like Roussel’s Bacchus et Ariane.

If you’re not familiar with how Imaginary Landscape questions work, more information about the past three iterations are linked from this thread. I am rehosting the packets on GitHub.

Submission mechanism

It is usually very laborious to put together audio questions using conventional tools. To make it way easier, I am offering the following proposal: If you submit a spreadsheet as specified below, I will automatically download, splice, and stitch together all the audio clips in order for you.

Sample submission spreadsheet for you to make a copy of. Don’t worry about the yellow columns, which are merely for informational use.
Clips (Sheet 1): Numbered list of all “clues” (clips/snippets)
Meta (Sheet 2): Prompts, answerlines, your name, and other metadata (like difficulty, in case someone wants to skip the hard questions)

Clips are specified as a YouTube video ID, the start time in seconds, and the length in seconds. So if you want to include a clip of your organ playing, it will have to be from a YouTube video.

Registration

To submit, send me an email before Tuesday morning, June 26, containing a link to your spreadsheet. If you submitted early, feel free to continue adding questions until then.
If you want to play but don’t want to submit questions, you can register by emailing me.

I will take a couple of days to curate the submissions, reduce repeats, playtest, give a bit of feedback, generate the audio files, and confirm that they turned out the way you wanted. Since I will be playtesting your questions by myself, I recommend that you hide the columns containing spoilers.

The event will take place on Thursday, June 28, around 6 p.m. EDT. You will be sent a Discord invitation after registering by email.

I plan to upload the set soon after the event in case people want to use it as study material. If you want to mirror this in person for some reason, we can arrange that over email.

Send me an email at quizbowl@ophir.li if you have questions, concerns, suggestions, or technical troubles.

EDIT: If there's a lot of interest, I might split the event into two sessions, since 20 experts in an online shoot-out may be overwhelming. The first session would stay at 6 to accommodate the UK. The second session might be several hours later, or even on another day, to accommodate the West Coast. I could also have “expert”/“casual” sessions if people want that. I’ll update this post with more info later on.

I am tracking people who have expressed interest in this spreadsheet to estimate how long the event will take. You can edit it if you want, but I am only taking registrations by email.

EDIT 2: Sameer’s "Music Mafia Packet" will be read at the end of the first session.
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Re: Guerilla Imaginary Landscape

Post by Benin Rebirth Party » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:58 pm

A guide was prepared in 2015 when preparing audio clips for the International History Olympiad which may help people who want to contribute to this. Of course, follow the specs in the OP if they differ from this guide.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-bz ... sp=sharing

There's some safeguards audacity has to ripped CD tracks, your best bet is to find a youtube ripper and take it from there.
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Re: Guerilla Imaginary Landscape

Post by hftf » Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:25 pm

Update

This is a reminder that you have one week to submit or register for Guerilla Imaginary Landscape.

So far, I have accounted for 15–20 people who are planning to write over 160 questions in total. (That’s already as long as a standard set with eight packets of 20!) I want to thank everyone who submitted early – it will really lighten the burden that increases near the deadline. I honestly did not expect such a high turnout, and I’m very happy with the level of interest.

Since one of my goals was for people to try their hand at writing audio questions and also getting feedback from other players in real time, I originally wanted to play each question until the end, but that likely isn’t feasible anymore. If each question takes 90 seconds on average, which is optimistic, then 160 questions comes out to at least 4 hours. This means that on a single day, I can only play through all the questions once.

I may do a second full session that starts later in the day (around 7:30 p.m. EDT) to accommodate more players on the following Thursday, July 5.

Outreach

I highly value offering an opportunity for all interested players to participate at whatever their comfort level. Since not everybody checks the forums, I will soon be reaching out by email to anyone who I think might be interested, including those who played Imaginary Landscape No. 3 or last year’s reading of old packets, those who had an impressive music statline at one of this year’s tournaments, etc. You can also reach out to your friends too.

For that reason, I would like to have a separate, shorter session intended for HS and novice players, which will be limited to an easier batch of questions. It will possibly start on Friday, June 29, at 6 p.m. EDT, but potential players should inform me about scheduling before I settle on that time. This HS/novice-oriented event will be free (but submissions are still encouraged).

Feedback

I just finished playtesting the excellent submission from Daniel Guo, which set a very high bar. For some reason Daniel really wanted feedback, so I wrote him 2,018 words of praise, which I hope to share after the event. I basically said that he nailed what the guidelines were going for: integrating creative clue selection with straightforward answerline selection.

Although I’d like to keep giving helpful feedback for every single submission, I might not be able to go to the same lengths as I did for Daniel. So get yours in sooner if you’d like a better chance at that. The volume of submissions also probably means that I will do fewer of the organizational things I originally planned, like curating submissions and reducing repeats.

Clarification

Joe Su shared a very helpful guide for people who want to write audio questions using Audacity. But I’d like to emphasize that you should read the “Submission mechanism” section of the original post so that you don’t get the wrong idea and do unnecessary manual work. I am making the submission process much easier by just having you specify the clues you want in a spreadsheet, and I will do all the audio stitching myself.
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Re: Guerilla Imaginary Landscape

Post by hftf » Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:50 am

I just sent an email to everyone who registered. If you think you registered but did not receive my email, or otherwise still want to play, please contact me ASAP.
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Re: Guerilla Imaginary Landscape

Post by hftf » Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:00 pm

Schedule for remaining sessions and other events

I sent an email to everyone who registered on Wednesday, July 4 with information about the Discord server.

Thursday, July 5 (tomorrow)

6:30 p.m. EDT – John’s seeding packet for Imaginary Landscape No. 4
  • for players who registered for Imaginary Landscape No. 4 in Chicago (I encourage you to sign up if you haven’t done so already!)
  • 20 minutes
  • in the main quizbowl Discord server
7:00 p.m. EDT – Sameer’s “Music Mafia Packet”
  • for all players
  • 20 minutes
  • in the main quizbowl Discord server
7:30 p.m. EDT – Guerilla Imaginary Landscape
  • for all players who missed (or partially missed) the June 28 session
  • smaller audience; starts later to accommodate the West Coast
  • 4 hours
  • in a private Discord server (invitations sent by email)
  • same batch of packets that were heard on June 28:
    Beverly Fu, Bryan Lu, Chris Manners, Chris Sims, Daniel Guo, David Dennis, Erik Christensen, Jeremy Tsai,
    Jonathan Magin, Kevin Wang, Mia Nussbaum, Michael Zhuang, Oliver Clarke, Sameer Apte, Will Alston, Will Bordowitz
Monday, July 9

7:30 p.m. EDT – Guerilla Imaginary Landscape
  • for all players
  • 2 hours (might be repeated on Friday at 7:30 p.m. for a smaller audience)
  • in a private Discord server (invitations sent by email)
  • rest of the packets that were not heard on June 28 or July 5:
    Eric Liu, Jasper Lee, Muling He, Natan Holtzman, Saul Hankin, and some mystery packets
Wednesday, July 11

7:30 p.m. EDT – Guerilla Imaginary Landscape
  • for HS/novice players, curious spectators, etc.
  • 2 hours
  • in a private Discord server (invitations sent by email or publicly posted here)
  • only easy or medium questions, taken from all submitted packets
I invite anyone who would like to participate (or spectate) to come to this session. It will be a great learning opportunity, serving as a crash course on a wide range of music history. Don’t worry if you can’t tell the difference between Bach and Beethoven or if Stravinsky and Shostakovich sound the same to you. The questions cover all kinds of music, so you’re bound to know something – especially if you played an instrument when you were younger, or if you’re more familiar with jazz or film or popular music. You can absorb a lot from just listening and being eager to learn. I plan to play out each question in full so that you can hear every clue. You’ll be in an audience of people with a similar level of experience, so there’s no shame – just come and have fun!

Report from June 28

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 #    Player              Pts   10s  –5s

 1    Michael Yue         250    28    6
 2    John Lawrence       185    21    5
 3    Sameer Apte         135    18    9
 4    Will Holub-Moorman  105    11    1
 4    Mia Nussbaum        105    12    3
 6    Jonathan Magin      100    11    2
 7    Michael Zhuang       85    11    5
 8    Chris Sims           80    10    4
 9    Dylan Minarik        70    10    6
 9    Daniel Guo           70     9    4
11    Will Bordowitz       65     8    3
12    Kevin Wang           50     5     
13    Oliver Clarke        40     4     
14    David Dennis         30     4    2
15    Tracy Mirkin          5     1    1
15    Taylor Harvey         5     1    1
15    Erik Christensen      5     3    5
18    Muling He            –5          1
18    Bryan Lu             –5          1
20    William Golden      –10          2
21    Will Alston         –15     1    5
21    Jeremy Tsai         –15     1    5
Thank you to everyone who participated!

Many participants said that they loved getting to write some questions. So if you’d still like to give it a try, I will accept submissions until Saturday.

Thank you to Daniel Guo, John Lawrence, Michael Yue, Michael Zhang for your kind donations!

Report from July 5

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 #    Player              Pts   10s  –5s

 1    Natan Holtzman      420    49   14
 2    Michael Li          245    30   11
 3    Jasper Lee          220    23    2
 4    Joe Su              170    20    6
 5    Beverly Fu           75     8    1
 6    Klaus Llwynog        70     9    4
 6    Chris Manners        70     9    4
 8    Julian Fuchs         40     5    2
 9    Tejas Raje           30     3     
10    Steven Silverman      5     1    1
Thank you again to all the players and writers! There were so many excellent buzzes and excellent questions.

Thank you Jasper Lee, Michael Li, and Tejas Raje for your generosity!
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Re: Guerilla Imaginary Landscape

Post by hftf » Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:30 pm

The final session will start tonight at 7:30 p.m. EDT and last for 2 hours. I will read the second batch of questions (the same packets as July 9: Eric Liu, Jasper Lee, Muling He, Natan Holtzman, Saul Hankin, and some mystery packets) for a smaller audience. Everyone who missed the July 9 session is welcome! Please join this Discord server and read the information in #welcome.

Afterward, I will upload the set to the audio packets GitHub repository. You may use it for practice either by yourself or in a group, for free mirrors, or for anything else.

Report from July 9

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 #    Player              Pts   10s  –5s

 1    Michael Yue         150    17    4
 2    Sameer Apte         105    12    3
 3    Will Holub-Moorman   80     8     
 3    John Lawrence        80     9    2
 5    Mia Nussbaum         50     5     
 6    Michael Li           45     6    3
 7    James Maverick       25     4    3
 8    Daniel Guo           20     3    2
 9    Jeremy Tsai          10     1     
 9    Eric Liu             10     1     
 9    Beverly Fu           10     1     
12    Natan Holtzman        5     2    3
12    Jonathan Magin        5     1    1
14    David Dennis         –5          1
15    Joe Su              –10          2
15    Alex Damisch        –10     1    4
Congratulations to Michael Yue for taking first place in a field of masterly players! I’m proud of the great buzzes I saw from everyone, especially on the mysteriously hard questions.

Report from July 11

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 #    Player              Pts   10s  –5s

 1    John John Groger    180    18     
 2    Karan Gurazada      120    16    8
 3    Ian Rackow           70     8    2
 4    Muling He            55    10    9
 5    Beverly Fu           40     4     
 5    Ben Xu               40     4     
 7    Noah Chen            20     4    4
 8    Aakash Patel         15     2    1
 9    Jacob Augelli        10     1     
 9    Chris Shan           10     1     
11    Matthew Siff          0     1    2
12    Keaton Martin       –15          3
Thanks to all the players for coming, and to all the spectators who shared their music expertise. Sorry for the bizarre technical difficulties! I hope you had fun and learned something new!

Report from July 13

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 #    Player              Pts   10s  –5s

 1    Kevin Wang          240    27    6
 2    Will Bordowitz      135    16    5
 3    Eric Douglass        85     9    1
 4    Saul Hankin          35     6    5
 5    Matt Lafer            5     1    1
Thank you for coming to the final session, and to Eric for the generous tip!
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