Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

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Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

Post by Progcon » Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:05 am

Hello. I am please to announce Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular (i.e. Trash) Music Event. Given that I am leaving East Lansing after this May and that I want to giveback to the community, all proceeds from this event will be given to The Greater Lansing Food Bank (https://greaterlansingfoodbank.org) which is part of Feeding America. The event will cost 15 dollars to those who do not submit a packet and it will be free to those who submit a full 20/0 packet. I of course recommend that people who wrote a packet will still donate to this good cause. This event is about sharing our diverse music interests through quality tossups and also about raising money for charity.

Submissions: People who wish to submit should first email me at harrisbunker AT gmail.com . This is to make sure that I have enough people writing packets. Additionally, I will send you a Word document that has a skeleton packetization that you can write your questions in. Submissions will be sent to this email address.

I’d like at least 8 and preferably more packets. I encourage people to team up and write with up to 3 other people if they so desire but please indicate who you’re writing with. If you are writing alone and can only write a half packet, please indicate so and try to fill out half the questions in each broad category if possible.

Each packet will consist of 20 tossups only. I would like to play as many packets as possible, so I will not edit the packets for clarity or repeats before I play them. After I play them, I am more than willing to clean them up and replace repeats. I’d like all submissions in by July 1, 2019 so this can be played at summer side event weekends.

I do not plan on cutting any questions, but please write your questions on reasonable answerlines. In general, I’d recommend against writing questions on albums of lesser-known artists. No one likes dead tossups on things like Blackwater Park even if it’s a great album. If you think a question “might” not get answered, try to incorporate some of the clues into a common link. In general, things that could come up at CO Trash are of course okay, but use your best judgement if you think your tossup would be hard for CO Trash or a similar tournament.

Tossups are to be at least six lines Times New Roman size 10 font and no more than nine lines. I’d recommend shorter tossups if possible but I understand this not always optimal. Please powermark your tossups.

Distribution:
-Please try to stick to this as closely as possible. However, it is after all a set of suggestions. If you want to fudge around the edges a little bit, feel free but at least try to stick with the theme of the category. For example, if you can’t write a good tossup in Pop 1980-1999, don’t write another Rock question. Cross category questions are perfectly fine and can fit in however you want.

Popular Music (4/0)
-1980-1999 Pop
-2000-2009 Pop
-2010- Pop
-Your choice Pop

Rock Music (4/0)
-Classic Rock (pre 1980)
-80s and 90s Rock
-Contemporary Rock (2000-)
-Alternative, Hardcore, Metal, Punk, etc.

Rap and R&B (3/0)
-Rap/Hip Hop (try to vary eras among the x2 tossups)
-R&B/Soul

Miscellaneous (7/0)
-Folk/Country
-Experimental Music (think like John Cage but not him)
-Musical Theater/Show tunes
-Electronic/EDM/House etc.
-Question on music from movies, TV, music videos, etc.
-Question on music or an artist not from Western Europe, the US or Canada
-Question NOT on an artist, song, album or country (try to be creative)

Grab Bag (2/0)
-Whatever You Want (x2)

A big thanks Erik Christensen for the tournament name and thanks to him and Kenji Shimizu for looking through the distribution. I hope we gets a good amount of submissions and that we can give a large amount of money to a good charity.
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Post by AKKOLADE » Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:51 am

This is awesome.
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Post by Habitat_Against_Humanity » Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:44 pm

I will submit at least 10 questions to this, possibly a full packet, and will try my darndest to be somewhere nearby where/when it's played
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Post by Progcon » Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:10 pm

This post is reserved for committed packets. If you want to mirror this, please send me an email with the date of your event. I will allow this to be mirrored until December, 2019 so this can be run after Fall 2019 events if desired.

-Me
-Taylor Harvey
-Chris Borglum
-Max Wallace
-Erik Christensen
-Nolan (half?)
-Eric Douglass
-Tim Morrison
-Purdue Quizbowl
-NYU Quizbowl
-Mike Cheyne
-William Golden
-Seth Kendall
-Aaron Dos Remedios
-Michael Wu et al.

Edit: I am very excited by all the interest in this. I hope to get packets from people in different age groups and other intersections of the quizbowl public.
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Post by TaylorH » Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:06 pm

I plan on writing a full packet for this. This set sounds like a really fun idea!
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Post by ValenciaQBowl » Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:38 am

Consider this post a commitment to write a full packet. Maybe we can mirror the set at Valencia (Orlando) in conjunction with our August open tournament (at which we'll hope to mirror NASAT again).

PS--Those who are going to play should listen to some Drive-By Truckers so they can power one of my toss-ups.
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Post by ErikC » Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:32 pm

I can confirm I am writing a full pack for this.
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Post by mrtyrmystry » Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:49 am

ValenciaQBowl wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:38 am
Consider this post a commitment to write a full packet. Maybe we can mirror the set at Valencia (Orlando) in conjunction with our August open tournament (at which we'll hope to mirror NASAT again).

PS--Those who are going to play should listen to some Drive-By Truckers so they can power one of my toss-ups.
love that band :)

I'm real excited to write a packet for this. In partial recognition of my sonic limitations, I'd like to team up with at least one other person, so no commitment until that's confirmed.

I am questioning, a bit, how Contemporary (2000 onward) Rock will be defined. Will it be the kind of hooky post-grunge pop punk pop rock "alternative" rock bands that Nirvana enabled and people call "generic" and critics don't really take seriously or will it lean more towards alternative revivalists that (in someone else's words) retain an aura of hip?... if those exceedingly general categories are specific enough.

I'm ready to fudge around the edges!... as little as possible, in the name of integrity, actually.
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Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

Post by Progcon » Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:22 am

mrtyrmystry wrote:
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:49 am

I am questioning, a bit, how Contemporary (2000 onward) Rock will be defined. Will it be the kind of hooky post-grunge pop punk pop rock "alternative" rock bands that Nirvana enabled and people call "generic" and critics don't really take seriously or will it lean more towards alternative revivalists that (in someone else's words) retain an aura of hip?... if those exceedingly general categories are specific enough.

I'm ready to fudge around the edges!... as little as possible, in the name of integrity, actually.
The point of the genres is to be as general as possible. The Contemporary Rock genre subcategory is simply to encourage people to write on rock music (however loosely defined) that came out in more-or-less my lifetime. I am agnostic to the perceived quality of the music and I do not at all care about what a loosely-defined cadre of music critics think. Feel free to write on bands like Three Days Grace, The Black Keys, Greta van Fleet, Radiohead, etc.--all of which sound very different and appeal to different subsections of the population.

On the other hand, the alternative category is to encourage people to write on rock music that does not get significant radio play. For example, I wrote a tossup from FTP1 on the band A Day to Remember which is a popular post hardcore band. I'd also encourage people to consider writing about metal here. There are hundreds and hundreds of metal acts that people listen to (with likely larger non-American followings). I like to write about power metal which is probably too hard, but there is nothing wrong with tossing up like Ride the Lightning or whatever.
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Post by Progcon » Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:17 pm

I just wanted to say that I've been blown away by the support for this event! I have already gotten almost 10 people to commit to writing which is pretty great. I still would appreciate packet commitments especially from groups that are typically underrepresented among quizbowl writers.

I plan to send out a packet templates sometime after nats season.
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Post by adosreme » Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:55 am

I can't commit for sure yet, but send me a template and I'll work on questions for this.

Edit: I'll commit to writing a pack.
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Post by Cheynem » Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:34 am

I will write a packet that will appeal to the folks with bad musical taste such as myself, those who like bands such as Savage Garden, Wilson Phillips, and One Direction.
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Post by jonpin » Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:59 am

Cheynem wrote:
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I will write a packet that will appeal to the folks with bad musical taste such as myself, those who like bands such as Savage Garden, Wilson Phillips, and One Direction.
Hold on, I want you to know that those bands are just perfect.
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Post by Steeve Ho You Fat » Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:21 pm

I'm not sure if I can commit to a packet, but I'd love to play this and think it's great to raise money for a good cause. Think there's appetite for an online mirror for folks who probably won't make it to a summer side event weekend?
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Post by Quinctilius Varus » Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:36 pm

I will write a full packet for this.
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Post by Scipio » Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:55 pm

Consider this a commitment for a full packet.
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Post by Progcon » Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:43 pm

I have updated the second post with a list of committed packets. I'm probably going to cap the number of packets at 16 or possibly fewer depending on the quality of submissions. I am super excited that people are interesting in submitting and I hope people do not feel bad if their packets are combined so that mirrors can hear as many different packet authors as possible. It's likely that I will keep a "Raw_packets" folder around if people are interested in the raw questions.

Note: If you want to submit questions in only a smattering of categories, feel free to send me some and I will try to use them.
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Post by Duckk » Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:19 pm

I'll write a packet as well.
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Post by Durkheimdall » Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:32 pm

Progcon wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:43 pm
I hope people do not feel bad if their packets are combined so that mirrors can hear as many different packet authors as possible. It's likely that I will keep a "Raw_packets" folder around if people are interested in the raw questions.
I wouldn't feel bad at all! But I'd want all the questions I submit to get used. I'd rather submit fewer questions than submit a full packet and not have all the questions get used.

Maybe I don't 100% understand what you're proposing, but it sounds like there might be some questions that appear only in the "Raw_packets" folder and not in one of the final packets. That seems like a waste since those questions could instead be cleaned up and used in a different tournament. I'm not sure how other people feel about this but it seems simpler to insist that all submissions be high quality.

I also wouldn't be opposed to re-packetizing the questions if you think it'd help smooth out the distribution. I don't think this is necessary but I don't feel it's important for my submission to appear intact.

For reference, I have 16/20 questions finished so far. I'm biased but I think the finished questions are good quality and could be used directly. Can send them over anytime, was waiting for the template. Thanks again for making this happen!
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Post by mazinomer » Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:35 pm

Michael Wu, Jamie Faeder, Jason Lewis, and I are writing a full packet.
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Post by Progcon » Fri May 10, 2019 2:02 am

I will be sending out the templates tomorrow. Let me know if you still want to write!
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Post by Progcon » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:23 pm

Templates were sent to the following people several weekends ago:

Harris Bunker
Taylor Harvey
Chris Borglum
Erik Christensen
Nolan (half?)
Eric Douglass
Tim Morrison
Purdue Quizbowl
NYU Quizbowl
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William Golden
Seth Kendall
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Mazin Omer et al.
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Max Wallace

Please sent me your questions if you are done or let me know if you aren't writing a packet. I'd like to get this all edited and shipped out before the mirrors in July.
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Post by 1mizfan » Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:26 pm

Do you still need help writing for this?
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Post by Habitat_Against_Humanity » Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:24 pm

Just an update. I've got one more question to write to finish a full packet. Assuming writer's block lets up I'll get it in very soon.
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Post by Progcon » Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:31 pm

1mizfan wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:26 pm
Do you still need help writing for this?
You are welcome to submit questions if you'd like.
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Post by Cheynem » Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:37 pm

I should have my packet in by Monday or so.
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Post by It's Drew » Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:01 pm

PUQB packet will be in sometime very soon, sorry about the wait.
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Post by Scipio » Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:51 am

I, too, will have my packet by Monday.
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Post by Amethyst » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:08 pm

Is there a possibility of an online mirror of this? I’d be interested in paying to play an online mirror.
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