On Monday, I finished my entry into the Suck
Remix Competition hosted by Underground Inc.
Remixing a classic Pigface song was a lot of fun, though I'm not sure about my final product. I wish I could share it with you, but I am forbidden from doing so by the Remix Agreement I signed. Hopefully I'll win (!) and you will be able to buy it on a CD from Invisible Records
. Personally, I think my remix is cool, but I'm not sure it will stand up to the crazy ideas other people have about doing remixes. I spent a good bit of time trying to do things in the weirdest way possible, but some of those things may be too subtle for the average listener to figure out. Some of my equipment was really stretched to its limit (and beyond), and that really makes me very proud.
Unfortunately, I didn't spend enough time on it. This is partially my fault and partially outside influences. I discovered the competition in late October and the deadline was originally 20 November! I thought it was a little tight, but I wanted to try. I filled out the paperwork and faxed it in, and about a week later, a CD arrived in my mailbox with the remix elements on it. However, there was a teeny problem: the CD was cracked. Actually, cracked would be an understatement. It was just barely not in two pieces and completely unusable. I wrote an email asking for a replacement. I waited another week. Nothing. At this point, I was starting to panic and thought that I wouldn't get a chance after all to enter, so I wrote again. Finally, about two and a half weeks ago, a number I didn't recognize called my cell and I let voicemail get it. It was Underground Inc. and they wanted me to call back, so I did. I talked to a very friendly young lady who said she would FedEx me a new CD the following day in a protective envelope. The same day, I got home to find a copy of the CD in my mail and it was totally fine. The FedEx'ed copy arrived about three days after that. Okay, so I ended up with one broken and two functioning copies. Funny how that happens. And to top it all off, they extended the deadline to 27 November.
The actual work on the remix went in three spurts: the evening when I finally had a working copy of the remix elements, the day after, and the 16 hours leading up to when I finally mailed it in this past Monday. That means that there was a gap of about two weeks where I wasn't really bothering. Whoops. Well, hey, that's inspiration for you.