I can’t really parse my feelings about last weekend… as I expected something quite different from what I got. In a positive way thought :)
Wärkfest 2012 was nice, and I got free tickets to it since I was a ‘Wärker’ with our computer-culture magazine Skrolli. On Skrollis behalf, Wärkfest was really good, we published our 0th edition (a 4-page teaser), and we got lots of great feedback, and a couple of completely new people with us to develop the magazine. When it comes to me, I was there representing Skrolli with couple other people form Skrolli (couple friends that is), and I programmed a advertising banner, which basically ran on my laptop for the whole time. So I had time to do something else than be nerdy and spend the time on that computer (apart from the programming part). I then walked around, socialized, spread Skrolli, made new friends and stuff like that. In a shorter form, had a good time there, like usually on events like Wärkfest.
Now the odd thing about this event was the compos… I entered a real real time -compo, which basically meant that your compo-entry needed to be made during the compo, on stage, live and in front of the audience. My entry-idea was to compose a tune with MilkyTracker, in the allowed time.. which was about 8 minutes (that is NOT much). The entries before me were great and I was kinda nervous to get up on the stage to spend that 8 minutes sitting on my computer on the stage :DD
Now, when I climbed on the stage, introduced myself, sat on my comp and started composing, the crowd was quite amazed (at least I think so). I quite quickly got some real rhythm out of the tracker, and crowd started clapping along the rhythm — right until I stopped it to edit it.. A sad ‘awh’ from the audience, with me responding to it by playing back the changes I made; A quite basic drum-beat. Audience; *clapping to the rhythm* Me; “now wtf am I going to do now?!”. Quickly I decided to go for a bassline, and after another ‘awh’ from the audience, I started making it. After the bassline, someone yelled “make the melody on the 4th channel!!” (I was planning to go for a 6-channel tune, but I had only 4 there at that time). So after that it was clear I needed to squeeze the tune into 4 channels… not really great for my plans of making a phased lead or any kind of chord-instrument. I scratched those ideas pretty totally. I then pleased the crowd by making the melody, stretching it for some 2-4 patterns and then listened to the whole tune. Audience; *cheering after the tune had played* Me; “Now what?!”. Meaning to be quick, I decided to make a smallish variation to the current pattern, so I cloned it, removed one instrument and replaced it with the phased lead I had planned. Yay, plans working again \o/. Then I went for an intro, that wasn’t really that hard, and after that, set the loop-point correctly, made other small finishing touches and started to play it. I wrote the greets/some randomness into the instrument list (as usual), ‘named’ the tune, and waited for cheers. People were amazed, basically whole room (a smallish hall or somesuch), about 200 people, cheering, yelling, clapping and some even dancing. And the tune was about 20 seconds long. “Really, me this good?”
Well, the jury loved the tune, as did the audience. Recieved comments from the jury, bowed, and packed my computer and went back to my place around the first row of the audience. Listened to the couple guys after me, went to chill out a bit, and then came back. On the break between the real real time and scene -compos, there was quite a hassle about me (on IRC atleast), I made even more friends, got fans and stuff like that. My friend didn’t really believe her eyes, but the biggest surprise (for both of us) wasn’t the reaction.. It came after the scene-compo, when I won that real real time (and got the laptop I’m now writing with). She was quite amazed (as far as I could tell), and even more amazed after I won the ‘best in show’ price too (for being the best entry during the whole evening!) and got a 200€ gift card to some internet-PC-store.. After all, I think I can now call myself a scener, and a professional musician (at some degree at least)
After the compo, I needed to sleep somewhere so I went to my friends house (She was a bit worried about her aunt, who didn’t really like her staying at Wärkfest up until 01 am instead of 11 pm :DD). So I slept there, woke up at something around 08.40 and then prepared to get back to Wärkfest. Sunday was definitely more chilled than Saturday, less people around, and I did some more of ‘sitting at Skrollis table handing out our teasers and telling about the magazine’. Time flew by and then I faced a problem.. for I had won a laptop, but I only had one bag to carry my stuff in.. and I had already brought my older laptop with me :DD I just hoped nothing would broke when I packed both laptops into the same bag, and got off to the bus-station, and from there back to Turku. A nice weekend indeed :3
- Elias ‘Wing’ Linjama