Let's do a Quartet / Quadrilogy / Tetralogy / Four Song Suite!

22 posts / 0 new
Last post

Being a "longtrack enthusiast" I never managed to do a really long song by myself yet (with one exception). I'm talking about a running time of 10+ minutes. At 50/90 there are so much songs to make but so few time for doing this - above all a long one!

On the only album from Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe (all members of the longtrack gods YES) there is a piece called "Quartet" with four lovely and lighthearted love songs merged together. And I find it interesting to see four songs AND a longtrack originating at the same time!

So this is the challenge: Write four songs that belong together in some way (mood, story, musical form, timbres of instruments...) in order to make a longtrack (which can be as long as you want). The reward will be four new songs on your list! Smile

tag each song as "quartet".

This is an awesome challenge!

I wish I could do this!

ABWH, Yes....

I love Prog Rock!!!!!

@Mosley and I are on this.

think this could be tomorrows songs, great idea

I did something in this kind of territory last year - not a four song suite, but 3 songs plus a couple of narration sections. A few people may remember The Fermi Paradox Medley from last year - https://soundcloud.com/atitlan/fermi-paradox-medley-5090-2015-19?in=atitlan/sets/50-90-2015

If I can find a suitably inspiring subject again this year I'll give this challenge a go.

@atitlan Wow, your "Fermi Paradox" is a great thing! That's exactly what I'm thinking of: The songs can work for themselves but are put to a much higher level when combined in a suite: It's greater than the sum of its parts!

Brilliant challenge, will try my best. Thank you!
Nadia

A worthy challenge! Have to give this one a try, I think.

Well done the lyrics Decided it would be a courtship story from go to baby, now time to grab the guitar and start playing lol

Hard to Get Draft RogersonLB

V1
She was the pretty one
dressed up in short skirt and cowboy boots
packed a punch like a mule
but she did give me a kiss

Chorus
Courting not the easiest thing to do
have to put out to get a bit back in
but dont think I am getting to far
shes playing too hard to get

V2
Just asked her again now
laughed and the she said not tonight boy
you got one more chance
but then you might not

Chorus
Courting not the easiest thing to do
have to put out to get a bit back in
but dont think I am getting to far
shes playing too hard to get

Date Night

V1
Sat staring at the mirror
where the hell do pimples come from
sure my hair is now too short
why don’t I look like brad pitt

Chorus
More gastric juice than bravado
so much riding on tonight
why the hell did God Make It So Damn Hard

V2
now leaving to be early
have to wait here outside right now
Did I got the night and time right
Sure hope she likes fish and chips

Chorus
More gastric juice than bravado
so much riding on tonight
why the hell did God Make It So Damn Hard

Sunshine

V1
Packed the picnic basket
chilled the champagne
our second anniversary
since the day she said I will

Chorus
laying back feeling the rays
breath of breeze shaking the trees
nothing could be better
than sunshine and her

V2
when she started crying
then turned away
just started blubbering
I gonna be a dad

Chorus
laying back feeling the rays
breath of breeze shaking the trees
nothing could be better
than sunshine and her

Hey Gutter Mouth

V1
Never heard her says things like this
Cant mean the mean things she said
I mean really, really
I’m not fornicating and mum and dad were married

Chorus
Hey Gutter Mouth
Wish you would stop screaming
It is getting rather embarrassing
Hey Gutter Mouth hope she's going to apologise for what she said

V2
Doctor said now please one more push
Her eyes now wild with the pain
then more swearing screaming
soon we're going to be having a new born baby boy

Chorus
Hey Gutter Mouth
Wish you would stop screaming
It is getting rather embarrassing
Hey Gutter Mouth hope she's going to apologise for what she said

single shots now done!

I had an idea for a concept EP about partying once. It starts with a typical, happy song about partying and then gets progressively darker, showing the consequences of the lifestyle. I did already write one of the songs for it, but I might try and finish it for this.

oooh, I like this. A four song suite gives time to develop a more complex story and multiple characters, hmmmmmm....

HMH's picture
HMH

Interesting. I'm up for it.. Though I'm away for two weeks from Friday.. though wait a bit I already wrote some tracks based around the idea of the Sea.. so far titled "salty like the sea" "tides" "seaweed" and .. just checked they were from 16 June.. I started writing drum/bass/etc ideas for tracks on Figure and then transferring them into Thumjam.. I have written 26 of these grooves since July 4 tho .. Just looking now to see if any themes emerged... Maybe: Moggie, Bone for the Dog, Gatto, but not sure I'm planning an animal theme right now..

I had been thinking about a set of tracks that relate to classical music in some way.. i.e. maybe they take an element of a piece and develop it.. I wrote "Bolero in my Sombrero" ... based loosely around Ravel;s Bolero. mm ...
I like the idea of characters.. I did several tracks on an apocalyptic theme recently and the last few tracks other than having spoken word/dance music running through often seemed to be about various perspectives being discussed.. sometimes crossing time and based on a kind of cinematic thing.. so in the lyrics I switched between eras/characters/points of view... Great challenge. Will think more and see if I can upload something..

Edit: Tweaked my quartet. I decided to chronicle my faith transition with a song about grief, a song about rising from the ashes, a song about righteous anger, and the last one is about finding my voice.

http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/18584
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/18586
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/18588
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/18590

Probably will break this up into separate songs, and then add a fourth.
*18209

OMG - I've written a sort of novel right here! I wanted to describe my indecision and my attempts to make a contribution to my own challenge - than the site refreshed and ALL WAS GONE! Sad
So I will let it be short now. This is my "quartet" called "Four Portraits". It runs under three minutes in total (...did I talk about a 10-minute epic at the beginning...?)

1. Wulfric
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/17067

2. Pete
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/17109

3. Monica
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/18681

4. Mary
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/18688

@Adnama17 and I made a four part piece for this challenge Smile
It's called "Pinwheel Perspective" and the full piece is here:
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/18795

The four parts are:
(Part 1) Cheer:
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/18791

(Part 2) Chaos:
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/18792

(Part 3) Confusion:
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/18793

(Part 4) Content:
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/18794

A quarto of Alpha Centauri inspired songs can be found here;

Part I - Launch
*18993

Part II - The Journey
*18994

Part III - Approach
*18995

Part IV - Interstellar
*18996

@Fuzzy and I made a four part piece for this challenge Smile

It's called "The Misunderstood Dragon" and the full 10 minute piece is here:
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/19481

The four parts are:
Part 1: Shadow of a Fire-Breathing Beast
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/19477

Part 2: A Curiously Hard To Find Creature
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/19478

Part 3: Capture It As It Dreams
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/19479

Part 4: The Dragon's Garden
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/19480

So here's my quadrilogy/quartet of songs:
*19498, *19499, *19500, *19501

"The Struggle Suite"