What is the Morph challenge? It is a chain songwriting game that has been played here for more than the ten years I have participated. For those unfamiliar with the 'morph' challenge, it is generally where there are a series of songwriters that change or 'morph' a preceeding song into a new song by changing about 50 percent of the song.
How does it work? The first songwriter offers one of their songs as a 'seed' song. It could be a song that is already posted, but, preferably is a new song written for the challenge that no one has seen/heard or commented on. When posting the first songwriter also posts the song link in this thread and notifies the succeeding songwriter. It is helpful for each songwriter to either include musical information with the post (tempo, key, chords, instruments, etc.) or to send that information the the succeeding songwriter in a message. Each succeeding songwriter (from the third songwriter on) only listens to the preceeding song, and each changes about 50 percent of the song and posts it as a new song. Ideally there are at least five and no more than eight songwriters in each morph and each songwriter completes their turn in less than a week. Schedule and progress of the morph(s) will be tracked here. If someone signs up and does not respond within a few days, then we may need to skip to the next person to keep the game moving. The first songwriter also gets to participate a second time, either as the last writer in the morph or as a succeeding songwriter in a different morph from the one where they offered the seed song. Of course anyone is welcome to participate in more than one morph. It is each songwriters discretion on what constitutes changing 50 percent and whether to name the preceeding songwriter as a collaborator.
Can lyrics only writers participate? Yes! A lyrics only morph is similar to the music morph above. 50 percent of the words are changed and/or rearranged to create a new song. Otherwise the process is the same as a music morph and the 50 percent change only applies to the lyrics. To avoid confusion any music collaborations on a lyrics only morph post should be posted as a separate song or added to the song post after the last songwriter in that morph posts their song and the morph is completed.
Please post here if you would like to play or if you have any questions about the Morph challenge.