Bite-sized songwriting assignments.
Three parameters. Two weeks to create.
write • record • share • listen • discuss

Intermission

  • Due Jan 1, 2021
  • 0 Submissions
  • Created by ryan.mp3
Parameters

1.) Take off your shoes

2.) Call a friend

3.) See you soon!

Re: Theme

  • Due Sep 13, 2020
  • 5 Submissions
  • Created by ryan.mp3
Parameters
  1. Write a new main theme for any well-known movie (replace the score)
  2. Use a freakin’ huge dynamic range (quiet quiet parts, loud loud parts)
  3. Have the main melody appear in at least 2 distinct ways

Cookbook Cover

  • Due Aug 30, 2020
  • 9 Submissions
  • Created by Ben
Parameters
  1. Cover another chef’s NCBC song from weeks past, and do not tell that chef.
  2. Identify what you think the main instrument is, and replace it with something else.
  3. Use a piece of the song’s lyrics as your title.

Jingle

  • Due Aug 16, 2020
  • 9 Submissions
  • Created by peter
Parameters
  1. Fictional product
  2. Fictional brand
  3. Must include a phone number or website

Word Warps

  • Due Aug 2, 2020
  • 7 Submissions
  • Created by Carseat
Parameters
  1. Write in a mode other than Ionian or Aeolian
  2. Use the rhythm of a vocal refrain to influence the rhythm of the instruments.
  3. Include at least two alliteration groupings of three [for instance: “bad backyard barbeque”]

Brain Dig

  • Due Jul 19, 2020
  • 9 Submissions
  • Created by aubspeeps
Parameters
1. Find the inspiration for this piece in a childhood memory that affected you emotionally in some way
2. Lyrically, write a metaphor or an allegory to represent this memory
3. Musically, include a hypnotic element

Walkabout

Parameters
  1. Compose your piece backwards (i.e. from outro to intro)
  2. Incorporate walking sounds into your piece—footsteps, stomping, etc.
  3. Include a modulation in either key or tempo.

Once Upon A Time

  • Due Jun 21, 2020
  • 7 Submissions
  • Created by agasthya
Parameters
  1. Retell an existing fairy tale
  2. Use a Shakespearean sonnet rhyme scheme: ABAB CDCD EFEF GG
  3. Only use instruments that don’t require electricity to function

WWW

  • Due May 24, 2020
  • 15 Submissions
  • Created by nurphgun
Parameters
  1. Wiki: On this page, click the random article generator three times, and let one of those articles inspire your piece.
  2. Wind: Incorporate a non-vocal instrument that uses air to generate its sound.
  3. Waltz: Write this song in triplet time.

Lullaby

  • Due May 10, 2020
  • 13 Submissions
  • Created by peter
Parameters
  1. Write a lullaby
  2. Keep it under one minute
  3. Include a melody from a song that came out the year you were born

Rotator

  • Due Apr 26, 2020
  • 16 Submissions
  • Created by ryan.mp3
Parameters
  1. Feature a palindromic melody
  2. Make the title of your song a palindrome
  3. Structure your song as a palindrome (ex: verse, chorus, chorus, verse)

Home Body

  • Due Apr 21, 2020
  • 18 Submissions
  • Created by nick
Parameters
  1. Use only one chord
  2. Feature sounds made with non-musical objects found in your home
  3. Write about a place you miss