Thanks, I Hate It Challenge

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  • @drivelmonk  Jan 25

    This could go a ton of different directions, but the concept is pretty simple: embrace an aspect of music creation/production you hate and use it for a song.


    1. You absolutely hate the chorus effect on guitar? Chorus it up.
    2. Do you have a synth that has just the worst, cheesiest preset that you can't stand? Well, it's your best friend for a song.
    3. Are you a vehement opponent of pitch correction? The millennial "whoop"? A specific music genre? Give it a big ol' hug.

    If I do this, it would be to make a song with the reggaetón beat. (Think Despacito or The Shape of You). I've liked it in some uses, but it mostly makes me anxious. It's lurching, tripping-forward momentum is all build-up and no release for me--the rhythmic equivalent of never returning to the tonic...for a whole dang song.

    If you undertook this challenge, what would yours be?

  • @fuzzy  Jan 25

    Great idea.
    Know what I hate?
    That pervasive "THUMPTHUMPTHUMPATHUMP" looping beat in a lot of modern Top 40 songs.
    Like a drill in my brain.
    But I could use it for a challenge.

  • @siebass  Jan 25

    @drivelmonk Vuvuzela sidechained to Gilbert Gottfreid whining for a dubstep song.

  • @lastnightilie Jan 29

    Well there are certain genres I don't like which I could use, but in terms of general songwriting I can't stand excessive use of major 7ths. I feel like a lot of beginner songwriter/guitarists do this because they think it makes their songs more interesting than standard major and minor chords, and by the end of an open mic night I'm like, *cannot. hear. another. major 7th*. That's actually a pretty good challenge for me!

  • @candle  Jan 29

    I'm with @fuzzy on the endless looping rhtythm of pop songs. I mean, If I hear one more song that's just Boom-Ching-Boom-Ching-Boom-Ching I'm gonna lose it (like The Champ -> ).

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @aflinner  Jan 29

    I, on the other hand, love major 7th chords. 😀 Nothing comes to mind offhand, but I really like the idea of this challenge. Might have to come back to it before the end of Feb.

  • @lastnightilie Jan 29

    @aflinner yes, it does seem like I'm in the minority on this judging by my listening experience!

  • @iwilleatyou Jan 30

    I fucking hate rap/hip-hop post 1989. Time to go gangsta. Not. Half those clowns weren't even gangsta haha.

  • @candle  Jan 30

    @iwilleatyou, I hear ya. Public Enemy is one of my all-time favourite bands (if you can believe that). Gangsta killed Rap.

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @iwilleatyou Jan 30

    @candle Bring the noize!! One of the best.

  • @candle  Jan 30

    @iwilleatyou, yes especially the version with Anthrax. Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black is probably my favourite PE album.

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @glasscrow Jan 30

    I'll just sing something a capella because I hate the sound of my voice hahaha

  • @majordanby  Jan 30

    @iwilleatyou I would agree with this, but would add another decade. There’s some gold out there you’ve missed!
    I always thought ‘Candy Rappers’ would be a good name for a hip hop song. Feel free to use if you like.
    I also came up with a line that went something like, “This candy rapper couldn’t school me, tried to hit me with a brick. I hit him so hard I made his iPod skip”. 😂

  • @nadine Feb 4

    Worked on a rnb pop song today... and used the kind of sounds I do not want to listen anymore: Jungle house bass and trap hihats. If there were some vocals I'd use massive autotune. I tagged it as #ihateit .

  • @francessmith Feb 4

    This is a great idea, but I'm not doing a song with mlllennial whoops..........🥴.............🥴............🧐.

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  • @drivelmonk  Feb 5

    Came back to this after first posting it and I'm happy to see so many awesome ideas.

  • @persaab Feb 5

    Aaargh too hard for me. I guess I hate pop music and ballads. I hate my vocals. I hate more when its singed in finnish. This would be torture. Count me out. 😁

  • @mariekevinkmusic  Feb 5

    Saxophones. Bin them. They ruined the 80s. They are only good in jazz. But I also don't like jazz.

  • @drivelmonk  Feb 5

    @mariekevinkmusic It's funny. My wife absolutely adores a big cheesy 80's sax in a pop song. I like it myself, but I can admit it's a little cheesy. She's 100% sold on it. My best friend, he absolutely hates them for the same reasons you do. He'd only want them in a song if they were used in the most -non-traditional ways possible as to be basically unrecognizable.

    I ended up buying a sax to learn and impress my wife, haha.

  • @mariekevinkmusic  Feb 5

    @drivelmonk I mean, Amy Winehouse's album Back to Black is a good example of the correct use of a saxophone. Especially the baritone sax. It's just not being used properly so best not use it at all. But I don't want to turn this into a nuanced discussion about the sax. There is no place for nuance here!

  • @drivelmonk  Feb 5

    @mariekevinkmusic To hell with nuance, I say! I just find people's extreme likes and dislikes super fascinating, hence my creation of this challenge! 😀

  • @mariekevinkmusic  Feb 5

    @drivelmonk It is 2021. Nobody does nuance anymore. We need to move with the times. Black and white is where it is at. Saxophones are ALL bad. ALWAYS.

  • @ineloquentsd  Feb 5

    Oh man. I was just thinking about how much I hate the idea of using MIDIs for instruments I can theoretically play. They are unfortunately my only option with my wrist currently out of commission. Guess I better take this challenge and embrace it!

  • @devinhill Feb 10

    Interesting challenge. I wonder what I could do. I absolutely hate drop tunings on guitar and I hate repetition in songs, and I hate the "4 chord song" (songs with the chords C G Am F and the equivalents in other keys), gosh it turns out I have a lot of dislikes haha

  • @colgoo Feb 10

    What about embracing a part of the song writing process you hate or avoid? For me, it’s the technological aspect of recording multiple tracks....Yeah, I know it can bring my songs to the next level, but using electronic beats, matching up vocals to the track, etc. are an absolute nightmare!

  • @reklov  Feb 11

    I HATE dance music so much - so I did some ...with acoustic instruments only. This new genre is called "Acoustoclash".

  • @papaooo Feb 12

    Oh, come on, I gotta do a song for oboe, bassoon, and soprano sax? With a reggae bass line? And it's gotta be like "Wagon Wheel?" AAAAAaaaagggghhhhh!

    Other than that, killer prompt.

  • @laotranati Feb 17

    I did a "reggaeton", here it is. I even used a little autotune

    I'm going to take a shower to feel clean again 😝

  • @willow1 Feb 18

    I hate playing guitar, I hate using a metronome and and multi tracking and for some reason I became Salad fingers in this recording. Fun challenge!

  • @mardeycranbleson Feb 20

    Thanks, I truly did hate this!

  • @auditasum  Feb 21

    Well, I hate mixing, but spending huge amounts of time over-mixing seems counterproductive to FAWM. 😁

    @drivelmonk and @mariekevinkmusic, I also hate the cheesy sax solo. Unfortunately none of us who hate the sax can play the sax and thus meet this challenge.

  • @siebass  Mar 1

    I have created the is my greatest joy, and also my greatest shame.

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