This Contest BLOWS Contest - Song of Storms





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Published on Dec 23, 2008

This video is officially one of the original 10 winning contestants of the "This Contest BLOWS contest"; this is completely and utterly amazing, and I cannot adequately express in this description box how GRATEFUL I am to everyone that viewed, rated and especially commented on this video! I have never won any such contest in my life -- let ALONE $1000, and I'm grateful and humble to all those who watched and, I hope, enjoyed my video!
I would also like to thank Smule for creating such an amusing and amazing app for the iPhone! To this date, it is the ONLY app I've spent money on for the iPhone, and it is totally worth a dollar to, not only be able to LISTEN to music on my phone, but to occasionally create, perform and entertain with music! Thank you, so very much!

Song of Storms has always been my favorite Ocarina tune from The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time. My fascination with that game stemmed mostly from the possibility (and my overactive imagination) of playing a tune and making it rain at my very whim!

I have been wanting to arrange and perform multiple parts for the Smule Ocarina for a long time now, and Song of Storms is certainly deserving of the treatment. It literally took me all night but I think I've finally gotten this video down with an acceptable level of quality.

This is also my submission for the "This Contest BLOWS Contest", so please rate (and comment) if you liked, or even disliked the video!

1. Using my Macbook, I recorded myself playing the main melody, an arranged counter melody, and two (of the MANY) accompanying parts.
2. Thanks to Smule Ocarina 1.2, I was able to also record and download an AAC-encoded audio file of what I played while recording video, instead of relying on the built-in mic on my laptop (which is why the audio sucks on my previous videos).

3. After I recorded and downloaded all the parts, I mixed them together in GarageBand; the separate videos and clips were edited together (much the same way as GarageBand), then I overlaid the track over the video.
(I have the original iPhone model, so my stereo cable doesn't fit in the jack, hence all the run-around).

Just before the music starts, you'll see me blowing into the mic, before any of the music is there. I was blowing in subdivisions so I could sync the video with the audio... it didn't actually work too well!
I'm also wearing headphones so I can hear GarageBand's metronome, that way all the parts I played were as close to matching tempo as I could get them.

I would've recorded video of all the clips, but arranging, learning and performing all the parts took too much time, and being new to iMovie, I don't think I would've known how to edit all that footage together!

I tried to sync the video and audio as best as I could -- there was absolutely no cheating! What you see me play on-screen is exactly what was used in GarageBand! If there is any question if this is genuine, if you follow the link below, you'll find all the (labeled) chunks of the arrangements I played.

Listen to me play Smule's Ocarina:

Thanks again, and please don't forget to vote!

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