Battle 46: I Like Your Style

edited April 2017 in Battles

It’s that time again! A new battle, and a new prompt.

This time the concept is all about *pastiche*.


paˈstēSH, päˈstēSH/


  1. 1. an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to make gritty hip hop beats like El-P. Or perhaps you’d like to make otherworldly cinematic music like Trent Reznor. Maybe you think you can imitate the sparse beats of DJ KLN or the musical collages of Hot Science.

Note that a pastiche is not a cover or remix of a particular song. The idea is to get in the head space of an artist and try to create something that they would. Also, pastiche is not (necessarily) parody.

A couple popular examples:

Aphex Twin’s Avril 14th is a pastiche of Eric Satie

Weird Al’s Dare to be Stupid is a pastiche of DEVO

The Rules:

1: Pick an artist (keep this secret!).

2: Create a track in the style of your chosen artist (not a direct cover of a particular song).

3: Don’t post your target artist until either another poster guesses it or the battle voting ends.

4: If someone guesses your artist, you get one bonus vote towards battle victory (maximum of one; two people guessing your pick correctly doesn’t mean two bonus votes).

5: Because there are a lot of different styles you guys might want to try, I’ve decided to be light on the instrumentation limitations. You may use any internal engines and external gear you wish, with one notable exception: no DAWs.

6: Create the soundcloud image with the sketch sequencer (I really liked this rule last time).

7: As usual, all mixing and mastering must be done on the Teenage Engineering OP-1.

Due date is May 10th. Try to get your stuff in before that date. I think we should only extend the deadline if we get fewer than 5 entries.



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