Woo doggy. What a month. I actually loved zyko's song and was very surprised at his placement. That beat was phat as shit and the song itself was definitely unique and refreshing to DoD. Green Theater was actually incredibly amusing to me and the attention to detail with Panic Attack was fantastic. Plus, I love doing those type of silly musical mashups, so I'm biased. My favorite of course was DAAAAYTOONAAAA
Also, since I'm a DoD panelist and technically part of ISW, I'm giving the prize away to someone else.
Ok, so about BIKE KID...
Here's the script: https://docs.google....dit?usp=sharing
I did the music, Ailsean wrote the lyrics & the script as well as performed the last couple of lead guitars, Flik did all the voice acting, and then I got fellow Tiberian Sons Connor Engstrom to play the shreddy solo over Excitebike and Wild_Cat to do the Excitebike bass line. I wanted to include Tiberian Sons drummer Travis Moberg to play cowbell or something, but we had serious limited time in the weeks leading up to MAGfest and had to dedicate all that time to rehearsing Tiberian Sons material.
Having it be as long as it was was definitely a gamble, but I was hoping we could make it entertaining enough to make people forgive the length. We probably could've trimmed down the Rally Bike section and the Mach Rider Todd/BK race off, but that would've shaved off maybe 2 minutes.
Now, watch this video to understand how and why this song started:
The first iteration Sean came to me with was this idea of doing a medley of Paperboy, then Excitebike, then Mach Rider about some Bike Kid, kinda based on the stories of RAD and Turbokid. Basically a smaller version of what it is now. He also told me about RAD and Turbokid, which I watched both of. I loved the idea, and we went back and forth about all the glorious 80's cheese, references and jokes we could keep adding to the song, plus hunting down other bicycle/motorbike games we could include. We knew we wanted to do Paperboy in a Minneapolis Funk style pretty early on, which led to Minnesota Vikings, and thus, Biker Vikings.
I started on the arrangement a few days before Christmas, after I had finished mixing the new Tiberian Sons album. Send Me an Angel immediately struck me as a somewhat dramatic song, and easily translatable to a sort of musical opener, so I started with that. Then we just kept adding songs from there as we brainstormed the direction of the script. Finding Outride a Crisis pretty much tied it all together, because there was something missing from the middle of the story. Really, this song is an Outride a Crisis cover with 15 minutes of bullshit surrounding it. I'll probably extend it out and make it a standalone song at some point.
Flik recorded all of his stuff the weekend before MAGfest, and made himself sick after the last night, but kept pushing through it. How badass is that.
But I had a ton of fun making this idea come to fruition, and there's no way I can make any track bigger than this. So I'm sure I'm going to lose pretty hardcore come next MAGfest.