MFC 1 -- A G E B (file archive)
winner: cam - i know
curated by: gazbo
And gazbo looked on HuSi and saw that it was rocking insuffiently and so he said: "let there be RTFOing". And it was good. In a little over a week, gazbo managed to extract from us a total of eleven songs. Everyone was surprised to discover that, lo, there were actual musicians hiding amongst us. (As a note, MFC 1 was the only MFC where I didn't provide hosting for files and the links for many of the songs have gone dead in the intervening year and a half. I've created an archive on 256k.org, linked above, and uploaded those tracks that I could find. It would be nice if the authors of the other tracks wouldn't mind uploading them for completions sake.)
MFC 2 -- Status Quo (file archive)
winner: MohammedNiyalSayeed - Caroline
curated by: ambrosen
It was months later, in the dead of winter, that the MFC was resurrected by ambrosen. He presented us with the challenge of covering a song by the Status Quo, setting off a string of artist-based MFCs. MNS was a worthy victor, though the enlightened vote went to komet.
MFC 3 -- ZZ TOP (file archive)
winner: blixco - wwjd
curated by: vorheesleatherface
MFC 3 was notable for being the bait which finally revealed to us the impressive musical talents of our own mr. blix. I can't help but wonder if we would ever have heard his music without the MFCs. And who would want to live in that world? Not I.
MFC 4 -- Tom Waits (file archive)
winner: 256/misslake - hold on
curated by: blixco
After winning MFC 3, blixco took on the task of hosting MFC 4. The historian will note that from this point on it became standard for the winner of any given HuSi *FC to host the next of its kind (though apparently this was also the way with the old k5 programming fun challenges). The voting audience of MFC 4 cast their votes strongly in favour of misslake's participation, bringing me a sort of glory by association.
MFC 5 -- The Bird Flu (file archive)
winner: Dr Thrustgood - More Virusy tied with blixco - Death Would Fly on Sparrows Wings
curated by: 256/misslake
misslake and I opened up the theme of MFC 5 to the HuSi audience as a whole, who decided that it was time to diverge from the artist-based themes. And so we ended up with the strange task of composing music on the subject of the bird flu. As a result, we learned that the musicians of HuSi will turn out fantastic tracks regardless of the bizarre limitations placed upon them, taking a certain pressure off future MFC hosts.
MFC 6 -- Summer Fun (file archive)
winner: The Fool - Queequeeg (The Whiteness of the Whale)
curated by: Dr Thrustgood
Thrusty then brought us the Summer fun challenge which generated one of the smallest fields of entries, but with a very high concentration of awesome. The Fool's winning track may be the best song to yet come out of any MFC, and also may have the best rhyming couplet involving "Nantucket" to have ever been composed in a long poetic tradition.
MFC 7 -- Rockocalypse (file archive)
winner: clock - eow
curated by: The Fool
The Fool's fantastically themed Rockocalypse brought many new players to the MFC field, among them the inesteemable (or is that "esteemable"? which one means more awesome?) clock, who went on to win.
MFC 8 -- Music for Making Out (file archive)
winner: cam - Bang Bang
curated by: clock
MFC 8 saw cam outdo himself, thus becoming the first person to win two MFCs.
MFC 9 -- Hawaii 5-0, etc. (file archive)
winner: 256 (SMUT) - In Montreal
curated by: cam
Which brings us to MFC 9, on which occasion the voters of HuSi finally decided to, inexplicably, vote for a SMUT track wherein we had not imported someone who can actually sing. I appreciate the gesture, but I suspect that people had not fully thought through the consequence of their actions. To be precise, did you realize that you were putting yourselves at the mercy of my whimsy for MFC X?
here's the part where i get to the point already...
So, you may be wondering what purpose all that history and preamble serves in the announcement of MFC ten. You weren't wondering? Well, let me tell you anyway. MFC X is hereby declared to be the Meta-MFC (for a particular not-quite-legitimate use of the prefix "meta").
What this means is that you are to cover/reinterpret/mashup a previous MFC entry of your choice. This gives you close to 100 tracks to work with, though to open things up even a little further (and because i'd rather see people work with HuSi originals than with songs that were covers to begin with), I'm declaring any original song by a HuSian to be fair game (though if you would rather not see your songs covered, feel free to speak up).
And I'm sure that there are a few others out there with music stashes I don't know about or have tactlessly forgotten. Own up.
So yeah, there you go. Don't pretend that you don't have an idea along this line that you've been just dying to tackle: A drum-n-bass remix of Queequeeg? A piano and lounge vocals rendition of Larry Eyler's All Out Assault? Yet another take on On Sparrows Wings? The possibilities are endless.
Oh, right, the details:
Put them here before 0:00:00 GMT mar 1 2007.
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