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Unacclaimed 2.0 GRAND FINALE

Post by whuntva » Mon Nov 10, 2014 12:48 am

Here we are! This is the pinnacle of about ten months of planning and proposals.

When I first proposed this back in February, I had no idea it would gain this much traction. I never thought we'd get 64 songs in less than a week. And I never thought we'd be on the cusp of finishing.

FINAL BRACKET

Anyway, thank you for making this tournament so successfull!

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[*]Vote one song per pairing
[*]One point per vote
[*]Win or go home!
[*]Comments enouraged but not required
[*]If there is a tie, a sudden-death tiebreaker will follow

Voting ends Sunday, 16 November at 11:59 UTC

Without further ado, here are your finalists...

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Kashiwa Daisuke-Stella

Won Robert Plant Group (49, 7)
Def. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper-Bird Balloons 11-5
Def. Tammi Terrell-All I do is Think about You 12-6
Def. Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett)-The CN Towe Belongs to the Dead 10-8
Def. The National-Exile (Vilify) 9-8

"Stella" has been loved by many, but the polls don't seem to reflect this. It's won, but by smaller margins than expected. This is a case of underperformance, even if it did make the final.

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The Pointer Sisters-Going Down Slowly

Won Kurt Cobain Group (80, 15)
Def. Roy Harper-I Hate the White Man 11-6
Def. Fred Wesley and the JB's-Doin' it to Death 12-6
Def. Triffids-Red Pony 12-6
Def. Anais Mitchell feat. Greg Brown-Why we Build the Wall 10-8

Now THIS is a powerhouse. Pointers never trailed the entire tournament. This showstopping song seems poised to take it all. But can it math "Stella"'s star-power and verbal support?

Let's do what Unacclaimed 1.0 never could: Declare a consensus winner! I searched Old and New Forums, and it seems the championship results have been lost to history, though most accept "Sinnerman" as the victor. Oh, well.

Who wins this one? Who cares! We all had fun! So get your votes out and may the best song win.
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Re: Unacclaimed 2.0 GRAND FINALE

Post by GucciLittlePiggy » Mon Nov 10, 2014 12:58 am

I'll get the ball rolling.

I vote for "Stella."
I just wanted to be one of those ghosts
You thought that you could forget
And then I haunt you via the rear view mirror
On a long drive from the back seat...

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Post by Luke JR68 » Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:06 am

Well, we can't have anyone get off to an early lead... My vote goes to the good Sisters :D

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Re: Unacclaimed 2.0 GRAND FINALE

Post by Henry » Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:08 am

I prefer the Pointer Sisters in this match up.

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Post by jamieW » Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:48 am

After Moonbeam initiated the idea, I explored many individual all-time songs lists and discovered new favorites in every single one of them, but sonofsamiam's had the most outstanding discoveries for me, so I'm not at all surprised that his nominations made it all the way to the final. However, for me, it's now no contest. "Stella" has earned a place in my personal top 100 songs and I feel privileged to vote for it. Whichever wins, congratulations, sonofsamiam, for a remarkable accomplishment!

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Re: Unacclaimed 2.0 GRAND FINALE

Post by whuntva » Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:33 am

Kashiwa Daisuke-Stella

I just want to make it clear because we will be here awhile. I said I'd analyze the whole piee bit by bit, to tell you why it's so good, so get ready...

Apparently, it's based on a novel I never read. I don't know the context, so I'll just share my personal experience with it.

We start with plinking piano notes. I wouldn't be surprised if MBDTF or The Seer were influenced by this one piee, beause I can certainly hear both Kanye and Swans.

It may seem tempting to quit the song after the first three minutes, but though slow to start, it does get better.

Train sounds are a heavy motif throughout the piece, there is always a train running. I think if I read the book, I'd understand the message clearer, but as it stands, it's just a cool effect and actually works in the song's favor.

When the acoustic guitar and cello kick in, it's enough to move a grown man to tears. Overpowering strings send us in a whirl of emotion. It seems the piece changes moods every three minutes, keeping its entire runtime fresh. When the violin hits, emotions run even further. My knees buckled here. When I heard this moment, I knew who'd win Unacclaimed!

Calm after chaos returns next. There is static and distortion, again adding to the modernity and otherworldly nature of "Stella", making it all the more interesting. This part of the piece is soaring, not depressing, as we are transported to another realm.

Electric guitars and woodwinds jolt us into spirit. A wild dance, led by a speedy fiddle, follows as we get up and move to the sound of the fiddle. This is my favorite part of the whole song as it makes me feel the happiest.

Next is another cooldown. I feel like I'm walking through a rainforest with this part. The choir is the bit I associate most with the song. Though I like the fiddle, I feel like this bit was enough to get it through most matchups.

Cue static again. This time, the pauses provide a sense of tension. You keep listening to see where it's gonna go, because you know you'll go somewhere.

Mood Whiplash! The Staccato strings give a menacing aura, as the orchestra rises like a volcano. It feels like you're preparing for war, and the wardrums in the background only make it more apparent.

The next movement with the strings could be that war. At least, it feels like horseback riding through the plains at top speeds. It's an uplifting part of a piece that cascades and dips like a roller coaster.

I don't know about you, but I faintly heard the title uttered amongst the distorted almost vocals. Throughout the piece, there was stuff that sounded almost like words but was barely unintelligible. But I think I heard "Stella" here.

The piece is bookended with the same plinking as before, bringing the piece full circle and giving a calming release from the great piece. A bass plays chords faintly also to give pulses that lull you into a sense of security and completeness.

"Stella" is nothing short of a masterpiece. It seamlessly combines classical and contemporary to make a fantastic potpourri for the ears! It's based on a novel, but sounds like the soundtrack to a great movie. 5/5, check it out.
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Plus, the Pointers had it pretty easy on their side of the bracket. The only time I was ever inclined to vote against them was in the semis with "Why we Build the Wall". So this was kind of an easy pick.

"Stella" is easily Top 100 after the tournament, maybe Top 50 if it's lucky. I am honored to declare it my pick.
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Re: Unacclaimed 2.0 GRAND FINALE

Post by Brad » Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:04 am

Stella

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Re: Unacclaimed 2.0 GRAND FINALE

Post by Rob » Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:04 pm

My vote:
Sorry, I couldn't resist.

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Re: Unacclaimed 2.0 GRAND FINALE

Post by Honorio » Mon Nov 10, 2014 5:08 pm

Kashiwa Daisuke - Stella (2007) vs. The Pointer Sisters - Going Down Slowly (1975)
Like in semifinals (I would have voted to Satie instead Daisuke), the final match-up ended being much easier that it could have been. I probably have voted for Anaïs Mitchell if she had faced Kashiwa Daisuke. But that was finally not the case. I'm not complaining at all, we have a fantastic (and deserved) sonofsamiam final. But I got no doubt. "Stella" is my girl. Sorry, sisters…

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Post by whuntva » Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:53 am

Rob wrote:My vote:
Sorry, I couldn't resist.
I've actually waited all tournament to see that clip. I knew it'd happen eventually.

And I finally read Night on the Galactic Railroad, the book that inspired the piece.

Yeah, it all makes sense, doesn't it?

An English translation can be found here.

There is also an anime, but I don't have links right now.
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Re: Unacclaimed 2.0 GRAND FINALE

Post by acroamor » Tue Nov 11, 2014 2:23 am

I knew right when I saw Stella's name in the nominations list that it would take home the prize in the end. Even though it seems a little predetermined, I'm still going to cast my vote for it. Not that the Pointer Sisters' song isn't amazing in its own way - it's an explosive seven minute baptism-by-funk - but it quite compare to the song that brought me to tears on my very first listen around this time last year.

P.S. although I love Stella, it did knock out my favorite discovery of the whole tournament (Bird Balloons) in the second round, a song it very easily could have faced in the finals otherwise.

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Re: Unacclaimed 2.0 GRAND FINALE

Post by Stephan » Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:21 pm

Going Down Slowly!

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Post by sonofsamiam » Wed Nov 12, 2014 1:22 am

I have to say again that I never, ever expected my 2 nominations to make the finals. If I would have had to handicap this ahead of time, I would have expected The National, Satie, and possibly Anais Mitchell or Final Fantasy to make the final. Needless to say, I am very pleased.

And while I love "Going Down Slowly", it can't top the masterwork that is "Stella".

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Post by Romain » Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:11 am

It's very difficult... one song so good I have to buy the CD just after the two or three first listen and another song so good and yet, not even the best song of the album for me.

My vote go to... The pointer Sisters.

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Post by whuntva » Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:52 pm

Bump for more votes.

There has been a lull, so I just want to remind everyone every vote counts.
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Post by Sweepstakes Ron » Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:37 am

Ugh, this is really making question my musical philosophy here.

"Stella" is like nothing I've heard before. And that's the problem. I know absolutely nothing about music of this style, and it makes me feel like "Stella" is just a novelty.Which is an unfair way for me to describe such an obviously beautiful and intricate piece, but it's not really a thing that I can totally wrap my head around. Whuntva's write-up really did help me appreciate it more, though.

Usually, a song that can make me groove is more immediately affecting than a more emotional piece, especially one that complex. The Pointer Sisters grabbed my attention from the start, and if I were to make a song list right now with these two in it, the Pointers would probably take the higher spot.

But then when listening to "Going Down Slowly" directly after "Stella", it feels like it's lost some of the ass-moving power that I remember it having...

Yeah, that settles it.

My vote for the winner of Unacclaimed 2.0 goes to Kashiwa Daisuke-Stella.
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Post by DaveC » Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:09 am

This has been an excellent and very enjoyable tournament, and the Pointer Sisters song was a revelation, but my favourite of all the 64 songs is now

Kashiwa Daisuke-Stella

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Re: Unacclaimed 2.0 GRAND FINALE

Post by Andre » Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:55 am

The Pointer Sisters, please.

Whuntva, thank you for moderating this great tournament!!! :music-rockon:

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Post by whuntva » Sun Nov 16, 2014 6:30 pm

five and a half hour warning! Last call for the poll!!





...though if you were paying attention, the winner seems pretty apparent at this rate.
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Re: Unacclaimed 2.0 GRAND FINALE

Post by whuntva » Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:08 am

Alright. For the final time... :(

POLLS ARE CLOSED!!!

And at the end of the day, the winner by a final score of 10-4 is...


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Kashiwa Daisuke-Stella

Really, was there ever any doubt? I may have exaggerated its performance in bracket play honestly.

In the end, it wasn't even close, "Stella" led 3-2 early and never trailed, finally bringing Pointer Sisters down to Earth.

This ends Unacclaimed 2.0. Daisuke can rest on his laurels for now. I will discuss the future of Unacclaimed soon, but for now, bask in this victory "Stella" and Sonofsamiam. You earned it!
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Re: Unacclaimed 2.0 GRAND FINALE

Post by Rob » Mon Nov 17, 2014 2:04 pm

Barring my own nomination Bird Balloons Stella was my favorite since round 1, so no complaints here.

Great poll and great work Whuntva!

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Re: Unacclaimed 2.0 GRAND FINALE

Post by Honorio » Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:45 pm

Fantastic game, whuntva, I enjoyed it a lot. Many thanks to you (sorry for the nitpicking) and to the ones who nominated songs (especially to sonofsamiam). Count on me for the next edition.

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