A four piece band...greenspun.com : LUSENET : Junkyard Wars : One Thread
A Drum set, A Stringed instrument (or 2) of some sort, A wind instrument of some kind and a bass or another percussion instrument.
The team members must perform a classical piece by ear (something everyone knows)
Judge it blindly (by blind people perhaps) so they cannot be influenced by the appearance of the devices. Or judged by children...they're brutal. Quantitatively, they can judge the accuracy of tuning of the tuneable items... the stringed instrument for example.
-- Bill (email@example.com), March 06, 2001
-- Dan Denney (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 06, 2001.
I kinda like that idea, Bill. It's unconventional Scrapheap, but it's got potential. But to be fair, you could not rely on the musical talents of the team members. You'd have to have professional musicians playing the instruments, and they could double as the judges. Who better to judge the quality of a bodged together instrument than the musician playing it? If you wanted to go for more crowd appeal, you could go for a popular pop/rock band (Not N'sync or Back Street Boys--I said musicians!--[hee hee hee])
-- Melanie M. (MelmelPT@aol.com), March 06, 2001.
I recommend Peter Townsend and the band "Who" and they could destroy all the instruments at the end of the competetion for drama. And it's a British band to boot.
-- Waddy Thompson (email@example.com), March 07, 2001.
I love it! I initially thought they should build a giant instrument that could play a simple tune in the loudest, most obnoxious way. But a four piece would be a lot more fun. Just imagine the rehearsal footage. I don't think it should be judged blindly though - stage presence and visual appearance (in a junky sort of way) would be an important factor. As for musical ability, put the worst musician on drums and play something really simple, like "Smoke on the Water."
-- Mathias Tornqvist (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 11, 2001.