Posted Dec. 18, 2013, 11:09 a.m.
It was the the year 2002. The British Empire lay in ruins, Linkin Park won MTVs Video Music Award for Best Rock Video and George W Bush was two years into his first term as the President of the United States. These were grim years... At Propellerhead Software, we were hard at work trying to come up with something to break the doom and gloom. Something to bring a little Christmas spirit to Reason racks all over the world.
After much consideration, we launched a simple Xmas music competition. Each Reason user could compose eight bars of Christmas music at 120 bpm. We also handed out a rex loop of sleigh-bellish jingle jangle (actually, it was Ernst's weird leg-or-arm-mounted jingly contraption that we recorded for Dan's 1999 xmas app - ReXmas) that was optional to use in the Christmas composition.
When the loops had been submitted, the users could vote for the top loops, some fancy prizes were handed out... and there was much rejoicing.
But the best was yet to come: taking all the 176 xmas loops and splicing them together into a hellish 47 minute musical marathon that we shared with the users and that we have enjoyed here at the office around xmas time ever since.
And now we think it's time to share this holiday spirit gem with all of you again. Enjoy!