Races Contestants will choose a race from warcraft lore and develop a musical piece around that race. Though the piece does not have to be used as background music for WC3, it should be related to the race in a way that makes sense. (Example: If I chose trolls as my race, I can include a percussion part that includes tribal drums. I can explain that by saying trolls live a shamanistic life style so they would use tribal drums. But if I included some thrash metal guitar riffs, I can't say "they are awesome just like trolls". It must make sense.) List of some Races Human Dwarve Blood Elf Night Elf Orc Troll Tauren Ogre Naga Undead Nerubian Elemental (Water Elementals, Reef Elementals, Fire Lord, etc.) Centaur Draenei Demon/Eredar Furbolg Gnoll Harpy Kobold Dragon Magnataur Murloc/Mur'gul Razormane/Quillboar Satyr Tuskarr (Though it doesn't matter if two contestants choose the same race, we have a nice wide selection here, lets get a variety) No submission may violate any of the site rules. If a submission does not follow the Rules of the contest the creator will be disqualified. All submissions must follow the current theme. If any musical piece does not fit, a moderator will tell you as soon as possible as to avoid confusion. Your submission must be posted before the deadline. Your post must include the music in an accepted file Format (MP3, OGG, or MIDI) and an accompanying explanation of the song (i.e. explain how it fits into the theme). Your submission may not be started/made before the official launch of the contest. Judges and/or hosts may not participate. Your final submission must be finished and logically conclude and start. Teamwork is not allowed. You may not include long periods of silence in your song - rests are allowed but using 30 seconds of continuous silence simply to fill up space is not allowed. Your song must include at least 2 parts(You basically can't have an entire song containing only a single instrument soloing) You must post at least 1 WiP before the deadline so your final work can be verified as your own. Minimum length is 1 minute, there is no maximum length (please keep it reasonable, 20 minute entries may create the necessity for a maximum length). Any method of music production is allowed, including using Sequencers, Virtual Instruments, Sound Samples (granted you provide the source of the original sound sample) and standard recording. Contestants may use any program to create their music. Essentially, the only part that is judged or limited is the final product. No former works can be submitted, the piece must be new and created to fit the theme. All entries must be accompanied by an explanation of how the song fits into the theme and the chosen race. The Race that you have chosen must be clearly indicated in the final entry post. Vocals can be used, though the part being judged is the overall sound. Essentially the Vocals are being treated as if they were Instruments. Since this is a music contest, the sound is the product being judged, not the lyrics. Though Sampling is allowed, it must be within reason: If you use an instrument sound sample for a Sampling VSI (basically if you just use the sound for the instrument, and make it play your music) you must provide the source of the sound, be it a website or an individual. SAMPLING COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE OWNER IS ILLEGAL, AND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. You may use Royalty free sound samples - but you must provide the source of the sample. The final song must be at least 75% of your writing - In essence, you can use a royalty free drum loop (or other form of sampled material) in your song, but if you chose to you must create enough of the other material or use in such a way that it can be said that YOU wrote 75% of the song. Samples of instruments simply to be used for a sequencer (like building a drum line out of specific drums or using a pitch altering sampler to make a melody out of a sound sample from an instrument) are exempt from the 75% rule. First Place: 40 reputation points and your entry on an award icon Second Place: 25 reputation points and an award icon Third Place: 15 reputation points and an award icon Army-of-Pandas Spectre4802 Tell us if you want to judge! Theme How well does it fit in with the theme and your selected race? /30 Creativity/Originality How original is the piece? How creative are you with the theme/instruments/etc. /20 Dynamic/Tonation Basically, how well does it flow? Are accents used to good effect? Do overall levels make sense? etc. /20 Composition How well is it composed? Do the key changes make sense? /30 75% of the final score shall be determined by the contest's appointed judges. 25% of the final score shall be determined by a public poll. The contest shall begin on January 17th and conclude on March 3rd, 11:59 PM, GMT Current Contestants - please notify me or one of the judges if you drop out, a post in this thread is fine - more are still welcome to join HappyTauren Dentothor naitsirk Watchman CoBrA b - Final Entry - Final Entry Fanny.Shaver Final Entry Teuncreemers DudeSpirit Xarwin CloudWolf Nara-shikamaru Just_Spectating HappyCockroach Darkgamma EMPerror EvilKnight havard1993 Drenferalis Final Entry KeLeNoR Here are some free to use resources that can get you started: Audacity: Free Audio recording program - though you have to start a new track every time you record (cut and paste across tracks to deal with this), this handy audio program has nearly no latency (non-noticeable) and is a great start for people recording actual instruments. ModPlug Tracker: A tracker composing program. Pretty easy to use and powerful. Doesn't come with very many instruments although more are easy to get. NoteWorthy Composer: Another composing program that relies heavily on sheet music. FL Studio (formerly known as Fruity Loops): Another powerful composer. Has a bit of a steep learning curve and also is not free but there is a trial version you can use. Switch Audio Converter: Free audio file changing program - can convert to less commenly used audio file types like RAW's and Orggis Vorbis along with the big ones like MP3's (Can convert iTunes locked format too). Psycle: A free sequencer type program - similar to Mod Plug. Has a bit of a learning curve, though it's pretty powerful when used correctly. Mp3 Direct Cut: Simplistic audio editing program that allows you to edit Mp3 directly, from their original file (don't forget to back up the original). Krystal Audio Engine: Similar to Audacity, though this program is tooled more towards people editing or mixing music - recording can generate some terrible latency. (Essentially its more powerful then Audacity, but much more difficult to record a sound directly to it) Hammerhead Rythm Station: A free drum machine that has built in sounds geared towards Electronica and Dance music. Also supports importing your own drum sounds via userbanks (some userbanks are provided on the site) and the entire sound library can be edited if you get more advanced with it - Drum parts can be exported as wav's and then used in your music. You will want to use Switch Audio engine if you plan on importing your own sounds as it only supports the RAW format. Guitar Pro 5 - A popular Tab program that is capable of producing MIDI works. When used with the RSE plugins it can produce some realistic guitar/bass/drum parts. There is a trial version that allows for 15 days free - RSE can't be used in the trial version Acoustica Beatcraft a drum machine that works similarly to Hammerhead but with more power (like the ability to use triplets). The free trial can be downloaded multiple times FamiTracker: Sequencer for producing old school Nes/Famicon music. Music made from this can be played on an actual NES or Famicon (if you happen to know how to transfer such works to a game cartridge) Suggest some more!