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Music Contest #12 - Poll

Discussion in 'Poll Depository' started by NightStalker, Aug 9, 2019.

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Cast your vote on 1 entry (READ THE RULES below before voting)

Poll closed Aug 23, 2019.
  1. Brambleclaw - Cybernetic Journey

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. Calciumcarbonat - Synth Wave Hive

    12.5%
  3. deepstrasz - Aimless

    31.3%
  4. Donut78 - Cruisin' On Starlight

    25.0%
  5. enzo2090 - Pure Mind

    6.3%
  6. GhostOfPast - Synthtide

    6.3%
  7. Hakren - Traveling Dreams

    6.3%
  8. Its Ryan Boi - Star Gazers

    12.5%
  9. Jackyy.BaDitO2 - 80s Hero

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  1. NightStalker

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    art by: Michal Kváč
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    Synthwave

    Participants were to create a music piece in the style of Synthwave. Knight Rider needed a song to listen to on his journey. The day was quickly saved!
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    • Each user can only vote once in the poll.
    • You cannot vote for yourself. If a voter has the same IP as the author then the vote will not be counted and it may result in the disqualification of the entry.
    • You cannot create multiple accounts to vote for an entry in the poll. If a voter has been found to be using multiple accounts none of the voters votes will count in the final result.
    • You cannot bribe users for votes. Contestants who break this rule will be disqualified and given negative reputation.
    • Judges cannot vote!


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    • 1st place: 40 reputation points
    • 2nd place: 25 reputation points
    • 3rd place: 15 reputation points
    • Entry: 5 reputation points
    • Judge: 5 reputation points
    The three winning teams will receive an award icon, representing the winning entry.​


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    Thanks to deepstrasz for compiling and uploading the video


    Name Entry
    Brambleclaw Cybernetic Journey
    Calciumcarbonat Synth Wave
    deepstrasz Aimless
    Donut78 Cruisin' on Starlight
    enzo2090 Pure Mind
    GhostOfPast Synthtide
    Hakren Traveling Dreams
    Its Ryan Boi Star Gazers
    Jackyy.BaDitO2 80s Hero


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    Theme How well does it demonstrate the feeling of the theme

    /15

    Creativity/Originality

    How original is the piece? How creative are you with the theme/instruments/etc. /10


    Production
    Basically, how well does it flow? Are accents used to good effect? Do overall levels make sense? etc.

    /10


    Composition
    How well is it composed? Do the key changes make sense? /15
    /50




    Results calculation

    • Judgement: 70%
    • Poll: 30%
    FinalScore = (30*Reached_Votes/POSSIBLE_VOTES) + (70*JudgeScore/100)

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    The poll shall begin on 9th August 2019 and conclude on 22nd August 2019 GMT (day is included).
     
  2. Heinvers

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    Approved! Please read the rules before voting. Thank you :]
     
  3. deepstrasz

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    No music video compilation @Naze?
     
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    @AditTechno @NightStalker proceed to judging while the poll is running.

    @deepstrasz you could do one yourself and I'd attach it to the post ;]

    May the best musician win ^^
     
  5. deepstrasz

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    Sure but I thought the wait was also for this. I don't know if I can do it until Sunday. I need a transparent version of "Hiveworkshop Music Contest #12 - Synthwave" words/letters.

    One vote is kind of killer.

    Please link to the contest page.

    EDIT: never mind the transparent stuff. I got it from the contest page.
     
  6. deepstrasz

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    Done.



    I don't know what's up with the low quality. I hope it's a YouTube video processing related thing, a matter of time.
     
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    Thanks deepstrasz!

    Indeed the quality thing is temporary: Youtube converts your video in a few other videos with different qualities, and the one that gets ready first is of a lower quality.
     
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    Ah crap. Guys, vote the song you like most and more importantly which fits the theme, please.

    Anyways, judging is 70% so I'm not that worried about popularity voting. If something goes wrong, we should reduce the user vote percentage from 30 to 20% or less.
     
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    An awesome compilation of music. I was just looking for something to work to and combining pleasure with work is always the best. (Even better when I can make a tiny guessing game of who made what, based on the sound).
     
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    Thanks @GhostOfPast

    We got a good set of songs here. Great idea for the theme this time around! :smile:
     
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    So many great tracks!) My favorite is Cruisin' On Starlight :peasant-thumbs-up:
     
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    Brambleclaw's Cybernetic Journey: I'm getting AditTechno vibes listening to this. It's more atmospheric, outer space oriented. The ending is a bit abrupt maybe because it was intended to loop. Not saying it might not fit some synthwave oriented scenes but I'd see it more on something less broader like Blade Runner. Neat use of volume increase and reduction/fading. Could have had more stereophonic FX/panning.

    deepstrasz's aimless: It's kind of steady. The listener gets the idea halfway through only to get more of the same. Panning and FX present. The sounding is unrefined. It doesn't really offer any atmosphere to delve into. The bass shouts for attention, the kick drum being too short to wave. In terms of following the theme, how does it, maybe in some low volume instrument?

    Calciumcarbonat's Hive Wave: An energetic and concise composition, however quite too short that it gives the feeling of being unfinisehd. The ending is abrupt, possibly with the intention of the song to loop. Right on track, though too evident. It has atmosphere, nice use of synth fading and resurfacing. The percussion could have used more work to be less repetitive.

    Donut78's Cruisin' on Starlight: For me, it's too much talking and not singing. Would work well over a video or as a radio story but as music, I prefer singing or just instruments. Some synths are too loud. Nice work on the percussion. A downside is that it's only two chords. Atmospheric synths, FX and all, well orchestrated, panning too and fading at the end. There's an issue with the latter that instead of the song finishing with decreasing volume, at one point some sort of phonograph quality sound can be heard until the composition stops. Obviously fits the theme in a cliche manner.

    enzo2090's Pure Mind: Atmospheric, escaping the confines of the theme turning into a synthwave ballad. The bass and kick drums make their presence well known although the percussion isn't impressive but just does its job. There's left-right/right-left sound moving behaviour, volume fading. What you've used as a bridge could have been the chorus and the bridge something else, implying that the composition has its monotony dose.

    GhostOfPast's Synthtide: There are interesting ideas therein. I feel it belongs more to retro-gaming genre than the required one. But let's not limit ourselves and mix (in this case, racing) games with synthwave. It has plenty of goodie FX, volume manipulations although some instruments are too loud. Towards the last part, it kind of sounds like you've tested some new plugins instead of actually playing or creating a melodic line. The end is abrupt. Seems more complex than the other compositions in structure.

    Hakren's Traveling Dreams: Good use of instrument panning. Has a retro game vibe. The depicted mood ranges from chill to melancholic. In essence it's kind of short especially when the last part is another copy of the first ambiance one. Ends dully, at least the piano type FX does.

    ItsRyanBoi's Star Gazers: Combines synthwave with techno/house. Generally it needs chord progression as it plays too long on the same mood and bass line. That or at least more stuff going on, shutting some instruments bringing others, adding upon. The percussion could have led the flow. Some parts of the composition sound familiar.

    Jackyy.BaDitO2's 80s Hero: We'll call it synthwave due to the drums and that it uses synthesizers. The sounding is classical-Baroque music. The melodic line is too familiar, like that of many compositions during those times, Johann Sebastian Bach's too. Generally, most songs reminisce of something but this one is in your face. You should have left more time for the cymbal at the end to fade.

    I would have to go with enzo2090's since it's one of the most original stuff here.
    I like most of them and will listen to them regularly as I do with the ones of the previous contests.
     
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    id ather have Donut win then deepstarz because i dont know about the drum set for his song, it's not centred.


    (If your wondering why, it's because I like to have MY beats centred when i am listening to songs.)
     
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    I guess, I'll never use panning for drums again :p to make sure I'll win next time!
     
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    Will hand the judging in a few days!
     
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    Glad to see so many entries! I would vote for @Donut78 's entry if the poll was still able to be voted on (someone add me in, I honestly did listen to all of them). Here are some comments:
    • Bramble: Simple and solid. Nothing really stuck out to me positive or negative.

    • Calcium: The swung hi-hat hits really threw me off with this one. It seemed to clash rhythmically with the other things you were going for. The parts that didn't have that were driving and interesting, though.

    • deep: By the time I got to the end of this words like "haunting" and "creepy" came to mind (in a way I enjoyed). I'm not sure much changed during the song but that feeling definitely grew on me and was not there at the beginning. It's plodding and methodical but pleasing. Sounds like you used some of the sound effects oracles in the Destiny universe. Your melodies are rhythmic and interesting, though some of the later ones could have had more 'flair' to them as they were kind of empty.

    • Donut: Really channeling the TWRP voiceover in this one! This song nailed the theme. Awesome to here some narration and words in a hive contest song! Great build-down in the middle to chill things out without losing energy. Sound effects on point too. I actually smiled a ton listening to this, fucking loved it!

    • enzo: You have some of the more organic sounding melodies of all the entries, which I presume comes because you were actually playing them on a midi keyboard? I think they could have been more rhythmic, though; the long tones kinda get old after a while. You captured the 80s 'gritty VHS' sound amazingly well (kudos!) but I found it kind of distracting to have the melodies and chordal synths constantly pitchbending. It's a cool effect, just my opinion and taste, and I think overall it was well done and someone listening less critically wouldn't be distracted.

    • Ghost: Synthpop + video game music? Coulda stuck with that feel a bit more. Those triangle/saw synths at the start set a great background sound but the foreground synth being such a pure sine stuck out a lot and didn't mesh. I didn't feel the different sections had much continuity between them and the transitions seemed somewhat abrupt. Also I think the mix could have been better so your percussion didn't get lost in the synths.

    • Hakren: Your melodies are strong and organic but I found the song kinda bland/boring/uninteresting. Production quality seemed good but nothing really caught my attention. It just kinda... happened.

    • Ryan: Woah quite a start! This one seemed to hit the synthwave feel pretty square on the head too. You have great backing synths/bass and a good driving rhythm! I felt like I wanted more of something somehow, though; perhaps a narration or some vocals like Donut's entry would have put this over the top. I think trying to shape the song a little bit to give it ups/downs places of tension and release, etc. would really help this because your actual production is amazing and the composition of the parts was great.

    • Jackyy: This needed better balancing/mixing to bring out the individual parts and not let what was loudest dominate. I enjoy the juxtaposition of the triumphant-ish cycle of 4ths B section with the more melancholy A section because it evokes the "80's Hero" name. I'm not sure why specifically but this one strikes me as 'less' synthwave-y than others? I think it's an atmosphere thing. It's almost like synthwave + bach fugues. Synthfuge? Synthbach?


    I intentionally wrote all of my commentary before reading anything you wrote. We had the same thought here!
     
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