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Music Contest #2 - Desert

Discussion in 'Submissions Archive' started by WherewolfTherewolf, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. WherewolfTherewolf

    WherewolfTherewolf

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    Well I'm open to that - seems like it worked out well for the terrain thread.

    Yeah, a lot of people didn't like the fusion theme - we're trying to sort out a better one atm - though I'd love to hear something electron that's a bit more then the normal electronica approach we got a lot of in the last contest in the whole synth field.
     
  2. CoBrA b

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    Alright then!

    Here's what I've found.

    Possible Themes

    1. Environmental: Write a piece of music depicting a specific environment.
    This theme has several possible variations. A single environment could be listed, or contestants could choose from a list of environments.

    2. Starcraft: Write a piece of music that fits Starcraft II. Essentially, what does Starcraft sound like to you?

    3. Action Music: Write a piece of music which creates a sense of action, rush, and/or combat. This theme has two possible variations. One would require all submissions to be composed as background music, the other would not.

    4. Cinematic (Non-specific): Write a piece of music that could serve as background music for a cinematic.

    5. Cinematic (Specific): Write a piece of music to replace the background music of a Blizzard cinematic of your choosing. A possible variation would limit the choices to Warcraft 3 cinematics only.

    6. Self-Portrait: Portray yourself (or your image of yourself) in a piece of music. All submissions must have a written explanation of how the submission depicts its creator.

    7. Word: Take a single word and use music to convey any meaning it has to you. This theme has several possible variations. One variation would require all contestants to use the same word (which would be listed in the main post). Another variation would be to create a list for contestants to choose from.

    8. Poetry: Take a piece of poetry (this includes scenes from plays such as Faust and Shakespeare's plays) and write a piece of music to fit it. If you wish to include a vocal part, you are allowed to use the poem for the lyrics. All submissions must be accompanied by the poem you based your piece on. Poems in other languages are allowed so long as you provide a rough translation, and/or an explanation of the poem's meaning.

    9. Variations: Take a simple, non-copyrighted melody (preferrably a well known one, such as a folk song), and create as many variations of it as you can in a single piece. See how many different sounds you can get from using different rhythms, instruments, modes, keys, harmonies, and methods of ornamentation for this one melody, while still keeping your piece coherent and enjoyable.

    10. Character: Write a piece depicting a character from either Warcraft or Starcraft lore.

    11. Location: Write a piece depicting a place in the Warcraft universe.

    12. Lore: Write a piece depicting a specific event in the history of Warcraft or Starcraft.

    If I missed any, or if you'd like to suggest a theme, notify me and I'll add it.

    And here's my vote:
    CoBrA b - Self-Portrait.
     
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  3. VoidLordXtreme

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    i'd go for: 3. 4. 5. 11. and 12.

    btw. hi
    =D
     
  4. Disasterpiece512

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    Dude, honestly I don't like the theme. It's hard to mix two different music genres. A better derivation of the theme would be to take a song of one genres and re-write it in another genre. Like take a jazz song and make it metal. Also from that list I thing number 10 is perfect for the second song contest.
     
  5. Sephalo

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    What aboud doing the voting in an other thread and let people vote ~4 times?
    Because its a big list I think its better to let people vote a 1st, 2nd and 3rd (and 4th) choice.
     
  6. CoBrA b

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    Yeah. That sounds better. Avoids any confusion as to whether we're still considering the theme presented in this thread. Also, the 4 votes thing also sounds good.

    I'll get said thread up ASAP.
     
  7. Jaret

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    Well, from all of these, I mostly like the 10th. And about the voting... Somebody make a poll :D
     
  8. WherewolfTherewolf

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    Think carefully when voting - Character seems a lot like the last contests theme (race), example: Grom is a war-bound orc thus his music will most likely have a menacing looming war feeling to it, which is pretty much what you'd for Orcs period.

    My favorite choices are:
    1: Environment
    6: Self Portrait
    7: Word


    Do you want to start another thread for the actual voting?
     
  9. CoBrA b

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    Yeah.

    I think that starting another thread avoids any confusion as to what the thread is about. Also, it makes it easier to keep track of votes.
     
  10. PsiSan

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    its a good idea, its something diffrent for a change!!!

    Where do i post?! LoLz
     
  11. DudeSpirit

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    I actually like this theme and i might just jump in to the competition.
     
  12. WherewolfTherewolf

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    K updated this with the new theme

    Also note this is the time to get any rules changed you feel necessary (with consensus of course).

    Also getting judges before the contest starts is helpful.
     
  13. Disasterpiece512

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    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.

    Hehe, copy+paste much? Meh, w/e if it gets hosted I'm in.
     
  14. Sephalo

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    I'll enter this!
    Whenever it starts I will start actually making something, but I'll start brainstorming right away.
     
  15. WherewolfTherewolf

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    K, fixed the rule page.

    Any other rules anyone wants altered before the contest starts?
     
  16. Sephalo

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    I don't really like this rule that much:
    "All entries must be accompanied by an explanation of how the song fits into the theme."

    With that it becomes who makes the best explanation. My opinion actually is that if the composition is good, everyone should immediately be able to hear it's for a desert. If you can only see the desert feeling whenever someone explains to you why you should feel that then the whole point of the message of the composer is gone.
    I understand you might want this rule but I'm just saying it ruins a littlebit of the challenge of making a track where people immediatelly understand where it could fit in.
     
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    The bit about whoever makes the best explanation winning is not true. In the previous competition, explanations, no matter how great or otherwise, were hardly considered. As for your point about immediate theme recognition, if the song fit the theme and this was immediately apparent, then it obviously won.
     
  18. WherewolfTherewolf

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    Going on vacation for a week starting tomorrow
    Still post ideas on possible rectifications of rules or that sort of thing
    I'll be able to see them when I get back.
     
  19. WherewolfTherewolf

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    Bump, back from vacation
     
  20. Sephalo

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    I changed my mind.
    I don't have much time anymore to join the contest. But on the other hand I could judge this contest. So if you agree I could become a judge and you could just get the contest started because I got the feeling like everyone's waiting for a judge.

    teun.