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Music Contest #7 - Location

Discussion in 'The Arena' started by Naze, May 28, 2017.

  1. Naze

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    Location
    Participants are to create a song that depicts a place. It can be generic place, a biome, an actual existing place or a fictional location. Example themes: palace, swamp, dungeon, Azeroth, Stonehenge, My Little Pony Land, Vatican, "I-Just-Invented-This Forest", "Palace of Madness", etc, etc.

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    • No submission may violate any of the site and contest rules.
    • 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 may not participate.
    • 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.
    • Songs shouldn't contain only a single instrument soloing.
    • You must post at least 1 WIP (Work-In-Progress) 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 and standard recording.
    • 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.
    • 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 are 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.

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    • First Place: 40 reputation points and your entry on the award icon
    • Second Place: 25 reputation points and an award icon
    • Third Place: 15 reputation points and an award icon
    • Participants: 5 reputation points

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    • Mr. Vacant
    • Ms. Vacant

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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
    • 75 % of the winner shall be determined by the contest's appointed judge(s).
    • 25 % of the winner shall be determined by the results of a public poll.
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    • The contest shall begin on 1st June, 2017 and conclude on 1st August, 2017, GMT

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    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!
    • Another one could be Tux Guitar which is a MIDI based program like Guitar Pro with a much more simpler interface: .:: TuxGuitar ::. Open Source Tablature Editor :: TuxGuitar

    Additionally, this page can help some new composers to create better music if they don't have any good workstation to work on:

    The 10 Best Free DAWs Available - RouteNote Blog

    Extra two here as well:

    SAVIHost – Standalone VST host for Windows
    Ohm Studio - this might be paid by now.

    Download Free Digital Audio Workstation plug-in: Podium Free by Zynewave its in the DAW list but i feel its better than most options,FL Studio is good but not being able to save a project is a big minus
    Komplete : Samplers : Kontakt 5 Player | Products Very good and comes with a bunch of good stuff already,plus just googling ''Free Kontakt player libraries'' and you'll find a lot of stuff no doubt
    Ultimate List of Free Kontakt Libraries A list of free libraries for kontakt.Be aware though,not all kontakt libraries will play on the kontakt player,some will play in demo mode as they require the full kontakt version,others will play normally
    bigcat Instruments This guy makes a lot of good stuff for kontakt,free.

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  2. Naze

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    Participant WIP Final Entry
    AditTechno Click Stream
    Devine Click Larsen C
    PrinceYaser Click The Heaven of Peace
    RiotZ Click City of Lights
    The J Click Heart of the Tide
    titans_zealot Click Click
    Frotty Click Click
    enzo2090 Click Ignus Vitae (Tree of Life)
    deepstrasz Click Realm of Heathens
    blacklabel Click Under the Valley
    NightStalker Click Click
    Brambleclaw Click Click
    KayS Click Click


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    So guys the thread is up! As it'll start in June 1st, we still have some time to check for eventual mistakes and get a someone with powers to move it from the Contest Submission forum to the main Arena.

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    @Heinvers *cough*
     
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  3. Heinvers

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    Will move it on Wednesday.
     
  4. AditTechno

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    Oh yeah, finally created!
     
  5. NightStalker

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    I'll see what I can do
     
  6. PrinceYaser

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    Location....
    I really cannot match music with a location or a place! But as NightStalker said, I'll see what I can do. :)
     
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    Count me in ^__^
     
  8. Heinvers

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    Contest thread moved to the Arena section. The contest starts tomorrow people.

    Make yourselves ready and good luck!
     
  9. Naze

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    Nice! So it's officially running now. Expecting your marvellous WIPs people =)

    Ahh I'm sure you can pull something out. In case you're running out of inspiration, you can always do some reference study in youtube.
     
  10. Kyrbi0

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    The only thing better than a Jungle-y Troll theme?
    (It's "Equestria", by the way :p)
     
  11. Wardota2 Gamer

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    I may participate in this.

    Summoning '@deepstrasz'
     
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  12. Devine

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    Well you can thank the media, trump and the Larsen C Ice-shelf for this wip.
    I'm gonna call it a day. I might even enter.
     

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  13. Wardota2 Gamer

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    Awsome music especcially for the beat who made this you?? is this your entry or not it so elctrifying nice
     
  14. Devine

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    Oh yes, I did this. It's only a work in progress.
    Glad you like it!
     
  15. Wardota2 Gamer

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    It is really awsome espetially to the piano and so groovy and I am listening it right now I just can't get over it.Good job you are sure gonna win.Just one question what's the place discribing this song? Azeroth,Equestria what?
     
  16. Devine

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    Larsen Ice Shelf - Wikipedia
    This place (it's on earth, though).
     
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  18. AditTechno

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    Here's my WIP. It sounds similar like my MC #5 entry. It's just a bit different.
     

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    The backround bass seems to scratchy in the biggining it seems fine but when near end the bass is too scratchy and drum is reversed go low high low high drums or you can still improve it.Good Job!
     
  20. deepstrasz

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    Electronic music over an iceland? Just reminded me of this.
    Please do something new.