This is the first of hopefully a series of contests that I'm going to run, simply for fun, and for the fact that I don't see many contests like this.
Orchestration, in itself is an art. While it's one thing to compose a complete piece yourself, it's a whole new ball game being thrown a theme and being asked to orchestrate around it.
So I present to you, a theme orchestration contest!
Why this specific contest? I get a lot of submissions from clients, and sometimes friends and family that do not know how to orchestrate, all they know how to do is write lyrics and sing, or perhaps they are under a different style they are not used to. Some projects like this I've recieved from co-writers for Disney, christian artists trying to make a demo CD, and my own family and friends.
I simply get one thing. The melody and lyrics, and that's it. I'm forced to come up with whatever I desire from that point (or a style they are asking for)
This contest is going to be just that, you will recieve a theme (link below) and are to orchestrate that theme.
1. You can use any style you wish. There are no limitations to what feel, style, or feeling you want to write around the theme. There is no specific tempo or time signature (however, the original theme is 3/4 time)
2. You do not have to use the MIDI file for the theme. However, the theme itself should be played at least once through note-for-note. The MIDI is there to guide you, so you can drag and drop into your sequencer and go from there.
3. There is no set chord progression. There has been a number of discussions about chord progressions on this forum, so show your stuff!
4. There is a 5 minute time-limit for your entry. Any longer will be disqualified.
5. The contest deadline is Monday, August 17th, 2009
6. The judges will be myself, and a remaining panel in which I will select. (TBA)
7. Entries will be judged on creativity, originality AND commercial aspect (meaning the general public can listen to it).
8. Engineering will also be a factor, however engineering will only be considered with the quality of instruments available to that user. So, someone with higher quality instruments than yourself, will not necessarily win. If you utilize good engineering skills and get the best out of your equipment, you will score high. Engineering will play a small factor compared to the actual orchestration.
9. No illegally pirated VIs or samples are to be used.
10. No samples from commercial products (such as dialogue from a movie, or a portion from a full mix from an album) will be allowed.
11. You entry MUST NOT consist entirely of loops.
12. Loops used as a supplement to the overall piece (such as a percussion loop) are allowed. Melodic loops are NOT suggested, and may disqualify your entry.
Please send all entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject containing the word CONTEST in all caps. Please send only MP3's.
The theme you are to orchestrate in MIDI file format is here: Contest Theme MIDI File (right click to save as...)
Again, this contest ends on Monday, August 17th, 2009
Unfortunately, I cannot provide any monotary value, however I will see about the possibility of having some NG credit given.
Until that happens, there will only be one prize: I will co-produce one of the winners compositions. A complete VI replacement (if needed), mixing, and mastering! This is quite a bit of work involved, so it should be a valuable prize to the winner.
Good luck to all!