At 10/26/12 10:40 PM, Jiimaan wrote:
May I ask on what criteria contestants will be judged?
Namely, will the focus be on composition rather than production,
or will both be taken into consideration?
I will carefully consider all aspects of the composition and quality of instrumentation. It doesn't necessarily have to be realistic, but there must be some attention placed into the detail of your instruments. Besides, there's plenty of anime and nintendo style music on Newgrounds, so creating something more unique will help the novelty of this contest -- which is something I hope will retain this year.
As for composition, I would not advise rushing your development. You have plenty of time, so use it wisely. I would suggest focusing on a score that is unique to your character, and hopefully will define your strengths in music (giving it everything you've got will greatly increase the emotional feel of your music). I hinted at this in the intro of the contest thread, but I suppose it is hard to perceive -- if you make an emotional song, and a song with unique orchestral arrangements that are of your own design, you will win this contest. In fact, the first person to make me cry will be knighted!