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Ladies and gentlemen!
Daliies and mentlegen!
Welcome one and all to the NewGrounds Music Triathalon (NGMT)!
Now, I'm sure you're tired of these audio contests by now. I mean seriously, this year is so full of them that you can barely take a step without tripping over one. It's not even halfway through the year, since the NGADM hasn't started yet.
Hey, stop talking about other contests, what's this one?
I was just going to get to that. This is a three-part contest designed to challenge all musicians on the AP, regardless of their preferred genre. I hope to do this annually (depending on whether I can gather prizes and stuff) with varying challenges so that everyone gets to try their hand at it! Even if you don't win, there'll at least be next year with different things to try.
Okay, so what do I actually have to do?
Well, first thing you need to know - there are THREE phases to this contest. Each phase will have a different challenge for you to overcome as well as a theme for you to focus on. These themes are styled around video games or films, but don't just give up thinking you can't make game music! This doesn't actually limit you! There are many different ways to approach one area, and unless the mood is specified you can take any approach you want. Remember, many video game and film pieces have lyrics and singing, so that's no barrier. I've worked hard to make sure that
The deadline for each phase will be 2 weeks. You will know the challenges beforehand.
If you really don't feel like entering a phase or really feel like you can't do it... don't! You can drop out or join in ANY of the three phases as you please. However, if you do enter all three it'll increase your chances of winning the whole shebang and not just one phase... but you'll learn a bit more about that later. Any questions?
Nope, this sounds like fun! So what are the challenges and themes this time?
Hey, I didn't say I'd tell you what the themes are in advance! That could let people cheat and start early, and . ...right?
However, I DID say I'd tell you what challenges you'll be facing. These are as follows!
PHASE 1: Simple. This "simply" means that you can only use FOUR instruments maximum (don't worry, an basic drumset - kick, snare, hi-hat, cymbals, toms - counts as a single instrument). Simple is beautiful.
Fun fact - the original number was 3, but it was changed to 4 so that people could have a lead instrument, chordal instrument, bass, and drums. This may be changed to 3 in the future though, so be ready!
PHASE 2: Timed. In the real world, there are deadlines. This can mean that you have to make music RIGHT NOW. This challenge will reduce the time you have to create a piece to only 3 days!
Fun fact - this challenge was the hardest to come up with. There are currently two other possibilities which may be used in the future, but they're a bit more complicated and would need an "ok" from the community first. We'll ask at the conclusion of this contest. :)
PHASE 3: Inspired! What are you inspired to make? There is no actual limit on this phase aside from the normal deadline. Make whatever you want... as long as it sticks to the theme, of course.
Fun fact - this "challenge" will always be the phase 3 of the contest, regardless of the other two phases. See, I can be nice sometimes!
Wait wait wait, how are you going to judge all these and check if they meet the requirements?
I'll answer the second question first. I and the other hosts of this event will listen through all the submissions to make sure they qualify before accepting them as a submission. If it is difficult to determine whether a piece meets the requirements, we will ask for evidence, so please keep your project files. If that is not provided, the piece will be disqualified, period. It may not be the best method, but it's the best we could come up with.
As for who the winners are, first we count up the votes, and then whoever has the most will win that round.
Votes? What are you talking about?
Well, here's one of the coolest parts about this contest.
Now, you may be wondering how this works, and I'll explain it.
In order to submit, do NOT upload your piece to newgrounds and make it public. Instead, you must put it on dropbox, mediafire, puush, the newgrounds dump, or any other filesharing website and send it via PM to one of the hosts. We will then upload all the pieces to a soundcloud account where they are all anonymous and merely titled "Track 1", "Track 2", "Track 3", etc.
The reason for this is that once all are uploaded, they will be put into a list on the voting thread. Every person who submitted a piece will be allowed to vote once on one piece of their choosing. We don't want to leave people without any say in who wins - this is a community, and everyone should have an input. That said, we don't want to have a whole bunch of people with no musical experience voting either - therefore, only the people who have submitted a piece are allowed to vote. Voting will take place over the course of 3 days.
Oh, that's pretty neat! But what about prizes and placing? I want my loot!
Hey, hey. Give me a minute to finish! There will be up to 6 winners: One for each phase and three for the entire contest.
The person who gets the most votes in a given phase will win that phase and get a prize. The three people with the largest sum amount of votes overall will win the entire contest. Yes, it is possible to win all three rounds and first place, but the prize for first place will be reduced somewhat because it would be somewhat unreasonable otherwise.
Victory in a phase: A speshul signature and high quality reviews from all hosts.
1st place overall: A super-speshul signature, frontpaging a piece of your choice, and an awesome $75!
2nd place overall: A marginally less speshul signature, frontpaging a piece of your choice, and a sweet $50.
3rd place overall: A somewhat-cool signature, frontpaging a piece of your choice, and a still-cool $25.
The top 3 and bottom 5 pieces of each round will get some reviews either way, as a reward for the top and as improvement help for the bottom.
RECAP: There are three phases in this contest, each with a different challenge and theme. In order to submit, you must send your piece to a host using a file sharing website or the newgrounds dump. You may submit it to newgrounds publicly after the voting is over. Pieces will be scored by majority vote. Only people who have submitted a piece to the round can vote on that round. You can win the round by getting the most votes for that round, and the people with the three largest sums of all votes will win the entire contest.
Alright! I'm ready to go, what's the first theme?
Great! The first phase is...
Challenge: Simple - 4 instruments MAXIMUM.
Theme: Monochromatic world - Imagine a world where all color has been sucked away.
Deadline: May 30, 23:59PM EST
Good luck! If you want some inspiration for your work and/or want a picture to add to your submission, check out the awesome artwork at the end of this thread!
Also, just as a reminder - submit your pieces of sonic amazing by sending them to a host. Pieces submitted to the AP publicly before the end of the phase WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
Special thanks goes to:
-deadlyfishes, for donating the prize money.
-Scott Rogers (Scottr5680), for his absolutely incredible artwork logo made in 8 days for this. There'll be more for the next rounds!
Your hosts: Myself, Camoshark, Stunkel, and Samulis!