At 8/12/14 02:21 PM, D-Chain wrote:
Are you sure ForeverBound and perhaps others including me cant judge the judges? if thats what i think you are saying...
You are 100% right about preferences. every person has a different taste thats what makes us human. but as a judge, a REAL judge you start by looking at the quality of a song.. than you move on to the creative side and last but not least the complexity in that order. lets say a 60%-25%-15% ratio for instance.
thats how most labels work.. if its quality it sells for sure. if its creative it sells and the complexity doesnt really matter it can be 10% complexity 50% or even 1.. as long as it makes money. now im not trying to say these judges on NG should change how they look at songs.. because NG isnt looking to sell.. but its weird for some of us that actually look far beyond newgrounds to a bigger stage/world... thats all had to say. my mind is empty now. i would love to read critics on this so be my guest. just.. no arguing. i hate that.. im friendly and wont hurt a fly.
Of course you can judge judges. However, the judges are there for a good reason, and just like they need to be clear and accurate with their criticisms, so do you. (the royal "you", which can refer to basically anyone judging the judges)
Regarding how the judging works, I want to point something out. Whether or not something sells well does not determine whether or not it is a good piece of music. Of course, if something is complete shit, it won't sell well, but a bad song can become popular as well. The general population does not understand music in the same way that musicians do - especially musicians that have studied and worked with music for much of their life. This is the case for most contests, unless it is a popularity contest - like the money-making game is.
Looking to "a bigger stage" is also looking to less creative, and often less quality work - creativity is part of quality, after all, and people generally just want more of the same.
saying this as a judge of contests, btw
tl;dr: Contests are judged by critics who have studied whatever the contest is about and know what they're talking about. Labels are about selling music to people who don't understand music. Pick the one you want to cater to, if you can't do both at once.