Welcome to the 2017 Art-Inspired Music Contest! It's important you read all this if you're entering in this contest, the rules. Below you will see what this contest is about, the rules, the prizes you could win, and the discussion thread! :)
This is the Submission Thread, click HERE to go to the Discussion Thread!
Announcement Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXRxN7JaG9M
1): You pick a single piece of artwork in the Art Portal here from a Newgrounds artist you really appreciate (make sure to give them credit for inspiration and message them also when you're done, I'm sure they'll appreciate it!).
2): Create a song (but not before the start date) inspired by that art and submit it by posting the link on this thread before the deadline, also post the link to the picture that inspired it as well, also give the name of the picture and artist!
3): There's going to be the top 3 winners, and 17 runner-ups (I originally was thinking 30, but that's a lot).
Now, let's see what you could win!
(possibly more to be announced in the soon future, stay tuned for updates in this thread):
If anyone is willing to donate prizes, or do artwork for this contest, let me know. I wasn't as organized about that this year, apologies.
1st place: A free copy of @Samulis VSCO 2 Orchestral Sample Library, your song on the A.I.M. 2017 album, you get to be the first to pick a game of your choice from the Prize Pool (details below)!
2nd: Your song on the A.I.M. 2017 album, you get to be the second to pick a game of your choice from the Prize Pool (details below)!
3rd: Your song on the A.I.M. 2017 album, you get to be the third to pick a game of your choice from the Prize Pool (details below)!
Runner-Ups: Your song gets on the A.I.M. 2017 album + Pick A Game from the Prize Pool (details below)!
Fan Favorite: A tradition of the A.I.M. contests is, every year after the deadline, I start a thread where everyone can nominate their favorite song out of the contest submissions. The winning song will be based on those votes, and also end up on the contest album.
The prize pool basically is a stash of games kindly donated by fellow NG members. So far @Ninjamuffin99 as always has been generous enough to donate some games for this special occassion. A list of games will be shown in the soon future. If anyone else wants to donate some games, let me know!
1): The most important thing, make sure you know all the basic rules of Newgrounds in the FAQ regarding Audio Submissions if you aren't familiar with them already. Read Here: http://www.newgrounds.com/wiki/help-information/terms-of-use/audio-guidelines
2): Don't post anything here in this thread other than your song submissions, that's what the discussion thread is for. :P
3): Explicit content IS allowed music-wise, but the artwork that inspired you can't be A-rated. Anything rated E, T, and M are all okay in our book! :)
4): No covers or remixes, including remaking a song you've made in the past. New and original entries are accepted here. Cmon man, it's Art-Inspired Music! That includes no vocal stems (unless it's oohs and ahhs, I'll allow that sort of stuff).
5): Do NOT start writing your song until the beginning of the contest, so that way, everyone is at the "start line". Sadly in the past, this has been overlooked and some really good songs have had to be disqualified. Songs that were started before the start date will be disqualified.
6): You can enter up to 2 songs this year.
7): Your song must be between 3-6 minutes. Anything shorter or longer than that will be disqualified.
8): At the beginning of your song title, write AIM (example: AIM - Strawberries) so at the end of the contest, we can judge faster for you guys! Also, tag your song with AIM2017 in the tags!
9): Submit your song(s) by the official deadline: May 7th, 2017 (meaning, that day will be the last day you can submit until it's 12 'o' clock at night, Eastern time in USA). Post the link of your song here in this thread.
10): Collaboration is allowed and encouraged! You can work with anyone, whether it be a singer, producer, etc. They have to have a Newgrounds account so you can add them in the credits. Read up on how the project system works here or if you have questions, ask in the Discussion Thread.
11): If you're unsure of ANYTHING not listed in the rules, feel free to ask us questions in the discussion thread!
12): Submit your song here on Newgrounds on your account, not SoundCloud or Youtube or anything else, just good old Newgrounds.
13): You must be a scouted artist. This is for anti-fraud purposes.
@RealFaction (that'sa me!)
@EDM364 (Newgrounds Veteran and experienced EDM producer, also gives great detailed reviews!)
@Hikari (music producer virtuoso, has a great deal of experience with music knowledge and production!)
@Jon-Babb / Bosa (he changed his name, but he'll always be Bosa in my book! He's a superb experienced musician who has a plethora of music knowledge as well!)
Good luck everyone! We'll be reviewing and watching along the way!