N G A D M '14: Group Stages 2014-08-04 15:41:08
Heya! Welcome to the official thread for the first round of the Newgrounds Audio Deathmatch 2014 (NGADM '14) - the Group Stages! Are you lost? Head on over to the auditions thread to find out more. If you're not lost, check out THIS newspost for the schedule, prizes and most importantly the rules!
Now that the auditions phase is over, the knockout contest will actually begin. We started with 184 auditions and had to narrow it down to only 64 participants. This could only have been done with the help of our professional, experienced and only somewhat sane panel of judges - Step, samulis, Neon-Bard, midimachine, headphoamz and MetalRenard! Please proceed to clap for the hard work they all did, followed by the realisation that clapping at your computer monitor probably isn't very useful.
We were very happy with the turnout this year. Nearly 200 auditions is nothing to scoff at, and the quality was through the roof, with great diversity, and a plethora of new names among the NGADM veterans. If you didn't make it through, then remember that narrowing down the 184 auditions to 64 participants was one hell of a difficult task to undertake, and tons of extremely talented people didn't make the cut. Essentially, only ~35% of the original artists who auditioned made it through, so don't be hard on yourself. Like we say every year, there's always the next!
If you are one of the 64 competitors in the below list, then congratulations! Pat yourself on the back and prepare for what's to come. For this first round, you've been assigned to a group among 16 groups of 4 (see below). You have 2 weeks to create a track (up till 18th of August @ 12:00 PM EDT) which will be scored by each judge when the 2 weeks are up. We will compute the average of each track's scores, post the results on the 25th, and each competitor with the highest score from his/her group will move on to the next round. Expect judge reviews on your first round track showing up during the 2 weeks of the second round.
A quick thing to note before posting the top 64 is that if you've suddenly realised that you can't take part, then let us know instantly! Walkovers suck, and we can easily replace you with someone who was next in-line to the top 64.
Anyway, without further ado, here is the list of the top 64 artists who made it through to the knockout contest, in no particular order, split into 16 groups:
- ZipZipper + steampianist
- KatMaestro + Jrob
- SoundChris + Hitokirito
- SkyeWint + camoshark
- Kor-Rune + Bosa
I'd also like to thank:
@Artist-Lost for being an amazing artist, providing a badass NGADM logo (including the one you see below) for three years straight!
All the people offering to sponsor in this thread.
All the judges for a job well done, but @MetalRenard and @Neon-Bard in particular for helping with the grouping.
Best of luck!