Welcome to the 5th annual Art-Inspired Music Contest! 5 years strong, geez! This has become a strong tradition for Newgrounds, I am thankful for the support from you all! I would love to see it reach 10! If you hate reading all this, I have an audio podcast version of this to listen to, so here's the Official Art-Inspired Music 2018 Guidelines Podcast: https://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/803144
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!
Check out the awesome promo art/album cover made this year by my buddy and amazing artist, @Nalem! You can buy the artwork this year, sold at her RedBubble store!
Before we get into the rules, and how this all works, let's see what you could win!
Turtle Beach EarForce X-42 Gaming Headphones (courtesy of @ADR3-N), your choice of music software below (you pick first), a SUPER RARE 2001 Newgrounds sticker + mini-poster (courtesy of @AdamNG), your song on the A.I.M. 2018 album, you get to be the first to pick a game of your choice from the Prize Pool (details below)! There may or may not be a money prize, no guarantees yet.
Your choice of music software below (you pick second), a mini-poster, you get to be the second to pick a game of your choice from the Prize Pool (details below)! There may or may not be a money prize, not certain yet.
Your choice of music software below (you pick 3rd), your song on the A.I.M. 2018 album, a mini-poster, you get to be the third to pick a game of your choice from the Prize Pool (details below)!
Your song gets on the A.I.M. 2018 album + Pick A Game from the Prize Pool after the top 3 winners (details below)!
A yearly tradition, during the judging phase, people can vote for their favorite song submission. The winning song with the most votes will end up on the contest album (and get to pick out a game from the Prize Pool)!
Sound Forge Pro 11
Samplitude Pro X2 Silver
MP3Deluxe 19 (2 copies left)
ACID Pro 7 (2 copies left)
ACID Music Studio 10 (2 copies left)
Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 (2 copies left)
Music Maker (EDM Edition) (2 copies left)
Punch Club Deluxe
Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball
The Stanley Parable
Epic Battle Fantasy 4
Mafia 3 and DLC
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Dark Soul 3 and DLC
Dead by Daylight
FNAF Sister's Locations
1): You pick a single piece of artwork in the Art Portal from a Newgrounds artist you really appreciate (make sure to give them credit, message them when you're done).
2): Create a song 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!
Here are your judges this year. Some of them you may recognize from NGADM last year, whom I handpicked for. They did a wonderful job running it.
Please read over the rules you submit your submission(s), come back to read them again to make sure you're following all the rules here! Some people haven't in past years. Never hurts to double-check! :)
1): Make sure you're familiar with the Audio Portal rules in the FAQ. Read here: http://www.newgrounds.com/wiki/help-information/terms-of-use/audio-guidelines
2): ONLY post song submissions here (unless it's one of the judges with an update). Casual chatting and questions go in the Discussion Thread.
3): You must be at least 13 or over to enter.
4): Explicit content IS allowed music-wise, but the artwork that inspired you can't be A-rated (E, T, and M rated art is allowed).
5): No covers or remixes, only new original entries are accepted. No pre-recorded lyrics from vocal packs either.
6): Don't start writing your song until the beginning of the contest (day this was posted). Songs that were started or submitted before the start date will not be accepted. We do encourage you to PLEASE take your time and don't hurry your song, this is a challenge after all! :)
7): You can enter up to 2 songs this year.
8): Your song must be between 3-6 minutes (or at least close enough, we're reasonable).
9): In the front of the song title, write AIM (example: AIM - Strawberries), it helps speed up the judging process. Also, tag your song with AIM2018 in the tags!
10): Submit your song(s) on Newgrounds (uploaded to an NG account here only) by the official deadline: July 8th, 2018 to this forum thread.
11): You can work with anyone, whether it be a singer, producer, etc. Bands are allowed, too! If they have an NG account, tag them in the project system, or if not, credit them in the description of your song(s)! Keep in mind, only one person gets the prize (unless it can be split equal ways).
12): You must be a scouted artist. This is for anti-fraud purposes.
13): If you're unsure of ANYTHING not listed (or have questions about what has been stated) in the rules, feel free to ask us questions in the discussion thread!
Good luck everyone! Have fun! Take your time!