AIM Contest 2019 Submissions Thread

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Hello everyone and welcome to the 6th annual Art-Inspired Music Contest! It is an honour and privilege to be your organizer for this event. This is my first time organizing a Newgrounds contest, so hopefully, all goes well.

I should note that this is the thread where you’ll post your SUBMISSIONS only. To ask questions or discuss other matters, go to the Discussion Thread found HERE!


Here are the prizes for this year's compo:

1st place:

  • You get to be the first to pick a game of your choice from the Prize Pool (details below)!
  • Your song gets put on the A.I.M. 2019 album

2nd place:

  • You get to be the second to pick a game of your choice from the Prize Pool (details below)
  • Your song gets put on the A.I.M. 2019 album

3rd place:

  • You get to be the third to pick a game of your choice from the Prize Pool (details below)!
  • Your song gets put on the A.I.M. 2019 album

Runner-Ups (17 of them):

  • Your song gets on the A.I.M. 2019 album
  • You get to pick a game of your choice from the Prize Pool after the top 3 winners (details below)!

Fan Favorite:

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)!

Prize Pool

The prize pool is a stash of games kindly donated by fellow NG members. Thank you @I0TA and @Ninjamuffin99 to for your generous game donations! I would also like to thank @SplatterDash for helping compile the prize list and reaching out to the prize holders.

Here are the prizes up for grabs:

  • Cities: Skylines + After Dark DLC
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection
  • NeuroVoider
  • Zombie Army Trilogy
  • Immortal Redneck
  • American Truck Simulator
  • Dungeons 3
  • Hidden Folks
  • Old Man’s Journey
  • We Were Here Too
  • Ultimate General: Civil War
  • Peregrin(us)
  • Blackwake
  • Forts
  • Hearts of Iron IV
  • Interplanetary: Enhanced Edition
  • Portal Knights
  • Serial Cleaner
  • Shiness: The Lightning Kingdon
  • Titan Quest: Anniversary Edition
  • Homefront: The Revolution
  • Ryse: Son of Rome
  • Sniper Ghost Warrior 2
  • Sniper Ghost Warrior 3
  • Running with Rifles
  • Bully: Scholarship Edition
  • Max Payne
  • Max Payne 2
  • Manhunt
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Among the Sleep - Enhanced Edition
  • Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator
  • The First Tree
  • Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy
  • Tooth and Tail
  • Sonic Adventure DX
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Collection
  • Sonic CD
  • Sonic Generations Collection
  • Pinstripe
  • Besiege
  • Stick Fight: The Game
  • Action Henk
  • Mini Metro
  • Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You
  • Tropico 5 (with espionage and waterborne expansions)
  • Skullgirls
  • Scanner Sombre
  • HunieCam Studio
  • SpeedRunners
  • Human Resource Machine
  • Song of the Deep
  • Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition
  • N++

How the Contest Works:

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!


The judges this year are still kind of a work in progress. I do have four judges, but I need to confirm two more of them for the panel. I'll put the names that are confirmed for the panel so far, and mention the other two once I receive confirmation.

Here's the current panel so far:




Please read over the rules BEFORE 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 AIM2019 in the tags!

10): Submit your song(s) on Newgrounds (uploaded to an NG account here only) by the official deadline: Monday, June 17, 2019 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!

Lastly, this is not a rule, but more of a guideline: Music with a “melodic structure” is preferred. I realize this is quite open to interpretation, but you generally want to think about melodies, chords and structure/form. Soundscape pieces, while I won’t completely disallow them, tend to not be what this contest is for. You are free to incorporate soundscapes into a melodic work, but a soundscape piece alone is generally discouraged.

With that, I wish you all the best, and look forward to seeing many wonderful entries. :)

This year’s promo art is done by my friend Frostyflytrap. He doesn’t have a Newgrounds account, but you can check out his gallery here or give him a shout on Twitter. Thanks a bunch, Frosty!


Response to AIM Contest 2019 Submissions Thread 2019-04-13 19:29:20


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Contest entry music: Zig's Melody

Inspired Art: Zig's Journey