SONGWRITING COMPETITION - SWC018 February 2019 - Winners announced

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SONGWRITING COMPETITION - SWC018 February 2019 - Winners announced

Post by Mister Fox » Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:48 pm

Hello and welcome to the Songwriting Competition 18 - February 2019


This is the introduction post, where we directly link to the challenge corresponding files (theme, submission information, sponsors) and start of the voting process. There will be no Round 2



Please take note of the following
  • IMPORTANT: please use the following naming convention for your productions: SWC000_-_ArtistName_-_TrackName.wav/mp3

Also please take note of the following
  • If you have an idea for future Songwriting Competition themes and/or genres, please post them here.
  • Social Media accounts can be found via the handles @MixChallenge (Twitter) and MixChallenge (Facebook). Please spread the word!
  • if you like what the Mix Challenge (community) has been doing in recent months, please consider supporting us.



This post will be updated with the corresponding links as we progress, and of course the suitable thread headlines. So please watch this spot:


Submission Period: General Information and Sponsors
Cheat Sheet: A couple of examples / audio demos for this month's challenge (not available if genre is "Free to Select")
Voting: Summarized entries and start of voting process
Results of the Songwriting Competition: Results of the Songwriting Competition

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Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - SWC018 February 2019 - Submissions until 24-02-2019 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post by Mister Fox » Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:49 pm

CURRENT CHALLENGE - GENERAL INFORMATION

Time Frame: Friday, 01st February 2019 to Sunday, 24th February 2019 (24 days)

Challenge submission will end on 24-02-2019, 11:59pm CET/GMT+1 (Germany) - until further notice.
IMPORTANT: we're back to the known 24 days deadline

Want to find out if you're still within the deadline, please consult the following options:
The Global Countdown on it's dedicated page or the countdown on the home page. You can also consult the World Clock at the top of the forum or alternatively the following tool - in this case please select "Berlin (Germany)" as location 1, and your location as location 2: Time and Date - World Clock Meeting Planner. We do post reminders via our Twitter account and Facebook page.



SONGWRITING THEME: Video Game Soundtrack - Fighting Game Stage Music

GENRE: free to select

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Image Source: Youtube, screenshot of Mick Gordon "DOOM: Behind The Music" and screenshot of Capcom's "Remember Me Game - Engineering the Score" on Youtube.
released under Youtube Standard License - full credits: https://youtu.be/ua-f0ypVbPA and https://youtu.be/t0rQyQRrzbM



A few word about this month's theme:
Staff (Mister Fox) wrote:Please imagine the following:

An independent video game company is reaching out to you. They're currently in the process of creating a fighting game. Their idea is to fuse Sci-Fi elements with Fantasy, but they didn't set a definite story and/or setting yet. What they do know, is that the stages can be pretty much everywhere. From a pier at the ocean, to moving vehicles, to an old castle ruin, a street brawl, to a battlefield in the middle of a nuclear fallout, down to a secret base, etc. The fighting stages will be on various places all over the planet. Their roster will be about 12-16 fighters, the movement of these characters will be smooth and fast - depending on their heritage. But the game won't be an arcade-like hit-combo machine. What they do look for, are inspiration that they can draw from the music in order to model their fighting stages and characters. So they're reaching out to musicians to create something based upon this (agreeable) vague concept, and hope for a unique spin.

What they do not want to hear, is a pure chiptune or a sole orchestral soundtrack though. Neither do they want to hear music reiterations of well known established Japanese fighting games, or a pure heavy metal soundtrack. They want to hear you taking a risk and move things forward into the modern age. They would like to hear a blend of traditional instruments supported by modern sounds and samples. Imagine two characters standing opposite to each other, highly trained in their personal skills, no black or white storytelling, only two huge forces battling with one another in this possible deadly dance.


Your task for this Songwriting Competition:

Create a music production in any genre that you feel like. Write something that you'd love to hear yourself in a new fighting game that might become the next big game IP. You can think up of any character, you can think up of any stage. In the end, it just has to work as an overall concept, sound interesting yet not annoying during the game play, so that you don't just turn off the music and have to reach for something else.

The music doesn't need to have a seamless loop. Just write a song that you would put into your CD or MP3 player and enjoy.

Good luck! :phones:

Songwriting Add-On Rules:
  • You should try to blend classical instruments with modern ones, maybe do some unexpected sound design
  • you can use any tool that is at your disposal (samples, virtual instruments and/or real instruments)
  • It is recommended to not go higher than -14LUFS SLk (avg) or K-12v1 (avg) in terms of perceived loudness. Music doesn't have to be squashed to bits in order to be impactful
  • for newcomers: no cover version or remixes

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Please take note of the official rules - they can be found at the following thread:
Songwriting Competition - Official Rules and Guidelines

Please address any OT question in the official Gossip thread:
Songwriting Competition - Gossip and Discussion

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SPONSORS (Prizes):

Prizes for Songwriting Challenge participants:

Note: All licenses are NFR (Not-For-Resale), except where noted.
Changes to available prices on short notice may be possible and will be announced separately.


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Tone2 is kind enough to donate a license of Saurus2 to the winner (until further notice)
License will turn into NFR
More info on Tone2: https://tone2.com


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kv331 audio is kind enough give away a bundle of either SynthMaster 1+2 Bundle, or a freely selectable set of 3 SynthMaster Expansions
License will not turn into NFR, you need to have a kv311 audio user account in order to pick up Expansions
More info on kv331 audio: https://www.kv331audio.com


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Luftrum is kind enough give away either a license of Lunaris, or any 2 sound sets of winner's choice (exception: Bundles and Nano Electronics)
License will turn into NFR
More info on Luftrum: http://www.luftrum.com


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Rekkerd Sounds is kind enough give away 1 sound set of winners choice (exception: Krezie EDM and Neurofunk Vol. 1)
License will turn into NFR
More info on Rekkerd Sounds: http://sounds.rekkerd.org/


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Bjulin Waves is kind enough to donate 1 sound set of winners choice and one "Inspire Me" sound set of choice for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place
License will turn into NFR
More info on Bjulin Waves: http://bjulin.de/


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Ghostwave Audio (Vincent Bastiat) is kind enough to donate any 2 sound sets to the winner
License will turn into NFR
More info on Ghostwave Audio: http://ghostwaveaudio.com


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Hollow Sun is kind to donate one license of "Music Laboratory Machines - The Suite I" to the winner
License will turn into NFR
More info on Hollow Sun: http://www.hollowsun.com


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Hornet Plugins is kind enough give away one license from the depicted tools (see image) to the winner
License will turn into NFR
More info on Hornet Plugins: http://www.hornetplugins.com


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Sound / Graphic Designer, and honorary Mix Challenge staff satYatunes is donating one commercial product of winner's choice (until further notice)
More info on satYatune's page: http://www.satyatunes.com/





THANKS FOR THE DONATIONS!
And also a thank you to all former contributors as well.

If you want to sponsor content (please have a focus on instruments, samples and sound sets), please get in touch with the Mix Challenge staff.

Please spread the word of the challenge on social media.
For example with our dedicated Twitter Account or Facebook Page

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Good luck to all participants.
And most importantly, have fun!

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Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - SWC018 February 2019 - Submissions until 24-02-2019 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post by Mister Fox » Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:49 pm

Some fighting game soundtracks to get inspired by

One Must Fall 2097 Soundtrack (1994)
Soul Edge Soundtrack: Khan Super Session (1995)
Street Figther 5: Arcade Edition Soundtrack (2018, most notably the Opening and "Temple of Ascension")
The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact Soundtrack (2004)
Mortal Kombat 9 Soundtrack (2011 Reboot)
Skullgirls Soundtrack (2012)
Killer Instinct Soundtrack (2013 Reboot)

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Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - SWC018 February 2019 - Submissions until 24-02-2019 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post by J I L L I A M » Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:02 pm

Made for SONGWRITING COMPETITION - SWC018 February 2019

Song Info
Name of the track: Stage 7/ Trapped Within The Total Recall-Reality
BPM: 138.701



DAW Instruments:
Drummax
Harmless
Sytrus
Native Piano

Samples:
White Noise SFX from [99Sounds] White Noise SFX

DAW Effects:
Fruity Delay
Fruity Reverb
Fruity Compressor
Fruity Limiter
Transient Processor
Maximus
Parametric EQ2
Stereo Enhancer

Release date:
04 February 2019
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(Sorry for my mess-up with the corret thread and the number of competition)

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Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - SWC018 February 2019 - Submissions until 24-02-2019 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post by Mister Fox » Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:59 am

A friendly reminder:
Including today, 13 days left to submit your production.


Please spread the word on social media about this game as much as you can.

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Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - SWC018 February 2019 - Submissions until 24-02-2019 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post by TheNeverScene » Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:45 pm

Hello everyone, here is my entry titled Infernal Waste.

https://soundcloud.com/the-never-scene/ ... rnal-waste

The files:
wav: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fthzahgwdlpyy ... e.wav?dl=0
mp3: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ptd3chw9te0jt ... e.mp3?dl=0

Vsti used:
Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion
Slate Drums 4
TromineGT
Sean Pandy Drums
Garritan Personal Ochestra 4
Sonivox Orchestral Companion Brass
Xfer Serum
Reveal Sound Spire
K Plugs DXWon
EasternONE
TAL Sampler

Guitars: Recorded
Amp Sims: Mercurrial U530 and Spark

Samples (vocals from Looperman.com):
username futureanalysis
username janis71

FX vst: probably too many to list at this point, but I will if needed.

Thanks for listening and thanks to Mister Fox as usual!

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Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - SWC018 February 2019 - Submissions until 24-02-2019 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post by DoctorBob » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:22 pm

Hello all, here's my first time entry for the Songwriting Competition called "Fight or Flight". I hope you enjoy the track.

77 tracks of content mixed and Mastered in Reaper. Waves VComp and VEQ4 on most tracks, Oril River Reverb, Ozone 8 elements on master. Metering with SPAN and YouLean (free).

Various VSTi's used from the Vita series (Cinematic Percussion, Strings, Choir etc) along with many free sample loops for the vocals and sound fx.

LUFS around -14
DR 10

Title of file: "SWC018_-_DoctorBob_-_FightOrFlight"

Soundcloud for a quick listen at low res mp3 (128k at best!) (download enabled for the .wav file too if you wish to listen at a better fidelity)



Files also available from my Public Dropbox

WAV file : https://www.dropbox.com/s/wj5nwsrl09w6b ... r.wav?dl=0

320k mp3 : https://www.dropbox.com/s/xt6zjjamxwrvx ... r.mp3?dl=0

Looking forward to hearing the entries. Thanks for running the competition (I know it's hard work!)

dB (aka DoctorBob)
Last edited by DoctorBob on Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:17 pm, edited 3 times in total.

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Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - SWC018 February 2019 - Submissions until 24-02-2019 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post by RichardClarke » Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:57 am

Hi Everyone,

My Entry is errr...creatively entitled 'Fight!'

I tried to make an old video game sound that blended into a more normal track. I realised after reading the brief I kinda screwed up a bit as its pretty heavy metal too :uhuhuh: :cry: however as I spent the time on it still wanted to submit rather than press delete and forget it! :confused:

Here are screenshots of the arrange window and the effects / channels used.

Arrange
Desk

Mp3 Version
Wav Version

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Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - SWC018 February 2019 - Submissions until 24-02-2019 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post by Mister Fox » Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:39 am

A friendly reminder:
Including today, 7 days left to submit your production.


Please spread the word on social media about this game as much as you can. Let us try to exceed 10 participants this month

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Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - SWC018 February 2019 - Submissions until 24-02-2019 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post by Leonard Bowman » Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:53 am

Not sure I'm going to finish. Had an ambitious idea, and a lot going on in my world to take care of. The commitments to my physical world won out.
We'll see what happens, though. This Viennese (waltz) is turning out rather nice, I'll finish it at some point even after the fact.

Some time in the future, ballroom dance could make a solid theme for a challenge.
(my other idea was a samba, could make for an interesting stage in a fighting game.)

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