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SONGWRITING COMPETITION - SWC027 November 2019 - Submissions until 24-11-2019 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

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SONGWRITING COMPETITION - SWC027 November 2019 - Submissions until 24-11-2019 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post by Mister Fox » Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:30 pm

Hello and welcome to the Songwriting Competition 27 - November 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 (artist name should be the same as the forum username)
  • If you only post a SoundCloud link, please name the file properly before uploading and make your song downloadable

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 (usually 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 - SWC027 November 2019 - Submissions until 24-11-2019 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post by Mister Fox » Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:03 pm

CURRENT CHALLENGE - GENERAL INFORMATION

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

Challenge submission will end on 24-11-2019, 11:59pm CET/GMT+1 (Germany) - until further notice.

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: Symphony of Guitars

GENRE: Symphonic Metal

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Image Source: Pixabay, photo by StockSnap, released under Creative Commons CC0


A few word about this month's theme:
Staff (Mister Fox) wrote:It is #MetalNovember !

We've had "Heavy Metal" songwriting games before, but we've never really locked in a specific genre. So why not dip a toe into "Symphonic Metal"? Which, IMO, is a great blend of either Power or Speed Metal, but with Folk/Orchestra/Opera elements. Which route you go, is up to you.



Your task for this Songwriting Competition:
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This month, you can create a production in the "Symphonic Metal" genre.


What I'd like to see here, is a focus on the "Symphonic" side of metal. That means, more melody and harmony lines, strings (either real ones or from a synthesizer), maybe even powerful vocals on top of everything (yes, those vocals can be growls/screams, or regular singing).

What I do not want to see here, is going experimental. Like "Avant-garde Metal" or "Industrial" metal. Like with every musical genre, certain lines are super thin. Some "Symphonic" content could be interpreted as "Progressive", while Power Metal with Speed Metal elements could just be considered "Speed Metal". Find your own rhythm... either let it sound like a big opera, but with guitars, or more upbeat in general.


I highly suggest taking a closer look at the cheat sheet - like usual.

Please have fun - I'm looking forward to your entries. :phones:




IMPORTANT BONUS INFORMATION:

With this SWC, I'd like to introduce a new game mechanic - "additional bonus points". If you meet specific tasks at the end of the game, you get additional points to your overall score. These points can (in some cases) decide a certain position at the end of the global score sheet.

The main idea behind these bonus points, is to raise the quality of the game a bit, push the interaction. As of this moment, there are only two (number: 2) extra points to be made. One for proper documentation of your production (1 pts), meaning: listing what instruments you used, what your idea behind the production was and even vocals. And an additional one for giving more detailed feedback (1 pts), think: I like this section, however you could maybe try this/that or focus on this/that instrument, etc.

In the future, there might be more bonus points to collect - depending on how well this new mechanic is received. However, two points are already a good start, which can already drastically influence the final score.

Songwriting Add-On Rules:
  • Create a production in the "Symphonic Metal" genre
  • you can use any tool that is at your disposal (samples, virtual instruments and/or real instruments)
  • IMPORTANT: if you use non-licensed material (no material from sample CDs, etc), give full credit to the source material
  • 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 versions 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.


RECURRING LICENSE SPONSORSHIP:

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IK Multimedia is kind enough give away one license of MODO BASS to the winner
License will turn into NFR
More info on IK Multimedia: https://www.ikmultimedia.com


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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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JRR Sounds is kind enough give away any-1 sound sets or sample set of winner's choice (exception: Bundles)
More info on JRR Sounds: https://www.jrrshop.com/jrr-sounds


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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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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 - SWC027 November 2019 - Submissions until 24-11-2019 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post by Mister Fox » Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:33 pm

AUDIO EXAMPLES:
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The infamous yet highly educational MAP OF METAL
https://mapofmetal.com/

Wikipedia entry on "Symphonic Metal"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphonic_metal



Random hand selected videos (Youtube)

X-Japan - Art of Life (1993)
Sonata Arctica - Respect the wilderness (2001)
Nightwish - Ghost Love Score (2004)
Katra - Beast Within
Epica - Design your Universe (2009)
XANDRIA - Valentine (2012)
Dethklok - Galaxy (2012, technically Death Metal, which turned more and more into Symphonic Death Metal)
Dethklok - Morte Lumina (2013, the Death Metal-turned-Opera answer to the 2012 album)
KAMELOT - My Confession ft. Eklipse (2013)
A Sound of Thunder - Elijah (2014, technically Power Metal)


More to come...



Don't have a specific instrument at your disposal?

Guitars:
Musiclab - the RealGuitar series. 30 day unrestricted demos

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Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - SWC027 November 2019 - Submissions until 24-11-2019 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post by TrojakEW » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:07 pm

For free guitar you can also check this post on KVR. I have not used but it sounds good.
Best FREE Multisampled EGuitar, Metal Guitar & EBass from Japanese Website

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Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - SWC027 November 2019 - Submissions until 24-11-2019 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post by becsei_gyorgy » Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:28 pm

Hi Folks!

I am an absolute beginner hobbyist and completely new to this forum, and I am very happy that I found this site.
This song is my second composition in my life, which is longer than 8 bars :-) (the first one I created last month for the "8dio Score this..." contest).

I hope fits in the genre and doesn't sound too bad.
I created this song this saturday, and I used only headphones, sorry for the potentially bad mix.

I have read the rules, but if I did something wrong, please message me or correct it.

My files:
SWC027_becsei_gyorgy_Fall of Themyscira.mp3
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CPwD96 ... QkI72/view

SWC027_becsei_gyorgy_Fall of Themyscira.wav
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1e1NL36 ... UfBQ6/view


user: becsei_gyorgy

DAW:
Reaper

Instruments:
Addictive Drums 2
Kontakt -->
The Giant
Shreddage 3 Jupiter
Shreddage 3 Abyss
Albion One
Zero-G Ethera Evi 2.0
Metropolis Ark 1
Oceania
Tina Guo Cello

Effects:
TR5 White 2A
TR5 Black 76
Blackhole
Fabfilter Pro-Q3
bx_subsynth
R-vox
Valhalla Vintage Verb
Ozone 8 Standard

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Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - SWC027 November 2019 - Submissions until 24-11-2019 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post by Mister Fox » Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:39 am

A friendly reminder:
Including today, 14 days left to submit your production.


A very warm welcome to all new faces to the forum and especially the Songwriting Competition. Good luck, and please continue to spread the word. The more participants, the more fun!

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Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - SWC027 November 2019 - Submissions until 24-11-2019 11:59pm GMT+1/CET

Post by Mister Fox » Mon Nov 18, 2019 2:11 am

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


So far, we have one entry. Would love to see more than 10 this month. :phones:

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