OLRmageddon Month One: Voting Has Started

The voting stage of OverLooked ReMix’s newest monthly competition, OLRmageddon, has finally begun. This month’s theme focuses on “The Games of Capcom” and entries include remixes from games such as the Megaman series, Power Stone, and even Phoenix Wright. We encourage you to stop by, take a listen, and enjoy the music.

OLRmageddon voting rules can be found here: http://olremix.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6603

The official OLRmageddon voting thread with links to this month’s entries can be found here: http://olremix.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6770

Voting ends Wednesday, January 31st, 12AM EST

Happy voting!

Conceptual Music Competition 4: The Beginning (CMC goes Multi-forum!)

The Conceptual Music Competition begun its fourth round Friday, “The Beginning” after some delay over the results of CMC 3. With this new round comes a new twist. The competition is now open to members of six forums across the music community!
This competition is based on the rules of the classic TOMC (Thematic Original Music Competition).

The CMC (Conceptual Music Competition) is designed so that each participant enters a piece of music based on a set theme. The participants take the theme and interpret it as they will to come up with something that fits. Any style can work, as long as it portrays a sense of what the theme is. During the run of TOMC, the idea was to make it fit an RPG feel. In CMC, you shouldn’t necessarily limit yourself to that. Feel free to be imaginative!

Each successive theme will be chosen by the winner of the previous competition. For example, say the theme of the last competition, CMC 10, was “The Desert” and the winner, Gabe, submitted a piece that knocked the socks off of everyone, so he won. Gabe then gets to decide the theme for CMC 11.

This competition is open to registered members of the forums of
OverClocked ReMix, VGMix, Newgrounds, ThaSauce, Ormgas, and VGMusic.

CMC 4: The Beginning
Long before all that we know came to be, there was the source… the beginning…

Voting Rules!:

  • Voters will be allowed to pick a first place (3 points) and any number of honorary mentions (1 point). Only one set of votes from any one voter will be accepted and a person cannot vote for any one piece more than once. Corrections to votes, from the original voter only, will be accepted, but corrections will void the previous votes. Basically, a voter can vote and correct the vote, but only the final form of that vote will be counted. Send all votes to Abadoss by PM. Please include any and all constructive critiques (not to be confused with bashing) about them with your votes as well, so that there’s always a sense of growth in the artform. If you wish to remain anonymous, just state so in your PM. Thanks.
  • The voting period will last from the moment the entries are posted in the thread to the Saturday of the following week. The voting period for this round ends on February 17, so be sure to spend some time really listening to the pieces.
  • Any participant in the competition can vote, but not for their own pieces. However, in an effort to encourage voting among participants, any participant who votes will have 2 points added to their voting score.

Official Rules!:

  1. Each piece must be originally composed for this competition. Arrangements and remixes will not be accepted. (Pieces composed by the participant prior to the competition will not be accepted.)
  2. Each piece must be 2:00 or longer and match the competition theme.
  3. Only one entry per person. Collaborations will be allowed, but each collaborator may not submit any other pieces. (This also means that a person cannot collaborate on two or more different pieces at the same time.)
  4. A link to the entry piece must be e-mailed or PMed to Abadoss prior to the deadline set for each competition. DO NOT POST THE LINK IN THE THREAD! However, feel free to post in the WIP:Other forum.
  5. Important: Each file must be labelled accordingly: Composer_Name_-_Composition_Title_CMC#.mp3
    (For example, if Reginald Nunez submits a piece called “Walking Through Candycoated Forests” to CMC 14, then his filename would be: Reginald_Nunez_-_Walking_Through_Candycoated_Forests_CMC14.mp3
  6. MP3 file format is required. Know that even OGG will need to be converted into MP3. (If someone is unable to do so themselves, Abadoss would be willing and able to do it for them.)
  7. Entries should be accompanied by a description and/or story to help listeners understand what the piece is about. (Not required, though.)
  8. All entries must be submitted by Saturday, February 3, 2007 at 11:59 PM – PST, GMT-8.

You can find the competition threads for each forum listed below:

Good luck and have fun! 😀

Previous CMCs: http://www.warnerpacific.edu/personal/kkeyn/CMC.htm

Competition Report

Three current competitions for the month of December are explored.
(Final Fantasy 7 Remix comp., FAC7: Fanart competition featuring ICO
and Shadow of the Colossus, and brand new Vocal Remixing Competition!!)

In the month of December, there are a couple of competitions both new
and old on the OCRemix forums. This month features a remix competition,
the standard fanart competition and a brand new vocal remixing
competition. These contests help to keep the OCR community busy by
allowing forum go-ers to test their skills against other video game
lovers in new and challenging ways.

The remix competition, held by zircon, takes Final Fantasy VII as
its subject. Competitors are allowed to select one of five tracks from
the original soundtrack and create a new, original remix before the end
of the year. Since the theme was announced on December 3rd, remixers
only have four short weeks to complete their work before submiting it
for evaluation. The five available tracks from FFVII include:
Opening/Bombing Mission, Barrett’s Theme, Still More Fighting, Main
Theme of Final Fantasy VII and Racing Chocobos – Place Your Bets. If
you can’t recognize these by name, then listen to the first couple of
measures of each. Surely, they will stir up memories, as most of the
tracks from FFVII do. Already, four OCR users (Fishy, Nicole Adams,
~Aran Dol~, The Prophet of Mephisto) have announced their bid in this
remix competition. Who knows if there are any other persons with hidden
remixing talent who will also enter? To make things even more exciting,
prizes will also be awarded to the top three that are selected. Third
place will receive a $10 iTunes gift certificate. Second place will be
given a $20 iTunes gift certificate and first place will win an
authentic, if not official, OCRemix t-shirt or hoodie along with a $10
iTunes gift certificate. Though this is first time awards have been
mentioned, zircon states that it is only to provide incentive to
remixers who have both time and talent to contribute. In addition, it
should be noted that any completed remix will be considered as a track
for the OCR FFVII project titled Voices of the Lifestream. So
remixers should know that this is not only an opportunity to gain some
bragging rights and a gift certicifate, it could also put one of them
on an official OCR collaborative project! The stakes are high, but
results won’t be posted until next year.

At the same time, the December fanart competition is underway. Last
month’s competition ended with Electronic Samurai taking a total of 45
votes for his pencil drawing of Kefka from Final Fantasy VI. As always,
winners of the fanart competition get the privilege to select the
subject for the next month. The theme for this month is ICO and its
sequel, Shadow of the Colossus. For those who are unfamiliar with the
games, ICO and SotC are, at heart, puzzle games embedded in heavily
atmospheric tale between a hero and a mute princess. In ICO, you play
as a hero who must escort a princess through a castle while providing a
path for her to move from one point to another. However, in SotC, as
the hero, you must defeat unique bosses who are several times your
own size. To defeat a boss, the path to its weak spot must be
determined which can prove to be more difficult than thought. Both
games, however, place an emphasis on the mood and light. Some memorable
images include the dainty princess, Yorda, wearing a simple white
dress, the hero himself, and of course, the meticulously designed and
detailed boss characters from SotC. The OCR forums have generated a lot
of expectations for this month’s competition. A familiar contributor,
Ninja-san, asked whether or not sculptures are allowed. Maybe his entry
will be worth looking for. On another note, the original concept art
behind either game is exceptionally stunning. Combined with artistic
direction and immersive environment, fanartists will have a lot to play
around with. If anyone interested in entering, the deadline is Monday,
December 28th.

The biggest competition this month would have to go to the Vocal Remixing
Competition, run by pixietricks. First conceptualized by genghisdani,
competitors would allowed to be able to add their own vocal
intepretation to a set remix. It has been compared to an OCR version of
the popular show, American Idol. It opens up the pool of participants
as many OCR fans are able to sing, though may lack skills or experience
in remixing music. In being the very first of its kind on OCR, there
have been a number of issues and concerns over the format of the
competition in general. Nevertheless, with pixietricks at the helm,
decisions have been made to bring genghisdani’s dream to fruition. As
it stands, the lyrical piece can be sung as it stands, replaced with
original lyrics by the singer, or without lyrics at all! Each entry
will be judged in three aspects by the voters, creativity, vocal
execution and production. 24 people have already confirmed their
participation in the very fist Vocal Remixing Competition including
familiar names such as suzumebachi, EazyP, Malcos, Unknown and
bladiator. At first glance, this is already intense from the start (not
to mention that prizes are available to the first, second and third
place winners). Prizes include an OCR hoodie or t-shirt, and/or an
iTunes gift certificate. For round 1, the vocal piece chosen was
zircon’s Smooth Metal remix from Megaman 2. The deadline is Saturday,
December 23rd. Good luck to all of the participants!

Sakari End of the Year Music Competition

As some of you may already know, Sakari Infinity is holding an end of the year music competition. This competition is similar to past monthly competitions, only slightly more difficult, and promising a prize for the winner (TBA Music Software).
Here’s the lowdown on the competition:

For this competition, musicians are given a choice between 5 themes from popular or classic video games and asked to write a substitute piece. This substitute piece must not be a remix or arrangement of the original, but an entirely new piece that could be used in place of the original. That’s where the challenge comes from…

Entries are being accepted now until Jan 1, 2007, 12:00:01 AM PST, GMT-8

Everybody is encouraged to join in. As always, Sakari has a system to allow uploads from members. If you have any problems contact me on Sakari.

Source Link: http://www.sakari-infinity.net/forums/index.php?topic=690
Cited: http://www.sakari-infinity.net

CMC 3: Snow

The theme for the next round of CMC: Conceptual Music Competition has been chosen and posted by last round’s winner, Abadoss. This round’s theme is “Snow” and here’s the description:

“Autumn has passed and winter descends upon the world. Snow has fallen upon the fields, transforming them into seas of white, and upon the trees, turning them to living clouds sitting low on the horizon.”

Entries are due on Saturday, December 23, 2006 at 11:59 PM (PST, GMT-8).

For more details, please visit the CMC thread in General Discussion on the OCR forums.

Based on the rules of the original TOMC, the CMC (Conceptual Music Competition) is designed so that each participant enters a piece of music based on a set theme. The participants take the theme and interpret it as they will to come up with something that fits. Any style can work, as long as it portrays a sense of what the theme is.

Official Rules!:

  1. Each piece must be originally composed for this competition. Arrangements and remixes will not be accepted. (Pieces composed by the participant prior to the competition will not be accepted.)
  2. Each piece must be 2:00 or longer and match the competition theme.
  3. Only one entry per person. Collaborations will be allowed, but each collaborator may not submit any other pieces. (This also means that a person cannot collaborate on two or more different pieces at the same time.)
  4. A link to the entry piece must be PMed to Abadoss prior to the deadline set for each competition. DO NOT POST THE LINK IN THE THREAD! However, feel free to post in the WIP:Other forum.
  5. Important: Each file must be labelled accordingly: Composer_Name_-_Composition_Title_CMC#.mp3
    (For example, if Magnus King submits a piece called “Heavy Laden with Ketchup” to CMC 10, then his filename would be: Magnus_King_-_Heavy_Laden_with_Ketchup_CMC10.mp3)
  6. MP3 file format is required. Know that even OGG will need to be converted into MP3. (If someone is unable to do so themselves, Abadoss would be willing and able to do it for them.)
  7. Entries should be accompanied by a description and/or story to help listeners understand what the piece is about. (Not required, though.)
  8. All entries must be submitted by Saturday, December 23, 2006 at 11:59 PM – PST, GMT-8.

RPGamer announces ‘Anthem of the Unsung’ contest

In this week’s RPGamer.com Sound Test update, Matthew Foster
(Redbeastmage) announced the launch of ‘Anthem of the Unsung’, the
site’s first music related competition in a year. Contestants are
expected to create remixes of lesser known character themes in order to
compete for a first place prize of an RPG soundtrack worth $40.
In his own words, here’s the basic scope on what is expected of the source material choice for this competition.

‘For a common example, doing say, Terra’s theme from Final Fantasy VI
would recieve a 0 for the contest, as she is argueably the main
character of the game. However, doing a piece that is based on Gogo’s
theme, from the same game, would be more fitting. Keep in mind, that
the character on whom the music is based doesn’t need to be a hero or
playable character. Villians, NPCs, even multiple related characters
are fair game. Basically anyone with a musical theme attached to them
will work out.’

The deadline for submissions is December 14th at 11:59PM PST, with
the results to be announced on Christmas Eve. For the contest rules and
judging criteria, click here.

Dwelling of the Chiptunes?

Below is a link that will hopefuly lead you to the first D.O.C.
compotetion or dwelling of the chiptunes hosted by none other than
local chiptune enthusiast Spamtron! The first round was somewhat short
notice and thus had a small turnout. However you can still vote for the
current songs that made it through :)! Votes are accepted untill
Saturday the 23rd of September at Midnight West Coast 3:am East Cost
time. You have 10 points to distribute however you wish for
original compositions and 5 points to distribute for cover songs. Make
your voice count and send your votes/submitions to guerinator [at] gmail.com!
Enjoy listening to what made it this round and get pumped for round 2
which has just started and ends October 14th! Rules for the compotetion
can be found on the site itself. Basicaly, any hardwear/software that
has a nice retro chipy sound is welcomed! From 8-bit sqaure waves to
the 16-bit Fm sounds of the Sega Genesis! The focus here is not exact
specifications. Rather it’s on having fun and getting everyone a chance
to get involved! So dust off that tracker or whatever you have and get
creative. The more entiers the better. Let’s make this next one a D.O.C
to remember :)!

A big thanks in advance to everyone who participates in any fasion. Be
sure to drop by the temp Shizz Shelter forums and leave us some
comments if you can! If you do vote, try to vote fair :). Above all
enjoy listening and hopefuly making your own chip-tunes for round 2 and
beyond :)!


http://megatwerp.com/doc/?content=current

Help me win $750

So, several weeks ago, I was told about a remixing competition for CBC. Interested, I remixed the song and sent it in.

And to my amazement, I am one of the ten finalist 🙂

So now, there is an online poll of who you think has the best remix. I want you to vote for me anyways =D

You can vote once every 12 hours for a week, and to listen to the songs
you need realplayer. Some of the other songs are pretty cool.

Thank you.

http://www.cbc.ca/thering/remix.html

Sakari September Music Competition

Sakari has officially started its Music Competition for
September. The theme (surprise, surprise) is The Matrix. But it’s not JUST The
Matrix… There is another level to choose from.

The theme this month is most definitely The Matrix, but anyone participating
may choose one of five pre-selected scenes from that movie to write music for.
The scenes for this month are:

1.) Chase scene with Trinity and Agent Smith at the
beginning.

2.)
Scene with Neo waiting under the bridge in the pouring-down rain.

3.)
The “Kung Fu” scene with Neo and Morpheus.

4.)
Scene where Agent Smith is “breaking” Morpheus in the large
building.

5.)
Scene where Neo is killed and then gains his abilities.

Each one has a different difficulty rating and a different
theme behind it. There’s already a bit of a stir in the forums about this
month’s pick; word is that the musicians are excited. I think this is going to
be a very fun month, and there are enough themes to pick from that no one will
be able to say: “I’m no good at writing that type of music”. The
Staff at Sakari are looking forward to a large number of participants this
month.

Also, the submission dates are similar to last month.
Submissions for this contest will only be accepted from September 20th through
September 26th. It’s a bit of a wider window this month, so it should be easier
to remember to get your entry in on time.

If you haven’t seen The Matrix, I’m sure there’s a good
reason: Maybe you were in a coma for the last 7 years, or perhaps you were in a
scientific study in a strictly-confined area. But if you’re reading this, then
there’s no excuse: If you’ve not seen The Matrix yet, you must. Not only is it
a prerequisite for the contest, it’s just a plain ol’ good movie that
everyone should see at least once.

As always, more information is in the Sakari forums. See you
there!

http://www.sakari-infinity.net