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Music => Miscellaneous Arrangements => Arrangement Contests => Topic started by: Cobraroll on May 16, 2012, 11:44:14 AM

Title: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo! Sheets out!
Post by: Cobraroll on May 16, 2012, 11:44:14 AM
Welcome to the third arrangement contest! Big applause, everybody!

This time, the rules are simple:
Arrange any video game song for a solo instrument. The following instruments are banned:
 - All keyboard-based instruments (including, but not limited to, piano, organ, harpsichord, electric piano)
 - Harp
 - Voice or whistling (yes, we're being picky)
 - The primary instrument of the song being arranged (for instance, arranging Haunted Merry Go-round (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cz9nvPtySI) for accordion wouldn't be allowed).

Apart from this, anything is legal as long as you can comfortably make sheets for it (car horns, glass bottles with water, or dial-up modems would technically be allowed, but tricky to submit).

Your score will be judged by the following criteria:
 - Relatability/Originality (how closely it follows the spirit of the original, and how creative it is)
 - Playability
 - Formatting*
 - Miscellaneous stuff such as performability, length, overall impression, etc.

*These things should be present:
-an original title (quotation marks not necessary)
-subtitle (stating the game it's from)
-original composer
-arranger
-bpm
-Instrument name
-duration
-copyright

We encourage you to be creative with your instrument choice. Points might be deducted if we get in tons of sheets using the same instrument. For instance, if we get in six violin sheets, neither of their arrangers will get points awarded for creative instrument choice. If we only get in one bagpipe, full score for him (long story short, the fewer people who arrange for the same instrument, the better).

Please try to keep your arrangement shorther than five minutes. It's up to the individual judgrors to decide whether or not this deducts points, but please think about the poor lads who have to go through every single measure in every single sheet to check for playability and formatting. Listening to it shouldn't be an exercise in patience either.

Send me a PM with your sign-up and instrument choice. You'll then receive an ID number, to put in your sheet instead of the arranger's name (check the thread for the previous round for more details).
If the instrument you want to use has been claimed by many others already, I will issue warnings. For instance, say I get four members all wanting to arrange for the sax, and five for the violin. Then I'd post something along these lines in this topic:
"If all sign-ups hand in, the following instruments will be penalized:
 - Saxophone [ x ] points
 - Violin [ x+1 ] points"

You get the idea. Also keep in mind that from experience, only about 60% of the sign-ups end up handing in. If you still feel that the violin is your best instrument, then go for it. Perhaps the five others end up being terribly busy or lack motivation to finish, and you're the only violinist to hand in. Then you'd suffer no penalty.

An extra point will be awarded for a creative title.
This to avoid boring titles like "Brinstar - Trombone" or something.

The deadline is June 7th, unless something extraordinary happens.

All hand-ins are to be sent to me. Upload your sheet to a file hosting website, and PM me the link, or PM me for a mail address to send it to. The easiest thing would be just sending a .MUS, but if you have issues with conversion from other programs, add a PDF and a sound file too.

Our prominent panel of judgrors are:
MaestroUGC
Dudeman
SlowPokemon
Olimar12345

Any of them may or may not participate. A judgror will not rate his own sheet.

Any questions, comments or rants regarding this round go in this thread. If you have suggestions for other rounds, those go in the brainstorming topic.

Have fun!
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: MaestroUGC on May 19, 2012, 08:24:42 AM
WAKE UP PEOPLE!

PM Cobra with you instrument and piece choice. This can't happen without you, so get to it! If you have any questions, please ask us, that's what we are here for. Most of us here have pretty solid knowledge about the symphonic instruments, better to ask if a violin can play a F3 then to find out half of your arrangement is impossible to play due to range.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: SlowPokemon on May 20, 2012, 01:52:00 PM
I don't think an extra point should be given for a creative name. Mine's literally impossible to creatively name.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Cobraroll on May 20, 2012, 02:20:56 PM
Zero extra points, then. Come on, you can do better than that!

Also, just to reiterate, we're not going for pure transcriptions here. It's meant to be arranged for solo instrument, not transcripted for one.

I'll send out PMs with the ID number to the ones who have signed up so far, as soon as possible.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: garlicbananas on May 20, 2012, 06:12:46 PM
I have something in mind, but with finals this week, I don't know if I'll have time.  I'll just have to wait and see.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Cobraroll on May 20, 2012, 07:56:25 PM
The deadline might be extended if a lot of people come forth with their stories of being busy. We're not so rigorous that we finish the contest without contestants just because the deadline says so.

If you want to enter, but don't have time due to school/work/family/illness, (procrastination doesn't count) please let us know! Most likely, you won't be the only one!
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: K-NiGhT on May 20, 2012, 10:23:22 PM
I'll be entering, but i'm still in school this week.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Olimar12345 on May 20, 2012, 10:51:54 PM
Me too. Just gotta pick out my song...
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: garlicbananas on May 21, 2012, 10:03:39 PM
I know the song and instrument, I just don't know if I'll be able to do it.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: MaestroUGC on May 21, 2012, 10:04:33 PM
Sign up anyway, worst case you don't turn anything in.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Cobraroll on May 23, 2012, 07:43:19 AM
^Aaaand there goes your anonymity!

Obscure your choice of instrument in this topic, and send me a PM.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: SlowPokemon on May 24, 2012, 03:06:58 AM
Oh wait do I need to send a pm with the song I'm doing?
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: MaestroUGC on May 24, 2012, 05:29:08 AM
Yes, that will be the proper procedure for all of these contests.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Cobraroll on May 24, 2012, 07:29:26 AM
In this case, just to check if you choose the same song and the same instrument as somebody else, in which case you'll be notified. A little comparison is well and good, but if three or more people pick the same song for the same instrument....
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Olimar12345 on May 24, 2012, 05:04:51 PM
For the ppl who aren't getting it:
Send me(cobra) a PM with your sign-up and instrument choice.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: SlowPokemon on May 24, 2012, 09:26:41 PM
I already did that! I said SONG CHOICE if you've read my post.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Olimar12345 on May 25, 2012, 12:49:15 AM
...That was mostly for K-night...
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: insaneintherain on May 25, 2012, 06:30:52 AM
Finally! So pumped for this contest. I've got some pretty epic ideas up here... :3
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Cobraroll on May 25, 2012, 07:35:08 AM
I've got a question concerning whether medleys should be allowed. What do you say?
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: pumpy_heart on May 25, 2012, 05:49:09 PM
Medleys can sometimes be more powerful than any individual piece from a game, if handled correctly. They create a lot more emotional contrast than most single game pieces as each piece tends to focus on a specific location and setting a certain tone.

Would rather not have medleys. Keeps things simple.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: MaestroUGC on May 25, 2012, 07:45:46 PM
Agreed, Medleys don't seem to work for this contest...
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: pumpy_heart on June 06, 2012, 02:58:30 PM
So our pieces are due in tomorrow?
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Cobraroll on June 06, 2012, 05:29:38 PM
Yeah, about that....

We've got a whooping four sign-ups so far, nobody has handed in yet. Should we extend the deadline?
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: SlowPokemon on June 06, 2012, 06:03:43 PM
Yep for at least another week or I can't participate. Actually on second thought, I probably won't participate anyway. This contest is kinda really boring. :P
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Bespinben on June 06, 2012, 10:03:51 PM
Yep for at least another week or I can't participate. Actually on second thought, I probably won't participate anyway. This contest is kinda really boring. :P

...ya'll were too hesistant to tackle the choral beast.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Olimar12345 on June 06, 2012, 11:39:58 PM
I have been really busy-Haven't even started yet...
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: insaneintherain on June 07, 2012, 12:29:06 AM
I don't have any good ideas now... I might not turn mine in.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: SlowPokemon on June 07, 2012, 04:25:16 AM
...ya'll were too hesistant to tackle the choral beast.

Actually, if you remember correctly, that was the one I advocated. Because I suspected this might happen.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: MaestroUGC on June 07, 2012, 05:07:26 AM
What are you going to do?

Maybe next time we'll do the Choral Contest.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Bespinben on June 07, 2012, 05:16:10 AM
Actually, if you remember correctly, that was the one I advocated. Because I suspected this might happen.

I remember, that's why I wrote "ya'll", to address the participants as a whole.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Cobraroll on June 07, 2012, 06:00:48 PM
Okay, then:

The deadline is extended until further notice + one week.

That means, when the deadline is announced, you'll still have a week to do your stuff.

Suggestions are welcome.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Cobraroll on June 19, 2012, 05:54:28 PM
This... kinda died.

Is anybody still working on something? Or at least, considering to enter?
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Bespinben on June 19, 2012, 07:52:49 PM
It might have gotten swallowed up by NSM Community Orchestra project.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: MaestroUGC on June 19, 2012, 08:17:21 PM
Oh, that's my bad.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Olimar12345 on June 19, 2012, 10:00:58 PM
Too busy with other projects atm.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: garlicbananas on June 21, 2012, 05:27:04 PM
I'll see if I can get around to it.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: pumpy_heart on June 27, 2012, 03:07:35 PM
Done with school = free.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: insaneintherain on June 27, 2012, 03:37:18 PM
Done with school = free.
Done with school = no ideas -> not free T_T
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Dudeman on July 11, 2012, 08:33:46 PM
...is anybody there? The judges are anxious to judge. (I am anyway.)
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Olimar12345 on July 11, 2012, 08:43:45 PM
I'm too busy with commisions atm.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: FSM-Reapr on July 11, 2012, 09:51:07 PM
NOT YET!! I REALLY want to participate, but I don't have time!!! In the beginning of October I would have time!!!
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Cobraroll on July 11, 2012, 11:07:11 PM
We've had exactly one hand-in so far. I'll let this run at least until we get one more.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: garlicbananas on July 14, 2012, 03:30:58 AM
Come on guys, I want someone to compete against.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Olimar12345 on July 14, 2012, 03:46:38 AM
I really don't want this to die-I'll see if I can put something together...
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Brassman388 on July 14, 2012, 09:32:15 AM
I'm working on one, surprisingly.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Olimar12345 on July 15, 2012, 08:41:00 AM
Just finished mine. It's pretty bitchin', too.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: pumpy_heart on July 16, 2012, 06:59:33 AM
I can finish mine in a day or so. Probably this afternoon, yes. I'll finish then.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Cobraroll on July 16, 2012, 10:57:20 PM
Yay! More participants!

One thing, though: Unless you have a really good reason, just hand in a .MUS file. That makes things easier for us, and keeps the "packages" for judgroring and voting a lot smaller.

Upon hand-in, a YouTube link to the piece you arranged would also be appreciated.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Olimar12345 on July 16, 2012, 11:31:02 PM
One thing, though: Unless you have a really good reason, just hand in a .MUS file. That makes things easier for us, and keeps the "packages" for judgroring and voting a lot smaller.

Upon hand-in, a YouTube link to the piece you arranged would also be appreciated.
sry/mybad.mov
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: pumpy_heart on July 19, 2012, 04:23:45 PM
Got randomly busy and will be for a while. When is this thing going to be due?
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Cobraroll on July 19, 2012, 08:41:01 PM
Because I say so, the deadline is August 1st.

We have enough entrants to make it a contest. It won't be terribly spectacular, but at least there are multiple sheets to vote for.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: FSM-Reapr on July 19, 2012, 09:26:20 PM
NOOOO... I wanted to join but the timing is awful...
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Olimar12345 on July 19, 2012, 09:31:56 PM
Don't worry, there'll be more.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: FSM-Reapr on July 19, 2012, 09:43:59 PM
Yeah, I kinda figured that out by the "3" :P
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: MaestroUGC on July 19, 2012, 09:45:03 PM
Yeah, The next one probably won't be until the holidays, of course we can do an extended one like this throughout the fall if people feel up to it.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Olimar12345 on August 05, 2012, 06:07:11 AM
Bump...sorta. So how are things going?
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Cobraroll on August 05, 2012, 03:19:53 PM
Ah, that's true. The deadline was four days ago.

We've only had two hand-ins. I don't have the time now, but tomorrow I'll get the files out to the judgrors and anybody else who wants to pit them against each other.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: garlicbananas on August 06, 2012, 09:03:06 PM
Only two?  Guess this is some head to head combat.  I can't wait to see what Olimar made when this is all done.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo!
Post by: Cobraroll on August 23, 2012, 08:32:32 PM
Sorry to keep you waiting!  :-[

Here are all the entries.

Viridian Forest (https://dl.dropbox.com/u/61044072/AC3/Viridian%20Clarinet.mus) from Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver, by 019820.



Minor Remnants (https://dl.dropbox.com/u/61044072/AC3/Minor_Remnants_1.mus) from Metroid II, by 022396.


Yep, that's it. Pick your favourite!
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo! Sheets out!
Post by: Olimar12345 on September 05, 2012, 09:24:35 PM
Hey judgrors, how's it going?
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo! Sheets out!
Post by: Cobraroll on September 05, 2012, 10:19:48 PM
I've got in 25% of the results from the judgrors so far. We're on track!
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo! Sheets out!
Post by: Olimar12345 on September 21, 2012, 06:42:04 PM
Lets finish this up so we can start the next one!
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo! Sheets out!
Post by: Cobraroll on November 01, 2012, 11:12:45 PM
Because a new month has arrived, as well as a general lack of interest/feedback/ballots from the judgrors, I hereby declare this round for Over.

As Olimar12345 won the popular vote, and was the only judgror who even bothered to hand in the ballots, he is declared the winner. PM me to claim your prize, Olimar (as Dahans never claimed his from the previous round, I decided to give it to whoever won this one).

Big round of applause, everybody. ::)

Congratulations, Olimar! Congratulations, Garlicbananas! You were a very close second, and both pieces were enjoyable to listen to.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo! Sheets out!
Post by: Olimar12345 on November 02, 2012, 12:15:42 AM
Lol Wooooooooooooooooooooooooow.
Title: Re: Arrangement contest 3 - Going Solo! Sheets out!
Post by: garlicbananas on November 15, 2012, 09:58:00 PM
I'm honestly surprised I even came close.  I thought Olimar's was way better.  Cool though.