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Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS: DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ENTRIES HAS PASSED, CONTEST CLOSED, VOTING TO BEGIN SOON!!

Hi Composers’ Forum members, as you know, the 4 elements are earth, air, fire, and water. For this proposed contest, you will write a piece of music of no more than 2 minutes duration based on one of these elements. Any instrumentation, any style of music. If the contest is a go, I will give 3 months for interested composers to submit their entries to me, which I will then put up anonymously. Voting will be by the membership of this site. You can submit entries for more than one element. An MP3 or link to a soundcloud/youtube/etc will be necessary. A PDF of the score is highly desirable, but not required. In order for this contest to be a go, 10 composers need to express interest by Sunday, Jan. 21 at 5 pm EST. To express interest, reply to this thread or send me a message. Please indicate in your expression of interest what element or elements you think you might want to compose for (you can change this later). Please note that I do not need any music at this time, just an expression of interest. I have run these contests before, they are a lot of fun and a good way to get feedback about your music from your peers, hope you can join us!

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I would be interested!  I haven't been on this site for awhile, but have been thinking about getting back, so here's a great opportunity!

Thanks Emily, you are our 80th entrant!

I'm in, I will write a piece based on fire and water.

Thanks Ayden, you are our 81st entrant!

ALL: an announcement about the next phase of the contest will be coming in the next day or so. Please do not send me anything yet! For those of you who have, it’s ok, I will get back to you if I need anything additional. Deadline to express interest is Sun., Jan. 21st at 5 pm EST

Too Late!

The cat's out of the bag - we'll all be submitting videos!

Colin

Gav Brown said:

Clinton, the answer is yes, correct, just don't announce it anywhere here, let it be revealed as part of the contest -

Hello all, in 7 days the initial part of this contest, which is to get entrants, will end. We then move into the next phase, which is the time to compose the works. We need a timeframe for this. I have mentioned earlier on this thread a timeframe of 3 months, and some of you have said this is more time than is needed. So I will put the question before you - what timeframe do you want? Your choices are 1, 2, or 3 months. Just reply on this thread if you have an opinion. The deadline to sound off on the timeframe to compose is the same as the original deadline to express interest - Sun. Jan. 21st at 5 pm EST

I usually need more time, so 3 months is just fine with me.

I am fine with one or two months. Three seems excessive.

1 month.

That is 4 weeks.

Even if someone entered all 4 elements that leaves 2 minutes of music to make per week. 

The only kind of entrant who might have a case for longer is someone who does their own music with real physical drums, pianos etc. They might need time to get to their music studio to set up, play, process it etc. 

One month

I'd say that needing three months to complete two minutes of music (when there is no specific call for instrumentation or score) is rank hobbyism.  Even if many here do consider music just a casual hobby, many of us do not and spend a lot of time on it every day.  We should at least try to meet somewhere in the middle!

As evidenced by any sort of reality competition show, a fair comparison of creative work requires that 1) all the work done is done according to the same spec and 2) completed within the same, limited timeframe.  This is why I objected strongly to allowing people to submit work they've already written.  Without any foreknowledge, we will be judging stuff written in a month for the contest against pieces that may have been finessed over multiple years for totally unrelated purposes.

Finally, one contest on this site every five months (1 month to register interest + 3 months to write two minutes of music + 1 month to evaluate) means maybe two contests a year.  We should aspire to do more than that!



Dave Dexter said:

Don't forget that it's 28-32 days, as well. Andrew Thornton, as I live and etc! I thought you'd left.

Surely it's not an issue if people like more time to write? Do people need a "case" for wanting longer times?

andrew thornton said:

1 month.

That is 4 weeks.

Even if someone entered all 4 elements that leaves 2 minutes of music to make per week. 

The only kind of entrant who might have a case for longer is someone who does their own music with real physical drums, pianos etc. They might need time to get to their music studio to set up, play, process it etc. 

This string is hilarious...

How many composers does it take to change a light bulb?

One hundred. One to change the bulb and ninety-nine to say they could have done it better.

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