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 pre-submitted. 

    But then I didn't know that you should submit 2 or more element entries at once. 

    So when I submit again I will [1] put in again what I pre submitted exactly the same as it was and [2] add any other elements that I enter for. So in other words what I pre submitted remains an exact copy of that element in [1] and it only makes sense to give me a submission number then; whatever number I may have got earlier should be thrown away. 

    I am happy thus to not be contacted if the above is OK. 

  • Andrew, that is fine

  • This seems to be complicated.  If I understand correctly, I submit each of my 4 entries separately with brief explanation & no ID visible. What place is each entry copied?  mp3 entries will be at a big disadvantage, or video will have big difference  Competitions should be on an equal playground.

    Gary Mosse

  • Hi Gary, you've got it backwards on the submissions, I want all of them at once, not separately. Explanation is optional. You are correct that I want no visible ID in anything sent to me. Soundfiles sent to me should be in MP3 format, which I would upload to this site for the contest, but you can submit a link to an online file if you prefer -

  • Second entry is in, thanks! Element Count: Earth - 2, Air - 1, Fire - 0, Water - 1

  • Third entry is in, thanks! Element Count: Earth - 2, Air - 2, Fire - 1, Water - 2

  • Fourth entry is in, thanks! Element Count: Earth - 3, Air - 3, Fire - 2, Water - 3

  • Fifth entry is in, thanks! Element Count: Earth - 3, Air - 3, Fire - 2, Water - 4

  • Hello,

    I think I may have missed something. How do you want my file to  be uploaded? Shall I go through WeTransfer?


  • Hi Canary,

    Send me a friend request and I will respond with an e-mail address you can send your entry to


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