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CMC - Conceptual Music Competition 16: Beyond the Depths

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CMC: Conceptual Music Competition

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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.

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 21, was "Doomsday" and the winner, Carly, submitted a piece that knocked the socks off of everyone, so she won. Carly then gets to decide the theme for CMC 22.

This competition is open to registered members of the forums of

OverClocked ReMix, VGMix, Ormgas, VGMusic, Gaming World, and Young Composers.

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CMC 16: Beyond the Depths

"In the deep parts of this world are treasures unimaginable. The darkness hides wonders unspoiled by the eyes of men. On this endless night, a captian and his crew drift toward the secret shores of the underworld - like the slow falling of a leaf. The journey promised fame and riches, but it has come at a cost. He has already had to quell two insurrections on the way down and a particular passage in the ancient maniscript has unsettling implications: 'Beware the dark things of the deep. They will swallow you.'" -Jeremy Robson

Results!:

There are 11 entries for this round...

HoboKa - "Underwater Feat"

  • "Set in the future with weird industrial drums, an eerie rhythm and a mysterious feeling. There be treasure underwater ye scurvy dogs!"

Oni-91 - "Under the Waves"
  • "This piece has been made whilst watching a pretty good TV series called Fort Boyard. There's one challenge in it, where a contestant has to zip-line from the top of the Fort, into the sea, then they have to swim to a nearby ship, and climb it within a 3 minute time limit. There's something they need at the top, and if they don't get it in time, it explodes. That's why this piece is three minutes (well, the ending part happens at 3'00). I've taken inspiration from the actual pieces used in Fort Boyard, and did the No.2 cliche for this : reverb percussion. No.1 is using a phaser, and it didn't feel right when I tried it. Oh well, enjoy."

Miri - "Beneath the Surface"

  • "Beneath the surface is the mysterious underworld where strange things are lurking in the darkness."

SSC - "Abstracts"
  • "The deaf sounds of machinery, organisms, and melancholy in complete darkness."

Virtualshock - "Descent into Darkness"

  • "The submarine dips it nose under water, and submerges into the depths. The men and captain inside begin their journey with high hopes, however as they progress into the shady, silent water, their mood fades... They have begun their Descent into Darkness."

Zephyr Tread - "Deep Waters"
  • "A large ship approaches, gliding on through the dark ocean, the crew gaze out at that which they have left behind, all seems surreal as they drift toward their end. They sail onwards, each crewman's consciousness begins to fade as a siren song dissolves into the distance. What lies ahead for these condemned sailors? Only that which lies beneath... deep waters."

Dev - "Aye, We Dive for Atlantis"

  • "This is an orchestral piece divided into roughly three parts: the first being a submarine, out in the open ocean, prepared to dive. The second, denoted by the dissonant build-up, is the dive into the deep unknown. Finally, the quicker section is meant to represent the adventures had... BEYOND THE DEEP! And supposedly searching for Atlantis."

The Orichalcon - "Talon Eye"
  • "Entering the depths of the dungeon cave. The crew seeks the legendary Talon Eye, an artifact that grants its bearer God-like powers. Said to be placed by Aztec Gods within caves unexplored by man, will they recover the treasure within the depths or go insane with frustration trying to find it?"

Alex Smith - "Into the Black Cavern"

  • "You open the dusty, weathered book. Only a few pages remain legible:
    --
    [0:00] Day 8 - We should reach the Black Cavern in less than a week. We drift further across this dark sea, praying we may soon see clouds once again.
    [0:37] Day 13: A distant sound can be heard coming from the depths. It sounds like the beating of a drum - but surely that can not be. For two days now our ship has been slowly descending the watery cavern - deep as any sea and blacker than the darkest night.
    [0:59] Day 20: Disaster. We are rapidly running out of food and there is no sign of the fabled treasure. What is more, we have started hearing unfriendly whispers echo from the deep. I do not like this at all.
    [1:43] Day 22: The men are taking up arms. Creatures are attacking the ship. I fear we may not survive this. If we do not return to port, I pray someone one day finds this diary… I - *splattered blood obscures the rest of the entry*
    --
    [2:07] You close the book, taken aback. Could the legend of the Black Cavern really be true?"

Brainstar - "Tribute to Dark Depths"

  • "A dark way, shown by their own fearful light, will lead them to a choir of ceased voices, ended by hopeful light."

Blue.Nocturne - "Deep Sea Descent"
  • "This is the story of an explorer who dives deep down into the ocean hoping to find the entrance to the underworld. Having lost his wife and children on a fishing trip, he hopes to retrieve them back. Our protagonist dives deep, with nothing around but water for miles. However, he soon sees a strange light in a hidden crevice. There, he sees his wife and children.. but they are trapped within. Hopeful, he heads toward the strange light, not knowing what will happen, he continues through the dark water."

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 that week. The voting period for this round ends February 2, 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 Bethany Smith submits a piece called "Wallowing in Jello" to CMC 19, then her filename would be: Bethany_Smith_-_Wallowing_in_Jello_CMC19.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, January 26, 2008 at 11:59 PM - PST, GMT-8.

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

Good luck and have fun! :D

Previous CMCs: http://personalpages.warnerpacific.edu/kkeyn/CMC.htm

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Who did the image for this CMC? I like it.

Edit: Oh yeah, and when you read the theme for CMC16, imagine a deep-voiced movie narrator speaking it during a movie trailer.

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Does anyone notice that Abadoss changes the example text in the post every time? This time it says:

Each successive theme will be chosen by the winner of the previous competition. For example, say the theme of the last competition, CMC 21, was "Doomsday" and the winner, Carly, submitted a piece that knocked the socks off of everyone, so she won. Carly then gets to decide the theme for CMC 22.

I think it's worth mentioning since he takes the time to do it each and every contest.

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That is extremely strange. He also changes the names around for the official rules.

5. Important: Each file must be labeled accordingly: Composer_Name_-_Composition_Title_CMC#.mp3

(For example, if Bethany Smith submits a piece called "Wallowing in Jello" to CMC 19, then her filename would be: Bethany_Smith_-_Wallowing_in_Jello_CMC19.mp3)

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he's been doing this since the beginning, fyi. go back and look at the cached threads.

Well, excuse me for stating the obvious. Hmph

Abadoss, who did the art for this CMC? Let us know!

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If only my ******* new midi keyboard would actually work I'd be straight in.

It's important to learn to compose without a keyboard. The only thing I can think that you would REALLY need a keyboard is when you're trying to create an authentic piano-type midi track. I would never try to do that without a keyboard.

Just to prove my point, this is 100% mousework: http://www.elanhickler.com/music/Tomorrows%20Hope.mp3

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fine I will do it then :P...

and Argitoth why don't u help with the SD3 project as well? or Prophet of Mephisto ;) there's a few more open slots :D

actually, hoboka, i'm listed as available for collaboration. just haven't started a mix, because, as you can see, i'm in quite a few projects right now. rd took up a lot of my time, too.

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Woah. I actually got a decent 'prototype' in a day! Now I just need to spend a bit of time filling in the cracks, and I'm done. As a nice touch, the piece is exactly 3'00. Why? Well, you'll find out.

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Well funnily enough I always used to compose without a keyboard for years. It's just that now I can save time inputting the notes... that's if I can get the damn thing to work!

In the meantime I'll go back to the ol' mouse work. ;)

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actually, hoboka, i'm listed as available for collaboration. just haven't started a mix, because, as you can see, i'm in quite a few projects right now. rd took up a lot of my time, too.

oh okay, my bad then :P

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Well funnily enough I always used to compose without a keyboard for years. It's just that now I can save time inputting the notes... that's if I can get the damn thing to work!

In the meantime I'll go back to the ol' mouse work. ;)

I've never used a midi keyboard in my life

...piano roll + mouse ftw lol

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Well funnily enough I always used to compose without a keyboard for years. It's just that now I can save time inputting the notes...

Wow dood, and in my opinion it's sometimes faster to compose without a keyboard...................

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Hey guys, Zephyr Tread, here, you probably haven't seen me around here yet, I mostly hang out in the remixing forum, I got FL Studio a little under half a year ago and have really been enjoying it so far, I've been stuck with a predicament lately, I know the program well and am quite musical, but had no idea how to start a remix of a source tune.

After a bit of thought I decided that competitions like PRC could work because it gives you a little project every so often and even had people to judge and things, well it didn't work because; A: it was remixing, not originals, and B: a week is simply not enough time for me to figure anything decent out. I tried one or two but lost interest because I simply couldn't do it. I soon thought that I could probably improve by doing originals because you don't need to copy a source, but it's still something to help my arrangement and composition skills, so I tried to start one or two, but I had trouble doing work without any inspiration.

Enter CMC. I saw it before but didn't give it any notice, now that I've checked it out, I'm quite interested and will probably try to do one for this months competition. I't filled both criteria that I was having trouble with (more time and I can do an original composition.) plus I get the inspiration that I needed.

I hope to get an entry in later, wish me luck and thanks.

See you around.

Oh and by the way, for some reason, your pictures aren't showing for me and any links going to warner pacific default to the main page.

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Oh and by the way, for some reason, your pictures aren't showing for me and any links going to warner pacific default to the main page.

Yeah, I know. My server decided to drop FTP and go to another format, so they changed my address. I'm a little pissed.

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