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CMC - Conceptual Music Competition 8: Uncharted Waters (RESULTS!!!)


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CMC: Conceptual Music Competition


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 20, was "Time Travel" and the winner, Naomi, submitted a piece that knocked the socks off of everyone, so she won. Naomi then gets to decide the theme for CMC 21.

This competition is open to registered members of the forums of

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


CMC 8: Uncharted Waters

"With a sack of clothes and a blank piece of parchment, the hero boards for his voyage through uncharted waters. The paths ahead are many and unexplored. What Towns, Lands, and Adventures lay before him. From sleepy port town, to stormy night, to the vast expanse of sunlit waves stretching to the horizons. What lies beyond, or for that matter, below. An epic exploration of the seas and beyond, deserves an equally epic soundtrack." -Zekk


There are 5 entries and 1 bonus entry for this round...

Joseph Poch - "Uncharted Waters"

  • "The theme behind this composition is a young man who departs on a 'Uncharted Voyage' on a sea dewlling ship. The song starts out with a boatswains call signaling the boarding call for the ship. This is soon followed in the music by a gleefull goodbye to land and a hello to the sea as the ship sails off to the horizon. The next section of music is about a sleepy night on ship. This night soon gives way to a stormy sea, where the young man must rise from bed and help the ship's mates in order to last the night. In the final section, the main theme is revisited in a farfare to the morning sunrise which lights the waves in beauty."

Abadoss - "The Sea"
  • "There are no familiar stars or winds. Ghosts of land vanish on the horizon like flakes of snow to the touch. Could this be real? Light and color dance on the surface. Clear as glass, yet unwilling to reveal the ocean floor. The waters move with a strange motion - as if the creatures of the deepest fathoms were at play, their distant melodies now only waves against the hull."

Joseph Liao - "The Cheeky Explorer"

  • "It's about this little guy - a boy not too young, but not too old. You know, like, adolescent. It's his first trip out to sea, trying out the whole 'discovery' thing. He's got this little dinghy or something, and gets beat up by the sea. But he's like, young, so he's got this defiance. And this optimism. So he keeps going. And he sees all these *wonderful* things. The things you see when you're out to sea. The stuff you read in Melville, or watch in Titanic. And he accomplishes his self-discovery mission."

Magister ZZ - "Watered Charts"
  • "It's more or less a programme piece, so I'll outline the events that transpire. One thing to note is that the melody in beginning two phrases are to represent the hero (used like an leitmotif), so keep an ear out for it throughout the piece. I'll leave the rest of details to you, though.
    I: Leaving Home, Reluctantly(0:00~1:10)
    II: Boarding the Ship (1:10~1:40)
    IIIa: Meeting the Crew (1:40~1:50)
    IIIb: The Captain Enters (1:50~2:10)
    IIIc: Reprised Debauchery (2:10~2:30)
    IV: Hushful Nostalgia and Wistful Dreams (2:30~3:30)
    V: Sudden Encounter (3:30~3:50)
    Note: I didn't have too much specifics in mind for the happenings in Section VI, so the titles are somewhat more equivocal .
    VIa: "Enterprise" (3:30~4:10)
    VIb: The Protagonist at Work (4:10~4:20)
    VIc: ??? (4:20~4:50)
    VId: Profit (4:50~5:00)
    VIIa: The end of this tale... (5:00~5:20)
    VIIb: ....for now. But what awaits in the future? (5:30~5:50)."

stephenspies - "Journey to the Unknown"

  • "The music starts out with the hero boarding for his voyage and starting his journy. The music then turns into to a semi-atonal action theme. That is when the hero is in the storm. The cymbals and gong represent the waves in the storm. This ends in a short sad clarinet solo, which happens when the hero is upset over what he lost from the storm. Finally, the piece ends with him getting to the uncharted waters. This starts out with a trumpet solo with a melody that is repeated through out the last part of the piece."

Reaktorz0 - "Untitled" (bonus entry)
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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 June 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 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 Vincent Delano submits a piece called "Running with Scissors" to CMC 16, then his filename would be: Vincent_Delano_-_Running_with_Scissors_CMC16.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, May 26, 2007 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://www.warnerpacific.edu/personal/kkeyn/CMC.htm

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Can you maybe get in touch with the ThaSauce folk in therms of compo's? Their new system is great for tracking what's up. Maybe I participate this time (though I'm stuffed with client work, want to finish my new song and have a lot of private stuff to do), but I don't want to loose track of when stuff needs to be done or where to send in, etc.

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