SONGWRITING COMPETITION - a game on the Mix Challenge community

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Compyfox
KVRAF
14362 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Post Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:00 pm

Hello everyone,


since i don't want to hijack every songwriting related competition / challenge thread here on KVR, I decided to start a dedicated thread in the Music Cafe... telling you about the Songwriting Competition over on the Mix Challenge community page. :phones:



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Image Source: Youtube, screenshot of Helmsdrums "Improvised Jam Session" on Youtube, released under Youtube Standard License



What is the Songwriting Competition (or SWC in short)?

The Songwriting Competition (SWC in short) is a monthly recurring friendly competition. At the start of each month, you're given a theme and in some cases even a genre. You then have 24 days to create a production with whatever tools you have at your disposal. The game starts on each 1st of the month, and ends on the 24th at 11:59pm Central European Time (Germany, to be precise).



Wait a minute, this sounds awfully similar to the KVR Music Cafe Songwriting Competition?!

You're not wrong. The game is indeed heavily inspired by the KVR MCSC, but also by other competitions from all over the web. There is a twist however, and that is to give mandatory feedback to each other, while casting your vote in the process. If you're not doing that, your entry is disqualified.

The basic idea of this competition is not to show off, being forced to constantly give your A game, but to create something in the first place. Then spark a conversation between the participants and the bystanders, what was good, what could be improved upon, etc. In other words: interaction and the so often desired feedback. The icing on the cake, is having a chance to win free tools/samples/synths as bonus.



Sounds interesting - how long as this been going on?

Since September 2017. As of the time stamp of this post, we're 14 months into the game and are running SWC014. But as with every community, we would love to see more participation. The more contestants, the more feedback, the more fun.



What are the general themes?

There is no definite plot thread. It's just what comes to mind to the staff, the Patrons of the community or the participants. So far we tackled topics like Scary Stories on Halloween, Fete de la Musique (in collaboration with the KVR MCSC), Cyberpunk / SciFi, dedicated Metal and Techno months each. And in September 2018, we covered the topic "Mental Health". There are more interesting topics to come that I'll be sure you'll definitely like.



Interesting, so what are the rules?

Super simplified:
  • check the Mix Challenge forum on the 1st of the month for the theme and desired genre
  • then start to create a production with whatever tools are at your disposal, collaborate with as many people as you want - as long as the production has been made "recently" / for this game
  • make your entry downloadable and present it on the Mix Challenge forum
  • once the submission period has ended, grab all productions and listen to each entry
  • then give feedback (this is mandatory) to your top 10 contestants (for the time being) and also rank them in order (1st Place = 10 points, 2nd Place = 9 Points, etc)
  • after the feedback and voting period has ended, wait for the score sheet and cross your fingers to maybe even land on the Winners Podium
There is a more detailed "Rules and Guidelines" to cover all possible eventualities on the Mix Challenge forum.




Did I pique your interest? If so, then head over to the Mix Challenge homepage and take a closer look. Joining is absolutely free. And if you like it over there, please do spread the word on social media.

More on:
https://mix-challenge.com



Thank you for your time.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I try to answer them ASAP.
Last edited by Compyfox on Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:36 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Compyfox
KVRAF
14362 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - a game on the Mix Challenge community

Post Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:46 pm

A friendly reminder for everyone interested:

The Songwriting Competition 014 is still in full swing, 7 days left to send in your production.
This month's theme: Autumn Winds, genre: free to select.


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Compyfox
KVRAF
14362 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - a game on the Mix Challenge community

Post Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:53 pm

Hello everyone, a short information for you:

Songwriting Competition 015 will run from 1st November 2018 until 24th November 2018 (24 days left)
Genre: Heavy Metal, Theme "Test your Metal"


The more participants, the better. Joining is absolutely free.

More on:
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Compyfox
KVRAF
14362 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - a game on the Mix Challenge community

Post Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:43 pm

A friendly reminder for everyone interested:

The Songwriting Competition 015 is still in full swing, 10 days left to send in your production.
Genre: Heavy Metal, Theme "Test your Metal"


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Compyfox
KVRAF
14362 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - a game on the Mix Challenge community

Post Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:13 pm

Hello everyone, a short information for you:

Songwriting Competition 016 will run from 1st December 2018 until 24th December 2018 (24 days left)
Genre: free to select, Theme "Winter Solstice"

We're also running a thread to collect self-created sounds and samples until 14th December 2018 in preparation for the Songwriting Competition 017 in January 2019. The material will be the sole source of sounds for this particular, yearly (planned) recurring game called "Community Scramble".


The more participants, the better. Joining is absolutely free.

More on:
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Compyfox
KVRAF
14362 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - a game on the Mix Challenge community

Post Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:41 pm

A friendly reminder for everyone interested:

The Songwriting Competition 016 is still in full swing, 8 days left to send in your production.
Genre: free to select, Theme "Winter Solstice"

Additionally:
Songwriting Competition 017 "Community Scramble" sounds and sample collection
- submissions have been extended until 21-12-2018 11:59pm GMT+1/CET (5 days left)


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Compyfox
KVRAF
14362 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - a game on the Mix Challenge community

Post Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:08 pm

Hello everyone, a short information for you:

Songwriting Competition 017 will run from 1st January 2019 until 24th January 2019 (24 days left)
Genre: free to select, Theme "Community Scramble (limited sound source challenge)"

This is a follow-up to the "self-created sounds and samples" collection thread in December 2018. The material will be the sole source of sounds for this particular, yearly recurring game. This year, you'll have access to 25 samples tha you can mangle to your hearts content to create a new production out of it.


The more participants, the better. Joining is absolutely free. Please spread the word, help us exceed 10 participants per month.

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Compyfox
KVRAF
14362 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - a game on the Mix Challenge community

Post Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:51 pm

A friendly reminder for everyone interested:

The Songwriting Competition 017 is still in full swing, 7 days left to send in your production.
Genre: free to select, Theme "Community Scramble"

Prizes will be awarded to the winners podium. Among them: kv311 audio, IK Multimedia, Luftrum, Rekkerd Sounds, Bjulin Waves, Ghostwave Audio, Hollow Sun, Hornet Plugins and Satyatunes' Sound Sets and custom UI's.

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Compyfox
KVRAF
14362 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - a game on the Mix Challenge community

Post Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:36 pm

A friendly reminder for everyone interested:

The Songwriting Competition 017 is still in full swing. The submission period has been extended until Sunday, 27-01-2019 11:59pm GMT+1/CET. As of this moment, 4 days left to send in your production.

Genre: free to select, Theme "Community Scramble"

Prizes will be awarded to the winners podium, if we exceed 8 entries, then free participants can grab a free license. Among them: kv311 audio, IK Multimedia, Luftrum, Rekkerd Sounds, Bjulin Waves, Ghostwave Audio, Hollow Sun, Hornet Plugins and Satyatunes' Sound Sets and custom UI's.

Please do spread the word as much as you can.

More on:
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Compyfox
KVRAF
14362 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - a game on the Mix Challenge community

Post Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:27 pm

Hello everyone, a short information for you:

Songwriting Competition 018 will run from 1st February 2019 until 24th February 2019 (24 days left)
Genre: free to select, Theme "Video Game Soundtrack - Fighting Game Stage Music"


The more participants, the better. Joining is absolutely free. Please spread the word, help us exceed 15 participants per month.

More on:
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Compyfox
KVRAF
14362 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - a game on the Mix Challenge community

Post Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:16 pm

A friendly reminder for everyone interested:

The Songwriting Competition 018 is still in full swing. The deadline is the 24th February 2019 (7 days left). Genre: free to select, Theme "Video Game Soundtrack - Fighting Game Stage Music"


Please do spread the word as much as you can.

More on:
https://mix-challenge.com
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Compyfox
KVRAF
14362 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - a game on the Mix Challenge community

Post Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:45 pm

Hello everyone, a short information for you:

Songwriting Competition 019 will run from 1st March 2019 until 24th March 2019 (24 days left)
Genre: Epic Music (Orchestra / Electronic), Theme "Blackout"


The more participants, the better. Joining is absolutely free. Please spread the word, help us grow the SWC even further.

More on:
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Compyfox
KVRAF
14362 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - a game on the Mix Challenge community

Post Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:41 pm

A friendly reminder for everyone interested:

The Songwriting Competition 018 is still in full swing. The deadline is the 24th March 2019 (7 days left). Genre: Epic Music (Orchestra / Electronic), Theme "Blackout"


Please do spread the word as much as you can.

More on:
https://mix-challenge.com
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Compyfox
KVRAF
14362 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - a game on the Mix Challenge community

Post Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:05 pm

Hello everyone, a short information for you:

Songwriting Competition 020 will run from 1st April 2019 until 24th April 2019 (24 days left)
Genre: Big Beat, Theme "Firestarter"


The more participants, the better. Joining is absolutely free. Please spread the word, help us exceed 15 participants per month.

More on:
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Compyfox
KVRAF
14362 posts since 19 Oct, 2003 from Berlin, Germany

Re: SONGWRITING COMPETITION - a game on the Mix Challenge community

Post Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:50 pm

Hello everyone, a short information for you:

Songwriting Competition 021 will run from 1st May 2019 until 24th May 2019 (24 days left)
Genre: 80s New Wave / Synthwave, Theme "Synth Galore"


The more participants, the better. Joining is absolutely free. Please spread the word, help us exceed 15 participants per month.

More on:
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