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A Composer's World Cup!

The World Cup is a HUGE deal internationally and I always love watching it. So I came up with the idea of, instead of having soccer teams, we should have composers!
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1. The Cup begins with 64 composers. That's right. 64.
2. Once the 64th composer joins, the games will begin.
3. The 64 composers will be split up into 16 groups of 4 each.
4. The other 3 people in your group will be your round 1 competition.
5. After I split you into 16 groups, I will give a prompt for everybody. The prompt may be "Create a song based upon the Avenger's Theme" or "Create a piece consisting of only woodwinds and a marimba." It could be anything.
6. You will have one week to complete your song and post it in your group.
7. Once the week is up, I will have listened to all of your pieces and chosen the top 2 in each of your groups. The top 2 in each group I chose will move on to the next round. The other 2 in your group will not.
8. After 2 people in each group have been eliminated, there will be 32 remaining.
9. Each person in the top 32 will go head-to-head against another random person.
10. After one week, I will have given another prompt and you would've written another piece.
11. I will chose who in your head-to-head match had the better song. And the worst.
12. The person with the worst will be eliminated. Then there will be 16 composers left.
13. That same system will go on until only 1 remains. They will be called the WORLD CUP CHAMPION!!!
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The world cup champion will be followed by me and I will favorite 10 of your scores. (Or if you are not pro, all of them.) And, of course, you will be known as the world cup champion and have a chance in the next world cup if you want.
-Tony McCahill
https://musescore.com/groups/acomposersworldcup

Composition Survivor

Do you know the reality show "Survivor"? If not, it is a show where a group of people go through a serious of insanely difficult challenges and each person gets eliminated one by one until one remains. Well, I'm going to do the same thing, but with music. Each week, me and my fellow host Sean Greenley ( https://musescore.com/user/3418741 ) will give a prompt, and you will have to write an original composition for that prompt. At the end of the week, we will announce who we thought had the best composition... and the worst. The person with the worst composition will be eliminated from the competition. Every week one person will be eliminated until only one remains. They will be crowned the winner of Composition Survivor!! There will be tons of twists and turns and surprises and unexpectednesses cause that's a word along the way. You'll never know what's going to happen. Or if you'll be the next one out. If you choose to join, I wish you the best of luck.

-Tony McCahill

P.S. There are limited lots left, so if you decide you want to compete, join https://musescore.com/groups/compositionsurvivor before it's too late!

August 12, International Elephant Day. Protect our Elephants

Official Sewage Crew has added discussion Happy international elephant day!!! to Discussion Group.
August 12 was international elephant day, a holiday devoted to spread awareness for the illegal sale of ivory. Elephants are amazing, very intelligent animals who truly never forget, and yet there are some countries where killing them for their ivory is legal. If you live in one of these countries, please help spread the word about the murder of the elephants and help join the efforts to ban the ivory trade.
#elephantsrock

Summary of Current and Upcoming Contests

This includes contests just ended as well as some that don't have deadlines yet. Here is a list I compiled. Make corrections or add a new contest as you see fit (but don't have a fit, just have fun)

100 note contest: ???when was the deadline and who won??
Phone Ringtone Contest: July 22 (who won??)
Soundfont Contest: Aug 9 (Yow, that is tomorrow!!)
Worst Sounding Orchestra Piece Ever: August 15 (coming up soon!)
Marimba contest: Aug 30
Extinct Bird contest: Aug 30
Musical Joke contest: Aug 31
Narwhal Song Contest: Aug 31
Lord of Rings Challenge: Sept 1
Scales contest: Sept 30
Halloween Contest: Oct 31
Silly Take-off contest: Nov 31
Crazy Challenge: no deadline for now
Depstep Challenge: no deadline for now
think there may be a "face melting" music contest somewhere going on?

Crazy Challenge

This is possibly the most crazy insane impossible challenge for musescore, but I am attempting it and you should try too. If we fail, wjatever! We had fun, right?

THE CHALLENGE:Write dubstep on MuseScore.

Yep. It’s definitely going to be hard. But I am trying. With many synths, pitchbends, and weirdly high/low notes. I am trying. I hope you do too. No deadline, just try. Please post your work here and in the group. If you manage to come up with something that sounds good, cookie to you. Please give updates on your work. Thanks for reading this!

musical joke contest ending August 31

In an honored tradition, here is the great laugh silly music joke contest. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and honorable mention prizes awarded. Maybe a razzie prize also. Post your jokes here- whether they are inspired, dumb, silly, brilliant, laughable, weird, or pun-filled (when are jokes not allowed? When they are punable by imprisonment). So get your laugh lines in before the deadline (August 31).

feel free to add your own if you know any good or bad (but not dirty) ones

laugh silly take-off contest Nov 31

Here is an idea for a contest. Come up with your own amusing and silly take-off on a song or melody and post it here for this contest. Personally, I was thinking along the lines of Spike Jones' wonderful take-offs on popular tunes or you can think of Weird Al doing the same sort of thing, or PDQ Bach, or some other musical jokester. Or better yet, do your own uniquely original hilarious take-off. There have already be several terrific posts to this site in this laughable vein by a number of members, just to name one for instance some of the amazing tunes of BarryP. Several others have come up with their own great ideas for contest and maybe this is kind of spin-off, combining some of those ideas. The deadline for submissions is Nov 31 (yeah, I know). Hope to hear your entry soon. What the world needs now is more laughs, more and more sweet laughs. What do you way, music lovers?

Silly Anthem Contest, ending September 7th

It's always nice to be patriotic, even if your cause is totally - to put it nicely, a little odd. That's why this contest is just for those people. Your mission is to write an anthem about something completely ridiculous and silly. An example anthem is found here: https://musescore.com/user/138756/scores/712246

I will judge 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, and others can help to judge provided that they don't enter in the contest.
Thank you and good composing!
P.S. Deadline is September 7th (Labour Day for us North Americans)

Current entries:
-Last Pringle in the Can Anthem by EpicZac404
-The Lunchbell Anthem by 20JPorter
-Anthem to Bellybutton Lint by Chinadoll

Soundfont contest!

If I may, I would like to suggest a contest: Find the worst soundfont you can (MuseScore 1 is acceptable if you don't want to download a new one - just use oboe, accordion, or another really bad-sounding instrument soundfont), then write a short song for it and see if you can make it sound good! It can be for any instrument.

The idea is credit of Benjamin Basford (https://musescore.com/basfordmedia - discussion here: https://musescore.com/basfordmedia/moriartys-grip#comment-1049596). The deadline is August 9th, so you have a full month to do it. The judges (me and whoever else would like to be one) can enter but may not judge themselves.

Good luck!

Are you a Lord of the Rings nerd and love composing? Then this contest is for you

I just got a great idea for a new contest. I've noticed that a lot musescorers, my self included, are huge Lord of the Rings fans. Throughout Tolkein's works, there are dozens of lyrics without written melodies. My contest idea is to adapt a original, creative melody to the lyrics of any song in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I think I am going to adapt a melody for Tom Bombadill's song.