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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

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!

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!

Waltz Contest ending July 31

I recently heard a terrific waltz on musescore and so now have the idea of yet another contest, can not have too many, ending July 31.
Any waltz style is fine, multiple compositions are fine, just needs to be an original waltz. Can be a wild and crazy waltz or a serious waltz. Just post your music to the laugh silly group to enter. As always, the administrator will provide a lengthy comment including appropriate "bravos" and whatever suggestions that come to mind, if any. All members are encouraged to provide comments as well. First, second, third, and honorable mention prizes will be awarded. This contest as all of them are just fun contests, not meant to hurt anyone's feelings or make anyone feel like a 'loser'. Everyone who creates music is a winner and anyone who enters is an even bigger winner in my music book (well, I don't really have a book, just an expression). Enough jibberjabber.

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?

Original TV Theme Contest (Over, Winners Announced)

So, you want your own TV show? Sorry, can't do it. But you can join this contest where you write YOUR OWN original TV theme song or theme music along with the title and a short description of the show's idea. Due on my birthday, July 11. I may extend if highly requested.

Current Entries:
Cheesy TV Show by messer*
The Final Five by EpicZac404*
Summertime Rag by creammonster*
Mission DYDD! by chinadoll*

Half-Time Awards:
Most Likely to Be a Successful Show: Final Five by EpicZac404
Most Original TV Show Idea: Mission DYDD! by chinadoll
Most Fitting to Group Name: Cheesy TV Show by Messer
Most Catchy: Summertime Rag by creammonster
Worst Song: All of them are bad :P

Winners:
3rd: Summertime Rag by creammonster
2nd: Final Five by EpicZac404
1st: Mission, wait, Cheesy TV Show by Messer! Congratulations!

Solo Instrument Contest ending June 30

Write an original composition for your favorite musical instrument (real or imagined) and post to the "Laugh Silly" group. It can be unaccompanied or with a piano or orchestra or what the hey, you can make it a duet, quartet, or 50 harmonica band for that matter. The idea is to feature a favorite wonderful instrument of your choice in a composition. Have fun and hope to hear from you soon.
Every entrant will receive a critique from the administrator that will include positive encouragement, what is especially liked about the composition, and suggestions or advice on improvements (if any are needed). First, second, third, and honorable mention awards are given. Thanks.

new contest challenge: scales composition, deadline Sept 30

This was originally conceived as a challenge to Rivergrove who is so talented at writing wonderful music for children to enjoy. I thought it would be fun to try to write a piece that would be simple and fun and original and would help teach kids about music scales. What do you think? The deadline for the contest will be September 30. The rules are of course that the piece should be 1) original, 2) fun, 3) easy for kids to play, 4) educational, teaching about musical scales. It can be for any instrument that a kid might play including for elementary school band. Hope to hear your piece soon.

Original Film or Game Theme Contest (ending April 30)

In this contest, post your original film or game themes or it could be an original tune for a tv show here at "Laugh Silly." The themes can be for movies already out, for sequels, or for films in your imagination. Any style or instrumentation is welcome. The themes can be serious, spoofs, western, space, fun, silly, or whatever you want. Compose your new "Star Wars" or "Hunger Games" "Pirate" or "Lego" film theme for instance. The contest ends April 30. Depending on the number of entries, awards can be for best original theme, best spoof, best comedy, western, etc.