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musescore 2.01 comments

I realize there is likely a discussion of this elsewhere but decided to have my own discussion to keep track of issues. you are welcome to add your own comments of course.

notice that some compositions created in the older version don't open in the newer one, says they are corrupted. I realize my music is very corrupt but musescore could have been a little nicer about it all. that is just plain mean.

notice that the violin sounds a lot better, more pleasant ( I won't say it sounds more like a real violin being played because then it would sound worse, if I was playing anyway)

but also notice that the overall sound seems very quiet. I have to turn the computer volume up really high. and then if I forget and play something with the older version, I am deafened. yowza!

wonder how music made with this new version plays at the online musescore site, or does the sound balance get messed up as it does now…

haven't found how to do some things… seems they changed the layout a bit.

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.

Calling all Judges...

thinking about an idea (maybe?) of inviting other members to help judge the various contests in the Laugh Silly group. Why should one tin ear administrator be the sole judge of the wonderful music that members submit to the contests?
Are you interested in helping judge contests? Just let me know here.
Of course, as a judge, it wouldn't be right if you have one of your own compositions in the contest. and would need to have 3 judges, for tie breakers.
I am not sure how we could tabulate the results confidentially or we could just set up a separate discussion for tabulating the voting by the judges or it cold be done at http://chinadoll123.wix.com/laugh-silly unless someone has a better idea.

your turn to vote!!! hopefully the page is working now

the "Laugh Silly" version of the academy awards for music and composer. All members can submit their vote for the best "Laugh Silly" composer and for best composition thus far (excluding chinadoll, in other words, do not vote for chinadoll or anything of chinadoll compositions, not that you would necessarily, but just in case, thanks)

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.

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.

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.

March Madness Contest ending appropriately April 1

Enter an original composition, any topic will do. The theme is silliness, fun, and madness (the good kind) just in time for April Fool's day. The wilder and stranger, the better for this contest. For my part, I am thinking of writing a one note symphony, sort of a musical penance and challenge. Only one note (different octaves are allowed) with different rhythms and volumes and instrumentation to try to keep it interesting. But you have your own ideas.
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.
We are lucky to also have Admiral Bridgeport from the Music Academy for Talented Koalas and Señora Adagio Forte from the Psychobabble Music Institute assisting with the judging.
Good luck and hope to hear from you soon.

The 2014 Year in Review

The 2014 year in review
This has been an interesting year filled with many wonderful compositions submitted to several music contests including for the best Silly composition, for the best Critter themed contest, a signature motif (still time to enter!), a tasty banana recipe contest, and exciting comments contests and discussions. Take a look at our “Laugh Silly Hall of Fame Contest Winners.”
Along the way, there have been numerous fascinating discussion topics including one asking the vital question “Is Laugh Silly a legitimate art form?” and “How long does it take you to decompose?” among others.
Members have taken the great initiative to start their own contests or discussions. Shewcrafter started a discussion called “Great Group.” Shewbacca started the Quest to find the DYDD discussion and one about funny text art. Rockn started a contest for the most annoying composition.
This has been the year of the escape by the DYDD and the courageous efforts of a few to recover the lost bird. There arose some speculation about the existence of lost Pacificus scrolls detailing an ancient civilization of Dingle Dorks as well as the possibility of the existence of other variants including the Downy Purple Dingle Dork, the carnivorous Red Tailed Dingle Dork Hawk, and the ancient 27 ton Orange Dingle Dorkasaurus.

Famous Composer Challenge

See if you can answer correctly all these challenge questions about famous composers. If you correctly answer 20 challenges, you are an Honorary Music Master.
Answers will be posted in February.

1. Which composer’s name translated into English is Joe Green.
2. Which composer wrote a piece with real whale song?
3. Which composer wrote an opera parody with a title taken from Mozart’s “Abduction from the Seraglio” and “Marriage of Figaro”?
4. Which composer wrote a symphony about Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) during World War II?
5. Which composer wrote the music for a ballet about a puppet?
6. Which composer wrote the music for another ballet in which a mechanical doll needs to be wound up several times to continue dancing?
7. Which composer wrote music for an opera about a lady named "Butterfly"?
8. Who wrote music about the planets?
9. Which composer wrote music about a bee?
10. Which composer wrote music for an opera that includes a sword swinging singing warrior woman?
11. Which composer wrote a symphonic poem about his native country, a composition that was once entitled “A Scandinavian Choral March” in order to avoid censorship?
12. What composer was a virtuoso pianist who wrote a famous Hungarian Rhapsody?
13. Which pacifist composer wrote a composition in remembrance of the dead from WWII?
14. What composer is credited with a composition technique using all 12 tones of the scale?
15. Who wrote music about a troll mountain king?
16. Who wrote music based on a poem about a forest half human-half goat creature?
17. Who wrote music for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”?
18. Which composer who wrote a jazzy composition about how the world was formed?
19. Who wrote a composition for classical guitar and orchestra inspired by the gardens of a resort?
20. Which composer was a first for winning an academy award for best musical or comedy score?
21. Bonus extra credit: What composer wrote semi autobiographical music about a piano lounge singer?

To help you out, here is list of composers you can match up with the questions
A. Benjamin Britten
B. Claude Debussy
C. Tan Dun
D. Edvard Grieg
E. Alan Hovhaness
F. Gustav Holtz
G. Franz Liszt
H. Darius Milhaud
I. Jacques Offenbach
J. Rachel Portman
K. Giacomo Puccini
L. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
M. Joaqun Rodrigo
N. Peter Schickele
O. Arnold Schoenberg
P. Dmitri Shostakovich
Q. Jean Sibelius
R. Igor Stravinsky
S. Giuseppe Verdi
T. Richard Wagner

Love Song Contest for Feb 14

A new contest for the new year. Submit an original love song by Feb 14 by posting to the "Laugh Silly" group. It can have lyrics if you want and can be in any style. It can be serious or silly or serious and silly. Multiple compositions are ok, too so if you want to write a love tune to your mother, your sister, your boyfriend, your second boyfriend or girlfriend, an imaginary friend, fine. The more love, the better. All you need is love, wait that line is taken. The judges promise they won't take off points for a serious song. First, second, third place and honorable mention winners will be awarded (provided at least 4 tunes are entered). Everyone will get bananadollars. Good luck to all.

New Year's Contest ending January 31

Here is a new contest in which you can embody all the bright shiny new prospects, dreams, goals, and resolutions of the new year. Any style of music is accepted. Just post your new music to this group or post a comment here to enter a composition that has already been posted to this group. Compositions will be judged on originality, sound quality, theme development, harmony, and as always, fun and laugh inducing characteristics. Contest will be judged at the end of January. Good luck.

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New contest! Ends January 1!

Ok, as Chinadoll has given us the permission to make our own contests (or at least I hope he was( if not, just delete this)), I decided to try it out. In this contest you will have to make a story with sound effects. There is only three rules; I cannot take part in this, have fun, and the main character must be annoyed as much as possible. The winner will be determined by me putting myself in the person's shoes and rating the annoyingness on a scale of 1 to 10, with the person with the highest amount of points winning. In the case of someone getting the same amount of points as another person, a tie-breaker will be made. There is no limit to how many entry's you put in and the contest will end on January 1. Also, if you need some help, look at my song "I Hate Flies" for some examples. So in the meantime, wanna tell me some jokes?