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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:

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 ( - discussion here: 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.

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

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

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.

I need help....

I know this looks a lot like a Pokémon Ranger quest, but I assure those of you who know what I'm talking about, it's not. I just need help on making a score for something (you'll never know until it's done). How the heck does one get the metal wind chimes to work in Musescore (P.S. I love how on their own website, it shows up as an incorrect word). It sounds a lot easier than it is, so please help me. I don't know if nobody truly knows how to do it, or if I am just completely clueless.

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 unless someone has a better idea.