A New Type of Competition: FLC Live #1

Ever want to hear your pieces performed?
Tired of arranging and feeling like nobody will ever perform your piece?

Good news, I am looking for fun arrangers to compete in a new type of Arrangement competition! I have got together with some college undergrads and we have formed a video game Brass Sextet. As you might imagine, our big piece we are working on is the Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds piece I am working on but we also would like to sight read and maybe eventually perform other pieces during a recital!

So, here is what it takes. There will be a video game that is selected and your goal is to arrange a brass sextet for it. (Two Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba)

At the end of the period of the competition, I will score the pieces on originality, creativity, range, difficulty, and just all together how fun the music looks. The winner will be notified and I will bring copies for the sextet, and after a period of us working on it, we will try to record it and give the arranger a copy.

THEME FOR THIS COMPETITION: Legend of Zelda

Rules for the Competition:
1) The music MUST follow the theme.
2) Please be considerate with range of your instruments.
3) Do NOT just transcribe the music, put your own flare into it. Make the music special and fit well for a Brass Quintet.
4) Keep in mind what voices sound well together. AKA Euphonium/Trombone should never be in unison because their timbre clash hard.
5) If you want mutes, signify it in the music.
6) All music must have a composer and arranger on the sheet music.

Tips for writing a Brass Quintet:
1) Use high trumpet/high horn scarce.
2) Give frequent breaks for the players. (I struggle with this one)
3) Wind instruments tend to sound better in flat keys (F, Bb, Eb...ect.)
4) Keep the key signature nice.
5) Try to write in a player friendly way (Please don't use E#'s, B#'s...ect.)
6) As much as a Trumpet player has an ego, not all music is about them. A melody should go around. Don't forget your Tuba.
7) REMEMBER WHO IS PLAYING YOUR HORN PART. I SWEAR TO GOD IF YOU SUBMIT SOMETHING WITH LIKE 5 MEASURES OF A TIED WHOLE NOT ON C ABOVE THE STAFF, I WILL KILL YOU.
8) Have fun c:

The competition starts today and will end next Sunday,
October 15th!


Thank you guys and I look forward to seeing what you guys can come up with!

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a year ago
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Problems with uploading to FLC

Hey guys.

Um... yesterday, I uploaded a score to go into FLC 4 (a remix of 'The Lost Emotion' by ZUN), but the weird part is, the cover picture seems to have disappeared when I pull up the score online, while the .mscz file loads the cover picture just fine. If there's no picture on the title page, that's denying a requirement of the competition...

Anyone else facing this same problem, and does anyone know how to fix it?

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Competition #4: Last Day!

Hey guys, just wanted to announce that today is the last day for Competition 4. So far we only have one submission, so it's up to you guys, would you like an extension or should we close it today and just see if anybody submits anything else by midnight tonight?

Tonda Gossa,
-Flint Willow

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a year ago
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Competition #4: The Great Return

No pun intended in the title guys, but I thought it would be funny to put this as Competition 4! For this one, feel free to use whatever game you like that you feel represents the category. Personally, whenever I think of a theme like this, I think of "Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past" with the Epilogue theme. It gives you that triumphant feel and it just has a nice vibe to it. Anyway, the competition follows standard rules and will last until October 6th! I hope to see some submissions, even though I fell short on you guys. Have an amazing day!

Tonda Gossa,
-Flint Willow

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a year ago
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Just a Poll:

Hey guys! I am stuck at a crossroads. So, if you have noticed, I have done a lot of Brass Quintet music on Musescore, and that is mainly because I finally have a Brass Quintet together who is dedicated to playing Video Game arrangements!

I wanted your thoughts though for what I should arranged next:

1) Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Medley (A Sequel to the Link to the Past Medley)
2) A SNES Classics Tribute Medley
3) A Legend of Zelda: 2D Games Tribute (My friend and I are doing two Medleys, and I said I'd cover the 2D games if he covered the 3D games)

I am personally leaning towards the Link Between Worlds Medley but I will leave it up to you guys!!

Tonda Gossa,
Flint Willow

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a year ago
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Competition #3 Results!

Thank you all for participating in "Battle for Originality"! I am sorry for being away for so long, if you are curious about what I've been up too, feel free to check out my latest upload on my profile, where I put a lot of that info in the Description. Anyway, lets just get right down to the results!

The winner of this competition is:

Seventails Alolan Form!

I really liked the style of music that was portrayed here, and the fact that this was all original really impresses me. I think you did an amazing job on this piece Seventails!

Also, Little Toadie, I want to give a shout out to you as well because your piece was also amazing, and I really enjoyed listening to it. The style was also nice and I loved how you repeated the theme but kept it interesting!

Thank you guys for taking the time to read this and great job!!

Tonda Gossa,
-Flint Willow

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a year ago
5

Reviving the Group

Hey, nothing's happened lately and Flint hasn't said anything on Discord. Let's do something to get Competition #3 judged (I can judge it if needed) and get the group going again.

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a year ago
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Competition #3: Battle for Originality!

Hey guys! Welcome to FLC#3! I hope you all are having a great day! This tournament was selected by the winner of competition #1, Don Ought!

The challenge: Make an original boss theme that follows your style. Remember, a boss theme doesn't always have to be menacing, a good example of this to me is "They're pretty tough, should we be careful!?" From Mario and Luigi: Bowsers Inside Story, in which I always found the theme as bouncy and fun while also giving a challenging tone. This tournament will end next Saturday, the 12th, at 12pm noon, that way I can find get the judge earlier enough to decide quickly.

Anyway! Can't wait to see your works!!
-Flint

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a year ago
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The Results for FLC#2!

Based on the judging from our judge for this competition, Don Ought!

1st: King Gordo
2nd: VGA
3rd: kidicarusbros

I personally thought everybodies arrangements were amazing and can't wait to see more works in the future!! I never got to share my work for this competition because by the time I was close to finishing, I had to drop everything but maybe I'll post it soon for fun.

Anyway, Tonda Gossa guys!

-Flint Willow

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a year ago
4

Update

Sorry for not being as active as I should but this week has been crazy, getting myself back into the works for my degree and buying books. The life of a Music Major is a struggle...anyway, the results for FLC2 and FLC3's competition will be out for sure tonight!

I will be out all this up coming week though for Band Camp though so just a forewarning.

Thanks guys for your understanding,
Flint

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a year ago
5

Regarding the Judging

Since there has currently been no judge picked, should I choose a judge? I can think of at least one unbiased one who could judge our works. The only reason I bring this up is because some of you want your piece to be judged for other competitions, but you need this one to be done first.

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a year ago
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Competition #2: A Way to Arrange

Hey all! Flint here again! This is the announcement that will start Competition #2! Now, I thought that this would be a bit interesting because it will really show off what type of arrangers you guys are! So, here is the challenge of the week!

Challenge: Go and arrange a song from your favorite game, and in the description of the music, explain why you chose the piece and any feelings or discoveries you made while arranging it!

The rules for this competition are:
1) You have until Friday, July 28th to have your submission in! Take your time with this one and let it mean something!
2) The arrangement MUST have a cover picture! If you are struggling with that, I can explain for you. I finally figured out how to word it so I can teach you.
3) Minimum time is 1 minute and maximum time is 5 minutes.
4) It must have the #FLC tag in the title.
5) Nobody is to leave a rude comment on another persons piece, I will monitor that.
6) Give full credit to the original composer, and if you can find who made the picture, it's usually good to give credit for that too.
7) Have fun with it!

Thanks guys, and hope to see your works!

Tonda Gossa,
-Flint

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a year ago
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Wrapping up Competition #1 and the Winner!

After consideration from our judge, it was decided that the winner of this tournament is:

Dun Ought and his amazing original piece, Origami Castle!
https://musescore.com/user/18108781/scores/4258831

I myself as really impressed by the amount of effort that was put into this piece and the soundfont that he used really gave it a beautiful touch! I could truly feel the Paper Mario vibes coming off of it! As for the prize, Don Ought will be picking the theme for Tournament #3, which will be held next week! I hope to see more people participate in Tournament #2, which will be out very soon!

Tonda Gossa,
-Flint

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a year ago
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Competition #1: The Competitions Unfold!

Hello all! Flint here! Welcome to the first official arrangement challenge of the Fantasy League! From the time this post is put out, we all have 2 days to arrange and post a piece that fits the category I'm about to list...Remember, if you've never played the game before or heard any of the music, go out and listen to some songs! Trust me, it has amazing music in it!

The luck category of this tournament is:

Paper Mario for the N64

Rules:
1) Use any ensemble you'd like and feel free to express the music however you'd like.
2) You have 2 days from this being posted to complete the arrangement! Have fun with it!
3) The front cover MUST have a picture!
4) Minimum song length is 1 minute 30 seconds, and max length is 6 minutes!
5) Be sure to read over "The Rules of the Competition" before competing!

Thank you guys and best of luck friends!

-Tonda Gossa!
Flint Willow

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a year ago
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The Rules of the Competition!

The rules are simple:
1) Every week, I will host a new competition on a random day.
2) I will mention a theme, either being a game, a game creator, an ensemble of instruments or much much more.
3) Your job as a creator is to recreate a song that fits that theme. It doesn't necessarily have to be a full out remix but a put some soul into it, show it as if it was YOUR song.
4) You have two days from the message first being sent to create the piece and post it with the tag "FLC".
5) The piece will then be judged by an undisclosed judge picked at random every week, that way there is no bias and I can participate.
6) The winner of the competition will be written in our hall of fame and be able to pick a theme for an upcoming competition!
7) All scores MUST have a picture on the front cover, and mention the original composer for the piece. I will do my research on all the music.
8) If you don't know the music or haven't played the game...look it up! It'll expand your horizons and expose you to really good music!

If you have any questions, or are curious about any of the rules, please contact me! Thank you guys and have a great day!

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a year ago
10

Just to clarify!

Sorry for the misconception! When I put down Paper Mario 64, I mean the one that was on the Nintendo 64, not a fan game. XD It was my way of specifying which game it was since there are so many! Sorry guys for any misunderstandings if there were any!


-Tonda Gossa,
Flint

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