Concept Prompt #1

1. Water.

Things to Consider:
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of water?
Is there a specific type of water or body of water that you want to portray? A river? A peaceful pond? A thunderstorm? Or do you want to portray water in every stage?
What different instruments or compositional devices might sound like water?
Please use the description of the piece to explain how you chose to portray water, so I can judge how accurate the music is in relation.

Required Tags: MusiComp Prompts, MCP Week #1, MCP Concept Prompt #1

Concept Prompt #1 Judging Deadline: August 1, 2018

Comment questions and submissions below! Good luck! :)

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Emotion Prompt #1

1. Ecstasy - "an overwhelming feeling of great happiness or joyful excitement."

Things to Consider:
Think of a time when you were so happy about something that you were absolutely ecstatic! How did that feel? Can you put that feeling into your music while you compose?
Please use the description of the piece to explain how you chose to portray ecstasy, so I can judge how accurate the music is in relation.

Required Tags: MusiComp Prompts, MCP Week #1, MCP Emotion Prompt #1

Emotion Prompt #1 Judging Deadline: August 1, 2018

Comment questions and submissions below! Good luck! :)

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6 days ago
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Story Prompt #1

1. You win the lottery! How surprised are you? What music do you do your victory dance to? Does something surprising happen?

Things to Consider:
The victory dance is super important! What music do you like to dance to?
You end the story however you would like! That means anything could happen, no matter how serious or silly. Do you gamble? Maybe you gamble away the money. Or maybe you donate it all. Or do you somehow lose it? Can you find a way to tell what happens through your music?
Please use the description of the piece to explain what happens, so I can judge how accurate the music is in relation.

Required Tags: MusiComp Prompts, MCP Week #1, MCP Story Prompt #1

Story Prompt #1 Judging Deadline: August 1, 2018

Comment questions and submissions below! Good luck! :)

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6 days ago
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MCP Judges Wanted!!

Hello! If anybody is interested in participating in MCP, but doesn't want to actually compose responses to these prompts and is content with listening to responses instead, then judging may be the thing for you! If you think you might be interested in judging, please comment below or contact me in some way. I can provide you with more specific rubrics by which to judge responses.

The more judges, the better and the fairer judging will be! It would be amazing if we could get somewhere between 3-6 judges. :3

Thank you guys so much! I appreciate you all. :)

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6 days ago
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Theory Prompt #1

1. Compose a piece entirely in 5/4 time.

Things to Consider:
5/4 is an example of odd meter. How do you want to group the beats?
Since 5/4 is such an odd time signature, do you want to go the extra mile and use an odd chord progression or an odd mode just for fun?

Required Tags: MusiComp Prompts, MCP Week #1, MCP Theory Prompt #1

Theory Prompt #1 Judging Deadline: August 1, 2018

Comment questions and submissions below! Good luck! :)

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6 days ago
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How MCP Works

All right. So. In this discussion, I am going to give you guys a brief overview of how exactly MusiComp Prompts is going to work.

[Quick Note: I'm really sorry this post is so long, but this stuff has to be said.]

Every Wednesday of every week, I am going to post four weekly MCP prompts - one for each category (Theory, Concept, Emotion, and Story). Don't ask why every Wednesday. I don't know why. Just because. :P

Anyways, prompts will ALWAYS be open for ANYONE to complete them, should anyone want to! :D BUT. If you want to submit a response for judging, you MUST submit your musical response to the prompt within a certain time period.

Right now, in order for your piece to be judged and considered to "win," you MUST submit your response within THREE WEEKS of the prompt's release date. This WILL be subject to change later as MCP grows bigger, but for now, you guys have three weeks to turn in your piece to be judged. You're welcome. :P

Now. Judging. What exactly is this "judging" thing, you may ask?

Quick disclaimer. Everyone who answers a prompt is, in my eyes, a winner. If you complete a prompt, you are awesome, and I love you for it!! :) BUT. I will also be judging pieces submitted within the allotted time frame, and through this judging, I will declare the musical response(s) that are the best, most accurate responses to each prompt.

I will judge everybody's submissions as fairly as possible (and, speaking of, if anyone would like to volunteer as a judge, I will love you forever! <3). The rubric will vary depending on what type of prompt it is (i.e. music theory usage would count for more points in a Theory Prompt than it would in an Emotion Prompt. I will release the different rubrics in another discussion following this one.

Another disclaimer. I know that everyone has their own style and their own way of portraying things through music. I understand that there are so many different ways to musically depict a single open-ended prompt - that's the beauty of music. So style will not matter in regards to how "accurate" or "good" a piece is (unless it is a Theory Prompt that dictates it). I WILL, however, judge for consistency of a style throughout a piece...unless of course inconsistency of style is purposeful in your portrayal of a prompt. ;D

Now. What I'm sure everybody's waiting for. You want to know what you win if your response is deemed the "best" response to a prompt.

First off, we have the MCP Hall of Fame. Every "winner" of a prompt will go down in this group's history! The Hall of Fame will be a discussion post that I will keep updated with all of the past winners of all of the past prompts, and a link to their winning score will also be available in the Hall of Fame.

Just for submitting a response to a prompt, I will try to comment on your response. But if you "win" a prompt, I will definitely comment, give your score a favorite, and (if I am not already), I will follow you. :)

If anyone has any more suggestions for "prizes," I would appreciate them, as I am not very good at coming up with them and am too tired to right now....

Now, let's talk about how to submit a piece. There are two ways to submit your musical response to a prompt. A) Comment the link to your response in the comments section of that specific prompt. And B) Add your score to this group. It's probably a safer bet if you go ahead and do both! That way I know I won't miss your piece. :) I also ask that you TAG YOUR PIECE with these tags: MCP, MusiComp Prompts, and tag it with whichever week and prompt you are fulfilling in the piece.

Please DO NOT make a separate discussion just to submit your piece. I would really appreciate it if you avoided that and avoided spamming me or this group. I promise - I WILL look at, listen to, and judge your piece. It just may take a little time. I am only human (even if I don't sleep...).

If you have any questions, please comment them below! I'll try and post an FAQ discussion as well. I'd be happy to answer any and all questions!

If you have any more personal issues regarding this group or user-specific questions, feel free to message me through MuseScore or my email or anything like that. I would love to help you out and fix any problems. :)

Have a good night, my lovelies! <3

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7 days ago
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MusiComp Prompts Week #1 - Open!!

MCP WEEK #1 IS NOW OPEN.

Week #1 Judging Deadline: August 1, 2018

Please remember that once the deadline is up, you can no longer submit a response to a prompt for it to be judged. Feel free to complete a prompt afterwards, though, just for fun!

Happy submissions, everyone! :)

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6 days ago
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Story Prompt - Judging Rubric

STORY PROMPT JUDGING RUBRIC

STORY - How well is the story within the piece portrayed? Does it follow the prompt? - 30
COHESION - Is the piece cohesive in entirety? Does it have a consistently good sound? - 20
MELODY - Is there a melody present? How well is it put together? - 10
HARMONY - How well are the harmonies put together? Do they work? - 10
MUSIC THEORY - Is the theory behind the piece sound? - 10
LENGTH - Is the piece between 16 bars and 100 bars or between 1 minute and 7 minutes? - 5
NOTATION - Does the notation of the piece make sense? Is it clean, with no huge errors? - 5
STYLE - Is the style (in)consistent, as intended? - 5
PLAYABILITY - Is the piece (un)playable, as intended? - 5

TOTAL - 100

EXTRA BONUS - Does the piece follow more than one of the week's prompts? - +5 [for each extra prompt followed]

MAXIMUM POSSIBLE - 115

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6 days ago
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Emotion Prompt - Judging Rubric

EMOTION PROMPT JUDGING RUBRIC

EMOTION - How well does the piece utilize emotion? Does it portray the intended emotion? - 30
COHESION - Is the piece cohesive in entirety? Does it have a consistently good sound? - 20
MELODY - Is there a melody present? How well is it put together? - 10
HARMONY - How well are the harmonies put together? Do they work? - 10
MUSIC THEORY - Is the theory behind the piece sound? - 10
LENGTH - Is the piece between 16 bars and 100 bars or between 1 minute and 7 minutes long? - 5
NOTATION - Does the notation of the piece make sense? Is it clean, with no huge errors? - 5
STYLE - Is the style (in)consistent, as intended? - 5
PLAYABILITY - Is the piece (un)playable, as intended? - 5

TOTAL - 100

EXTRA BONUS - Does the piece follow more than one of the week's prompts? - +5 [for each extra prompt followed]

MAXIMUM POSSIBLE - 115

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6 days ago
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Concept Prompt - Judging Rubric

CONCEPT PROMPT JUDGING RUBRIC

CONCEPT - How well is the concept visualized throughout the piece? Is the correct concept used? - 30
COHESION - Is the piece cohesive in entirety? Does it have a consistently good sound? - 20
MELODY - Is there a melody present? How well is it put together? - 10
HARMONY - How well are the harmonies put together? Do they work? - 10
MUSIC THEORY - Is the theory behind the piece sound? - 10
LENGTH - Is the piece between 16 bars and 100 bars or between 1 minute and 7 minutes long? - 5
NOTATION - Does the notation of the piece make sense? Is it clean, with no huge errors? - 5
STYLE - Is the style (in)consistent, as intended? - 5
PLAYABILITY - Is the piece (un)playable, as intended? - 5

TOTAL - 100

EXTRA BONUS - Does the piece follow more than one of the week's prompts? - +5 [for each extra prompt followed]

MAXIMUM POSSIBLE - 115

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6 days ago
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Theory Prompt - Judging Rubric

THEORY PROMPT JUDGING RUBRIC

THEORY - How well does the specified theory in the piece work? Is the specified theory used correctly? - 30
COHESION - Is the piece cohesive in entirety? Does it have a consistently good sound? - 20
MELODY - Is there a melody present? How well is it put together? - 10
HARMONY - How well are the harmonies put together? Do they work? - 10
MUSIC THEORY - Is the music theory behind the piece, excluding the specified prompt, sound? - 10
LENGTH - Is the piece between 16 bars and 100 bars or between 1 minute and 7 minutes long? - 5
NOTATION - Does the notation of the piece make sense? Is it clean, with no huge errors? - 5
STYLE - Is the style (in)consistent, as intended? - 5
PLAYABILITY - Is the piece (un)playable, as intended? - 5

TOTAL - 100

EXTRA BONUS - Does the piece follow more than one of the week's prompts? - +5 [for each extra prompt followed]

MAXIMUM POSSIBLE - 115

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6 days ago
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Prompts

For reference, here is a description of the four types of prompts that I will be posting here for you. :)

1. Theory Prompts - For those who would like to improve the more theoretical aspects of their compositions, Theory Prompts are the ones for you! These prompts will challenge you to write in modes or with instruments, chord progressions, time signatures, styles, etc that you may have never worked in before, all to improve the music theory aspects of your composing.
Note: Title/subject of the piece, etc does not matter - just that you fulfill the Theory Prompt.)
Examples: "Compose a piece entirely in 3/4."; "Compose a piece for solo piano." (But I promise the actual prompts won't be that simplistic.)

2. Concept Prompts - If you're looking to improve how you portray things and subjects through your music, Concept Prompts are the way to go. Concept Prompts will more often than not be just one or two words, and you may interpret and portray them however you like through your musical response to the prompt.
Note: Music theory aspects such as key, time signature, style, etc do not matter - just that your piece is about the Concept Prompt.
Examples: "Cat."; "Water."

3. Emotion Prompts - Emotion Prompts are here to help you improve your portrayal of emotion through music. Making music emotional is one of the things many beginning composers (and even more advanced composers) struggle with the most, but we're going to try and fix that with these! Prompts may be vague one-word emotions or more specific emotions or even a progression of emotions (and possibly mental disorders related to emotions and feelings).
Note: Music theory aspects such as key, time signature, style, etc do not matter - just that your piece is about the Emotion Prompt.
Examples: "Sadness."; "Clinical depression."

4. Story Prompts - Story Prompts are essentially exactly what they sound like, in that these prompts will generally ask you to tell a story through your musical response. These will be the most specific prompts, yet also the most open-ended, because while they start out with a specific story, you can take that story and portray it and end it however you would like through your music.
Note: Music theory aspects such as key, time signature, style, etc do not matter - just that your piece is about the Story Prompt.
Examples: "You won the lottery! What do you do your victory dance to?"; "What is the background music of your life?"

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments! I would be happy to answer them as best as I can. :)

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