Theory Prompt #7

7. Compose a piece in Mixolydian mode.

Things to Consider:
Modes are built on the major and minor scales - there is a different mode for each note in a major scale (for example, a major scale is also known as Ionian mode). Mixolydian mode is build from the fifth note of a major scale. This means that, in C Major, the Mixolydian scale with that same key signature starts on the fifth note, or G. So a key signature with all-naturals is going to be G Mixolydian. You could also think of Mixolydian as a major scale with a lowered seventh (meaning there is a whole step between the seventh and the tonic, versus the half step present between in a major scale).
What chord progressions could you use to emphasize that the piece is in Mixolydian instead of just being a major scale? Could you emphasize the flatted seventh with a major VII chord, perhaps?
Make sure to emphasize the tonic note. How can you do this? By using various chords that involve this tonic note? By continually coming back to the tonic chord? By starting and ending the melody on tonic?
Are there any styles that you know of in which a Mixolydian scale is common? Perhaps you can try emulating that style to ensure that you stay true to Mixolydian mode?

Required Tags: MusiComp Prompts, MCP Week #7, MCP Theory Prompt #7

Theory Prompt #7 Judging Deadline: September 22, 2018 [only one week this time, guys!]

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a month ago
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Emotion Prompt #7

7. Bipolar Disorder - "a disorder associated with episodes of mood swings from depressive lows to manic highs."

Things to Consider:
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder characterized by episodes of extreme mood swings of manic moments of feeling as if nothing can stop you or bring you down, followed by extreme depression and feelings of worthlessness. [This is a brief overview and by no means is intended as generalization of what every person with bipolar disorder experiences.] Research bipolar disorder. How can you accurately portray episodes of mania and depression? Can you use things like modes and tempo to distinguish between the two?
Do you or a friend or family member perhaps have bipolar disorder? If so, is that experience something that you can use in creating your piece?
Please use the description of the piece to explain how you chose to portray bipolar disorder, so I can judge how accurate the music is in relation.

Required Tags: MusiComp Prompts, MCP Week #7, MCP Emotion Prompt #7

Emotion Prompt #7 Judging Deadline: September 22, 2018 [only one week this time, guys!]

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a month ago
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MusiComp Prompts Week #7 - Open!!

 MCP WEEK #7 IS NOW OPEN.

Week #7 Judging Deadline: September 22, 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! :)

(Note: I am officially changing the day that I upload prompts from Wednesday to Saturday. Wednesday is right in the middle of the week, and for a lot of us, that means school and generally being quite busy. I think that posting prompts on Saturdays will be better for everybody involved. I also hope to announce results of each weeks' prompts on Sundays. I have a lot to get caught up on, but this hurricane has all of a sudden freed up a lot of my time....)

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a month ago
1

Emotion Prompt #6

6. Hyperactivity - "the condition of being abnormally or extremely active."

Things to Consider:
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of being hyper?
Can you use things such as tempo to portray hyperactivity in your music? Perhaps you can use a fast, upbeat tempo? Or perhaps you can use a lot of instruments and parts to show the constant state of activity?
Please use the description of the piece to explain how you chose to portray hyperactivity, so I can judge how accurate the music is in relation.

Required Tags: MusiComp Prompts, MCP Week #6, MCP Emotion Prompt #6

Emotion Prompt #6 Judging Deadline: September 13, 2018 [only one week this time, guys!]

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2 months ago
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Concept Prompt #7

7. Rome. (credit to @Okely Dokely)

Things to Consider:
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Rome? Ancient Rome, back in its days of splendor and conquest? Or perhaps the crumbling remnants that it is today?
Research Rome. What was something important to their culture or something that they impacted? Religion, perhaps? Gladiators, or maybe architecture? Maybe you could portray these through your music?
Were there any musical styles that were popular during the great Roman Empire? Or is there any style of music that you associate with them that you could incorporate?
Please use the description of the piece to explain how you chose to portray Rome, so I can judge how accurate the music is in relation.

Required Tags: MusiComp Prompts, MCP Week #7, MCP Concept Prompt #7

Concept Prompt #7 Judging Deadline: September 22, 2018 [only one week this time, guys!]

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a month ago
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Story Prompt #7

7. At this time of year, school has started back up for a lot of people! How do you feel about this? If you have had your first day of school or been in school for a bit, how have things gone? If not, how do you think it will go?

Things to Consider:
How do you feel about school starting up again? Are you excited? Nervous? Annoyed? How can you portray this through your music? Tempo, perhaps? A fast tempo could signify anxiety or excitement, and a slow tempo could symbolize dread or sadness. Or could you use modes?
How has school gone so far for you? Have you been able to see your friends again? Is there a lot of homework? Have you already had lots of tests and stress? How can you show this in 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 #7, MCP Story Prompt #7

Story Prompt #7 Judging Deadline: September 22, 2018 [only one week this time, guys!]

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a month ago
0

MusiComp Prompts Week #6 - Open!!

MCP WEEK #6 IS NOW OPEN.

Week #6 Judging Deadline: September 13, 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! :)

(Side Note: Yes, I am a horrible human being for completely forgetting about this. But I'm gonna try not to let that happen again.)

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2 months ago
1

Concept Prompt #6

6. Evil.

Things to Consider:
What do you consider to be "evil"? What first comes to mind? A supervillain? War? Ducks?
How might you portray evil through music? With harsher-sounding rhythms and instruments, perhaps? Or maybe through tempo? Or perhaps through a darker mode or through a minor key?
Please use the description of the piece to explain how you chose to portray evil, so I can judge how accurate the music is in relation.

Required Tags: MusiComp Prompts, MCP Week #6, MCP Concept Prompt #6

Concept Prompt #6 Judging Deadline: September 13, 2018 [only one week this time, guys!]

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2 months ago
3

Story Prompt #6

6. You are a race-car driver, and you have a really big race today! How does it go? Do you win or lose? What happens?

Things to Consider:
Is there some way you can portray the sound of a race-car or the race through music?
If you win, what are the celebrations like?
Do you lose? How does that make you feel? Can you portray that through music - perhaps through tempo or mode?
Does anyone get hurt during the race? If so, what happens and how?
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 #6, MCP Story Prompt #6

Story Prompt #6 Judging Deadline: September 13, 2018 [only one week this time, guys!]

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2 months ago
1

Theory Prompt #6

6. Choose a more rare cultural instrument and/or cultural style. Research this instrument/style and compose a fitting piece.

Things to Consider:
What is a culture or style that you want to know more about? Or maybe there is one you think is cool? Can you use some instrument or style from this culture?
Is there an instrument or style in your culture or heritage that you would like to share (i.e. sitar, didgeridoo, traditional music)?
What chord progressions and/or modes are common in music with that instrumentation/style? Are there any commonly-used tempos, key or time signatures, rhythms, etc?

Required Tags: MusiComp Prompts, MCP Week #6, MCP Theory Prompt #6

Theory Prompt #6 Judging Deadline: September 13, 2018 [only one week this time, guys!]

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2 months ago
2

Emotion Prompt #5

5. Terror - "intense, sharp fear or anxiety."

Things to Consider:
Think of a time when you were terrified. How did that feel? How can you incorporate that into the music?
How did your body and mind react to being terrified? Did your heart or your mind start racing? Did your breathing quicken? Did you start shaking? Is there any way you can portray this through rhythm and tempo?
Please use the description of the piece to explain how you chose to portray terror, so I can judge how accurate the music is in relation.

Required Tags: MusiComp Prompts, MCP Week #5, MCP Emotion Prompt #5

Emotion Prompt #5 Judging Deadline: August 22, 2018 [only one week this time, guys!]

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2 months ago
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Theory Prompt #5

5. Compose a piece for a kazoo quartet.

Things to Consider:
How do you want to structure your kazoo quartet? Who has the melody? What are the other kazoos doing?
Many choirs are SATB, SSAA, or TTBB. Do you perhaps want to model your kazoo quartet after one of these voicings? Or maybe do you want to do something else?
Kazoos are known for being a bright, fun little instrument. Do you want to make your quartet a bright, fun melody as such, or do you want to do the exact opposite for comedic purposes?

Required Tags: MusiComp Prompts, MCP Week #5, MCP Theory Prompt #5

Theory Prompt #5 Judging Deadline: August 22, 2018 [only one week this time, guys!]

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2 months ago
1

Concept Prompt #5

5. Oblivion.

Things to Consider:
Oblivion has three definitions, according to dictionary.com - "the state of being completely forgotten or unknown," "the state of forgetting or of being oblivious," and "the act or process of dying out; complete annhilation or extinction." Which definition of oblivion would you like to portray in your piece?
How can you get that definition of oblivion across? If you wish to portray oblivion as in nothingness, could it be through music with a dark tone, or perhaps minimalistic music? If you wish to portray oblivion as being oblivious, could it be through a ditzy-sounding tune?
Please use the description of the piece to explain how you chose to portray oblivion, so I can judge how accurate the music is in relation.

Required Tags: MusiComp Prompts, MCP Week #5, MCP Concept Prompt #5

Concept Prompt #5 Judging Deadline: August 22, 2018 [only one week this time, guys!]

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2 months ago
6

Hall of Fame!!

Here are our past MusiComp Prompt Winners! Congratulations to each and every one of them for doing so well!

Week #5 - 
[submissions still open]

Week #4 - 
[coming soon]

Week #3 - 
[coming soon]

Week #2 - 
Theory Prompt #2: @Dekkadeci with Tango No. 1 in G Minor ( https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/5184391 )
Concept Prompt #2: @chopindminor with Bunny ( https://musescore.com/user/24544561/scores/5173751 )
Emotion Prompt #2: @Lucien Dorée with Fire Heart ( https://musescore.com/user/26732356/scores/5171617 )
Story Prompts #2: @Alice Minguez with Descent into Madness Theme ( https://musescore.com/aliceminguez/descent_into_madness_theme )

Week #1 - 
Theory Prompt #1: @FreedomBuchanan with Renewal ( https://musescore.com/user/22256626/scores/5168943 )
Concept Prompt #1: @FreedomBuchanan with Renewal ( https://musescore.com/user/22256626/scores/5168943 )
Emotion Prompt #1: @Alice Minguez with Victory Dance ( https://musescore.com/aliceminguez/scores/5165116 )
Story Prompt #1: @TheLight Ol with Story Prompt 1 ( https://musescore.com/thelightoi/story-prompt-1 )

Don't forget, though - everyone is a winner, no matter what! You all have worked hard, and it's easy to tell through how great your scores are. Keep up the good work, and even if your name isn't up here yet, who knows? It could be soon enough! ;D

Side Note: If any participants would like to see their final scores and notes, I would be happy to provide them for you. :)

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3 months ago
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Story Prompt #5

5. You go to an amusement park and go on the biggest, tallest, fastest, most scary rollercoaster. What happens?

Things to Consider:
What is the rollercoaster like? Are there lots of loops and twists? If so, is there a way to show that through your music - perhaps through melismas, etc?
How do you feel about the coaster? Do you like the roller coaster? Are you scared? Is there worry building up until the first big drop? Can you show this through tension (or lack thereof) in your music?
What happens? Does it get stuck? Is it awesome? Do you get sick afterwards? How can you put this into 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 #5, MCP Story Prompt #5

Story Prompt #5 Judging Deadline: August 22, 2018 [only one week this time, guys!]

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2 months ago
2

MusiComp Prompts Week #5 - Open!!

MCP WEEK #5 IS NOW OPEN.

Week #5 Judging Deadline: August 15, 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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2 months ago
0

Emotion Prompt #4

4. Homesickness - "a feeling of longing for one’s home during a period of absence from it."

Things to Consider:
Think of a time you were homesick. How did that make you feel? Is there any way that you can put that feeling into music?
Homesickness can often be accompanied by anxiety, fear, or sadness. What is homesickness like for you?
How can you use dynamics and tempo to depict how homesickness makes you feel?
Please use the description of the piece to explain how you chose to portray homesickness, so I can judge how accurate the music is in relation.

Required Tags: MusiComp Prompts, MCP Week #4, MCP Emotion Prompt #4

Emotion Prompt #4 Judging Deadline: August 15, 2018 [only two weeks this time, guys!]

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3 months ago
6

Concept Prompt #4

4. Superheroes.

Things to Consider:
What first comes to mind when you think of a superhero? What kind of superhero are you thinking of? If it’s something or someone specific, can you portray that through your music?
Superheroes almost always appear in action movies. What can you do to make your music sound like an action movie?
What can you do with instrumentation, dynamics, etc to portray fights in your music? Can you use louder dynamics, darker timbres, etc?
Please use the description of the piece to explain how you chose to portray superheroes, so I can judge how accurate the music is in relation.

Required Tags: MusiComp Prompts, MCP Week #4, MCP Concept Prompt #4

Concept Prompt #4 Judging Deadline: August 15, 2018 [only two weeks this time, guys!]

Comment questions and submissions below! Good luck! :)

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3 months ago
1

MusiComp Prompts - Temporary One-Week Hiatus

Hello all! I hope you're all doing well! :)

First of all, thank you guys SO MUCH for the amazing response this little idea has gotten! We have gotten so many awesome submissions, and I'm so proud of you guys - I can already see a lot of you improving your compositional skills. :D

Okay. Now moving on to the not-so-happy news. I am so sorry to do this to you guys - I know a lot of you have been having a lot of fun with these prompts, and that makes me so happy. :3 But unfortunately, I am going to have to put MusiComp Prompts on a brief one-week hiatus.

I promise, this isn't something I would normally do. But I am now a freshman in college, and today has been move-in day for my dorm. The rest of this week is orientation, and I honestly don't know if I will have time to breathe, much less do anything on MuseScore... :(

I'll be focusing a lot on getting settled, and having technological issues with a new laptop sure doesn't help right now, either, but just my luck. So unfortunately, I have a lot of really important things on my mind this week.

This will NOT become a regular occurrence, I can assure you. I am hoping that this will be the only time I have to resort to this for a long time.

So! The prompts for MCP Week #5 will go up on Wednesday, August 15, 2018!

I really hope you guys understand. And, once again, I'm really sorry to do this to you. :(

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3 months ago
10

Theory Prompt #3

3. Compose a piece entirely in a minor key.

Things to Consider:
Minor keys are most often thought of as sounding more sad and depressing. How do you want to make that work for you?
Minor keys don’t have the same chord progressions that major keys have. What chord progression do you want to use to emphasize the minor key? i VI iv v/V, maybe? Or how about i VI III VII/viio? Or maybe a different one?
Which type of minor key do you want to use—natural, melodic, harmonic...?

Required Tags: MusiComp Prompts, MCP Week #3, MCP Theory Prompt #3

Theory Prompt #3 Judging Deadline: August 8, 2018 [only two weeks this time, guys!]

Comment questions and submissions below! Good luck! :)

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3 months ago
16

Story Prompt #4

4. You are taking a leisurely stroll around the block when suddenly...what happens? Finish the story with your music!

Things to Consider:
Do you want to make what happens silly? Or how about action-filled or maybe even just something calmer? How can you portray that through tempo, dynamics, rhythms, etc?
Don’t forget to include the sudden change between the leisurely stroll and what suddenly happens – how might you make this transition in your music? A key change, maybe, or a tempo change? What other sorts of changes could you use to depict this?
What happen? Can you put that into your music and into your description, so listeners know for sure?
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 #4, MCP Story Prompt #4

Story Prompt #4 Judging Deadline: August 15, 2018 [only two weeks this time, guys!]

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3 months ago
7

Emotion Prompt #2

2. Rage - "violent, uncontrollable anger."

Things to Consider:
Think of a time when you were so angry that you were filled with rage! How did that feel? Can you put that feeling into music while you compose?
What instruments might you use to show your rage? Instruments with low ranges, maybe, or instruments with a harsher sound?
Please use the description to explain how you chose to portray rage, so I can judge how accurate the music is in relation.

Required Tags: MusiComp Prompts, MCP Week #2, MCP Emotion Prompt #2

Emotion Prompt #2 Judging Deadline: August 8, 2018

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3 months ago
6

Theory Prompt #2

2. Compose a piece with a key change in it.

Things to Consider:
Each key signature has several keys/modes attached to it. The main two are major and minor keys. For example, a key signature with all naturals (no sharps or flats) can be both C Major or a minor. These are called relative keys. Do you want to use a key change from a major key to it's relative minor, perhaps?
Each major key also has a parallel minor (and vice versa). For example, C Major's parallel minor is c minor. Do you want to use a key change from a major key to its parallel minor, perhaps?
Maybe a simpler key change would be better, with less weird music theory terms. Do you want to just have a key change between one major key to another, or one minor key to another?
How do you want to build into and build out of the key change? Do you want the key change to be sudden or more fluid?

Required Tags: MusiComp Prompts, MCP Week #2, MCP Theory Prompt #2

Theory Prompt #2 Judging Deadline: August 8, 2018

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3 months ago
10

Theory Prompt #4

4. Write a piece using only the stereotypical four-chord progression used in pop music (I V vi IV). You may either: A) find a way to spice it up and actually make it interesting or B) give it lyrics and make a parody of modern pop.

Things to Consider:
If you are trying to spice up the four-chord progression, consider – how might you be able to do that? Might you make some of the chords a little more interesting (i.e. making a V chord a V7 chord or turning a regular triad into a sus2 chord)? Or might you put the chord progression into a minor key instead?
Can you mess around with the melody and make it as melodically interesting as possible, unlike a lot of pop nowadays?
If you are making fun of modern pop, consider – how might you do that both lyrically and musically? Can you write horrible lyrics insulting pop, or maybe lyrics that take the cliché generic love stories of most pop to another level?
Can you make the music as simplistic as possible, with as few differing pitches/notes as possible, as a lot of pop music now does?

Required Tags: MusiComp Prompts, MCP Week #4, MCP Theory Prompt #4

Theory Prompt #4 Judging Deadline: August 15, 2018 [only two weeks this time, guys!]

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3 months ago
9

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

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4 months ago
10

Concept Prompt #3

3. Flight.

Things to Consider:
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of flight?
How do you want to portray flight? Through an airplane taking off, flying, and landing? Or maybe you want to portray flight through a bird?
What different instruments or compositional devices might help create a sound like something flying or like air? Maybe a breathy instrument like a flute?
Please use the description of the piece to explain how you chose to portray flight, so I can judge how accurate the music is in relation.

Required Tags: MusiComp Prompts, MCP Week #3, MCP Concept Prompt #3

Concept Prompt #3 Judging Deadline: August 8, 2018 [only two weeks this time, guys!]

Comment questions and submissions below! Good luck! :)

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3 months ago
3

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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4 months ago
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