Announcements for the Modern Competitions Group (Next Contest, Inactivity Issues, and my Personal Agenda)

Hello again, I've seemed to have taken a longer bit of absence than intended. I apologize for ignoring this group, along with Musescore in general. Lately, I've been dealing with many scheduling issues, and any free time I usually have especially has been invested in writing out my soon-to-be-released Wattpad story, but I'll get into that later.

First things first, I do plan to start the 11th Modern Contest soon, but I ask of Elliot Butler, the winner of the 10th Modern Contest, to please offer his services of being a guest judge for the next contest. If you would rather compete in exhibition, you may, and I'll find a replacement for you (it goes against the rules to replace you with anyone else but the runner-up, but for how long I've been gone I may have to make an exception). Once I can figure out judges I'll open up another three week submission period and we'll go from there.

Second, this group needs a new wave of users who are active on Musescore, especially as it was a struggle to get 5 people for the last contest. Let's get more people to compete this time. If you have any ideas for getting the word out let me know.

Third, this just has to do with me by the way but, Imma let y'all in on what's to come for my profile. Due to the fact that I may not have a song ready to post anytime soon, I have a secret album ready to be released soon on my profile to make up for my absence. I will also announce that my new story for Wattpad will be released on March 11, so be sure to follow me @andrewthecomposer when it does. I'll post details about it on it's release date on my Musescore profile.

Anyways, that's kind of it for now. Thanks to those who read through this, I appreciate it. Let's get this group active again!

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11 months ago
3

Tenth Modern Contest Scores, Awards, and Placings

We got these out a little later than we wanted to, but regardless it was sure an adventure to analyze your scores and figure who was deserving to become the first "Modern Songmaker" for Season Two. Scores, Awards, and Placings are all at this link:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FzEUF-vL9Ag4vgFeWP0GCqYQ3yTFnHOE1ldMlxwJShs/edit?usp=sharing

If you wish to see some constructive criticism from guest judge Reckless150681, link is here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1p0FbJerAxvLhNE6z_vAp8Zv1PH3Agwrq0LtqnQt_nQE/edit?usp=sharing

I want to personally thank our two guest judges Reckless150681 and Zordornak for helping me out with the Season Two opener, and I also want to thank you all for being apart of it. I hope you are happy with the results and happy holidays to you all!

P.S. - Just in case you forgot your division and class, here it is:

Originator Class:
Division 1
1) rkarle: "Night Blues"
https://musescore.com/user/187606/scores/4863083

Division 4
1) Elliot Butler: "Deserted City"
https://musescore.com/elliot-butler/deserted-city

Developer Class:
Division 1
1) Piano_Harmonist: "The Scientist-Coldplay-Piano Duet"
https://musescore.com/user/22137941/scores/4856882

Division 4
1) Josh Maness: "The Road Ahead Ballad WIP"
https://musescore.com/user/2881516/scores/4863222

Division 6
1) IanIPL: "Elanor Rigby"
https://musescore.com/user/7941426/scores/3819116

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a year ago
0

Tenth Modern Contest (Season Two Opener)

I am Andrew Dodds, and I am your host for season two of the Modern Competitions Group. I hope you all will join in this easy-to-enter contest where you will compete against your peers in the quest to prove you are the dominant composer. The prizes on the line: honor, bragging rights, credibility, and other awards. Will you be the lucky user to become the next Modern Songmaker?

Please view the full guidelines here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nCJkFUcOpyLESoT-WkZoEOSjv8L2mPiWOv6tZZh9thc/edit?usp=sharing

After reading them, you will understand the NEW system of placement and judgment. This competition will feature two guest judges: zordornak and Reckless150681.

Follow them here:
zordornak: https://musescore.com/zordornak
Reckless150681: https://musescore.com/reckless150681

To apply for this competition, simply submit any composition or arrangement, whether it be by MuseScore link or by Score AND Audio. Once you submit your piece will be checked ASAP to verify your entry and where it'll compete in a certain division.

Deadline is December 21st, approximately three weeks. Tell all your friends! The more competition the more credibility your potential victory will be! Spaces aren't limited, so don't be afraid to join. I wish you all the best of luck, for I'm excited to hear some amazing pieces.

Originator Class:
Division 1
1) rkarle: "Night Blues"
https://musescore.com/user/187606/scores/4863083

Division 4
1) Elliot Butler: "Deserted City"
https://musescore.com/elliot-butler/deserted-city

Developer Class:
Division 1
1) Piano_Harmonist: "The Scientist-Coldplay-Piano Duet"
https://musescore.com/user/22137941/scores/4856882

Division 4
1) Josh Maness: "The Road Ahead Ballad WIP"
https://musescore.com/user/2881516/scores/4863222

Division 6
1) IanIPL: "Elanor Rigby"
https://musescore.com/user/7941426/scores/3819116

*For this contest division awards will mix in both classes. Divison 6 will combine w/Division 4 for Division awards.

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a year ago
15

Announcements for the Modern Competitions Group

Hello members and members to be,

I am Andrew Dodds, and I am glad to announce that the Modern Competitions Group is coming back! I will be starting up contests again very soon.

Actually, this Friday I will be starting a new chapter in the Competitions. The next competition will officially start Season two on the Tenth Modern Competiton. I will have new guidelines made and posted in the "About this Group" section, but will also announce them in the next competition.

Spread the word and get new members to join this group. Help make it active again to have even more competition to show how credible your victory is if you win.

Also, since we are entering season two, which every season will end after ten competitions, whoever is an admin now will lose their privilege and have to fight to regain it. Every season now the admins will be reset.

Once again, On Friday December 1st I will announce the first competition. Tell your friends, let everyone know! This competition is open to anyone! Just send a score and audio. I hope to see a lot of submissions. Let's make this the greatest way to bring back this group!

Until Friday, I will see you all later...

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a year ago
0

Ninth Modern Contest

Alright now I think it should be done since christmas is upon us that I give y'all till Chirstmas Eve (December 24) to submit any Holiday Song (I'm serious ANY Holiday Song) to celebrate holidays themselves. I'll offer the winner my christmas gift to them (which of course is just the usual prize). Same rules and grading rubruc for this contest as always, and prizes will be offered as always to Superior pieces. Good luck to any that join.

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2 years ago
8

Eighth Modern Contest Results

Alright with the way the circumstances worked out here's how I will go about this. So Oleksandr Kashlyuk will get to be a "Modern Songmaker" since he's the only one that joined that wasn't already one. However, IanIPL's piece will win the grand prize by default due to the fact that Oleksandr Kashlyuk's entry broke three rules. As to when I can get that piece performed IanIPL it will be a while. Expect to see a real life performance of it around May. By the way I may have to substitute instruments to get people to play this with me, and I myself don't know whether or not I can play trombone for this piece and may change it to a Euphonium part instead. Sorry if you don't like the circumstances and if you choose not to go through with it let me know. And if I do get it performed I will upload it on my profile first and give you full credit to the song. With that in mind I will start up the 9th contest tomorrow.

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2 years ago
3

Eighth Modern Contest

Ever wanted a piece of yours performed? Well for this contest the highest scored piece will have a chance at being performed by me and a group of friends. Here are the rules:

1) The entry must only contain (but not all of them if you choose) the five brass instruments:
-B flat Trumpet
- Horn in F
- Trombone
- Baritone/Euphonium
-B flat Tuba
2) It may not have:
- more than two trumpet parts
- more than one horn part
-more than one trombone part
- more than one baritone part
- more than one tuba part
3) Pieces must remain 3:00 or less in length (it can go over slightly with exception; can't be shorter than 1:30)
4) Pieces must be playable and at high school level or less (easier pieces are recommended)
5) It can only be the following genres:
Pop
Contemporary
Classical
Rock
others may need permission or are prohibited

As always the winner will be a "Modern Songmaker" but only the best piece wins the prize. Normal prizes will be offered. Grading of the pieces is also the same but instead of difficulty as a category it's now playability. Deadline is by Thanksgiving day (which I believe is 11/24/16).

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2 years ago
9

Seventh Modern Contest (Scores)

Since two out of the three contestants were already "Modern Songmakers" IanIPL wins it by default. Congrats and here are all of the scores:

1. Celliot P. "Battle of the Kikug Sector"
Creativity/Originality- 8
Difficulty- 9
Quality- 10
Overall: 9 Superior
Comments: No need to give advice as to how to improve it; it’s just fine. You did a great job at presenting the theme of the piece in a way that makes sense to all listeners and would be good enough in my opinion to be used in a movie. Overall nice work, and since you already have such a good audio for it I can’t make you a better one sorry. It sucks though you scored high enough to earn a remastered audio but I don’t have a way of already improving the quality.

2. IanIPl "Midnight Strikes at 13 o' clock"
Creavtivity/Originality- 9
Difficulty- 10
Quality- 7
Overall: 8.7 Excellent
Comments: Too random melodically. Most of the time I could not tell what to listen to for melody and because of that I know other listeners were probably also confused. It also got too boring at the part where the bass and cello were just playing quarter notes for some time. It’s not bad collectively but it has potential to be great.

3. impartial_tensorator "Estre Nacht"
Creativity/Originality- 9
Difficulty- 9
Quality- 7
Overall: 8.3 Excellent
Comments: You did almost a perfect job of developing a creepy feel to the piece but it was still all over the place with melody and chords. Because of it, it makes it harder to feel the true potential the piece is meant to have.

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2 years ago
3

Sixth Modern Contest (Results)

Ladies and Gentlemen I would like to present our newest "Modern Songmaker" Dillweed12345 for he won this competition. A lot of good pieces from all of you it was a tough one. Here are the rest of the results:

1) Dillweed12345: “Rise”
Creativity of arrangement- 10
Difficulty- 8
Quality- 10
Overall: 9.3 Superior
Comments: This is actually really good. I would rate it higher but I can’t. You did a really good job of taking this already really beautiful song and making something epic out of it. Of course it wasn’t perfect but I don’t think anyone here in Musescore can give you any real advice and make this sound any better than it already does. Great job; and congrats on your first win. I’m surprised I thought it would be RookWizard but you passed him up. You even did better than Celliot P. frankly. You did have an advantage though with only having one piece on your profile but that didn’t break any rules so you’re fine. Also I may not be able to make a remastered audio (since your piece ranked Superior) for you since you already have one.

2) Celliot P. : “The Church in the Meadow”
Creativity/Originality- 8
Difficulty- 9
Quality- 10
Overall: 9.0 Superior
Comments: It’s a very beautiful piano piece that’s for sure. Very good chord progressions throughout the whole song and good job on developing the song as it went along. It is a little lengthy and can get boring at certain times but it’s because the song is so peaceful you get lost in it. Overall nice work; although I don’t know if I can provide a better audio than what you already have. So if I don’t make you one for ranking Superior sorry but you already have as good of an audio than I can get you.

3) RookWizard: “Faerie Garden”
Creativity/Originality- 9
Difficulty- 8
Quality- 9
Overall: 8.7 Excellent
Comments: Very good job Rook at expressing the name of the song through your music. I usually hate it when the song title doesn’t match the feel of the music but thankfully you didn’t. Very unique and enjoyable to hear. I would work on transitions and entrances for parts. They were very abrupt and kind of ruin the vibes of the song. That’s it though nothing else bugged me.

4) jawesien: “I used to think…”
Creativity/Originality- 9
Difficulty- 8
Quality- 8
Overall: 8.3 Excellent
Comments: This was a mixture of many genres to me so I don’t know what genre this really belongs to. I had a hard time trying to see how the English horn and Tenor Sax sound together. I don’t think they complement each other very well in melody. The Tenor Sax gives the song a Jazz like feel, and the English horn doesn’t (I would recommend using a Trumpet instead and find a really nice trumpet soundfont that doesn’t make it sound edgy). That’s a problem if you try to use them to share melodic lines. You should look into that, but overall it was a pretty nice piece to hear. I really liked when the tenor sax was playing a solo with the choir. That worked well.

5) Elizabeth Asher: “Corporate Holiday Party”
Creativity/Originality- 9
Difficulty- 8
Quality- 7
Overall: 8.0 Excellent
Comments: I like the way the piece started and ended but everything in between made me confused. That’s good in a way if that’s what you were going for. This song I feel like is the kind of song that you hear in a creepy childhood nightmare. The randomness and use of holiday songs make me feel like some child’s Christmas is being ruined in their dreams. Very creepy feelings felt throughout (maybe except in the beginning) while listening to it and good job on that. Not much else I can say. Sorry.

6) Harrison Guest: “Impending Doom”
Creativity/Originality- 8
Difficulty- 7
Quality- 7
Overall: 7.3 Good
Comments: I like the idea as to how to start off the piece. But I feel like you should have more than just a bass choir there. Have it by itself for two counts and then add in the contrabass and have the cello play a harmonic line with the bass choir. Melodic development was poor; melody was repeated way too much and did not really match the idea of impending doom. The sound of the Drum set doesn’t blend right by the way (not your fault but Musescore’s). This piece has potential to be amazing but you may lack the experience to do it by yourself. This is where you can ask for help from other great Composers and get their advice too.

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2 years ago
3

Seventh Modern Contest

Alright so now I figured that since Halloween is coming up that it would be a good time to do a contest where the theme is dark or scary music (or make it sound like any 21st century boy song it's like a guaranteed win: just a joke don't get offended supporters). Basically, you have till Halloween Day (October 31st) to submit a song that relates to the holiday (doesn't have to be about the holiday: like I said it could be just be dark or scary and I'll accept it). Same grading structure applies as always along with the same prizes. Good luck to whoever joins.

The following have joined succesfully:
impartial_tensorator: "Estre Nacht"
IanPL: "Midnight Strikes at 13 o' clock"
Celliot P. : "Battle of the Kikug Sector"

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2 years ago
5

Sixth Modern Contest

I came up with an interesting idea for this theme. Like to gamble? Because this is what this competition involves, but with a twist. To join this contest you must first say you are interested in joining before I add you to the list, and then I will have a piece randomly chosen off your profile to be submitted for the contest. You have until Friday October 7th to join. The winner will get the usual prize of the admin rank (so you can be recognized as a "Modern Songmaker"). People who's pieces rank Superior on their pieces will get custom remastered audios as always. Same grading structure applies for this contest that I've used for each one. Good luck to anyone that joins. If current admins want to join they may but they cannot have the winning prize. If a current admin wins it will go to a runner up that isn't.

The following joined successfully with the random songs chosen:
Celliot P. : "The Church in the Meadow"
jawesien: "I used to think..."
Elizabeth Asher: "Corporate Holiday Party"
Harrison Guest: "Inpending Doom"
RookWizard: "Faerie Garden"
Dillweed12345: "Rise"

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2 years ago
12

Announcements for the modern composer's society

Sorry I left this group inactive for a while I've been really busy as of lately. I still had time to compose but this group became less of a priority for me lately. Anyways I plan to jump start this group again and I will hold more contests for this group once again. I'll get one start in the next day or two. And for the future I need to make impartial_tensorator a admin still after the tournament and I owe Celliot P. an admin rank and a song dedicated to him for winning the Summer Games. The song will take a while so I'll leave it for my to do list. But I will make them admins soon. I know impartial is okay with being an admin but I should wait until Celliot P. says it's okay to make him an admin before I do. Also just a small note to add I will rename the group to The Modern Competitions Group as for now this group will remain only as a contest group now.

Until the next competition,
The Modern Songmaker

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2 years ago
1

NEW GROUP! This group is one of a kind! (you'll see why)

https://musescore.com/groups/veni-vidi-vici

Join join join! We'll have competitions, MANY competitions, even ones you've never heard of!

Our group is a currency based group (fake currency, of course)

-If you win a competition, you will receive a handsome reward, for example, v1,000 (v is the currency symbol)
-Save up enough v's and you can buy private and custom soundfonts, which can be anywhere from v20,000 to v50,000.
-You can even buy an admin membership! (v100,000)
-There will be a Bank to keep track of your v balance.
-There will a Marketplace to use your v currency.
-You can place bets and gamble on competition entries.

About competitions:
This is Veni, Vidi, Vici. We have the most exotic and challenging of competitions (but if you're a beginner, don't worry, we'll also have competitions for you too!)

DISCLAIMER: For this currency group to work, I need a certain number of group members. If we do not receive enough members, this group WILL NOT work. So please, invite your friends, your colleagues, and let's make this the best group on Musescore.

-Thank you, Alplexle

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2 years ago
0

First "Modern Composer" Tournament (Round 3: The Final Round)

Congrats to Alplexle, impartial_tensorator, and bigcgb for making it this far. This last round will be a special round with this being the final one. It also might be difficult for some of you because this round is forcing you to make a new piece.

Round three's theme is similar to the fourth "Modern Composer" contest that was dedicated to Alplexle, but it's a little different. You are going to be given a list of Musescore composers, you're job is choose one and make a piece based off one of the compositions currently on their profile. Here is who you can choose:

Robin M. Butler
Celliot P.
Issac Glover
mtpusic
RookWizard
✖σႦσҽ.ʂƚყʅҽ✖أسلوب أوبو
Richard G. Perritt Sr.
pmljr81
Alexiiii
★音楽愛好家★ℳoℓℓyℳawk★
jaweisen
Origami2
Joshua A.I.

You have a whole month plus an extra day. You have until August 18th really to make something or be disqualified. I will not let the judges score difficulty by the way if it's impossible and you don't want to lose points there. Creativity and Originality will also not be scored if it sounds too similar to the piece you use to create your entry. Also by the way Alplexle even though you got a superior on your last entry I don't want to bother making a remastered audio for it because it already uses a better soundfont and I think you could care less anyway (not to sound rude). If you want it still let me know.

The following have resubmitted and will continue on in the contest:

Alplexle: (None)
impartial_tensorator: "Nocturne" (using jaweisen)
bigcgb: (None)

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2 years ago
16

The Summer Games Challenge #4

For this contest I have a unique theme. This does require you to make a new piece I'm sorry but the prize is so much better for the winner. You get two weeks this time to write a 2 to 3 minute Baritone (brass instrument known as "Euphonium" on Musescore) Solo. It has to be possible to play at high school level. No pedal notes expect pedal low b flat shall be allowed. The winner this time gets a live recording of me playing it on a Andreas Eastman Marching Baritone. So once again by Sunday August 28th write a 2 to 3 minute Baritone solo. I will allow the use of piano accompaniment but it will not be recorded. Only the baritone part. If anyone else that joins gets a Superior rank on their piece and doesn't win will just get a remastered audio of their piece.

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2 years ago
0

Summer Games Challenge #3 (Scores)

Here they are:

1. qqqant: “Undertale OST 051: Another Medium”
Matching to the original song- 9
Difficulty- 8
Quality- 9
Overall: 8.7 Excellent
Comments: Good job for the most part. I like it, and you did a nice job at transcribing it. I even like how the flute lagged like it did it the actual song. My only complaint for this piece is that the mallet parts look almost impossible. It could be done but I wouldn’t want to be the performer playing that.

2. Celliot P. : “Moving Picture Medly”
Creativity (since I couldn’t find the original song) - 9
Difficulty- 8
Quality- 8
Overall: 8.3 Excellent
Comments: Next time you make an orchestra piece that you want performed live, then try to know your ensemble’s limitations. Some parts seemed too far for the performers, especially that horn solo. Never write horn parts that high unless a pro ensemble is performing it. Usually I would never like to write higher than a high D, or possibly E if needed. Other than that it was well written but I didn’t enjoy it too much. I did but it wasn’t enough to truly wow me.

3. jaweisen: “New ‘Epic’ Style Piece”
Creativity/Originality- 8
Difficulty- 8
Quality- 8
Overall: 8 Excellent
Comments: Not bad. You did a good job making the piece sound epic. Transitions could use some looking at though. It wasn’t the best epic piece I heard but it definitely fits the genre well. I count epic music as a form of contemporary classical music so I allowed it for the contest.

3. impartial_tensornator: “Prelude and Fugue”
Creativity/Originality- 9
Difficulty- 7
Quality- 8
Overall: 8 Excellent
Comments: Good job at representing a storm, and I realize this was a last minute piece but I would recommend fixing some stuff. I would recommend reworking the beginning. It’s too simple and boring. Also the cello part was impossible somewhere and I wouldn’t recommend ever writing something insane like that if you plan to have the piece performed in real life. Also you forgot to switch the cello part back to bass clef at some point. Other than that not too bad of a piece, and it is an improvement from some pieces I heard from you before.

Here are the overall scores for the whole summer games:

1. Celliot P. (9 points)
2. jawesien (6 points)
3. qqqant (4 points)
3. (4 points) ✖σႦσҽ.ʂƚყʅҽ✖أسلوب أوبو
4. impartial_tensornator (2 points)
4. Robin M. Butler (2 points)
5. pmljr81 (1 point)

Since no one got superior no one gets a prize.

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2 years ago
1

The Summer Games Challenge #3

Alright now we shall have a third challenge. I decided to make two separate themes for composers and arrangers. Here they are:

Composers: Your task is to submit a piece for a modern day ensemble. You may use Concert Orchestra, Concert Band, Big Band, and Jazz Combo. NO CHAMBER ENSEMBLE PIECES! NO ROCK BAND PIECES! I will also except choral music. It must be at least 2:00 in length, not longer than 5:00, and must only use the following genres:

Jazz (For Jazz Ensembles Only)
Contemporary Classical (For everything else)

Arrangers: Your task is to submit a piece that is an arrangement for a song belonging to the following genres:

Jazz
Soundtrack (or Contemporary Classical)
Electric
Videogame Music

I know the arranger's task is easier, but that's because this is the first theme actually meant for arrangers.

You have until Sunday August 7th to submit a piece here in the discussion or by putting "Summer Games #3" in the title and posting it to the group. If you have any more question don't be afraid to ask. Oh and one more thing. I'm still going to score it the way I always do. If you want to submit a piece that doesn't fit the guidelines you may but the penalty is a point taken away from your final overall score (from a scale of 1 to 10). Free remastered audios are still up for a prize for pieces that rank Superior (9.0+) and we are still doing the point system.

The following have submitted a piece successfully:
jawesien: "New 'Epic' Style Piece" (Concert Orchestra) (Contemporary Classical)
Celliot P. : "Moving Picture Medly" (Soundtrack)
qqqant: "UNDERTALE OST 051 - Another Medium" (Video Game Music)
impartial_tensornator: "Fugue" (String Orchestra) (Contemporary Classical)

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2 years ago
4

The Summer Games Challenge #2 (Scores)

I posted scores early, but if you still want to join you have until midinight (PST) to enter. I'll put your score in with these. Anyways for now here are the scores to the pieces, along with comments from me:

1. Celliot P. : “Trials and Tears”
Creativity/Originality- 10
Difficulty- 8
Quality- 10
Overall: 9.3 Superior
Comments: Very nice piece. Almost professional sounding. There are just some moments where the melody doesn’t make sense to me, but that isn’t a problem by you, it’s the listener. Definitely one of the best contemporary orchestra pieces I’ve ever heard on Musescore. Nice work, keep it up.

2. jawesien: “Andante Doloroso”
Creativity/Originality- 8
Difficulty- 9
Quality- 10
Overall: 9 Superior
Comments: I’m not going to lie this song was actually the inspiration to the first love song I ever made and I didn’t even know then it was for a love interest of yours. Funny isn’t it? Anyways the only problems with the piece is the fact that it takes too long to develop in the beginning and the melody is too repeated. For the most part you developed the melody well and actually I really loved the sound of this piece. This has always been a Musescore favorite of mine and it still will be. Good job, but since I already made a remastered audio for this piece before I won’t make another one. Instead I will just resend you the link to it on Google Drive.

3. Robin M. Butler: “The Last Arrow”
Creativity/Originality- 7
Difficulty- 8
Quality- 10
Overall: 8.3 Excellent
Comments: This was honestly really good, but the problem was I recognize that melody you use. It’s not original, but you made this piece different from its original version so I can’t take away too many points. Don’t ask me where I know the melody from, but I heard it in a soundtrack song for an orchestra but I don’t know what movie it’s from. It’s probably one made between 2000 and 2010.

4. ✖σႦσҽ.ʂƚყʅҽ✖أسلوب أوبو : “Hauntless”
Creativity/Originality- 8
Difficulty-8
Quality-6
Overall: 7.3 Good
Comments: Good use of chords. There are a lot of great melodies in the piece, but there was too much. You need to stick to one melody and develop it, and here you took many melodies and tried to transition them. It would’ve worked had you made the transitions better. I know this was a rushed piece, but for something of this occasion you should’ve spent more time on transitions. Also the harmony was way too off-balanced in certain spots. I won’t specify, but make sure that the harmony is not at the same level of the melody. It should be about a dynamic or two down and not used on too many instruments.

Here are the scores on the leaderboard of the whole "Summer Games" contest:

1. Celliot P. (6 points)
2. jawesien (4 points)
2. (4 points) ✖σႦσҽ.ʂƚყʅҽ✖أسلوب أوبو
3. Robin M. Butler (2 points)
4. pmljr81 (1 point)

By the way if you have a Superior you get a free remastered audio. If you choose to deny it let me know.

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2 years ago
6

Summer Games Challenge #2

By the way results from the first challenge are still pending. I'm waiting on two people to vote and I chose five people.

Anyways I wanted to get the second challenge out while the results are coming so anyways here is what I have planned for the second challenge.

You have until Monday August 1st to submit a piece dedicated to someone, whether it be a Musescore Composer, significant other, or even a pet, friend, or family member. For a little twist it must be at least 2:00 and cannot have less than 5 instruments. You may still enter a piece if it's shorter than 2:00 and has less than 5 instruments as long it's dedicated to someone but it will lose points. Since it's hard for me to have to get my friends to vote on a piece I will from now on grade them myself the way I do in normal "Modern Composer" contests, unless a current "Modern Composer" wants to do it instead in whatever way they feel unless it gives me a good excuse not to allow it. So usually I grade in categories and give a final overall by finding the mean of the overalls in each category. If your piece fails to meet a requirement then one point will be deducted from your final overall. So I know this theme and the last theme too were targeted towards composers mainly but I will do some more themes that will be targeted towards arrangers more since this group is for both. I do plan to rename the group "The Modern Songmakers Society" since I want everyone to feel part of it and since I've been doing this whole re-brand with my music for safety reasons and other future reasons I won't get into.

So anyways if you managed to fight through my ADD-like paragraph remember by August 1st submit a piece that is dedicated to someone. If you have any questions ask because for some reason there always is (I think the ADD-like paragraphs cause it usually).

The following have successfully submitted a piece:
✖σႦσҽ.ʂƚყʅҽ✖أسلوب أوبو: "Hauntless"
jawesien: "Andante Doloroso"
Celliot P. : "Trials and Tears"
Robin M. Butler: "The Last Arrow"

Scores should be out tomorrow. There will be a chance for people to get remastered audios this time.

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2 years ago
12

The Summer Games Challenge #1 (Scores)

Sorry it took so long; one friend of mine took way too long to listen to the pieces and vote. Anyways here is the placement:

1. Oboe Style: "Open Doors Ajar"
Votes: 3 of 5
Points: 3

2. Celliot P. : "A Journey to Mars"
Votes: 2 of 5
Points: 2

3. jawesien: "Symphony #1 in F Minor"
Votes: 0 of 5
Points: 1

3. pmljr81: "Nyctophobia"
Votes: 0 of 5
Points: 1

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2 years ago
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The Summer Games Challenge #1

This was something I was suppose to start a month ago. Sorry it took so long but I forgot about it due to the Tournament. Anyways, now I would like to actually start this to help get this group active again. The Summer Games consist of small quickfire challenges that reward bragging rights and a free remastered audio for the winner. Here is how it will work.

So for this first challenge you will be given a theme. All you have to do is submit a song that matches it. I will try my best to come up with themes that do not require you to make a new piece but no guarantee.

The theme for the first challenge is a song with a story line. Submit a piece you made that has a story to it in order for listeners to understand it more.

All you have to do to enter is either leave a link to it here in the discussion or upload it to the group with "Summer Games #1" after the title.

You have until Sunday, July 24th to enter.

And if bragging rights and a free remastered audio wasn't enough for a prize well here is some others.

So before I tell what those are I have to explain something else first.

For every challenge we do you get rewarded points based off how many people are in each challenge.

Here are some examples:

If there are six people in a challenge then the winner gets 6 points, second place gets 5, and vice versa.

If there are only two people in one challenge then the winner gets two points and the loser gets 1. Whoever haves the most points at the end of summer (Which for our purposes we will consider September 1st), gets to be a "Modern Composer" or "Modern Arranger" (that's what we call admins) and will also have a song made in their honor.

You may join at anytime. Remember this all for fun so don't get mad at me if you lose.

So if you forgot the theme once again by Sunday July 24th submit a piece with a story line. I will have some friends of mine vote on their favorite piece to decide the winner.

The following have joined successfully:
Celliot P. : "A Journey to Mars"
✖σႦσҽ.ʂƚყʅҽ✖أسلوب أوبو: "Open Doors Ajar"
pmljr81: "Nyctophobia"
jawesien: "Symphony #1 in F Minor: Allegro con Intensità e Delicatezza"

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2 years ago
16

Announcements for The Modern Composers Society (Reexplaining the Purpose of the Group, Summer Games, and Help to Get New Members)

Dear Modern Composers Society,

So I need to explain some things to everyone.

So first off, this group has become very inactive. I believe only Oleksandr Kashlyuk, Alpexle, impartial_tensorator2, and mtpusic are the only ones that actually share music here whenever they make a new song and there is 43 members. That's pretty sad how inactive this group has become. I would like it if you all could help out to find new people that would fit into this group perfectly.

Speaking of which, I need to further explain the point of this group again because it hasn't been fully achieved yet. Remember, the purpose of this group was to find good composers that could help create a new genre, "Modern Music".

The question was how do I make "Modern Music".

Basically all it is is a more newer and improved version of contemporary classical music. It's used in soundtrack music, concert and marching bands, along with some modern-day orchestras. Contemporary Classical isn't too popular in society, mainly because the stupid genres like pop, rap, hip hop, country, etc., are more public so it's all everyone hears. People for some reason are brainwash to think that that kind of music is real music, and that if it doesn't have vocals or lyrics it's not real music. I hate people that think that because all that music is is sung poetry, and most of it is horrible now because a lot of lyrics don't have meaning now or the meaning is bad, and if it does have meaning the music doesn't match it well. I wished that most people knew what good music really sounded like, and we the users of musescore really know what really good music is and how it should sound. Contemporary Classical Music is the route we future composers need to take, and we need to make it better. We have to let more people know about it, and have access to hear it, and it starts here. But of course since we are taking this genre and making it better, we shouldn't consider it Contemporary Classical. Modern is the new name we should give the genre when we all become professional composers so that we can forever change the way people see music. If this was the music people were listening too instead of what we have now just imagine how much we could change society for the better. That's why I care so much about this group and this idea. If only what I just said could make you want it as badly as I do.

But anyways if you are still reading this then here is the next thing.

About a month ago I said I was going to start something called the Summer Games and never got to it because I became so busy with the Tournament and completely forgot about it. So tomorrow I'll officially start it so that this group doesn't remain as inactive as it has been. The summer games will be small quickfire challenges that will reward bragging rights and better audios for your pieces (no admin ranks will be given out here, those will only be given out in contests and tournaments).

Hope you all are enjoying your summer, and remember to keep making music, because you only get better with the more songs you make.

Your group leader,
Andrew Dodds, The Modern Songmaker

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2 years ago
5

First "Modern Composer" Tournament (Placings for Round 2)

Alright now with NashonMorrisS being disqualified (and for some reason he left the group too), it now leaves two more of the contestants to be eliminated. Here are the scores. If you are in 4th or 5th you're out:

1. Alplexle: "Morning Storm II"
Overall: 9.56 Superior

2. bigcgb (Calypso_King): "Shake Dat Tree"
Overall: 8.54 Excellent

3. impartial_tensorator: "Erste Nacht"
Overall: 8.28 Excellent

4. Richard G. Perritt Sr. : "Symphony for Odd Instruments"
Overall: 7.77 Good

5. ✖σႦσҽ.ʂƚყʅҽ✖أسلوب أوبو: "Open Doors Ajar: Into the Spirit World"
Overall: 7.72 Good

Sorry Richard and Oboe. You had some good pieces but wasn't enough to go on.

Here are the comments if you want to know what each individual judge gave you. If you don't remember, Me, my friend Omar, and our actual qualified judge Keith were the judges.

For Keith's comments and scores use the link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B87wXBNFLVtVczBISGJkb2VkYlE/view?usp=sharing. Trust me you'll benefit from it. He is a reason why I'm good now.

And as for mine and Omar's comments and scores they are here:

Andrew's Comments:

1. Morning Storm II
I fail to see how the piece matches the idea of a morning storm.The chord setup makes it sound too exciting and epic, and storms aren't fun. You should've used more minor and diminished chords until the ending. The dynamic change into 43 and out of 46 ruins the feel of the piece and should be addressed. Overall, not bad but in my opinion it's not one of your best pieces.

Overall: 8.7 Excellent

2. Symphony for Odd Instruments
The piece was all over the place with melody and chords. You really failed to take one melody and develop it. Transitions between chords were not good either. If you want to fix the piece try not to vary the chords so much and don't use so many melodies in one piece. Since you call it a symphony you should take the melodies and make movements out of them.

Overall: 7.6 Good

3. Open Doors Ajar: Into the Spirit Word
I wish I knew what you meant by the title "Open Doors Ajar". Good use of sound effects and overall not too bad.

Overall: 9 Superior

4. Erste Nacht
Alright first off you broke a rule of the contest and submitted an impossible piece. It was part of the reason Maleficent lost and I'd be careful next time you submit for a contest. I didn't score difficulty for this reason.
Even though you did almost a perfect job of developing a creepy feel to the piece it was all over the place with melody and chords. Because of it, it makes it harder to feel the true potential the piece is meant to have.

Overall: 8.5

5. Shake Dat Tree

I don't really get to hear Calypso music a lot but now I wish I did more often. Very good job on the piece; I really wanted to dance to it as I heard it. Good use of steel drums to help give the feel of Calypso. I didn't like the wrap up for the piece by the way.

Overall: 9.3 Superior


Omar's Comments:

1. Morning Storm II
All around good piece. Percussion was used very well to give it a nice feel. Reminded me of a piece called "Earthdance" by Michael Sweeny.

Overall: 9.7 Superior

2. Symphony for Odd Instruments
Very unique. Loved the harmonica part by the way. Too boring to keep listening to it and enjoy it at the same time. The problem was there wasn't enough expression.

Overall: 7 Good

3. Open Doors Ajar: Into the Spirit World
Not something I enjoyed too much. I hated the chords used to make it. Couldn't understand the piece really at all. Also, what's with the Irish flute and fiddle?

Overall: 4.3 Poor

4. Erste Nacht
The chords are just horribly bad. The Bass Clarinet barely plays either. What's the point in having it?

Overall: 7.7 Good

5. Shake Dat Tree
I enjoyed it a lot. It seems like an easy piece to play though.

Overall: 9 Superior

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2 years ago
0

First "Modern Composer" Tournament (Round 2)

Alright so now that we have our 6 qualified contestants, now it's time for round two. Remember as I said before the theme for this round changes and is harder than the last theme; also you can't submit the same piece from the first round. Here is how this theme works:

For this round you must create a piece for a custom ensemble. You must group certain instruments not usually used together in the same ensemble. You must have 5 or more instruments to have it qualify as a custom ensemble.

And if that's not already hard enough, now here is another twist. You may not create/use a piece with the following genres:

Classical
Rock
Pop
Rap
Hip Hop
R & B
Country
Jazz
Funk

In other words don't use popular genres, but really just don't use those listed above.

The grading system will remain the same as last time. And remember if your piece gets a Superior (or Unanimous Superior), you will get a free remastered audio of your entry. Failure to continue on in the tournament will result in your elimination, so if you really care about winning then I suggest you try your best. You get two weeks to make a piece if you don't have one ready. So by Friday July 9th you need to submit your next entry. We will only accept the three top contestants to move on to Round 3 (Finals).

And one last thing; as for the 4 people who got superiors on their entries I have the audios ready. If you have a complaint with the audio let me know. Here:

Maple's Dance:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B87wXBNFLVtVNE5XamxXRU5kRXc/view?usp=sharing

Oort Cloud:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B87wXBNFLVtVMlVSelpCazJadkk/view?usp=sharing

One Last Waltz:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B87wXBNFLVtVZlFtU01hNFNvejQ/view?usp=sharing

Radar:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B87wXBNFLVtVS0hnMEs1Q3k4NjQ/view?usp=sharing

The following have resubmitted their pieces to stay in the tournament:

1. Alplexle II: "Morning Storm II"
2. Richard G. Perritt Sr: "Symphony for Odd Instruments"
3. ✖σႦσҽ.ʂƚყʅҽ✖أسلوب أوبو: "Open Doors Ajar: Into the Spirit World"
4. NashonMorrisS: (Disqualified)
5. partial_tensor2: ""Erste Nacht"
6. bigcgb: "Shake Dat Tree"

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2 years ago
18

AACG Opening Competition

tyhodge has recently opened up a new contest to everyone 16 and older on his new group called the AACG (Amazing Amateur Composers Group). 20 people are needed to start the contest before the end of July or it will cancel. The prize is bragging rights and a free JW Pepper MyScore account so you can sell your music. You have to agree to the terms of the account and the terms of the contest holder in order to get it or runner up gets it. If you are interested here is the link to the contest:

https://musescore.com/groups/2379791/discuss/2379841

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2 years ago
0

12 Person Collab

So RookWizard (A.K.A Spencer Vanderkley) has started a huge collab piece with 6 members on musescore (I'm one of them; although we have 10 but we need two more). He would love it if two of you guys on this group could join us on this crazy idea to get the 12 people he needs and make an awesome piece. I would like it if Alplexle and Richard G. Perritt Sr. specifically though first before anyone else wants to. I ask you two because you are the top two contestants in the tournament and one of Musescore's more talented composers. Let me know in the discussion and I'll give you the details as to how to join. In case you want to know who you are working with here:

RookWizard
qqqant
Andrew J. Dodds
Origami2
avemflamma
TromboneMasterTorrabella
TheNightReader
Falcon2184
MollyMawk
partial_tensor

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2 years ago
11

First "Modern Composer" Tournament (Placings for Round 1)

After each of the three judges carefully decided on the scores for the first round, we finally came up with the scores. Here are the final scores decided on by me, my best friend Omar (not a composer), and my musical genius friend (who is also a composer) Keith Pascual. If you are in the top 6 you get to move on to round 2. There are three round by the way. Also if your piece gets a Superior or Unanimous Superior, you get a free remastered audio for your song. Those will be ready when I start round 2. Sorry about those who actually should've qualified for round 2 and congrats to those who somehow barely made to round 2. This was a tough competition:

1. Alplexle II
Overall: 9.6
Unanimous Superior
2. Richard G. Perritt Sr.
Overall: 9.3
Unanimous Superior
3. ✖σႦσҽ.ʂƚყʅҽ✖أسلوب أوبو
Overall: 9.3
Superior
4. NashonMorrisS
Overall: 9.2
Superior
5. partial_tensor2
Overall: 8.2
Unanimous Excellent
6. bigcgb
Overall: 8.2
Excellent
7. jaweisen
Overall: 8.1
Excellent
8-9. Euphonius & Olesandr Kashlyuk2
Overall: 8.0
Excellent
10-11. FearlessFlyer & Michael Richardson
Overall: 7.9
Good
12. Maleficent
Overall: 7.7
Good

Here are the individual scores and comments from me and Omar. I highly recommend you look at Keith's comments here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B87wXBNFLVtVS3cySTJKam85eUU/view?usp=sharing
He is very specific about his choices and will help you improve your works. But anyways here:

Andrew's Comments:

1. One Last Time
I couldn't really understand the piece until it started reaching the climax. The beginning was a little weak in my opinion but it had a nice ending. It's always important to have a strong intro to hook the listeners and keep them listening, and yours wasn't enough to really hook me. It's a little harder to do with slow pieces but if it's there it's amazing.

Overall: 7.3 Good

2. Oort Cloud.
To me it sounds very professional. I could see this being used in a movie (like if they made part two to Interstellar). Keep up the good work, I see success in you.

Overall: 9 Superior

3. Piano Concerto in G Minor III
For classical music it's really good. It's a little lengthy and tends to be off-balanced in dynamics, but the overall sound is outstanding.

Overall: 8.7 Excellent

4. Menuet
Definitely original. A little too random for my taste but if you got anyone to learn how to play this perfectly you would've created an legendary pianist.

Overall: 8.3 Excellent

5. I'm Yours/Somewhere Over the Rainbow Mashup
I enjoyed listening to this piece. I liked the idea of using a harp instead of an ukulele, but what I don't like is the fact that the over the rainbow part doesn't really sound correct. That melody needs to be lower, it's meant for a Tenor or Baritone voice.

Overall: 8.7 Excellent

6. Lost City
It sounded amazing. It actually sounded like a song from Maleficent in my opinion. My only concern with this piece is some instruments have unplayable parts, meaning they're impossible, and you did it on purpose. It was specifically said in the grading rubric not to do that. I would remove a point from your overall but I'll be nice since it was good piece and I feel you should continue on in the tournament. Just don't do it again or you'll be disqualified.

Overall: 9 Superior

7. Maple's Dance
Not bad honestly. I love the creativity you put into making the piece but it might not be enough in my opinion to keep going in the tournament. There are a lot of great writers in here and there's enough to make you not qualify for finals. So I recommend you be prepared to write a great piece and hope for the best.

Overall: 8.7 Excellent

8. One Last Waltz
Beautiful. Just Beautiful. It's amazing what composers can write when we're hurt by a loss, trust me I know this better than anyone; I wrote many of my best pieces after dealing with a couple of heartbreaks (it was only two). It fits a waltz style perfectly and you demonstrated it's meaning greatly with the lyrics. Sorry about your dog by the way.

Overall: 9 Superior

9. The Journey Home
I enjoyed it. Not enough harmony though. I see as more of a concert band piece with the sound of the melody, but that's just my opinion.

Overall: 8.3 Excellent

10. Quite the Adventure
A little too short. It wasn't very interesting to me and it seems impossible. I don't know if you meant that intentionally but either way it wasn't very good.

Overall: 7.3 Good

11. Nocturne #1
It was better sounding than any of the piano pieces, but it's a little too slow to make it interesting enough. It's also very easy to play and would not be a real challenge for a pianist.

Overall: 8.3 Excellent

12. Radar
Sounds better than the original song. I frankly hate the meaning behind the song though because it glorifies a story that shouldn't be glorified. It's also not properly notated for a marching band pep tune.

Overall: 8 Excellent


Omar's Comments:

1. One Last Time
Very good and relaxing. Quality was great. A little redundant.

Overall: 8 Excellent

2. Oort Cloud
Very amazing and unusual piece. Nice use of repeating melodies. Good Job.

Overall: 10 Superior

3. Piano Concerto in G Minor III
Felt like a march to me I don't know why. Some notes sound out of tune (From Andrew - I think he meant bad chords). Way too long.

Overall: 6 Fair

4. Menuet
Good Transitions. That's all.

Overall: 8.3 Excellent


5. I'm Yours/Somewhere Over the Rainbow Mashup
Cool Song. Alto part needs work.

Overall: 6.7 Fair

6. Lost City
Percussion is too dominant. Loved the clarinet part (From Andrew - He'e only saying that because he's play Clarinet).

Overall: 6.3 Fair

7. Maple's Dance
Excellent. Nice Transitions and nice grooving style.

Overall: 10

8. One Last Waltz
Nice, good piece. Lyrics really go along well with the song. Sorry about the dog.

Overall: 9

9. The Journey Home
Wasn't original enough. Had a Disney-Like sound. Good Though.

Overall: 8.7

10. Quite the Adventure
Awesome. Wish it could've been longer.

Overall: 9.7

11. Nocturne #1
Too slow and redundant.

Overall: 7

12. Radar
Better than the original song.

Overall: 10

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2 years ago
2

New group for Pro Composers/Arrangers

I have joined a new group called the Professional Composers/Arrangers Group. It's for the best composers and arrangers only and I was good enough to be an admin. So I would like to invite our current "Modern Composers" and our soon to be "Modern Composers" to this group since it needs more people. It would be great to help this group grow just like how the original members of this group helped me grow this group. Also the scores for the tournament should be ready around Friday. I'm still waiting on one Judge to finish.

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2 years ago
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