The Grand Finale: RESULTS!!!

Before I even begin to touch on the final results for this competition, I would like to give the biggest thankyou to everyone who's been a part of this year's MSCC. Thankyou to all the guest judges and the idea-providers, but most of all, thankyou to the wonderful team of composers who participated in any of the past 15 rounds - you make this rocking world go round (Queen reference unintentional :D). You have no idea how much fun I've had over the last 10 months, running this competition. I can only hope that you all enjoyed it the same. Oh, and to any of you who REALLY enjoyed this competition, feel free to enter again next year. In 2018's MSCC, I'll try to make it so that it doesn't drag on for so long, as well. Hopefully it'll run a lot more smoothly than this year's did ^-^

Now... I guess you want to know the results, right?

As you know, I was assisted in judging this round by BmMusic, our 5th place winner. Big thanks to him as well :). Bart and myself both judged the pieces anonymously, meaning that we each had someone else play us the pieces and show us the music (without seeing the name of the pieces). This guarantees that nothing could have possibly interfered with our choices, other than the music alone. I think I developed some sort of idea which piece belonged to which composer towards the beginning. but as time went on my mind started to change, and once my friend revealed who was who, it turned out I was completely wrong! :D

Anyway, here are the scores:

"Suite for Reed Ensemble", by KeldeoJustifed, Judged by BmMusic
Creativity: 24
Complexity: 24
Realism: 21
Effectiveness: 22
Overall: 91

"Suite for Reed Ensemble", by KeldeoJustified, Judged by RookWizard
Creativity: 21
Complexity: 24
Realism: 24
Effectiveness: 22
Overall: 91

"MSCC17 Composition Mashup", by DaggerQuill, Judged by BmMusic
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 23
Realism: 23
Effectiveness: 21
Overall:  90

"MSCC17 Composition Mashup", by DaggerQuill, Judged by RookWizard
Creativity: 25
Complexity: 24
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 24
Overall:  98

"Suite for Reed Ensemble", by KeldeoJustified + 8 POINTS

"MSCC17 Composition Mashup", by DaggerQuill + 3 POINTS

"Suite for Reed Ensemble", by KeldeoJustified
GRAND TOTAL: 190 POINTS

"MSCC17 Composition Mashup", by DaggerQuill
GRAND TOTAL: 191 POINTS

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And yes, I'm proud to announce that the winner of the second annual Grand Finale of the MuseScore Composers Competition has been won by DaggerQuill! And oh, what a close round it was. I've said it before and I'll say it again, when I entered this round I had no clue which way it would go, as you are both such talented composers. Well done to the both of you :)

It's been such an honour to run this competition, and I just want to thank everyone who's been involved so so so much. I actually put together another poster celebrating everyone who's been involved, which you can find here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B67os6PF1eOQbnQxS2hmZUotQWM.

DaggerQuill, KeldeoJustified, RosalynSarah, The Nightreader, and BmMusic: I will aim to have your prizes ready and sent to you in the next day or so. DaggerQuill, at any time you like give me 3 of your previous compositions and I will compile high quality audio files of each of them. KeldeoJustified, you can choose 2 pieces, and RosalynSarah, Nightreader, and BmMusic, you can all choose 1 piece.
DaggerQuill, You will receive your free month of PRO account some time in the next day or so :)

Other than that, thankyou, and good job to you all!

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15

ROUND FIFTEEN: The Grand Finale

Welcome, all, to the last ever round in 2017's MuseScore Composition Competition! Congratulations for making it to the top four; you are all incredible composers, and I honestly have no idea who will win the grand prize this year. Good luck!

The idea behind this closing round is, by itself, quite simple. However - in no way does that mean that it will be an easy task.

As always, the Grand Finale is your last chance in the competition to really show off your ideas, so I strongly recommend going all-out on this one. Your task this round will not be, as it has been in the past, to compose an entirely new piece. From the very start of this competition you have been told repetitively to not use previous pieces of yours, but to write something entirely unique for each and every round. So, crazily enough, this round you should hopefully do the exact opposite.

I want you to create a suite, or medley, that combines as many of the pieces you have composed for this competition as you can. Say, for example, you have participated in 10 previous rounds in this competition: You would take the main theme from multiple of the pieces you have entered, and cram as many as you can into a single piece, trying all the while to make it sound as natural as possible. Of course, this will be incredibly hard to do, as the pieces you have written vary greatly in style and in instrumentation. However, the fact that you have made it this far tells me that you definitely know how to make something sound good.

Here are the rules:
1: Your piece can use any instruments you like. This is entirely up to you.
2: Your piece must range between 2 minutes and 8 minutes in length. Anywhere in between is fine.
3: You will be marked out of 25 for each of the usual four categories, however...
4: You will also receive 5 extra points for every piece you include in the medley.
5: In order for a piece to be counted, you must mark the start of the theme with the title of the original piece (or the round that you entered it in).

If you want, feel free to try overlapping multiple themes, or have fun working on quirky transitions between themes. Remember, the more creative you get, the more points you'll get for creativity.

Lastly, the deadline for this is a whole month away. HOWEVER- don't upload your piece yourself!!! Instead, email your score to me, along with, if you so choose, the link to a preferred audio source. I will judge the pieces, and then, when I'm done, I'll release the results and you can upload your pieces at the same time. The reason why I want you to upload the pieces after they've been judged is so that you have no idea how many pieces other people are incorporating into their suite. Just try to fit in as many as you can and you'll be fine :) :)

So, in conclusion, make sure you get your pieces to me by the 17th of September, and in the meanwhile - good luck! Good luck and thankyou for being a part of this experience!

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2018?

I just found this and would love to be a part of a 2018 competition; does anyone have any idea if this will happen, and if so, when? Thanks

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The first good idea I've had in a while (I think)

Its gotten to the point in this competition where things are starting to get - as DaggerQuill said - "stagnate". And I can totally see why! I really didn't mean for this to happen, but I feel like the rounds I'm creating are getting slowly more boring, and I'm also aware that its getting to a time of year where everyone is too busy to compose most of the time.

So, with these factors in mind, I think I've devised a way that we can get the competition over and done with, but also revert from just letting it shrivel up and die. Here it is...

What if, instead of slowly eliminating one contestant every second round, we just held one last final round, in which the amount of points scored would determine who won 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, etc.

The other reason I say this is because I've been thinking and I've come up with ONE more task that has a possibility to be unique and interesting, and also well suited for a grand finale. Naturally, you would receive a long period of time in which to submit this (a month might do it), because I know that most, if not all, of you have some gap within the next month during which you will not be available.

If you like the sound of this, please say so in the comments. If this clashes with anything, please also say so in the comments.

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a year ago
6

ROUND FOURTEEN: The Americas

The task for this eviction round is fairly similar to Round 13, except instead of focusing on Oceania, the new continent is the Americas (north and south).

As well as basing the piece of a country, there is one other thing you must include...
Pick ONE of the following instruments to feature heavily in your piece. This instrument should be the heart of your piece. Here they are:
1: Steel Drums
2: Classical Guitar
3: Bass Clarinet
4: Tuba
5: Cello
6: Double Bass

The deadline is currently set for the 30th of July, but this can be changed if necessary.

Good luck!

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a year ago
13

ROUND THIRTEEN RESULTS

Good job to Keldeo & Night reader, not only have you put up to great pieces, but you have also guaranteed yourself safety from the eviction round.

Here are the scores...

KeldeoJustified
Creativity: 24
Complexity: 25
Realism: 19
Effectiveness: 23
Overall: 91
Comments: Great job on this! The choice of the instruments, along with the main melody, created a really tribal sort of sound. The one reason why you got a relatively low Realism score is because the didgeridoo part was physically impossible to play. But don't worry about that, as the didgeridoo is a very complex instrument, and hard to understand until one plays it one day. It was a brave decision to feature it in your piece, and also a great one. Well done!

TheNightreader
Creativity: 24
Complexity: 23
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 24
Overall: 96
Comments: I loved so much about this piece, from the memorable melody to the fantastic lyrics. Fits the theme perfectly - well done!

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Sooooo....
Keldeo and Nightreader are safe from eviction round, which means that DaggerQuill and Rosalyn Sarah will be competing next time, after which one of them will go home.

Sorry for taking so long to get around to this :)

Good job, good luck, and good night.

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a year ago
3

ROUND THIRTEEN: Oceania

Before I lost this entire description, I had written out a massive congratulations speech to making the top four. Sorry you never got to see it :(

This description will also be quite short, given that I don't want to have to write everything out again. Otherwise, here it goes -

You may have noticed that so far this year, one of the main recurring themes has been 'places'. The reason I like this topic is because it really relates to music. When we listen to music, it always takes us somewhere, it takes us on a journey. So that's what you'll get to do in this year's finals - take yourselves on a journey with your compositions.

This round, the focus will be on Oceania, one of the world's smallest continents, but also home to some popular countries, including Australia and New Zealand. Your task will be to pick a country (find a full list here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Oceanian_countries_by_population), and then write a piece based on your interpretation of that country. You can get this from an image, current or past affairs, or even your own experience. You can use any instruments you find necessary, and it can be any length, as long as it goes for at least 1 minute.

The deadline will be on the 29th, but feel free to submit any time before then. Make sure to pick your country as soon as possible, each one can only be picked once.

Good luck!!

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a year ago
50

ROUND TWELVE RESULTS

Before I can say anything else, I just want to congratulate the two of you on your achievement, both in this round and in the overall competition. I think I may have already said this in the last discussion, but you're all incredibly talented composers, and I guarantee you'll go on to do marvellous things. So no matter who stays and who goes, you've already proved your magnificence simply by getting this far. So well done :)

In the end there was only a one-point difference between the scores. Not only this, but both pieces received almost-perfect scores. These were, I must say, some of the best pieces ever entered in this competition. I can't congratulate you enough.

'Big Ben', by BmMusic
Creativity: 25
Complexity: 24
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 24
Overall: 98!!!!!!

'Giza', by TheNightreader
Creativity: 25
Complexity: 24
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 25
Overall: 99!!!!!

At the end of the day, one point was all that decided. For the first time this year, I judged the pieces completely blindly (I had a friend play me the pieces, with no idea whose they were), and I must say I'm glad I did. Hearing those two pieces in short succession of each other put me in such a wonderful musical place.

Bart, even though you won't be participating in this year's grand finale, I can't thankyou enough for participating so far. Its been an absolute honour to listen to your music, and see how much you've progressed. Congratulations on a well-deserved 5th place, and a fantastic score of 98 in your last round. I think I speak for all of us when I say that you will be more than welcome to participate in any future years of this competition. And now, as it is no longer counted as breaking the competition rules, I will follow you - because your music really takes me somewhere. Well done, my friend :)

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a year ago
8

ROUND TWELVE: Eviction

Before we begin this round, I want to say a huge thankyou to all of you (past AND present competitors) for making this such a wonderful experience. It really means a lot. It's odd listening to your early scores in this competition now, because it fills me with pride to see how much your music has improved. I think Dagger mentioned this on another discussion - EVERYONE here has grown over time, and I really do think you're all incredibly talented people, destined to do wonderful things. So no matter who wins this thing, and who goes home this week, you have all performed admirably, and it's been an honour to listen your music. So thanks :)

The idea for this round is based off what we will be doing in the finals. You can choose your own theme, but it must be based on a national landmark somewhere in the world. Now this can be a building, like the Eiffel Tower, or perhaps even something like a lake or waterfall. Try and make your piece reminiscent of the landmark, and something that will 'inspire' the listener to go there. Other than this, there's just a few of the usual basic rules. Here they are if you need reminding...

- Use as many instruments as you like. It can be anything from a piano solo to a 70-piece orchestral score. No regulations whatsoever.
- 1 to 4 minutes long.
- Add to the group :D

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The deadline is the 10th of June. Somewhere between now and then there will be another discussion posted deciding how long the break will be before we begin Finals.

Best of luck to all of you once again, and thankyou so so so so so much for being part of the experience.

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a year ago
13

ROUND ELEVEN RESULTS

Gee, I hope you all enjoyed this round! This was soooo hard to judge, which is partly why it took me so long :)

Anyhow, I won't delay you too long; here are the results!!

Section 1, by BmMusic
Creativity: 22
Complexity: 23
Realism: 24
Effectiveness: 20
Overall: 89

Section 2, by TheNightreader
Creativity: 22
Complexity: 23
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 21
Overall: 91

Section 3, by KeldeoJustified
Creativity: 24
Complexity: 24
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 24
Overall: 97

Section 4, by RosalynSarah
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 23
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 20
Overall: 91

Section 5, by DaggerQuill
Creativity: 25
Complexity: 24
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 24
Overall: 98

All of you worked so well on this project, and it was great to see your work side-by-side. Well done!

DaggerQuill & KeldeoJustified - you guys have a long period of relaxation ahead of you. Enjoy! Make sure to keep an eye on group discussions so as to know when the finals will begin.

The rest of you, I'll see you in the final eviction round next week. I'll post the challenge either today or tomorrow. Good luck!

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Even though three of you will be moving on to the last eviction round, where one of you will sadly have to leave the competition, I want you all to understand that every part of this team piece was worthy of winning this competition - so don't give up now! You could win this thing!

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a year ago
9

ROUND ELEVEN: Team

Great job on making our top 5, people! Only two more rounds before we reach top 4!

This round, unlike the last team round, you will all be competing in one big team. So... how do you win? You'll be doing it in a relay.

In the comments below I will ask you to select the order in which you write your addition to the team piece. The options are...
- First composer
- Second composer
- Third composer
- Fourth composer
- Final composer

Basically each composer will have approximately 3 days to do as much as they can on the group piece. The first composer will be responsible for beginning the piece however they like, the next three should try to continue the piece in as similar a style as possible, and the final composer will be responsible for finishing the piece, doing any soundfonts that are necessary and UPLOADING THE PIECE here on MuseScore.com.

There are a few rules regarding what you are allowed to do when it is your turn. Here they are:
1. Each composer must write at least 16 bars for the piece.
2. Each composer must label the start of their section with a double bar line and text stating their username.
3. Each composer must not share any information about what they have done to other competitors, nor may they share their work until the entire piece is finished.
4. When your deadline is reached for your turn, you are required to send your work on the score to me (via email, skype, google drive, or anything else), and I will pass it on to the next composer when their time starts. If all goes well, no one will have heard any sections after their own until the piece is published by the final composer.

Before you decide on what place you want to be in, read the following deadlines:
- The first composer must send in their work by the 10th of May at the very latest.
- The second composer must send in their work by the 14th of May at the very latest.
- The third composer must send in their work by the 18th of May at the very latest.
- The fourth composer must send in their work by the 22nd of May at the very latest.
- The final composer must send in their work by the 27th of May at the very latest.

Make sure you check the above deadlines to make sure you will be able to edit the score in between getting the piece given to you and sending the updated version in.

If you have any questions about this round, which I know you will, then ask them below. Other than that, try and sort out your order between you as soon as possible. Good luck!

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a year ago
50

ROUND TEN RESULTS

Again, sorry for the delay. I've been meaning to publish this for a while now, but I just haven't gotten around to it until now. Anyway, here are the results that have been long awaited for...

Jabberwocky, by Robin M. Butler
Creativity: 24
Complexity: 24
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 25
Total: 98
Comments: Wow, what an overall epic piece - well done! I loved the contrast between sweet and happy to the big brassy section, it went along with the poem perfectly. I really appreciate how you chose to tell the story of the poem with your piece, rather than follow an atonal structure to make it sound as nonsense as the lyrics. My favourite parts would include the strings entrance at measure 11, and the oboe solo at the end. Definitely a hard piece to beat!

Jabberwocky, by DaggerQuill
Creativity: 25
Complexity: 25
Realism: 24
Effectiveness: 23
Total: 97
Comments: The main theme you present at the start is absolutely WONDERFUL! It is completely unique, and perfectly matches the theme of the poem. I strongly admire how you continue to associate the theme throughout, across many different instruments to create many different timbres. The mood was set perfectly from the beginning of each section, and it works brilliantly when reading the poem along side. This piece shows extreme musical talent, and it is very enjoyable to listen to. Well done!

So, sadly you didn't quite beat Robin's piece, DaggerQuill, but you sure had a bloody good try, and put up one of the best pieces the competition has seen so far. I take my hat off to you :D

Robin, thankyou very much for coming in for this challenge! Great job to the both of you!!

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a year ago
2

ROUND TEN: Immunity (Part 2)

Soooo.....

After the results for the first half of this challenge, I'm sure you're all wondering who the guest composer is this time.

(Drum-roll please.....)

Robin M. Butler!!!

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Robin has been composing for a long time, and is certainly one of the most popular composers on this site. He recently posted his 400 follower special, and is well on his way to hitting 450. His piece 'Starship Explorer' won him a place as finalist in the 2016 National Young Composers Challenge. Overall, he is a very talented composer... But does our contestant have what it takes to beat him???
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Sorry for sounding so dramatic ^^ :D

A couple of rounds back you were asked to write a piece based on a picture. This time we'll be doing something similar, but with another form of art. POEMS!!

DaggerQuill, as our contestant, you get the chance to choose the poem on which both yourself and Robin base your pieces. Here are the choices:

1) The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/resources/learning/core-poems/detail/44272)
2) O Captain! My Captain!, by Walt Whitman (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/45474)
3) Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/42916)
4) The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/48860)

As soon as you can, pick one of these above options and the round shall begin!

You can use as many instruments as you like, and the piece must last for 1-4 minutes, as usual. If you have any other questions, just ask.

The deadline is the 1st of May - good luck to our contestant and our guest!!!

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a year ago
23

SIGN-UPS (Capacity reached!)

To all composers willing to sign up to this competition:

In order to join, you must pledge to remain faithful throughout the entire competition. You must promise that you will participate in every round until you are eliminated. Otherwise, it takes the fun away from other competitors. Read the Mission Statement for more information on this matter.


If you are truly sure you want to participate, simply type the word "Ready" in the comments below. Then, visit this link and fill out the form confirming your sign-up.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdGajScyMXI_cxbk09qr_hvieTztcbjENRTUv-NKgQG-iqElg/viewform

And be quick, for our limit is 24 people (:

Once you have successfully signed up, you can get composing for the first round, the auditions.

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2 years ago
80

ROUND NINE RESULTS

Sorry for the delay with results...here they are now...

The New Superhero, by BmMusic
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 23
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 20
Total: 91
Comments: Brilliant grand opening! The four notes that continually associate themselves in the cello section create a wonderful motif. Great decision bringing them back in later. The main melody is fantastic, exactly what one would expect to represent a superhero. There were a few moments of unwanted dissonance at times, but other than that - Great score!

Reign of the Robots, by Rosalyn Sarah
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 23
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 22
Total: 93
Comments: The ostinato triplet you introduce in the strings at the start is absolutely marvellous! I love the way you continue to use it until the end. Great use of all the instruments, especially those with solos. And, finally, well done on the key change. It sounded very natural indeed. Well done!


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Sadly Teliul didn't enter this time, so she will be eliminated from the competition. Sad to see you go, Teliul :'(

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In other news, congrats to BmMusic and Rosalyn Sarah. You two will move on to Round Eleven, and from there possibly make it into our Top 4. Good luck!

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a year ago
5

Change in prizes!!

Hi there!

I just wanted to tell you that I will be making some changes to the prizes for this year. This competition, we have over $260* worth of prizes up for grabs.

Here's the updated list:

1ST PRIZE (estimated value $97*)
• Deluxe remastered audio of 3 scores
• 1 month free PRO account
• Free copy of Ableton Live Lite
• Free copy of SONiVOX Orchestral Companion Strings VST

2ND PRIZE (estimated value $90*)
• Deluxe remastered audio of 2 scores
• Free copy of Ableton Live Lite
• Free copy of SONiVOX Orchestral Companion Strings VST

3RD PRIZE (estimated value $76*)
• Deluxe remastered audio of 1 score
• Free copy of SONiVOX Orchestral Companion Strings VST

4TH PRIZE (estimated value $1*)
• Deluxe remastered audio of 1 score

Look at the prizes you have to look forward to! Good luck!


(* = price listed in USD)

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a year ago
7

ROUND NINE: Eviction

In last year's competition, we had a very similar round to the one I'm about to dedicate you.

The basic idea of this round is to create something 'epic'. It sounds, however, more simple than it is. Here's the rules:
- Your piece must follow an orchestral pattern of some sort, meaning that it must contain a woodwind section, brass section, percussion section and string section. There is no exact limit to the amount of instruments you must use, but it should be around 30.
- The piece must run for at least 1 minute, but no more than 6.
- The piece must contain a solo for at least 3 of the following instruments:
• Flute
• Oboe
• French Horn
• Glockenspiel
• Violins
• Cellos
- And, lastly, the piece must have an epic name. Time to get really creative here :)


Since this round is going to be so crazy, I'm giving you 2 weeks before it's due. Scores should be entered by the 22nd of April at latest.

Good luck to the three of you!! I can't wait to see what you come up with :D

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a year ago
17

ROUND TEN (Part 1) RESULTS

Congrats to the two composers who submitted for the first half of our immunity round. Duets are incredibly hard to write, and in the time they had, both put up really great pieces.

Here are the results:

Sonatina in F minor, by KeldeoJustified
Creativity: 22
Complexity: 23
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 19
Total: 89
Comments: Overall, a very unique piece showing many great composing techniques. The harp glissandos were very pleasurable to listen to, and the entire structure of the piece was very clever. However, next time I would try to bring in some more repitition with the melody. You want to make sure that it remains memorable to the listener. I can see that you didn't manage to get the recording up, but if you still want to in the future, I would love to hear it! Great piece!

Winter, by DaggerQuill
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 23
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 20
Total: 91
Comments: I always say that the accompaniment is just as important, if not more so, than the melody. Having a tune is lovely and all, but creating the perfect harmony to back it with takes a lot of skill. And, yes, I can definitely see that in this score. The first few bars definitely set the mood. It reminded me a lot of Philip Glass's "Truman Sleeps". For a few more points I would suggest building upon your melody more, to make it stick in the listener's mind, but you did a great job with the time you had. This is definitely better than you think - or at least I think so anyway. Nice one!

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It was a really tough round to judge, but great job to DaggerQuill, who came out on top. Great job to Keldeo, as well - there was only two points between you!

DaggerQuill will be moving on to the second half of this challenge, where he will have to go head to head with one of the greatest composers on the site. Who is this composer, you say? Find out next round at the MSCC!!!

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a year ago
6

ROUND TEN: Immunity (Part 1)

Welcome to the last immunity challenge of the year!! You are three very talented composers and you definitely deserve to be here :D

As you may have guessed from the title, this immunity round will occur in two parts, over two weeks. In order for one of you to win the immunity, you will be required to win both of the two parts.

In part one, you will be writing a duet for two instruments. You may choose whatever solo instrument you like, and you must accompany it with either a piano or a harp. The piece should be within 1-4 minutes long, blah blah blah... you know the rest.

These duets will be due on the 15th of April, seven days from now.

The winner of part one will move on to part two. Here, they will fight head to head with one of MuseScore.com's greatest composers. If they win this battle, they will have possession of the last immunity token to be given out this year. Trust me, this will be extremely handy in the next few rounds.

I will not say who the great guest composer is just yet, I'll tell you that on the 16th. Good luck for part one!

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a year ago
24

ROUND EIGHT RESULTS

Nicely done, everyone! I'd probably say that overall this was the best round so far. The six of you who entered this round will be the six who continue from now on. Well done on making the top six!

This round I decided to give you all a comment on your pieces as well, which I'll continue to do in the future if you like it. Here's the tally:

The Ancient Library, by BmMusic
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 19
Realism: 24
Effectiveness: 20
Total: 86
Comments: Good use of a unique chord progression. The melody was well represented in many ways across many instruments. The piece shows competent use of orchestration, especially in the string section. For full marks in Realism, label the impossible chords in the piece 'divisi'. Well done!

Cozy, by Teliul
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 20
Realism: 24
Effectiveness: 19
Total: 86
Comments: Very neat melody swapping throughout, and clever use of countermelodies. Fantastic use of dynamics and articulation all throughout. For full marks in Realism, label the impossible chords in the piece 'divisi', and remember to put the score into concert pitch when exporting from MuseScore. Great job!

Journey to an Unexpected Place, by KeldeoJustified
Creativity: 25
Complexity: 24
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 22
Total: 96
Comments: A truly magical sound throughout, created with clever instrument choices and chord progressions. Perfectly playable, extremely creative and with a nice overall sound. Congrats!

The Book of Knowledge, by TheNightreader
Creativity: 25
Complexity: 24
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 23
Total: 97
Comments: Great use of instrumentation, from the short staccato notes in the contrabassoon to the chromatic glissandos in the harp. The melody is very unique, and I like the way it swaps between instruments so flowingly. Fantastic!

The Magician's Library, by DaggerQuill
Creativity: 25
Complexity: 24
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 23
Total: 98
Comments: Perfectly timed glissandos and other complex rhythms. I loved the atmospheric sound added by the string section. Overall, a very pleasant, magical sound. Beautiful!

The Forgotten Library, by Rosalyn Sarah
Creativity: 24
Complexity: 22
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 20
Total: 91
Comments: The use of harmonies worked well towards this piece's advantage. Very original motif, and nice counter melodies. I also enjoyed the percussion section, as the cymbal roll and the chimes added to the magical feel. Nicely done!

And here's the leaderboard:
1st - The Magician's Library, by DaggerQuill
2nd - The Book of Knowledge, by TheNightreader
3rd - Journey to an Unexpected Place, by KeldeoJustified
4th - The Forgotten Library, by Rosalyn Sarah
5th - The Ancient Library, by BmMusic
5th - Cozy, by Teliul

Great job everyone!

DaggerQuill, TheNightreader, KeldeoJustified - you three will be heading to the immunity round.
Rosalyn Sarah, BmMusic and Teliul - you will be partaking in the eviction round, after which one of you will leave the competition.

@Rosalyn Sarah - You still have an immunity token, which you can choose whether or not to use in this round.

Good luck in your separate rounds!

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ROUND EIGHT: Invention

Sorry for the long wait everyone... I've been incredibly busy for the last 48 hours, trying to tie everything together for the end of the school term, so that's why I haven't had a chance to upload this round. Anyway, here it is:

I promised you something really fun for this round, and I hope you agree that this meets the criteria.

This week, you'll be basing your piece on.... A PICTURE! Music is one of the greatest ways to express art, and that's what you'll be focusing on this time.

Below are links to 3 images which you might use for your piece. However, it is not your choice as to which one you choose to base it on.

@TheNightreader - since you won the last round, you get to pick the image you want everyone (including yourself) to use. You can only pick one.

Here they are...

IMAGE 1: https://postimg.cc/image/p481dbb1h/
IMAGE 2: https://postimg.cc/image/evfk7hmzp/
IMAGE 3: https://postimg.org/image/jha5vcctv/

You must all write a piece based on the image that TheNightreader chooses. The rules are pretty slack, but here are some guidelines that you MUST follow:

1) Your piece must last for at least 1 minute, but no more than 4
2) It must be written in one of the following keys:
• D minor
• A minor
• E minor
3) And it must, at some point in the piece, use at least 3 of the following instruments:
• Celesta
• Harp
• Pan Flute
• Cor Anglais (English Horn)
• Contrabassoon
• French Horn
• Glockenspiel


There is no limit to the amount of instruments you use, or what they are, as long as the piece contains 3 of the ones listed above.

Last round I was pretty lenient as to who entered and who didn't, but this round I want everybody who wants to continue in the competition to enter. So far I'm pretty sure that TheNightreader, BmMusic, DaggerQuill, TestPilot, Rosalyn Sarah, KeldeoJustified and Teliul are all competing, but if there's anyone else as well then MAKE SURE YOU ENTER SOMETHING THIS ROUND.

Finally, I must give you your deadline. I'll give you 10 days for this one - so it's due on the 7th of April. Good luck!

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a year ago
42

ROUND ZERO: The Auditions

In order for one to get through to the REAL part of the competition, they must first past the audition stage.

In this round, there should be a total of 24 competitors. Everyone will compose one piece that really shows off their skill and style. These pieces will later on be judged by me, and I will choose a selection of 12 composers to go through to ROUND ONE.

Everyone has until December 31st to upload their entry. This is a lot of time, and much more than you will be getting in further rounds (which will often only run for 1 week). Use your time well. Only the best of the compositions will make it through, so remember to make yours stand out.

Good luck to everyone (:

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2 years ago
56

ROUND SEVEN RESULTS

It's great to see that even after the competition sort of fell apart last round that we can pick it up again and return it to its usual state. Well done to the four composers who entered, here are the scores:

Alphabet Piece, by BmMusic
Creativity: 22
Complexity: 20
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 19
Total: 84

Can't Let Go, by Teliul
Creativity: 21
Complexity: 22
Realism: 24
Effectiveness: 19
Total: 84

Alphabetical Agility, by KeldeoJustified
Creativity: 22
Complexity: 24
Realism: 24
Effectiveness: 18
Total: 88

MSCC 7, by TheNightreader
Creativity: 23
Complexity: 20
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 21
Total: 89

And, represented on the scoreboard, it looks like this:

1st. MSCC 7 ~ TheNightreader
2nd. Alphabetical Agility ~ KeldeoJustified
3rd. Can't Let Go ~ Teliul
3rd. Alphabet Piece ~ BmMusic

@TheNightreader - You will be given an advantage in the Invention round.

Good job to all! I've got something fun planned for Round Eight, too, so keep an eye out!

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a year ago
10

ROUND SEVEN: Set

Last round sort of hit the ground, with a couple of people leaving the competition and no one being able to enter a piece on time. So I have decided to skip the round altogether and allow anyone interested to compete.

This brings us to another 'Set' challenge!

I think you'll all remember the very first challenge you did (also a 'Set' round), and we had a lot of success with people entering. So hopefully this is just what we need to get the competition running again.

Without further ado, here are the rules for this round:
1. Your piece must be within 1-4 minutes long.
2. You should try to include 26 instruments, one starting with each letter of the English alphabet.
3. One point will be deducted for each letter you don't use, except for Y and Z (see below).

If you cannot think of one instrument for each letter, here is a sample list I made:
⦁ Alto Flute
⦁ Bassoon
⦁ Cello
⦁ Double Bass
⦁ English Horn
⦁ French Horn
⦁ Glockenspiel
⦁ Harmonica
⦁ Irish Whistle
⦁ Jingle Bells
⦁ Kazoo
⦁ Lute
⦁ Mandolin
⦁ New Age Synthesizer
⦁ Ocarina
⦁ Piccolo
⦁ Quijada
⦁ Recorder
⦁ Serpent
⦁ Tuba
⦁ Ukulele
⦁ Viola
⦁ Whip
⦁ Xylophone

⦁ NOTE: There are no musical instruments on MuseScore that start with Y or Z, so you will not lose points for not including either of those letters.

You can feel free to use any of the instruments above as well as your own, just try to add at least a couple original ones :D

Since this is a BIG challenge, you'll get 2 weeks to enter. Scores are due on the 24th of March.

Good luck everybody!

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@Rosalyn Sarah, since the last round didn't count, you still have your immunity (which you can use in future Eviction rounds).

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a year ago
40

ROUND SIX: Eviction

Last time we had an eviction, we had a well-known guest judge come in for the week. This time, we're trying something a bit different. I like to call it "Lucky Dip".

Just a couple minutes ago, I got 4 glass bowls and set them out on the table. In each glass bowl I placed 7 pieces of paper, each saying something different.

In the first bowl, I placed 7 different time-signatures. They were: 4/4, 3/4, 3/8, 6/8, 9/8, 12/8 and 3/2.

In the second bowl, I put 7 different tempo markings. They were: ♩ = 80, ♩ = 120, ♩ = 180, ♪ = 60, ♪ = 200, ♩. = 130 and ♩. = 75.

In the third bowl, I put 7 random objects, which you will use as the inspiration for your piece. I won't tell you what they were yet, but trust me... they were really random.

And in the final bowl, I placed the names of the 7 contestants competing in this round.

In case you haven't guessed, the way this round will work is that the competitors will be picked at random to use one specific time signature, tempo, and object of inspiration. They will then have to use these to write their piece.

As usual, here are the rules...
- The piece must be at least 1 minute long, but no more than 4.
- The piece must have one solo instrument leading throughout the entire piece.
- There must be at least 2, but no more than 4, other instruments accompanying the chosen solo instrument. NOTE: This doesn't include the solo instrument.

And of course, here is the list showing what elements each person got:

qqqant
Time Signature: 12/8
Tempo: ♩. = 75
Object of Inspiration: Octopus

Rosalyn Sarah
Time Signature: 3/4
Tempo: ♩ = 80
Object of Inspiration: Coal Mine

DaggerQuill
Time Signature: 6/8
Tempo: ♩. = 130
Object of Inspiration: Jupiter

Alplexle
Time Signature: 3/2
Tempo: ♩ = 180
Object of Inspiration: Diamond Necklace

Modern Music Productions
Time Signature: 3/8
Tempo: ♪ = 200
Object of Inspiration: Pack of Cards

Teliul
Time Signature: 4/4
Tempo: ♩ = 120
Object of Inspiration: Banana

Aquinn 3
Time Signature: 9/8
Tempo: ♪ = 60
Object of Inspiration: Eiffel Tower


Rosalyn Sarah, because you have immunity, you can choose whether or not you want to participate in this round. If you choose to use your immunity then it will be the last time you can do so. If you do not, then you can use it in another round. Comment below on what your choice is.

The deadline for this challenge is March 8th, giving you just over a week to get it done.

Remember that the person with the least points at the end of the round will be leaving the competition...so try to get something finished in the next 9 days!

Good luck!

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a year ago
29

ROUND FIVE RESULTS

Good job to the two teams who entered - this challenge was a gruelling one and I didn't expect to see all four groups get something up. Luckily for all of you there will be more team challenges in the future, so you will be able to perfect your teamwork abilities.

Anyway, for now...the results! Here they are:

Aqua Pura ~ Blue Team
Creativity: 24
Complexity: 25
Realism: 22
Effectiveness: 23
Total: 94

The Search (Wind Theme) ~ Yellow Team
Creativity: 22
Complexity: 20
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 20
Total: 87
*Minus (-) 10 points for breakage of the rules*
New Total: 77

Great job to the Blue Team, not only did they get together a brilliant piece, and enter it more than a week early, but they also managed to get their whole group to contribute.

Yellow Team - you also had a great piece, but unfortunately the entire group did not contribute, and you therefore lost 10 points from your overall score. Still...there's nothing to be sad about. @BmMusic, you are automatically safe from the eviction round, as you entered a piece. @Alpexle, you are not so lucky. You will join the other two teams in Round Six.

Here's a full list of the people who'll be competing in the elimination:
qqqant
Rosalyn Sarah
DaggerQuill
あぷれけそ
Modern Music Productions
Teliul
Aquinn 3

Good luck!!

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a year ago
5

ROUND FIVE: Team

If all the rounds that you have participated in so far were a metaphor for drizzle, then this upcoming challenge is a thunderstorm. I'm not kidding.

This time, not only are you going to have to present scores that top everything you have done so far, but you are going to have to show skills outside of music composition. You will have to be communicative, helpful, and willing to assist in teamwork.

That's right, for this challenge you will be composing in GROUPS.

Most of the time this is known as a "collab", and that's exactly what you will be doing. In the groups that you are assigned, you will have to organise a way of communication, blend your skills with others', and write music as a collective.

One of the biggest challenges you will come across will be deciding on a method of how to swap the scores, so you can all edit. I personally recommend the following services: email, Skype, and Slack.com. All three could be extremely helpful in your circumstance.

Now, I'm sure you're all wondering who you are paired up with. Below is a list of the four groups. Please understand that I have chosen these groups at random, and there is not one group with an advantage over the others. Here they are:

RED TEAM:
-DaggerQuill
-Rosalyn Sarah
-Aquinn 3

BLUE TEAM:
-KeldeoJustified
-TheNightreader

GREEN TEAM:
-Teliul
-qqqant
-Modern Music Productions

YELLOW TEAM:
-BmMusic
-あぷれけそ

You will probably notice that Blue Team and Yellow Team have only 2 people, whereas the other groups have 3. You might think of this as a disadvantage, but it will actually make it easier for them to communicate with each other as well. I think this makes it equal.

And of course, as usual, this round will have a theme. Mind you, the theme will be different for each individual group.

RED TEAM, your theme is 'Fire'.
BLUE TEAM, your theme is 'Water'.
GREEN TEAM, your theme is 'Earth'.
YELLOW TEAM, your theme is 'Wind'.

Naturally, here are the rest of the rules:
-Each piece must be at least one minute long, but no longer that 4.
-Each piece must consist of at least 8 instruments, but no more than 40.
-Only one piece can be entered per group,
-Everyone in the group must contribute to the piece in some way, otherwise points will be deducted.

The final piece of information you need to know is the deadline. As this is a crazy-hard challenge, you will get a lot longer than usual. All pieces must be entered by the 27th of February, giving you exactly 3 weeks to get it done.

Make sure that you fight your hardest for your team, as the losing group will be sent straight into the next Eviction Round.

I wish you all the best of luck!!

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2 years ago
55

ROUND THREE RESULTS

Before we get any further, I'd like to say a massive thanks to Bomb, from Bomb and Kou, who has been a great judge, and hopefully a great mentor for you. The challenge he came up with was true genius, and I knew that it would be near to impossible to distinguish a winner and a loser in this round.

I'd also like to congratulate all three of the contestants, as not only did they manage to write such awesome pieces in such short time, but they have also proved themselves truly worthy of the title "Great Composer". It has been an honour just to watch you compose for this competition in the last few weeks alone, and I can't wait to continue seeing how your music evolves over time.

Now, for the bad news.

As you know, this round will be the last round of this competition for one of our three composers. It should be known to those people that this shouldn't be taken personally. Everyone in this round is a brilliant composer, and looking for a last place is like looking for a needle in a haystack. However, sadly, it must be done. Ladies and gentlemen, here is the points tally for this round...


MSCC #3 ~ KeldeoJustified

BOMB
Creativity: 25
Complexity: 12
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 18
Total: 80

ROOKWIZARD
Creativity: 25
Complexity: 24
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 22
Total: 96

Grand Total: 176


MSCC 2017 Round 2 ~ mike16000

BOMB
Creativity: 25
Complexity: 20
Realism: 24
Effectiveness: 24
Total: 93

ROOKWIZARD
Creativity: 20
Complexity: 20
Realism: 18
Effectiveness: 17
Total: 75

Grand Total: 168


By the Ol' Café ~ Modern Music Productions

BOMB
Creativity: 25
Complexity: 10
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 25
Total: 85

ROOKWIZARD
Creativity: 24
Complexity: 22
Realism: 25
Effectiveness: 25
Total: 96

Grand Total: 181


Three amazing, very clever composers, three amazing, very clever pieces, and three outstanding scores. Here's the scoreboard:

1st. By the Ol' Café ~ Modern Music Productions
2nd. MSCC #3 ~ KeldeoJustified
3rd. MSCC 2017 Round 2 ~ mike16000

Yes, it pains me to say that this round we'll be saying our goodbyes to Mike16000.

Mike, you have been one of the most unique composers we've had in the competition. In each and every round you have impressed me, and not to mention countless others, with your cleverly written, complex pieces. It's fantastic to see how much you have progressed just in these short 3 rounds. You are a great musician and also a great person. For now, however, it's time to say goodbye to the other contestants. I look forward to seeing you again, maybe even in next year's MSCC. Well done :)

...Now...to everyone else...
Congrats! You've made it another step of the way! However...it's not quite over yet. The next challenge will be posted soon, and I can guarantee that it will be the HARDEST round you've done so far. But for now, celebrate. Celebrate, and sleep, and I'll see you soon :D

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2 years ago
5