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Title: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Shiroi Koumori on February 03, 2017, 10:36:55 PM
Deadline for submissions: February 28th (11:59 PM PST)
Judgement: by forum poll from March 1st to March 5th at midnight and Winners announced when the votes are all in. + we have a judge: Bloo

Theme: Make a title or menu theme worthy of Castlevania

Rules:
Anything goes! (minus collabs)
Short tracks are OK

Prizes: Award medals for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.
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Guidelines for Participants:
- no deadline extensions
- post your entries as links on this thread
- contestants may update their entries freely before the submission deadline.
- you may withdraw any entry at any time before the judgement begins.
- the winner chooses next month's theme (if he/she declines, the forum members shall decide on the theme)

Entries:
BMC_War Machine's "Dust to Dust - Underground" (Underground from CV1) (http://www.mediafire.com/file/pm5nn3ot94738z0/Dust_to_Dust_-_Underground.mp3) 3rd place

aensland's My dearest (original work) (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/mzhc7wk8mh42qq7/My%20dearest.mp3?dl=0) 1st place

Chernabogue's Abandon Yourself (original work) (https://www.dropbox.com/s/db1cerowg31wzs7/Chernabogue%20-%20CV%20Compo%20-%20Abandon%20Yourself.mp3?dl=0) 3rd place

Dracula9's Iniquity's Raiment v2 (original work) (https://dl.dropbox.com/s/4f1v8vem4gf01pv/Iniquity%27s%20Raiment.wav?dl=0)1st place
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Dracula9 on February 03, 2017, 10:40:00 PM
Good lord, about time it got settled on.
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Shiroi Koumori on February 03, 2017, 10:51:50 PM
A month of deliberation is not that bad. :)

I'm expecting participants.
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Bloo on February 04, 2017, 07:10:32 AM
I'll try my hardest to participate.
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: BMC_War Machine on February 06, 2017, 12:40:58 PM
Here's my first entry ;D :

"Dust to Dust - Underground" (Underground from CV1):
http://www.mediafire.com/file/pm5nn3ot94738z0/Dust_to_Dust_-_Underground.mp3 (http://www.mediafire.com/file/pm5nn3ot94738z0/Dust_to_Dust_-_Underground.mp3)

EDIT: I swapped out the original version for this one, it's MUCH cleaner and everything sits better in the mix  ;)
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Bloo on February 06, 2017, 01:20:55 PM
Would it be acceptable to include a short intro? (As in, the intro before the title screen)
Or do you just want the menu theme?
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Dracula9 on February 06, 2017, 01:30:36 PM
(Underground from CV1):

FUCK
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: aensland on February 06, 2017, 01:37:06 PM
I'm kinda confused now, it's "arrange a theme to make it sound like a menu/screen one" or "compose an original piece that servers for the same purpose"?
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: BMC_War Machine on February 06, 2017, 01:48:35 PM
I was thinking more along the lines of take a theme from a menu or title screen of any CV and do your thing with it
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: BMC_War Machine on February 06, 2017, 01:49:29 PM
FUCK
??  8)
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: BMC_War Machine on February 06, 2017, 01:50:06 PM
Would it be acceptable to include a short intro? (As in, the intro before the title screen)
Or do you just want the menu theme?
I would say anything would be open game from any title, menu theme etc.
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Belmontoya on February 06, 2017, 02:41:43 PM
I understand this as making main title functioning menu music.

All I have is one vote, but here is what I'll be listening for.

*A melody (hook) that sticks with you long after you hear it.

*A song that sets a mood for the hypothetical game.

*People stay in menus. I'll be listening for a nice seamless loop.

*A strong direction, and a straightforward arrangement that introduces the theme melody quickly, but tastefully.

*Original melodies (not a requirement I believe). Just saying that because that's what I want to vote for.

I'm pretty obsessed with themes and little melodies that linger in your head. I'm excited to hear what you guys come up with. I'd be participating if I weren't needing every spare second to finish my work. But it will be fun to listen and vote!

Happy composing friends!


Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Chernabogue on February 07, 2017, 01:14:09 AM
Agreed with Belmontoya.

Also, maybe we should PM our entries to Shiroi instead of posting them here? And maybe limiting to one "main" entry (one people can vote for) and keep other ones as "bonus"?
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Shiroi Koumori on February 07, 2017, 02:25:29 AM
Since people can edit/delete their entries, just post them all here. I'm just lazy...

As for one main entry or multiple entries, I need to know the consensus of the group.
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: aensland on February 09, 2017, 06:34:50 AM
Here's my submission, an original name entry theme:
My dearest (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/mzhc7wk8mh42qq7/My%20dearest.mp3?dl=0)

So, for the concept behind this
(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Chernabogue on February 09, 2017, 08:15:16 AM
Pretty impressive, aensland, I like your track. I also dig the story!

Here's my submission, also an original theme: Abandon Yourself (https://www.dropbox.com/s/db1cerowg31wzs7/Chernabogue%20-%20CV%20Compo%20-%20Abandon%20Yourself.mp3?dl=0).
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Belmontoya on February 09, 2017, 10:23:10 AM
Beautiful tracks guys!

Aenslands track had very nice transitions. Great job!

Chernabouges captured the feeling of taking on the unknown. It mixed fear and wonder which I think are important emotions to evoke for the onset of a dark and dangerous quest.

I can already tell this is going to be a great contest.
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Bloo on February 21, 2017, 03:35:45 PM
I've tried doing this like 10 times and realized that it's probably out of my skill range (I started composing about 6 months ago, but only started arranging a month ago.) Are judging spots still open?
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Shiroi Koumori on February 21, 2017, 08:32:52 PM
Usually, music contests do not get any judges so, hooray! Finally a volunteer judge! I'm adding you to the list.
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Bloo on February 22, 2017, 05:24:46 PM
Usually, music contests do not get any judges so, hooray! Finally a volunteer judge! I'm adding you to the list.

yay
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: aensland on February 22, 2017, 06:07:34 PM
Thanks for your review Belmontoya!

I'm not really good when it comes to create atmospheres, but I do like to incorporate story telling into the music.

Also, my boy Chernabogue did it again, this will be a tough one
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Shiroi Koumori on February 22, 2017, 06:40:14 PM
Chernabogue's entry is still missing from the entry list, rip

Ooopsie. /embarrased
There I already added it.
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Dracula9 on February 26, 2017, 12:28:23 PM
Iniquity's Raiment  (https://dl.dropbox.com/s/4f1v8vem4gf01pv/Iniquity%27s%20Raiment.wav?dl=0)
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Chernabogue on February 26, 2017, 01:44:35 PM
Iniquity's Raiment  (https://dl.dropbox.com/s/4f1v8vem4gf01pv/Iniquity%27s%20Raiment.wav?dl=0)
Really nice!
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Shiroi Koumori on February 26, 2017, 10:08:18 PM
Added it to the front page.
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Dracula9 on February 26, 2017, 11:25:19 PM
Ah, but don't you just love what a bugger I am?

Iniquity's Raiment v2 (https://dl.dropbox.com/s/4f1v8vem4gf01pv/Iniquity%27s%20Raiment.wav?dl=0)
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Shiroi Koumori on February 27, 2017, 12:22:04 AM
Ok. I deleted the first one.
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Shiroi Koumori on March 01, 2017, 12:59:53 AM
Alrighty. Poll's up. Time to vote!

As for Bloo, please post your judgment anytime from now til March 5.
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Bloo on March 01, 2017, 01:54:42 PM
Alrighty. Poll's up. Time to vote!

As for Bloo, please post your judgment anytime from now til March 5.

Alright. They should be up later tonight.
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Dracula9 on March 01, 2017, 10:34:26 PM
oh look bloo fudged getting his judging results in I GUESS HE DI'INT LERN FRUM LAST TIEM
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Bloo on March 03, 2017, 01:23:59 PM
oh look bloo fudged getting his judging results in I GUESS HE DI'INT LERN FRUM LAST TIEM

yeah this is taking longer than expected, BUT IT'S BEFORE THE 5TH SO IT'S OKAY
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Belmontoya on March 03, 2017, 02:55:01 PM
Great work guys!

My vote went to Chernabogue this time!

Without going into detail, my reason is that his melody lingered in my memory the longest.

I wish I had more time to write about the songs because they were all great. I might come back here and write about them in a few weeks.

It was a pleasure listening!

 

Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Bloo on March 04, 2017, 09:35:15 PM
Sorry if my criticisms seem harsh. Just keep in mind that none of the songs I heard were bad.

*2nd Place: aensland's My dearest - This one was really hard to tap my foot to. A lot of the sounds kind of blends together, which sounds kinda clustered. I really liked the melody though, and with some volumes / instrument tweaking I think this peice could be even better.

*Chernabogue's Abandon Yourself - Apologies, but this just sounds really generic. The melody isn't very catchy, and the instrumentation isn't anything unique. Not anything bad, but not a song I'd intentionally listen to if it were on a game soundtrack.

*3rd Place: BMC_War Machine's Dust to Dust - This sounds most fitting for an ending/credits roll. The song not starting until about 40 seconds in was a little odd too. The guitar and violin just feel too intense for a menu theme imo.

*1st Place: Dracula9's Iniquity's Raiment - This really reminds me of Final Fantasy VI. The melody was catchy without being too repetitive. The buildup and drop is perfect, and never gets too intense. The backgrounds noises sound a little cluttered in a few places, but keep a good balance throughout most of the peice. The sounds used for percussion are perfect. 10/10, would pause more than often.



Thank you to all who participated! I enjoyed listening to these quite a bit. This one was definitely very close, and was difficult to judge.

*Remember, these aren't the final scores. They still have to be added to the community poll.
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Shiroi Koumori on March 05, 2017, 01:49:20 AM
Vote tally
           poll   Bloo   TOTAL
BMC_War Machine 1   1   =2
aensland       4   2   =6
Chernabogue    2   0   =2
Dracula9       2   4   =6


Congratulations to the winners!

First Place: aensland and Dracula9
Third Place: BMC_War Machine and Chernabogue
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: aensland on March 05, 2017, 11:54:03 AM
*2nd Place: aensland's My dearest - This one was really hard to tap my foot to. A lot of the sounds kind of blends together, which sounds kinda clustered. I really liked the melody though, and with some volumes / instrument tweaking I think this peice could be even better.
The clustered sound, yes yes, it must be organ, too wide for its own good

Thank you for your feedback and your judgement.

First Place: aensland and Dracula9
I'm ok with the draw, because D9 can outmeme me really bad if we're doing an untie voting.
Title: Re: February 2017 Castlevania Dungeon MUSIC Contest
Post by: Dracula9 on March 05, 2017, 02:17:52 PM
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