* Scary 2015! A composition contest for Halloween

 Scary 2015!

A composition contest for Halloween
Rules, Instructions and Awards

It's time for our 5th Annual Scary Sixty Seconds contest!  

Rules for writing your Scary piece:

  • Must be exactly 60 seconds long
  • Must include a full score for all instruments used
  • Can use any instruments, but no sound effects 
  • One entry per person, please

Competition Schedule:

  • Sept 5-30:    Declare your intention to enter - declaration period ends midnight EST Sep 30
  • Oct 21:        Deadline for submitting entry - midnight EST Oct 21
  • Oct 23-31:   Online voting - voting closes at midnight EST Halloween night, Oct 31
  • Nov 1:         SHORTLIST WINNERS ANNOUNCED
  • Nov 1:         Live audience votes on the shortlist winners
  • Nov 2:         FINAL WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Declare your intention to enter - DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT EST WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 30: 

  • Must be a member of VirtualArtists to enter - membership is free and easy - Sign Up
  • Your Profile URL can be found on the front page of VirtualArtists -  Community
  • Have your VIrtualArtists Profile URL ready before going to the next step
  • Declare your intention by creating a competition profile here:  http://Scary2015.vGames.club
  • You may use your real name or create a Halloween "alias"

Submitting entry - DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT EST WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 21

  • Save the audio version of your completed piece as an .mp3 - How to create .mp3 files from Finale or Sibelius
  • Save the score of your completed piece as a .pdf
  • Sign in to your competition profile at http://Scary2015.vGames.club
  • Required: Upload your mp3 under Audio Tab of your competition profile
  • Required: Upload your pdf file under File Tab of your competition profile
  • Required: Upload a picture for your competition profile (Avatar)
  • Optional: Upload any of the following to your competition profile - picture for your entry, blog about your entry

Awards:

  • Top winners will be decided by online voting on VirtualArtists
  • Online voting period is 10/23/15 - 10/31/15
  • All short list winners will be presented at our Halloween Concert and Party  in Chapel Hill, NC.  
  • The list of winners will be finalized by audience vote at the concert
  • FIRST PRIZE :   $100.00  - piece is added to the archives
  • SECOND PRIZE:  $50.00  - piece is added to the archives
  • THIRD PRIZE - piece is added to the archives
  • All composers will upload and share their scores to verify originality and to teach us all some composition tricks!
  • You can hear the winning pieces for the past two years at http://Scary2015.vGames.club

2015.10.01 UPDATE:

Congratulations and best of luck to the 54 composers who have declared their intention to enter this competition!   You now have until October 21 midnight EDT to submit your piece, along with pictures, an optional story, and a score.   All your submissions should be added to your profile at http://Scary2015.vGames.club.    Have fun!

2015.09.21 UPDATE:

We have removed the email verification step to make it easier to sign up in our new Scary 2015 site.

2015.09.19 UPDATE:

This competition gives you many opportunities to be creative and to get more votes from families and listeners all over the world!  Don't forget to:


      1. Add an interesting profile picture/avatar (required) and a creative name (optional).  Your real name will be revealed when the voting period ends on Halloween night.  The Scary2015 site knows who you are, so you can give a fun name to your listening public. Your entry won't appear in the public list until you upload an avatar.
      2. Add a picture for your piece (optional).  Listeners will be drawn to the pieces that have a visual appeal.
      3. Write a short blog about your piece (optional), telling us all what makes it so special, or how you wrote it. 
      4. Carefully doublecheck your email address. Several incorrectly spelled emails have bounced back.  Without a correct email address, your entry can't be completed.  
      
Your piece will be showcased to thousands of people, both during and after the competition.  So give it your best!

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Comment by Stefaan Himpe on November 5, 2015 at 3:14am

You're right Johan, in my own "Rancid Light" I also didn't like the cut at the end, but the reverb was quite long and it would have taken away so much of the available time so I compromised on having some reverb and then still cutting it off. Originally I had hoped that a sudden cut in the middle of the music would leave the audience "bewildered" and "confused" (I hoped for a similar effect as if you start but don't finish a cadence in music), but that didn't work out as intended, so I compromised on getting some reverb... It's a learning process. I think as we build up experience we will gradually find out what works and what doesn't.

Congratulations to the winners!! Eternal fame awaits you ;-)

Comment by Johan Halmén on November 5, 2015 at 1:59am

You're right, Ken. I didn't mean a disqualification per se, but a low rating. The problem is that some composers would do anything to fit the "music" in say 55 seconds to allow a 5 second reverb tail. And some just don't care about the ugly cut and stretch the music to 60 seconds. I just want to raise the awareness of the problem. When I judged some of the entries, I must admit that I didn't lower the rates because of the ugly cuts, if the rest of the composition was good. But now when I've raised the issue, I hope everyone (both composers and judges) can focus on this detail - among everything else.

Comment by KenNickels on November 4, 2015 at 8:05pm

*** So if the rule says the sound file must be 60 seconds, then we have to be strict in judging, too. Cutting the reverb tail should almost lead to disqualification, not as a rule, but because the work is so bad. ***

Johan, I think you are confusing technical requirements, which are pragmatic in nature, with musical decisions, which are totally up to you. If you want to ruin your own work by sloppy editing, that doesn't and shouldn't disqualify you by a judge. You just won't rate very high.

Comment by Bethany Brinson on November 4, 2015 at 8:46am

Congratulations to all the winners!!!!!!

Comment by Johan Halmén on November 4, 2015 at 8:24am

I guess we won't get the comments from the audience, who chose the final winner. There are no comments at all about the winner.

Comment by Stefaan Himpe on November 4, 2015 at 7:04am
Comment by Norberto Oldrini on November 4, 2015 at 7:03am

Thank you Johan! (I can't see it!)

Comment by Johan Halmén on November 4, 2015 at 6:35am

Norberto, I can see a link on top of this page:Composition Contest 
Final Winner Results

So if the rule says the sound file must be 60 seconds, then we have to be strict in judging, too. Cutting the reverb tail should almost lead to disqualification, not as a rule, but because the work is so bad.

Comment by Norberto Oldrini on November 4, 2015 at 5:40am

Who won? Where is the announcement? :-)

Comment by KenNickels on November 3, 2015 at 6:09pm

I think the 60 second rule is and should remain as is, because as I understand it is there to ensure (provable) compliance, or fairness. So, reverb tales counts. Complete silence counts. But a conductor may use artistic license to alter the tempo, but that's not our concern. Conductors are busy enough without consulting stop watches, right? Although Penderecki does have barless scores that do rely on stopwatches to time the gestures. But he is quite insane! 

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