Community Composer Challenge – SPITFIRE’S GREAT MUNICIPAL BAND! – May ‘22
Hi all (please see below - your considerable talents are needed!)
I floated the idea for this challenge on the forum a couple of weeks ago and it got some serious thumbs up – so let’s get it going and see what happens…
The plan is to have a rolling and monthly challenge in which the regulars on this forum, and anyone who feels like joining in (including Spitfire’s staff… and owners??), is very welcome to post a piece of any duration in this thread by the end of the month, to which we will all try and listen!
You can also post it on socials (youtube, soundcloud, etc) with the hashtag:
… so that everyone can find it (I checked and there were no hits for the tag so I think this is a unique one – although hopefully a couple of John Williams fans will also find your stuff by accident; )
Alongside composing our piece, each month we all try and pick a “theme” for our compositions in the next month (and so on, and so on). I want each theme to be democratically selected so whoever’s suggestion has the most likes at the end of the month “wins” (please don’t dislike, I will ignore those). It could be that we end up choosing to score a video from thecuetube.com for the next month, we could write something inspired by an interesting public domain photo or piece of art, or maybe we could pick a famous/original melody and we can all compose our own variations on it …
THE THEME FOR MAY 2022
In the interests of getting the ball rolling smoothly, this month’s theme is, simply…
…you can do with that whatever you will (by May 31), including scoring a video of your free choice from the public domain. This month no one will judge if you want to “freely” dust off something you are very proud of from your back catalogue either: )
There are NO WINNERS AND (ALMOST) NO PRIZES. The only rewards are that this will hopefully bring more fun and friendship to what is an already lovely community, give us an opportunity to share expertise, maybe encourage some new composers to share their first piece, and also make the people who come to the forum from Christian’s, Paul’s and Spitfire’s YouTube channels feel wanted and welcome.
We aren’t looking for masterpieces here and this could also be an opportunity for you to post works in progress and get feedback or ask some of the salty dogs round here for advice on something you are getting stuck on or on how they did something (be it a mixing/mastering thing or a music theory thing, or whatever).
If anyone has any ideas (however half baked) for ways to add more fun to the proceedings, then please do suggest them below!
The good thing about no winners/no prizes is that it means the only rules are, since we are usurping their forum:
- you have to use at least one Spitfire, LABS or Pianobook library in your composition (but you are welcome to mangle it with effects).
- you have to abide by the rules of this forum (which I know you will, and thank you in advance). In particular, please do not post copyrighted material unless you have permission to do so.
- no obligation to post monthly (you can dip in and out as your commitments permit).
I will very shortly an example post which makes a suggestion for June 2022’s theme below – but please feel free to post your own and better suggestions. Can I ask please that you roughly follow my format below (with the bold heading) for any suggestion posts – it will make my life much easier when I am counting up the likes to pick the next theme.
I will also very shortly take one for the team and post an example piece for May below (I may post one more as the month progresses – as I said, the theme is “free”).
I can’t wait to hear your music - May the Thirst be with you!😎
Best wishes and thanks!
PS I have mentioned a few regulars round these parts below – hello regulars- hopefully this is something that interests you – if not please accept my apologies for the ping! Sorry also if I have missed anyone (am a bit post-Covid-y at the moment).
PPS – to note this is a community driven thing only and in no way endorsed by Spitfire. But big thanks to Taron, Jason Webster, Jonathan and Londoneye for their inspiring input and support on this!
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