Welcome to the 8th NSM Arrangement Contest!
ENTRIES:Bloop: Forgotten Ancient RuinsDajwxp: Heroes are No DifferentDekkadeci: Prism of DelightEcho: Judge, Jury, and EXEcutionerInsigTurtle: The Town That Once WasLkjhgfdsa_77: Mario MedleyStatic: Secret of the Celestial TowerJDMEK5: Fate of Two Worlds
PM your two votes to Maelstrom
by December 3
Heeeyy yooouuu guuuyyyss! The theme this time around is:Mash-Up two video game songs and combine them into one awesome piece!General Guidelines (Please read!)
- Take a track from two video games of your choice and write a Mash-up using whatever real
instruments you choose. (Theoretically, a person/group of people should be able to pick up the sheets and play your arrangement. If you have questions about instrumentation, please ask!)
- you will submit a .mus, .pdf, .midi, (MP3 Optional) file that contains the Mash-up that you've created.
-After the deadline, the arrangements will be made public and polling and judging will start!
-Format anything specific like variation markings, or whatnot as measure-attached dynamics
, NOT PAGE-ATTACHED TEXT
so it attaches properly to the measures.
- We advise you to try and choose songs from different series/franchises. similar songs from same series could equal fewer creativity points.Scoring
Here are the scoring guidelines:Criteria
(15 points): Do the songs the arranger combined work in a complementary way? Does the arrangement improve upon the original two?Creativity
(15 points): Creativity: Does the arranger modify the original pieces to convince us that their combination is the most unique? What sort of effect does the overall result evoke?Preservation
(10 points): Are the original themes recognizable? Be creative, but don't leave the source entirely. Someone who is familiar with the original tracks should be able to recognize your arrangement.Orchestration
(10 points): Does the instrumentation compliment both songs equally well? How is instrumentation used to effectively combine the two pieces?Popular Vote
(15 points): How does your arrangement fare in the poll conducted after all arrangements are revealed? Exact point numbers will be determined after all entries are in.Presentation
(10 points): How user-friendly is the sheet? This category factors in three components:
Formatting: No need to follow the site guidelines, but please include a title, subtitle (containing original song title and game), composer, arranger, measure numbers, and page numbers. If you have Notepad or are otherwise unable to follow these, just send me a message and I'll help.
Legibility: How clear is it to a performer what to play, and how? There's no need to go overboard on fingerings and the like, as long as it's readable (e.g. no excess of ledger lines).
Playability: Would a reasonably skilled musician/group of musicians be able to perform this? Make it sound nice, but make sure someone would be able to play it too.
This last category is meant to be easy points - we're just making sure that your sheet looks nice and would be learnable by actual people.Total of 75 pointsDeadlines
- Signup/song choice: September 8th
- Arrangement due: October 15thPeople
- BrainyLucario (the one and only!)
- E. Gadd Industries
Links to Past Contests
- Sir Dino
Here are some links to earlier contests, for consideration:Arrangement Contest No. 1 in A "Praeludium"Arrangement Contest No. 2 in C "The Grand Dance"Arrangement Contest No. 3 in G minor "Going Solo"Arrangement Contest No. 4 in F diminished "Nightmarish Visions"Arrangement Contest No. 5 in E-sharp "Variable Mix"Arrangement Contest No. 6 in G# Phrygian "Bossification"Arrangement Contest No. 7 in D-double-flat minor "Seasoning"