RMN MUSIC PACK: COURT COMPOSER REVEALED!

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Hello everyone! This is Happy, also known as 800 M.P.H.; one of the main organizers of the RMN Music Pack!

If you're unfamiliar with the product, you can fix that here: http://rpgmaker.net/musicpack/

I am the person responsible for accepting the songs to the pack, or rejecting them in some cases. I have also provided feedback to the composers and put together the final package.

What I'm going to do here is go through the contributions to the pack, composer by composer and grant a $70 award to the composer who I think contributed the most.

While we got plenty of really nice pieces to the pack, there were many potential pieces that I felt sad to leave out. Many of the issues with rejected pieces revolved around lacking mixing & mastering quality, or the composers simply just not getting back to me with any changes.

The average quality of the submissions was higher than I could have expected, however. Many people surprised me with their abilities to create immense atmospheres or by taking me away with their catchy melodies. This event really turned out more fruitful than I could have even hoped and I hope people will come to notice the potential that lies within these composers!


Here's my take on the contributions of each composer. I hope you aren't allergic to praise, as I already provided the more critical approach to the submissions during the album creation process itself.

Apoc:
All Apoc's entries to the music pack carried a strong sense of musical idea that transmitted to me as a listener very well. I would have liked to take more of Apoc's songs to the music pack, but "A Place With No Water" was definitely the best canditate when it came to a polished soundscape with balanced volumes and sense of space and depth. This submission has a very catchy beat and sense of movement to it also, plus it has a lot of character, making it unique and interesting.


Cornflake:
Cornflake's style definitely stood out for me, and the most so in the song "Evil Approaches" because of its curious and personal movement. For me Cornflake's entries had somewhat classical and "old" vibe to them and I thought they definitely didn't sound generic. "Evil Approaches" is a colorful and interesting addition to the music pack. I am very curious to see where this composer's style will develop in the future.


Gamesfreak13563:
Gamesfreak's ability to respond to feedback and apply changes to his work was pleasing. Desert Crossing has a smooth flow to it and is generally a solid mix that should suit a deserty rpg area very well. In otherwords, a solid addition to the music pack that I had absolutely no reason to reject.


hyde9318:
Cool Island Breeze from Hyde is one of my favorite pieces on the music pack to be honest. The atmosphere here is really spectacular and inspiring. This song has the feeling that it's one of those really great, rarer kind of pieces, that doesn't come to us composers as often as we would like. What I'm trying to say here is that it has this "special something" that we may be able to create only occassionally. Great job with this specific track! Great vibe and flow. I wish communication with hyde could've been more back and forth, but we are lucky to have this piece on the music pack, at least!

Jasprelao:
Alright, it's pretty apparent Jasprelao has quite a bit experience where it comes to composing! All his submissions are very atmospheric and some of them just sound sort of "soulful" with all the transparent "pads" that have been used in them. These songs are fun to listen to even outside videogames and when used in a game they will surely have a big impact on the player. Jasprelao's songs bring a great deal of pleasant atmosphere and beautiful melodies to the music pack and definitely helped to up the overall quality of the pack a lot.

This is professional level work where it comes to melody and mixing. I am very grateful and glad Jasprelao decided to participate in the creation of the RMN Music Pack! I wouldn't be surprised at all to see his name on commercial games in the future, if he doesn't compose for some already! Definitely going to keep my eye out for this guy! Great job!


Jeremiah "McTricky" George:
We have to thank McTricky for supplying us with several dramatic and epic pieces to the pack. This stuff is passionate! Just listen to Composed Malevolence, for example! What would an RPG be without this kind of pieces? This is very inspiring work right here, man. Don't stop what you're doing! Good stuff, definitely grabs you along in the mood.


Jude:
Alright, Center of the Galaxy. This track indeed is out of this world. This kind of dropped my jaw - made me think I was listening to a professional artist, and someone who had nothing to do with the videogame industry or just with rpgmaker.net, for that matter - not to say this song wouldn't fit a video game, but man, you could easily make an album with more of this kind of stuff and profit. This is superb and the atmosphere is great.

The mix quality is professional and the details in the frequency variations are sweet. They definitely hit the sweet spot. This is probably the highest quality track of the music pack where it comes to mixing.


Kunsel:
This guy is creative. All Kunsel's work differ from one another without sounding too similar, yet they all sound very polished and inspired. I love the ideas behind these songs, and the composition definitely communicates very well to me. Let me tell you, this guy's gonna compose some great soundtracks if you let him do his stuff. Kunsel's tracks are some of my favorite ones where it comes to melodies and progression. Kunsel was also very open to feedback and willing to apply changes to his tracks; I would definitely love to work with this guy. Now start sending resumes to those game companies!


Lana42:
I wish there would have been more entries from Lana42! I absolutely love these melodies. They are the best. And hey, the mix quality is great also, plus Lana42 was open to my feedback! Nothing to complain really. Nothing at all, except that there isn't more of this. I would definitely love to hear more stuff from this person - I'm a big fan!


NathanGDay:
There were many songs from this guy with cool ideas, but Fisherman's Prayer definitely worked the best and brought unique take to sea themes. I especially like the contrasts in the progression of the song.


ReclaimedGlory:
Here's a guy who know's mixing very well. All his submissions had really well balanced soundscapes and very solid flow. Midnight Serenade deserves a special mention for one of the sweetest melodies in the pack. I adore this piece! It's a great addition to the pack bringing some music for romantic moments in RPGs. How often do you get good stuff like this? Good work and reliable results.

Snowy Fox:
This guy delivers. All Snowy's submissions are perfectly solid all around. Where there was generally some volume inconsistencies in some tracks of the music pack, in Snowy Fox's work the volumes were polished to a perfect balance and every single detail was right there in place. Snowy Fox's work has really sweet harmonies and progression to them, plus a good deal of detail! This person delivers professional quality results.

If I was making a game and wouldn't want to compose my own music, I would certainly know who to ask.


Subaru:
I like Subaru's style; even though all his entries serve different purpose, they all have this sort of spiritful and lively sound to them. Subaru's entries are a good addition to lighten up the music pack a bit, even if in a subtle way. And where it comes to ideas, he supplied a lot of essential themes!


Tarranon:
I really like Tarranon's abilities creating impactful atmospheres. These harmonies and soundscapes are very captivating. Tarranon's entries feel structurally both very solid and rich in detail. Experience shines here, too. I would love to hear more works of this composer!


Xcalnarok:
Sweet melodies! I feel that both submissions from Xcalnarok feel very minimalist. There's a sweet melody to them and just the right amount of detail and harmony, even if much layers or instruments weren't used. Works very well I say - would definitely want to hear more



The Final Verdict:

Now then, enough of the testimonials. Let's reveal the winner!

The winner of the "Court Composer" aka. Judge's Pick Award and the $70 is:

Snowy Fox

Congratulations! Choosing a winner from a big bunch of this high quality entries wasn't an easy task: everyone here did a really great job and trust me, there was several people I had to consider before I was certain of my decision. It just happens so that Snowy Fox's submissions had the greatest balance of them all.

While many composers were able to deliver great melodies, effective harmonies, top-notch mixes, beautiful moods, creative and varying approaches, or detailed structures, there was often shortcomings in some category.

In Snowy Fox's work all these categories were in the greatest balance. No aspect fell short of another, and what's important also is that Snowy Fox was very flexible to work with. Snowy Fox's response to feedback was great - he went through effort to iron out the small details he received feedback from, and you couldn't have hoped the end results to be any more polished.

Exceptional job!




I'd like to thank everyone for their support and participation in the event. See you!

GreatRedSpirit
Reality is more interesting than fiction. There's no writer, no editor, just raw humanity.
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Congrats Snowy Fox!
I loved 'The Ritual' around the 1:20 mark. Really heart stringing stuff.
Great job Snowy Fox! And everyone else! I pretty much enjoyed every song. And I agree with Dyhalto that "The Ritual" is awesome.
Achievements doled. Enjoy!
Gratz Snowy Fox, and great job for everyone!
Lots of nice tracks you guys create.

And special thanks to Happy for organizing this event.
I'm looking forward to attending another music event. :)
Gibmaker
Now older than Commander Shepard. :(
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Hoooray for Snow!
Congratz Snowy Fox,
you're worthy to get that since your music is very great :D

Thanks for this opportunity and all of the kindness of the judges,

Thanks...
Omigosh omigosh omigosh omigosh omigosh!

I can't even. I'm absolutely gobsmacked. I won a thing!

I have to say, though, Happy, I couldn't have polished those tracks quite so much without your feedback. It's been great to have an extra pair of knowledgeable ears (or three, in most cases) to spot out faults in the mix and to really make the music shine. The achievements were the last thing on my mind - I just wanted to contribute some good tracks. So receiving this is pretty special. Thank you.

I just wish I'd contributed more than, on average, a track a month. I would have been able to do much more if I wasn't so distracted by other stuff. Next time there's an event like this (and I intend to keep an eye open), I'll totally be there, and hopefully I'll be able to focus on it better and make more music than I did here!

EDIT
Also, thanks to everyone else for your congratulations. I'm a little giddy right now so I don't really know what else to say. ^^;
congratulations all the participant and Snowy_Fox ^^ this is a great music :)
Wow, I never saw this post before. But reading those kind words about me and my track... that was incredibly nice. Really made my day, trust me. And I too am sorry communications weren't better at the time, that truly was my fault. However, feel free to contact me whenever you guys want, I would love to work with RMN on any kind of project in the future. In fact, I wouldn't mind putting together a free music pack for a special occasion if someone wanted. Just let me know. :-)

And a HUGE congrats to Snowy_Fox! I feel so privileged and honored to be put on the list alongside such composers as yourself. You truly earned your win here. But, dont think I am going to give you the win so easily next time... ;-)
But no, congrats! You did awesome.
Wow, I never saw this post before. But reading those kind words about me and my track... that was incredibly nice. Really made my day, trust me. And I too am sorry communications weren't better at the time, that truly was my fault. However, feel free to contact me whenever you guys want, I would love to work with RMN on any kind of project in the future. In fact, I wouldn't mind putting together a free music pack for a special occasion if someone wanted. Just let me know. :-)

And a HUGE congrats to Snowy_Fox! I feel so privileged and honored to be put on the list alongside such composers as yourself. You truly earned your win here. But, dont think I am going to give you the win so easily next time... ;-)
But no, congrats! You did awesome.
Coincidentally enough, I am about to launch a "Create your own Music Pack" event shortly. You should join!
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