Description

(RMN Music Pack cover image by courtesy of Yaichino @ Deviantart.com!)

Selection of past RMN Music Event entries.




Calling all composers! - It's RMN music event time again, but this time things are going to be a little different.

So, if you've participated or voted in the RMN music events before you'll have noticed that they have taken the form of competitions with set themes and public voting to determine the winner; this time around however, the main purpose of the event is going to be a bit different. Instead of competing, we're going to collaborate (and for the greater good, to boot! but more on that later)





For this event we're asking that the participating composers create pieces of original RPG/video-game music, as many tracks as they want and whatever they want (but adhering to some basic standards of quality and stuff, see below for details on this).

At the end of the time-frame for this event the tracks will be collected together, given the once-over, standardized into mp3/ogg formats (where necessary), given proper file information tags, given some sweet cover art and compiled into a downloadable "album" or "soundtrack" of royalty free, creative commons licensed music and then hosted on RMN for the whole community/internet to use as they wish in their not-for-profit game-making endeavors (The CC license model we'll be using will be attribution, non-profit).

Essentially, we'll be creating a free rpg music pack for anyone and everyone to use in their games and helping diversify the publicly available resource pool for rm users a little bit.






* For every approved submission you will receive an entry into a raffle draw with a $50 main prize by courtesy of RMN and $30 secondary prize by courtesy of Happy!

* Submitting 1 approved track grants you a 50 ms achievement.

* Submitting 3 approved tracks grants you a 100 ms achievement.

* Submitting 5 approved tracks grants you a 150 ms achievement.

* An excuse to get some practice in or try something new.

* The gratification of giving something back to the community.

* The possibility of your work and name ending up in some cool project you didn't even intend it to be included in.

* The chance to make something cool along with a bunch of other composers.

* A panel of judges will decide on a composer that has contributed the most and grant this person a $70 award by courtesy of Happy! - quality and quantity of the submissions are both taken in consideration. (If you win this award, you cannot win the raffle prize.)

* To receive any prize money you must have an active paypal account.






* First and foremost you understand that any work you submit to this event is going to be disseminated under a creative com-mons license as publicly usable without your permission and in any way the end-user wishes as long as they attribute the work to you in their credits and that they also do the same themselves with any derivative work based on yours. End-users of this material (and any derivative material) will not, however, be able to legally make any money from anything containing these tracks without your express permission. This is important because if people decide to back out or change their minds about work they've submitted mid-way through this event it's going to get a bit messy, so please make sure you're positive that you're happy with essentially giving away whatever you submit for this event to the public at large.

* Some minimum degree of quality is going to be required from the submissions, they don't need to be AAA studio quality compositions, but they do need to be decent enough that people would want to use them in their projects. Tracks that don't make the cut will not be included in the final package.

* When you have submitted your track, it will be listed as "pending" until judges have listened to it. If the track meets the required quality standards, it will be listed as "accepted." In case your track still requires further improvements before it can be accepted, the track will be listed as "validating" and you will receive a PM where we will explain you what we would like you to improve in your track. If the track fails to meet the required quality standards and no fixes are applied to it before the event deadline, the track will be listed as "rejected." Don't be afraid to submit your track, however! We aren't expecting full professional quality from our participants! You are also free to post your track in public for open feedback.

* Please, name your track and tag it with your author name (whether it's a nick or your real name.)

* Submissions are preferred to be in .mp3, .wav, or .ogg format.

* Considering that we're going to be giving this away it's important that any/all work you submit be, to your knowledge, 100% original work of yours and contain no copyrighted material either compositionally or in terms of sampled sounds. No arrange-ments of existing songs or lifting motifs from anywhere else please. (I doubt anyone would do this but you know, just in case).

* There is no fixed theme or style required for participation in this event but if we get 50 battle themes we might be in a bit of trouble so if you can, try something a bit different than the standard fare you'd expect from a generic rpg or pick a type of track that is less commonly created. We'll probably put up a list of themes to help out with ideas for anyone stuck as to what sort of track to make (and we're still gonna need at least some battle themes!) If you aren't a composer, but have ideas for themes, you can suggest them in the comment section of this page.

* It is preferred that your track can be made into a loop, which means that you have to include repetition of previously occurred sections after all the development in the song has occurred. You don't have to worry about actually looping the song (coding it into the .ogg file) as this can be done by the judges once the album is being put together. Just make sure you include some of your first sections in the end of the song (excluding a possible intro.) If you have questions regarding this matter, feel free to PM Happy!

* You can submit as many tracks as you want as long as they meet the requirements for the event. So if you're feeling bored and generous then knock yourself out and make more than one. You will gain 1 raffle ticket for each accepted track.

* Any and all music you submit should be made specifically for this event. No dumping your existing works here. We're expecting you to see some effort and create something new.

* The finished product will be a .zip file, which will be hosted on RMN, freely available for download by anyone and everyone. There will be both, .mp3 version and looped .ogg version of the album along with cover art by Yaichino and some .txt files listing the songs, creators and CC license details.

* The event will run for 2 months to help ensuring high quality and quantity of entries.





* Once the album is out we will hold a public vote and people can choose a composer to receive a "Voters' Choice" award for the best contributions. If you wish to donate any prize money for this cause and support the participating composers, please do and you will have our sincerest appreciation!

You can donate any amount you wish the best composer to receive. After you have made your donation, be sure to PM kentona and tell him the sum you have donated so that he can tell the Music Event donations apart from the regular RMN donations.



* Please have fun and be creative! Use this as an excuse to make something new and interesting (yet usable) and give something to the community.

Details

  • 11/08/2012 12:00 AM
  • 02/16/2013 12:00 AM
  • Happy

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Participants Entries
MISTER BIG T
Hexatona
Happy
jasprelao
McTricky
narcodis
bobthebobish
Caz
Jude
Gamesfreak13563
Despite
yusolaifdfer
NewBlack
Tarranon
Cornflake
Muninn
MrChearlie
jackalotrun
Xcalnarok
Lana42
pazuzu555
LadyLeilani
Kunsel
JuurianChi
Subaru
nathangday
Urbon
albertibay
Snowy_Fox
slozzyfizz
possibly
hyde9318
sonosanctus
bzr
Shade_Hunter
Odin
ReclaimedGlory
Apoc
ZenVirZan
add9
kukenstragames

Posts

I could always request more general songs if anyone is still looking for ideas, and if no one minds that I am requesting so much? Or, I could atleast suggest some songs that have not been done for the contest yet, and I would like to see:

>A card game theme (Something like the Triple Triad or Tetra master themes)
>A fallen/gameover theme
>More hero/character themes (Some general types that could be used:)
-A strong willed, religious, hero. Kind of like a summoner theme or for a hero on a pilgrimage.
-A determined and defiant youth
-A laid-back, FF6 Setzer, or FF8 Irvine type character theme (Or like Gilder's theme from Skies of Arcadia)
-An antagonist theme (Anything like either Kuja's theme from FF9, Seymours theme from FFX, or Ramirez's theme from Skies of Arcadia)
>An uplifting love theme for general scenes (most love themes I find are very slow and sad, which are great for scenes that call for a sad moment, but thinking someothing more for general bonding between two love interests (or even two friends)

Just pitching out ideas! :)
author=Jude
That cave one is super cool, Snowy_Fox.


Thanks. ^^ Gonna resubmit, though, the mix could use a little work.
Is it too late to submit?
I have some tracks.
You have until Feb 9th to submit anything
please read the rules, if you haven't done so already.
I see, thank you.
I have read the rules and shall proceed to upload.
Okay, I've made some major tweaks to the mix and mastering of Caverns, and resubmitted. Turns out the bus EQ at the end of the mix was making more of a problem than it was solving - it was lumping all the sounds together, which I think is what was making the mid range instruments sound so flat.

So, instead, I've taken it out altogether and gone into more detail with the EQ inserted on the problematic sounds - especially the piano, which is where all that excess bass turned out to be coming from. I could have changed the piano sound or lowered its volume or velocity, but those hard, low hits were kinda important to the tune, so a heavy low cut took care of the issue without taking away from the piano's purpose in the piece.

I also turned the pan-changing pulses down and reduced their mid-range a fair bit. Combined with what I'd done to the piano, this freed up a ton of room for the other bassy instruments in the mix, giving the bass drum and bass synth more presence, and allowing me to turn the darbouka drums up a bit without fear of their bassier end muddying things up even more.

It's quite surprising how much extra something in a mix can give when you take away whatever's eating all its pies.
Happy
The infamous Rei-
5220
Alright! I have to thank everyone for their hard work so far! The deadline's closing in and soon it's the time to put this music pack together.

I won't accept any new submissions from February 9th onward, but you can apply changes to your tracks untill February 16th in case they are still Validating.

There's a lot of submissions with a lot of potential still in the validating status and it would be a shame to not get those songs in the music pack, so I hope people would take the time and try to apply adjustments to their songs.

I will spend the week 9th - 16th putting the music pack together myself, after of which we'll arrange a voting to decide the best contributors. And not to forget the raffle, and the judges' pick awards.

damn.. i was gonna submit a few more... but now its Feb 9th >.<
How do we submit changes.. when there's no upload?
what happened? has it been extended again? or are we given time to update our songs?
Happy
The infamous Rei-
5220
I changed the date on the event so that you may be able to update the songs. I'm still not going to accept new songs anymore.
GG, all. :3 Wish I could have done more too, but, well, then I put Skyrim on and the next thing I knew it was a couple of weeks later.

This has been an awesome event, though. Do they have music-related events often in this community?
author=Snowy_Fox
GG, all. :3 Wish I could have done more too, but, well, then I put Skyrim on and the next thing I knew it was a couple of weeks later.

This has been an awesome event, though. Do they have music-related events often in this community?


If they did...that would be awesome XD
And I know the feeling about the whole Skyrim thing. This time though, It's because of Ni No Kuni for me lol
author=Subaru
I know the feeling about the whole Skyrim thing. This time though, It's because of Ni No Kuni for me lol


Yeah, I had a go on my mum's copy of that. Looking forward to playing it properly myself.
Bloody he-
That's a long time to wait.
Should I send in some sort of timestamp validation (screenshot) for my music projects?
Because everything still says pending.
Happy
The infamous Rei-
5220
author=JuurianChi
Bloody he-
That's a long time to wait.
Should I send in some sort of timestamp validation (screenshot) for my music projects?
Because everything still says pending.


I'll try to listen to all of them today.
man, i wished i had more time, then i spent a whole month with no new song for submission because of school life =="
good job for all who submit great songs :)
author=Xcalnarok
man, i wished i had more time, then i spent a whole month with no new song for submission because of school life =="
good job for all who submit great songs :)


I know what you mean, wish I had found this event sooner. But I'm looking forward to future events as well.
Happy
The infamous Rei-
5220
author=Shade_Hunter
How can i submit music?

I'm afraid it's too late for that. I don't have time to provide feedback anymore, considering I am already in process of putting together the release and I'm still waiting for the last entries to get validated.