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

author=amerkevicius
Just an observation that I'm sure will need to be addressed at some point, but it may be best not to allow users access to downloading these tracks until it's been approved and uploaded into the album. As it is now, I could grab any piece floating there, however several have already been rejected for not fitting in with the requirements.

nathangday is an example of some really nice pieces, but rejected because they were already pre-existing. As a courtesy to him, I don't think it would be right for anybody to use those pieces without his permission, since they won't wind up in the pack.


I fully agree with this as well.

author=amerkevicius
Finally, how will credit need to be established when this is completed? Will a txt file be included for all the song titles and their respective authors? This would probably be the best option, that way we have contact info if we ever are seeking to hire or would wish to request permission for commercial use.


It's explained in one of the last points.

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.
*posting so I can receive notices*
I'm totally psyched for this >:3
Just an observation that I'm sure will need to be addressed at some point, but it may be best not to allow users access to downloading these tracks until it's been approved and uploaded into the album. As it is now, I could grab any piece floating there, however several have already been rejected for not fitting in with the requirements.

nathangday is an example of some really nice pieces, but rejected because they were already pre-existing. As a courtesy to him, I don't think it would be right for anybody to use those pieces without his permission, since they won't wind up in the pack.

Finally, how will credit need to be established when this is completed? Will a txt file be included for all the song titles and their respective authors? This would probably be the best option, that way we have contact info if we ever are seeking to hire or would wish to request permission for commercial use.
BurningTyger
Hm i Wonder if i can pul somethi goff here/
1289
Erm. This will be interesting as I don't have a Midi keyboard to use- at least at the moment, though once my room is clean my dad may lend me his- and I'll have to be careful which sound fonts i use among other things,. Any suggestions for good virtual sequencers/keyboards??
I do believe I just made a battle-like theme in 2 hours. And I like the way its sounds.
Happy
Devil's in the details
5337
So, I started a theme myself, too. I thought I had a pretty sweet melody idea going on and I wrote a couple of bars, but hey guess what? Lights went out! Blackout! What're the chances in that? Jesus.
Dang. I had some awesome pieces written specifically for RPG Maker, just never got around to using them.
BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD
author=kentona
I am keen to see the results of this! Also, I promise not to submit any of my glorious Mario Paint Composer tracks.

Oh crap, does this mean I can't
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Well this is nice. I might just contribute something.
kentona
only 90s kids will like this admin
20443
*starts up MPC*
I'm looking forward to hear what people are going to make! Can't wait to be impressed!
Happy
Devil's in the details
5337
author=GaPeLo
Okey, so using loops is okey right?

If you're talking about pre-made loops then I'm just going to quote you the rules stated above:

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.

Though it doesn't precisely mention loops, they are still highly recommended against (whether they are percussive, strumming, sequencers, and whatnot.)

I expect you to take your time and put effort to your submission. Just do your best. Taking the easy way out isn't definitely going to give your submissions any extra points.

If you construct your own loops, of course there's nothing wrong with that.
Okey, so using loops is okey right?
Happy
Devil's in the details
5337
I have updated the event guidelines and added a part which states that all and any of your submissions should be made specifically for this event. The idea of this event is to make something new and exclusive for the Rpg Maker community, not to dump your old works in hope of snatching the prize from people who're working on the 2 month time frame.

My apologies for any inconveniences this may have caused.
Jeroen_Sol
Oh, what's that? Time ran out? How very sad.
3945
author=kentona
If you don't know what you're doing, maybe this isn't the event for you. I know I am not qualified for this!
I guess that's true.

Well, it's not that I'm unsure whether I can write something worth listening to, I just need to know the means of getting there.
author=Jeroen_Sol
I kind of want to join, but I don't even know what programs people use to create music. Do they have a band play their creation and record that? Do they record all instruments and put the tracks over each other? Do they just write .midis?

I guess I'll join. 2 months should be enough to write one decent piece.


There are many pieces of software that you can use to create music. Some people use MIDI instrumentation (like myself) and then use software to piece it all together, others using Loops and Soundfonts. there are many pieces of software that you can use. Some free some rather expensive and some in between. It all depends on how confident you are with music. Also the qualitiy of your computer will also affect what software you use :P
kentona
only 90s kids will like this admin
20443
If you don't know what you're doing, maybe this isn't the event for you. I know I am not qualified for this!
Jeroen_Sol
Oh, what's that? Time ran out? How very sad.
3945
I kind of want to join, but I don't even know what programs people use to create music. Do they have a band play their creation and record that? Do they record all instruments and put the tracks over each other? Do they just write .midis?

I guess I'll join. 2 months should be enough to write one decent piece.
Click on the Submit tab in the top right hand corner :)