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    • Hahaha thanks. I was absolutely and horrendously naive back then but I was so pumped and thought to myself "Yay! I'm a professional composer now!"  BOY little did I know hahaha
    • 1. Very segmented and kind of introduces elements very sporadically. A lot of mixed gestures made the whole thing more confusing than it had to be probably. I appreciated the general sense of dynamic levels throughout (with exception of the low E hits... that didn't feel progressive). On the whole though, it was pretty alright. It did its job, albeit with kind of a shaky body. 2. Very pleasant. I imagine looking at the world's destruction from space while listening to it. The ending was uncharacteristically abrupt though... for such an inspiration, I imagine a very somber, conclusive ending rather than a question...
    • 1. Yes. Remember, you're composing your own score for the visuals.
      2. Kind of. Electronics are an increasingly viable orchestra member, so yes in that way, and of course how they sound, but simply using them will not count towards your score.
    • Question: Are we allowed to use our own sound effects? If so, will they be counted for in our overall points?
    • First thing you'll note about this... this is NOT the 8-bit-Evolution challenge. We figured we'd let that one settle for a while. 
      Instead, this will be a general video game orchestration competition for a game that already exists: Chrono Trigger.
      We thought it'd be good to branch out with our competitions a little bit and are excited to see the results of this! 
      Here is the link to the intro cutscene entrants will be scoring for:
      Purpose and Expectations: 
      1. Write a score that accompanies the visuals in this intro. It should try to invoke the same sort of adventurous feeling as the original score. /10
      2. Synching is not easy. I'll accept some issues with synching, but in general the music should match the scene. /10
      3. Does it sound like this could be played in real life? In other words, does the orchestration seem feasible? /10
      4. All entries will be played for a person who has not played the game before and also has little formal music education. Did you get them excited to play the game? /10 TOTAL: /40 Note: Sound effects in the original cutscene will not be taken into account.  Entrants will signal their intent to enter by responding to the comment thread on this topic. Provided this gains enough attention, I'll open another topic for entrants to post their entries. Due Date for Entry Intent: 11/19
      Due Date for Final Entry: TBD Good luck!
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