OT Poll: Ideas for next VDL Composition Contest

with VDL:2.5 coming out soon, there will be a wave of inspiration among us VDL fanatics.  Maybe Tapspace will offer a new composition contest soon...  Which 'genre' would you want to create a composition in the most?  Feel free to offer any ideas/comments.

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Well how about making a small ensemble using the Aux instruments in the library?
Yeah.  What sort of limitations do you guys have in mind for a Concert Ensemble Piece?  Instrumentation? Time? Number of players? 

The cool thing about VDL:2(.5) is its vast wealth of percussion samples.  There is sort of a dilemma though:  A piece written to show off the more rare & specialty instruments that are a part of the VDL library would be cool...but it may not be as realistic when it comes to playing it in a real ensemble.  Even a 5.0 octave marimba would pose that sort of a problem as some colleges don't even have a 5.0 believe it or not!

But that argument may be moot if the purpose for the competition is creativity rather than marketability.  (And not having correct instruments or range has never stopped us from playing those sorts of pieces before anyway!)

Just some thoughts...
I think on the other end of the spectrum as well it'd be great to approach a contest for more small ensembles.  The VDL2.5 library is just [u]so big[/u] it'd be really cool to have guidelines like ";write a 2 minute piece for marimba, concert toms, and triangle"; or something more minimalist.  Really tap the community to see how creative people can be with less colors on their palette.
oh it's cool...an open forum for ideas is what we want here...  Feel free to express any ideas you have!  (It would be interesting though, to hear some of those pieces with VDL:2.5 samples.)
[quote]not to digress...but I'm sure Tapspace wants an original piece that they can sell (and market through the competition!)No matter what it is...it will be fun to participate and see what you guys come up with![/quote]

Sorry for blind siding your topic Owen. . .
Honestly I was thinking more in terms of how the information is inputed into the score and the detail the person puts into bringing out the nuance of the mix and sound of the piece. I personally think displays ones creative skill in sibelius and Kontakt than actual hardware purchases. Though the hardware does help in processing the information . . .

[quote]Sadly enough, you can potentially run into issues just by distributing arrangements of copyrighted material without express permission, regardless of if you're making any money from them.[/quote]

I will drop this idea since its doesn't seem like such a hot idea to most. . . ��
not to digress...but I'm sure Tapspace wants an original piece that they can sell (and market through the competition!)

No matter what it is...it will be fun to participate and see what you guys come up with!

- OT
Neat idea Robbie, but I'm afraid it would turn into a battle of hardware and not skill. If I spend $5K on a machine and another $2K on studio monitors am I going to get a better sound from my sequence? Unless I'm totally missing the point...it's more based on hardware capability and your ability to use it rather than raw creativity. I understand there's still a wall to leap to compete in the most basic of contests around here, but this particular wall seems pretty high.

Correct me if I'm wrong, I can take it. ;)

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We wouldn't sell the recordings. . . (Unless they made a CD of the top 10 sequences) :) which would be really cool.
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Sadly enough, you can potentially run into issues just by distributing arrangements of copyrighted material without express permission, regardless of if you're making any money from them. I was also thinking of how they offer last year's winning submission as a purchasable download from the site, that certainly wouldn't be allowed without permission from the copyright owner.
We wouldn't sell the recordings. . . (Unless they made a CD of the top 10 sequences) :) which would be really cool.
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I would like to see a competition of the best sounding sequence of standard percussion ensemble literature:

Diabolic Variations
Crown of Thorns
Any of Green Rags
Montana Music
Drumming (Now this would be WAY FUN AND EXTREMELY hard)
Omphalo
Both ford Marimba trios
Staind Glass
AND LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON

Some of the rare pieces that don't have recordings? Either way. . .�� Just a thought in a different direction.

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A fun idea, but I would think they'd run into a lot of copyright issues. :-P
I would like to see a competition of the best sounding sequence of standard percussion ensemble literature:

Diabolic Variations
Crown of Thorns
Any of Green Rags
Montana Music
Drumming (Now this would be WAY FUN AND EXTREMELY hard)
Omphalo
Both ford Marimba trios
Staind Glass
AND LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON

Some of the rare pieces that don't have recordings? Either way. . .  Just a thought in a different direction.
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I voted for the marching percussion feature because I think it would be neat to take a piece of sparse horn book and have everyone write for the same 32 bar (or whatever) phrase. It would be fun because everyone has different ideas. Just have to limit the number of players in the pit.

Ryan
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Sounds cool.
I voted for the marching percussion feature because I think it would be neat to take a piece of sparse horn book and have everyone write for the same 32 bar (or whatever) phrase. It would be fun because everyone has different ideas. Just have to limit the number of players in the pit.

Ryan
You da man Jim!!!!
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