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The Grand Audition 2009
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SOUNDTEST
Round 4: Vox Populi 09.11.2009
"Alas for those that never sing,
But die with all their music in them!"

- Oliver Wendell Holmes
July 24, 2009 12:01 AM GMT+8:00 - August 21, 2009 12:00 MN GMT+8:00
Theme: any MMORPG default city theme
Instrumentation and Form: rock/metal style with voice samples

Your task in this round is to create a remix based on any MMORPG default city theme. The track must be played inside the city's walls (or whatever encloses it) and as you navigate its streets/pathways during non-special-event periods. Separate tracks used for establishments within the city like a shop or tower shall not be allowed. Likewise, music from deserted/haunted cities that are actually dungeons shall not be allowed.

The remix must be in a rock or metal style and must also include voice(s). This doesn't mean you have to do an actual live recording. If you have the capabilities to do so, then well and good. Choir samples for, say, "oohs," "aahs," "eehs," "boos," "eeks," or whatever syllable shall suffice.

The judges for this round shall be yours truly, Francis "Fermat's Last Theorem" Gayon (Sound Test Curator), Tom "Green Nu" Goldman (News and Media), and Victor "Kiro" Balbian (Content Assistant).

Entries for Round 4 are no longer being accepted.
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Round 4 Results

And the winner for Round 4 is...

Fermat's Last Theorem (as leveler)

Congratulations to all the submitters! Both leveler and Tom Plets have already earned the right to compete in the final round because of their standings in the previous rounds, but I'm certain they wouldn't mind the bonus points they'll be getting for their participation in this one. Thanks to Green Nu and Kiro for taking time off their busy schedules to help me in this endeavor. Check back next week as we begin the Final Round!

Contest Entries
Entry Fermat's Last Theorem Green Nu Kiro Judges' Subtotal Readers Readers' Subtotal Total Comments
Iron-leafed Canopies
by Francis "Fermat's Last Theorem" Gayon
- 100 95 48.75 73 36.5 85.25 link
Mage's Power Ballad
by Tom Plets
87 88 65 40 86.75 43.38 83.38 link
The Canyon City
by JBWock
71 80 45 32.67 68.5 34.25 66.92 link
Reader Voting
Voting has ended for this round.
Criteria for Judging

Theme (10%) - This score represents how well the submission adheres to the theme of the particular round. Unlike in the previous competition's rules, a grade of 0 is not possible for this criterion, as a submission which fails to adhere to a particular round's theme in its entirety will not even be eligible for judging and shall be treated like a regular submission to Sound Test. There can be some gray area, as most rounds' themes shall be comprised of multiple conditions; thus, remixers are warned to be very specific and exact with their remixes.

Remix (35%) - The category encompasses how well the remix represents the original work(s). The piece should be strong enough that someone familiar with the original work recognizes the source material, but that it also strong enough to stand alone from the original.

Creativity (45%) - This category is a critique of the artist's compositional decisions in the songs creation. What has been added to really breathe life into the remix? Does the piece flow solidly from section to section, and stay fresh without becoming repetitive? Is listening to this song enjoyable?

Production (10%) - This category encompasses the technical qualities of the sound, including the quality of samples used, of any recording done, and of mixing and panning.

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