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The Grand Audition
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SOUNDTEST
SaGa Noir Updated: 09.04.07

September 04, 2007 - October 15, 2007 6:00 PM PDT.
Theme: Any piece of music from the SaGa series.
Instrumentation: Must be arranged a la The Black Mages. Since their music has a fairly wide scope you can be creative, but there should be a bit of progressive rock.

Round 4 is me at my most sadistic yet. To earn points for the theme score in round 4 will be fairly simple, just arrange a SaGa series track in the vein of The Black Mages. For those of you who haven't heard of The Black Mages, go buy their album now, right now. But seriously, The Black Mages are described by whoever wrote the Wikipedia article as Genre(s) Instrumental rock, Symphonic rock, Neo-classical metal, and Progressive metal. So that should give you an idea of the genre we're looking for. Check out their website as I believe they have a few samples.


And so Round 4 is over. Emerging on top this round is Virtuoso! In second is newcomer Kain Vinosec, and close behind is Fermat's Last Theorem. Wish them all luck as you'll be hearing from these three along with nerv in the Final Round!

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Contest Entries
Entry barieuph lost_keeper Readers Total Comments
Requiem
by Virtuoso
88 84 173 345 comments
Furiousity
by Kain Vinosec
90 66 161 317 comments
The Metallic Verge
by Fermat's Last Theorem
83 88 143 314 comments
Score Breakdown

Theme (10%) - This score represents how well the submission adheres to the theme of the Audition Phase. Those failing to submit materials that represent the theme will be scored a 0. Although these would appear to be a cut and dry score, there can be some gray area, and 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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