Sound Cave: Variations Competition

RPGamer Variations

Description & Submission Information

This competition is for the best variation of a song, from any game released under the Final Fantasy, past and present, on any system, with no requirements on style. The submitted file can be of MP3, MIDI, or Digital (IT/XM/S3M) format.

The composition must consist of a variation of a single song that meets the criteria.

Contest begins Wednesday, January 16, 2002 and continues until Friday, February 8, 2002. A list of winners will be posted on this page no later than 6:00 PM Pacific on Friday, February 15, 2002. Chances of winning depend upon the number of contest entries. One entry per person only.

Winners will be notified via e-mail by Friday, February 15, 2002. Winners will be required to reply to the e-mail within seven (7) business days, including his/her mailing information, or forfeit the prize. Except where prohibited, by accepting said prize, winners consent to the use of his/her name for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation. Allow 2-4 weeks for delivery of prizes. All prizes will be awarded. No cash or other substitution for prizes except at the option of RPGamer, for a prize of equal or greater value. Prizes won by minors will be awarded to a parent or legal guardian.

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The contest is open to all American and Canadian readers of, except employees of RPGamer, Mixx Entertainment Inc. staff, and their immediate families.

Contest Due Date: Friday February 8th, 2002


  1. A form that is an altered version of a given theme, diverging from it by melodic ornamentation and by changes in harmony, rhythm, or key.
  2. One of a series of forms based on a single theme.

The prizes are as follows:
  • First Place - Final Fantasy N Generation and Final Fantasy S Generation CDs
  • Second Place - Final Fantasy X US Soundtrack
Special thanks to TokyoPop for donating the prizes!

Content Judgment
    • Variation Composition (40%)
      • How well does the variation represent the selected song?
      • Does the composition stand alone as a song? The finished product should have a solid structure all to its self.

    • Creative Outlook (40%)
      • What innovation has the composer utilized to make the composition stand out? Try to take a radical approach to an old song and give it new life.
      • What does this song do to make it sound original? What makes it stand out from other songs?

    • Professional Quality (20%)
      • The quality of the song should be crisp and complete.
      • For MP3s and Digital files, sampling should be clean and of high quality.
      • For MIDIs, the instrumentation must work well on varied systems, with a basic soundfont.
      • The composition should be of a strong caliber. It should stand on its own, and show who you are. Don't be afraid of putting something completely new into the mix.


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