You know the drill. We’ll do community voting in the same way we’ve done the last one. I’m increasing the prize pool a little because there are too many great compositions that are slipping  by and distributing the money a little more differently. The prize pool will increase to $250. The community will choose two winners, 1st of which gets $75 and 2nd which gets $50, and I will choose one winner which gets $75, and then a second place choice who will get $50.

Composition Challenge #7


Welcome back to the key of a minor. First section is a very simple i-v with E octave pedal tones. Eventually the v becomes a V, with the final section being FM7, em7, d9, CM7.c


All submissions must be submitted no later than midnight, EST, on July 30th, 2015.

Submissions should be posted to the reddit thread linked above where it says “Discuss this on reddit” in the following format:

Name submitter wishes to go by: [name]

Name of and link to piece: [name of piece, with link]

The name doesn’t necessarily have to be the same one you use on reddit/soundcloud, though using a consistent name helps for branding. The piece should be downloadable to the public.


Judging will take place at 1500, EST, on August 1st 2015.

As a reminder, you grant me a non-exclusive license to use any music submitted to this challenge for my Twitch, Youtube and future tournament series. I will not and cannot DMCA any piece of music you ever submit to this contest, whether you or another person posts or uses it. You still retain 100% of the original rights to the songs and you can revoke my permission to use your submissions at any time with no notice.

Good luck!

We live-streamed this voting process once more. Here are the two winners from Composition Challenge #6:

Community Vote Winner – Osvelit – Conflict

Osvelit’s piece did a great job in staying faithful to the original yet branching out into something new and unique. The recorded vocals sounded awesome, I almost wish they were louder. The guitar/post-rocky section worked well as a climax to the piece as well, even if things did seem a bit “crunched” in the middle. The fade out and return to the original verse at the end were handled perfectly as well.

Destiny’s Top Pick – Saturnine – The Song of Khala

I had no idea I’d be picking a piece like this as the winner. Normally I’d opt for something more rocky with some guitar playing, like Osvelit’s earlier piece or UKDaza’s interpretation of this (Cowboy’s from Mars), or I’d go with something more jazzy, like Cparson’s awesome arrangement, The End. I felt like this piece really stuck out in that it went to capture a very, very specific “feel” and it did it almost perfectly. I absolutely loved the bass in this, it was so perfect. The crescendo/decrescendo of the strings is awesome. The hollow sounding xylophone/marimba thing that carries the melody fits the piece perfectly, giving it that sort of “ethereal” sound that’s reflected in every other part of the arrangement. The ending synth-vocals finish the piece off nicely as well. It surprised me how much I enjoyed this piece.

There were a lot of other high quality submissions to this composition challenge as well, all of which can be found in the reddit submission thread.