Sean, one of the Forum's most active members, started the Orchestration Challenge some years ago as a fun way for members here to use Garritan Libraries for creating orchestrations/compositions. Everyone is invited to vote on the entries, choosing what they feel best fulfills the contest's challenge, which is to develop a theme posted by the previous round's winner.
It's been a group activity that's been maintained fairly steadily, and with at least modest participation.
Most of us here don't have a great amount of time to spend on something like this, but those of us who have joined in have found these challenges to be a nice diversion from our regular schedule of projects and all the other things that keep us busy in Real Life. But it's understandable that not everyone can squeeze that kind of time in.
Much more recently we've had the Movie Challenge, which has remained a bit of an experiment. At first pieces were written based just on text which describes the premise of a fictitious movie. Later, video clips were added to the contest, so participants could score to visuals, the way film composers do.
But this Movie Challenge hasn't attracted a lot of attention. Even when the entries are posted in a way that makes it very quick and easy to view them, it's only a very small percentage of forum visitors who bother to watch and vote. It would seem there's not all that much interest in this particular idea.
Many of us visit this forum every day, and sometimes we post answers, questions - all in keeping with the reason for this forum's existence. It seems like there must be some extra activities that a greater number of people could get interested in. But we need to figure out what those events could be. Most of us know that when we really want to do something, we can find time for it, so I don't want to presume that low participation is only because people don't know how to make time for it.
That leads to the question - What would we like to do here which involves music, the Garritan instruments, and which would not only be fun to join in on, but would help promote an even greater sense of community?
Ideas? - I'd love to see if we can come up with some fresh ideas along these lines.