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    The $900 Microtonal Composition Competition

    For those of you who like me walk on the microtonal side of music there is a competition sponsored by an organization I am a part of - Untwelve - with $500, $250, and $150 prizes.

    http://www.untwelve.org/2011_competition.html

    Even if you've never tried writing microtonal music before perhaps now is a good time to try. I will be happy to point you to microtonal music resources. It really isn't that hard because a good composer can make anything work and there are a boatload of great composers here.

    There are free micrtonal synths

    http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2011/01/04/free-windows-synthesiz...

    http://www.dynamictonality.com/

    http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net/

    and affordable ones to buy

    http://www.cakewalk.com/products/z3t....aspx/Z3TA-2.1

    http://www.garritan.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=artic...

    And ones you may already have like Garritan, Kontakt, Absynth, Albino, Dimension Pro, or possibly your hardware support microtonal tunings. You can look here http://www.microtonal-synthesis.com/

    And even some DAWs support microtonal tunings like Logic and Celemony Melodyne

    Have a great day,

    Chris

    (This is my generalized announcement...)

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    Re: The $900 Microtonal Composition Competition

    Very interesting, Chris - Thanks for posting this. I've now looked at the contest details, and the "UnTwelve" site--clever name!

    I think people could be encouraged to know that the contest is for solo piano works - that could be less daunting to a lot of people. And, things that couldn't be accomplished on a physical piano are encouraged, like switching tunings mid-composition.

    Intriguing! Thanks for the info.

    Randy

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    Re: The $900 Microtonal Composition Competition

    Hi Randy,

    The contest is not limited to solo piano works - the piano works are a subset of the competition. Orchestrated works are eligible for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes as well. The difference is if you enter a solo piano work it will be up for selection for performance by a virtuoso piano play as well.

    All the best!

    Chris

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    Re: The $900 Microtonal Composition Competition

    Quote Originally Posted by vaisvil View Post
    Hi Randy,

    The contest is not limited to solo piano works - the piano works are a subset of the competition. Orchestrated works are eligible for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes as well. The difference is if you enter a solo piano work it will be up for selection for performance by a virtuoso piano play as well.

    All the best!

    Chris
    Oh, I see, Chris - Thanks very much for the clarification. I misinterpreted the info at the site.

    Right now I'm listening to last year's grand prize winner, Monroe Golden's "Incongruity." It's an excellent sounding piece. You're probably familiar with it, Chris - This recording features a great deal of backwards sounds. And Monroe also used sophisticated production techniques, like sounds traveling back and forth between speakers.

    I'm glad I found the archives of past winners, because I didn't realize that the submissions could be this artificially produced. That makes it much more wide open for entrants - great!

    I hope some people here at the Garritan Forum explore the UnTwelve site and get inspired to compose for the contest!

    Randy


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