Contests Round-Up: Guitar (and Violin) Rig Heroes, Audion Remix, RiffWorks

Every time you turn around, someone else is holding some sort of promotional music contest. But this week, we have not one but three contests I think will really appeal to CDM readers — and I’m especially eager to hear what results you might submit. Guitar Rig action shot, by way of Felix E. Guerrero. Guitar Rig Hero is a huge contest with some big prizes. Native Instruments notes that users were already, without prompting, posting Guitar Rig videos to YouTube. So, they’ve put together a jury to properly judge the best possible contributions, with jurors including the likes of …

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Toronto Patching Grudge Match: Pd and Max to End Niceties and Fight to the Death

Preparing for battle: it’s all in the mind. Photo: Aaron Landry. Two modular patching software packages for programming multimedia software visually, Pure Data (Pd) and Max/MSP/Jitter have long had a friendly relationship. The tools share code, are reasonably compatible in patches and external objects (sometimes with some adjustment), and are basically open source (Pd) and commercial (Max) cousins of one another. The user bases are likewise friendly with one another. But a certain rivalry hid behind the surface – until now. Now, it’s personal. Enough of the diplomacy. A group of dedicated patchers in Toronto have decided to dispense with …

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Planning to Enter the Futuristic Music Design Challenge?

If you’re planning on competing at the NASA Ames Research Center Saturday, don’t wait another moment to fill out your entry on yuricdm.com. I’m finalizing the lineup and details today. I’ll accept any entry up until midnight tonight Monday, New York City time, but if you can avoid waiting until then, please do drop me a line so I can start organizing. 1. Send me an email. 2. Fill out the Google Docs form. (Save your entries, just in case something goes wrong.) International / non-CA entries for the showcase (no prizes, but fame), feel free to send me those …

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Reminder: Design Challenge in Bay Area to Win Tenori-On – Enter Now

We’re still accepting entrants to the Futuristic Music Design Challenge at Yuri’s Night Bay Area. It’s a chance to showcase your personal musical hardware and/or software creation in a live performance competition. You’ll definitely take home some swag and get a free pass to the event. If you’ve got what it takes, you’ll come home with a new Yamaha Tenori-On from CDM. 1. Check out the competition details and rules. 2. Fill out an entry form on Google Docs. (Save your responses, just in case something goes wrong.) 3. Drop us a line to let us know you filled out …

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Futuristic Music Design Challenge in CA: Show Us Your Best, Win a Tenori-On

To celebrate Yuri’s Night, CDM is organizing a big design challenge. Bring your craziest, most futuristic musical interfaces / hardware projects / custom synths and controllers, and face off with other designers to win a Yamaha Tenori-On and other prizes. Musical expression and space, after all, go together. The record above carried a special mix of great music made by humans around the world into space, via the Voyager spacecraft. Good thing it launched when it did: I imagine alien life would have been shocked if we sent a CD or cassette or 8-track or SDflash memory card, but LPs …

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Dare you accept the Circuit-Bending Challenge?!?

So I was having a little chat with the Circuit Master over at www.getlofi.com about how and why we both got into circuit bending. The number one reason, for me at least: tons of bend-able toys and devices can be found very cheaply at secondhand and thrift stores. Which brings us to this: The premise is simple: 1. Wait until October 28th with growing anticipation. 2. Bicycle, walk, or swim to your nearest secondhand store. 3. Locate and purchase a cheap electronic noisemaking device. 4. Take it home and bend that thang! 5. Document the process and end result, then …

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Contest: Mash-Up/Remix the Halo 2 Soundtrack

Here’s CDM’s resident game composer with the perfect opportunity for lovers of remixing and gaming. Why do I have a feeling that you’ll get disqualified if you mash Halo 2’s music with Animal Crossing or, for you long-time Mac/Bungie geeks out there, Marathon? (Maybe an odd quote from Myth . . . “Casualties.”) -PK Tired of waiting for Halo 3, Gears of War, or Prey? Or is your music gear gathering dust since you setup that new Xbox 360? In either case, Sumthing Else Music Works (notable video game soundtrack record label), has a treat in store for you! In …

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Report from Philadelphia: Laptop Music Battle

While we’re on the subject of Novation, the good folks at Novation / Focusrite were kind enough to sponsor the Phildelphia Laptop Battle covered here on CDM. They have a great write-up on what went down. They also got to raise the stakes: competitors battled not only for bragging rights, but free gear. So who’s game for a laptop battle here in NYC? Related: Laptop Musicians Go Into Battle in Philly

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New Yorkers: Synth Extravaganza

Okay, New Yorkers — let’s get together on this one. Giant synth summits have happened on the West Coast (see CDM report with extensive links), but now DUMBO, Brooklyn can be the host to vintage synth madness: “Bring your ARP 2600s, PAIA 4700s, Moog Modulars, Buchlas, Roland System 100s, Korg MS20s, Octave Kittens, Yamaha CS20s etc etc and pit them against the Macbeth Studio Systems M5 for New York’s first Analog Synth Free-for-all” Sweet, eh? And there’s free booze, to boot. But wait, there’s more: an artist who paints cables (you know, as in cords)! The engineer behind the Macbeth …

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Theremin Roundup! Battles and Festival, Game Soundtrack, Award

The Renaissance of the Theremin continues: this 1917 instrument, born out of radio tube experiments (ironically, the accidental discovery that human proximity interfered with the tubes), is still going strong. Here’s the latest: Theremin Battle: An all-fun contest is underway Sunday night in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, reports Theremin World: show up, play 10 minutes, and you could win (drum roll!) twenty-five bucks! I like the idea of Theremerican Idol. See the details, and if you go, send photos and a report! (Anyone in NC out there?) Gigantic Theremin Festival: Also in North Carolina, (Asheville, home of Moog Music), it’s …

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