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Ranking of previous contests


 

27th Contest


Closed December 31th, 2012

The topic was :


The music box

or other mechanical music


Each jury member had to give a note to the music pieces according to three criteria:
  - On 20 points, the musical expression
  - On 10 points, the score appearance
  - On 10 points, the care taken to the instrumentation and the miscellaneous sound settings.
The global note of each piece will be the sum of all the partial notes of each member of the jury. The author of the piece that gets the greatest number of points will be declared as prize-winner.



1st Prize

Wins a music box with blank cards to create their own melodies.
Will be part of the jury for the next sessions.



"The whole virtuosity of mechanical organs and a seducting and compelling melody. A perfect master."

"A complete orchestra, well rendered, a well-adjusted score, a lively and cheerful piece, what else?"

"Excellent work. Congratulations for this piece full of freshness, that immerses us in a funfair.
Just a detail however, it would have been preferable to notate the chromatic percussions on two staves (treble and bass clef) in order to limit the number of notes on ledger lines. But this remains a remarkable work."


2nd Prize


Wins a Myriad USB flashdrive










"Nice atmosphere for this piece that gives the impression to be in 3D. It sounds like a music box from somewhere else.
Remarkable design. Intrumentation and settings are superb."

"Effects are perfect; well used, the dynamics would have deserved to be notated on score.
An exciting and pleasant score."


Wins a Myriad T-Shirt






"This piece is full of good ideas quite well achieved. The score layout is very original and the rendering pleasant to listen."

"Very evocative music and wonderment for all the listeners.
The score scrolls with nice pictures, as in a children's book.
Excellent quality of settings and instrumentation
."

"Nice musicality and topic matching, good panning wit only a few instruments. The shakuhachi is well used and well rendered.
Too bad that the score hasn't been taken care of to its end and that the miscellaneous embellishments (character font, pictures...) harm the readability a bit."


26th Contest

Closed March 31, 2012



The contest topic was :

The dancer

dancer

Please keep in mind that, besides the quality of composition itself, the visual layout and sound adjustements of the score are also taken into account.

To rank the pieces, the jury will have to evaluate three facets of each:
- On 20 points, the musical expression
- On 10 points, the score appearance
- On 10 points, the care taken to the instrumentation and the miscellaneous sound settings.

Good luck to everyone!



1st Prize

Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C), a Myriad USB flashdrive and will be part of the jury for the next sessions

Musical Expression:

"Energetic piece, with a main theme covered by and sustained by a complete quality orchestration"

"Excellent piece that shows great mastering of the software."

Score appearance:

"Nice writing. Congratulations, great work. Some secondary details, like a music start barline, but with no influence on the piece."

"Score page layout is of great quality, and includes all necessary tempo and dynamics mentions for performing it properly."

Care taken to  instrumentation and miscellaneous sound settings:

"Instrument are well distributed in the audio space, and the surround and some other effect processors contribute to a good overall sound quality."

2nd Prize


Wins a GOLD sound base CD, a Myriad sweatshirt and a Myriad USB flashdrive


Musical Expression:

"Very nice to hear"

"
Superb piece, sustained by a wonderful sax. It's a proof that it's not necessary to multiply the number of instruments to get a quality result. Congratulations!"

"Very pleasant piece, full of emotions. Too bad the sax is often out of playable range, which makes a human performance diffucult to achieve.
"

Score appearance:

Nice layout. Too bad that the piano part looks more like a MIDI capture than an actual score notation"

"Score appearance is good, especially for the first page.
The main performance mentions are present. However, the lack of left, right and bottom margins might bring oddities when printing, as well as the last bars of the last page."

Care taken to  instrumentation and miscellaneous sound settings:

"Nice work on the effects and audio panning."

"Why are the instruments grouped together at the center of audio space?"

" Jorge obviously worked hard on the instrument audio quality, by using effect processors and volume or reverberation power curves. The result is completely convincing, even if we could wish the instruments to be better distributed across the audio space. And as a pianist, I regret that the piano is one-handed! But what a beautiful sax!"

Wins a GOLD sound base CD and a Myriad sweatshirt



Musical Expression :

"Very nice piece, in which the spirit of dance is really present. Nice work."

"
It's by far the most well-built piece. In this instrumental suite, Jean-Michel imagines the story of the dancer in five stages, from the discovery of dance (birth of a passion) to the prima ballerina, including learning (school years) and corps de ballet. It is sustained by rhythm and volume changes that bring a real dynamic to the piece. The result is very pleasant to listen, even if the second part could be a bit long. Bravo!"

"The piece structure is interesting, in several modulated parts (the corps de ballet is the most accomplished). Some overlong passages (especially dance school) curb the enthusiasm of this nice piece"

Score appearance:

"Overall appearance of the score (displayed in landscape mode) is great and doesn't deserve any major criticism.
Personally, I'd have reduced the printing scale to 70%, which would make the piece use from 50 to 33 pages, while keeping a good readability."

Care taken to  instrumentation and miscellaneous sound settings:

"Distribution of instruments in the audio space provide some sound fullness. It could have been improved by using some surround effect. Instrument sounds would have deserved to be more polished."

"Very good spatialization"



25th Contest

Closed June 30th 2011



On the occasion of the International Year of Forest, the contest topic was :


The forest

foret




1st Prize

Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C), a Myriad USB flashdrive and will be part of the jury for the next sessions

"We can feel much work in this piece [...] with rhythm, tempi changes and modulation in accordance with the topic"

"Remarkable work in writing and rendering. Congratulation for this excellent work, that shows a good mastering of the software."

"An excellent work of composition, a clear and clean score, a finely adjusted audio rendering, what more could we ask for?"
2nd Prize


Wins a GOLD sound base CD, a Myriad sweatshirt and a Myriad USB flashdrive


"A very well conducted work, nice page setup, good
orchestration. Pleasant to listen."

"Excellent piece, full of mystery and following the forest evolution along the seasons.
Curves and effects are very well used. Congratulations"

"A good page setup and an excellent work on sounds. Some parts are very good, but the overall quality, even if above the average, remains a bit uneven."

Wins a GOLD sound base CD and a Myriad sweatshirt



"Much ambition and work for a score rather well completed, that happens to be quite developed (long) without being boring."

"Nice melodic development (in the Albinoni's Adaggio style). Good sound balance"

"The three part are well separated (The storm might lack of energy) and the spirit of the piece fully matches the topic."


  Click here to listen to all  the pieces submitted to the 25th contest



24th Contest

Closed October 31st 2010


For this contest session, a pre-filled staff was provided to the competitors.

If the Myriad plug-in is installed on your computer, use the bar below to listen to it:



or right-click the link below to save the file on your computer :
The submitted music pieces had to contain the whole staff. The rest of the score (other staves, accompaniments, rhythms, page settings, instruments, etc) was completely free.

Please read the details below to know what was possible to do and what was not.

You could:

  1. Add as many staves as you wish. The content of these staves is as you please.
  2. Transpose the whole staff by as many semi-tones as you want.
  3. Change note shape, color, size, velocities, delays and pressure times the way you want.
  4. Use rules to change instrument of for any other use
  5. Insert effect processors, ornaments, grace notes, dynamics, etc. on this staff.

You couldn't:

  1. Delete or insert bars (measures)
  2. Use break symbols (bar repeat, segno, coda, numbered parts, etc.
  3. Delete or add rests or notes on this staff (other than grace notes).
  4. Change the pitch of a note for any other purpose than shift it by an integer number of octaves.
  5. Mute one or several notes.
  6. Transpose/shift only a part of the staff.
  7. Use to play the notes an transposing instrument that shifts by anything but an integer number of octaves.
  8. Use to play the staff notes a percussive/not chromatic instrument.
  9. Change the average tempo outside the [80,180] quarters per minute range (the total duration of the piece must stay between 1m44s and 3m54s)

As a rough guide, a chord grid for the piece was provided below.

Intro: 1 empty bar

C/G/Am/F (4 bars) repeated 7 times (28 bars)

Break: G/Em/F/Dm/G/Em/F/G (8 bars)

C/G/Am/F (4 bars) repeated 7 times (28 bars)

Break: G/Em/F/Dm/G/Em/F/G (8 bars)

End: C/G/Am/F/C (5 bars)

Total : 78 bars

1st Prize

Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C), a Myriad USB flashdrive and will be part of the jury for the next sessions

"[...] An intersting melody that  takes the better on the bass line, and in what a way!
All is accomplished: harmony, rhythm, varied instrumentation and the instrumental variations of the melody line. Excellent work, bravo! "

"It is comforting to see that some people still know how to compose on a faster tempo than 120 bpm.
Very well split piece, nice chord progressions. Themes are catchy and well developped. I also like the hi-hat and snare drum rhythm patterns, that, combined with strings and voices, provide a hint of D&B/ acid jazz."

"Excellent work, pleasant to hear, but that could have been a bit better with a more meticulous page layout and sound adjustment and panning."
2nd Prize

Wins a GOLD sound base CD, a Myriad sweatshirt and a Myriad USB flashdrive.


"The composer knows his job well, this piece is meticulously adjusted. Among all the pieces in the contest, it's the one that has the most color, dynamic and intensity levels.
All is also well structured, and the score itself has a very professional appearance"

"Very good instrument adjustments. A pleasant and catchy musical theme."

"A simple and well mastered instrumentation, a theme that succeeds in making the bass line be forgotten while never masked, a faultless visual appearance and sound setting.
Nice work!"


Wins a GOLD sound base CD and a Myriad sweatshirt




"Finely-worked page layout. A serious work of orchestration, very pleasant even if a bit surprising in the end."


"Original harmonization and timbre. A nice use of the mandatory topic to make it a personal work, and a real story that develops under our eyes and ears."

"Excellent work of orchestration and original form, with a mixing of styles. The techno part is especially good. "


23rd Contest

Closed May 31st 2010




The mandatory topic of this contest session was:

SATB
(Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)

The submitted pieces had to be made of only 4 staves, each one matching a register of sung voice.

Actual lyrics or the use of Virtual Singer were optional.
Style and duration were free.
The playability (singability) of the score will be taken into account by the jury. More information here.

Exceptionally, the winners of the previous contests were allowed to participate to this session. In this case of course, they won't be part of the jury.

The competitors enable Myriad to select a chorus that would be allowed to perform their score without limitation as part of free public performances. Video and/or audio recordings of such sessions could then be freely made available on the Internet and on a CD-ROM intended for the competitors.

This session is dedicated to Laurier Nappert 1946-2010.
1er Prix

Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C), a Myriad USB flashdrive and will be part of the jury for the next sessions

"The miscellaneous voices are well mastered. The apparent simplicity of this piece confers a pleasant freshness, paradoxically strengthened by a message ("No to AIDS") that could be considered as clumsy  in other circumstances."

"A real melody, even if its logic is hyperpredictable. But it's also what gives it the capacity of being immediately absorbed by the listener. As a bonus, a message always judicious to recall."
2e Prix
Wins a GOLD sound base CD, a Myriad sweatshirt and a Myriad USB flashdrive.

"An interesting development, and a good use of the miscellaneous registers."

"Setting a poem to music is never easy. This one is rather nice, even if theappearance isimprovable ."


Wins a GOLD sound base CD and a Myriad sweatshirt


"Very neat score. A special attention has been given to the adjustment of the miscellaneous voices, in order to obtain a spotless sound rendering."

"This piece catches the attention for the details in the voice interactions, the subtelty of some melismas, the mastering of dynamics."



22nd Contest

Closed November 30th 2009


The mandatory topic for this session was :

Put together or oppose in a same piece two different music styles

  Styles, duration and instrumentation were free.


Click here to listen to submitted tunes 
1st Prize

Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C), a Myriad USB flashdrive and will be part of the jury for the next sessions

"Very pleasant classical piece, reorchestrating Georges Brassens in the Mozart's style. Musical writing perfectly mastered.."

"Good melody rendering, steady harmonies, good orchestration, sometimes very realistic sounds for either strings, piano or brasses."

"Nice score. Style merging is well done, without ruggesness or surprise, originality in handling the topic."

"We can however deplore the lack of spatial distribution of the instruments, and the excessive length of the piece, worsened by the absence of cadences other than perfect."




2nd Prize

Wins a GOLD sound base CD, a Myriad sweatshirt and a Myriad USB flashdrive.



"Very successful adaptation of classical music. Very good choice of instruments. Remarkable introduction. A very pleasant piece to hear."

"Perfect mastering of the software and of the GOLD Base sounds: very niceuse of the instruments: guitar with great effects, bass with a remarkable round sound.
Excellent use of the sound space. Page layout is the best of all the submitted pieces
."

"If the two styles are actually present, they are unbalanced. The work is however well crafted."




3rd Prize
Meinecke Lonny for "When he smiled on Galilee"
Wins a GOLD sound base CD and a Myriad sweatshirt




"Very nice piece, nice orchestration, well mastered sounds."

"
The way of dealing with the topic is clever, by progressive fading of the Bach-style cello."

"Unfortunately, the score appearance doesn't measure up (bass staff in treble ckef, lack of phrasing indication, ...), the sound ambiance is sometimes blurred by the use of a different harmony over the Bach's one
."

"We are here on the verge of the off-topic, the classical part being a melody more than an actual style."


21st Contest

Closed from May the 31st, 2009


 As we are celebrating in 2009 the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin birth, the mandatory topic of this contest was

"Evolution"


  Style and duration were free.



Click here to listen to submitted tunes 
1st Prize

Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C), a Myriad USB flashdrive and will be part of the jury for the next sessions

- From the first seconds of listening, we say "What a good idea to apply the term evolution to music." And we listen to the end hoping that the work does justice to the idea. And it does.

- The parts are well written and well represent the different eras [...]


-Sound quality: Impeccable. Beautiful arrangements,excellent work on the instruments and the piano playing and the panning is perfect, not too much reverb.
Nothing to say.


2nd Prize
Wins a GOLD sound base CD, a Myriad sweatshirt and a Myriad USB flashdrive.


- Surprising piece, with some nice passages along the way.


-The piece is very original in itself, and also constitutes an
original approach of the contest topic
3th Prize
Smith Jack with
"
Humanity When will evolution happen again?"

Wins a GOLD sound base CD and a Myriad sweatshirt



- A very nice score.

-Very good orchestration and panning overall.





20th Contest

Closed November 2008


 
The mandatory topic of this contest was the cat.
Style and duration were free.



Click here to listen to the pieces that have been submitted to the 20th contest 
1st Prize

Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C), a Myriad USB flashdrive and will be part of the jury for the next sessions

"No doubt that movie music is a composer's longing, who will certainly perform excellent work in this field.
Truly brilliant mastering of sounds, harmonies and rhythm for an extremely rich, varied and on-topic piece."

"Wow, what a nice piece! Just a first listening, and the imagination takes off. Really nice writing and panning adjustment. (*) Congratulation for this superb piece."

"Mind-blowing ! perfect mastering of the composition, mood and atmosphere are very well rendered.
We live the scenries, we are there, pictures are filling our mind. Dynamics are on purpose, panning adjustment is excellent, and the score is professional
(*)."

"A very original way to address the mandatory topic. Excellent orchestration and page layout
(*)."

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(*) Note: the jury notice that the volume of the piece is set too loud. So, to enjoy this piece fully, decrease the general volume before playing it.
2nd Prize

Wins a GOLD sound base CD, a Myriad sweatshirt and a Myriad USB flashdrive.


"Beautiful piece, well structured, short but quite evocative, as mentioned in the title.
Nice score, good work!
"

"A very short piece but a rich writing. We can feel a great knowledge of piano writing."


"Very nice piece for piano, however a bit too short. The quality of what we hear let us expect a continuation that doesn't come. Too bad, because this work is well crafted and the result is more than satisfactory."

3rd Prize

Patrick Geyre for
"Cat'mosphère"

Wins a GOLD sound base CD and a Myriad sweatshirt


"This work is charming in all its facets. A melodic, harmonic and instrumental success. Its simpleness doesn't weaken its qualities at all. It's a pleasure to hear it, and probably to play it. What else?"

"Very original piece, in the spirit of the topic with a feeling of 'joie de vivre' for this fearless little animal.
Nice writing, congratulations?"




19th Contest

Closed June 2008


 
The mandatory topic of this contest was the waterdrop.
Style and duration were free.
A water drop sound, was provided, and the composer was free to use or not in his work:

Download the score that contains the sound.



Click here to listen to the pieces that have been submitted to the 19th contest 
1st Prize

Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C) and a Myriad cap
and will be part of the jury for the next sessions

"From this piece emerges a feeling of serenity that matches cosely the waterdrop theme. The orchestration is mastered and the score is well-groomed"

"Beautiful piece, either in its construction or in its music rendering. The spotless instrument distribution has to be added to the author's credit.
[...] Excellent work, congratulations. "

"This piece seems to be the most complete of this contest. [...] We are dragged to follow with attention the appearances of each instrument."

"A highly original idea. The result is pleasant to hear, rich, with mainy instrumental effects and a complex harmony inheritted from baroque adagios. A well-crafted piece for a surprising and interesting result."

"The melodies are very nice, well directed, with much color and texture. A great score, with exellent panning distribution and fine sounds, in brief, an excellent work.
Congratulation for the creativity,
using the waterdrop as a soloist is fresh. Bravo!"
2nd Prize

Wins a GOLD sound base CD and a Myriad cap.


"This piece is well balanced, as well on surface (instrument panning) as in depth (sound  harmony). The score is well written and the whole proves a good mastering of the software"

"Original view of the mandatory topic. Refined orchestration, delicate sounds, timbre diversity"


"A well made orchestration and a lot of work on sounds, with great parts in this piece. Good score layout."

"Very nice score. Theme used twice in the piece, well embedded after all, but in a very (too much) discrete way.
Pleasant tune, well structured, well crafted soubds, all the pitch ranges are used, from very high-pitched to subbass
."

3rd Prize
Dominic Lapointe for "Trio pour clarinette, accordéon et contrebasse en Sib mineur, 'Waterdrop'"

Wins a GOLD sound base CD.



"First of all, congratulations to the author for the dauntless instrument selection. The whole offers a pleasant rendering, well distributed in space."

"After a promising but all-wise intro, the originality of the rest of the piece is surprising, as soon as the accordion starts playing. It could have been a scuttling, but after several listenings you will enjoy this piece as it deserves, and finally the pleasure is present."

"A very interesting, original and surprising piece."

"Very good score layout, good balance. A pleasant piece."

"Exemplary score. Instrument panning is excellent, sounds are superbly wrought.
The project of building a small ensemble of instruments so different and almost never seen together was ambitious, but is a success.
The piece is well structured, and we feel a clear direction. It's contemporary and very pleasant to listen to.
"




18th Contest

Closed December 2007


The aim of the contest was to create an original background music for a movie excerpt of 2 minutes. Music style and instrumentation were free.

This clip is an excerpt of "Le voyage dans la lune" (A Trip to the Moon),  a silent movie directed by Georges Meliès in 1902. [IMDB]
You can watch the complete movie here (turn the sound off not to be influenced by the piano score that has been put on it, and not to be disturbed by the English comments).


The 2-minutes excerpt that has been used as topic for this contest session can be downloaded here:


Click here to listen to the pieces that have been submitted to 18th contest 
1st Prize

Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C) and a Myriad T-Shirt
and will be part of the jury for the next sessions

Click here to download the movie with soundtrack (*)


2nd Prize
Wins a GOLD sound base CD and a Myriad T-Shirt



Click here to download the movie with soundtrack (*)


3rd Prize
Christopher Machicoane-Hurtaud for "Le voyage dans la Lune"

Wins a GOLD sound base CD





Click here to download the movie with soundtrack (*)


(*) On Windows, the Xvid codec has to be installed to play this movie. On Macintosh, you can use  VLC.


17st Contest

Closed April 2007


  Music of the Third Kind

The aim was to write a complete music piece, based on a little pattern of a few notes. This pattern had to appear in the score, and if possible be used as the general theme of the piece.
Pattern in  WAV format
Click here to listen to the submitted pieces 
1st Prize

Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C) and a Myriad T-Shirt
and will be part of the jury for the next sessions


2nd Prize

Wins a GOLD sound base CD and a Myriad T-Shirt

3rd Prize
Rob Ainsley for "Last Chance in Trieste

Wins a GOLD sound base CD





16st Contest

Closed September 2006


  Tribute to Mozart. Click here to listen to the submitted pieces 

Wins the Mozart Complete Works in 170 CDs.


Wins a GOLD sound base CD and a Myriad T-Shirt

3rd Prize

Jean-Paul VERPEAUX : Andate ma Adagio in Fa Minore

Wins a GOLD sound base CD





15th Contest

Closed 31st of january 2006


 The mandatory topic was to illustrate musically the "Sonnet 73" by Shakespeare:

Click here to listen to the submitted pieces 
1st Prize

Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C) and a Myriad T-Shirt
and will be part of the jury for the next sessions

"A bewitching atmosphere for this piece, that fits well the  spirit of the sonnet"

"Orchestration is surprising, very  pleasant, and the  mixing is outstanding.
Musically, it's nice too. The good counterpoint contributes to the feeling of limpidiness that comes out. Thumbs up!"

"Minor, with a slow tempo and some ancient or foreign instruments give to this piece a  somewhat special feeling"
2nd Prize
Wins a GOLD sound base CD and a Myriad T-Shirt


"Huge work, and excellent page setup"

"I don't think a so accomplished piece had been ever submitted to this contest."

"This piece fits the theme very well: gloomy, tense and dark.
The composer plays much on tension-thaw, very efficient!
Sounds sometimes like Stravinsky, but its modernity isn't disturbing at all, it serves well the topic.
A good mastering of music is needed to write such a wide-ranging piece, there are probably years of study and work to reach this point
."
3rd Prize
Lutz Stahlhofen : Sonnet 73

Wins a GOLD sound base CD

"Palm of originality, while fitting the topic well.
The composer dare to use a rock atmosphere, and he does it well, insomuch it wouldn't be surprising to hear a hard rock band cover this piece live!"

 "The subject is well controled. It's pleasant and well written, with some nice discoveries that makes the guitar sound realistic.
A success !"

The jury wishes to congratulate ALL the competitors for the excellent quality of their work.



14th Contest

Closed 31st of august 2005


  The subject of the contest was to illustrate musically a work of art by Christine THELOT.
Petit hommage à Vincent
"Petit hommage à Vincent"

Click here to listen to the submitted pieces
1st Prize

Will receive the original work of art.
and will be part of the jury for the next sessions

"Matches perfectly the topic".

"At last, a piece in real connection with the topic. The "Provençal" color sounds genuine. Notation quality is also remarkable. "

"Some originality in the style, and a rather successful performance that connects the title and the topic."

"Pleasant, a little bit puzzling as expected. A piece that succeed pretty well in linking topic, title and music"

2nd Prize

Wins a GOLD sound base CD and a Myriad T-Shirt

Excellent composition and orchestration.

Beautiful piece generally speaking, nice to hear, many  clues about the performance on this score.

You almost see Vincent van Gogh wander through the fields.

3rd Prize
Allain Hervé
"Duo flûte et guitare"

Wins a GOLD sound base CD


Beautiful!  Superb ! Resolutely contemporary piece, the classic guitar smoothness combined with the flute vivacity and deftness makes a nice couple.A lot of key, time signature and tempo changes draw a whirl that carries us along.

Good guitar work. Interesting clef and key changes.



13th Contest

closed 31st of March 2005


Click here to listen to the submitted pieces for the 13th contest Click here to listen to the submitted pieces for the Mandatory topic
1st Prize

Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C) and a Myriad T-Shirt
and will be part of the jury for the next sessions

Original style, well rendered atmosphere, excellent sounds. What more can be asked?

Musicologically perfect

Entertaining, and the atmosphere is well rendered.

2nd Prize

Wins a GOLD sound base CD and a Myriad T-Shirt

Of course, Jazz is not my cup of tea, but the rhythmic section is really beautiful, including its realism. And some sax phrasing make me forget it is "only" a score-driven computer.


3rd Prize
Carlsmose Ole
"Little Annie"


Wins a GOLD sound base CD


Superb orchestration, excellent work on the sounds.



The mandatory topic was an illustration of an Andromeda photography:




12th Contest

closed 31st of October 2004


Click here to listen to the submitted pieces for the 12th contest Click here to listen to the submitted pieces for the Mandatory topic
1st Prize

Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C) and a Myriad T-Shirt
and will be part of the jury for the next sessions

Excellent atmosphere, as usual. Good work on sounds.

Still the same harmonic quality I'm never bored of.
2nd Prize

Wins a GOLD sound base CD and a Myriad T-Shirt

Some comments of jury members about this piece:

Very nice piece, with a simple and well balanced orchestration.
No unnecessary ornaments or too marked effects. The kind of piece we'd want to hear (and see) more often.

The accuracy in writing is outstanding, as well as the work on the expression and realism of the piano.


3rd Prize
Rodrigo Ramirez Garcia
"Out of the bus"


Wins a GOLD sound base CD

Some comments of jury members about this piece:

From the first time I listened to the contest pieces, I think it's the most accomplished BigBand I have encountered.
It doesn't mean it's perfect, because the theme is missing something catchy, and the lack of panning doesn't enable to appreciate the orchestration, but there is much originality, talent and know-how in it.


The winner of the mandatory topic is Carlos Munoz

11th Contest

closed 31st of March 2004


Click here to listen to the submitted tunes

1st Prize

Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C) and a Myriad T-Shirt
and will be part of the jury for the next sessions

Some comments of jury members about this piece:

A simple and efficient piece, very well orchestrated.
Excellent page setup.

2nd Prize

Wins a GOLD sound base CD and a Myriad T-Shirt

Some comments of jury members about this piece:

An original piece, that matches well the spirit of this painting. Very good page setup.

Structure in AAB, sicilienne rhythm; once again Laurier controls everything, it is almost more musicology than music. Except for the popular feeling which is perfectly rendered.


3rd Prize
Eric Park
"Ballad for a Good Harvest"

Wins a GOLD sound base CD

Some comments of jury members about this piece:

Soft piece, a bit gloomy; excellent clarinet and piccolo duet.

The I-VI-II-V chord progression is not used in a so direct way since the beginning of the 60's.




Harvesters Click here to listen to the tunes that have been submitted for the mandatory topic
The winner is

Laurier Nappert
for "Jour de Moisson"


Each music piece submitted to the contest could also compete for the special prize "mandatory topic".
The piece had to illustrate "The harvesters" (1565), a painting from Pieter Brugel

An original piece, that matches well the spirit of this painting. Very good page setup.

Structure in AAB, sicilienne rhythm; once again Laurier controls everything, it is almost more musicology than music. Except for the popular feeling which is perfectly rendered.

Tenth session

closed the 31st of Januray 2004


Click here to listen to the submitted tune
1st Prize

Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C) and a Myriad T-Shirt
and will be part of the jury for the next sessions

Some comments of jury members about this piece:

Great qualities in harmony. This pieces is at the same time charming and delicate. Guitar parts are very creative. We can feel a musical tradition in their use.

Very absorbing, despite its appearance of a style exercice.
And a great writing, that make think the author knows perfectly each instrument he uses!

Excellent work on the chromatic instruments and percussive sounds as well as on the instrument balance.

2nd Prize

Wins a GOLD sound base CD and a Myriad T-Shirt

Some comments of jury members about this piece:

M Zarkh goes out his usual style, and it is a success.

Sound particularly well with the GOLD sound base.



3rd Prize
Laurier Nappert
"le Départ"
Wins a GOLD sound base CD

Some comments of jury members about this piece:

Excellent work on the Virtual Singer voice.

Calm and sensitive.

As usual, Laurier submits a piece without parade, all in niceties and subtlety.


Printemps Click here to listen to the tunes that have been submitted for the mandatory topic
The winner is

Claude Lachapelle
  with"Aube"


Competitors had to illustrate the poem
Spring dawn
(Meng Hao-ran)

In spring the sleep does not end with the dawn
Bird chirps can be heard, coming from everywhere
The night finally ends in the breath of water
Who knows how many flowers have fallen again?

Very atmospheric music. Claude has put a lot of work into the effects in the shakuhachi part and it really adds to the natural beauty of the sound.
Ninth session
closed the 31st of October, 2003

Click here to listen to the submitted tunes
Click here to read Franck Robert interview
1st Prize
Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C) and a Myriad T-Shirt
and will be part of the jury for the next sessions

Some comments of jury members about this piece: "No concern for clarity in the way it is written. But the result is remarkable!
Imagine this piece stored in AIFF or MP3. Who could be sure it is not a "live" recording? Bravo."

"A tribute to Esme. Very well built"
2nd Prize
Wins a GOLD sound base CD and a Myriad T-Shirt


Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"Very pleasant. Cello sounds are maybe a bit too modern for the genre, but it is a really minor issue.
I remarked the effort made to write the Dulcimer staff without using merged staves: brave!"

"Good rendering, good style"

3rd Prize

Henry Zarkh
"Jewish Funeral in New Orleans" 

Wins a GOLD sound base CD

Some comments of jury members about this piece: "I am reassured now: he can do something else! Marrying New Orleans and Yiddish styles was a risky bet , but the result appears absolutely natural and likely."
PissarroClick here to listen to the tunes that have been submitted for the mandatory topic: Camille Pissarro

Click here to read the Andreï Jourdane interview
Mandatory topic Camille Pissarro :
Wins an art book about Camille Pissarro

Some comments of jury members about this piece: "Jourdane willingly illustrates the them instead of evoking it.
Nevertheless, he did not need all these sound effects to reach his goal, his music was more than enough."

"Nice job! Excellent atmosphere. The piece intro proves he noticed Dieppe is a harbour (also painted by Pissarro, BTW)"


 Eighth session
closed the 31st of July, 2003

Click here to listen to the  submitted tunes Click here to read Jaime Romero interview
1st Prize
Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C) and a Myriad T-Shirt
and will be part of the jury for the next sessions

Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"Excellent work. Very professional. Splendid page setup."
2nd Prize
Wins a GOLD sound base CD and a Myriad T-Shirt


Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"A "feel good" piece by someone who understands Celtic Music."

3rd Prize
Wins a GOLD sound base CD

Some comments of jury members about this piece: "This trio has been put together by a craftsman!"


 Seventh session
closed the 17th of March, 2003

Click here to listen to the submitted tunes Click here to read Louis-René Blaire interview
1st Prize
Blaire Louis René
"Melpomene Polka"
Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C) and a Myriad T-Shirt
and will be part of the jury for the next sessions

Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"There are music styles you scorn a bit until a piece jumps to your eyes:
from the very first bars of this one, my certainty collapsed!
Writing, orchestration, voice balance, harmonic control, realism...
I wish I could do the same on each of these topics."

"A genre that has not been much explored till now, but marvelously well written.
Sounds especially well using the GOLD sound base.
Instrument panning deserved to be more neat though.
Thirteen seconds of work on this field would have given this piece
an incomparable dimension"


 
2nd Prize
Wins a GOLD sound base CD and a Myriad T-Shirt


Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"A piece with a great harmonic and aesthetic richness.
Probably a serious background behind that."

"Excellent work. I really appreciate this piece. Excellent use of custom
instruments."

"Very nice melody, surprising and  enchanting, played by soprano then tenor sax solists."

"I love the saxophone solo in the middle."

3rd Prize
Wins a GOLD sound base CD

Some comments of jury members about this piece:
""Like a mysterious woman, this piece really grows on you."

"Good sound and romantic mood."


 Sixth session
closed the 16th of December, 2002

Click here to listen submitted tunes Click here to read Franck Aguila interview
1st Prize
Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C) and a Myriad T-Shirt
and will be part of the jury for the next sessions

Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"Very good composing work, and beautiful aural quality. It seems a real Jazz orchestra is playing just in front of you"
"Excellent sound adjustment in GOLD sound base. Beutiful piece, just as cool as needed"
2nd Prize
wins a CD by Mark Strange, a GOLD sound base CD and a Myriad T-Shirt

Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"One of the best work with Virtual Singer I have ever heard. Good voice adjustment (panning and volume). Excellent page setup."
"Excellent use of Virtual Singer. A real style."
3rd Prize
wins a a GOLD sound base CD

Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"Very powerful and accomplished composing work. Good page setup. Instrument are well balanced (panning and volume)"


Fifth session
closed the 31st of August, 2002


Click here to read Claude Lachapelle interview
1st Prize
Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C)
and will be part of the jury for the next sessions

Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"Very nice beat and accompaniment, especially with the Gold sound base. "
"If you're not dancing by the second bar, you must be in a coma or just a sound sleeper. Party on!"
2nd Prize
wins a CD by Mark Strange, a licence for Harmony Assistant and a GOLD sound base CD

Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"I really like the sophistication of your orchestration."
"Nice classical work. Good page setup. Excellent use of instruments. I like it."
3rd Prize
Rob Ainsley
wins a license for Melody Assistant and Virtual Singer

Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"A simple, beautiful and atmospheric piece."
"Very interesting work. Very mature. Nice use of the various instruments."


 Fourth session
closed the 30th of April, 2002


Click here to read Esmeralda Weatherwax interview
1st Prize
Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C)
and will be part of the jury for the next sessions

Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"Excellent piece.  Smooth & relaxing.  Nice use of instrumental interlude between verses. ".
"I loved the charming simplicity of this piece with its Irish flavour and very appropriate orchestration"
2nd Prize
wins a CD by Mark Strange, a CD by Carmel Morris and a licence for Harmony Assistant

Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"Very nice solo and accompaniment.  The duet sections added a lot also"
3rd Prize

Sylvain Machefert
"Time to Party"

wins a license for Melody Assistant and Virtual Singer

Some comments of jury members about this piece: "Excellent use of digital effects"

"I like the dance beat a lot.  Good synthesizer effects!"
"I am impressed with special effects! Oh, yeah - it's party time!"

 Third session
closed the 30th of November, 2001

Special greetings to the young composers who participated to this contest session:
 Andrew Cannata (14 years old) and Julien Faure (13 years old)
Click here to read David Clark interview
1st Prize
Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C)
and will be part of the jury for the next session

Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"Very pretty. Good orchestral interplay.".
"Just one word: great! Well balanced, well orchestrated. Great piece!"
"Excellent melody line. Instruments are very well adjusted. Drums parts are nice too"
2nd Prize
wins a CD by Mark Strange, a CD by Carmel Morris and a licence for Harmony Assistant

Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"A cool blues number with interesting guitar arrangements".
3rd Prize

Laurier Nappert
for "La Cumbia Quebequense"

wins a license for Melody Assistant and Virtual Singer

Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"Perfect song form for the piece. Loved the percussion and brass. Nice latin feel"
"I can visualize all the townspeople dancing to this uplifting piece during festival"

 Second session
closed the 31th of July, 2001


Click here to read Dragomir Draganov interview
1st Prize
Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C)
and will be part of the jury for the next session

Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"This piece has an amazing sound, sometimes you cannot believe it's really
Melody/Harmony. It's ideal to relax and dream - great!"

"This wonderful composition contains enough twists and turns
to keep the listener interested. I also found the expressiveness of
the guitar parts are the best I've heard produced in Melody/Harmony
Assistant."
2nd Prize
wins a CD by Mark Strange, a CD by Carmel Morris and a licence for Harmony Assistant

Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"This piece has an amazing sound, sometimes you cannot believe it's really
Melody/Harmony. It's ideal to relax and dream - great!"

"This wonderful composition contains enough twists and turns
to keep the listener interested. I also found the expressiveness of
the guitar parts are the best I've heard produced in Melody/Harmony
Assistant."
3rd Prize

Jaime Romero
for "Confesiones"

Wins a license for Melody Assistant and Virtual Singer

Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"Latin Jazz seems to be this composers specialty. Very nice arrangement."

"A ray of sun from South America ".


 First session
closed the 30th of April, 2001


Click here to read Mark Strange interview
1st Prize
Wins an harmonica HOHNER MEISTERKLASSE (C)
and will be part of the jury for the next session

Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"This amazing piece allies perfectly classical instruments from Beethoven and more "heavy metal" instruments from Metallica".
"Some of the better slows ever written have been played by hard-rock bands (think about Scorpion's "Still loving you"). This piece is one of them. [...]
Surely, the composer is a member of a rock band. If he does not, he should."
2nd Prize
Wins a license for Harmony Assistant

Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"This piece is simple greatly written. Nice to ear, on the midway between Sor and Villa-Lobos, it uses different guitar techniques.[...].
Obviously, a chef-d'oeuvre from a master"
"I have been totally stuck by this classical guitar  masterpiece. I  just can say: bravo."
3rd Prize

Johnson Wesley
for "Samba in repose"

Wins a license for Melody Assistant and Virtual Singer

Some comments of jury members about this piece:
"Gilberto, Getz, Jobim, here are the names which came to my memory when I was listening to this greatly written piece."


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