What is THE EVENT?
GMEA sponsors and carries out an annual digital composition competition for the purpose of encouraging students who have an interest in and an aptitude for the writing of original digital music. The entries in this event must be submitted by the student’s music teacher who must hold current GMEA/NAfME membership. Entries will be divided into age categories consisting of middle school (grades 6-8), high school (grades 9-12) and university, including both undergraduate and graduate enrollment and will be judged comparatively against only those entries falling within their classification. Entries will be judged by a committee of three members selected by the chair of this event. Those entries deemed to be superior in content and craftsmanship will be performed during the January In-Service Conference. Entries must be 3-7 minutes in length. The teacher submitting on behalf of a student will be responsible for making the necessary arrangements for equipment (and performers if needed) in order to have the work performed at the In Service Conference.
DIGITAL COMPOSITION Original compositions for any combination of electronic instruments, acoustic instruments and/or voices, and produced using a digital audio workstation (DAW). Compositions should demonstrate skill in production through the use of a DAW. Compositions must be original material created through real time or step entry methods or studio recording. The composer/producer may use other musicians in the creation of the work. All musical content must be originally created or produced by the entrant. Entries must be between 3-7 minutes in length and include a compressed or .zip file of the DAW software used to create the final product and a .mp3 or .wav audio file (160 kbps minimum) of the final mix.
NOTATED COMPOSITION Original compositions for any combination of electronic instruments, acoustic instruments and/or voices, and produced using music notation software. Compositions should demonstrate skill in music composition using notation software. Entries must be between 3-7 minutes long and include a .pdf of the score and an audio realization via DAW (.mp3 or .wav, 128 kbps minimum).
DERIVATIVE WORK Entrants will use a DAW to create a remix or arrangement of a pre-existing song using some combination of song samples, vocal stems, pre-recorded loops, and original material. Projects should demonstrate originality and creative use of technology and skills in mixing and production. The use of copyrighted materials must be accompanied by documented consent from the copyright holder. Entries must be between 3-7 minutes long and include a compressed.zip file of the DAW used in the production of the final product and a .mp3 or .wav audio file (160 kbps minimum).
MULTI OR MIXED MEDIA
Entrants will create a product combining music technology with other forms of digital and/or electronic media such as video, photography, audio recording, coding or other media. Entries may not use copyrighted materials unless accompanied by documented consent from the copyright holder. Entries should demonstrate creativity and skill in the use and integration of various digital media and tools in the creation of an audio or visual product. Compositions or presentations must be between 3-7 minutes long and include a compressed .zip file of the audio or video software used for final production and an audio or video file (.mp3, .wav, .mp4, .m4v) of the final product (160 kbps minimum).