1) Just like MGSI, there are 3 songs to be composed. These songs will correspond with the next 3 levels of Marathon 2. They are called, What About Bob?, Come and Take your Medicine, and We're Everywhere. These levels make up the chapter Volunteers, and that is what the resulting album will be called.
2) Each song must have a reasonable song length. I would consider 10 seconds or 10 minutes a bit outside this reasonable range. Try to keep the songs from 2 min to 5 min. I'm flexible so going outside those boundaries a little bit won't lose you any points. Cutting a song down to around 1 min though may lose you a point in the "Length" category though. NOTE: I know Come and Take your Medicine can be beaten within 30 seconds. Don't make that an excuse to shorten your song for this level!
3) These submissions are songs for Marathon levels. Please don't include a full chorus or obnoxious singing in any of your submissions. A little bit, and I mean a very small amount of singing or background chorus is ok, but don't go overboard.
4) Deadline: All songs must be sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by
5) Don't name your songs after the levels. Come up with creative names!
Those rules being said, anyone interested in judging also email me.
Your entries will be judged on the following material:
1) Interpretation of the Level: Does your song complement the level provided? Does it help set the atmosphere of the level and contribute to the gameplay? A bad example would be to play "Happy Birthday" during a war scene, while a good example might be to play "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" during a scene where a little kid is pondering the universe. 20 points
2) Musicality: How well the tempo, rhythm, notes, etc fit together. It shouldn't sound like a 6th grader randomly hitting stuff or pressing down keys on his first instrument. 20 points
3) Creativity: This is your music so make it unique. I understand that many background parts repeat over and over, but don't create a whole song where the majority of the melody is the same eight notes played repeatedly. Jazz it up and make it enjoyable and fun to listen to, while still staying within the other requirements. 10 points
4) Sound Quality: If it sounds like trash or is poor quality, you will obviously lose points here. I'm looking for clean, high quality music with no white noise, unless the white noise is intended. 10 points
5) Originality: Remixes sound great and all, but the point of this contest is too create something NEW that complements the given level. Remixing M1A1 music or any other music will cause you lose points here and probably in a few other sections of the judging scale. 5 points
6) Length: If the song length is too long or short, points will be lost. The song should be long enough to show effort, but short enough to be precise. 5 points
TOTAL: 70 points/song. Each participant will be judged out of a total of 210 points because there are 3 songs.
This is the EXACT same rubric used to judge MGSI. No tricks here. Again, the song receiving the highest score for a particular level will be included in the final Marathon 2 Soundtrack. If you don't have enough time to make 3 decent songs, at least make 1 pure awesome song, as it will have a better chance of being included in this soundtrack.
Enjoy making music!