Libre Music Challenge #30: Musescore

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Libre Music Challenge #30: Musescore

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Welcome to the Libre Music Challenge #30, for the month of May 2024.

The deadline for this month's challenge extends one extra day to the end of the weekend, Tuesday 2nd June.

This is a friendly contest where we make music with free (libre) software exclusively. Everyone is welcome to join, at any skill level.
This is a place for learning and sharing knowledge, and an opportunity to explore creativity through limitation.
But most importantly, we just hope it inspires you to make some music!

The challenge for this month is to make a track using Musescore.
https://github.com/musescore/MuseScore
You can use any feature of Musescore. Regarding sounds, you are allowed to use the included MS Basic soundfont, but the new Muse Sounds are not allowed as they are non-free. Musescore also allows you to load other soundfonts, so you can also use any other free soundfont you like.
Musescore 4 is also supposed to load VST3 plugins, so any free plugin is also allowed. But unfortunately this feature seems currently disabled for Linux builds because of some issues.

Happy music making!


Rules

Rules are the same as the previous challenges.

You can find them here for convenience: https://lmc.nyxkn.org/rules
Or here under version control: https://github.com/nyxkn/libre-music-ch ... a/rules.md

Links

Playlists and results of all the events: https://lmc.nyxkn.org/events

Join us on unfa's RocketChat/Discord server! We all hang out on #libre-music-challenge at https://chat.unfa.xyz

And if you'd like to stay up to date with future announcements, there's an RSS feed you can subscribe to: https://lmc.nyxkn.org/rss

Voting

Once the voting period starts, head on over to https://lmc.nyxkn.org/vote to enter your votes.

If you are a participant of this or any previous challenge, you can simply log in with your linuxmusicians username.

If you're not a participant but still want to vote, make your interest known and I'll enable an account for you.

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Re: Libre Music Challenge #30: Musescore

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Here's my submission:

https://soundcloud.com/nyxeles/awakening

For strings orchestra, choir, piano, percussions.

Made with Musescore 4.2. All the sounds are from the built-in MS Basic soundfont.
The audio file was exported as a WAV from Musescore, and then I applied basic mastering for more loudness with a single x42 DPL in Ardour (seems like Musescore export is normalized to -3db). Otherwise the sound is untouched from the Musescore export.

You can find the Musescore project file attached.

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Re: Libre Music Challenge #30: Musescore

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I originally thought I wouldn't have enough time to submit, but I decided to take an hour or so and see if I could make something worth submitting.
What I created was very simple, but I think it's somewhat decent.

Submission Title: I Ode You
Song Files: https://soundcloud.com/trumpetrespas/tr ... al_sharing
Project Files: https://www.mediafire.com/file/qv22u46e ... .mscz/file

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Sound Fonts:
 - FluidR3-GM
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Re: Libre Music Challenge #30: Musescore

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My Submission.

https://archive.org/details/avelho-megatherium_202406

Sound Sources:

I created two .sf2 files to test, they are available along with the project here:

https://archive.org/download/avelho-megatherium

and I also used Full Grand Piano.sf2, Bandoneon.sf2 and TamaRockStar.sf2.

Greetings

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Re: Libre Music Challenge #30: Musescore

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Here is my Submission:
https://soundcloud.com/user-427457255/e ... l-pathways

I just used the basic muse sounds (the soundfont) to make my track. Only other thing is I just added a second of silence with audacity before I uploaded it.
I will include the project file in this post if anyone is interested.

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Re: Libre Music Challenge #30: Musescore

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Voting is now open!

Here's the playlist: https://archive.org/details/libre-music-challenge-30

For the voting, head on over to https://lmc.nyxkn.org/vote. Use your linuxmusicians username to log in. You'll find more instructions on the page.

As usual, on top of voting, you're encouraged to provide feedback on the songs here on the forums!

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Re: Libre Music Challenge #30: Musescore

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@avelhomusic and @trumpetrespas, still missing your votes!

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Re: Libre Music Challenge #30: Musescore

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Voted! Sorry it took me so long.

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Re: Libre Music Challenge #30: Musescore

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Here's some feedback:

@avelhomusic
a cute tune! some really cool musical ideas sprinkled all over. i particularly enjoyed the first half. the transition to the second half felt a bit abrupt. and the intro was confusing. finally i know it can be hard to get consistent sounds out of musescore, but maybe that's the main criticism for your guitar and accordion, where sometimes they sound good and others they've got rather inconsistent tone from note to note.

@LogosCoder
i actually really really liked this composition! so much so that i've spent some time studying over the score, and reviewing the notation to what i feel are more appropriate time and key signatures (attached the project if you're interested!). i think you have some cool harmonies and even cooler rhythmic ideas going on, and it definitely works well to evoke different emotions. i think i maybe get the idea of the sudden outbursts of chords, in relation to the title and emotional changes, but some of them felt a bit out of place. also a bit short overall and would have definitely liked more!

@trumpetrespas
i like the musical ideas here quite a bit! the winds are really nice together, and the last section is particularly cool and unique. overall a bit short for a song, but still feels like a complete thought. i'm not sure how to feel about the drumkit: the winds trio feels like a more orchestral sound, so the drumkit to me feels a bit out of place and maybe something different could have worked better. or no percussion at all!

P.S. It seems like everyone has voted now so I'll post the results soon!

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Re: Libre Music Challenge #30: Musescore

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The event concludes.
And the winner is... @avelhomusic !

1. [13] Avelho
2. [13] nyx eles
3. [10] LogosCoder
4. [9] Trumpetrespas

The scoreboard can also be found on this webpage: https://lmc.nyxkn.org/results/30

For a breakdown of all the votes, see the attached spreadsheet. You can also find the spreadsheet on github

Thanks to everyone for participating! And see you all in the next one :)

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