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    Kevin reacted to Bofur01 in Our Summer 2017 Trip to the UK.   
    I'd say 1 hour for Tintern, maybe 1.5-2 for Caerphilly and 2-2.5 for Caernarvon? And the West Somerset's definitely my favourite!
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    Kevin reacted to #SnowyVernalSpringsEternal in Brexit: The Official Thread   
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/dec/28/dutch-woman-with-two-british-children-told-to-leave-uk-after-24-years?CMP=twt_gu
     
    BREXIT already ruining lives and futures?
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    Kevin got a reaction from Manakin Skywalker in New Composers Challenge - The Artist - The results!   
    Hello everyone,   First of all, I want to thank everyone would participated in this composers challenge. We actually had more entries than with Dear Esther and Mass Effect 2 which is a very gratifying feeling.   I tell you that two of the professional composers (James Peterson and William Stromberg) were unable to review the entries due to professional commitments. However, Alain Mayrand and Vladmir Nikolov.   Before I announce the top three, I want to explain the voting process. People voted each entry out of 10 and then I averaged out the votes per entry to determine the winner. I have also complied all of the reviews and comments that people shared out the each entry so each composer will receive those comments from me shortly after this posting. Note: when you read them, each new number is someone else commenting on it.   It was very close between first and second place with 0.02 a difference between them.   The winner of The Artist Composers Challenge is: Entry 12 - CS_TBL of Filmtracks with an average score of 8.77 out of 10: 
    Second place went to Entry 7 - HowdyDoodle of Reddit with an average score of 8.75 out of 10:
    Third place went to Entry 4 - Sciscitatio of Reddit with an average score of 7.45 out of 10:
      If you did not finish in the top three but want to know where you finished, please contact me personally at composerschallenge at hotmail dot com or my personal email (if you already know it).   I have a few ideas of clips that I want to do for the next composers challenge. The next challenge will start sometime in the new year.   Kevin
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    Kevin got a reaction from Cerebral Cortex in New Composers Challenge - The Artist - The results!   
    Hello everyone,   First of all, I want to thank everyone would participated in this composers challenge. We actually had more entries than with Dear Esther and Mass Effect 2 which is a very gratifying feeling.   I tell you that two of the professional composers (James Peterson and William Stromberg) were unable to review the entries due to professional commitments. However, Alain Mayrand and Vladmir Nikolov.   Before I announce the top three, I want to explain the voting process. People voted each entry out of 10 and then I averaged out the votes per entry to determine the winner. I have also complied all of the reviews and comments that people shared out the each entry so each composer will receive those comments from me shortly after this posting. Note: when you read them, each new number is someone else commenting on it.   It was very close between first and second place with 0.02 a difference between them.   The winner of The Artist Composers Challenge is: Entry 12 - CS_TBL of Filmtracks with an average score of 8.77 out of 10: 
    Second place went to Entry 7 - HowdyDoodle of Reddit with an average score of 8.75 out of 10:
    Third place went to Entry 4 - Sciscitatio of Reddit with an average score of 7.45 out of 10:
      If you did not finish in the top three but want to know where you finished, please contact me personally at composerschallenge at hotmail dot com or my personal email (if you already know it).   I have a few ideas of clips that I want to do for the next composers challenge. The next challenge will start sometime in the new year.   Kevin
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    Kevin got a reaction from Loert in New Composers Challenge - The Artist - The results!   
    Hello everyone,   First of all, I want to thank everyone would participated in this composers challenge. We actually had more entries than with Dear Esther and Mass Effect 2 which is a very gratifying feeling.   I tell you that two of the professional composers (James Peterson and William Stromberg) were unable to review the entries due to professional commitments. However, Alain Mayrand and Vladmir Nikolov.   Before I announce the top three, I want to explain the voting process. People voted each entry out of 10 and then I averaged out the votes per entry to determine the winner. I have also complied all of the reviews and comments that people shared out the each entry so each composer will receive those comments from me shortly after this posting. Note: when you read them, each new number is someone else commenting on it.   It was very close between first and second place with 0.02 a difference between them.   The winner of The Artist Composers Challenge is: Entry 12 - CS_TBL of Filmtracks with an average score of 8.77 out of 10: 
    Second place went to Entry 7 - HowdyDoodle of Reddit with an average score of 8.75 out of 10:
    Third place went to Entry 4 - Sciscitatio of Reddit with an average score of 7.45 out of 10:
      If you did not finish in the top three but want to know where you finished, please contact me personally at composerschallenge at hotmail dot com or my personal email (if you already know it).   I have a few ideas of clips that I want to do for the next composers challenge. The next challenge will start sometime in the new year.   Kevin
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    Kevin reacted to Jilal in New Composers Challenge - The Artist - The results!   
    It's a pity I couldn't contribute, but I've been very occupied with school lately and I've replaced more or less everything in my orchestral template with (far superior) Orchestral Tools libraries, as well as extending my setup with a slave computer running VEP, which cost me only €80 but comes in very handy, to say the least.
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    Kevin got a reaction from Loert in New Composers Challenge - The Artist - The results!   
    Hello everyone,
     
    In the end, it turned out that we have 12 wonderful entries (which is more than the last two composers challenge).
     
    Now that the contest is closed, the voting can begin. Let me be clear, everyone (not just composers) can vote and giving feedback on the entries is highly encouraged. The comments allow each of the composers to learn from this experience.
     
    For voting, you rate each entry out of 10 (one being the worst and ten being the best). At the end, the votes will be added up and the top three will be announced.
    Composers who entered this contest: You cannot vote for your own entry.
     
    Here is the playlist:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZTxpL6wfPQrOtsNIN8WMD5zPG0qhHsVy
     
    These clips have been labelled for the purposes of anonymity. If you entered the contest or if you know someone who entered the contest, please do not name the entry in question or name the composer in question.
     
    The deadline for voting will be November 27th. That gives you two weeks to listen to the clips and vote. I know that there are a lot of entries but if you do one or two a day, then it becomes easier.
     
    If you have any questions, please contact me at composerschallenge at hotmail dot com.
     
    Kevin
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    Kevin got a reaction from Melange in The Photography Thread   
    Started with this on a foggy morning (no filters - shot on a Samsung s7 phone)

     
    I thought I would play with filters for the first time. While I really like the original photo above, I thought it would be cool to turn the photo into apocalyptic moment (like the Rapture was coming or something like that).

     
    Please give comments on what you think of them.
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    Kevin reacted to KK in The Photography Thread   
    Cool shot Kevin! First one has a very Emanuel Lubezki vibe to it.
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    Kevin got a reaction from Cerebral Cortex in New Composers Challenge - The Artist - The results!   
    's two weeks left until the deadline, plenty of time to sign and write! There's two weeks left until the deadline, plenty of time to sign and write!
     
    Remember if you enter, you will receive feedback from professional composers:
    1) William Stromberg - Composer best known for Trinty & Beyond and Starship Troopers 2 and Master of Re-recordings.
    2) Alain Mayrand - Composer best known for The Legend of Silk Boy and Orchestrator/Conductor of Elysium.
    3) James Peterson - Composer best known for The Red Canvas (with its 12 minute Ballet for Brawlers cue).
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    Kevin reacted to Jilal in New Composers Challenge - The Artist - The results!   
    How exciting! I'm not sure if I have the chops, but I'll at least try and participate. In fact ... I've already begun.
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    Kevin got a reaction from Will in New Composers Challenge - The Artist - The results!   
    Hello everyone,
     
    With the last Composers Challenge using an action clip from the award winning game 'Mass Effect 2', I thought that the next Composers Challenge should take us into another realm.
     
    The Artist is an Oscar winning silent film which follows the life of an actor in the silent film era. Ludovic Bource wrote an Oscar winning score for the movie.
     
    The 3 minute scene is from the dramatic climax of the movie where the actor is down in the dumps because, faced with the ultimate choice in life and his love interest is desperately trying to find him:
     
    I thought that this clip would be a good choice because we have not had drama as yet and drama is an important genre to master. You could take any approach to this, don't feel like there is only way to do this; you could make it sound like a musical score from that time period or you could make it more modern sounding (since the emotion is timeless).
     
    What is different about this challenge is that there will be professions from the film music industry reviewing the entries in addition to the contestants own:
    1) William Stromberg - Composer best known for Trinty & Beyond and Starship Troopers 2 and Master of Re-recordings.
    2) Alain Mayrand - Composer best known for The Legend of Silk Boy and Orchestrator/Conductor of Elysium.
    3) Vladimir Nikolov - Orchestrator who worked on The Artist.
     
    Also a couple International Film Music Critics Association members will also be commenting on the entries.
     
    The deadline for this challenge is November 12th. Either the composers can:
    a) upload their own entries to YouTube (but unlisted) and send me the link so I can make a playlist.
    b) send me the music file (through a file sharing website), tell me where the music goes, and I can do it myself. The music file should be MP3 or equivalent.
     
    It is important that the entries be anonymous. The identity of the composer videos will be announced after the voting has finished.
    In regards to the voting, the composers, or anyone else who wants, will submit their votes/rankings by rating each entry out of 10. The votes will be averaged out of 10 and the top three will be announced.
     
    Everyone will receive reviews on their efforts (either from other composers, members of the community or myself included). The composers of the challenge are requested to give a short review of the other works. If anyone who finishes outside of the top three wants to know how they did, then contact me. If anyone not participating in the challenge wants to be a reviewer, you are more than welcome to.
     
    The prize for winning the Composers Challenge would be either one of the following (depending on the winner's preference):
    a) A CD paid for by me shipped to the winner's address
    b) A cash equivalent (up to $25-30 Canadian (exchange rates pending).
     
    If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please contact me at composerschallenge at hotmail dot com.
     
    Best of luck to everyone and have fun!
     
    Kevin
     
    PS: I forgot to mention that anyone who directly plagiarizes from The Artist score (even if the music was not used in the movie) will be disqualified. Use your own voice, not someone else's.
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    Kevin got a reaction from Loert in New Composers Challenge - The Artist - The results!   
    Hello everyone,
     
    With the last Composers Challenge using an action clip from the award winning game 'Mass Effect 2', I thought that the next Composers Challenge should take us into another realm.
     
    The Artist is an Oscar winning silent film which follows the life of an actor in the silent film era. Ludovic Bource wrote an Oscar winning score for the movie.
     
    The 3 minute scene is from the dramatic climax of the movie where the actor is down in the dumps because, faced with the ultimate choice in life and his love interest is desperately trying to find him:
     
    I thought that this clip would be a good choice because we have not had drama as yet and drama is an important genre to master. You could take any approach to this, don't feel like there is only way to do this; you could make it sound like a musical score from that time period or you could make it more modern sounding (since the emotion is timeless).
     
    What is different about this challenge is that there will be professions from the film music industry reviewing the entries in addition to the contestants own:
    1) William Stromberg - Composer best known for Trinty & Beyond and Starship Troopers 2 and Master of Re-recordings.
    2) Alain Mayrand - Composer best known for The Legend of Silk Boy and Orchestrator/Conductor of Elysium.
    3) Vladimir Nikolov - Orchestrator who worked on The Artist.
     
    Also a couple International Film Music Critics Association members will also be commenting on the entries.
     
    The deadline for this challenge is November 12th. Either the composers can:
    a) upload their own entries to YouTube (but unlisted) and send me the link so I can make a playlist.
    b) send me the music file (through a file sharing website), tell me where the music goes, and I can do it myself. The music file should be MP3 or equivalent.
     
    It is important that the entries be anonymous. The identity of the composer videos will be announced after the voting has finished.
    In regards to the voting, the composers, or anyone else who wants, will submit their votes/rankings by rating each entry out of 10. The votes will be averaged out of 10 and the top three will be announced.
     
    Everyone will receive reviews on their efforts (either from other composers, members of the community or myself included). The composers of the challenge are requested to give a short review of the other works. If anyone who finishes outside of the top three wants to know how they did, then contact me. If anyone not participating in the challenge wants to be a reviewer, you are more than welcome to.
     
    The prize for winning the Composers Challenge would be either one of the following (depending on the winner's preference):
    a) A CD paid for by me shipped to the winner's address
    b) A cash equivalent (up to $25-30 Canadian (exchange rates pending).
     
    If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please contact me at composerschallenge at hotmail dot com.
     
    Best of luck to everyone and have fun!
     
    Kevin
     
    PS: I forgot to mention that anyone who directly plagiarizes from The Artist score (even if the music was not used in the movie) will be disqualified. Use your own voice, not someone else's.
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    Kevin got a reaction from Jilal in New Composers Challenge - The Artist - The results!   
    Hello everyone,
     
    With the last Composers Challenge using an action clip from the award winning game 'Mass Effect 2', I thought that the next Composers Challenge should take us into another realm.
     
    The Artist is an Oscar winning silent film which follows the life of an actor in the silent film era. Ludovic Bource wrote an Oscar winning score for the movie.
     
    The 3 minute scene is from the dramatic climax of the movie where the actor is down in the dumps because, faced with the ultimate choice in life and his love interest is desperately trying to find him:
     
    I thought that this clip would be a good choice because we have not had drama as yet and drama is an important genre to master. You could take any approach to this, don't feel like there is only way to do this; you could make it sound like a musical score from that time period or you could make it more modern sounding (since the emotion is timeless).
     
    What is different about this challenge is that there will be professions from the film music industry reviewing the entries in addition to the contestants own:
    1) William Stromberg - Composer best known for Trinty & Beyond and Starship Troopers 2 and Master of Re-recordings.
    2) Alain Mayrand - Composer best known for The Legend of Silk Boy and Orchestrator/Conductor of Elysium.
    3) Vladimir Nikolov - Orchestrator who worked on The Artist.
     
    Also a couple International Film Music Critics Association members will also be commenting on the entries.
     
    The deadline for this challenge is November 12th. Either the composers can:
    a) upload their own entries to YouTube (but unlisted) and send me the link so I can make a playlist.
    b) send me the music file (through a file sharing website), tell me where the music goes, and I can do it myself. The music file should be MP3 or equivalent.
     
    It is important that the entries be anonymous. The identity of the composer videos will be announced after the voting has finished.
    In regards to the voting, the composers, or anyone else who wants, will submit their votes/rankings by rating each entry out of 10. The votes will be averaged out of 10 and the top three will be announced.
     
    Everyone will receive reviews on their efforts (either from other composers, members of the community or myself included). The composers of the challenge are requested to give a short review of the other works. If anyone who finishes outside of the top three wants to know how they did, then contact me. If anyone not participating in the challenge wants to be a reviewer, you are more than welcome to.
     
    The prize for winning the Composers Challenge would be either one of the following (depending on the winner's preference):
    a) A CD paid for by me shipped to the winner's address
    b) A cash equivalent (up to $25-30 Canadian (exchange rates pending).
     
    If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please contact me at composerschallenge at hotmail dot com.
     
    Best of luck to everyone and have fun!
     
    Kevin
     
    PS: I forgot to mention that anyone who directly plagiarizes from The Artist score (even if the music was not used in the movie) will be disqualified. Use your own voice, not someone else's.
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    Kevin got a reaction from Cerebral Cortex in New Composers Challenge - The Artist - The results!   
    Hello everyone,
     
    With the last Composers Challenge using an action clip from the award winning game 'Mass Effect 2', I thought that the next Composers Challenge should take us into another realm.
     
    The Artist is an Oscar winning silent film which follows the life of an actor in the silent film era. Ludovic Bource wrote an Oscar winning score for the movie.
     
    The 3 minute scene is from the dramatic climax of the movie where the actor is down in the dumps because, faced with the ultimate choice in life and his love interest is desperately trying to find him:
     
    I thought that this clip would be a good choice because we have not had drama as yet and drama is an important genre to master. You could take any approach to this, don't feel like there is only way to do this; you could make it sound like a musical score from that time period or you could make it more modern sounding (since the emotion is timeless).
     
    What is different about this challenge is that there will be professions from the film music industry reviewing the entries in addition to the contestants own:
    1) William Stromberg - Composer best known for Trinty & Beyond and Starship Troopers 2 and Master of Re-recordings.
    2) Alain Mayrand - Composer best known for The Legend of Silk Boy and Orchestrator/Conductor of Elysium.
    3) Vladimir Nikolov - Orchestrator who worked on The Artist.
     
    Also a couple International Film Music Critics Association members will also be commenting on the entries.
     
    The deadline for this challenge is November 12th. Either the composers can:
    a) upload their own entries to YouTube (but unlisted) and send me the link so I can make a playlist.
    b) send me the music file (through a file sharing website), tell me where the music goes, and I can do it myself. The music file should be MP3 or equivalent.
     
    It is important that the entries be anonymous. The identity of the composer videos will be announced after the voting has finished.
    In regards to the voting, the composers, or anyone else who wants, will submit their votes/rankings by rating each entry out of 10. The votes will be averaged out of 10 and the top three will be announced.
     
    Everyone will receive reviews on their efforts (either from other composers, members of the community or myself included). The composers of the challenge are requested to give a short review of the other works. If anyone who finishes outside of the top three wants to know how they did, then contact me. If anyone not participating in the challenge wants to be a reviewer, you are more than welcome to.
     
    The prize for winning the Composers Challenge would be either one of the following (depending on the winner's preference):
    a) A CD paid for by me shipped to the winner's address
    b) A cash equivalent (up to $25-30 Canadian (exchange rates pending).
     
    If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please contact me at composerschallenge at hotmail dot com.
     
    Best of luck to everyone and have fun!
     
    Kevin
     
    PS: I forgot to mention that anyone who directly plagiarizes from The Artist score (even if the music was not used in the movie) will be disqualified. Use your own voice, not someone else's.
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    Kevin got a reaction from Manakin Skywalker in Mass Effect 2 Composers Challenge - The Results Are In! A JWFAN 1-2!   
    Not bad for a first time from either of you.
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    Kevin got a reaction from Cerebral Cortex in Mass Effect 2 Composers Challenge - The Results Are In! A JWFAN 1-2!   
    Not bad for a first time from either of you.
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    Kevin got a reaction from Cerebral Cortex in Mass Effect 2 Composers Challenge - The Results Are In! A JWFAN 1-2!   
    Hello everyone,
     
    First of all, I want to thank everyone would participated in this composers challenge. We actually had more entries than with Dear Esther (even though the Mass Effect 2 was six minutes long!). That is very gratifying to see.
     
    Before I announce the top three, I want to explain the voting process. People voted each entry out of 10 and then I averaged out the votes per entry to determine the winner. I have also complied all of the reviews and comments that people shared out the each entry so each composer will receive those comments from me shortly after this posting. Note: when you read them, each new number is someone else commenting on it.
     
    Anyway, onto the results!
     
    The winner of the Mass Effect 2 Composers Challenge is:
    Entry 8 - Loert from the JWFan Message Board
     
    Loert scored an average of 7.91 out of 10.
     
    Second place went to Entry 1 - Manikin Skywalker from the JWFan Message Board
     
    Manikin scored an average of 7.36 out of 10.
     
    Third place went to Entry 2 - Alex (SkyLynx of the Filmtracks ScoreBoard)
     
    Alex scored an average of 7.18 out of 10.
     
    Congratulations to Loert for winning and Manikin and Alex for finishing in the top three.
     
    If you did not finish in the top three but want to know where you finished, please contact me personally at composerschallenge at hotmail dot com or my personal email (if you already know it).
     
    I have a few ideas of clips that I want to do for the next composers challenge. The next clip WILL BE shorter I promise than the one used for this challenge.
     
    Kevin
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    Kevin reacted to Manakin Skywalker in Mass Effect 2 Composers Challenge - The Results Are In! A JWFAN 1-2!   
    Congrats!! And wow I got 2nd place?!
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    Kevin reacted to Will in Mass Effect 2 Composers Challenge - The Results Are In! A JWFAN 1-2!   
    Congrats @loert!
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    Kevin reacted to Loert in Mass Effect 2 Composers Challenge - The Results Are In! A JWFAN 1-2!   
    Yikes! Crikey! Wow!
     
    Thank you so much to everybody who voted, and for all the constructive feedback. So flattered to have won. Congratulations to Manikin and Alex for 2nd and 3rd place as well!
     
    For what it's worth, I posted the audio track on Soundcloud, in case anybody is interested in having a listen.
     
     
    Once again, thank you everyone for all the votes and comments. It truly means a lot!
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    Kevin got a reaction from Loert in Mass Effect 2 Composers Challenge - The Results Are In! A JWFAN 1-2!   
    Hello everyone,
     
    First of all, I want to thank everyone would participated in this composers challenge. We actually had more entries than with Dear Esther (even though the Mass Effect 2 was six minutes long!). That is very gratifying to see.
     
    Before I announce the top three, I want to explain the voting process. People voted each entry out of 10 and then I averaged out the votes per entry to determine the winner. I have also complied all of the reviews and comments that people shared out the each entry so each composer will receive those comments from me shortly after this posting. Note: when you read them, each new number is someone else commenting on it.
     
    Anyway, onto the results!
     
    The winner of the Mass Effect 2 Composers Challenge is:
    Entry 8 - Loert from the JWFan Message Board
     
    Loert scored an average of 7.91 out of 10.
     
    Second place went to Entry 1 - Manikin Skywalker from the JWFan Message Board
     
    Manikin scored an average of 7.36 out of 10.
     
    Third place went to Entry 2 - Alex (SkyLynx of the Filmtracks ScoreBoard)
     
    Alex scored an average of 7.18 out of 10.
     
    Congratulations to Loert for winning and Manikin and Alex for finishing in the top three.
     
    If you did not finish in the top three but want to know where you finished, please contact me personally at composerschallenge at hotmail dot com or my personal email (if you already know it).
     
    I have a few ideas of clips that I want to do for the next composers challenge. The next clip WILL BE shorter I promise than the one used for this challenge.
     
    Kevin
  23. Like
    Kevin got a reaction from Sharkissimo in Mass Effect 2 Composers Challenge - The Results Are In! A JWFAN 1-2!   
    Hello everyone,
     
    In the end, it turned out that we have 9 wonderful entries (almost the same as last time but this clip was longer).
     
    Now that the contest is closed, the voting can begin. Let me be clear, everyone (not just composers) can vote and giving feedback on the entries is highly encouraged. The comments allow each of the composers to learn from this experience.
     
    For voting, you rate each entry out of 10 (one being the worst and ten being the best). At the end, the votes will be added up and the top three will be announced.
     
    Composers who entered this contest: You cannot vote for your own entry.
     
    Here is the playlist:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZTxpL6wfPQoZWjl9-wAAUiqxsG-PgKIK
     
    These clips have been labelled for the purposes of anonymity. If you entered the contest or if you know someone who entered the contest, please do not name the entry in question or name the composer in question.
     
    The deadline for voting will be August 19th. That gives you two weeks to listen to the clips and vote.
     
    If you have any questions, please contact me at composerschallenge at hotmail dot com.
     
    Kevin
  24. Like
    Kevin got a reaction from Loert in Mass Effect 2 Composers Challenge - The Results Are In! A JWFAN 1-2!   
    Hello everyone,
     
    In the end, it turned out that we have 9 wonderful entries (almost the same as last time but this clip was longer).
     
    Now that the contest is closed, the voting can begin. Let me be clear, everyone (not just composers) can vote and giving feedback on the entries is highly encouraged. The comments allow each of the composers to learn from this experience.
     
    For voting, you rate each entry out of 10 (one being the worst and ten being the best). At the end, the votes will be added up and the top three will be announced.
     
    Composers who entered this contest: You cannot vote for your own entry.
     
    Here is the playlist:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZTxpL6wfPQoZWjl9-wAAUiqxsG-PgKIK
     
    These clips have been labelled for the purposes of anonymity. If you entered the contest or if you know someone who entered the contest, please do not name the entry in question or name the composer in question.
     
    The deadline for voting will be August 19th. That gives you two weeks to listen to the clips and vote.
     
    If you have any questions, please contact me at composerschallenge at hotmail dot com.
     
    Kevin
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    Kevin reacted to Will in Brexit: The Official Thread   
    I think people have forgotten. 
     
    They've forgotten what it took to create this unity, peace, and prosperity among Western nations on the Continent and across the Atlantic. 
     
    What it took was British, French, and American men and women not too different from us, fighting with our other allies, too numerous to name, in the most devastating war ever, the second World War.
     
    While some of our allies did not possess the same motives, the British, French, Americans, and many others were fighting for democracy, human rights, and a better world for future generations. 
     
    The U.S. lost more than 400,000 soldiers during that war. Britain nearly that many. France more than 200,000. 
     
    After it was over and victory had been won for the Allied powers, at an immense cost, many Western nations enjoyed a time of peace and prosperity, spurred by a great cooperation between nations on both sides of the Atlantic. One example of this important cooperation was NATO. After the fall of the Soviet Union, more European countries began to seek unity, and the European Union was created. Nations like Germany fully joined in on the peace and prosperity. 
     
    While there have been some hard times, this general peace and prosperity has continued.
     
    It is starting to crumble, little by little. 
     
    The immensely unfortunate decision by the United Kingdom Thursday quickened this process. It was yet another signal that people don't remember what it took to achieve the current order. Many of us, including myself, basically take this order for granted. And that's what made it so easy for UK citizens to vote away their membership in the EU yesterday. 
     
    People don't realize how much cooperation has done for Western nations.
     
    This was a hard fought peace and prosperity. It should be valued, and we must remember that it was this great cooperation that allowed Western nations to flourish.
     
    While nothing can be done about the so-called Brexit that damaged the important relationship between Western nations, this relationship still stands strong. Everyone can play their part in keeping it that way. 
     
    Americans must not vote Donald Trump into the presidential office, as his foreign policy is largely isolationist and he supported the Brexit. Americans must vote for someone who believes strongly in good economic and military relations with European nations and in keeping the EU and NATO strong. 
     
    Remember that closing all U.S. foreign military bases (as U.S. Green Party candidate Jill Stein has proposed) or shutting down NATO, or of course leaving the EU, something for Europeans to think about as other nations ponder exits, are not the ways forward.
     
    Remember how Western nations won relative paradise through the sacrifices millions made, and do everything you can not to throw it away because of fears about Muslim immigrants or whatever the hell people are scared of. 
     
    A schism in Western relations will only make Russia and China stronger, and the West weaker.
     
    We need connectivity in the West, not isolationism. 
     
    Otherwise it all comes crashing down -- a process that has already begun. 
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