Korg USA Launches ‘Micro Masterpiece’ Contest

Korg Microkorg XL+No fooling: Korg USA has announced a micro-themed giveaway. They’re asking for musicians to showcase their talents to win their pick of a Korg MS-20 Mini, a Korg RK-100S or one of the three members of the Korg Volca series: the Volca Beats, Volca Keys or Volca Bass.

The “Micro Masterpiece” contest runs today through April 30, 2014. To enter, US residents over age 18 can upload an original video performance onto YouTube consisting exclusively of sounds from their MicroKorg, MicroKorgXL and/or MicroKorgXL+ in any combination or singular use. Entrants may also incorporate audio and MIDI recording/looping products to expand the musical and creative possibilities.

Each musical entry will be rated by a panel of judges in each of the following criteria: originality (25%), humor (25%), creativity (25%) and entertainment value (25%). The individual with the highest percentage “score” will be named the winner and will be notified via email. For specific entry instructions and information regarding official rules and conditions, please visit the Korg promotions page.

Propellerhead Video Challenge: Create a Song From Scratch

propellerhead-record-softwarePropellerhead Software is holding a contest: they are asking songwriters to submit a video tutorial (via YouTube), no more than 5 minutes in length, showing how you create a song from scratch.

The winner’s video gets featured on the Propellerhead site. Deadline is March 25, 2014.

Rules and more information are at this link.

Novation Celebrates With ‘Heritage’ Movie, Sample Pack and Gear Giveaway Contest

Today synth maker Novation  announced three new goodies that celebrate the company’s heritage: a short film, a free sample pack, and a synth giveaway contest.

Movie: First, they’ve just today debuted a short film (above) that explores Novation’s heritage. (Well worth watching, if only to glimpse synth designer Chris Huggett’s workshop).

Sample Pack: Next, the company has also announced a free sample pack comprising over 800MB of loops, single hits, multi-sampled patches, and drum kits from its classic and “modern classic” synths. Continue reading

Steve Reich Swag Giveaway

Classical music publishing company Boosey and Hawkes is holding a contest to “ring in” the November 16 all-Steve Reich concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).

Steve Reich is a composer in the classical tradition that helped pioneer electroacoustic music, music as a gradual process and musical minimalism.

The first prize winner will receive the Alarm Will Sound (performing in the video, above) recording of Tehillim / The Desert Music, plus a Drumming mug and Music for 18 Musicians t-shirt. The second prize winner will receive a Drumming mug and Music for 18 Musicians t-shirt. Continue reading

Moogfest / Moog Music Circuit-Bending Challenge: Batteries Required

speak-and-spellMoogfest and Moog Music have announced the fourth annual Moog Circuit Bending Challenge, in conjunction with Moogfest 2014.

For this year’s circuit bending contest, entrants are challenged to take a battery-powered device and modify (“circuit bend”) it into a winning instrument capable of creating “new and unique” sounds — for a total budget of $70 or less.

Speaking of winners, here’s the lineup of prizes for the circuit-bending contest: Continue reading

Mountain Oasis VIP Pass Contest

mountain-oasis-music-summitTHUMP is holding a contest with a pretty sweet prize: two VIP tickets for the sold-out Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, along with hotel accommodations.

The music festival will be October 25 – 27 in Asheville, NC. The 50+ festival acts range from Gary Numan and Nine Inch Nails and Bassnectar to Tara Busch and Big Black Delta and Autre Ne Veut.

The contest entry deadline is October 9. You can enter the contest here.

For more on the genesis of the Mountain Oasis festival, check our archives. Moogfest is still happening in Asheville, next spring, under new auspices.

Korg Wants To Give Your Home Studio An Extravagant Makeover

KronosX_Studio_ContestToday Korg USA announced the “KronosX Studio Makeover Contest*.

One contestant will win a complete, over-the-top home studio prize package, featuring Korg’s KronosX Music Workstation and a full suite of gear that includes new monitors, studio furniture, software, headphones and even acoustic room treatment.

The prize package includes gear from PreSonus, Neumann, Dynaudio, Audio-Technica, Mogami, On-Stage and Auralex.

All you have to do is film a short video – terrible video phone footage will do – and show them why your studio needs an upgrade.

Here are the details: Continue reading