The judges this time where a highly accomplished bunch in premium media.
They included an Oscar nominated film score orchestrator, Chris Boardman (one of my favorite film orchestrators too!), and there were also multiple Hollywood movie composers, premium trailers & video games composers, and professional educators!
My award-winning track was a “Stage 2” track, meaning it had to be at least somewhat based on an original theme by someone else (“stage 1”).
(I also submitted six “Stage 1” solo piano themes myself.)
Even though I didn’t win any grand prize this time, the competition was steep, with over 2000 submissions in total.
The “Honorable Mention” awards were granted to me and 20 other participants, so I guess I belong to the 1 percent now(?) ^^
So I’m pretty satisfied with the results, even more so since I didn’t spend a ton of time on it.
Half of the work was research on the title topic combined with the allegorical musical symbolism I put in it, although I think the overall production quality was ok too. And I composed very fast for this.
For my “Age of Methuselah” submission, I know it was a little bit sparse, partly because of the choice to keep the original solo strings, so I didn’t spend as much time with the Embertone Sample library elements as some of the grander prize winners.
Oh, but since it came with a 25% off Embertone’s products award, it’s “Award winning” for the second time in 2017.
Thanks again, Embertone, and all the highly accomplished judges & staff members of the Stranger Themes contest!
Thank you for your interest in my art!