Every time you turn around, someone else is holding some sort of promotional music contest. But this week, we have not one but three contests I think will really appeal to CDM readers — and I’m especially eager to hear what results you might submit.

Guitar Rig action shot, by way of Felix E. Guerrero.

Guitar Rig Hero is a huge contest with some big prizes. Native Instruments notes that users were already, without prompting, posting Guitar Rig videos to YouTube. So, they’ve put together a jury to properly judge the best possible contributions, with jurors including the likes of the Deftones, Dweezil Zappa (yes, the offspring of Frank Zappa), and (one of my personal favorites) Mogwai. Prizes: a quad-core Fujitsu-Siemens laptop, NI software, and (non-software) guitars from Gibson.

NI says participants are “asked to capture a video of their most original and spectacular performance using GUITAR RIG 3, without any sonic or artistic limitations applying.” What’s interesting is that not all the entries are using guitars — there’s already an interesting experimental entry with violin and Guitar Rig, and I suspect if we unleash some of the CDM community on this contest, there will be more.

You don’t have to own Guitar Rig 3 to participate; the demo version will work (and then you can try to, you know, win the full version). The contest ends September 30.

I’ve run synths, keyboards, and even sitar through Guitar Rig, so I’m interested to hear what other not-guitars you can come up with.

Guitar Rig Hero Contest Page @ NI

Guitar Rig Contest YouTube Channel (with various videos up already)

Audion live on laptop, by nudevinyl.

Matthew Dear, performing as Audion, is coming to Minitek in New York this weekend, and we know from reader feedback that you’d like us to talk to him. (Yes, some of the endless minimal entries in Minitek, true to the festival’s name, start to blur together, but Matthew to me is someone really musically special.)

As it happens, among Beatport’s regular contests, there’s an Audion remix contest for “Billy Says Go.” Downloads started this week, and you can submit through the end of the month. This is public voting as opposed to juried voting, but since I know there are some Audion fans out there, let us know if you do something nice. Prizes: Traktor Scratch, $100 Beatport gift card, and a grab bag of Beatport swag. Those of you trash talking Richie Hawtin, maybe this is your chance to show us your skills.

Audion Remix Competition @ Beatportal

Sonoma’s RiffWorks software and accompanying community is apparently popular among readers here, so it seems worth passing this along. The RiffWorks site is awarding RiffWorld.com community members IK Multimedia software and other downloads and goodies. That in itself isn’t that interesting, but what is a bit different about this particular competition is that you can collaborate on entries; if you decide not to go solo, you can invite up to three other people to work with you. I still prefer collaborating in person rather than online, but I’ll be interested to hear how collaboration is working out for people. (Naturally, the reason they’re emphasizing this is to promote the collaboration features of the site — but you’re the best judge of how that works.)

RiffRumble 12

Seriously, do let us know if you choose to participate in these contests, or if there are other online communities you’re working on; we’d love to know. I imagine running this means a dozen PR folks will be breathing down my neck tomorrow with other contests, but these do seem up the CDM alley and … well, for the rest, that’s what the “mute conversation” feature in Gmail is for. Enjoy!

  • I am the guy who appears in the video in the guitar rig contest playing that thing close to a violin (although it's not a violin, but a viola, once it is a but larger, tunes a 5th lower and has some different technical issues), and I am processing my instrument with a patch that I've designed in max 5 to control guitar rig 3 parameters through an attack tracking of an analyzer object. Has most of you guys here in this blog that I read daily deal with instruments of electronic music, and also max 5 and guitar rig 3, I would suggest you to take a look to my video which I leave the link here


    if you're interested I can also put the code of the patch I created in max in here so that you can take a look, and eventually discuss it

  • ed

    Not sure if it makes a huge difference, but the audion contest counts public votes only in selecting 5 of the 10 finalists; the other 5 and the eventual winners are chosen by Beatport and Spectral Sound respectively.

  • If only there was a simple way to control all of those synthesis parameters from the viola…

  • As a lover or remix contests, I have always hoped that more bands would host them. Traditionally, only the bigger artists have been able to pull this off. So, to help all the smaller and emerging artists host a remix contest, there's a new widget that we've developed called the Remix Wizard. Any band can grab and customize the widget, and let fans make remixes either by downloading stems or making remixes in the widget's online sequencer. Now, everybody can get involved, and when remixes are finished, they're published to the widget for others to play, vote on, and share! It's free for any artist to grab at remixwizard.mixmatchmusic.com

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