Sound Collage Contest 4

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
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Grand Prize

Ableton Suite 8 and Novation Launch Pad

  • Ableton Suite  or $500 towards Ableton products
  • Max for Live
  • A Novation Launchpad
Second Place

Ableton Live 8

  • Ableton Live or $300 towards Ableton Products
  • Max for Live
Third Place

Ableton Live Intro

  • Ableton Live Intro or $150 towards Ableton products
 

CONCEPT:
Contestants will create a musical composition by combining and manipulating provided audio samples.

ELIGIBILITY:
Currently enrolled Berklee students only. Work-study students affiliated with the Learning Center are not eligible to participate.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:
Thursday, February 24th 11:45PM at the Learning Center - ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS, DON'T EVEN ASK - IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR PIECE ON TIME

REGULATIONS:
We have provided multiple audio samples of which 5 or more must be at least partially used somewhere in your composition. You can tweak, reverse, or mangle them as much as you like. Your piece can be any genre or style, using any instruments or electronic elements you see fit, and must be no longer than 3 minutes in length. It will be judged on three components:
• Creativity in your use of the samples
• Quality of your recording & adherence to regulations
• Musicality

CONTEST SUPPORT
The Learning Center will have a number of music technology related forum topics and software-training sessions to help you learn the tools to craft your Sound Collage. We also have one-to-one software tutoring support available. Check our site at http://learningcenter.berklee.edu for more information

SUBMISSION FORMAT:
Your piece on a clearly labeled data or audio CD, and an entry form in a sealed envelope.

SOUND COLLAGE CONTEST SHOWCASE:
Tuesday, March 8th 6:00PM in the Media Center
• Winners will be announced and prizes awarded
• More details to be announced

Get on the Sound Collage Contest e-mailing list below.

Contest samples recorded at Berklee and around Boston. Special Thanks to Dave Hill from Ableton, Claire Steger from the EPD Department, and to Scott Mabuchi, Joe James, and Tarik Monsanto-Mahrour from the MP&E Department.
 

1: Grand Prize Winner Photo

Paul Sefchovich Sissa

  • Ableton Suite  or $500 towards Ableton products
  • Max for Live
  • A Novation Launchpad

Ableton Suite 8 and Novation Launch Pad

3: Third Prize Winner Photo

Javon Flax

  • Ableton Live Intro or $150 towards Ableton products

Ableton Live Intro

2: Second Place Winner Photo

Cameron Roe

  • Ableton Live or $300 towards Ableton Products
  • Max for Live

Ableton Live 8

4,5,6,7: Finalist Photo

(from left to right) Cameron Roe, Paul Batchelor, Tyler Larson, Javon Flax, Axel Klimek, Paul Sefchovich Sissa. (Not Shown: Bryce Quinn)

The 4th annual Sound Collage Contest was a success! With 33 entries, there were some phenomenal pieces, many of which were well-deserving of winning the grand prize. The showcase event, MC'ed by Learning Center Training Coordinator Chris Fitzgerald, featured a premiere of the seven finalists' pieces and comments from each. We created the contest to provide students with an educational and creative opportunity to use their laptops and software. For the contest, we asked them to create a composition based around audio samples that we recorded and provided. Special thanks to Scott Mabuchi and Joe James of the MP&E department for use of the studios, and to Claire Steger and the EPD department for use of the portable stereo recorder.

The contestants pieces went before a screening panel, and were scored on the creative use of our provided samples, the musicality and production quality of their piece. The top 7 scoring pieces became our finalists, and were passed on to the judging panel.

This year's judging panel included Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live drummer), Dennis DeSantis (NYC Composer & Sound Designer), Dave Hill Jr. (Managerial Director of Ableton Inc.), Kurt Biederwolf (EP&D Chair, Berklee College of Music), and Fernando Monroy Vera (Sound Collage Contest 3 Winner).

Our winners this year are Paul Sefchovich Sissa in 1st (winning Ableton Suite, Max for Live and a Launchpad by Novation), Cameron Roe in 2nd (winning Ableton Live and Max for Live) and Javon Flax in 3rd (winning Ableton Live Intro). The other 4 finalists are Paul Batchelor, Tyler Larson, Bryce Quinn, and Axel Klimek. Special thanks to our contest sponsors Ableton and Novation, to our screeners and judging panel, and to the MP&E and EPD departments. Take a listen to the winning pieces below.

A very special thanks to Dave Hill, Dennis DeSantis, Charles Hillel and the folks at Ableton, and Miriam Wiener at Focusrite Novation for sponsoring the contest, and providing the prizes.