TI:ME 2022 Composition Festival

TI:ME is pleased to announce the 2022 Music Technology Composition Festival. The festival is open to music students of all ages. Prizes will be awarded for the top entries in the categories by age group with one grand prize to be awarded to the overall best entry. Prizes will include gift cards to Sweetwater Music. There is no entry fee, but students or their teachers must be a TI:ME member.

Deadline: May 15, 2022. Late submission will not be accepted

Contest Details

The contest is open to students in grades PK-12, and to those in college. Submissions will be judged by category, by grade group. 

Age Groups
Elementary (Grade 6 and below)
Middle School (Grades 7-8)
High School (Grades 9-12)
College – Undergraduate 
College – Graduate

Students will submit a project conforming to one of the categories listed below. 

In addition, each entry must include a written description of your creative process. How did you start creating the project (what was your influence or impetus?) What process did you go through to create the work? What did you learn during the process of creating your project? (maximum 500 words)

Original Composition – DAW

Original compositions for any combination of electronic instruments and/or other instrument(s)/voices, and produced using digital audio workstation software (DAW). Compositions should demonstrate skill in production and using DAW software. Projects incorporating use of prerecorded loops will not be considered in this category. Entries will be
submitted as mp3 audio files (160 kbps minimum)

Original Composition – Notation

Original compositions for any combination of electronic instruments and/or other instrument(s)/voices, and
produced using notation software (DAW). Compositions should should demonstrate skill using notation software. Submissions should include a score (PDF) and audio realization (mp3, 128 kbps minimum)

Covers, Remixes & Loop-Based Projects

Arrangements/recordings of pre-existing songs, song samples and projects incorporating a combination of original material and pre-recorded loops. Projects should demonstrate originality and creative use of technology and skills in mixing and production. Entries will be submitted as mp3 audio files (160 kbps minimum)

Multimedia

Works demonstrating the convergence of music with more than one discipline, which may include art/photography, video, broadcast journalism, digital storytelling or other media. Works need not be original compositions, but should reflect the creative use of technology and demonstrate skill in integrating media. Entries will be submitted as a video demonstration (mp4).

Applied Technology

Distinctive projects that utilize technology for a specific purpose. Works may include the creation of new electronic musical instruments, interactive music systems, software projects to aid in composition, performance, and music instruction, and more. Entries will be submitted as a video demonstration (mp4).

Evaluation

The contests are judged by experts in music technology and composition. Entries will be evaluated on musical content, technical proficiency, creativity, and reflection

All decisions by TI:ME are final. Judges will select a winner for each category and age group, as well as one overall winner. Additional recognition may be given where appropriate.

To Submit your Project

There are no fees for entering the composition contest. In order to enter, however, either the student or the student’s teacher must be a member of TI:ME. Visit https://www.ti-me.org to join. 

Complete the form below. You will need to provide shared links to your project files and description

1. Upload your files to a cloud-based storage site such as Google Drive or Dropbox.
2. Right click on each file and get the Link. Sharing must be turned on.
3. Files without proper permissions will be disqualified.
4. Copy and paste the link into a different browser to test it. If it works, submit that link to TI:ME.

Please double check your email. Email will be used to resolve questions and to provide feedback.
Please enter your school name, and its city, state and country.
Your teacher must be a TI:ME member.
Your teacher's email.
Enter your grade level.
See instructions for definitions.
The title of the project you are entering
One paragraph or more.
Upload a file to Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Apple iCloud, or similar sharing service. Set the permissions so anyone can view/download the file. Double check your permissions. Unreadable files will be disqualified. Send the link to a friend and have them test to see if they can view the file. If so, copy and paste the link here.

By submitting entries, participants are certifying that they own the copyrights to all materials, or have secured any necessary permissions. Participants also agree to allow TI:ME or its sponsors to post, share and celebrate the work during and after the contest. If any entry is received and the project has not been configured properly in the sharing settings for our judges to hear/view their entry, it will be disqualified. Winners will be notified via email and announced on the TI:ME website. Rules and requirements are subject to change and will be posted on the TI:ME website.

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