Since the competition has ended, and judging is completed, I will post all the qualified entries, then the results! Let me just say that this competition was really hard to judge just because of the amount of entries as well as the amount of talent. Thanks to everyone who entered!Qualified Entries:
Soundhound - http://picosong.com/wSvR/
Soundhound - http://picosong.com/w6wd/
Lkcomposer - http://picosong.com/w6yN/
toilet master - https://dl.dropbox.com/u/2957395/toilet.mp3
VDZ - http://tindeck.com/listen/fvnn
VDZ - http://tindeck.com/listen/yral
MattZ2007 - http://soundcloud.com/matt-pirtle/falling
MattZ2007 - http://soundcloud.com/matt-pirtle/alone
yoshimitsu - http://www.soundcloud.com/ronin-narasu/broken-spirit
KomradeJack - http://soundcloud.com/jackmenhorn/unepinsa01
retrohelix - http://retrohelix.net/music/sad.mp3
lamontx - http://soundcloud.com/lamontx/love
And the winner is...yoshimitsu for his piece "Broken Spirits". This piece actually surprised me the first time I heard it. Although the sampled guitar and the metallic percussion seemed to muffle the music, I really admire yoshimitsu's use of western and middle-eastern instruments to create a piece of music that captured the emotion of "sad". One big thing that really separated this piece from others was its creative design. Instead of using a repetition of generic chords to create a solemn atmosphere, the mix of metallic/hard-hit percussion, shakuhachi, sampled guitar, and a slight use of strings created a kind of cinematic tension that brought the listener to a dark and suspenseful world. Great job, really.Because I feel that this competition was really close, I decided to pick 3 Runners Up:
"Alone" by MattZ2007 - I felt this piece really did captured the emotion of love. The use of guitar and clarinet created a flirty mood that anyone could relate to. My only suggestion would be that maybe you could incorporate more instruments (ie, piano, harp, flutes).
"Sadness" by VDZ - This piece did a great job depicting a sad emotion. This piece had depth, but I just felt it could have a little more by adding moving violin lines on top of the string harmony, or a bass piano part.
"toilet" by toilet master - This piece, as much as I love to listen to it, doesn't really capture the emotion of "sad". I honestly felt that this would be better fit in the category of "love" with its somewhat minor beginning, and then its bright use of sythns and a nice rhythm from the drum kit later on in the piece. Regardless, I love what you did here and it certainly deserves some attention.
Thank you again for all your entries, and yoshimistu, Im looking forward to reading what your next theme will be.