Enter the Tricks for Treats Composition Competition

Enter - if you DARE - submissions for the Tricks for Treats Composition Competition!

Here are the details (aka “tricks”) for submission:

You only have 31 hours to create and submit your piece!

Winners will be announced October 31st, 2020 (Halloween).

There are two categories to enter. You can only submit to one:

1. Acoustic (No Technology): Compositions are created without using a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) MIDI and/or VST plugins to enhance the work. A video submission is required of the piece being performed. Get creative! Utilize extended techniques, prepared piano, etc. You are not limited on the amount of acoustic instruments that you can use (No electronic instruments). Need some inspiration? Listen to Henry Cowell’s The Banshee or some George Crumb.

2. Technology: Composers can utilize a DAW, VST plugins, and/or MIDI devices to create their work. Sample rate must be set to 48kHz. A link to the audio file must be submitted. Please only submit soundcloud, youtube, or vimeo links.

Your piece should strive to elicit the following: suspense, dark, anxiety, terror

Compositions must be between 1-2 minutes in length max.

A motif (melodic theme) must be present in your work. It can range anywhere from 4 notes to 4 measures. Need some inspiration? Listen to these themes: Goblin’s “Suspiria Theme” from Suspiria, Ennio Moriconne’s “The Thing (Main Theme)” from The Thing, John Carpenter’s “Halloween (Main Theme)” from Halloween

Once you've finished your composition, fill out this form and upload your link here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXr6EzmJivgvt45o_AaTykslN-ULA0gmq5KWrwCrkN4bFg3A/viewform?usp=sf_link


*Deadline to submit is October 27th, 3pm EST*

Here are the Treats...

First Place Overall Winner Will Receive:

  • $100 dollars (US)
  • One hour B.E.A.T. session (via Zoom) with the NIZCO MUSIC team including Emmy-nominated/award-winning composer and music supervisor, Don DiNicola (a $200 value)

One Winner in Each Category Will Receive:

  • One hour B.E.A.T. session (via Zoom) with the NIZCO MUSIC team including Emmy-nominated/award-winning composer and music supervisor, Don DiNicola (a $200 value)

Two Honorable Mentions Will Receive:

  • 50% off a one hour B.E.A.T. session (via Zoom) with the NIZCO MUSIC team including Emmy-nominated/award-winning composer and music supervisor, Don DiNicola (a $200 value)

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