Soundtrack Contest

February 26th, 2008

Dreck Soundtrack

 I watched the Oscar’s on Sunday night and was dumbstruck by how bad this year’s crop of “Original Song” nominees were.  I mean the song by Glen Hansard (of The Frames) and Marketa Irglova from the movie “Once” was okay, but overall they all seemed like the theme song from some musical put on by your local high school theater department.  Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz should be drawn and quartered for subjecting us to the dreck they composed for Disney’s latest princess fest, “Enchanted”, and although “Raise It Up” from “August Rush” was a bit better it still felt like some kind of outtake from an Up with People production number.

But rather than wallow in the dreck, I’ve decided to create some dreck of my own, so I’m issuing a challenge to all Figment users in the form of a soundtrack contest.  The rules are simple:

1.  Come up with an imaginary soundtrack EP or album for one of your existing bands or a new band. 

2.  Make sure to include the words “Soundtrack” or “Music Inspired by the Film” in your album title.

3.  Each soundtrack must be an original creation and cannot be for a “real” movie.  Fake music for a fake movie please!

4.  Each soundtrack must contain at least 4 songs to be considered.

5.  The contest will run from February 26, 2008 through April 30, 2008.  All soundtracks must be created and released within that time period to be considered. 

The contest will award two “filthy lucre” prizes.

1.  An “Industry Heavyweight’s Best Soundtrack ’08” award (500 pieces of filthy lucre) will be awarded to one soundtrack and will be chosen from all of the submissions by Figment Industry Heavyweights.

2.  The top selling soundtrack album or “Users Choice” award.  The winner of this award will be the soundtrack that maintains the highest charting soundtrack on the Top Selling Albums chart (includes album sales and listens) at 12:00 ET on May 16, 2008.  To qualify for this second award you will need to have released your album within the contest time frame detailed above (2/26/08 – 4/30/08).  The soundtrack with the greatest number of sales/listens will be awarded 750 pieces of Lucre.

Now don’t just put an album out there and hope some one stumbles across it.  PROMOTE IT!  Do you think Harvey Weinstein just sits on his duff and hopes Academy members will consider his films?  Hell no!  Well why should you be any different.  Here’s a few ideas to consider:

1.  Create a strong soundtrack album description and good song titles that will grab the attention of the industry heavyweights that will be voting on the Industry Heavyweight award.

2.  Send emails to friends asking them to create an account on Figment so they can buy your soundtrack and give it a listen.

3.  Join our Figment fan page on Facebook and post a message about your soundtrack.  Not only with this alert other Figment fans, but it will also draw the attention of Industry Heavyweights!

4.  Create a soundtrack by one of your existing bands so that everyone who has favorited that band will receive an email letting them know you just released a soundtrack.

So let your imagination run wild – we look forward to seeing your submissions.

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