music contest: “Moving”

moving, image by yehwan @ Flickr

As I am preparing to relocate my family to a new house this March, the subject of “moving” has been on my mind a lot lately.

Moving is about putting things in motion. Besides the obvious physical aspect, there can be quite an emotional side to moving as well. Seemed like a suitable theme for a music production contest.

Most of you would probably join the contest for the fun of it, but it doesn’t hurt to have some nice prizes, right? I am pleased to say there are lots of goodies to be won this time around.

The following list is in no particular order (as winners each get to pick their choice from the prize pot, per the contest rules below).

Contest sponsors

Contest prizes

  • Three downloads of your choice from Wave Alchemy, the sound design outfit responsible for some of the best electronic drum sample libraries around.
  • DUNE, Synapse Audio‘s new flagship “differential unison engine” synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac. A copy of the slightly older yet still venerable and duly popular Hydra multi-model synth is also on offer.
  • $500 USD store credit at Soniccouture, the established company behind many unusual & unique sample libraries such as Glass Works, The Skiddaw Stones, Balinese Gamelan, (Xtended) Piano, and the upcoming Ondes Martenot.
  • Berlin-based Cableguys contributes a total of 4 prizes from its exciting line of audio plug-ins. Single licenses for Curve, FilterShaper 2 & VolumeShaper 2, plus the complete Cableguys Bundle.
  • A two year all-inclusive subscription account at DNR Collaborative, which gives access to the entire product catalog + 2 years worth of new products. On top of that three randomly picked contestants will receive a Transitions Bundle.

Yes, that’s no less than 12 prizes to be won!

Although this is not a sample remix contest I still made sample pack for those who enjoy working with loops. The download includes 24 .wav samples (24bit), both melodic and beats. You can preview & download individual files from the SoundCloud player below, or download the complete pack here (47.9MB RAR archive).

Please make sure to read the contest rules below carefully. Good luck, and have fun!

The contest deadline is set to April 3rd.

Contest rules

  • Compose a song with the following theme: “Moving”.
    There are no specific rules on how to incorporate the theme, be creative.
  • Your entry must be written specifically for this contest.
  • A free sample pack is available to download for those who enjoy working with samples. Use of these samples is not required. You may process/manipulate the sample(s) in any way you like.
  • Upload your entry to SoundCloud and share it to the contest group before April 3, 2011, 11.59pm CET. One entry per contestant allowed.
  • Confirm your entry by email (no longer accepting entries)
  • In order to be eligible to win, contestants are required to vote for their top 5 within a week after the contest deadline. Contestants will be contacted to submit their votes. Note: you cannot vote for your own entry.
  • Winners choose a prize from the prize pool in order of placement (1st place winner picks first, then 2nd, etc.). All prizes are granted at the discretion of Some prizes may be subject to specific conditions imposed by the sponsor (e.g. NFR licenses).

The terms of this contest are subject to change and may be amended without prior notice.

Contest entries

Listen to the contest entries from the SoundCloud player below.

The results

From a total of 55 submitted entries the top 10 voted tracks are:

  1. 3ee – Transit 1983 (score of 57 from 17 votes)
  2. Crystal Craft – Inner Me (score of 52 from 15 votes)
  3. Noizefield – go far away (score of 45 from 14 votes)
  4. _jackie – Magic Wheels (score of 33 from 9 votes)
  5. DuncanMackay – Disaster (score of 31 from 11 votes)
  6. Nkurence – nori hyvn (score of 27 from 10 votes)
  7. Elektronicguitars – relocator (score of 27 from 9 votes)
  8. Jonas the plugexpert – poekie (score of 23 from 8 votes)
  9. Sion – Analog movement (Original mix) (score of 23 from 7 votes)
  10. KlangKind – Moving (score of 22 from 7 votes)

Congratulations to 3ee for winning the contest! Winners will be contacted regarding their prize soon. The three randomly picked winners of the Transitions Bundles from DNR Collaborative are Max Lunau, Pumaman, and Diego G.

Well done everyone, thanks for taking part and hope to see again at the next contest!


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  • DH

    OMG!!! Awesome Prizes. Good luck with your move.

  • phdgs vn chfhn

    most lovely.

    count me in as i just moved to a new flat :)

    contestpage seems screwed!
    “Oops, looks like we can’t find that page!”

  • @DH, thanks Daniel.

    @phdgs vn chfhn, glad to have you on board + thx for the heads up, link to contest group at SoundCloud fixed!

  • I am in! I’ve had the wonderful experience of riding a husky sledge in Lappia, so enough inspiration on this theme :)

  • 3ee

    Most anticipated music production contest this month! :hihi:
    Finishing some stuff and can’t wait to get started with this one!
    Greatings to everyone! :)

  • NO ID

    Nuff said…I’m moving to another country next year,so I’m in and as always good to hear from you Ron.

  • Cool, Ronnie, I’ll work on a track when I get a new computer in a few weeks here. I’ll be using BooTweak, of course, perfect for giving movements to sounds! :)

  • jonas

    track almost finished :)

  • Savaran

    Really nice samples you provided. Will see what I can come up with :)

  • highkoo

    I am inspired!
    Coincidentally, I am also moving soon because one of the roomies has turned crackhead.
    Not warez crack, but like, crack crack…

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  • Narfy

    Great samples, but any chance at 1-shots of some of those? I usually just try to rip 1-shots out of the melodies but can be pretty tricky.

    Just a suggestion!

  • @Narfy, sorry no one-shots this time. You can still use your own sounds of course.

  • Noah Smith (NonFiltered)

    Thank you so much. In a world dominated by “remix” contests it’s refreshing to just create an original tune organically. I appreciate what you’re doing here. Cheers, and good luck with your move.

  • MrHazelBlu

    Word… I am down and ready to have fun… It’s been awhile for me, but I am ready… April 3rd…?!?!

  • @MrHazelBlu, I know it’s a bit long but I needed to make sure I gave myself some time to move ;-)

  • I’m definitely contributing to this contest. Very nice indeed!

  • This sounds like a cool contest. I’m in!

    Could someone help me with a question that just stroke me?
    I was thinking about using a piano line I heard in a movie. I want to sample that small 5second part of movie and use the audio. Is that a legal thing?
    I’ve heard samples from various places (other songs, movies, tv shows…) in a lot of songs, but never thought how they managed it from a legal point of view..

  • @Stephen, if there’s copyright on the soundtrack (which is likely) you cannot freely sample it.

    You can learn a bit more about sampling and its history in music here

  • Gunuph

    Awesome competition – tune nearly finished and looking forward to taking part shortly!

  • DH

    ”The contest deadline is set to April 3rd.” Eh … might be a good time to make a start so. I’ll see what I can do.

  • A.n3gro

    Hi, everyone!

    That is a great experience to produce music telling what moving means to you. My track tries to explain how it’s possible to move to an another corner of my own head, because of a girl who were mine for a long time. But she left me leaving memories, crawling. So I move within my head. I think this too sick to be explained better. Listen, and I hope You’ll understand…;)

  • KlangKind

    Well, where and how can I vote ?

  • @KlangKind, I will send all the contestants an email tomorrow with instructions on how to vote.

    There is still a little time left until the deadline, 11.59pm CET.

  • DH

    Some amazing entries in there. Good luck to all! :)

  • 3ee

    Some days ago I thought that I won’t make it taking part in this contest (got stuck @ 1/2 far from a finished track), but made sort of “movement” back towards the 80’s and I think it turned out pretty good.

    Yeah, some cool stuff as I checked out so far.
    Still need to listen and comment on every track though! :)
    Good luck to everyone!

  • jonas

    Damn, that is a lot of submissions to listen through, wasn’t maybe the smartest idea to submit the first, being listed at the bottom :)

    + good tune 3EE, production is tight, enjoying the 80’s nostalgia.

  • @jonas, that why you get a week to submit votes :-)

    I will be sending out the email with details on how to vote to each contestant later today.

    Great batch of tunes guys, really impressed!

  • Just sent out the voting instructions. If you didn’t get the email make sure to check your spam folder.

    “Sad Robot” and “Juanma Montero”, I still haven’t received your email addresses. Please respond asap.

  • mellotronaut

    thank you very much for the encouraging comments to my song!
    there’s a different version in the making together with my friend Zeoy.
    this contest is the wrong place for songs with lyrics: how to compare apples and oranges?



  • Thanks for sending in all your votes. I will be trying to get everything tabulated by tomorrow and let you all know what the results are.

  • A.n3gro

    It was a pleasure to take part in this contest!
    Thank You Ronnie for organizing!

    AND OF COURSE THE CONTESTANT MATES!!!! I learned a lot with listenning the productions!

    (I haven’t received the voting instructions, I answered the email, with my votes… hope that’s enough.;)


    PS. Ronnie! Not forget to email all of us when you have the next contest details :P !

  • I’ve just tallied all the votes and I’m preparing the email to go out shortly. I will also post the top 10 in the results section of this page.

    + if you don’t want to miss out on the next contest, make sure to subscribe to the newsletter at
    I always announce contests there as well.

  • PreUnion

    Indeed a nice experience, even if i didnt make it to the top 10 :) will definitly take part in the next race :D

    love to you all !

  • jonas

    Cool, I made the list :)

    My top 5:

    1) Magic Wheels
    2) 3ee – Transit 1983
    3) Unravel (Preunion)
    4) Aimless Movement
    5) nori hvvn

    Cheers for organizing these compo’s Ronnie!

  • Gunuph

    Congrats to all the winners. Some great tunes in there.

  • Crystal Craft


    This competition was truly exiting and there were so many great entries! I want to thank all supporters, you guys are awesome!

    Thank you Ronnie for giving us the opportunity!


    Crystal Craft

  • 3ee

    Yay! :D Thank You guys so much for supporting my track! This is my first time ranking as #1 in a Rekkerd music contest (one of my favorite contests), so I’m very happy with that! :)

    There are some great tracks in this edition.
    Hope to see a bunch of you, if not all, in the next Rekkerd music contest.
    Till then take care and thanks again everyone ……ofcourse we have to thank Ronnie for having this for us, and the sponsors for the (where applicable) extra motivation. :D

    A wave copy of my tune can be downloaded from SoundCloud, if you didn’t got it and wish to, go and get it now because I’m thinking of disabling downloads for this one.

  • jonas

    Ey Ronnie something wrong with the links of the top 10, getting 404’s.

  • Thanks Jonas, fixed.

  • noizefield

    hey guys. i just wanted to say thank you to everyone, especially to those who voted for me ;)

    i am very pleased to make it in the top 3.

    there are a lot of really great tracks created within this contest.

    looking forward the see you all in the next round :)

    @ronnie: great job. thank you.
    @Wave Alchemy, Synapse Audio, Soniccouture & Cableguys: thanks for these brilliant contest prizes!

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