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Creativity competition - hear the entries and VOTE!

The entries for the RP creativity competition are in, and they are amazing! Listen to what our readers have achieved with just a 1 kHz tone and white noise as source material. Vote for your favorites!

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This is the first time Audio Masterclass has run such a creativity competition, so I didn't know how many entries to expect, nor what the quality would be.

Well now I know that there are plenty of people out there ready to have a go, and the standard of work is amazing!

The source material wasn't promising - just a plain 1 kHz tone, and a clip of white noise. But entrants could use whatever processing they liked.

One thing is clear - you don't need to pay an arm and a leg for a synthesizer or keyboard when you can do so much with such basic sources. I could compare this with the electric guitar - the natural sound of the electric guitar is thin and plain, but look what amazing sounds it can make in the hands of a great player.

So, over to you... you can hear all of the entries here. Take time to listen - I've learned a lot about how creative boundaries can be pushed, given a little motivation.

1k-and-noise-only.mp3
analog.mp3
bad-day-at-the-factory.mp3
blair_joscelyne.mp3
chris-williams-noise-hertz.mp3
competition.mp3
contest-submission-message-from-space.mp3
cooliedread-1khz-pink-noise.mp3
cs.mp3
darren-mckinty-1-new-wave.mp3
darren-mckinty-2-think-pink.mp3
darren-mckinty-3-very-jarre.mp3
darren-mckinty-4-alien-scape.mp3
delicious.mp3
derrick-gilrie-gothic-graveyard-groove.mp3
detached.mp3
dm.mp3
experiment.mp3
fly-by.mp3
ic-tasss.mp3
ice-noise.mp3
infiltration.mp3
isolated-ground-receptacle-rp-mar26-2006.mp3
its-ok-2-b-noisy-adam-jordan.mp3
jeff-willett-restraints-1khz-whitenoise.mp3
maider.mp3
mr-1k-mr-white.mp3
noise-mp3.mp3
raynel-cecilia-khz.mp3
reise-durch-europa-sine-version.mp3
sine-test.mp3
snd-scp1-03.mp3
strain.mp3
swamp-miner.wma
the-mufflersmith-by-tj.mp3
the-pulse.mp3
the-white-noize-onsombo.mp3
tight-pogo-whirlwind-alistair-j-mclay.mp3
tk-noise-control.mp3
tone-and-static.mp3
traillium-khoxs.mp3
urban-snake-charmer.mp3
vakis-iacovos-argyrides-sonic-sculpting.wma
weeezzz-1.mp3
whitewash-steve-gracy.mp3
wvlr.mp3

Naturally, we'll be needing a winner, so please vote for your favorites. There are no set criteria - just vote for the tracks you like best.

If there are any manufacturers reading (I know you are, so don't pretend you're not there!), would anyone like to step forward and offer a prize? A small prize will do, and you'll get significant exposure on Audio Masterclass.

So once again, here are the tracks. Don't plan on doing anything else today - you'll find this just too damned interesting.

Comments on your favorite tracks will be very welcome indeed

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED - Since we ran the competition, many of the composer credits have been lost. If you hear your track, let us know and we will restore the credit.

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By David Mellor Tuesday April 4, 2006
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