I've been thinking about this a little and I'm gonna start this post by listing the comps I remember us having had in the past:
Applied Minimalism - A pack with a single sample from which an entire track must be made.
Sample Pack - Random sample pack from which a track must be made
Potluck - user submitted samples constitute a single pack from which a track must be made
48 Hour - any sounds may be used, but tracks must be composed within the allotted 48 hour time period, no sooner, and no later
Music For Film/video - a short video clip is selected and entrants must compose a piece of music for it
Photo/artwork - a static piece of visual art is selected to inspire entrants to compose a relevant piece of music
I can't remember any other frequent competitions (iirc, the last two definitely weren't), but if anyone else does, please post.
What I'm thinking to do here is, instead of just running them all separately, we could have a calendar type of thing where we cycle through these over the course of a year, doing one competition per month. The idea is that over the course of a year, newbs can try their hand at a bunch of different methods of production, and the rest can pool together to prevent the historically poor turnouts.
Not sure if it would be best to have a small number of comps that repeat over the course of a year or to have a different comp each month. With the 6 above, we could have 2 of each per year though, which seems alright. But yeah, what do you lot/mods think? @Johnlenham, @Gatineau, @dubway
Should probably appoint competition reps if mods don't want to have to manage it all themselves.