Open call for music

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September 26, 2004 at 4:03 pm #60963
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This is an open call for music to accompany an animated movie called “No Limits”.

I am seeking an individual or a group of individuals who wish to create an instrumental composition for this year’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL) challenge animation. You can see last year’s movie at You can see this year’s teaser at

Here are the important points:

1) One theme for the introduction and credits. Should be about 1:30 to 2:00 long.

2) Background music using the same theme for the rest of the movie. A happy version and a version with tension. Each selection should loop reasonably well and be 30 seconds or longer.

3) Composition must be completely original. Derivative works cannot be considered.

4) Composition should be supplied electronically as a WAV, MP3, MIDI or other agreed upon format. MIDI is preferred as minor tempo changes could be made to match the animation.

5) The author(s) retain copyright of the music.

6) FIRST maintains exclusive use of the music as connected to the “No Limits” movie. This will include but may not be limited to:

6.1) One time viewing at 50 to 100 competitions worldwide.

6.2) Web distribution of the movie starting in February.

6.3) Sale of the movie on DVD as a fundraiser for the non-profit.

6.4) Possible broadcast on TV.

6.5) Future showings for FLL promotional purposes.

7) Your name(s) in the credits in the same size font and for the same durations as the voice actors and producers. Can include a copyright notice as well as an email address. A website address will only be included if the site’s content is appropriate for 9 to 14 year olds.

8.) Your name(s) on the “Making of” webpage at This could include a short biography and a link back to your own site (if content appropriate).

9) Author(s) will receive drafts of the script and scenes as soon as they are available.

10) We will give you as much freedom to compose as possible, but the music must compliment the animation. Therefore, a rough draft must be presented early on as a sanity check.

11) The due date for the music would be late October.

12) Payment of two hundred USA dollars.

Those parties interested should reply to Skye Sweeney at for further details.

September 26, 2004 at 4:38 pm #60965
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September 26, 2004 at 5:41 pm #60972
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Is it okay music sounds are composed on a keyboard. What I mean to say as keyboards of different voices you can choose would that work. And do you want a paticular style of music such as Symphonic.

September 26, 2004 at 5:52 pm #60973
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I do not have a paticular type of music in mind. A few pieces I have considered are:

Just about anything by George Winston.
Avril 14
I can See Clearly Now
The Four Seasons by Vivaldi.

Most of these are soft reflective piano pieces. But I would be looking for help in
matching music styles to the animation. It may be what I really need is a rap or
funk, or even disco!

Keyboard compositions would be fine. I would need then recorded in high fidelity or
better yet, supplied as a MIDI as I mentioned.

September 26, 2004 at 6:12 pm #60976
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Do you have a clip to show me what you want. What I mean to say what kind of feeling you want in a certain scene. Just a sample to see what I might be able to come up with for a scene.

September 26, 2004 at 6:18 pm #60977
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A clip of audio or video?

If you want video, you can see the teaser here:

If you want audio, look to your imagination! I am not a musician. I can play a
few instruments, but I am not gifted at creation!

If you are refering to the samples I like, you can find Avril 14 in the movie
The Family posted here in the movie section. The Vivaldi, you can hear at any
good classical midi website. George Winston is tough. You would have to go to
a music store to listen.

September 26, 2004 at 6:22 pm #60978
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I’m more of a symphonic and jazz composer. Just to let you know so I don’t know how it would work if I did funk or disco but I could try.

September 26, 2004 at 7:09 pm #60982
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I would like to add that if someone submitted a midi file to you, then actual sound of the work would rely entirely on what voices your soundcard had loaded. Different sound cards play midi in very different ways. I think the process of describing which voices should be used and getting them loaded on your computer would be more cumbersome than simply having the composer change his composition to suit.

Is the film finished yet? It’s about a billion times easier to compose music for a film if you have the film to work with.

September 26, 2004 at 7:16 pm #60984
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“RevMen” wrote: It’s about a billion times easier to compose music for a film if you have the film to work with.

A billion times? yet i agree! The last two films i worked on is film, then music. Both ways will be cool.

September 27, 2004 at 12:06 am #61034
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Thank you for the warning on the MIDI voice ‘thing’. I was aware of the problem,
but forgot about it when writting the post. The quality of a midi can be drastically
different based on the source of the GM or other voices.

So perhaps I should simply ask for a wav or mp3 and warn the author we may
need tweeks at the last minute!

September 27, 2004 at 12:20 am #61036
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To all concerned,

I have gotten flooded with requests for information (I wonder why?). It is obvious
to me that some are from young people. I have no problem with a young musician
getting this commision. Age has nothing to do with talent. Just look at Mozart.

But for obvious reasons, I must require that the parents become involved. So for
any individual under 18 years of age, I will require a simple release form signed
by the parents. Something to the effect that they understand the 12 points above
and that they are entering into an agreement with me.

December 13, 2004 at 11:48 am #74245
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I wish to thank all of you that entered music for my latest movie. I am sorry to not have gotten back to each of you individualy, but I have been overwhelmed the last few months. I not only put over 350 hours into filming, coached a FIRST LEGO League team (to a second place state victory), but had to work overtime at work.

It was a hard time picking the music. Due mainly to the time constraint, I selected a piece of music by Monty Harper called “Skeleton Dance”. The opening of the music fit the animation nearly perfectly. You can hear some of his work at

I will be posting a link to the movie in the next week or so. With the movie behind me, I need some time to catch up on sleep and Christmas shopping.

Thank you again for those that submitted music, and again my apologies for not getting back to individuals.

December 13, 2004 at 11:21 pm #74390
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good to know that your film is almost done :) looking forward to see it

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