tracks remix contests

I just found out about, who’s 20 second pitch looks like this: “Are you a musician, DJ, music producer that enjoys taking sound samples and loops of other musician’s pieces of music, loading them into your favorite music production software and remixing them into your own track. Remix Comps lists remix contests found on the internet so that audio DJs and musicians can quickly and easily find a great music track to remix.”

From my brief look at the site, this sure looks like the best effort to track remix competitions I’ve seen. For each contest it lists not only the place to download the stems (parts), but also the prizes, the deadlines, noteworthy rules and notes including IP issues like a contest, where remixes become the property of the contest holder. There’s even a page for listing the winners of the various contests.

If you sign up, you can even rate the contests, and participate in forum discussions. There’s a blog and they’ve just added the capability to run a remix contest through the site.

For the contest junkies in the remixing world, this looks like a great site and I can only congratulate Edward Cufaude, the man behind and he also releases is own music under a Creative Commons license and finally, he also has an interesting site containing tips for audio production called

I don’t think, that at this time he has a thriving business model, just a few of the links (not all) appear to maybe get him a little commission. So this looks like a labor of love, and I hope he’ll enjoy doing it for a long time and/or maybe figure out how to make it economically self-sustaining over the longer haul.

CBC Hockey Anthem Contest Disappoints

While this post may be most interesting to fellow Canadians, it contains some of my sentiments about what I find an unattractive contest and/or deal.

I will not be participating in the CBC contest to find the next theme song for it’s hugely popular “Hockey Night In Canada” television program. (In North America we just call it “Hockey”, while in many other countries it’s called “Ice Hockey”.) The CBC is the major publicly funded radio and TV broadcaster in Canada. This program is probably the most venerable and popular program in Canada and the rights to it’s previous theme song were lost to a competitor over the summer. That previous song is so well known in Canada, that one might almost think of it as Canada’s second (unofficial) national anthem.

So CBC is holding a contest to find a new “Hockey Anthem”. This is a great idea in principle and like many Canadian music makers, I was flirting with the idea of participating. But then I read the contest rules as I tend to do before I consider participating in any musical contest.

The deal for the winning entry seems reasonably straightforward: There seems to be 100k Canadian Dollars for the winner plus whatever standard royalties for forthcoming radio and TV play of the song with the important caveat that CBC essentially becomes the publisher who gets ALL rights to the song, although they make a lot of fanfare about giving their “publisher’s” royalties to amateur hockey causes. And the royalty split is 50/50 between CBC (as the publisher) and the writer(s) of the song. So, it gets close to being a “work for hire”, but there’s nothing wrong with that and for spending x hours of creating such a song the economic reward would be arguably worthwhile for many creators.

For professional creators, there’s always a problem for working hard for just a chance to get the gig, but that is the case pretty much for any business. You have to create, advertise and try to sell without any guarantees that your product will be accepted by the market place.

The nasty part is, that the CBC demands a high degree of exclusivity for “semi-finalist” contest entries without any guaranteed compensation. So if you’re a semi-finalist you end up losing considerable rights to your own song for 3 years without any guaranteed compensation. There are some vague references to potential prizes for semi-finalists, but nothing seems very firm. They reserve the right to make commercial CDs and downloads from semi-finalist entries within the first 3 years and reserve the right to determine unilaterally how much to pay the semi-finalists for that. That could end up being close to nothing.

I have no problem with allowing others to use my work, sometimes I give even commercial rights for free. For example, the other day a remixer emailed me and my musical collaborator and I decided to license a small run commercial release for free. But in that deal I don’t lose any of my own rights to the song I co-created.

However the CBC prevents even semi-finalists from publishing their own songs for 3 years. Without any compensation! So while some parts of the CBC are very enlightened, this particular effort of interacting with artists seems rather artist hostile to me.

I’m very curious, if any well known Canadian composers will bother to participate under those terms, or if in the end some of them will get a special, more reasonable deal, which the public never finds out about.

There’s a chance that the contest may end up working out economically or otherwise lucrative, for semi-finalists, if the CBC unilaterally decides to make it so.

But I don’t like entering a deal where I’m hostage to a large corporation being magnanimous. If I write a song, I most certainly don’t want to give away my own rights to that song for free.

And that’s why I won’t be participating in that contest.

Disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer and I don’t even play one on TV. So this post is not intended to be legal advice.

Shannon Hurley Interview

Recently I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Shannon Hurley on behalf of ccMixter. Shannon has been featured on Rolling Stone Magazine’s declaration of who they consider to be the 25 best bands on MySpace. Recently she has called for remixes of several songs from her first full length album “Ready to Wake Up” to be used in an album of remixes of her songs and in that context has uploaded a number of remix packs from her first album to ccMixter under the moniker of shannonsongs.

One of her songs is also featured in a remix contest on ACIDplanet. However, it should be noted that there’s a significantly different set of terms and conditions on ACIDplanet than on ccMixter around ownership of posted and/or winning remixes. While ACIDplanet offers prizes to the winning remix, it also stipulates transfer of ownership of the winning remix, while remixes on ccMixter remain the co-property of the submitting remixer under creative commons licensing. Personally, I’ve never felt much like submitting remixes to sites which make me give up all ownership of my remixes, but other remixers may feel differently, and I wholeheartedly respect their choice, if it is made knowingly.

Bottom line: Shannon is a wonderful songwriter and singer, was smart and funny, yet modest during the interview and I really hope she’ll have success navigating the largely uncharted waters of the music business as it unfolds in front of our eyes and ears.

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Scrollwerks Remix contest

Just got a note from Jeane Goforth from Scrollworks (a non-profit organization aiming to offer quality music education for children in the local community regardless of their ability to pay, with a focus on minorities and the under-served areas of Greater Birmingham, Alabama), They are holding a remix contest featuring a recording of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra in concert performing Paganini’s “Moses Variations”.

“We’ve finally got it up. I know it’s short notice, but, having worked now 17 (or 18) days straight and with a to-do list covering multiple tablets, it’s the best we could do. The growing pains of a new organization! (0 to 135 students in 2 months!!) Info here:
or under ‘What’s New’ at “

Very cool, Jean – and may the contest be a big success! tracks remix contests

Here’s a site specializing in listing remix contests. “ provides you with a continuously updated link list to remix contests worldwide.” Looks like an excellent resource.

Thanks to Laurent for this tip. He also says: “I’m looking for fellow producers to work with.”

If you are looking for other producers, many of whom have been known to collaborate with others, I can highly recommend Or if you want to get in touch with Laurent directly, you can do so via his myspace space referenced in the link above.

Glen Phillips / Kompoz Remix Contest

just got this note from Raf Fiol over at

Glen Phillips / Kompoz Remix Contest!
Tune your guitar. Adjust your drum kit. Fire up your mixer. Today we are thrilled to announce our second Kompoz celebrity remix contest, this one featuring Glen Phillips, singer, songwriter, and the voice of Toad The Wet Sprocket!
From April 1st through May 30th, Kompoz members can download the original studio tracks for the song “The Spirit of Shackleton” from Glen’s new solo album titled “Secrets of the New Explorers”. Rock it up, funk it up, jazz it up. Add a solo, sing with Glen, bang your drums. Post your entry before May 30th for your chance to win a Fender Squire Stratocaster autographed by Glen Phillips!
Five winners will be selected. The best new individual track or original remix will win a Fender Squire Stratocaster autographed by Glen Phillips. The second-place winner will receive a one-year premium membership to The third-place winner will receive a StealthPlug USB audio interface from IK Multimedia. The top five winners will all receive a “Secrets of the New Explorers” CD autographed by Glen Phillips, and a cool t-shirt from INDISTR.COM.
Finalists will be selected during the last week of May by Glen Phillips and Kompoz staff members. Those tracks will then be posted on a special Kompoz channel on, where during the month of June, the fans will decide the winners, using OurStage’s unique “battle of the bands” voting format. Kompoz members that register on OurStage will of course be able to vote, and will receive 12 free MP3s!
Did I mention that we’re giving away a Fender guitar autographed by Glen Phillips? We’re giving away a Fender guitar autographed by Glen Phillips!
For official rules and details, visit the contest landing page at To get started now, visit the contest project page.

mi7 hosts remix contest featuring DJ Rkod, which earlier this summer hosted the “Dream in Blue” remix contest, has announced another remix contest – this time featuring original materials from DJ Rkod, a long time friend of this site and “a minor theory”. Submissions are accepted until October 05, 2007. The prizes are vouchers for samples from’s library.

I find this remix contest especially interesting, since the original material consists of instrumental songs, rather than songs with vocal melodies or rapping, which are more typically featured in the remixing scene. Will we hear any attempts at melodies or rapping? Or will the remixes all be instrumentals? We’ll stay tuned to this fascinating experiment.

Jamglue – T-Pain Remix Contest

This is interesting in several ways: Jamglue is hosting a Remix Contest for “Bartender”, a track by Jive Records recording artists T-Pain. The tracks are creative commons licensed, and the winner will have their remix turned into a ringtone by Jive Records. However there is no indication, that the ringtone would be distributed commercially – so the prize may be more about fame than fortune 🙂

However, Jamglue is a “remixing for the masses” site, with a browser based mixer right on their site. It is thus a pretty neat way to try our remixing without having any of one’s own audio software.

The tracks can be downloaded as well for remixing in one’s own audio software. The link for the download is towards the lower left hand side of the page for each published track.

Related: Splice is another site where beginning remixers can remix online.

a minor theory remix contest at is holding a remix contest featuring the song “Dream In Blue” by “a minor theory: “We know there is a wealth of talent here at, so we thought it was time to bring some of it together. So today we proudly announce what we hope will become a regular feature: our first User Remix contest! MI7 members A Minor Theory have be kind enough to allow the use of the original files from their song Dream of Blue.”

Disclosure: spinmeister is half of “a minor theory”. 🙂

Indaba Music Remix contest

Indiba Music is a potentially interesting site for musical collaboration. In addition, they have just launched three remix contests with several interesting source songs by “Some Velvet Morning”, “Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers” and “Mason Proper”.

From Indaba Music’s Blog: “Today Indaba Music launches the first in a series of Studio Access Collaboration Contests. The debut contests will feature the audio tracks of three rising young bands, all members of the Indaba community. Indaba Music members will be able to add to and remix tracks from recording artists Some Velvet Morning, Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers and Mason Proper.

Contest submissions – original songs created from tracks comprising the bands’ current singles – will be featured on contest pages and voted on by the community.”