Welcome to the Hall of Champions

Every Monday, I pose a composition challenge to the members of the VGM Academy private Facebook group.  Participants share their work as they make progress through their Composition Quest Logs – free downloadable lists of VGM-inspired writing prompts intended to push you outside of your comfort zone and exercise your musical chops.  And every week, I choose 1 composer as the winner of our Weekly Quest.

Want to get in on the action?  Download the Composition Quest Logs and request access to our private Facebook group.

Quest Logs: Level 1 | Level 2 | Level 3

Below you will find a growing list of composers who not only write great music, but continue to challenge themselves to create something new for sake of personal growth and mastery of their craft.  Behold!  The VGM Academy Hall of Champions:

Mike Pettry

Mike Pettry

Quest Winner, 4/19/2017

Quest Completed: “Five Finger Fanfare” – Write a piece that uses the “five-finger fanfare,” as coined by the Super Marcato Bros.   (Quest Log Level 3)

Website | SoundCloud

GUEST JUDGES: The Super Marcato Bros., Karl Brueggeman & Will Brueggeman.  Thanks for being our first guest judges, and for inspiring the challenge!  Check out Karl & Will’s amazing video game music Podcast.

Ronan McQuillan

Ronan McQuillan

Quest Winner, 4/12/2017

Quest Completed: “Something Borrowed” – Use atleast one borrowed chord in your composition.  See this article about Final Fantasy VII’s theme for an explanation of how to use borrowed chords.

Website | SoundCloud

Benjamin Burnes (aka Abstraction)

Benjamin Burnes (aka Abstraction)

Quest Winner, 4/5/2017

Quest Completed: “Guitarland” – Write a piece of music using ONLY guitars.  All guitars are fair game – use as many or as few as you’d like. (Quest Log Level 3)

Website | SoundCloud | Twitch

Sydney Kjerstad & Andreas Rautner

Sydney Kjerstad & Andreas Rautner

Quest Winners: 3/13/17

Quest Completed: “A Little Help From My Friends” – Feature one of your friends on a new composition.  Their part can be as small or large as you’d like.  (Quest Log Level 2)

Sydney: Website | SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter
Andreas: Website | SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter

Kalle Thunell

Kalle Thunell

Quest Winners: 3/8/17

Quest Completed: “If It Ain’t Got That Swing –  Write a piece that uses a swing beat.  (Quest Log Level 1)

YouTube | SoundCloud 

 

Holland Albright

Holland Albright

Quest Winner, 2/27/17

Quest Completed: “The Very Best” – Write a main-menu theme for a new hypothetical Pokémon game in the style of composer Junichi Masuda.  (Quest Log Lvl 3)

YouTube | Patreon

Joshua Taipale

Joshua Taipale

Quest Winner, 2/20/17

Quest Completed: “Nap Time” – Write a very short (less than 10 seconds) JRPG-style music cue for sleeping at an inn. (Quest Log Lvl 2)

Website | YouTube | Ongaku Concept

Holland Albright

Holland Albright

Quest Winner, 2/13/17

Quest Completed: “Doom Carnival” – It’s night time at a broken down, creepy carnival and you’re exploring alone. Write that music!  (Quest Log Lvl 2)

YouTube | Patreon

Ronan McQuillan

Ronan McQuillan

Quest Winner, 2/6/17

Quest Completed: “Something Strange & Wonderful” – Write a melody using an instrument you’ve never used before whose name you aren’t even 100% sure how to pronounce. (Quest Log Lvl 1)

Website | SoundCloud

Benjamin Burnes (aka Abstraction)

Benjamin Burnes (aka Abstraction)

Quest Winner, 1/30/17

Quest Completed: “Dorian Mode” – Write a piece that uses Dorian mode for at least part of the piece.  (Quest Log Lvl 3)

Website | SoundCloud | Twitch

Mike Pettry

Mike Pettry

Quest Winner, 1/23/2017

Quest Completed: “Drum Machine” – Write a piece using ONLY unpitched percussion (no xylophones, pianos, etc). (Quest Log Level 3)

Website | SoundCloud

Ronan McQuillan

Ronan McQuillan

Quest Winner, 1/16/2017

Quest Completed: “The Julie Andrews” – Use a human voice to sing the melody of at least an entire section.  (Quest Log Level 1)

Website | SoundCloud

Benjamin Burnes (aka Abstraction)

Benjamin Burnes (aka Abstraction)

Quest Winner, 1/9/2017

Quest Completed: “The Name Game” – Write your FULL name, and remove any letters that aren’t a part of the musical alphabet (ABCDEFG).  Write a piece using a motif or melody based on that sequence of letters.

Website | SoundCloud | Twitch

Mike Pettry

Mike Pettry

Quest Winner, 1/2/2017

Quest Completed: “Baby, It’s Cold” – Get in touch with your inner penguin and score an upbeat snow level! (Quest Log Level 3)

Website | SoundCloud

Sydney Kjerstad

Sydney Kjerstad

Quest Winner: 12/26/2016

Quest Completed: “Game Over” – Create an awesome ‘Game Over’ theme that’s less than 10 seconds in length. Any longer would just be rubbing it in.  (Quest Log Level 1)

Website | SoundCloud

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