In January, a competition was launched by Hans Zimmer‘s production company, Bleeding Fingers. The competition, appropriately titled Hans Zimmer Wants You, boasts that the company is “searching for extraordinary recruits to join the ranks of our elite composer force.”
Let’s face it, these composers are elite: Inception, Transformers, Batman, Survivor… to name a a few.
Under “About Competition”, we read:
Calling all composers! This original theme called “Destiny’s Door” created exclusively for this contest by Mr. Zimmer himself is yours to reimagine, replay, recompose or revise to your heart’s content. Below you’ll find a link to the theme plus everything you need to get the creative juices flowing. We’re looking for originality, curveballs and adventurous amphonics.
The description gets any composer’s adrenaline pumping. Now, try reading it with the Inception theme on in the background. The competition lasts until February 19 – only 5 more days!
However, things aren’t always what they seem. I’m a part of a wonderful community of composers on AudioJungle.net and as soon as the competition popped up, this thread appeared in the forum. A couple of tidbits about this competition that was discovered in the fine print:
1. Only composers from United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Germany and Sweden only are qualified to participate.
2. Noted by a top AudioJungle composer, Gareth Coker: “You give over 100% of your arrangement to ‘Bleeding Fingers’ music. Yes, 100%.” The fine print reads, You shall have a non-exclusive limited license within the Competition Period to use the Stem files solely for the purpose of entry of this Competition only. And… Bleeding Fingers being deemed the SOLE author and owner thereof.
3. And finally, the kicker: For the sake of clarity, the Winner(s) are not guaranteed to receive an offer of employment with Bleeding Fingers, rather, the Winner(s) shall solely be guaranteed an interview with Bleeding Fingers, which may or may not result in an offer of employment.
4. In an interview, someone had noted that the community voting counts for a lot of the weeding out. Granted, Bleeding Fingers will pick the winner(s), it is the votes in the meantime that help define “the finalists.” So, a popularity vote. If you have a large online support for you to abuse, it doesn’t matter if your composition is inferior, you have a better chance to get noticed. Therefore, it is better for you to have submitted a song within the first 2 weeks of competition than the last 2 weeks. Five days are left. I would say it is too late.
Finally, the competition requires me to take a good look at my strengths, listen to what is already submitted and determine if this is the best use of my time. I have come to the conclusion it is not. Below are some entries from AudioJungle composers. My favorites are near the top. There are a few of those that are incredibly greater than anything I could ever compose for the cinematic / dramatic category and I’ve only listened to a handful of entries. There are thousands of entered songs. Composing for this competition would not be the best use of my time. But I’m excited to see the outcome.
Good luck to all involved!