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Entry #112

NGADM 2014!

1 month ago by Step
Updated 2 days ago

Heya! This here is the newspost for the Newgrounds Audio Deathmatch 2014! What is this mouthful of a name, you ask? Well, it isn't in orange for nothing. Click on it.



Just like every year, this year the contest is split into two; the AUDITIONS phase and the KNOCKOUT phase. Each phase has its own separate rules, so make sure you read it all, because - plot twist - some things which are banned in one phase are totally OK in the other!


Here are the rules for the AUDITIONS phase:

1.) You are allowed to post a track that you've made from scratch, or a track that you've made in the past.

2.) The audition track may be a cover/arrangement, but unless you're entering as a team, the track cannot be a collaborative effort.

3.) If you posted your audition track but change your mind and wish to change it, state CLEARLY in the thread.

4.) If you're entering as a team of two, your audition can be a collaborative effort between you and your collab partner, or a track by any one of you individually. Remember, though, that the prize will have to be split between both of you! Make sure you state clearly who your partner is in your audition, and preferably link to his/her user page.

5.) Auditions posted after the deadline will not be accepted unless it's for a <em>ridiculously good reason</em>.


Here are the rules for the KNOCKOUT phase:

1.) Every track you make in the knockout contest has to be made from scratch, by you, for the competition. No remixes, covers, arrangements, or revisiting old tracks. Having said that, you may ask someone to play an instrument for you or sing for you, as long as all the composition and production is done by you.

2.) This year we want to really encourage entering as a team. Remember that you can enter as a team and not even do one single collaboration, deciding to simply split the workload (one musician does one round, another musician does another, etc).

3.) Keep in mind that this is a MUSIC competition. We won't judge voice-acting, experimental noise, sound effects or anything that doesn't count as music.

4.) If you finish a round's track early, you may start another one which you can use for the following round, assuming you make it through.

5.) Keep to the deadlines of each round! This contest is massive and tough; you're expected to dish out a track every two weeks until you're eliminated! If you can't keep up with this pace, or you know you're going to be busy, then reconsider taking part. Walkovers just make things messy and hard to handle. Having said that, if you notify one of us as early as possible, we may consider asking the highest-scoring loser of a previous round to take part instead of you, so feel free to let us know if something crops up during the contest and you have to go.



1.) All tracks posted to the competition must be uploaded to Newgrounds. Audition tracks which aren't uploaded to Newgrounds are accepted ONLY on a special-case basis, so you'd better have a good reason.

2.) Keep any suggestions, arguments and complaints to PMs. Do NOT argue or complain about a judge's score, for example, in the thread. Please also note that Back-From-Purgatory is watching the thread closely, analysing it for any foolish rule-breaker who he can use as his next play-toy.

3.) Use the NGADM threads to post your submissions, but you may also post any kind of discussion. That said, try to keep it NGADM-related or music-related. As we say every year, you can talk about how your cat bit your arse which suddenly gave you inspiration to make the most amazing song ever, but you can't talk about your cat and you certainly can't talk about your arse.

4.) All Audio Portal rules apply, and all BBS rules apply. This should go without saying!

5.) Lastly, despite the cash prize, this contest is and always was a means to have some competitive fun, keyword being FUN. Do not enter it with the sole intent of winning; we encourage friendly discussion, posting reviews on each other's tracks and being a good sport. However, don't all be softies either. This is called a deathmatch for a reason! Now put your game face on.





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* Note: Timezone used is Newgrounds time: EDT (GMT - 4)

* Note 2: All dates are inclusive. For example, if a deadline is on a Tuesday, then the actual deadline is Tuesday at midnight EDT.


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23 hours ago

Way to sidestep the issue

13 hours ago Step responds:

That was the plan!


23 hours ago

Cannot wait to see who makes it, barring the obvious contenders of Skye Wintrest and Acid... I mean, I'm excited to see them enter, but it's so obvious they make it, no surprise. The fun comes when someone unexpected knocks heavyweights out in later rounds ;)

13 hours ago Step responds:

Yep that happens often! Just in Round 1 last year, heavyweights like PeterSatera, ZipZipper and Breed were instantly knocked out by underdogs like IglicaV, steampianist and etherealwinds respectively, and they all made excellent tracks. You really never know!


1 day ago

I bet you're favourite akiko yano album isn't even tadaima

1 day ago Step responds:


Sorry mate, you were asking for it.


2 days ago

360 noscope grief?


try a 540

2 days ago (Updated 2 days ago) Step responds:

this scrub is 2 cool 4 us, cabbsta


2 days ago

ya ok sure lets play the only war game that gives your dude a hyperphobia of proning. and half of the game is spent running in the opposite direction trying to survive random explosions inside your spawnpoint and trying to not get killed for crossing the boundaries. I'll still bash yer fokin nan's 'ead in i fokin swear mate u know what 1v1 me on minecraft fokin get rekt mate u fokin WOT 360 noscope grief ur ass.

2 days ago Step responds:

omfg u tuk it to minecraft. u havin' a giggle? i shank yer nan outside of tesco's


2 days ago

1v1 me in cod see what happens mate

2 days ago Step responds:

cod is 4 pussies, m8. 1v1 me in battlfield, i rek u


2 days ago

I like how everybody is trying to audition on this news post, as if it's the audition thread. Maybe next year you should put "This is the audition thread, put auditions here: -link-"

2 days ago Step responds:

This didn't even happen last year haha. Maybe it's not clear enough yeah.


3 days ago

I have no idea what this is, but it sounds cool. I have no idea what I'm getting into!

2 days ago Step responds:

Welp, good luck! Don't overthink it, just wait till the auditions are out and hope for the best!


5 days ago

I'll try it this year, doesn't hurt to give it a shot

5 days ago Step responds:


Could you please add my soundtrack ( Out Of The Furnace ) ?


7 days ago Step responds:

Can you post that in the auditions thread? Just to make sure we see it when we gather all the auditions together.


8 days ago

Submitted this sweet thaaang to the contest:

Check it out.


7 days ago Step responds:

Nice! Good luck.


8 days ago

I made a track using Punk O Matic. Will that be accepted or no? Lol

8 days ago Step responds:

Never mind the NGADM, Punk-O-Matic tracks break the Audio Portal rules x_x. I'd suggest removing any songs you've got which are made using Punk-O-Matic! Reason being, that game allows you to make music by mashing premade loops together, which is deemed unoriginal and not accepted here.


9 days ago

Here is one my tracks for the compitition.

It was hard to choose one since I've been working on music like a mad man and create in so many styles, but I think this one has great energy. I hope someone listens to this and has fun!

9 days ago Step responds:

Nice, but make sure you post it in the thread!

All auditions have to be posted there or they won't be considered. Just reply to the thread with a link to your track :).


9 days ago

Or maybe I'll just have someone press the speakers against my ears! :D I'll save some money like that. XD

9 days ago Step responds:

Hahaha, or tape them to your head. Might hurt taking them off though.


9 days ago modded earmuff noise isolating headphones snapped. Gonna have to go buy another pair of earmuffs lol. The speakers are OK luckily. I just noticed that's the only thing that never breaks, it's always either the cable or the casing. :( Cheapy manufacturing these days...

9 days ago Step responds:

Haha, one of the reasons why I use speakers over headphones is because they almost never snap/break!

Usagi-chan is the only play thing for me.


9 days ago Step responds:

Good, I would have it no other way <3.


11 days ago

I got my laptop's hard drive into an external casing thing.
wat nao

10 days ago Step responds:

Now just use it as an external hard drive! I'm assuming it's got a USB port. Grab a USB cable, hook it up to some other laptop/desktop/whatever and back up all your stuff.


12 days ago

I submitted an audition a couple days ago. It occurred to me that I had my sister sing the lyrics, but I will be entering the competition alone. If my other track is an illegal entry I would like to use this one :


12 days ago Step responds:

No that's alright. We don't consider working with instrument players or singers as collaborations, as long as you're the one doing all the composition and production.


12 days ago

And those (J)'s in the schedule, what are those?

12 days ago Step responds:

Those are the judging periods.


12 days ago This is my submission for the Audition, thanks to everyone that listen to it :)

12 days ago Step responds:

Good luck :3. Make sure you post all audition-related stuff in the thread; this newspost is pretty useless apart from showing the rules and schedule!


2 weeks ago

Thanks for continuing to host this contest every year, Step. Lotta fun for a lotta people!

12 days ago (Updated 12 days ago) Step responds:

You're welcome! Really is our pleasure. Nice to see you taking part again this year.


2 weeks ago

I have entered my audition, hopefully I can make it past auditions at least this year! Also my usual PC I work off of is 'handicapped' right now, so let's see how well I manage without all of my usual resources.

2 weeks ago Step responds:

Computer problems suck, especially when contests come around. I know the feels.

Best of luck.


2 weeks ago

Alright, I'm in! I won't have my usual music stuff next month, but who cares, let's do this! I hope my orchestral skills have improved enough to be picked <3

Good luck to everyone :DD

2 weeks ago Step responds:

Good luck mate!


3 weeks ago

Don't you worry, I'll be filling you with some fiiiiiiine metal.

3 weeks ago Step responds:



1 month ago


I thought you loved me, Step.

Also, what about judging? Don't you always use Skype for that?

3 weeks ago Step responds:

Yeah I'll probably make another Skype chat for judging this year.

It's great that you two are organizing this again! It's a shame that I won't be able to enter this year though (conscription sucks) D:
Hopefully, there WILL be a next one ;)
I'll try to follow the competition anyway, and see what cool stuff people can come up with.
Good luck everyone! :'D

1 month ago Step responds:

Aww, shame you can't join. Hope you enjoy the contest anyway!


1 month ago

Well, technically the hard drive isn't dead. The motherboard is. They're safe, just inaccessible and sobbing uncontrollably until I get it out.

1 month ago Step responds:

Oh that's good to hear at least. Why don't you buy a hard-disk enclosure? It's basically a casing to house an internal hard disk. Then you can open up the laptop, take out the internal hard disk from the laptop, place it into the enclosure and essentially use it as an external hard disk to copy your stuff onto another PC.


1 month ago


also whatever happened to Skype again

1 month ago Step responds:

Aaaand I forgot about Skype again.


1 month ago

Why can't I talk about my ass; it's braying nonstop outside my back door.

1 month ago (Updated 1 month ago) Step responds:



1 month ago

I'd love to join, but I'm still shit and that the laptop that had FL Studio and all my samples/plugins is dead.


1 month ago Step responds:


In all seriousness that sucks. Did you lose all your project files too?


1 month ago

Woohoo! From a listener's perspective, the best time of the year is soon here!

1 month ago Step responds:

Woo! I can't wait to hear what the competitors come up with too.


1 month ago

But my cat is wonderful and my ass is the most beautiful thing you'll ever have the pleasure to read about even if you don't get to see it

why can't I talk about it

1 month ago Step responds:

Don't be foolish! We must not speak about such wonderful and divine things in a mere Newgrounds thread.


1 month ago

Can't enter this year sadly to say. Good luck everyone


1 month ago

I'd love to enter, but I don't think I'll make it through! :(

1 month ago Step responds:

Give it a shot! You never know. There really isn't anything to lose! :p


1 month ago

Nice! Going to work on a track from scratch, hoping to make it through the auditions.

1 month ago Step responds:

Good luck mate!