The Con Remix 17

Put your spin on a classic piece of music for the chance to win generous prizes to support your musical career.

If you’re enthusiastic about composition and music technology, why not show off your creative skills in our inaugural Con Remix 17 competition.

The starting point for this year’s competition is Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Your challenge is to remix samples from this epic orchestral suite into something entirely new and original, in any musical or aesthetic genre.

This is an opportunity to showcase your talents in music production, sound design, mixing and mastering, and put your music in the public eye. The winning entries will be promoted to a wide audience on our website.

At the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (the Con) our teaching programs range from classical music and opera to the latest in contemporary, including the new Bachelor of Music (Digital Music and Media). Our studios are equipped with exceptional technology for producing electronic music to support your creativity and future musical career.

You will be given access to 7 orchestral samples from Gustav Holst ‘The Planets’, performed by the Conservatorium’s Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Eduardo Diazmuñoz. Your challenge is to remix samples from this epic orchestral suite into something entirely new and original, in any musical or aesthetic genre.

Con Remix 17 is curated by Sydney Conservatorium senior lecturer and eclectic, avant-garde composer Dr Ivan Zavada, who will lead a distinguished jury including Dr Daniel Blinkhorn, Dr Ben Carey, Rainbow Chan, Paul Mac,  Dr Jade O’Regan and Alexis Weaver. Download bios.

Who can enter?
The competition is open to high school students up to Year 12, and Australian citizens of all ages.

Prizes
Students in high school
– 1st prize: Native Instruments software package valued at $900, sponsored by Sounds Easy
– Junior prize: professional headphones valued at $300

Australian citizens of all ages
– 1st prize: $1500
– 2nd prize: Roland JD-Xi Interactive Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer valued at $700, sponsored by Turramurra Music
– 3rd prize: professional headphones valued at $300

Submissions close
31 December 2017

Winner announcement 
12 February 2018. Winners will be announced on the Sydney Conservatorium of Music website and contacted individually by email.

Competition Rules
Please download and read our competition rules before applying.

Download samples
Samples of the sound recording of Gustav Holst’s The Planets are available to download below. To download – click on the Soundcloud link, click on ‘More’ and then click on ‘Download’.

You must incorporate at least two of the musical elements provided, with a track length of 1-10 minutes. You must also provide a 100-word statement to describe your work as part of your competition entry.

Submit your entry
Upload and submit your competition entry using our online application form.

What are you waiting for? Get remixing!