If you plan on going to GDC this year (and we hope that you do) and you are planning to submit an entry for either the SOUND DESIGN DEMO DERBY or the COMPOSERS DEMO DERBY, here is some IMPORTANT information for you.
This year we will be accepting your submissions ONLINE in FEBRUARY.
Yes, we will no longer be accepting your discs, thumb drives, dvds, cassetes or VHS tapes at the door of the Derby. If you've been to the derby, you know how long it takes for us to wrangle all of the media together, maybe try to find the correct file to play, skip to the correct song, etc. Included in the session time is all the time it takes for the person submitting to introduce themselves, talk about the project etc before we even play the material.
Our goal is to serve as many of you as possible, and we would also like to be able to LET YOU KNOW in ADVANCE that your demo will get a listen. Wouldn't it be nice to chill out when you wake up the morning of the derby, knowing you won't have to stress about getting your demo in on time?!
So we will be sending more news soon, but essentially we will start accepting demos one day in February, and do a lotteryafter the deadline to see how many get in.
The other advantage is that we will have the demos in advance, we will put them in a powerpoint slide deck, and we can include YOUR CONTACT info on each slide with your music/sound design, so that everyone in the room knows how to get in contact with you.
The slide will also provide some back story for your project so that you don't have to spend time explaining the project to the panel.
We've done this once in the Fall Summit demo derby, and at GameSoundCon and so far it's working pretty well. There wil also be a checks/balances system set up, where we will post a list of all of the demos that we received so in case there was a technical error in submitting a file, we can catch that error and include any missing files before we run the lottery.
We think this is a fair approach to the derby concept and we are trying to include as many folks as possible since these are such popular panels.
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