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So the results for the first round of the Newgrounds Audio Death Match have come out! There's lots of numbers, and I thought it might be fun to look at the numbers and see if anything interesting came up. Disclaimer: I am by no means an expert mathematician, and I might be completely wrong in my understanding of some of these concepts! But hopefully it'll be able to satisfy anyone who's curious to see the scores in a different light. :P
Round 1 Entries by Score
??) - N/A - frootza
01) - 9.38 - bassfiddlejones + joshgawaldomusic
02) - 9.25 - dem0lecule + LucidShadowDreamer
03) - 9.22 - SoundChris + JacobCadmus
04) - 9.10 - PirateCrab
05) - 8.96 - midimachine
06) - 8.87 - LunacyEcho
07) - 8.82 - Azhthar
08) - 8.81 - DSykMusic
09) - 8.75 - SkyeWint
10) - 8.73 - papkee
11) - 8.68 - aliaspharow
12) - 8.62 - IglicaV
13) - 8.59 - Metallica1136
14) - 8.53 - EliteFerrex
15) - 8.52 - Jabicho
16) - 8.46 - NyxTheShield
17) - 8.43 - BlazingDragon
17) - 8.43 - LiquidOoze
17) - 8.43 - lordedri
17) - 8.43 - SolarexMusic
21) - 8.42 - Lich
22) - 8.41 - LunyAlex
23) - 8.40 - Tyven
24) - 8.34 - JDawg00100
25) - 8.20 - Stadler
26) - 8.18 - Mawnz
27) - 8.16 - Analogstik
28) - 8.15 - Phonometrologist
28) - 8.15 - Yahtzei
30) - 8.14 - ChronoNomad
30) - 8.14 - Jimmypig
32) - 8.03 - AeronMusic
33) - 8.02 - Camoshark
33) - 8.02 - Ceevro
35) - 7.97 - nubbinownz
36) - 7.95 - InYourDreams
37) - 7.93 - TheMoebiusProject
38) - 7.89 - thebitterroost
39) - 7.87 - Sequenced
40) - 7.84 - Braiton
41) - 7.80 - Jacob
41) - 7.80 - Marterro
43) - 7.77 - DivoFST
44) - 7.75 - larrynachos
45) - 7.74 - adieuwinter
45) - 7.74 - JustinOfSuburbia
47) - 7.73 - Voltus
48) - 7.50 - Chemiqals
49) - 7.38 - DjAbbic
50) - 7.32 - SourJovis
51) - 7.31 - Nimble
52) - 7.18 - Birdinator99
52) - 7.18 - Crueldeity
54) - 6.85 - SilverPoyozo
55) - 6.67 - Pandasticality
56) - 6.65 - Athanatos
The score breakdowns are actually quite interesting! The scores in general seem to be quite high, with a median score of 8.14. There were also lots of ties this year, complete with a 4-way tie for 17th place! The groupings this year were also full of surprises. We had Group C, where no one submitted except frootza, which means he didn't have to be scored, since he moved on directly! We also had the insane Group P, with the dream team of dem0 and LSD taking home a victory over three other high-scorers. All four scores in Group P were in the top 17, and every member had a number of groups in which they would've advanced, had they been seeded into them!
Speaking of groups, here are the group averages and medians, so you can see how competitive the groups were!
Round 1 Groups by Average Score
Rank - Average - Median - Group - Winner
??) - N/A - N/A - Group C - frootza
01) - 8.81 - 8.77 - Group P - dem0lecule + LucidShadowDreamer
02) - 8.65 - 8.41 - Group L - bassfiddlejones + joshgawaldomusic
03) - 8.59 - 8.70 - Group D - SoundChris + JacobCadmus
04) - 8.53 - 8.43 - Group E - SkyeWint
05) - 8.36 - 8.45 - Group A - PirateCrab
06) - 8.29 - 8.18 - Group N - EliteFerrex
07) - 8.25 - 8.32 - Group K - IglicaV
08) - 8.24 - 8.09 - Group J - Azhthar
09) - 8.05 - 7.98 - Group I - NyxTheShield
10) - 8.02 - 7.97 - Group G - midimachine
11) - 7.95 - 8.00 - Group H - Lich
12) - 7.79 - 8.05 - Group O - JDawg00100
13) - 7.64 - 7.85 - Group F - thebitterroost
14) - 7.58 - 7.67 - Group M - ChronoNomad
15) - 7.43 - 7.20 - Group B - aliaspharow
So not only did the three team entries get the three highest scores, they topped the three most competitive group brackets as well! There's also some interesting relationships when you factor in the medians, because using them, the top three most competitive groups become P, D, and A. The groups with the largest difference between the average and median are groups O, L, and B, with differences of 0.26, 0.24, and 0.23 respectively.
It's not just the contestants that make up the NGADM - it's the judges too. An NG user named gadogry used to do analyses of previous NGADMs where he would calculate the average score and standard deviation of each judge. Personally, I just learned what standard deviation was a few hours ago at the time of this writing, so I'm going to try something similar, and please correct me if you see any mistakes!
Round 1 Judges (Average Score/Standard Deviation)
StepW - 8.36 / 0.764
MetalRenard - 7.97 / 0.762
stunkel - 8.23 / 0.630
TaintedLogic - 7.99 / 1.107
Neon-Bard - 8.23 / 0.629
Geoplex - 8.14 / 0.826
Thanks to gadogry for clearing up what standard deviations are! Visit the comments section to learn more about this statistical stuff from gadogry himself or if you want to share your own thoughts on the matter! (And especially visit if you see any errors!) If you want to see the actual numbers I used to calculate this stuff (which is now outdated because of a few mistakes I made), you can download my spreadsheet here.
Anyways, I hope I've been able to satisfy some curious minds about the first round of this year's NGADM! I'm looking forward to rounds to come, and will be following it closely. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed it!
So, I was thinking about Newgrounds and its bevy of amazing content producers, when I came to the realization that there was a specific attribute that some Newgrounders embodied and others didn't. Interestingly, I also thought it would make a nice puzzle. I'm not entirely sure how difficult it is, but if you want to take a whack at it, here it is!
What specific attribute is shared by many Newgrounders, including:
LunacyEcho, Step, Mattashi, sorohanro, DuttonsaysHI, samulis, etc.
This attribute is also not shared by many Newgrounders, including:
15thDimension, Waterflame, Sequenced, LucidShadowDreamer, Kor-Rune, Ectisity, etc.
Well, I'm a bit late, but I've finished my genre project! Man, a lot can happen in a year! I wrote thirty-one songs in different genres, I passed the audition stage for the NGADM and made it to the finals of the NGAUC, and I learned much, much more about music than I thought I'd ever know, and for that, I'm quite proud of myself.
I'm not quite sure where I'm going to go now musically; I suspect I'll just write whatever comes to me and post those whenever. If anyone stuck with me through the whole thing, I'd like to say thanks! And if anyone's just finding my music and reading my news posts now, I'd like to suggest that you stick with me for a while! You never know what might come next.
Genre List (these links were done pretty haphazardly, so please tell me if I've made any mistakes!):
They're things you work hard for. Things you strive to. Things that, with commitment, you will one day achieve.
In short, keeping goals is one of the things that I am most horrible at.
I don't have the best sense of perseverence. I try something, and if I don't like it, I'm usually gone within the hour, so to speak. If I enjoy, boy oh boy, if I dislike, take a hike. Ergo, goals are something that seem completely anathema to me. It's not something I particularly like about myself, but it's in my nature, and I have to comply to it.
Or do I?
I've never been good at setting goals for myself. However, I'm feeling more inspired today, so I'm setting a goal for myself, right here, right now, on Newgrounds. I figure that if I ever feel like dropping out or not doing it, I'll just have to look at my front page and go, "Damn. I put it on a news post. I can't quit now! People are expecting things from me!" and all that. It also gives me an excuse not to change my front page post, as I've been feeling guilty for not changing it for so long.
For the goal that I want to set, I want it to be something that expands my horizon and my knowledge of music, but it's also got to be something that I find interesting and actually have a chance of completing (e.g., I won't do "must do 1,000 songs by June" or something like that). After some thought, I decided.
Here's my goal. It's March 19, 2014. By March 19, 2015, I want to have at least one song in every single genre category on Newgrounds. That's right. All 37 of them. Currently, I have a total of 6, which are Miscellaneous, Video Game, Chipstep, Techno, Drum 'N' Bass, and General Rock.
Not the worst start, but I definitely need to up my game. I'll continue editing this post throughout the year whenever I put up a song that fits a new category, linking it to the song that I've just put up. I was thinking of recategorizing some of my older songs into genres that fit them better, but that feels a bit more like cheating than adding songs I've already made to the list. I'll just stick to what I have.
I'm really excited, guys. I'm doing it, and I'm going to feel good doing it. And if I don't, well, that's my problem. 31 songs in a year doesn't seem like that impressive of a goal, but 31 songs of different genres? That's two and a half per month! And I'll have to keep learning the nuances of the different styles and everything! This is going to test me, but I'm going to do my best to finish as much as I can as well as I can.
For reference, here's a list of the genres that I already have finished. As the year progresses, I'll update the news post, linking each genre to my oldest song that fits the category. By March 19, 2015, I hope to have all 37 of those genres colored a neat, bold orange. Here we go.
Apparently, it's high time I wrote one of these news post things.
Hi. Chances are, you'll know me as LunacyEcho, the musician who you probably stumbled upon by accident. Unless, of course, you saw one of my reviews and clicked me, thinking it would be interesting. There's also the chance you came here because you saw a link in someone else's news posts. In fact, there's many different ways you could've heard about me and reached this message.
I think that the beauty of a site like Newgrounds is not only that you can share stuff you create with other people, but if you submerge yourself deeper within inner Newgrounds, you'll find that the people you follow or watch can lead you to other people as well. For example, the main reason I'm as popular as I am now (comparatively popular to my older self, not the rest of Newgrounds) is because of steampianist, who not only scouted me for the Audio Portal but recommended people to listen to me in one of his news posts. I love it when people do that. It allows more people to access more and more things, leading to a general sense of enrichment.
I think I'll pay the universe back a bit and recommend someone else who, like me, recently emerged onto Newgrounds and started uploading stuff. LucidShadowDreamer. He's a great musician who, with some more practice, has the potential to be the next mini-Step. Sadly, he's going to do military stuffs, so he's going to be uploading a ton of stuff he's already finished over the course of the next year or so. I'm still looking forward to it, and I hope every (if any) one who reads this checks him out as well.
I think the reason I spend so much time in Newgrounds is because I like making people happy. I review things to show people that they deserve attention, I upload music for people to listen to, and now I'm recommending people so that the recommended and the recommendees both get some benefit. In fact, the only person who doesn't really benefit is me, since I've already heard of everyone I'm recommending and I'm just wasting precious time typing this up. I'm doing this for you, guys. It's all for you.