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On our Discord server we run regular challenges for aspiring Video Game Music Composers. Everyone is welcome to join in, no mater your level or experience, the community is here to support your creative works, offer help and feedback and basically bask in the glory of fan created VGM. Its a glorious thing, come and check it out!!

Challenges cover a range of topics or themes, and can include covers/reMixes and original works. There is usually some restriction placed to make it more challenging, and its a great way to extend your creative skills.

Join the Discord to learn more about the current challenge. Before you can join the challenge you must get the @composer role.

Even if you don't join in the challenges to start with you can share your own work in the #share-your-music and #critique-my-track channels to get supportive feedback from the community. Its a great way to share and learn.

VGM Lounge Challenge
Season 10

Have you got a VGM challenge you have been itching to unleash on the community? Here is your chance... suggest a challenge round and battle it out with the crew to vote for the most enticing VGM making challenge. The challenge can be as simple or as challenging as you can devise and members will decide how brave they are feeling. The highest voted will become the next challenge round for Season 10.

Ongoing Challenge Reward Roles

Here, you can find a list of every role that you will be able to acquire on the server through leveling up in the Challenges, along with a flavor text!

The following list is by no means a comprehensive list of every video game music composer in the world; the list was compiled AND sorted by a voting system the Moderators and Admins underwent, where we all shared our favorite songs from as many of these composers as we knew the compositions of, and they were voted upon by the other Mods/Admins. This brought us to the list we bring you now. Composers AND Voters alike can ascend these ranks by getting . For Composers, they can ascend by getting *Hearts* on their works, and for Voters, they can ascend by leaving *Hearts* on a composition AND writing a review for it that must be a minimum of 100 characters. All Composers and Voters will reach Rank 30 - Christopher Tin upon getting, for Composers, 10 *Hearts*, and for Voters, leaving 10 *Hearts* WITH reviews. That being said, once you get that role, your journey to Rank 1 will begin!

RANK 1: KOJI KONDO Whether you live under a rock, underground, or in a pineapple under the sea, you've almost definitely heard the legendary Super Mario Bros. theme composed by Koji Kondo.

RANK 2: MAHITO YOKOTA While Super Mario 3D World's "Champion's Road" almost sent us to a psych ward, the incredible music that plays during it did not. If you played Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword or the first Super Mario Galaxy game, you can take stock in knowing that all of that music was also Yokota compositions.

RANK 3: NOBUO UEMATSU XBOX, VICTORY, EAT A BEAR, LEMON TEA, SEPHIROTH! The man behind the legend composed the music for almost all of the original Final Fantasy games right up to Final Fantasy X; he has since become more of a "cameo composer" in later games, but that does not detract from the stunning works he has composed over the decades, like One-Winged Angel, Battle On the Big Bridge, Balamb Garden, To Zanarkand, and the main theme of multiple games in the Final Fantasy series: Prelude. (edited)

RANK 4: STEWART COPELAND The only thing the drummer from The Police could be arrested for is being guilty of making the fantastic music of the original Spyro trilogy.

RANK 5: JEREMY SOULE Complain all you want about Skyrim's multiple iterations, you can't deny the magnificent music of Jeremy Soule has become cemented in our minds. Soule has also been responsible for the music of Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and a large number of other non-Elder Scrolls video games.

RANK 6: DAVID WISE Veteran composer at the Rare company, he gave us the music for the three original Donkey Kong Country games among other classics; Gangplank Galleon makes us want to take our crowns off and throw them at Mr. Wise; he certainly deserves one.

RANK 7: KENTA NAGATA While you were busy getting knocked off-course by a roving Blue Shell or a Banana Peel in Mario Kart 64, you may or may not have heard the beautiful works of Kenta Nagata playing in the background. Nagata also assisted in the composition of the music for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

RANK 8: JUNICHI MASUDA Let's face it, Pokemon fans. This man was your childhood thanks to the forever-memorable compositions of the original Pokemon games, and even many of the newest games. Gotta compose 'em all!

RANK 9: ZUN (JUN'YA OTA) If you’ve spent time on the Internet, you’ve probably been bombarded with the shrill melodies of “Night of Nights” or “U.N. Owen was Her?” and seeing the characters, wondering to yourself “What is this anime?” But we assure you, this is not your average bullet hell series full of badass girls. Our beer-loving musical genius ZUN has an iconic style that’s an undeniable sensation with fans of the Touhou franchise of video games.

RANK 10: KEIICHI OKABE The iconic composer for the Nier franchise, Keiichi Okabe's work has earned a great deal of respect and admiration from the video game music community at large for Nier: Automata and the excellent compositions therein.

RANK 11: MICHIRU YAMANE The "Queen of Castlevania", Michiru Yamane's epic works have spanned the entire franchise starting with the iteration known as Castlevania: Bloodlines, and more recently, she has helped compose for the spiritual successor series known as "Bloodstained". What is a musical? A miserable pile of sequences.

RANK 12: HIROKAZU "HIP" TANAKA Father of the chiptune, Hip Tanaka's eclectic compositions are what you would've heard while playing the original Metroid, the original Kid Icarus, and so many other gems of the original NES. Trust us, though; his beep is worse than his boop, but his tunes are far superior to both.

RANK 13: RYO NAGAMATSU You might've been too busy splatting each other in Splatoon or too busy kicking your best friend/family member's butt at Wii Sports OR even falling to your doom in SOME of the levels in Super Mario Galaxy 2 to have heard the works of Ryo, but if you combed every cave and blade of grass in Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds or The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, you'll have heard this man's works as well. (edited)

RANK 14: GO ICHINOSE The yin to Junichi Masuda's yang, Ichinose (and we highly doubt that's pronounced "itchy nose") rose to success with Pokemon Gold and Silver's music, assisting Masuda with the soundtrack, and having contributed to nearly every soundtrack in the main series since.

RANK 15: YUZO KOSHIRO Whether you heard his music through the FM greatness of Streets of Rage or Etrian Odyssey, or heard the collabs he's done, including Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (with Michiru Yamane); this man's composed for many different titles in a variety of styles! You'd think the series would be called Streets of Rave with bangers like Dreamer playing in the background while you were kicking ass at an amusement park.

RANK 16: C418 (DANIEL ROSENFELD) With his real name put here for those who do not know, C418 is the mind behind the music of Minceraft, a game about a beast known as the Enderdragon who is trying to protect its only egg and heir from the wrath of a mysterious steak-eating miner named Steve/Alex who has a penchant for building really angular structures.

RANK 17: TOBY FOX hOI! i'm tEMMIE!! ...Not really, but Toby Fox is not only the composer for, but also the creator of Undertale and Deltarune, as well as guest composer for one song from Pokemon Sword/Shield. It would be a lie to say that anyone who listens to Toby's music is going to have a bad time.

RANK 18: YOKO SHIMOMURA Where do we even begin? Between Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy XV, Mario & Luigi, Streets of Rage 4, Parasite Eve, and so many other games she composed legendary work for, Yoko Shimomura has her foot in the door of more genres and franchises in VGM than Meryl Streep has awards, Touhou has games, or Cyberpunk 2077 has glitches.

RANK 19: KAZUMI TOTAKA Chances are, you've heard this legendary composer's famous theme, but don't quite remember where...but beyond that, Totaka is also known for the music of the Animal Crossing games, Super Mario Land 2, Wave Race 64, and many others, all of which are absolutely superb. Incredibly, Totaka is also the voice actor for Yoshi!

RANK 20: MARCIN PRZYBYLOWICZ While Marcin has not composed for a wide variety of games, his work on The Witcher III: Wild Hunt along with Mikolai Stroinski gave birth to some of the most epic tunes heard in the last decade of video games, such as "Hunt Or Be Hunted", "Igni", and "Geralt of Rivia".

RANK 21: MASATO NAKAMURA If you've ever played the very first Sonic the Hedgehog game and its sequel, chances are you'll have heard the superb compositions of Masato Nakamura; songs like Green Hill Zone, Marble Zone, Star Light Zone, and Emerald Hill Zone are the brain-child of this brilliant composer.

RANK 22: JUN SENOUE Lead guitarist for the well-known band Crush 40, Jun Senoue is also one of Sega's go-to composers, having composed the soundtracks for a large number of Sega games, most notably the majority of Sonic the Hedgehog video games after the original trilogy (though he contributed songs to Sonic the Hedgehog 3); such examples of these other games include Sonic Heroes, Sonic Riders, Sonic Generations, and Sonic Adventure, among others.

RANK 23: MOTOI SAKURABA Whether you’re a hardcore Dark Souls gamer or a casual Mario Golf/Tennis fan, chances are, you’ve heard the works of Motoi Sakuraba, as he’s taken on a remarkable range of musical genres and styles within a myriad of game franchises. Dramatic male choirs and complex odd time signatures are a sign you’re listening to his captivating compositions.

RANK 24: YASUNORI MITSUDA The protegee of Nobuo Uematsu, Mitsuda's compositions span the OSTs of games like Chrono Trigger and Mario Party 1, along with lending assistance to Mario Party 2 and many others. To think, while you were ruining your friendships in Mario Party 1, you were hearing music by the same person who composed "To Far Away Times"!

RANK 25: KENJI YAMAMOTO Taking on the mantle from Hip Tanaka after NES Metroid, Yamamoto worked with Minako Hamano on the soundtrack for Super Metroid, and gave fans an unforgettable soundtrack to go with the unforgettable experience of finding wherever the HELL that last Missile Expansion is...

RANK 26: GRANT KIRKHOPE A contemporary of David Wise at Rare, Grant Kirkhope brought to us the soundtracks for Donkey Kong 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Banjo-Tooie, among other Rare titles. More recently, he dusted off his composing skills to remix and cover music for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the arrival of Banjo and Kazooie as playable characters.................and yes, he did the D.K Rap too, so you have him to thank for such epic lyrics.

RANK 27: MANAMI MATSUMAE Chanchacorin Woman - Clear Points: 9000000! Better known now as Manami Matsumae, the one who composed for the first Mega Man game in all of its 8-bit greatness, as well as coming back for Mega Man 10's theme for Nitro Man! She's even contributed to well known indie titles such as Shovel Knight and Mighty No. 9!

RANK 28: KENJI ITO Without the works of this composer, you can bet such masterpiece titles as the Mana games and the SaGa games would have lost a great deal of their appeal. Kenji Ito (also known as Itoken informally) also worked on Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest for the Game Boy, among over 30 other video games.

RANK 29: JESPER KYD A true maestro, Kyd's works have been primarily focused on the Assassin's Creed franchise, and it is through his ingenious mind we were given such beautiful, emotional pieces of music as Ezio's Family, Venice Rooftops, and others. If you ever do a Leap of Faith of your own (we here at VGM Lounge do not condone such dangerous acts, otherwise Recquiescat In Pace), be sure to have this man's music blaring on loudspeakers all around you.

RANK 30: CHRISTOPHER TIN With Tin's song "Baba Yetu" (which is literally the prayer of "Our Father" sung in Swahili), composed as the main theme for Sid Meier's Civilization IV, it went on to become the first video game song to ever win a Grammy Award and thus cemented Christopher Tin as an iconic composer whose music would later be featured in Civilization VI (the main theme of that game being another incredible composition born of the writings of Leonardo Da Vinci, "Sogno Di Volare" (translated as "The Dream of Flight").