Competition Winners Announced

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After a couple of weeks of frantic listening and judging, we finally have our winners for The Unfinished u-he Synth Contest! There were 76 entries in the end and some truly marvellous music to enjoy, so a huge thanks to everybody that entered.

Unfortunately, there can only be one winner (well, and two runners-up and seven more prize winners but, hey…) and that winner is…


His track Ratatumba Mountain really struck a chord with the judges, with it’s wonderful blendy of synthy ambience, groovy percussion and joyous ethnic/folk vocals. The track was also really skilfully mixed.

Here is the full rundown of the Top Ten (all of whom will win prizes):

01 Oleg Tokarev – Ratatumba Mountain
02 DRKNST – Versʌtziliʌ
03 Musica Celestiale – Saturday Morning (Soundtrack Version)
04 Submersion Studios – Zero Day Exploit
05 Rayshaun Thompson – Francis Castiglione!
06 Refrakt – Continuum
07 Bitmud – The Unfinished Me
08 Maliki Ramia – I Can Feel
09 Hörspiel-Werkstatt – JO’s Unfinished Odyssey
10 Per Kiilstofte – Bane of Chronos

Click on the links above to listen to the top ten tracks, or check out the Soundcloud group with all (or at least most) of the competition entries. Why not leave some feedback for these guys? I shall be leaving some of my comments over the next week or so.

Huge congratulations to Oleg, who will be getting an exclusive soundset designed by me, as well as a u-he plug-in license of his choice and also The Unfinished Complete Bundle.

DRKNST and Musica Celestiale will also be getting a u-he plug-in of their choice, as well as The Unfinished bundles. And the rest of the top ten have won a The Unfinished soundset of their choice. Also, because it didn’t finish in the top three, I’m going to offer a special prize to my favourite track in the competition, Continuum by Refrakt, which I thought was just gorgeous!

Plus, as a thank you to all who entered, I’ll be contacting you with a special discount code for The Unfinished shop, so you can do a little shopping for your new, amazing tracks. Thanks you so much to all for your support and your wonderful music!

And thanks also to my fellow competition hosts and judges: Ronnie at Rekkerd, Oddvar and the gang at u-he, Jason Graves and Si Begg.

It’s been huge fun. Perhaps I’ll do it again some day…


  • 09/08/2016, 1:19 pm  Reply

    Hi Matt, I’m very happy you enjoy my track and I’m very pleased with the result, WOW!! it was very great to enter this contest because your sounds are very inspirational to me. What is the procedure for now? What do you need of info for me?

    • Matt
      09/08/2016, 4:43 pm

      Well done Roy! I will be in touch with all winners and entrants soon.

  • James (Refrakt)
    11/08/2016, 7:02 pm  Reply

    Hey Matt, I’m overjoyed that you enjoyed my track. It really means a lot. Your work with sound is incredibly inspirational.

    • Matt
      11/08/2016, 7:10 pm

      Thanks James. Really loved those brooding synth pad chords throughout – right up my street!

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