During each round of the Songwriting portion of the competition, Chairman Min unleashes a Mystery Turmoil via The Interloper. Turmoils are obstacles, either aural or physical, which the composers must overcome while attempting to finish composing their songs. Most turmoils incorporate the bodies, actions, psychic energy, clothing, or voices of the audience to create a human tornado of chaos thrown the composers way.

Chairman Min's depth of sadism is boundless: 5 completely new Turmoils are created for each IRON COMPOSER battle. Past Turmoils have included:

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