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Yc Theme Challenge No. 4 (Returns!)

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We write little themes for this competition for other composers to develop into a bigger work. Sometimes you recieve something completely different from your style. Sometimes fits like a glove. That's the challenge!

 

So, for this one, I was thinking on having some particularity, some simple but significative guideline for us to compose the themes. It could be something like "write in a range of 1 octave" or "write a single melody without accompaniment" or "exclude one note (in any octave) from the theme" or "make it programmatic" or "make an hommage" or "make it modal" or "use an exotic scale"... well, some sort of guideline, just one, to make things more interesting, so that we can remember this challenge as "that one in which we had to ________". What do you think?

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Far be it from me to make suggestions when I still haven't finished the last challenge! But I'm glad you guys are interested in continuing this and I definitely encourage anyone who is even a little bit interested to give it a shot!

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Count me in!

 

So, for this one, I was thinking on having some particularity, some simple but significative guideline for us to compose the themes. It could be something like "write in a range of 1 octave" or "write a single melody without accompaniment" or "exclude one note (in any octave) from the theme" or "make it programmatic" or "make an hommage" or "make it modal" or "use an exotic scale"... well, some sort of guideline, just one, to make things more interesting, so that we can remember this challenge as "that one in which we had to ________". What do you think?

 

I liked your last suggestion where we pick any word from a dictionary and try compose something based on that one word. I definitely think our themes should be bare bones though, and leave a lot to the imagination.

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I've just decided that since the theme from the last challenge has given me so much trouble that I will set it aside for a while and refresh my mind with a new challenge. After that I can return to Ludey's theme with renewed focus. I've just grown so worn out in my attempts to work with the sextet that I have to do something new and fun before I can revive my interest in the former. So count me in for this challenge. This time I'll keep my ambitions in check so I don't hit a wall :P

 

I also put forth my support for the dictionary word challenge. It will add some flare to this project and definitely make it worth remembering!

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I liked your last suggestion where we pick any word from a dictionary and try compose something based on that one word. I definitely think our themes should be bare bones though, and leave a lot to the imagination.

 

Ok, I also agree with the "bare bones" idea. About the "random word", I think we could use a random wikipedia article (just click here). I believe a whole article (or a simple stub) could be more interesting than a word. Well, just another suggestion.

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Either way I suppose, I liked the original dictionary idea because the intent was to guess what word was used to craft the piece, but since we're doing a theme swap it matters a lot less. I'm not sure about using wikipedia articles, I hit your link and got one page about vegetable proteins and another about a strain of bacteria. The random selection idea could work, though.

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I would personally prefer that the challenge be a purely musical one rather than the dictionary or wikipedia idea, because I doubt music's ability to be specifically "about" anything. Or, at least I doubt my ability to write music that is.

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Ok, so let's start as soon as possible. Here are the overall guidelines:

 

- Compose a theme for someone else to develop into a bigger musical work;

- Make the theme relatively "short" (not too much, but just don't make a whole sonata);

- Don't fill it with too much accompaniment (keep it completely raw, if possible);

- You can use dictionaries or random wikipedia articles to get some inspiration, although it's not obligatory.

 

Post the theme on the site and a link on this thread. We'll make the theme distribuition next sunday (September 6th). If anyone still wants to participate after the themes have been distributed, he/she can still pick a theme and compose something, but he/she will not have his/her theme worked on by someone.

 

Is that OK for everybody?

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