We acknowledge that Open Tradition readers are a artistic bunch.
As proof, we level to your Getty Museum Problem entries and the truth that one in every of your quantity received Yale College Press’s Kafka Caption Contest.
We’ve recognized one other alternative to indicate off your artistic streak, compliments of All Of It with Alison Stewart, a day by day stay tradition program on WNYC, New York Metropolis’s public radio station.
You’ve gotten till February 13 to write down and report an unique music impressed by a piece within the public area, and submit it to The All Of It Public Music Challenge.
Amateurs are welcome to take a crack at it and any style is cricket, together with rap, spoken phrase, and instrumentals.
Even for those who restrict your self to the works that entered the general public area on January 1 of this yr, the probabilities are virtually infinite.
Do you have to be inclined towards a devoted cowl, we encourage you to think about one in every of 1927’s deep cuts, like Fat Waller’s “Soothin’ Syrup Stomp” or Jelly Roll Morton’s “Hyena Stomp,” although we perceive the attraction of Irving Berlin’s enduringly standard “Puttin’ on the Ritz”.
Apologies to Emily Pleasure, the achieved younger classical pianist, above – participation is proscribed to entrants aged 18 or older.
The remainder of us are free to invent new lyrics for an current composition, or a model new tune for current lyrics.
You would possibly musicalize a poem or speech, some dialogue from a movie, or a web page from a guide.
A bluegrass spin on Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, maybe?
A dying steel re-envisioning of Buttercup Days from A.A. Milne’s Now We Are Six?
How a few sissy bounce tackle these traces from “The Journey of the Mazarin Stone,” the primary brief story in Arthur Conan Doyle’s assortment, The Case-Ebook of Sherlock Holmes:
“Billy, you will note a big and ugly gentleman outdoors the entrance door. Ask him to return up.”
“If he received’t come, sir?”
“No violence, Billy. Don’t be tough with him. When you inform him that Rely Sylvius desires him he will definitely come.”
“What are you going to do now?” requested the Rely as Billy disappeared.
“My buddy Watson was with me simply now. I informed him that I had a shark and a gudgeon in my internet; now I’m drawing the web and up they arrive collectively.”
The Rely had risen from his chair, and his hand was behind his again. Holmes held one thing half protruding from the pocket of his dressing-gown.
“You received’t die in your mattress, Holmes.”
Okay, we’re fooling around, however solely as a result of we don’t wish to put concepts in your head!
You possibly can even concoct one thing solely new – maybe a ballad from the POV of To the Lighthouse’s younger James Ramsay, or a ditty apologizing to Virginia Woolf for studying the Cliffs Notes as an alternative of the particular novel when it was assigned in your school Girls’s Literature class.
…we’re doing it once more, aren’t we?
All proper, we’ll depart you to it, with a reminder that something outdoors of your public area supply materials have to be wholly unique – no borrowing a catchy tune from Lennon and McCartney, capisci?
Winners will get an opportunity to debate their works on WNYC and all qualifying entries will probably be posted at contest’s finish for the general public’s listening pleasure.
Contest guidelines and data on how you can undergo The All Of It Public Music Challenge might be discovered right here.
Good luck! We are able to’t wait to listen to what you provide you with.
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– Ayun Halliday is the Chief Primatologist of the East Village Inky zine and creator, most not too long ago, of Artistic, Not Well-known: The Small Potato Manifesto and Artistic, Not Well-known Exercise Ebook. Comply with her @AyunHalliday.