This excerpt is reprinted with the kind and express permission of the New York Times
and Glenn Branca [www.glennbranca.com] from (TimesSelect subscription required):
The 'In Search of the Lost Chords' Contest
By Glenn Branca
The sweetest sounds I've ever heard are still inside my head.
— Richard Rogers
We discussed the widespread contempt in which ukulele players are held - traceable, we concluded, to the uke's all-but-exclusive employment as a producer of chords - single, timeless events apprehended all at once instead of serially. Notes of a linear melody, up and down a staff, being a record of pitch versus time, to play a melody is to introduce the element of time, and hence of mortality. Our perceived reluctance to leave the timelessness of the struck chord has earned ukulele players our reputation as feckless, clownlike children who will not grow up.
— Thomas Pynchon from "Against The Day"
Yes, this is a contest.
And it's open to any and everyone.
Here are the rules. Write and record up to three minutes of startlingly new and original instrumental chords. They can be scored in any fashion whatsoever, using any instrumentation or sound producing devices. You can submit a static series of chords or you can perturb the chords in any fashion. You can just submit one big gorgeous chord if you wish.
The submissions can be sent here in the form of a posted link to a site where a recording of the piece can be heard (like MySpace, for example). Leave the link in a comment at the end of this post. Don't send any music files.
At the end of the month I will announce the winners on my last blog entry.
I was hoping to be able to have some kind of small rewards for the winners, but it's not possible at this time. The links to all of the entries will stay posted in the comment section so that people can judge for themselves if they don't like my choices. But I will only post entries that seem to be within the spirit of the contest.
[Legal Note: By submitting a link to music you represent and warrant that the music found there is your original creation and that it does not infringe on any existing copyright.]
Anyone who can't post an entry because they're not a member of TimesSelect can just send the link to me at email@example.com and I'll post it.
Thanks due, to Peter Catapano at NYT and Glenn Branca.