We've just finished up what could be the most prolonged Challenge contest ever--it stretched on for months, through the Christmas holidays and now on into the middle of February.
I think it was in 2007 when the Challenge contest went through a burst of activity, with two and three times the number of entries we have now, and with more people voting too - though getting people to stop and take a listen, cast a vote--that's always been a pretty low percentage of the total Forum membership.
I'd enjoy seeing this thing get more Happening. Considering that it's an event involving our skills as arrangers and composers, it's symbolic of the whole reason we're here.
Using myself as an example, I've been super busy for quite awhile now. But I found it a nice change-of-pace and short-term project, to play around with Daniel's theme until I had something to submit. I think most of us could find the little bit of time it takes to do one of these arrangements. And I think we could all pause for a moment over the course of a day or two, and hear the entries our fellow members submit.
This is the third time I've won this--!---I keep getting involved in the Challenge because I found out from the first round I jumped into, that it's a lot of fun.
NOW - PLEASE GIVE ME FEEDBACK - What would you like the nature of the next Challenge theme to be? -We've had a variety of styles to work with over the last 19 Challenges, but usually what's presented is a full melody--often an 8 or 16 bar melody which stands on its own and narrows down the choices of appropriate chord structures. We're often given Songs to work with.
I think it could be a fun challenge to present just a handful of notes along with a mood perhaps. Just a few notes which the entrants would need to develop in whatever direction they want.
We all know how the opening of Beethoven's 5th is a massive development of just 4 notes.
Something along those lines. Perhaps notes that don't even have a time value. I could post a few notes, whole notes, on a staff so you could see which octave I have in mind for each note - but then the rhythm of the notes could be determined by the arrangers, the development, the continuation - all up to the entrants.
For one thing we would bound to end up with Extremely different pieces. And as I said, there's the idea that I could post a word, an adjective which could be part of the challenge - to create the piece with a particular mood in mind.
Thoughts? Do you find it an interesting idea for me to present a short motif of only a few notes, perhaps with no time values attached to them? Interesting to post an adjective along with the notes as a suggestion for a mood to aim for? Does that attract you as a fun little challenge you'd like to try?
Lemme know what you think!