In a recent General Discussion thread I asked for ideas about what we could do with the next round of Sean's Orchestration Challenge
. I'm glad I posted the question, because everyone came up with really good ideas.
The hope is that more people of all experience levels get involved this time, and that more of us pause to listen to the results later on when the entries are posted.
The basic concept for the Challenge series as created by Sean hasn't been changed, and now via email, he and I have agreed on the following parameters for this round, utilizing some of the ideas that were posted on the thread mentioned above.
To make the Challenge something that people of less experience can feel confident about joining in on was the most important suggestion from the discussion thread. I hope I've cooked up a Challenge that fulfills that request.
FOR THIS ROUND:
--Entries need to be between 1 and 2 minutes long.
Short and sweet.
--Entries need to use no more than six instruments,
and of course those instruments should be either exclusively or primarily from the Garritan Libraries.
EDIT MARCH 9: The term "Instrument" may apply to a group voice, so that a section of Violins, for instance, may be thought of as one instrument.
--Entries must use the raw material posted below to convey the theme of "HOPE."
So, for instance, to change the material into a minor key probably wouldn't be a good choice. What I'm offering as a starting point is Diatonic, and it's likely that to have it remain Diatonic will be most appropriate for supporting the theme of HOPE.
--Entries are to based on the following Motif.
There are SIX VERSIONS
of this Motif. You may use as few or as many as you'd like, up to all six.
I have the Motif in the key of C, but you are free to move into any key signature you choose.
Also feel free to use the Motif in any way you choose, as long as it is prominently recognizable throughout your arrangement.
The Motif may be developed into a Theme, or left as a fragment, ala the opening of Beethoven's 5th.
- If you develop the Motif into a Theme, add measures which logically develop the Motif into a melody. The Motif phrase could be answered in a way you see fit, and then resolved also according to your sensibilities.
Besides the 5 time signatures of the various Motif versions (there are two versions of the 3/4 Motif) I have embedded different Tempi in the MIDI file, and they are indicated in the file's markers. Feel free to change the Tempi to whatever you want.
Here are the 6 different versions of the Motif, and remember that you may use just one or as many as you want. They are listed in the same order you'll find them on the MIDI file.
1) In 2/4
2) In 4/4
3) In 3/4
4) In 3/4, alternative rhythm
5) In 5/4
6) In 6/8
AND HERE IS THE MIDI FILE WITH ALL VERSIONS.
EDIT: AND HERE IS A BOX FOLDER WITH ALL IMAGES AND THE MIDI FILE IN ONE LOCATION.
The MIDI file has all 6 versions in the one file. There are blank measures between each version. When you open the MIDI file in your application, you will clearly see where each version begins and ends.
- The rhythm of the phrase is part of the Motif. All of the versions begin with a rest, and that is an integral part of the Motif. The rhythm of the Motif in any of the various key signatures can be used by itself, for instance through percussion alone, and that would be a valid, recognizable use of the same Motif.
I hope this presents a enjoyable little Challenge which you can find to work on. Have fun!
And - send your entries to Sean at firstname.lastname@example.org
Considering the time and instrumentation limitation of this round, I'm hoping we can have the deadline be on March 16th, which is 3 weeks from now. It'd be great to not drag this on and on for months like the last round, do you agree?