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By ana (Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 05:27:29 AM EST) CMFC, MFC, Classical music, music, fun challenge, classical music fun challenge (all tags)
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.

Update [2007-4-24 7:17:58 by ana]: Now with link to the upload site.



The idea for a Classical Music Fun Challenge (CMFC) has been kicked around entirely too much, with no action. Herein, find that action.

Rules:

  • Deadline: June 13, in whatever timezone you're in. When it ceases to be June 13 anywhere in the world, the gate closes, and we'll listen and vote.

  • What's Classical? I think everybody has some idea of what I'm talking about here. I know it when I see it? And I'm not talking about alleged "Classic Rock", either. It's not necessary that the composer be dead; in fact the composer might be you, if you're really ambitious.

  • Both vocal and instrumental music is encouraged.

  • As always, cheating is encouraged.

  • You may upload your contributions here.

  • Copyright issues will be ignored by the organizer, and the site hoster. If the owners of things come after you, you're on your own. Obviously, posting a copyrighted performance by somebody else is Not Good (unless you have their permission, of course).

  • I think it would be cool, for those pieces that allow for it, to have collaborations among husiites (and non husiers).

  • I'd guess that symphony-length pieces won't get a whole lot of listening by the voting public. I'd recommend a piece a few minutes long (perhaps 5-10 at the longest).

You can find more discussion of the possibilities in this diary. Or post questions here and we'll see.

So, tune up your pianos and synths (and voices, if applicable), and let us hear what you noodle around with when you're not doing pop music.

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+1 VS2FP ROR ROFL COMECON by komet (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 05:31:18 AM EST


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<ni> komet: You are functionally illiterate as regards trashy erotica.
Bloody hell by Phage (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 05:33:47 AM EST
There goes my medley of early Bowie hits.

They're OK if you perform them on violins by wiredog (4.00 / 3) #14 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 07:39:28 AM EST
Or oboes, or some other symphony-type instrument.

Just as my re-interpretation of the Ring Cycle performed with armpit noises and howling dogs would be OK.

I wonder if Stacky will let me borrow Porschea for "Ride of the Valkyries"?

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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absolutely! by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 1) #16 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 09:45:29 AM EST
getting the noises you want is all up to you, however.

i'd suggest a trip here.

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June 13?? by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 1) #3 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 05:49:56 AM EST
Lordy - I can make two entries - the remake of that one Bach tune I know - and a second one with my own opus that I can write over the next few months.

Seriously - I wonder if making it two months doesn't just let everyone put it off for 7 and a half weeks before putting something together over the last few days?

Not that I'm complaining - I'll put the time to good use as I can use all the practice time I can get - I guess I'm just thinking out loud here. Anyways - I've got an idea and I'll certainly be entering this one - as well as looking forward to hearing the entries of some of our classically trained musicians.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

We talked about that... by ana (4.00 / 1) #6 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 06:11:40 AM EST
The way I tend to do things (multiple tracks, synched up later) takes time to get right (and even then, so far, it's not really right). So, sure, do two!

Power up your flaming yo-yos already! --StackyMcRacky

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Personally by TPD (4.00 / 3) #9 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 06:36:14 AM EST
I think I'm going to need the 2 months to get my playing anywhere near up to scratch to cover any of the tunes I was thinking about.

I downloaded the tab to a rather AIRY Bach number myself the other day, and I think I'd need 2 years (+) practicing that one piece alone to play anything remotely resembling that.

why sit, when you can sit and swivel with The Ab-SwivellerTM

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Aye by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 3) #12 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 06:44:29 AM EST
You need to find a simple Sonata in C and play it at quarter speed (just claim that's how you interpret the piece)- that's the easiest way to represent.

Or just play Greensleeves and hope you get away with it.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

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needs to be that long by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 1) #17 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 09:46:33 AM EST
it takes time to get a symphony together, have them practice the tune once or twice, etc.

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Objection! by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #4 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 06:05:22 AM EST
The MFC working title breaks the tradition of using numerical order.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

CMFC1? by ana (4.00 / 1) #5 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 06:10:17 AM EST
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Power up your flaming yo-yos already! --StackyMcRacky

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MFC XI -- Can you Handel it? by ammoniacal (4.00 / 6) #7 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 06:28:51 AM EST

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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No no by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 2) #10 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 06:37:00 AM EST
This looks more like an official fork to me. I sure hope it doesn't create any bad blood like the famous Emacs fork did.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

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It's fecking brill, Bob. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #13 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 07:08:22 AM EST
Glad to have your vote, mate.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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Yep, it's a fork. by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #15 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 07:42:02 AM EST
Spooooon!

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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Awe by duxup (4.00 / 3) #8 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 06:35:29 AM EST
I'd guess that symphony-length pieces won't get a whole lot of listening by the voting public. I'd recommend a piece a few minutes long (perhaps 5-10 at the longest).

I guess that shoots down my twelve and a half hour Kabuki performance...
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That falls under the by ana (4.00 / 5) #11 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 06:37:56 AM EST
Cheating is encouraged rubric.

Power up your flaming yo-yos already! --StackyMcRacky

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cool! by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 2) #18 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 10:08:09 AM EST
i've already started hounding clock!  and i've also shown him opportunities that he didn't realize existed.

heh. heh. heh.

ooOOOoo by ana (4.00 / 2) #19 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 10:13:21 AM EST
plzpostpix, er, yeah. Looking forward to hearing clock's entry.

Power up your flaming yo-yos already! --StackyMcRacky

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Okay, okay by 606 (4.00 / 2) #20 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 11:37:14 AM EST
But I really want to pick the theme for the next MFC. :-)

There is a long standing tradition in the world of dance music of doing covers of Barber's Adagio for Strings. I'll try and do something more interesting... but failing that it's Adagio for you lot.

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I don't see... by ana (4.00 / 1) #21 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 11:42:11 AM EST
why we couldn't have a pop-themed Music Fun Challenge running in some overlapping time frame with this. If you want to start something. :-)

Power up your flaming yo-yos already! --StackyMcRacky

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I might... by 606 (4.00 / 1) #24 Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 10:34:31 AM EST
I'm just worried about taking people's attention away from the CMFC.

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imagine dancing banana here
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This isn't the MFC by komet (4.00 / 1) #22 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 11:43:12 AM EST
it's the CMFC, and you're still on to start the MFC at your convenience.

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<ni> komet: You are functionally illiterate as regards trashy erotica.
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woo! by LilFlightTest (4.00 / 2) #23 Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 04:38:49 PM EST
if anyone wants to borrow me, PM at will!
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Dance On, Gir!
Ummmmm... Errr... Ehhh... Urrrr... by greyrat (4.00 / 1) #27 Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 03:35:10 PM EST
Is nick in the room?

I kid! I kid!

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no by LilFlightTest (4.00 / 2) #30 Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 05:19:27 PM EST
he makes too much noise to be in the room while i record.

if you want a tenor though i can probably convince him...not that that's at all what you meant....
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Dance On, Gir!

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well, by garlic (4.00 / 1) #42 Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 05:09:55 PM EST
I'd also be happy to tenor.


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Good lord. by blixco (4.00 / 2) #25 Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 02:22:33 PM EST
I sincerely doubt I will have an entry, but it does give me an excuse to pick up a viola or cello again....

....that and I have several "symphony" banks on my keyboard....
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I accidentally had a conversation in italian at lunchtime. I don't speak italian. - Merekat

In fact, by blixco (4.00 / 5) #26 Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 02:38:55 PM EST
I just bought an electric viola from some shady eBay seller for too cheap.  Damn you, HuSi.  Damn you to hell.
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I accidentally had a conversation in italian at lunchtime. I don't speak italian. - Merekat
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Awesome! by toxicfur (4.00 / 3) #28 Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 03:57:14 PM EST
I'd like to see a classical blixco cover. I'd like to see if I could pick out yours as quickly in a totally different genre as I pick out your acoustic-guitar stuff.
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damnit by LilFlightTest (4.00 / 2) #29 Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 05:18:16 PM EST
you continue to remind me of my desire to learn to play something with strings, but my lack of money (also, time) to do so. i'll have to watch ebay to see what i can find, but i would have no idea what's going to be total shite.
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Dance On, Gir!
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Under $800, by blixco (4.00 / 1) #31 Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 05:59:58 PM EST
it doesn't matter.

I picked up an electric viola for $150.

It will not be a world-class instrument, but it won't need to be; I'm not a world class player by any stretch.  Last time I played daily was 2o years ago.

Goddamn.  I'm old.

Check with local pawn shops / craigslist, find a starving student.
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I accidentally had a conversation in italian at lunchtime. I don't speak italian. - Merekat

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Cheap violin by Alan Crowe (4.00 / 1) #39 Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 11:13:34 AM EST
I bought a cheap chinese made violin new for £60. It is OK and I after some years learning on it I joined an amateur orchestra and played it there. Actually it came with a plastic bow that was crap, so I had to find another £40 for a decent bow.

Comical thing is that it is hard to learn, so I've ended up spending about £1500 on lessons.

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As promised. by lb008d (4.00 / 1) #32 Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 08:37:55 PM EST
Rousing contrabassoon entry.. I'm playing this a couple times more this week, I may update the file if I get a better take than tonight's.

The piece is entitled "Aztec Ceremonies" by Graham Waterhouse. Written in 1995, it depicts several ceremonial scenes from Aztec ruins the composer visited.

Anyway, enjoy! It's just over 11 minutes, I hope it's not too long (11MB file).

Just over *10* minutes. by lb008d (4.00 / 1) #33 Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 08:57:56 PM EST
[nt]

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Ack! by lb008d (4.00 / 3) #34 Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 09:13:50 PM EST
I know how to spell "ceremonies". Recording in OGG. Recording in MP3.

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Fucking hell Sir by komet (4.00 / 1) #35 Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 03:36:46 AM EST


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<ni> komet: You are functionally illiterate as regards trashy erotica.
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Woowzers by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 2) #36 Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 04:00:29 AM EST
I can't be the only one who had visions of Elmer Fudd chasing Bugs Bunny around while listening to this.

Are you playing the keyboard as well on this?

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

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I wish I could play piano like that! by lb008d (4.00 / 1) #37 Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 05:04:16 AM EST

The pianist is my friend Shannon Conley. Here's her bio:

Bachelors from Cleveland Institute of Music, Masters from Peabody Institute of Music. Performance Degree and Teaching certificate from the Royal Academy of Music, London, UK. Ms. Conley is a pre-concert lecturer for the Seattle Symphony and performer throughout the US & UK, including venues at Bowdoin festival in Maine, Public Broadcasting in Cleveland, OH, and St. Andrews Cathedral in London, UK.



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Ah by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 2) #40 Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 11:43:34 AM EST
I thought I could pick out a Cleveland influence in her playing. Lots of depressing minor chords and whatnot.

Anyways - that's going to be a tough one to beat - I may have to cheat like a motherfucker rethink my original song idea.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

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Beat? by lb008d (4.00 / 1) #41 Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 12:02:52 PM EST
I'm just glad to be able to contribute something to an MFC for once instead of just listening in :-)

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Seriously cool stuff. by ana (4.00 / 2) #38 Mon Apr 16, 2007 at 06:31:57 AM EST
This by itself makes the whole CMFC thing worthwhile. :-)

Power up your flaming yo-yos already! --StackyMcRacky

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Take two from today. by lb008d (4.00 / 2) #43 Tue Apr 17, 2007 at 12:41:50 PM EST
I played the same piece on the local public radio station today. OGG MP3. IMHO I played the piece better than in the other recording, but the recording quality here isn't as good and my opening note was cut off! C'est la vie. Take #3 is this Thursday night at the actual concert.

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You play better on this one by komet (4.00 / 2) #44 Tue Apr 17, 2007 at 01:39:37 PM EST
but the piano loses confidence a few times, I think.

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<ni> komet: You are functionally illiterate as regards trashy erotica.
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Interesting observation ... by lb008d (4.00 / 2) #46 Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 06:58:56 AM EST
the pianos themselves were quite different. The first recording was in a hall with a 9' Steinway grand with the lid all the way up (this is a LOUD contrabassoon!) and the second recording with a 7' Yamaha with the lid down and the mic over the opening behind the music stand.

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Final take. by lb008d (4.00 / 2) #47 Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 05:39:43 AM EST
OGG
MP3

From a concert I did on the 19th. I like how this one sounds the best, especially the dynamics at the end.

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Hint for everyone: by komet (4.00 / 1) #45 Tue Apr 17, 2007 at 01:40:24 PM EST
John Cage's 4'33" is a classical piece.

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<ni> komet: You are functionally illiterate as regards trashy erotica.
sorry for the delay by 256 (4.00 / 2) #48 Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 07:02:08 AM EST
http://256k.org/cmfc1
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Thanks much! by ana (4.00 / 2) #49 Tue Apr 24, 2007 at 02:15:41 AM EST
will edit into the main story anon.

Power up your flaming yo-yos already! --StackyMcRacky

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Could we... by ana (2.00 / 0) #50 Wed May 02, 2007 at 02:22:05 AM EST
up the file size limit a bit? See here.

Power up your flaming yo-yos already! --StackyMcRacky

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First submission by ana (2.00 / 0) #51 Wed May 09, 2007 at 08:47:37 AM EST
I'm submitting this track for your consideration.

This is a lament written by William Byrd upon the death of his friend, mentor, and business partner Thomas Tallis in 1585. It was performed in concert by Coro Stella Maris (which included me) May 6, 2007 in Gloucester, MA.

Power up your flaming yo-yos already! --StackyMcRacky

I'm in by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 1) #52 Fri May 18, 2007 at 04:30:17 AM EST
If I ever have to play that God forsaken tune again I just may hang myself...

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

w00t! by ana (2.00 / 0) #53 Fri May 18, 2007 at 04:51:22 AM EST
Hooray!

Power up your flaming yo-yos already! --StackyMcRacky

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Just under the wire by riceowlguy (4.00 / 1) #54 Tue Jun 12, 2007 at 05:59:16 PM EST
I finally got up the courage to do one of these.


yay! by ana (2.00 / 0) #55 Wed Jun 13, 2007 at 02:08:51 AM EST

Power up your flaming yo-yos already! --StackyMcRacky

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my entry by komet (4.00 / 2) #56 Wed Jun 13, 2007 at 01:21:28 PM EST
has a shitload of mistakes in it. My piano teacher's handwriting on the sheets indicates that I learned to play this in 1990. Clearly 17 years of arsing around has not helped.

Listen and weep.

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<ni> komet: You are functionally illiterate as regards trashy erotica.

Mine by motty (4.00 / 1) #57 Wed Jun 13, 2007 at 02:49:49 PM EST
is worse... :(

I amd itn ecaptiaghle of drinking sthis d dar - Dr T
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