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By ana (Thu Jun 14, 2007 at 12:18:04 PM EST) CMFC, MFC, music, vote (all tags)
In which the organizer calls a halt to this Classical Music Fun Challenge, the first.

Thanks to 256 for hosting, a few bugfixes to his software, disk space, bandwidth, etc. etc. etc. Here are the entries, which can all be found here:
  • Für Elise, alledgedly by Driusan. Nuff said. Driusan: link

  • ana's submission of Coro Stella Maris singing Ye Sacred Muses by William Byrd. link

  • Bob Abooey: Mostly Für Elise (Beethoven) link

  • lb008d: Aztec Ceremonies by Graham Waterhouse. link

  • yicky yacky: Por Una Cerveza Mario link

  • TPD: Worse Than My Bite link

  • riceowlguy: The Vagabond link

  • komet plays Rachmaninoff Prelude in C-sharp, Op 3 No 2 link

  • motty: Russian Rag, based on the same Rachmaninoff prelude, ragged by George Cobb. link

  • clock: an original piece called the Mirror link

  • doggerel: Willow, an original composition link

  • Sardine: a portion of Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Pärt link

I, for one, will find it difficult to choose among so many entries, so different, one from another. It's sort of customary, in these Husi Fun Challenges, to vote for about three entries, but I'll leave that choice to you, the voter.

I'd also like to say that it's been fun, and the flushing of yet more musical talent out of the Husi woodwork (to commangle some metaphors) has been entirely worth the trouble, in my opinion.

If people would like to post a few words about their compositions and/or recordings in the comments, that might help people choose. Or not. Also, I think reviews and suggestions would be appreciated by most of the entrants. Some such comments are already to be found in the comments to the original CMFC diary.

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Wow. by blixco (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu Jun 14, 2007 at 05:26:07 PM EST

I won't even say who I voted for...tough tough tough decisions narrowing it down to three...but damn.  Very very good stuff here.  Great job, folks!
"You bring the weasel, I'll bring the whiskey." - kellnerin

I think that EVERYONE'S a winner! by ammoniacal (4.00 / 3) #2 Thu Jun 14, 2007 at 08:11:01 PM EST
Just testing my aptitude for Early Childhood Education.

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

WIPO by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #3 Fri Jun 15, 2007 at 04:24:39 AM EST

Otherwise. Wow. Tough to choose. May have to fire up the Olde Random Number Generator.

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

Excellente! by yicky yacky (4.00 / 1) #4 Fri Jun 15, 2007 at 05:47:05 AM EST

I think I voted for doggerel, motty and TPD, but it was late last night and I was vey vey junk so can't be entirely sure. I could easily have voted for four or five of the others as well.

We had a slight family emergency last week (old relative with a shattered hip, and I had to dash down to see them for a few days), which kind of scuppered my proper CMFC plans.

I was originally going to play properly and do a fluid arrangement between piano and guitar (with no drums) but knew I wouldn't have the time, so instead transposed an available score into MIDI format and used that to drive two different synthesizers (in truth, I just played about about with the synth settings until they sounded like a video game). The beat was added quickly, in about ten minutes, before I recorded and converted to MP3. The entire thing took about an hour and a half, and most of that was translating the score into MIDI. I left home to head south about twenty minutes after uploading it. Given the constraints, I think it sounds OK, if not as "classical" as it should; the only thing which I'm slightly bothered about is the squared-off nature of the timing and flow, which is a consequence of the unnaturalistic direct translation nature of the "playing".

The piece itself is "Por Una Cabeza" by Carlos Gardel. It's a South American tango from the thirties. That may not be strictly classical, but what's a slight genre jump between friends?

Vacuity abhors a vacuum.
I know that strictly speaking it isn't by LodeRunner (4.00 / 1) #6 Fri Jun 15, 2007 at 09:25:45 PM EST
but "South American tango" really felt like a redundancy the first time I read it. :)

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Hehe. Damned if you do ... by yicky yacky (2.00 / 0) #7 Sat Jun 16, 2007 at 05:15:40 AM EST

I was in the middle of writing "Argentinian tango", and then remembered that there is some mystery and debate surrounding Gardel's nationality and ancestry. Officially, he was born in Colombia, although some claim Uruguay and some others claim France, and although he grew up and spend most of his time in Argentina, he travelled a lot and several other countries try and claim him as their own.

Thus, I backed up and replaced "Argentinian" with "South American" in order to avoid numerous possible gotchas from Gardel-knowledgable readers (although really, by any sane standards, he was Argentinian). In doing so, I leapt over the pit of inaccuracy and banged my head on the low lying beam of redundancy. C'est la vie.

Smartarse. :)

Vacuity abhors a vacuum.
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Whoa by dark nowhere (4.00 / 3) #5 Fri Jun 15, 2007 at 07:01:04 PM EST
This turned out very well indeed. Props to everyone. Druisan: cracked me right up.

Chill out, snowflake.

Yo - clock! by muchagecko (4.00 / 1) #8 Sun Jun 17, 2007 at 08:56:55 AM EST
My 13-year-old cellist is very interested in performing your Mirror. Any chance the Mirror would be available for a junior high concert?

It's great. Thanks.

Druisan - please post as you make progress with your lessons. Thanks.

The only people to get even with are those that have helped you.

actually... by clock (4.00 / 1) #9 Sun Jun 17, 2007 at 01:36:35 PM EST
...with the exception of a few violin licks, i think that the entire peice COULD be performed by a junior high orchestra.  when you only get two rehearsals before a concert, you tend to scale things back...if you're smart.  the most difficult part is the rhythm.

all of my pieces are available for anyone who wants to see/hear/play them.  i'm VERY open about that.  so if there's interest, i'm pretty sure i can locate a score...

I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

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Super good! by littlestar (4.00 / 2) #10 Tue Jun 19, 2007 at 04:03:59 AM EST
Okay, Driusan's entry made me laugh very hard... I may even listen to it again if I need to giggle later.

The other entries however, were so good, what excellent talent we have here. We even got some Baltic music represented (I also love Arvo!).

I was planning on doing my Lucia De L'Amour aria (sung in " The Fifth Element" with excellent score added by Nick Serra), but life was WAY too busy during this contest. Maybe when it comes around again.

Now I have to try and figure out who the heck I am going to vote for... this will be hard.

Hrrmm. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #11 Wed Jun 20, 2007 at 10:00:24 AM EST
Well, they're all certainly better than Stairway to Hotel Freebird.

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

is it too late to vote? by 256 (4.00 / 1) #12 Mon Jun 25, 2007 at 12:04:16 AM EST
i put them on my mp3 player (which i leave permanently on shuffle) last week. as such, i'm not yet sure i've listened to them all. but on my walk to work this morning through amsterdam's hungover monday morning streets, yicky yacky's track came on and i felt immediately as though i was walking through the intro sequence to some post modern horror movie ala 28 days later.

as such, yy for the win.
I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni

You can always vote... by ana (2.00 / 0) #13 Mon Jun 25, 2007 at 02:38:30 AM EST
Well, at least until the voting story goes into the archive (if there even is one here).

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

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Incredibly late comment by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #14 Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 09:10:54 AM EST
I finally bought a set of headphones to listen to these at work.

I couldn't get into the first entries, but from komet onwards I found the entries perked up. I don't think I can pick a single favourite from the last 5. clock's piece had me thinking of "Psycho" and I was fascinated by the contrast between komet's entry and motty's version.

Thanks to all who contributed and to you for thinking of the idea.

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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