So, my evokation is quite small...It is not so grand as many, but might be as inspiring or life-changing.
I hope that it might offer many of us a chance to create a little individual something that could be part of a larger composition. So, here goes.
Lugdwig von Beethovan composed one of the most lovely, well-known and enduring compositions from 5 notes. Ode To Joy, from his 9th Symphony, can be played on an instrument as simple and inexpensive as a wooden recorder, with many variations of the following 5 notes: E, F, G, D, C.
I invite us all to create some variation of these notes, on any instrument (or even just writing them down for someone else to play).... Ode to Joy is typically played in 4-4, or common time...or... 4-beats per measure. So: you could have one wh*** note in a measure (4 long beats of one note); two half-notes in a measure (2 notes each holding for 2-beats), four quarter-notes (each one beat);
or 5 notes (two 8th notes plus 3 quarters)....you get the drift, I hope.
Let us all submit (post) one measure of our very own, choosing some variation of the 5 notes, played in one 4-4 measure (or a few, if you are inspired).
The goal would be to end with a composition that we could hear, comprised of a variation of all our measures put together. It might be a little cacaphonic, but then, it could be quite lovely.
(maybe Paul Holze could use it in one of his Happiness doc**entaries =)
How does it meet the four elements/challenges?
The Place: Anywhere in the world where people play music and have access
to the technology to send an audio clip or even just the notes and a shared request to have another participant play it.
The Challenge: To bring to creators a moment of joy, inspiration, and energy that having a hand in creating, listening and sharing this piece can deliver. To bring to listeners a similar moment of joy, inspiration, and energy from the shared piece.
The Idea: Music brings people together. Music has a commonality that transcends physical needs and social systems and can speak with a voice that is pure and that no agenda. Everyone can contribute - they need not be a professional or professed artist to share. Children, grandparents, engineers, bankers, computer specialists, accountants, clerks, farmers - anyone can add a measure of their music and time.
We can succeed because the efforts of any one contributor do not need to be large or time consuming. We can succeed because we invite people to participate in their own voice (instrument) and at their own level of ability. We can succeed because it would simply be fun to do.
The Money: Collecting the work of the artists and editing the final version will all be done with donated talent. The money will be used to print "liner notes" that will include credits, to post the finished product with video onto a web-accessible site, and to buy the first DVDs to copy the finished product onto.
(Truth be told, Do-re-mi was also created with 8 notes -- i.e., one octave, but that's another story.)
Thank you! (and thanks most to Peggy Scott who helped me believe that this might not be such a small idea after all.)
This game has been a very intriguing ride.