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Round two

Attention composers! #Armada’s second piece is going now, and you have been tagged. Right now. We mean it. We’re doing things differently for this round. You may now submit as many single measures or short phrases (4 bars absolute maximum) as you would like, within some given parameters, at any time during the game.

The performer that the piece is for will assemble the submissions in the way that he or she would like to play them. This way they get to have a hand in the composition too, and it should go a lot faster. Plus different performers can assemble the measures in different ways, so the piece will never be the same twice.

We’re writing this piece for guitarist Patrick Power (@patrickjapower) of Toronto, Canada. The parameters he has chosen are:

  • Solo guitar
  • Dropped D tuning (D A D G B E)
  • Something resembling or playing with (or subverting or ignoring) the key of D major

Patrick has given us the following free associations/buzz words to keep in mind:

Lovely, paradiddle, two voices, ii, 7 vs. b7, Walton Bagatelles, lots of fun at Finnegan’s wake.

When you have composed a measure or phrase, send it in an email as a PDF to BOTH hashtag_armada@live.com and patticus@gmail.com. Please include your name as you would like it displayed, and your Twitter handle. Please only send one submission per email. You can send as many as you would like though.

The piece will end when we have received fifty submissions.

If you have any questions, please ask, using the #Armada email address above.. Godspeed, good sailors.

Piano Sonata Complete

Back in July we began work on our first piece, a sonata for solo piano. Today it is complete. More than 25 composers from all over the world participated. To view the score, click here.

Here is a MIDI version of the piece:

Performances are forthcoming. If you are a pianist and would like to perform it, please do! Let us know, so that we can help promote your concert.

First piece

We have begun work on a piano sonata. It started in 4/4 at 120 bpm. When a composer uses his or her turn to insert a double bar, it will be finished. When this happens, the score, and the guidelines for the next piece will be posted on this page.

Eventually, concert information and a recording will be posted here too.