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gj Michelob

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UPDATE: Composition Challenge (in reply to xirdneH_imiJ

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is there anything new on this front?


A fair inquiry.

We have been working relentlessly, and finally have registered with and uploaded music and artwork on CDBaby. A few glitches have further delayed the process, but it seems that we should have a dedicated page by this Friday or the following Monday.

Here is how the voting process will work –as described on the website album notes:

PLEASE VOTE: Cast your Vote by downloading your favorite composition in this International Composition Challenge for solo Flamenco Guitar, organized by ForoFlamenco.com. In this 2010 competition, various artists form America, Europe and Australia present their original flamenco guitar solos in this remarkable collection.

HOW TO VOTE: CDBaby will allow you to listen to 29 seconds of each track. You may vote simply by downloading the track of your choice, after listening to these short segments..
However, because this is a competition, we hope that you will download the entire album -which for the two (2) month voting period will be priced at only $4 (instead of $8.00). After you will have enjoyed all eight compositions, you can then cast your vote for your favorite track by downloading it (or more than one, if you so choose) from the single-track-roster (for $0.99). The three compositions receiving the highest number of downloads will be honored as 1st 2nd and 3rd place.

THANK YOU: for supporting this competition and the effort each of the artists has made to participate in this challenge.

ABOUT: Foro Flamenco (www.foroflamenco.com) is a US based not-for-profit organisation created in 2003 as a place for English-speaking flamenco enthusiasts to gather online and help each other with this complex, beautiful art form. Since then it has grown to over 3,500 members from all over the world, from Iran to Australia.
Whilst the forum was intended for all aspects of flamenco, it has evolved towards playing the guitar, though culture, cante (song) and letras (lyrics) are discussed frequently.

Its founder, Simon Shearston, moved to Andalucía and hosted the forum from his rural house in Granada for several years, amongst the oranges and lemons of a quiet valley. It is now has a permanent home in the USA.

The composition challenge comes from the membership, as have many previous challenges. This is a great example of an Internet community publicising its passion, and generating interest in flamenco outside of Spain - inspiring others to get involved in one of the most romantic and arcane of musical forms.

We commend these recordings to you in the spirit with which they were conceived - through the
eternal quest for aire in perfect compás.

Un saludo from Foro Flamenco

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 9 2010 7:59:05
 
Pablito

 

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RE: UPDATE: Composition Challenge (in reply to gj Michelob

Can't wait! this is awesome

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 9 2010 8:24:14
 
gj Michelob

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FINALLY it is here: 2010 Composition... (in reply to Pablito

Various Artists: International Composition Challenge for Flamenco Guitar, 2010.

http://cdbaby.com/cd/foroflamenco


1.“Dark Start” Jai Cuyler (Australia);
2. “Amarguillo” Maximilian Wichert (Germany) ;
3. “Mi Amor” Aloysius Leeson (Australia);
4. “Victor” Jason McGuire (USA);
5. “De Sevilla A Jerez” Andy Culpepper (USA);
6. “Flor” Richard Kozma (Hungary);
7. “Nos Miran” Anthony Tran (USA);
8. “Crescent Moon Serenade” by: Giacomo J. Corrado (USA).

HOW TO VOTE:
CDBaby will allow you to listen to 29 seconds of each track. You may vote simply by downloading the track of your choice, after listening to these short segments..
However, because this is a competition, we hope that you will download the entire album -which for the two (2) month voting period will be priced at only $4 (instead of $8.00). After you will have enjoyed all eight compositions, you can then cast your vote for your favorite track by downloading it (or more than one, if you so choose) from the single-track-roster (for $0.99). The three compositions receiving the highest number of downloads will be honored as 1st 2nd and 3rd place.

THANK YOU: for supporting this competition and the effort each one of the artists has made to participate in this challenge.

SPECIAL THANKS to: Simon Shearston and Ron Mitchell for managing and maintaining ForoFlamenco, Kevin O’Donnel for mastering the CD tracks, Kozz for the album graphic design and to the aficionados at ForoFlamenco for their advice, support and friendship.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 10 2010 21:47:47
 
Florian

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RE: UPDATE: Composition Challenge (in reply to gj Michelob

I just bought the album

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 10 2010 21:56:40
 
Florian

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RE: UPDATE: Composition Challenge (in reply to Florian

whats this **** ? i want my money back, i thought there were going to be some rumbas






excellent stuff !! i just listened to all of it, really really good, you should all be proud of yourselfs.. still deciding on my favourite, its gonna be hard i have a few...i want everyone to come first....

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 10 2010 22:56:17
 
Escribano

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RE: FINALLY it is here: 2010 Composi... (in reply to gj Michelob

Congrats guys, thanks for all your hard work. Looks great and sounds good. I'll buy the album for sure. A litte bit of foroflamenco history.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 10 2010 23:54:17
 
Doitsujin

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RE: UPDATE: Composition Challenge (in reply to gj Michelob

Man,..all the samples sound very good. Great work! I feel bad that I didn´t made it. I will think about buying in when Im back in my country. Im on a very expensive trip and lost the overview if Im already bankrot or not...

Congrats to the ALL who are involved.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 11 2010 0:02:01
 
Arash

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RE: FINALLY it is here: 2010 Composi... (in reply to gj Michelob

Cool ! Gonne buy the Album.
Well done !
I just heard some samples: excellent !!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 11 2010 0:10:25
 
Ailsa

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RE: UPDATE: Composition Challenge (in reply to Doitsujin

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ORIGINAL: Doitsujin
bankrot

Doit did you mean bankrupt? Or is that quite a clever play on words? Well if it's not in the English dictionary already it should be

I just bought the album too. You guys done good!!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 11 2010 0:20:42
 
tantrum

 

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RE: UPDATE: Composition Challenge (in reply to gj Michelob

I'm downloading it now. The samples sounded interesting, but not conclusive enough to vote for sure!

Well done to all! I look forward to hearing the songs.

Bankrupt is bankrott in German, so probably a little false friend there.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 11 2010 0:42:52
 
kozz

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RE: UPDATE: Composition Challenge (in reply to gj Michelob

Great work amigo's!
I will download the whole album when i am back from Barca.
The preview samples sounded great!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 11 2010 4:35:18
 
Ron.M

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RE: FINALLY it is here: 2010 Composi... (in reply to gj Michelob

Just dowloaded the final album!

I did have a preview listen to the entries a while ago and I must say I'm impressed with Hem's mastering work! Great job!

Also Kozz for his talent for artwork. (I've always been a fan of his hilarious and bizarre photoshop creations he uploads from time to time. )

Finally a very big thanks to gj for his tenacity in seeing this project through to the end despite the many setbacks which would have made others just give up.

Great entries by all the participants!

I had a couple of favourites a while back, but I'll listen to the album through a few times before I finally vote.

Great work by everyone involved.

I would also urge all friends and members of the Forum to show support to the project by downloading the album (at $4) and voting for their favourite ($1).

cheers,

Ron
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 11 2010 4:43:59
 
mark indigo

 

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RE: FINALLY it is here: 2010 Composi... (in reply to Ron.M

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I would also urge all friends and members of the Forum to show support to the project by downloading the album (at $4)


done! you can't just judge the entries from the preview clips!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 11 2010 6:02:06
 
MikeInMpls

 

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RE: UPDATE: Composition Challenge (in reply to gj Michelob

Best $4 i've spent in a long time Awesome job!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 11 2010 6:27:19
 
Doitsujin

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RE: UPDATE: Composition Challenge (in reply to Ailsa

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Doit did you mean bankrupt?


yep, I meant that.. I was too lazy to look it up.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 11 2010 6:49:38
 
Ailsa

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RE: UPDATE: Composition Challenge (in reply to Doitsujin

quote:

ORIGINAL: Doitsujin

quote:


Doit did you mean bankrupt?


yep, I meant that.. I was too lazy to look it up.

Well I think you've discovered a great new word in English - bankrot: when banks go rotten or behave in a rotten way (which is pretty much all the time really)

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 11 2010 7:02:41
 
gj Michelob

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RE: FINALLY it is here: 2010 Composi... (in reply to Ron.M

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Finally a very big thanks to gj for his tenacity in seeing this project through to the end despite the many setbacks which would have made others just give up.


An exceedingly wonderful feeling, I carried this through the finish line, didn't I? but i could not have done it without your , Ron, and Simon's support, nor without Kozz and Kevin's awesome work. Thank you to all artists who have contributed their inspiring energy and music, and a special word about Jason McGuire for believing in this project and encouraging me throughout with great optimism.
Finally, if you are reading this, thank you Jim Opfer..... your youtube videos are the reason I started palying Flamenco; thank you for replying to all my questions with your proverbial northatlantic cool disposition. I am indebted to you. Perhaps my Crescent Moon Serenade does not fit the Solea palo, and may place 8/8, but I had so so much fun working on it beacause of ForoFlamenco.

Thank you all for your kind words, I am really really pleased with the whole album.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 11 2010 7:15:32
 
estebanana

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RE: UPDATE: Composition Challenge (in reply to gj Michelob

I'm sitting here with my morning coffee and toast with the back door open listening to this CD. Can't think of a better way to start the day.

I'm very impressed by everyones music. It's a nice mix of compositions. I hope it becomes an annual event, that is if it was not too much work to have killed off Giacomo's tireless enthusiasm. I was witness to him working very hard to make this happen.

Perhaps next year twice as many entries can be forwarded and this could become a challenge that grows.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 11 2010 7:56:47
 
Pgh_flamenco

 

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RE: UPDATE: Composition Challenge (in reply to gj Michelob

There’s some incredible talent on this site! GJ, you could be PDL’s tour manager next time around. Send him an email and one of your soulful Tarantas to seal the deal.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 11 2010 8:03:03
 
kozz

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RE: FINALLY it is here: 2010 Composi... (in reply to Ron.M

quote:

I did have a preview listen to the entries a while ago and I must say I'm impressed with Hem's mastering work! Great job!

Thats so true Ron. Its the first thing I noticed when listening to the previews.
Great job Hem!

quote:

Also Kozz for his talent for artwork. (I've always been a fan of his hilarious and bizarre photoshop creations he uploads from time to time. )


Hahaha, thanks Ron.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 11 2010 10:14:43
 
Ailsa

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RE: FINALLY it is here: 2010 Composi... (in reply to gj Michelob

Well I've listened to the CD twice now and this is definitely going to be a tough choice. I have no idea who I will vote for

Well done to everyone. You should all be proud of the music you have produced.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 11 2010 14:25:11
 
HolyEvil

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RE: UPDATE: Composition Challenge (in reply to gj Michelob

I just downloaded the whole album?
Just wondering is there a time period to wait before downloading the individual tracks for voting purposes?

cheers
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 11 2010 18:48:13
 
XXX

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RE: UPDATE: Composition Challenge (in reply to gj Michelob

Great work @ all. Good compositions. My favorite is the Tangos!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 12 2010 0:28:30
 
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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 12 2010 1:31:44
 
gj Michelob

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RE: FINALLY it is here: 2010 Composi... (in reply to Ailsa

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Well done to everyone


Thank you.

HolyEvil, the voting period will last for 2 month, until August 15, 2010.
Yesterday accounting:
12 downloads for the entire album
2 downloads for Flor
2 downloads for Crescent Moon Serenade.

I noticed that a certain unpleasant feedback surfaces when listening to the downloaded music, which is absolutely not present in the samples -has anyone experienced that as well?

I contacted CDBaby to remedy this glitch along with having the artists' names written on the track-roster following the title of each piece. I hope we can solve these as well.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 12 2010 6:05:00
 
Andy Culpepper

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RE: UPDATE: Composition Challenge (in reply to gj Michelob

All I can say is wow. That's one of the best CDs I have ever bought, no jokes.
A big congrats to all the contestants and thank you to gj, kozz, Hemeolaman, and everyone who helped organize.

This is a great achievement for the Foro.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 12 2010 12:16:55
 
Graham_B

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RE: UPDATE: Composition Challenge (in reply to gj Michelob

I've just downloaded the album.

What an achievement!
Congratulations to all the composer/performers and those who delivered such a professional album.

Its going to be incredibly difficult to choose a winner!!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 13 2010 1:37:04
 
Andy Culpepper

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RE: UPDATE: Composition Challenge (in reply to XXX

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My favorite is the Tangos!


I love the tangos too, it really sounds like more than one guitar

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 13 2010 7:11:06
 
xirdneH_imiJ

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RE: UPDATE: Composition Challenge (in reply to Andy Culpepper

that's what i pointed out in my deleted post, but then decided to remove it...now that you're the troublemaker, i can join you without feeling any guilt :)
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 13 2010 7:13:59
 
XXX

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RE: UPDATE: Composition Challenge (in reply to gj Michelob

Many good solo compositions/players sound like as if there were multiple guitars Well i guess if there is anything it will be solved. There are ways. But not in public.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 13 2010 7:44:29
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