We here at FRED are true lovers of music, in all its forms. We’re also quite keen on the spirit of competition, and of spurring creativity through said competition.
To that end, we launched a unique form of creative combat.
In this age of manufactured and painfully earnest talent contests, we’ve decided to instead shine a light on the quirky, quixotic underworld of musicians that don’t get nearly the attention they deserve.
Ah, but I did mention that there was a competition involved…
From now until 11:59pm EST on SATURDAY, JANUARY 30th, we’ll be accepting sign-ups from any and all musicians across this here internet. We have 20 slots open - All you have to do is be one of the first 20 to apply via the form below, and you’re in. THE LIST OF CHALLENGERS AND THE FIRST TASK WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1st, 2010.
Once those participants have been announced, the showdown will commence.
Like a songwriting version of Iron Chef, the competitors will be presented with a very specific songwriting challenge. They’ll be given one week to complete their songs - however they see fit, within the parameters set forth - after which time the entries will be uploaded to FRED to be voted on by you, the audience.
At the end of the 3rd Challenge, the two Challengers with the most votes will face off, mano a mano for the title of…
MASTER OF SONG FU
However, there may yet be one final challenge for this newly crowned Master - for they very well might (if the stars align and schedules permit) face off against one of the LEGENDARY MASTERS - artists like Jonathan Coulton, Paul & Storm, Neil Innes, Doc Hammer, & The RiffTones. Think of them as the iron chefs of Song Fu - one of which may or may not be revealed as your ultimate challenge. Only the wheel of uncertainty can predict (and even then, not).
And if you triumph, not only will you win remarkable (and potentially off-putting) bragging rights and a clutch of fantastic mystery prizes, you will also become the proud owner of the magnificent, one-of-a-kind MASTER OF SONG FU TROPHY.
Remember, you must be able to realize a song both lyrically and musically. This competition is open to both singer/songwriters and bands - but since space is limited, only enter if you truly accept the challenge. As stated above, we’ll be accepting the first 20 valid applications we receive.
Are you ready to bring your Fu? If so, fill out the form below:
SIGN-UP FOR THIS ROUND HAS CLOSED. CHALLENGERS WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA E-MAIL BY THURSDAY, JANUARY 28th, & THE FIRST CHALLENGE WILL BE REVEALED ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1st. PLEASE NOTE: EVEN IF YOU DID NOT MAKE IT IN AS A FORMAL CHALLENGER FOR THIS EDITION, SHADOW ENTRIES ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.
Note: Competitors will be notified via e-mail of their selection.
If you have any problems submitting your entry via the form above, you can also e-mail the entry information to mail @ asitecalledfred.com (taking out the spaces, naturally) with the subject line “Song Fu”.
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