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cheyenne_h on 03/05/2015 at 04:45PM

Who Will Remaster the Masters?

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Ever thought Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” would be better as a speed-metal guitar solo? Or perhaps Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” would sound great performed by a kazoo-and-firecracker ensemble? What about “In The Hall of the Mountain King” as a chiptune odyssey?

Great ideas, right?! We know.

We want these things to exist. And we need your help in this Masters Remastered Challenge!

First, choose a composition from the public domain. If you’re stumped (or can’t remember the original name of the composition), check the list below for some ideas. Though you can find sheet music in a variety of places, we recommend the Petrucci Music Library, which indicates public domain status of its contents. Entries will be released back into the public domain with a CC0 license, so that others can use them, too. But make these your own. Remix them, play them with instruments the composers couldn’t have dreamed of, make them as long or short as you want. Do as many (or as few) as you please.

Here are some recommended pieces you can extract from, re-work, play backwards, etc, that are in the US public domain. We've included links to the sheet music and at least one downloadable file that you can riff on:

BachToccata & Fugue - listen here - - wikimedia
BeethovenSymphony no. 9: Ode to Joy - listen here - wikimedia - freesound
BizetToreador Song - listen here - wikimedia -
GriegIn The Hall of the Mountain King - listen here - freepd - wikimedia
OffenbachOrpheus in the Underworld - listen here - wikimedia
PonichelliDance of the Hours - listen here - wikimedia (BY-SA)
RossiniWilliam Tell Overture - listen here - wikimedia
Tchaikovsky1812 Overture - listen here - wikimedia
WagnerRide of the Valkyries - listen here -

If you submit a song that isn’t on the list, please make sure it is in the public domain before you proceed. Submissions that are not in the public domain in the U.S. won't qualify for judging.

We'll accept entries from March 9 until April 3, 2015

One winner will be chosen by our panel of judges, and they will win a Moog Etherwave Theremin and a "Classical As F*ck" shirt from Le Poisson Rouge

The Masters Remastered Challenge is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts



Jaan Patterson on 03/06/15 at 07:42PM
Oh yeah! i'm in for sure! love that idea! I'm sure lot's of fRiends will enjoy this task! Thanks Cheyenne for making the teapot really steam! suRRism cheeRs!
cheyenne_h on 03/08/15 at 06:20PM
Thanks, Jaan! I'm excited about this one :)
Expwy on 03/10/15 at 03:51PM
How do I enter?
Expwy on 03/10/15 at 03:53PM
Nevermind, I'm dumb!
cheyenne_h on 03/10/15 at 04:59PM
Expwy, your track has been posted! :)
MonkSeven on 03/11/15 at 05:54PM
Clearly, I'm dumber than Expwy. How do I submit?
MonkSeven on 03/11/15 at 08:12PM
Oh, now, you see … it all makes sense now.
MonkSeven on 03/11/15 at 08:55PM
(Did I do it correctly?)
angeloconto on 03/27/15 at 11:02PM
I'm sorry I have to ask the same question: how do I submit ?
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