Friday, October 27, 2006

International Composition Competitions and Songwriting Contests

The Million Dollar Music Composition website has launched a new service earlier this week: We provide a continually updated listing of ongoing International Music Composition Competitions, Lyrics and Songwriting Contests with direct links to the competitions and short descriptions. These competitions are sorted according to the postmark deadlines (shortest deadline first). Feel free to submit information about comeptitions and contests using the form provided at the bottom of this new subpage of the Million Dollar Music Composition.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Terminology "collaborative music composition"

Recently I got the feedback that people had a couple of problems with my terminologies which I would like to comment on here!
In order to make my website more popular I posted to relevant forums trying to draw the attention of their members to my website. In these posts I wrote that I invented a new concept in collaborative music composition. People criticized that "collaboration" (To work together, especially in a joint intellectual effort - The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition) implies an exchange of ideas, a back-and-forth. Adding input to a list may be coproduction, but it isn't really collaboration. These people suggested a correction of my terminology to "list of notes contributed by several people", not a "musical collaboration".
I do not completely agree! As a scientist I worked in many collaborative academic and industrial projects. In In many cases the collaboration partners within these projects worked completely independent of the others on different aspects due to completely different expertises. Nevertheless these projects were still collaborations as they worked towards a common goal in a joint intellectual effort. Nobody ever raised a doubt about the collaborative nature of these projects.
Moreover CollabWiki defines "that collaboration occurs when two or more people interact and exchange knowledge in pursuit of a shared, collective, bounded goal. Interaction can be indirect. For example, people can communicate by talking, gesturing, writing, or other means of exchanging symbols." In the Million Dollar Composition much more than two people interact and exchange knowledge in pursuit of a shared collective, bounded goal by indirect communication in the language of music (notes). However, I agree the process is sequential and the ideas are not back-and forth exchanged. But on the other hand, the composers (hopefully) consider the context of their notes and do not submit isolated musical phrases! On my website I encourage the composers not to satisfy only their own distinctive musical taste and to let go of their individual vision to accomodate the thinking of the OTHER as a crucial element...trying to go with the flow and compose something rather than collage something! Hopefully they combine several areas of musical knowledge (basic music theory, harmony, counterpoint orchestration, form, etc.) and create a nice piece of music.
Moreover, the criticizers suggested to enter the search term "online music collaboration" into my search tool of choice, where I would find an assortment of sites, programs, and information about this topic. I googled for the suggested search term and in fact did find many online music collaboration projects, but sorry ... no concept that compares to the concept of the Million Dollar Composition! Taken together, I still think that I invented a new concept in collaborative music composition. I did not write that I invented THE concept of collaborative music composition, just A new concept!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Page Rank Update: Up the ladder from 0 to 4

GOOGLE has done one of it’s periodic Page Rank Updates and the Million Dollar Music Composition website has climbed up the ladder from 0 to 4!
This translates into a Link Price of US $12 PER MONTH according to the SEO Tools - Link Price Calculator tool.

Please, compare this value of a monthly textlink to the CURRENT price of an Eighth note of US $10.04 (one-time fee)!

Keep in mind:
When you buy an Eighth note of the Million Dollar Music Composition website you will have an image (note plus 500 pixel advertisement space) and a LINK to YOUR website.
The Million Dollar Music Composition website will be online for the next 5 years, that's guaranteed, but the idea is to keep it online FOREVER.

However, the price per Eighth note will increase automatically every time notes are added to the Million Dollar Music Composition (Please consult the FAQ for details).

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Please help me to make the Million Dollar Music Composition more popular!

Monday, July 03, 2006

The Million Dollar Music Composition website is launched!

When you visit the Million Dollar Composition website you will notice that the development of the Million Dollar Composition concept has been stimulated by the success of Alex Tew's Milliondollarhomepage. I have taken up the concept and added more than just a twist. I developed it further into a broader concept combining the advertising-by-the-pixel idea with another creative dimension/universe: music composition as content!

As a by-product I (think I) invented a new concept in music composition (at least I haven't heard of it before): I provide a platform that allows various people worldwide to create a piece of music within a remote team, networked together using the Internet!

This concept of collaborative music composition contradicts the standard way of music composition. Usually this is a solitary activity: most musical compositions are the work of a single person or a limited group of people interacting personally, trying to satisfy only their own distinctive musical taste. However, the contribution to the Million $ Composition requires a completely different mindset, a team-based approach. Collaboration for composers can be a very productive endeavour. It produces music which would have unlikely been produced individually and also obliges the composers to make conceptual compromises they might not ususally have to do. It frees up the creative spirit as each artist has to let go of their individual vision to accomodate the thinking of the other. The OTHER is the crucial element in collaboration, it not alone designates the other composer but also implicates the unseen, inexperienced, unknowable, unthinkable and inconceivable of the former. I am really looking forward to the outcome, as the composers are advertisers at the same time. Thus, they have to consider the audience as they want to reach out to a larger audience and attract them to the music as well as to their advertisements.

If you like it, feel free to tell (or email to) your friends, or even put a link to the Million Dollar Composition from your website.
And don't hesitate to buy notes!

I am really looking forward to seeing and hearing YOUR contributions.
Best regards
Martin Stein