Monday, 25 January 2010

A Challenge!

I was checking out The Wire magazine's website the other week when I came across the music of Simon Fisher Turner. Listening to a track on his MySpace site, I was immediately struck by what a good film soundtrack it would make. I grabbed pen and  paper and replayed it...

The challenge is to produce a piece of flash fiction (or, if you prefer, poetry) as follows:

1. Armed with pen and paper, go to Simon Fisher Turner's MySpace site and listen to Ghost Road Berlin (it's one of the tracks on his playlist).

2. Write down what comes into your head as you listen.

3. Knock the result into shape and post it on your blog next Monday (February 1st).

4. Leave a link to your post in the comments below, and I'll post a list of the links I receive.

I was initially going to post a preview of what I've written here, now, to get the old ball rolling - but then I decided not to. It will interesting to see the similarities and differences in the ways we responded to the music.

26 comments:

Rachel Fenton said...

You got a tune for Fox's poem yet?

This sort of exercise either has me scraping the fuzz off my brain and jumping up and down with eagerness, else hiding....I, too, am always interested by the results from prompted creativity (not sure that's the right term but you get the idea)!

Dominic Rivron said...

Yes, and no - spent Friday evening messing about with the words and the ukulele. Videoed a manic punk version but deleted it... I think I'll go for the gentler ukulele version... I'll see... I'm getting there!

Niamh B said...

Cool, will try and have a go dominic, cheers

Poet in Residence said...

I'm looking forward to this. By the way the first selected poem is now on the poetry2010 page.

Titus said...

I'm interested in giving it a go. Can anyone go to Myspace, or do you have to be a Myspacer too?

Dominic Rivron said...

Titus: Just click on the link in the post. It'll take you there. No need to sign up.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I tried clicking on the link but I could not actually get to the music - maybe it is my feeble blogging skills but unless I can hear the music I can hardly get the creative juices flowing - although I find the title quite evocative.

tony said...

I accept Your Challenge!

Totalfeckineejit said...

Good idea Domo, will give this a lash tonite yor music choices always spark sumptin!

Rachel Fox said...

I'm having a go. See you next week.
x

the watercats said...

hhhmmmm... will have a go.. just had a listen and to be honest, we have a keyboard upstairs you can play that on with one finger, lol!
(sorry for the cynicism).. anyway, it's very Bladerunner, so should be a cool inspiration :-)

tony said...

Dominic:A Little Early.......but check My Blog, I've done a bit about "Berlin" .Cheers
Tony.

tony said...

my link

Poetikat said...

Don't know how I missed this earlier, but I will have a listen tomorrow morning and see what comes to me. I'll let you know.

Thanks! (My husband is a big fan of soundtrack music. He rushed out and bought the "Avatar" soundtrack a week or so ago and then I was treated to three days of "Braveheart" as a followup. I've always been more of a John Barry fan.
I'm sure your soundtrack choices may be more unusual. I guess I'll find out.

Kat

Poetikat said...

I should add that Kevin's tastes in sdtk music is very eclectic (well, our music taste in general is much so). I think our favourite is Alan Silvestri's music for "Mousehunt". Do you know it?

swiss said...

bit of a rush but done

Uiscebot said...

That music is cool, evocative and spooky and so City. I'm in on this one and will drop a link when I'm done.

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks for these comments, everyone. Good to hear people are having a go. Since it sounds like there's some time pressure out there, so if you need an "extension" consider it granted! :) The more the merrier.

swiss: Thanks! Really liked these poems. I'll be posting a link to them.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I have posted my poem Ghost Road to Berlin on my blog this morning - not sure i can leave a link - but at least the poem is there. Have a nice day.

Titus said...

Hi Dominic, I'm cetacean and I'm up!

Uiscebot said...

I'm done - sorta. I enjoyed the exercise Mr Rivron! Thanks.

Poetikat said...

Wow! That was quite a piece of music - so haunting. (My cats hated it, by the way.
A poem in response is up now.

Thanks for the opportunity!

Kat

Rachel Fox said...

I did mine too. Are you going to do a post with all the links to make it easy for us to visit everyone?
x

Argent said...

I'm seriously late, but mine's up now. You can find it here. Interesting music but took me a while to hear it, it seems to play at a very low volume, great challenge though.

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks! I'll add a link to you to the list.

Nishant said...

I think I'll go for the gentler ukulele version... I'll see... I'm getting there!

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