“Project 100” is the idea where you donate $25 to www.ArtHouse43.com and in return I, artist Troy Ramos, will write a composition/sound work for you! This work can be specifically for you or based on something of your choice... a photo, a poem, your name, a word, an image, whatever, anything! This is the ultimate collaboration with a max of 100 people who can participate. It'll become one, big sound project with up to 100 different elements! Just click Support and commission your ORIGINAL music composition for only $25. Then send me anything you want me to focus on, theme-wise, if any, and I'll write the work.
“This is your chance to be a part of something unique that hasn't been created before. These works will only exist if you help bring them into existence,” says Troy Ramos.
”I love writing works for people. It’s such a great way to have a positive interaction. We’re all looking for connections, we’re all floating around looking for significance or something meaningful. This could easily be one of those moments.”
Want to hear an example? Here is one work that a friend requested after telling me a story he thought of and left it to the composer to create something (or not) based off of that story. After listening to his story, I came up with Birth of a Ghost Bike. This is the story behind Birth of a Ghost Bike:
“This story was described to me like this: somebody was enjoying themselves on an evening with friends and drinking, having a great time. After a while, they started riding their bike home after the party, when surprisingly, they are blindsidedly hit in the face with a lead pipe. There was really no further part of the story, but that was more than enough to get me started on this work.”
With that in mind, this is what Ramos came up with. The beginning is obviously light and fun and playful, but then towards the end it gets a little bit grittier than he’d normally write, almost like a sound dragon breathing fire on to the ears of the universe.
The works of course aren’t representative. They already have their own meaning and the artists say he would never project anything, even as interesting as a story as this is, or a poem or a person might be, onto the work itself. But the inspiration for creating works can come from anywhere. That has no limits, in his opinion. But for the “Birth of a Ghost Bike”, Ramos says he really enjoyed this story and writing a new work based off of it and he can’t wait to compose more of these so send them in!”
And there are still slots to participate in Project 100, if you're interested. Simply go to www.arthouse43.com, click on "Support" at the top of the page, donate $25 and tell him if you have a basis for a sound work (you don't have to have an idea, btw!) and he'll write you a work!
Listen and buy Birth of a Ghost Bike on Bandcamp: https://troyramos.bandcamp.com/track/birth-of-a-ghost-bike