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Global Song and Dance Collaboration 12.12.12


Global Song and Dance Collaboration 12.12.12

On 12.12.12, we are attempting to create one or more shared pieces of music and dance similar to what is in the video below. Would you like to take part? Simply download the guide tracks, and on 12.12.12, record yourself on video playing an instrument, singing or dancing along with the guide track and send us your video/audio.

A facebook event exists for this as well at:

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Global Song 11.11.11 part 1 - Good Tines from One Day on Earth on Vimeo.


Once again as part of One Day on Earth we are inviting the world to participate in a collaboration of music and movement on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012. Take a look at the video above created from last years submissions and read up below on how to participate.

We are providing three sets of guide tracks this year. Each guide track within a set is in the same key and has similar structure to the other tracks in its set. All of the guide tracks are at either 70 or 140 BPM and in complementary key signatures which will allow lots of layering off the parts that everyone records on December 12th. The guide track sets are:

Swamp Logic - A minor (3 Variations)
Sailing the Seas Major - C Major (3 Variations)
Between Us and the Stars - E minor - (3 Variations) - Download simple sheet music for these tracks here.

Listen to the tracks below to see if any of them inspire you. All tracks are downloadable. Please contact us if you have any issues downloading the files.

How to participate
Singing and playing an instrument:
If you would like to sing or play an instrument one of the most important aspects of recording yourself to the guide track is that your voice or instrument is the only thing we should hear in your footage. We should not hear the original guide tracks. The beginning of each guide track contains four clicks/tones (1 bar) followed by another bar where you can hear a human voice counting. After those 8 beats (2 bars) is when the music starts. You are welcome to do a count-in on video to help us with placement of your parts.

A fairly easy way to record yourself is to put the guide tracks on a playback device like an ipod, wear headphones and play your instrument while recording it on your video camera. If you have professional audio recording gear and want to use that, please do but keep in mind that we really want video of you too, not just audio. When you are submitting your parts, let us know which guide track you played to and/or record yourself saying it on the video recording.

Dancing should be easier because, unlike musical parts, we WANT to hear the guide track in the video recording as it will help us immensely when combining all the footage. Basically just set up your camera/shot, play one of the guide tracks and dance to it.

Other filmable synchronized events:
Any kind of activity synchronized to 70 or 140 BPM would be great material to submit. Blinking lights, robotics or any other kind of movement you can think of. Can you get old hard drives to play music or are you a Max/MSP or Arduino expert? If you can sync stuff to 70/140 BPM and film it, this could be a great collaboration for you to contribute to.

Six other useful tips:
1. If you are using an iPhone or other smartphone, the footage is more useful if it is recorded in landscape mode.

2. While certainly not required, it might be more fun to do this with a friend or even a group. It is nice to have a dedicated person to operate the recording devices.

3. In a group jam, one person could wear headphones with the guide track and the other performers in the group could follow that person's lead.

4. On a similar note, a teacher or conductor could wear headphones to hear the guide tracks and conduct a group of performers.

5. While ideally, the guide track should not get onto your recordings, if you MUST have it on quietly and it gets onto your footage, it will still be useful.

6. Please don't send just audio. We very much want video as well. If you have professional recording gear and would like to record the audio seperate from the video, please do but if you only have a smartphone, point and shoot or DSLR with a built in microphone, audio recordings on these devices should be acceptable as long as there isn't a ton of wind noise or pops from the camera getting bumped around.

Other Resources:
Join the Facebook group here:

Check out One Day on Earth's page for this project here:
One Day On Earth Global Song - 12.12.12

One Day on Earth is a project that asks you to contribute by filming what is important to you on 12.12.12:

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Comment by Alex Coffey on September 6, 2013 at 3:39pm

Hi Merri! Our editing team is hard at work on 11.11.11 and 12.12.12 - no dates yet, but we'll send updates to the community as soon as we have any! And we'll be in touch with any participants whose footage / music will be featured!

Thanks for your support!
--Alex Coffey
One Day on Earth, Associate Producer

Comment by Merri Christi Pemberton on September 6, 2013 at 2:04pm

Thank you Joseph! Does anyone know when the ODOE film from the 11-11-11 will release? Also, when can we find out if our music made it in that film?

Comment by Joseph Minadeo on February 5, 2013 at 3:45pm

thanks everyone for participating in two years worth of global song collab attempts. fun stuff!!

Comment by Joseph Minadeo on February 5, 2013 at 3:44pm

hey merri, only the one video was made so far but we hope to make more as soon as we can.

Comment by Joseph Minadeo on February 5, 2013 at 3:43pm

sibylie, thank you for the finger dances!! sweet!

Comment by Joseph Minadeo on February 5, 2013 at 3:40pm

Michael and Kofi!! amazing work again guys!! this is awesome.

Comment by Joseph Minadeo on February 5, 2013 at 3:39pm

Hi Rousakou! very fun contribution. thank you!

Comment by Rousakou Vivi on January 14, 2013 at 5:10pm

Hi from Heraklion of Crete! Here is my last video, my small story :
"Once upon a time, I met the seven daughters of Music. My contribution for the for the global music, theme: SWAMP LOGIC –AIRED OUT Wish a beautiful & hopeful day to all! :-)

Comment by Michael Kunke on January 12, 2013 at 6:41pm

My internet is crazy for days being trying to upload this track, now finally got it done. Just in the nick of time.

Comment by Michael Kunke on January 12, 2013 at 6:40pm


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