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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 Sibylle Meder on January 3, 2013 at 9:44am

Here's my second finger monster dance:

Between Us and the Stars - Full (finger puppet dance)

Comment by Merri Christi Pemberton on January 3, 2013 at 7:12am

Hi Joseph, everything for this 12-12-12 song looks exciting! Have anymore tracks from 11-11-11 been posted yet?

Comment by Sibylle Meder on January 2, 2013 at 9:53am

Sailing the Seas Major - Slowly Listing Port

Hello, this is a silly little "dance" performance, my contribution for the theme "Sailing the Seas Major (Slowly Listing Port)", introducing Slimy, Limy and Grimy... But see for yourselves. (And don't take it too seriously! ;-))

The footage is graded in post. Raw footage will follow in separate upload.

Comment by Frau Wachner on December 28, 2012 at 9:46am

uploaded material part 2

Comment by Henrik Thyselius on December 23, 2012 at 3:21am

Anders, nej vi gjorde tyvärr inte det.

Comment by Karen Kiser on December 22, 2012 at 11:30pm
Just did a little tinkering with my Post office footage. Having a little fun.
Peace and Love,

Comment by Anders Kämpe on December 21, 2012 at 11:24am

Henrik, spelade du in ljudet separat?

Comment by Anders Kämpe on December 21, 2012 at 11:23am

Frau Wachner, I think the old videocamera gives a nice look. :)

Comment by Henrik Thyselius on December 21, 2012 at 7:24am

I hosted an Open Mic night in my apartment (Gothenburg, Sweden). So basically, me and all my friends were playing music all night long in my livingroom.

Comment by Frau Wachner on December 20, 2012 at 3:23am

ho, I uploaded first part of my material, O apologize for the bad qualita, my vimeo-account is small and the camera very old.



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