Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Tate Modern needs you!

This missive has just winged its way over to the FET inbox:

Hi Fire Escape Talking

Here at Tate Modern we've just launched an initiative called Your Tate Track. The initiative is aimed at unsigned bands and musicians aged between 16 – 24. Given that your site attracts musicians, DJs, unsigned acts and music fans [that's YOU she's talking about; I thought the demographic was more ageing Go-Betweens fans, crazed record collectors and adults who think the hairslide and stripy t-shirt represents the apex of fashion/sexual hotttness], we would appreciate it if you would help us spread the word about the project.

Your Tate Track asks unsigned musicians to choose a work of art from a selection on display at Tate Modern and then to write a track in response to it. The public will vote on submitted tracks and the 20 most popular will go before a judging panel which will include, among others, Graham Coxon, Roll Deep, Basement Jaxx and Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens.

The winning track will be installed in the gallery through headphones next to the work which inspired it and will be streamed on Tate's website. Tracks can be submitted until the 31 August.

We think this is a great opportunity for budding musicians and would really appreciate your help in telling people about Your Tate Track. You can get more information from Tate Modern.

You know, I hope, that the real measurements by which you will be judged are Vincent Van Gogh (Jonathan Richman), Frans Hals (McCarthy) and Bridget Riley (TVPs).

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