Sunday, September 13, 2009

Competition time AGAIN!

How fast time flies. This year the unofficial Mogwai forum celebrates its 5th birthday. How to mark the occasion? Thanks to the generosity of Craig at Rock Action, a competition!

[Part Chimp's 'Thriller' album is released via Rock Action on 21st September. It rocks. UK and European tour dates:]

Back in 1998, the ever-readable Diskant asked members of the Mogwai fan community to contribute to the Mogwai Artzine, a celebration of the already widely-felt love for the band. The original Artzine is still online:

I wonder whether Chris Summerlin had the vaguest idea he'd end up playing in a band with the subject of his piece. Chris has gone on to do some amazing poster and sleeve art []. And whatever happened to Jon Jordan? Easy Pieces was a beautiful zine, every issue a work of art.

We felt it was time for a re-run. Submissions can be in the form of visual art, writing, photograhy, audio or video. We're open to other suggestions.

Have a look at the work submitted for the original Artzine. Marceline's introduction sums up what we're after:

"The idea for this project came to me early 1998 when I was reading a lot of fanzines with great writing about Mogwai and people would write telling me what they thought of the album or of seeing them live. I loved reading stuff and thinking, 'that's exactly how I feel', so I asked a few people to write something or do some art about how Mogwai makes them feel.

In this way, this fanzine should strike a chord with anyone who loves any music, not just Mogwai. It's more about how we turn to music, rely on music, express our emotions through music. It just seems more obvious with Mogwai because the only way to describe them is by delving into your heart."

The plan is to create a permanent archive of the work submitted for the Mogwai Artzine 2009 on Brightlight

Submitting work - part of the point of the competition is to encourage contributors to use the forum. So you'll need to join to participate in the competition. When you've done so (or if you're already a member), you'll find full instructions on the forum.

We (the forum moderators) would like to see your work first. We're hoping to get some amazing submissions. We appreciate that someone submitting, say, video may want to share this online because they're dead pleased with their work. We're also aware that there's a chance that the first submission may be so blindingly amazing that it will discourage other participants, and we want as many people to contribute as possible. So please get in touch with us first (via the forum, of course) and we'll discuss the publication of your work further.

Deadline - 30th November. We're hoping to pick a winner and get their prize out to them by Christmas.

Questions - you know the answer to this. Yep, via the forum please.

Oh, the prize? See that photo above? A box containing:

Envy - Transfovista DVD
Errors - Pump 7"
Desalvo 7"
Errors - "It's Not Something..." vinyl LP
Envy - 'Abyssal' 12"
James Orr Complex 'Chori's Bundle' vinyl LP
Kling Klang 'Superposition' 12"
Random Number 'The Fact That I Did' 12"
Part Chimp 'Chart Pimp' vinyl LP
v/a - 'Everything Is Nice' double vinyl on Matador
Todd/Part Chimp/Lords/Hey Colossus split 10"
Mogwai - 'Hawk Is Howling' double vinyl
Mogwai - 'Zidane' double vinyl
Mogwai - Travels In Constants CDep

PLUS a t-shirt and hoodie to be added once we have the winner's size.
AND a pair of the cloth patches produced to promote Mogwai's 'Mr Beast'
AND a pair of Brightlight badges.

Jesus, we spoil you.

Thanks Craig, you rock.

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