At some point after the end of my journey I will call an end to further individual responses. I will then go through all the files, do some topping and tailing, tighten up sync points and apply some gentle processing. When I have uploaded these new versions of the files, we can begin Phase Two.
This is the time to mix and fuse all the files together in any way we want, and everyone can make their own mix(es). I envisage the finished product as a triple-CD for charity (perhaps also including a DVD with surround mixes?). I will make CD1 and CD2, and everyone can participate to the making of CD3.
The purpose of CD1 and CD2 will be “historical accuracy” and “special interest”. CD3 will be of as broad a commercial appeal as possible.
CD1 will simply be all the FD-files in chronological order - a “pure” portrayal of the journey itself.
CD2 will include (at least a part of) every submission, probably based on the FD-files in chronological order. This will be my “work of art”, and may even include atmospheric sounds from my journey, and parts of conversations captured on camera and presented as poetry. So if you submit a file, you are virtually guaranteed to have your music released (if the final product is actually released)! Or at least a small part of it…
CD3 will have to capture the imagination of a paying audience. It should be packed full of punchy, short, radio-friendly mixes. You are completely free to do what you want (whilst bearing in mind the unity of the whole project). Try to stick to the submitted files only, but you may edit, time-stretch, pitch-shift and process them to your heart’s content. (I suppose the addition of a beat or some other element to tie your whole mix together could be desirable, but sticking exclusively to the material in the mp3 library will give you bonus poins in my book, anyway.) Anyone can submit mixes, and I aim to post them all on this site (depending on server space). We can then vote in the forum for the best mixes, which will be included on the album. The very best could be released as a single.
Update March 2008: Oh, I don't know. It's way too early to tell. I am more interested in the process than the end result. As this project is completely experimental, it would be wrong to prejudge what it might end up as.