I need to work up a press release (i.e. a news item for the site that we can link to) for the 2nd iteration of what we used to call the BP Recording Project. I may work up a flyer as well. Or I might just use a little HTML formatting and a graphic or two to set it up. Either way, I want the "rules" all in one place so people know what the score is.
I'll post it up here for comment, of course. It's fun to do all these things out in the open.
I'm leaning toward calling it "Bass-in-a-Box" and abbreviating it "BassIAB" in order to distinguish it from "Band-in-a-Box," which most people abbreviate BIAB. Here are the details thus far:
1) Paul will create and supply the BIAB backing track as an mp3 (I'll provide hosting)
2) The backing track goes live officially on April 1st (we might have it up a day or so before).
3) Anyone who wants to participate can download it, load it into the DAW of his/her choice, and compose a bass line to go along with it.
4) Participants then post to the BassIAB thread in the forum with a link to their creation (if you need hosting, email me your mp3 and I'll upload it to the site and shoot you a URL that you can use in your post).
5) Along with the link to the mp3, participants are encouraged to discuss their thought process, recording process, sound, technique, and anything else relevant to their performance on the track.
6) Everyone else jumps in with questions and commentary. Everyone keeps it civil and supportive.
7) We're much more interested in examining the creative process itself than in the track as an example of bass-playing artistry. Or, as Dave Letterman would say, "this is an exhibition, not a competition; please, no wagering."
If you have any other thoughts or concerns, iron 'em out in this thread.