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Do you know the sound of the NBC Chimes? Of course, you do. They’ve been around for 80 years. You’ve seen the stars of NBC do them. And you’ve heard some of the biggest names in music reinvent them. Now it’s your turn to play the Chimes.
All you have to do is upload a video of you putting your own personal spin on the famous NBC Chimes. Make sure you play the three notes (G - E - C) and if you include more music, it has to be original. You can sing the Chimes, play an instrument, or use household objects. You can do anything, as long as it's completely original and fun. And if we like what we hear, you just might see yourself on NBC.
REQUIREMENTS - It's best if your submission is at least 10 seconds long. Give us a little pad at the end, in case we need to put your video on TV. The three notes can be played more than once, but you should clearly play the Chimes at least once near the end and make sure they're in key! (For you music experts, the musical notes are G - E - C.) Be sure to state your name to the camera, for example - "I'M JOHN AND THESE ARE MY CHIMES."
To see examples for inspiration, check out some videos here.
Sending your chimes is easy: log in (sign up for a free MyNBC account if you don't have one already), give us some info about you and your masterpiece, then browse for the file on your computer and upload. Note: your file must be in a video format: (MPEG (.mpg), QuickTime (.mov), AVI (.avi), Windows Media (.wmv), Flash Video (.flv), or Real Media (.rm).
Influenced by the postmodern writer Don DeLillo's novel White Noise, the band took its name from a section of that book in which the main character is exposed to an enormous chemical explosion—dubbed "the Airborne Toxic Event"—and is forced to confront his fear of death. The band quickly developed a reputation for energetic live shows, reaching the usually stoic East Side L.A. indie rock crowd on a gut level. Many danced. Some cried. Sing-alongs became the norm. It was this feeling of catharsis and release—the live energy that the five-piece had witnessed over the countless shows it played in its first year—that it set out to capture in the studio. The self-titled debut record, the end-product of two madcap years of tragedy and excitement, blood, spit and tears, was released in August 2008.
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Formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983, The Flaming Lips are known for their lush, multi-layered, psychedelic arrangements, spacey lyrics and bizarre song and album titles (e.g Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus With Needles, and Yeah, I Know It's a Drag... But Wastin' Pigs Is Still Radical). They are also acclaimed for their elaborate live shows, which feature costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, giant hands, large amounts of confetti and frontman Wayne Coyne’s signature man-sized plastic bubble, in which he traverses the audience. As of 2007, the eclectic band has collected three Grammy Awards including two for Best Rock Instrumental performance.
Richie Sambora is one of rock 'n' roll's most respected and successful guitarists, singers, songwriters and producers. Best known as the lead guitarist for internationally beloved rock band Bon Jovi, founding member Sambora's unique guitar work and blues-inspired compositions have been part of the formula for success that has seen Bon Jovi sell more than 110 million albums worldwide since the band's formation in 1983. Sambora has released two solo albums, 1991's blues-inspired "Stranger In This Town." which included a guest appearance by Sambora's personal hero, Eric Clapton, and 1998's Undiscovered Soul, produced by Don Was. Both albums showcased Sambora's songwriting and soulful vocals.