The proposed idea is in the form of a competition because the competition aspect of it will give profile to the genre. Actually what is proposed is the genre itself.
The competition will be televised, will be held in a prestigious venue, will be attended by heads of state and celebrities, will be
a flurry of luxurious receptions, trade sponsorship and glittering prizes for the winners and prestigious lifestyle enhancements for all participants.
The genre is basically a musical composition, the performance of which runs for a total of under one second.
The rules of the competition permit but do not require things like spoken introductions or tuning, though these are not considered to constitute part of the performance. The rules also permit the continuation of resonance or after-effects beyond the 1 second duration of the composition; for example a performance on bells or plucked strings can allow the natural free resonance to decay at its own rate. Artificially sustaining the sound after the end of the 1 second by mechanical or electrical means is strictly prohibited.
Printed programmes may be distributed for the performance and may be of any size.
Each composition is to be presented as a stand alone event. The auditorium to be emptied before the audience is admitted for the next performance.
The idea is that musical composition as a miniature artform is an under-developed discipline.
In time the artform may evolve to incorporate different categories including classical, electronic, avant-garde, humourous, etc. but initially there should be a single open category for anyone to enter.
All entries into this competition will be incorporated in the special de-luxe album of entries, which will comprise a bound set of CDs or vinyl records; one disc per entry.
The ultimate aim is that the sub-1-second musical composition and performance comes to be regarded as a serious art form.