Serj Tankian announces 7 Notes Music Challenge

System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian has written the first 7 notes of a new song. Can you finish it?

So long as you start with those 7 notes, keep the show to under 3 minutes, and apply by December 15, you’ll be in the running for the $5,000 prize.

“A lot of people ask me where music comes from, where songs come from. I always firmly believe that they come from collective conciousness,  they do not necessarily reside within an  artist,”Serj Tankian said in a video, announcing the challenge.

“Every song begins with an idea, a concept or a sound,” Tankian said. He offered seven notes that should be the start of a composition. The music – be it jazz, rock or symphony – cannot be longer than 3 minutes.

The competition is open to all, applications can be submitted to

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