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Auditions are now OPEN!

Hello~! *waves*

If you love singing and have an active interest in taking part in quality fanmixes, we at Ongaku! Project would like to invite you to join us! ^o^

For those who are new to O!P, we are a four-year old fanmix/karaoke group and following a structural revamp within the project (which includes the formation of a new Korean division) , we are now looking for new members to join us. For more information about O!P and our new structure, please refer to our profile which can be found on the O!P WordPress blog or the O!P LiveJournal community.

THE AUDITION PROCESS

1. Auditions will be advertised following which applications will be accepted.

2. Applicants will be given a deadline by which to submit what they feel is their best work. Applicants interested in being part of the Korean Division will have to submit an additional work in Korean. Please see detailed instructions below.

3. Semi-finalists will be chosen.

4. Semi-finalist will be given a new deadline and further instructions for submitting acapella recordings of song/s that will be specified at the time.

5. Winners will be chosen, assigned to sub-divisions where necessary, and the results announced on Hello!Ongaku.

AUDITION RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS

These are the rules for applicants in this initial round :

* Both girls AND guys are welcome to audition.

– Submit a song that you feel is your best work.

– All auditions must be in Japanese.

– Applicants interested in joining the Korean division will have to record an additional song in Korean for submission (i.e. submit one song in each language).

– All auditions must be in the ‘mp3’ format.

– The audition file must be recorded in the same conditions that you expect to record in regularly.

– No retouching of vocals allowed.

– Only one audition song per language will be accepted per applicant.

– In your application, please include your :

1. Username/real name
2. Age
3. The artist and title of the audition song/s
4. Any previous experience (such as chorus, fan mixes, singing lessons, contests, etc).

– Send your audition file and information to ongakuproject@yahoo.com.

Audition Deadline : Saturday, 30 August 2008 (Late entries will not be accepted).

OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE

While singing is a core component to making O!P the project that it is, it is equally important to us that our members take an active part in the other little initiatives which we come up with from time to time. Examples of these are that of the ‘Monday Five’ interviews at the O!P WordPress blog and co-hosting ‘Hello!Ongaku’ with the regulars. It is therefore important for you, as a potential member, to know that should you join O!P, you will be asked periodically to either take part in short written quizzes or to do short recordings which will be used either on WordPress or on ‘Hello!Ongaku’. You can however be assured that these ‘side projects’ will be non-intrusive on your privacy and will not take more than the time you will usually spend in recording full songs for O!P.

If you are comfortable with the above and think that you are ready to take on the challenge of being an O!P member, we welcome you to join us!

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact us via the O!P email at ongakuproject@yahoo.com or to post your question as a reply to this blog entry. We will get back to you on your queries asap.

Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you into Ongaku! Project!! ^o^

XOXO ~ Rei, Suki and Odango on behalf of O!P

August 14, 2008 at 6:08 am Leave a comment

Simple Banana Cake

I first got the original recipe off Epicurious.com when I had a whole bunch of bananas that were simply wasting away. This recipe’s a bit of a deviation from the original simply because I didn’t have those ingredients on hand at the time but it all came out fine anyway. So here’s my own adulterated recipe for a really simple but really yummy banana cake.
Ingredients
1 cup self-raising flour
Olive oil
4 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 extra-ripe banana

Before starting off, dust out a regular loaf pan or baking tin with a bit of flour, tapping out the excess. This prevents your cake from sticking to the pan later.

In a large bowl, pour in your cup of self-raising flour. Create a ‘well’ in the middle of the flour and drop in your overripe banana. With your wooden spoon, mash the banana till it’s completely mushy and then drop in your eggs and sugar. Mix all these together and while mixing, slowly add in the olive oil till you get a rather thick batter.

If you’re like me and have to do everything manual without the aid of an electric mixer, always remember that when doing baking of any sort, that you have to mix or stir in only one single direction. Don’t go clockwise in the first 10 minutes and then switch to anti-clockwise for the next 10 minutes coz then you’re just adding a whole lot of unnecessary air into your batter and your cake will be full of “holes” when baked due to the air pockets that you have created. So go ahead and take your time while stirring. Watch a bit of television if you want but just remember to stir in only one direction.

Once you have your batter ready, take a minute out to preheat your oven to about 325 Farenheit. While the oven’s heating, pour your batter out into the baking tin or loaf pan which you had floured earlier. Holding the pan about an inch or so off the top of your kitchen counter or table, lightly ‘drop’ the pan down onto your kitchen counter about 2 or 3 times. This gets rid of any any air pockets that might have formed in the batter while you were pouring it out from the bowl into the pan. It also makes sure that your batter is flat and even in the pan and that your cake won’t turn out lopsided.

Once that is done, put your cake to bake for about 60mins. To check if your cake is done, insert a toothpick into the center of your cake and if it comes out clean, voila! Your cake is ready!

Once the cake is ready, cool the cake for about 15 minutes before removing it from the pan and serving. And there you have it! Nice, moist and very yummy banana cake, all homemade!

August 10, 2008 at 4:50 am Leave a comment


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