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Serj Tankian unveils

The new platform features 500 songs, including the Top 100 submissions to his $5,000 music challenge. The announcement of the winner is forthcoming.

February 7, 2018  |  by Creative Armenia

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Serj Tankian unveiled today, an open digital platform showcasing hundreds of compositions spanning 60 countries and all genres. But the very different selections have one thing in common. They all begin with the same 7 notes.


In October 2017, the System of a Down frontman had teamed up with Creative Armenia to issue a video challenge to this effect, asking musicians everywhere to write songs beginning with the 7 notes Tankian offered. The challenge went viral.


Billed as a "cultural experiment," the new digital platform signifies the last phase of Serj Tankian’s challenge. From thousands of submissions, 500 were selected to take part in Of those, 100 are being featured. And of these 100, only 1 will win the $5,000 prize, to be awarded sometime this month.


The deciding jury includes System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian; Capital Cities singer-songwriter Sebu Simonian; jazz phenom and composer Tigran Hamasyan; Honored Artist of the Republic of Armenia Vahagn Hayrapetyan; Professor and Founding Dean of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Judith Smith; and the iconic rock star and challenger himself – Serj Tankian.

Serj Tankian and Creative Armenia congratulate all selected participants. Visit to listen to their songs and compositions, and stay tuned for the winner.

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