Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Think You Can Write and Record an Album in 29 Days?

The RPM Challenge bets you can

By Nate Seltenrich
Wed, Jan 16, 2008 at 1:14 PM

What if every musician you knew put their music first for 29 days? What if every living being who could pick up an instrument spent February exploring their music? These are among the questions posed by organizers of the RPM Challenge, a non-competitive creative call for participants to write and record a ten-song or 35-minute album in the month of February.

Organizers claim that last year more than 2,400 musicians and bands from all seven continents participated, resulting in over 850 new albums. Interested in joining the fray? Sign up online now; the 2008 RPM Challenge begins in only 16 days on February 1.

More questions to stir your creativity: What if you recorded the best song of your life? What if you put aside the traditional expectations -- that your record has to be a product that can be sold, that it has to be recorded in a studio with all the bells and whistles? What if you could do whatever you wanted? What if you recorded a solo record for the first time? What if you tried a new genre? What if you collaborated with someone you'd never met?

Guess the only thing left to do is grab an instrument and recording device and get started. Of course, those more inclined to spend a month writing a book than an album should know November is National Novel Writing Month.

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