I’ve long been a fan of the RPM Challenge, a NaNoWriMo-style challenge for musicians to record an album in February, and this year, I’ll be attempting the challenge myself! The rules are fairly simple: record at least 10 tracks or at least 35 minutes of original music by March 1st. I’ll be writing everything from scratch in February, too, but pre-written tracks are okay as long as you haven’t previously recorded or released them.
I actually attempted it back in 2008, but that was before I’d really started making music again, and it was a bit of a disaster — I didn’t manage to record anything. I fully expect to have more done by the end of my first day than I managed in that attempt.
What are my goals? I’d like to try a few different tracks — some downtempo stuff, some more melodic chiptune-ish stuff, and likely some droney ambient stuff — and while I expect it all to be quite rough, I hope there are some ideas in there that I can polish in to complete tracks after the challenge.
More importantly, though, I’d like to learn to be more spontaneous and to get my ideas recorded more quickly. I spend a lot of time working on each track, and if I can learn ways to reduce that workload, and hence increase my output, I’ll be very happy.
I’ll try to post some updates here throughout the month, but if you want to track my progress more closely, I’ll be posting to Twitter, too. Wish me luck!