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Goldberg Variations

I’ve successfully completed the RPM challenge for 2022. This is my third success in five attempts, and I think it’s the best one yet.

This video to explain the why’s and how’s of this one. I’m proud of this work, and I hope you’ll check it out. If you are a Patreon subscriber, I’ll share the free download link!

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RPM challenge 2022

It’s that time of year again! I’m throwing my hat in for the RPM challenge, and I’m planning on spinning up a nice, hot platter of musique concrète.

More as I know it!

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RPM 2021 Conclusion

Record Music in February (Just Because You can) RPM Challenge 2021 logo

I’m calling time! Stopping the clock! Ringing the bell! Buzzing the buzzard.

I finished the challenge for the second year in a row. 10 new songs are in the can! Or, computer. In the cloud?

As with last year, I’ve arrived at a destination that I didn’t set out to find. I had envisioned a more traditional, polished collection of songs. This year’s result is very guitar oriented, with layers of MIDI supporting it.

Early in February, but after I finished the Punk Frocker’s tracks, I began recording with an Epiphone Les Paul “Black Beauty” guitar with three humbucker pick-ups. It has very heavy strings (12’s?) and I used a random, non-standard tuning. I decided to only use this guitar for the rest of the month.

I recorded some live drums here, and I relied on Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators for other rhythm tracks.

My results are a bit like last years, with heavy signal processing weirdness and odd production values. I have a few gems that I’m excited about. Some of this stuff is probably self indulgent, in that the music will likely only be interesting to me.

That said, I’ve made the decision to not share this material at this time. I want to continue developing the gems into a more polished state, and the other half will go into soundtracks.

I can’t recommend this challenge enough. Something good always happens.

I’m resuming my daily music exercises now that this is complete.

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Punk Frockers

Punk Frockers

I made some graphics and music for the Punk Frockers community sewing podcast. The first episode will go live later this month. I think I’ll count this toward a track of this year’s RPM challenge.

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RPM Challenge 2021

Following up on the 2021 make-music-every-day post, I’m declaring, once again, that I’m participating in the RPM challenge. What’s more, my daughter and my girlfriend’s son are playing along, too.

The RPM Challenge is a creative challenge to anyone to record music in February. We give you a deadline of March 1 to complete it by and then we host listening parties to celebrate. Any genre, any level of experience, anywhere. Thousands of records and tens of thousands of tracks have been made by people around the world as part of the Challenge since it was founded in 2006.

It’s fun, it’s hard, it’s rewarding, and it’s free to take part. What have you got to lose?

https://www.rpmchallenge.com/

To accompany the fresh new Website, RPM has expanded on the original requirements, which were to conceive and record an album in the month of February, start to finish. It doesn’t have to be good – just complete. Here, an album was defined as one 35 minute piece of music, or 10 songs. The new requirements are one of the following:

  • Single (1 track or 5 minutes)
  • EP (5 tracks or 20 minutes)
  • LP (10 tracks or 35 minutes)
  • Boxed Set (30 tracks or 100 minutes)

I love it!

I finished an album last year for the first time, and I reflected on that experience in the past 12 months. It was so valuable. I found new possibilities and ideas – and the constraint of having to complete the tracks really pushed me to find different processes, and think about how to produce material in a new way. I recommend this to anyone making music.