RPM Challenge 2012

February 6, 2012 3:18 PM

Anyone doing the RPM Challenge this year? I did it 5 years ago and swore I wouldn't ever do it again as it just about killed me to get everything done on time. But the memories seem to have mellowed, because here I am making another go.

The best thing about it is that you're forced to just create, and with only days remaining and many songs still left to do you end up going in directions you wouldn't normally consider. I got a lot of songs out of it last time, about half of which I still like.
I'm bgm over there. Managed to get one song done so far, which doesn't bode well for me as it's already February 6th. Hurray for leap year.
Love to see who else is going for it!
posted by chococat (8 comments total)

askmeaboutLOOM and I have participated for four years running. Some of our finest work has been produced in February, in my irrelevant opinion.
This year, in addition to that, I'm planning on making a solo run at it. Note one has yet to be recorded, but I'm not panicked.
posted by man vs sun at 3:44 PM on February 6, 2012

ack, I thought about this, but I'm flat out on half a dozen work projects which isn't leaving much time for music. I was mostly curious to see what would emerge musically - whether it would really be worth anything or not?
posted by unSane at 6:48 PM on February 6, 2012

I signed up again this year (for the sixth year in a row), and I was really looking forward to it until February began and my enthusiasm vanished. But my idea is to do more of a 35-minute soundtrack than a ten-song album, so I'm probably not too far behind if I can somehow summon up the energy to proceed.
posted by malocchio at 7:07 AM on February 7, 2012

As man vs sun mentioned, the annual challenge seems to kick start us for the year. This is a particularly busy month for me, so we'll see what happens, but I'm looking forward to it.

Hell, only doing one album in a month is kind of a slow pace for us...
posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 7:38 PM on February 7, 2012

I could do the music for this in a month, easily. But the words would defeat me, I suspect.
posted by unSane at 7:54 PM on February 7, 2012

Wrote 2 more songs today. One just a few minutes ago, right after I said, "I'm going to bed, I got nothing."
Are they any good?
It doesn't matter!
posted by chococat at 8:18 PM on February 7, 2012

just a note that i'm doing the rpm thing, too, for the 6th time - i had thought that working 60 hours plus a week might make it impossible - but i'm crazy and i'm doing it anyway - i'm over halfway there, i think - got 9 basics down, 5 with lyrics and vocals, one that i'm pretty sure is finished

by the end of the week, i expect to have almost all of it done
posted by pyramid termite at 7:09 PM on February 12, 2012

I was sort of thinking about it this year but then I got caught up in other projects last month and was in theory gonna be traveling for a chunk of this one and it seemed like maybe a bad idea. In retrospect the traveling didn't happen and I probably could have had a go after all. Ah well.

I think maybe I'll grab the spirit of the thing and just try to do some writing in any case. Something is better than nothing.
posted by cortex at 7:00 PM on February 17, 2012

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