By the time Feb. 1 rolls around, my New Year’s resolutions are out the window, and I’m back to my slothful, probably unhealthy ways (In all fairness, who decided to schedule the prime time for self-improvement around the time of the year when all I want to do is sleep, watch TV, and fortify myself with butternut squash ravoli?) For those of you who are suffering from the same problem, but want to turn over some sort of goddamned new leaf in 2008, a few folks have come up with a challenge for February: Writing and recording an album’s worth of material–10 songs or 35 minutes! no CD-era bloat here!–over its 29 days.
• Recording can only be done in the month of February – no prerecorded songs.
• All material must be previously unreleased, and we encourage you to write the material during February too.
• Participating bands get their own page on the site, which you can blog to as much as you want. You also get access to the band-only discussion board, where you can swap ideas, resources, etc., and the ability to e-mail and private message with the other participants.
• All the completed albums may be put up in the jukebox on the website, if you so choose, so people can check it out; conversely, if you’d rather not share your work with the public, then no one needs to hear it but us.
My favorite thing about all this is that you have to snail mail or hand deliver the fruits of your labor. What, a special MySpace page isn’t enough proof? And if you screw up and forget to record because you’re too busy eating bon bons and anticipating the Grammys, there’s always NaSoAlMo in November.
RPM Challenge [Official site]