The RPM Challenge
The drums of February are approaching, and RPM 2017 is almost upon us! What better way could there be to spend it than by dedicating the month to the creation of 10 songs or 35 minutes of original music? If you're a newcomer and you'd like to join us, sign-up here. If you're a returning RPMer, just log-in to your profile, choose "Your Details" from the menu at right, then go under "Edit > Update Your Profile" to check the box for 2017!
Read the full text of the challenge here.
RPM will always be free for all participants -- that's been part of our mission from day one. But we need your support to keep the wheels turning, and invest in new ideas.
So for the first time, we are asking the whole community to participate in a meaningful fundraiser. If everyone who participated in RPM donated just $10 (say, the cost of a CD), we'd be in the black and in a position to move forward. (And if you're in a position to make a larger donation, then that will help cover the people who aren't able to donate at all.)
Some of you have donated to RPM in the past, and for that we are deeply grateful. Unfortunately, only about 2% of participants make donations, and that doesn't cover even our most essential costs.
Please consider chipping in and making a donation to RPM this year, and we'll put it to good use.
A) Click the "Donate" button at right.
B) Join us on our fundraising campaign at Generosity here!
C) Share our fundraising campaign on social media, or with your email contacts!
We are also happy to accept donations in Bitcoin at the following address:
Whether you're in the studio, on stage, or filling up at the local Kwik-E-Mart, we know you want to look your very best. Our tailors at RPM HQ are here to help, with our limited-edition RPM Gear. While they are busy stitching up our new 2017 models, you can click "Read More" to see the full selection of retro colors & sizes.
THANK YOU to participants, family and friends who are supporting the goals of the RPM Challenge. You help make it an extraordinary experience. Would you put $10 in the tip jar?
60 donors carrying the torch! Will you help us make it to 100 this week? If just 10% of our all-time RPMers offer $10 support, we will reach our goal to raise $10,000 to lay the groundwork for more RPMs to come.
Jayme Martin - Rachel Forrest - Jason Vega - Ashley Scott - Jeffrey Burton - Tomi Huttula - Pamela Brown - The Sea Beat - BrainCamp - Derek Fulker - Tessa Pearce - Jason Boucher - Andrew Schoen - Robert Gonyo - Andrew Lillie - Rebecca Minnick - Patrick Canning - Tor Loney - Jonathan Blakeslee - Jason Boucher - Brent Eagles - Jane of All Trades Music - Renee Armand - Robert Beyer - Richard Hammond - The Checkers Speech - Anthony Dominello - Paul Jarrett - Ian James Music
Edward Davis - Paul Marlz - Craig Stenseth - Elizabeth Widerski - Anonymous - Darren Hawe - Guy Capecelaro III - Michael McCullough - Martin Fox - Randy Tompkins - Billy Butler - Edward Duncan - Ten Sop Saxop - Guy Capecelatro III - Jarrett Osborn - James Connolly
Jay Mack - Anonymous - Nathaniel Raymond - Bruce Pingree - Joshua Cyr - Griffin Richardson - Anonymous - Russ Grazier - Brian Martin - Cyclops Cow - Hussalonia
True Believer $100+
Melanie Burger - Ken Dunnington - Anonymous
Guitar Hero $200+
There's a ton of new music to listen to on here.
Fire up the Jukebox to see what RPMers have created this year. Only have time for a sample? Click above on the home page player, which is now updated hourly with a random selection of this year's music. Or stream the podcasts below for a curated stream. Bands have also shared their music on social media using the hashtag #RPM2016.
Thanks for participating!
That’s 10 songs or 35 minutes of original material recorded during the month of February. Go ahead… put it to tape.
It’s a little like National Novel Writing Month, (NaNoWriMo.org) where writers challenge each other to write 1,700 words a day for 30 days, or the great folks over at February Album Writing Month (fawm.org), who encourage artists to write 14 new songs in February. Maybe they don’t have “Grapes of Wrath” or “Abbey Road” at the end of the month, or maybe they do—but that’s not the point. The point is they get busy and stop waiting around for the muse to appear. Get the gears moving. Do something. You can’t write 1,700 words a day and not get better.
Don't wait for inspiration - taking action puts you in a position to get inspired. You'll stumble across ideas you would have never come up with otherwise, and maybe only because you were trying to meet a day’s quota of (song)writing. Show up and get something done, and invest in yourself and each other.
Anyone can come up with an excuse to say “no,” so don’t. Many of you are thinking “But, I can’t do that! I don’t have any songs/recording gear/money/blah blah blah...” But this doesn’t have to be the album, it’s just an album. Remember, this is an artistic exercise. Just do your best using what you have in order to get it done. If you have a four-track, become a four-track badass! Use your iPhone, your '80s cassette recorder, that program on your laptop, a Pro Tools rig, or just borrow something – use it. Do your best. Use the limitations of time and gear as an opportunity to explore things you might not try otherwise. If you can afford time in a studio, fine, but let’s be completely free of any lingering idea that “good” records can only be made in a studio. If that were so, then all the old scratchy blues records or Alan Lomax field recordings that have changed the world’s culture wouldn’t still resonate with us today. Springsteen’s haunting classic “Nebraska” was a demo he did at home on a crappy machine. That album is fricking awesome. What label would put those recordings out now? (See: who cares) There are a million examples of this kind of stuff, but the fact will always be: Well written, honest music is compelling and undeniable no matter what it was recorded on. So put it to tape.
Please say hello to Episode 3 of the 2016 RPM podcast! Listen Now!
The real history of RPM is in the music: every song, every album, every band that ever recorded a track tells part of the story. More than 40,000 songs have been created as part of the RPM challenge during the first decade. Some participated once, and some have done it every year, like a glorious ritual of music. Every musician who has participated has a story as rich and surprising as their own lives.
But if you ever wondered how things look from behind the scenes, it’s something like this.
The RPM intergalactic infostorm can't be contained by any one dimension or media stream. As such, we transmit on multiple channels to reach the beings who live in the far corners of the social mediaverse.
Love us in Facebookistan
Soar with us in the thin atmosphere of Twitterria
Swim with us in the tropical Youtubarium
Transpose your matter matrix Instagrammatically
Sojourn with the trolls of Reddit
The RPM challenge is not a money making venture, for the artists or the organizers. For the first 10 years, the RPM Challenge was a project of The Wire, a weekly paper that absorbed whatever costs were necessary, with much-welcomed financial help from donators and occasional sponsors, not to mention the tireless efforts of the many, many volunteers who helped over the years.
The Wire has ceased publication, but with your support we're still delighted to carry RPM forward. Donations to help defray the costs of running--and growing--an annual global music challenge are more welcome than ever.
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