The RPM Challenge
The trucks are lining up to deliver your music to the finish line!
Most of Earth, please hand-deliver by March 1 or postmark by noon March 2, 2015, your CD of 10 songs or 35 minutes of original music to:
RPM Challenge HQ
c/o RiverRun Bookstore
142 Fleet St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
If you're in Newfoundland/Labrador area, then you may alternately use these addresses:
Drop-off in person:
Rocket Bakery & Fresh Food
272 Water Street, St. John's
Or, mail to:
PO Box 1044
St. John’s, NL, A1C 5M3
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 this very special, one-of-a-kind official 2015 RPM celebratory T-shirt.
you go ahead and order and we will contact you if there is any additional
Travel back in time with our limited-edition leftovers from past years...
Click "Read More" to see the full selection.
Newcomers: If you're new to this delightful chaos, simply click the "SIGN UP" button on the menu at the top of the screen, fill out your information, and tune all your instruments. (That last bit is not really required.) On your profile page, make sure you click the "Signup for RPM 2015" checkbox.
Returning: If you're returning, simply go to your profile page and click on "Edit Profile," then click the 2015 checkbox.
FAQ on Field Names:
- Name = This Is Your Band Name.
- Username = This will show up at login, and when you are chatting on the Forums
- These names can be the same, or not.
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 over the past 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
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! A mini disc, a pro-tools rig, a Walkman, an 80’s tape recorder – 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 studio time in a “real” 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 our culture – the world’s culture – wouldn’t still resonate with us today as they do. 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.
The RPM challenge is not a money making venture, for the artists or the organizers. For the past 10 years, the RPM Challenge has been a project of The Wire, a weekly paper which absorbed whatever costs were necessary, with much-welcomed financial help from donators and occasional sponsors, not to mention the tireless efforts of the many volunteers who have helped over the years.
Since The Wire ceased publication in 2014, however, that safety net is gone. While the founders are delighted to carry the Challenge forward, donations to help defray the costs of running a global music challenge are more welcome than ever.
- Aged Machine
- Bomb Waterman
- Cave Street
- cville ramblings
- Dirty Spirits
- Harvey Bigman
- Kavin.s Acoustic Church
- Letter Seventeen
- Lithia Spring
- little a
- Mac McIntyre
- Matt Parker
- Robert Parker
- Suncook Valley Marauders
- The Hindenbergs
- Will G
- Wolf Kier
- You Had To Go In The Basement
Done Like Dinner!
by Justin Burnett
Reflections on completing the RPMchallenge
An Hour & A Half To Spare!
by Tim Mudd
Done with an hour to spare!
by Spanish Ivory
in case I fail to send the CD tomorrow~
by Kyril Dice
39 minutes of blood, sweat & tears!
by Lorna Webb
I Did It
by Owen Ammann
Done! 40 min. of new music
Done! An Exercise In Revelry
by Darrin Kobetich
by Danger Painters
Fail for 2015
by Lust For Glory
IT IS DONE. IT IS ON BANDCAMP
by Carrie Shemanski
wild crazy sex !
by Jim Anderson
by The Midnight Specials
Shit's about to get REAL
by Petty Vendetta