What's the challenge?
Record an album in February that's 10 songs or 35 minutes long.
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.
Is it cheating...?
Why are you asking?
How does one finish this thing?
Easy! Send a physical copy, postmarked by noon on March 1 to:
RPM Challenge HQ, c/o RiverRun Bookstore, 142 Fleet St., Portsmouth, NH 03801 USA.
On your profile, enter the date you mailed it to us. Then, kick back and enjoy that sense of relief.
The site won't let me update my profile / click 'Sign Up For RPM 2016!' What's the deal?
Those in charge of development at Joomla disallow the use of the same email address for multiple accounts. The best, most direct solution is to change the email associated with your account to another one. Apologies for the inconvenience, but this one's out of our hands!
What is the RPM Jukebox?
An online music player fully loaded with over 2500-plus completed RPM albums—more than 25,000 songs! This feature will return shortly!
Who owns the rights to the music?
You do. Your music is your own, to do with as you please. Artists retain all rights to their music, we ask only to be able to put the finished music up in the RPM Jukebox to stream so that everyone can enjoy it.
What are the fabulous prizes?
No prizes. Except the knowledge that you did it. And, you know, the albums itself is kind of a prize, if you think about it.
It's [some date in February]! Is it too late to sign up?
No, no, of course it isn't! So you've lost a couple of minutes, a handful of hours, a few days, that's no reason not to come on board. There's still the better part of February in front of you, plenty of time to write and record one album. In fact, just think of it as a slightly tougher challenge and you'll have that much more to be proud of when you've got 10 new songs under your belt at the end of the month.
Remember, there's only one deadline for the RPM Challenge, that's March 2 - the day your album must be postmarked and mailed to the RPM Headquarters.
Say, how does one use this fancy blog?
Good question. Click here.
Is it a good idea to record 35 minutes of jaw harp through a delay pedal while someone chants the names of all the fast food restaurants?
Who runs this glorious disaster?
The Wire magazine created RPM Challenge for their hometown of Portsmouth, N.H., in 2006, and everyone had so much fun they threw a big party and opened up RPM Challenge to the whole world, with the help of a shadowy collective of spirits. There are others, but we're pretty sure they're in the witness protection program.
Why would anyone do this to themselves?
Seriously, why would anyone do this to themselves?
I think you mean, why WOULDN'T anyone do this FOR themselves? Amirite?!
That isn't a question.
You bet it is!
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