The RPM Challenge

For years I’ve been thinking how great it would be to write a song a day or something along those lines. I write a lot of music but it’s in bursts and most of it I would never release. The RPM Challenge is an online get together where you basically record an album in a month. I just came across this and the 2010 challenge is almost over so why blog it? I really enjoyed checking out the site. Somehow it feels like a small music town get together. I also like listening to songs recorded quickly. The less contrived the music is usually the better.

“This is The Challenge – Record an album in 28 days, just because you can. That’s 10 songs or 35 minutes of original material recorded during the month of February. Go ahead… put it to tape. 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!” –

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Oliver Chesler

"Hello my name is Oliver and I'm going to tell you a story." I have been recording music since 1989 under the name The Horrorist. I have released over 60 singles and 4 full length albums. To hear my music please go to:

10 thoughts on “The RPM Challenge”

  1. I’ve done it the last 3 years and am trying desperately to finish this year (I had some major tech setbacks plus started a new job this February).

    It’s fantastic. Everyone should try it once.

  2. has my last 3 RPM albums up:

    Overcast (2009) – Alt-rock glitch Floyd dystopia
    Cyborg Love Songs (2008) – Synth-pop like later Depeche Mode
    Decayed, Decayed (2007) – My version of a hip-hop record

    My 2010 album is “Reflection”, a sort of “Bryan Ferry meets Blade Runner” thing.

  3. Awesome!- I’m one of the organizers (and a long time wiretotheear reader) and it’s so great to see you mentioning RPM. Especially in this day and age of self-releases and DAW induced option paralysis it sometime helps to have a shared goal of making music with a bunch of strangers within a set timeframe. RPM has no goal to make you a star or america’s next top model, it just pushes you to actually make music, that’s all, and sometimes putting yourself under a unified, self-imposed deadline is exactly what it takes to produce something, and that’s what RPM is for. Thanks again for the plug, I hope you pick up the challenge next year Oliver! I should also mention that the RPM jukebox is one of the largest (legal) free music databases in the world…

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