A couple of days ago, the Daily Post blog (that which intends to egg, nag, and otherwise encourage those brave souls who are trying to take part in the postaday/postaweek thing) did a post on “blogging buddies.” Basically, if you’re doing it with someone else, you’re theoretically more able to actually go through with whatever it is that you’re doing. This is definitely true with RPM, whose forums I really discovered last year (well, at the end of 2009, really) and found to be helpful, inspiring, and a way to connect with others who have the same difficulties and challenges. And, out of participation in the forums, I have become involved with some side projects and made some connections with other musicians I think are cool.
So, blogging buddies. The post suggested that anyone who was interested in having a buddy should post their interest in the comments along with some idea of what their blog is about. It was a day or so after the post when I finally looked and there were already tons of comments and pairings. I stumbled across one buddy request whose author said he wrote about a lot of things, but was really interested in writing more about music and music production. I went to his blog and skimmed a bit, and saw that he posted an awful lot about technology and the most recent post I found had the same general opinion of the whole postaday challenge as I did: a post every day, really? Some people have lives.
So I replied on the Daily Post and when I didn’t see a response I decided to contact him directly and, lo! I have a blogging buddy. His name is Mark and this is his blog.
It’s getting to be that time again. The time where musicians vow to create and complete album of 10 songs or 35 minutes in the 28 days of February. I’ve officially signed up, making this my fourth RPM (I didn’t finish my first attempt for RPM07 due to some overly ambitious goals subsequent technical issues). Ed. note: In case your math isn’t adding up, I skipped RPM08, partly because ’07 went so badly and partly because I had convinced myself I didn’t have time.
The point of the RPM Challenge is that you always have time if you make it. That’s what I learned from the last two years of doing RPM. The only reason you don’t have time to complete a project you really want to work on is because you’ve convinced yourself that you don’t actually have time to do it. It’s a lie. If you want it enough, you will make time and then it will happen. It’s how I’ve completed 2 RPM albums, 2 other non-RPM albums, and some musical side-projects, along with a 200+ page memoir/book/thing about the Upstart Blogger/Genesis Rocket fiasco all in the past 3 years (and all of those were over the course of a few months, at most).
So what do I have planned for February? I’m not sure. It would be easy for me to make another album of electronic/dark ambient stuff, but that seems too easy. There’s a January Challenge going on now in the RPM forums in which one of the members assigns all who sign up for the challenge a theme/scene in a non-existent movie to create the soundtrack to. This, along with the Daft Punk Tron soundtrack, has got me thinking about soundtracks and in thinking about it more, I really like the approach that Bear McCreary and Richard Gibbs used for the soundtrack for Battlestar Galactica. From the Wikipedia article:
The music of Battlestar Galactica makes use of the technique called “leitmotif“. A leitmotif is a phrase or melodic cell that signifies a character, place, plot element, mood, idea, relationship or other specific part of the story. It is commonly used in modern film scoring as a device to mentally anchor certain parts of a film to the soundtrack. Of chief importance for a leitmotif is that it must be strong enough for a listener to latch onto while being flexible enough to undergo variation and development.
So, it may turn out that I create (or use existing) characters and/or plot elements, create some musical phrases around them, and then play with sequencing and different moods and themes and call that my RPM2011 entry. It might be a bit ambitious, so we’ll see what actually happens next month…
it occurs to me that rpm came and went with very little said on this blog about it.
i finished my rpm 2010 album. it’s called you’ll have to wait for the book. you can listen to it here, on bandcamp, or on alonetone, where my track 1 is currently in the top 40. there’s more of my thoughts on the process on the page i devoted to it.