Many folks I know over the last few years have participated in something called the 48 hour film project. It’s a little psuedo contest in which groups of participants has, well, 48 hours to make a 5 minute film. The way it works is that on a friday night, each group gets assigned a film genre AND a phrase that must be used somewhere in the film, and then they must, from scratch, write, video/film, edit and finish a 5 minute film by 5pm sunday.
Now I say Pseudo Contest in that while they do pick winners (and they hold this in many cities across the country – and maybe world?) and will compile and screen the winning films from various festivals, for most folks involved, winning isn’t the point. Completing the challenge is the point for most.
Likewise, in the music world, there is a similar challenge called the RPM Challenge . Unlike the 48 hour film project, the RPM Challenge takes place over an entire month, not just 48 hours. Of course, beyond coming up with a 5 minute movie, the RPM Challenge requires you (or your group of participants) to come up with an entire record.
For the purposes of the RPM Challenge, a record consists of at least 10 tracks OR at least 35 minutes of music. And while you could have written the songs before the challenge begins, you could not have recorded any of them before. Oh, and just to up the ante, the challenge always takes place in February… the shortest month for those who are calendarically challenged. (yes, I am aware I just made up a word. it’s my blog, so I can do these things.)
Anyhow, fellow blogger Joeonlyone and myself particpated in this ridiculous chicanery this past february. And just to up the ante and ridiculousness, we didn’t actually get started until February 7th. And with Valentine’s day being a saturday this year, that knocked out another weekend for most of our group. And then there were previously planned family trips, funerals and other unexpected road blocks. But we persevered.
And for those curious to hear what a record made in such conditions would sound like, I give you the Elderly.
My apologies in advance…