Void World

Void World

RPM X Done (Mostly)

Yesterday I rendered the final mix of my RPM Challenge entry for this year. It’s done!

Now I have to make the CD version, burn a couple copies and pop them in the mail.

I ended up not doing any of the first several ideas Рeven the Very Good Idea Рthat I first came up with. I was struck with some very quick inspiration, and executed in just a few days. And I like it very much.

The title is “Void World” and I will be posting some more information about it shortly. I still have to come up with a cover image and upload it to Bandcamp and all that. And there’s a video as well.

All coming soon…

RPM Dilemma

Rhetorical question for you. Though you can answer in the comments if you like.

What do you do if you have a great idea (well, a good one at least) but aren’t sure that you can do it justice in the needed time frame? Do you go for it, and risk underperforming? Or do you try to do something you can reliably get done?

I realize this sounds like a procrastinator talking. Or a perfectionist who lets the perfect be the enemy of the good. Or both. And while I am definitely a procrastinator, and probably a self-defeating perfectionist, I am not trying to put this off, but I am thinking I want to give it more them than the next three weeks.

I do most of my best thinking in the bathtub. It’s a fairly distraction-free zone where thoughts can flow and the brain can work problems. I was working on my RPM Challenge project in the tub when I had a great idea. Or at least a Good Idea. A fairly well¬†fleshed-out idea with a title and everything. I like it.

Pure Data is probably the best tool for me to use for the bulk of it, but there are things I would need to know how to do that I do not. So I’ve been brushing up on Pd and researching how to do what I need… and I have realized that it’s probably a lot more work than February will allow me.

But I’ve stumbled across a couple of things in Pd that give me ideas that are definitely doable in the RPM Challenge time frame. Not super original ideas, perhaps. Long form noise collage sort of things. But still a lot of work, and potentially satisfying when done.

I’m proceeding with my remedial learning. And making lots of notes. Honestly, I could probably get a version of the Good Idea done by February 28th. But if it’s not great, I’m less likely to revisit it because it’s already Done. Which is probably a stupid way of looking at things. But it’s the way my brain works.

Thanks for lending me your ears (or eyes, I guess). I think I’ve made up my mind. I’m not going to stop working on the Good Idea now, but I probably won’t stop working on it at the end of February either. And I’ll start generating other material for Plan B in the meantime.

The Ghost Of RPMs Past

All of my past RPM Challenge albums are now available on my Bandcamp page.

Here is 2008 – “The Superstition Of Witchcraft”:

and 2009 – “Discrete Silicon Transform”:


Both are available to stream and for download on a pay-what-you-want basis. Including free.


It’s February. Which means RPM Challenge time.

This year, they’re calling it RPM X – because it’s the tenth year of the challenge.

And I’m a little surprised to realize this will be my eighth year of participating.

I’ve been excited all January to get started, but I’ve intentionally not allowed myself to think about it, so I have no idea what I’m going to do. When trying to find out what year I first participated, I realized I do not have all of them available on Bandcamp, where I have been posting them since the RPM Jukebox has problems with uploads of very long (60+ minute) tracks. I will correct that soon.

I am still very fond of my last year’s entry, “Meet The Pixels!”