For those who DON'T know, the RPM Challenge is an internet thingie which challenges musicians to record and produce an album in the month of February. Record Production Month. Get it? I did, and this is my sixth year to participate. Some years I've done multiple albums, either under my RPM alias Kavin.s Acoustic Church, or as Breaking Light, or with friends in the Love Light Shine project one year, and so on. This year I had planned to do a BL album only and sit out KAC, but stuff happens, and it's never according to plan, as you know.
So here it is the tale end of February and I'm all done but the packaging and sending off, which I always seem to put off until the 28th (or 27th, if it's a leap year) anyway.
As far as the Breaking Light album, I had intended to take an ambient/dub tack, much inspired by Bill Laswell, and local defunct dubsters Sub Oslo (whose perf at the Electric Eyeball Experience at the Ridglea Theater several years ago threw my head for a loop, I tell ya), but that concept didn't retain it's steam it seems. Sure there are a coupla dub flavored tunes, but live loops, stacked looping and a lot of bass guitar lines permeate the album. So it's definitely a departure for the Light in that respect.
Breaking Light "Sculduddery"
As I mentioned previously, I had decided to give the Acoustic Church a break, after five years in the Challenge. But the last week in January, instrument-maker, artist/musician Terry Horn bestowed upon me a handmade cigar box guitar. Incidentally,Terry heads up the
Hentai Improvising Orchestra and produces his solo music as The Owl and the Octopus.
On a whim, I sat down with it on the afternoon of February 10 and let the R10 handheld recorder roll (but I wasn't holding it, I was playing the cbg, of course). A twenty minute improv session later, I had some pretty raw, but pretty cool stuff, to my ears. Another session a few days later yielded a few more pieces.
In recent years, the Challenge hasn't been so much to see if I can produce an album in a month, because I know I can. The Challenge is really to produce something different, and at least interesting to my ears each year.
If your so inclined, and love music (I know you do!) go to the RPM site, play the stuff in the player. Go to the jukebox and hit some random albums. There's some really amazing stuff there. Really. And tell them I sent ya.