This is a re-posting from our blog at The RPM Challenge (that yearly challenge to record a whole album in one month), announcing VUA’s plan for this year. Click to read on:
Last year, the Very Us Artists cobbled together a mighty fine 16-track whopper of an album we like to call (because that’s its name) Roughly Produced Masterpieces. It paid no mind to such feeble restrictions and overrated qualities such as consistency, genre, or rationale.
A host of RPM luminaries mingled with RPM newbies, churning out some terrifically rough spots, some glimmeringly smooth spots, some chillingly cool spots, and some singe-your-eyebrows-off hot spots. It’s all over the map. It was roughly produced, and it was a…masterpiece, for lack of a better word. I’d also like to think the artwork was the embodiment of all the music it contained: roughly produced (in this case, fully hand-made) and quite the masterpiece.
Can you deny it?
This year, things will be quite different. It’ll be a collaboration (rather than just a compilation) yet possibly requiring a bit less work on any contributor’s part. But like everything we do, it’ll be an experiment, so who knows what will come of it. This year, I’m putting out an open call for anyone to submit non-vocal music made during February ’09 of any style that I (John LaSala) will then personally turn into a song. Send me your music (without vocals!), I will write lyrics and melodies, sing it, and weave all the songs together to make some kind of yet-to-be-specified concept album drawing inspiration mostly from the music that comes my way. Each song on the VUA album will be a kind of collaboration between you and me. And if you want to also put the song on your own RPM album (or preferably some alternate mix of it), that’s just fine, too.
Here are just a few different scenarios where you might submit music for this collaboration:
If you have a different scenario in mind, it will probably work, too. Just let me know!
After I’ve turned your music into a song, here are a few options for what you can do with it, as far as RPM is concerned:
Again, if you have a different idea, it will probably be fine, too.
If you are interested, send me an e-mail telling me what you’ve got in mind. (Don’t send any music yet!) Since it will be important to get submissions sooner rather than later, it’ll be kind of a first-come-first-serve situation. That is, depending on the number of responses, not every submission will necessarily work out for being turned into a VUA song. So I guess we’ll just see how it goes!
So why would you want John LaSala singing with your music? What kind of music would his voice be good (or particularly bad) for? The next VUA blog post will give you an idea.