January Album Writing Month 2019
The very few rules are listed at the bottom of this post in bold.
So the idea for the album writing months originally comes from here: https://fawm.org/ The original challenge is to write 14 songs in 28 days in February. Typically this NPO project has not drawn a lot of electronic musicians.
The idea was to just get the bones down for the songs, no polishing necessary. So, arrangement and lyrics and just rough recorded demos.
For electronic musicians I think the challenge will feel different as much of our music is lyric-less and driven by sound design and creative mixing decisions, versus someone writing songs on their acoustic guitar.
I don’t think we’ve ever done a proper FAWM here, maybe once some years ago. In the past we have lowered the song count or even all agreed to write a certain amount of minutes worth of music.
It seems like the last few time or two we bothered coming up with parameters, people pretty much just did what they wanted regardless so I’m all for people just setting their own goals whatever those are. Personally, though I love the original spirit of FAWM, I’m probably just going to make a goal of a 4-5 track EP. I did that last time and it worked out pretty nicely.
There is also the issue of sharing WIPs during the month or holding them all until the end. I kinda liked just going through and listening to them the month afterwards and commenting on the final product.
This ended up being quite a bit less formal than I imagined, but traditionally IDMf album writing months have resisted being formal : )
We will run the writing month from Jan 2nd to February 2nd. I’m really not kidding no extensions. You don’t need to have anything properly mixed or mastered. Concentrate on coming up with “good ideas” (whether that is traditional song writing, sound design, creative mix ideas, strong samples etc).