November 2005 was, of course, NaNoWriMo:
National Novel Writing Month, Chris Baty's brilliant project in which
participants write a 50,000-word novel in the space of a month. It was
also, as it happens, National Solo Album Month, or NaSoAlMo; those
brave souls who were up for it wrote and recorded an entire solo
album in the course of its 30 days.
Philip Alderman WINNER!
Sam Amidon WINNER!
Andrew C. Bulhak WINNER!
Liz Bustamante WINNER!
Neven J. Carswell (a.k.a. the Claudes)
Kinsley Castle (a.k.a. King o' the Concrete Jungle) WINNER!
The Claps WINNER!
DJ I Am Cuter Than You
Double J (Ed Leheny Jr.)
Pat Feghali a.k.a. The Modern Ache WINNER!
Todd Gehman (Speler) WINNER!
K. Thor Jensen
J. Kim WINNER!
Tal M. Klein WINNER!
The Linger Effect (Kent Burt)
Lotus Wire WINNER!
Charles Michelet WINNER!
Dennis Moser WINNER!
Muller of The Felony College of the Streets WINNER!
David Nagler WINNER!
Ernest Paik WINNER!
John Rose WINNER!
Penny Royalty WINNER!
Jodi Shapiro WINNER!
Matthew N. Sharp WINNER!
John Shaw WINNER!
Larry Sheradon WINNER!
Kate St. Claire
Katy Stephan WINNER!
Caleb A. Winter
FAQ (for amusement/historical purposes):
for the purposes of NaSoAlMo, what exactly is a solo album?
music you have written, played and recorded entirely by yourself*. The
shortest inarguably awesome album that a lot of people have heard** is
the first Ramones album, which is 29:09 long, so your solo album must
be at least that long. Beyond that, its form and content are up to you.
includes a cover of "Let's Dance," your NaSoAlMo album may, if you
wish, include one cover of somebody else's song.
**It has been pointed out to the administrators that Slayer's Reign In Blood is 29:03 and that Nick Drake's Pink Moon--which
actually is a solo album--is a mere 28:22. You may set your
personal goals accordingly, if you wish. You're welcome.
is this a competition? Who's judging it? What do I win? What if it's
not good enough? Do I have to send it in? Do I have to play it for
isn't a competition: this is a challenge. The winners are everyone who
completes a solo album by November 30; what you will have won is that
you will have made an album by yourself. You needn't play it for anyone
else, and you certainly don't have to send it in, although I will
probably listen to any you feel like sending me. It doesn't have to
please anyone but yourself, if that; you are going for your own
personal best here. The point is actually doing the work, starting and
finishing the project. The deadline makes it easy!
Does it have to be
It doesn't have to be professional-anything; the point is the fun of
making it. I encourage you to record with whatever you've got around
How do I sign up for NaSoAlMo?
And then what do I do?
up by the
end of October (as in: it's too late for this year) by sending an email to
signup [at-sign] nasoalmo.org, to let me know that you're in. Unless
you indicate otherwise, I'll post your name and (if you have one) web
site here. At 12:01 AM November 1, as you're noshing your Halloween
candy, you can start work on your solo album. If you've finished by the
end of November--when you've finished, rather, let's think positive
here!--let me know that you've won, and I'll post a winner's hall of
fame here. (And, if you like, a link to your finished album; totally up
Aren't you just ripping off Chris
Baty and NaNoWriMo?
Yes, I am. Totally. Thank you for the inspiration, Chris.
the word, and let me know if you have any other questions!