No out-takes! If you start a song, finish it and put it on the
When you're done, you should upload the songs to the internet. If
you have your own web space, that's great. If you don't mind releasing
your work under a public license, try archive.org
first, since users dont need to sign up to listen to your stuff, and
they have really fast servers.
Album-a-day regular Maxfield suggests lulu.com, where you can you put your
album up for free download and also sell CDs. (However, an AAD must be
available for free to qualify!) If you upload your album somewhere and
want to be listed here, let me know
when it becomes available.
We're famous! Don't miss the Article
in SPIN about us or the 2003
Reuters article covering a number of crap-art-like projects.
Here are some Album-a-Day projects which have been completed:
(The count so far is: 388 registered
Spastic Moose - Then Come The Chunks (not yet digitized) -
This one was recorded right before my bandmate Sophia and I split for
college in 1997. We didn't know it was an album-a-day at the time, but
Tom 7 vs. Ultimate Warrior - Barmy Badger Backpackers (30
songs, 23:42) - This one was made by me and my roommate Don, and was
the first conscious Album-a-Day effort. Mostly pretty embarrassing, but
there are some gems, I think. (Scroll down and start with one of my
more recent albums, please....)
Tom 7 - Album-a-Day
2 (25 songs, 20:55) - My second project, about 6 months later.
Though there are some good songs on this one too, my warning to stick
with later albums still holds...
Patrick Shaughnessy - Spongy (30 songs, 23:57) -
This one is by a guy named pshaughn and his accordion. Reminds me of
Music Tapes, sort of.
Patrick Shaughnessy - Funeral Songs of Happy
Cloudland (20 songs, ??) - Wow, a followup! Also by psaughn.
Patrick Shaughnessy - Albumhack (20
songs, ??) - A third by Patrick! Multi-tracks and effects abound...
Wum - In Many Houses & Trees (15
songs, 22:12) - Sophia's first album-a-day. Some US Maple influence,
mostly good ol' Sophia. She has really sophisticated hardware and is
good at this stuff, so hers sounds quite good.
Tom 7 - Spacewalk
Underway (18 songs, 20:00) - My third album-a-day. Very
sing-songy; more introverted than my last two since I made it alone.
Patrick Shaughnessy - Hypothesis
40 (40 tracks, 33:19) - Another extensive (!) effort from
Patrick. He writes, "Produced over a grueling nineteen hours, this
album contains several tracks that actually sound like real songs. I
Maxfield - Plugged
In (18 songs, 23:18) - Max made an album on 10 August 2001.
Sounds like Ben Folds Five to me. Good tunes and many untitled.gif references! (PS.
Max requests that I add a disclaimer similar to the one for my own
first AAD, urging you to listen to his more recent albums first.)
Tom 7 - type mismatch
circularity (20 songs, 22:30) - My 4th album-a-day, featuring
mostly guitar songs and more beats than usual.
Tom 7 - Cybercrime Police
Station (16 songs, 21:22) - My 5th album-a-day. Mainly more of
the same, with some beats and home-brew plugin experiments ...
Brackeen - Cartridge of
Fun (14 songs, 21:06) - "i played drums in a band years ago,
but since then hadn't done much musically besides fool around with a
bass guitar and tap drum beats on my desk. so i went for it, and 16.5
hours later i had 14 amatuerish songs. some of them are really
embarrassing, but there are quite a few i really like."
Tom 7 - Operation Exemplary
Behavior (15 songs, 20:53) - Another installment of bedroom
indie rock courtesy of me. This one's a little topical, and has some
misleading educational parts.
Tom 7 - Table of
Contents (15 songs, 20:03) - Yet another album (my 7th!). Due
to circumstances mostly under my control, I took a break in the middle
of this album, so that my 24 hours were not contiguous. How lame is
that? This album gets -1,000 points for
flagrant rules violation!
Maxfield - The Day Won For
The Unshaven (14 songs, 20:06) - Max's second album. This
album comes with karaoke-mode!
Tom 7 - Waves 100
Years (16 songs, 20:11) - Very law-abiding AAD to make up for
my 7th one.
Tom 7 - Testify in
Hockey (15 songs, 20:14) - My 9th. I was shooting for 10
albums in by the end of 2001 but didn't quite make it. I made this one
while I was home over the break with makeshift recording equipment.
Maxfield - Dynamic
Equilibrium (13 songs, 20:30) - Max is entering the Trilogy
club with this one. It's got drum'n'bass, truly.
Pault - Slicing the
Mustard (10 songs, 20:02) - Fellow Pittsburgher Paul writes,
"I'd been in a songwriting slump lately, so I decided to do this as
sort of a calisthenic for the songwriting 'muscle.' I actually ended
up with a few songs that I felt OK with playing in public. I tend to
write a little longer than I've seen on the other Crap Art projects,
but that's just the way I write... hope it doesn't get too dull."
Tom 7 - East Key to
Trip (15 songs, 21:23) - Finishing up my decathlon (185 songs,
3.5 hours!). Almost all detuned guitar stuff. I'm planning on a
surprise for my next album...
Pault - Pre-Emptive
Followup (10 songs, 20:15) - In the music biz we call this
Pault's "sophomore effort". I think the idea here is that he wrote
this album before releasing his first.
Wum - Los Caballos Poseen La Calle (8
songs, 22:00) - Sophia's second. This one is different every time you
listen to it, I hear.
Killjoy, FL - Wading in
the Gloom (7 songs, 22:00) - Killjoy says, "Killjoy FL is a
folktronica band which will probably dedicate itself entirely to AAD
projects. This was the first attempt, and barely got finished in the
24 hour deadline. Some of the songs aren't so bad, some are. But
writing, recording and mixing an album in 24 hours is not nearly as
easy as one might think. Even one that sucks." They promise more,
Marm & Toc - Reentrant
Uperiodic (14 songs, 22:45) - "Marm & Toc" is the new name for
"Spastic Moose". Sophia and I only get together once or twice a year,
and only for a few days, so I guess this will have to be the new
format for our band. Anyway, this album rocks pretty good. Rock, rap,
neotechnology. Tight 'n Sloppy style.
Wing L. Mui - Improvised
A Crapella (17 songs, 20:19) - Wing writes, "This whole
project started at 1:15 PM and, not counting the lack of fast Internet
resulting in slow upload, was finished, including the covers and this
page, in seven hours. As the title implies, most of the songs here
were improvised, sung without accompaniment of any sort, and are crap.
To further the crappiness the equipment used for recording was a 5
dollar mic. Well, at least the lyrics are good. They are! Really! =)"
Wing L. Mui - Love
Songs With Sugar And Milk (12 songs, 20:00) - Back again! He
writes, "My second album-a-day. Exactly twenty minutes long. It was
more of a writing exercise since the writing of the lyrics took up the
most time... Less silliness here than the other one though." Nice
Jason Artman - Dodongo
Dislikes Smoke (12 songs, 22:48) - Zelda fan Jason Artman has
put together an album with it all: Nintendo Entertainment System,
Ambient, Trance, Robert Plant impersonations.
Cloud Street - A Tragic
Life (13 songs, 20:02) - David from Tasmania recorded this
electronica album while procrastinating over an exam. He's right, it
does sound like Boards of Canada (but with his own nebular twist).
Def Children In Area - Bitch
Tits (10 songs, 22:00) - They write, "been together for
roughly 24 hours. This was conceived, written, performed and produced
within ten hours, and boy does it show. But hey ten tracks in ten
hours...not bad, eh!!!!". This thing has "Parental Advisory" written
all over it. NFAP!
Maigin Blank - Illustration (12
songs, 21:52) - I really like this one, the lo-fi stuff and video game
keyboards are just my kind of thing.
Arthur Kamst - An
Automatic One (9 songs, 20:40) - Arthur earns the unique
distinction of being the first AAD artist to record two albums in two
consecutive days. This is his second; he writes: "I started at 7:30PM
and finished recording 11:30. Three of the guitar/vocals ones (Don
Juan, Tight Noses, Cheddar Cheese (wich is too long and dull to my
taste)) have lyrics that were improvised while recording. I'm quite
happy with how this album turned out to be."
Max and Ben - Jurassic
Bomb (11 songs, 20:30) AAD Veteran Max writes, "This album was
made in 15 hours on 7/14/02 with help from my cousin Ben, who shared
the keyboard drum duties and provided some great (real) orff
instrument playing, as well as some New And Interesting Instruments.
This was the first time I got to use my newly-obtained Digital
Performer 2.7, so it features some harmonies and other overdubs."
Tom 7 - S-P-E-C-T-R-E (16 songs,
20:42) I keep saying that my next album will be something different,
but what the hell -- while I've got the energy to keep cranking out
the same acoustic bedroom rock, why not? Here's my 11th.
Maxfield - Monograph (10 songs,
23:05) Max writes, "This is, as far as I know, the first ever
'concept' Album-A-Day. Created in a kind of woozy state two days after
the removal of my 4 wisdom teeth, this album chronicles the entire
experience, from finding out that the surgery was necessary, to
recovering from it (which hadn't really happened yet but hey it's Crap
Art). Crappy vocals were generously provided even though (and because)
I could hardly open my mouth."
Arthur Kamst - Requiem for
the Western World (9 songs, 20:40) - Arthur says, "Finally,
after two rejected categories (alternative and indie) for the song
'Dies Irae' (which now is enlisted in the Medieval category would you
believe) my first Album a Day is online. I guess I earn my 1000 points
for rules violaton too, as I didn't write the text of 'Dies Irae';
it's an exerpt of the Catholic mass. Learned my lesson I guess ;-).
The first song, 'Borss' I dreamt just before waking up. Much crap, but
'Goldfish' (wich we now play in our band), 'In the end' and 'Visions'
have become my personal favorites..."
Taut Blue Quality - You Will Be
Towed (17 songs, 22:52) - I got a new electric guitar and
Heather helped me make this album. It's basically the same thing as
the Tom 7 album-a-day series, except that there's electric guitars and
a chick singing sometimes.
Cloud Street - 20'05"
Before Death (13 songs, 20:05) - David is back again and
writes, "To celebrate the end of University forever, I created this
album, unfortuately that's where all good feeling ended. After a (too)
pretty album last time I wanted to make something messy and angry. To
achieve this I wrote about a topic I feel terribly strongly about, the
stupidity of people who insist on killing other people. Dictators,
terrorists, right wing pro-war supporters all get my wrath cast upon
Belly Wog - Peakin' Out
Bruvva (11 songs, 29:07) - Dave writes, "Sorry I think I'm
addicted, but this time I teamed up with a couple of my friends (Angus
and Paul) who rose to the AAD challenge nicely. We've experimented a
lot on this AAD, so what we've done is organise the tunes in
crap-a-logical order with the best songs at the top." Right-o. I put
the best songs at the top and bottom, too, so that you're forced to
listen to the crap in-between.
Arthur Kamst - Third
(8 songs, 20:48) - Arthur joins the trilogy club, too: "here it is, my
third album a day, just in time for the closing of the year. This time
I got an FX-processor to experiment with. which resulted in some nice
deformed guitar-sounds; I think 'Tear it Down' is the best song on
Tom 7 - Image Gap
Committee (15 songs, 20:55) - Another one from me. I think
this one is really good; try it.
team.lift - trucking (8
songs, 20:08) - This site's in shockwave, so be patient. It has a
song called, "well, tom says I cannot have outtakes." Hehe.
Maxfield - Total
Process (11 songs, 20:20) - Veteran Max writes of his sixth
album-a-day, "A more straightforward effort after my weird (but
adorable) last one. Finished in about 15 hours (with one 20 minute
dinner break [-1000 points?!]), this one features more drum 'n' bass
stuff as well as the return of the Zube Tube(R)." You don't lose any
points for a 20 minute dinner break, Max.
(sub)lime spider - Where's
My Bassline (10 songs, 20:04) Dave's fourth: "My old band-mate
Hugh has been living overseas for the past three years and we thought
that an AAD would be the perfect band re-union, and despite three
years of diversified listening on both of our accounts we still made
music that sounded incredibly like the stuff we used to make - maybe
it was just force of habit."
Tom 7 - Examine Machines
and Enrich (16 songs, 20:13) I tried to make an album with no
"filler" at all. That's hard when there are no out-takes, but anyway,
I didn't make up words as I went along for any of these. I've come
to really like this album, so check it out.
Dave Dean - A
World Without Words (6 songs, 20:23) Dave writes, "Written in
twenty-three hours total, this is a seamless journey from song to
song. Something along the lines of BT and Oliver Lieb mixed together,
I guess. Definitely 'electronic' in nature, and mostly danceable."
Maxfield - Altered
Beats (6 songs, 20:34) Max, the second most prolific
album-a-day artist, writes, "I'm pretty pleased with the way this one
came out. The songs are more electronic, featuring my new sampler on
the title track which is my most legitimately drum 'n' bass song yet.
For the most part, the songs are a little more wandering and focused
than on my other AADs."
Arthur Kamst - Cheap Mics
(9 songs, 20:03) Veteran AAD artist Arthur writes, "Tried to steer
away from my standard kind of songs, in which I didn't succeed... ;-)
I think it's got the first Dutch song in an Abum-a-day-album."
Taut Blue Quality - Affinity Group (16 songs,
?) Taut Blue Quality is back! Some of these songs are kinda rushed,
since all I really wanted to do that day was play my new Castlevania
game. But there's some good stuff, too.
Tom 7 - As a Deaf
Ear (19 songs, 21:35) - This is my most experimental outing to
date. That's because I made it with new "bonus" rules: I'm not allowed
to listen to the songs as I'm writing them, or even hear myself play
instruments or sing (I recorded a CD full of noise to play on
headphones loud while recording.) Given the constraints I think it
came out pretty neat, though.
Michael J. Nelson - Elephant and
Duck, Together at Last (15 songs, 20:07) - Michael--not the
one from MST3K--writes, "Some of it is pretty tolerable, I think.
Sounds rock-ish most of the time; lots of guitar, lots of Casio SK-1.
Highlights include a Clash-sounding punk/reggae thing, some Jesus &
Mary Chain-style feedback madness, and a nice little disco tune."
Home For The Def - Open For Business
(7 songs, 21:00) - Home reports, "This is Home For The Def's first AAD
recording - recorded on Tuesday 9th July 2003 in under 12 hours
(including time taken off for meals and about an hour when I went out
and bought a new guitar!). It's a nice genre ride, moving from
hip-hop, hardcore, cock-rock, acoustica, electronica, and quite a few
different combinations of all that (which is more or less my normal
style). I found it quite stressful, lyrics were very difficult - I
usually work quite quickly (check my discography at
www.homeforthedef.com for proof), but found that being forced to do it
all in one day was quite hard. I feel like I should be describing it
as building up my chops or something... "
Ammegand - Crazyflakes
EP (9 songs, 21:44) - EP my ass! Around here, 20-minute
musical outings are called albums. Ammegand writes, "I made
everything in fruityloops and the tracks are in chronological order.
Alot of the tracks i started at a high bpm and gradually slowed them
down while continuously tweaking them and fleshing out parts." (And
also points us to an earlier, aborted
Tom 7 - Earthquake Glue
(Doppelganger) (15 songs, 20:06) - This is a new kind of
album-a-day. To do it, select an album you've never heard before (I
chose Guided By Voices' upcoming "Earthquake Glue") and find a track
list for it. Then, make an album with the exact same song titles (and
imagined subject matter) as the original. Following my 13th, I
intended this album to be wholly without filler, though A Trophy
Mule in Particular comes close.
Cephalad - Cutups
Vol. 1 (40 songs, 23:12) - Gordon from Pittsburgh made this
album in January but just finally put it up. Due to IUMA's maximum
file size limit, it's presented as two ten-minute MP3s instead of one
ultra-long megamix. He describes his music as, "... a potpourri of
lo-fi techno/electronica, ambience/drones/noise, and other
experiments, with a large number of samples strewn throughout."
James Roberts - Am
Aural Drooling (8 songs, 20:21) - James's Favourite bits: "the
underwater Latino bit which happens halfway through 'Terms With It',
the weird harmonies on 'Conservatory', and the 'what happens when I
twiddle these knobs' bits on 'Mr Sun'." James's Unfavourite bits: "the
discovery after finishing that I subconsciously copied the
'Inconsequence' guitar from Blur's 'Jets' and 'Increase' chords from
Pachebel's Canon. (I think.)"
Cephalad - Cutups
Vol. 2 (40 songs, 27:20) - Another 40-song, two-mp3 suite.
Gordon remarks, "This features many more solid beat-based
instrumentals of a variety of moods and genres, as well as numerous
ambient pieces. In terms of production and overall quality, I would
consider this a great improvement over my last Cutups EP."
Fewn - The New
Collapse of The Fourth World (13 songs, 27:51) - A member of
Fewn writes, "i have a band at school with some friends of mine called
Blasting Trout Overbite. one day, we decided to form a new band called
Fewn and write and record an entire album before the day was done, and
we did just that. we wrote 13 songs and recorded them that day. we
deemed the Fewn album a triumph, and promptly broke the band up
(though we have done a few Fewn songs live). anyway, this was before
we knew of the album a day project, but what we did fits all the
40-16 - I'm Falling Down The
Stairs (5 songs, 53:37) - "40-16 is a improvisational
art-noise psusdu-ensemble, based out of what could be called Atlanta,
GA. While I'm not sure this belongs here, it certianly falls well
within the requrements, as it was created, start to finish, in less
than 6 hours on August 14th 2001, live without any plans, overdubs, or
taste. 40-16's second album is also a 24 hour effort, and will be
posted...eventually. Furthermore, considering the nature of the
psuedo-ensemble, it's entirely likely that most future albums will
also be Album-A-Days."
TNB AllStars - Evil Eyeball
of Doom (7 songs, 24:07) - David of Cloud Street/Sub(lime)
Spider writes, "Like my other AADs, this album marks a turning point
in my life. I'm about to move to Japan to spend 12 months teaching
English and exploring the country. Unlike my other AADs, this album
was recorded 100% live with a full band. Myself and Bryony on Vocals,
Angus on Ax, Andrew on keys, Norman, Tracy and Di on Horns, Richard on
Bass and Gaylen on Drums. This was by far the most work I have put
into an AAD and I'm very pleased with the result."
Standpipe - Dark In The
Park (9 songs, 21:58) - Chris writes, "This is a musical
version of my adventures during the blackout on 14 August 2003 in New
York City. I began writing at 10pm on 16 August and finished the piece
at 9:30pm the next day."
James Roberts - Album
name: This Machine Does Not Accept Money (13 songs, 21:20) -
James's semi-concept album: "All tracks are titled after signs seen in
a Leeds shopping centre. Hence there's a consumer-culturey
pick-and-mix of genres: drum & bass, dance, blues, glam rock, ambient,
noise and psych. I'm pleased with it: the quality of songs and
production is pretty consistent, and at eighteen hours' total creation
time it didn't seriously derange my sleep patterns. Still no vocals
though." Download the ones that start with "AAD2," which are spread
over two pages.
nothing nothings - Doppelganger: Frenzy
(14 songs, 45:13) Nothing Nothings finished this one in just over 24
hours, but since it clocks in at a mammoth 45 minutes, it clearly
makes the cut-off. This is our second "Doppelganger" album, this time
for an album called Frenzy by a band named Split Enz.
He's posted a track of excerpts for all of our attention-deficit
listeners. Check the site for lots more info!
WiL (aka TB) - Twos,
Fives, and Tens (11 songs, 24:15) - WiL writes, "For my
album-a-day project, which comes as I prepare to head to Germany for a
number of years, I have written a one-man rock opera. An Eclectic mix
of various electronica styles, rap, and various vocals done on my
five-dollar mic. I tried to make this one listenable and I think I've
suceeeded. Considering I had no outtakes, I think I did a pretty good
job of avoiding having any crap songs, but you, the listener, must
judge that for yourself."
Tom 7 - Isabel "Refuses to
Weaken" (18 songs, 20:53) OK, this only "concept" in this
album is that I spent only 7 hours on it, total. Very little care was
taken in the recording and mixing, but I think the songs are pretty
good in general. My sixteenth.
nothing nothings - Font of Wisdom (12
songs, 20:11) Here's another from Nothing Nothings. He describes it
like this: "I threw away all my equipment and tried to [do] the indie
bedroom alt-rock thing, but I think it came out more folkie kinda
often." He gets -1,000 points for
taking a break in the middle his 24 hours (for work, I guess), but
gets +999 points because all his
songs are named after fonts I made.
The Opportunitystakes - Whoops! (12 songs, 20:06)
- "This electronica/slop metal/bubblegum punk/cheesecore album was
made in my dorm room in about 5 hours. All lyrics were improvised at
the time of recording. Interestingly enough, it is the greatest work
of high art in human history."
Maxfield - Revolution Forever (10
songs, 20:16) Max says, "Here's my 8th. This one has a more indie rock
kind of feel than the others because it features poorly played live
drums (I happened to have a drumset at the house for the moment).
Also, my good friend Jon Rodgers stopped by about halfway through to
help out with some of the songs."
nothing nothings - Suggest A Title (11
songs, 23:10) Nothing Nothings joins the elite few who have recorded a
trilogy for the AAD project. He writes, "I invited my friends to give
me song title suggestions; I got about 100. I pulled all my equipment
out of the trash, went to housesit for a friend where I could play my
(electronic) drums, and even went a little crazy with 'keyboards'
(which is actually a guitar synth). I spent about 20 hours (and slept
for 4 hours halfway throgh). Stylistically, it's all over the map;
most noticeable is an attempt at a ska song."
nothing nothings - Suggest A Title
2 (10 songs, 24:47) He says, "The day after I recorded
'Suggest a Title', I recorded another AAD, 'Suggest a Title 2', based
on the same list of song title suggestions. For this sequel, I tried
to stick more to guitar and avoid the synth-driven stuff. I also did
something a little risky: I recorded the basic idea for all ten tracks
first, without having any clue what song they were, and then went back
through them and picked titles and wrote lyrics for them. (I had done
this for a few songs on 'Suggest a Title', but not many.) In a few
cases, this worked really well (I think 'Circle Girl' is one of the
best things I've ever recorded). On the other hand, I think I was a
little over-focused on making things sound good, not crappy (e.g.,
what was I thinking recording four tracks of the snare drum in 'Out of
Service'?!?), and as a result, although I spent 21 straight hours on
it, I ran out of time to write lyrics and record vocals for all the
songs, so half of them ended up as instrumentals with rapidly
dashed-off, over-extended guitar solos."
The Darth Vader Farmers - The Revenge of Zemulust
Pontoon (11 songs, 22:04) - Jason writes in the third person,
saying, "Recorded in a manic burst of energy with depressing breaks in
between, The Revenge of Zemulust Pontoon is the first album-a-day
outing for Jason and Ryan but certainly not the last. The August 8th,
a friday had been filled with both joy and pain, and so the album-
featuring mostly acoustic instruments and found sounds- is a bit like
a diary to the day that formed the Darth Vader Farmers."
Maigin Blank - Mr.
Drummond's Got a New Son (11 songs, ??) - Maigin writes of her
second, "Finally! I got the second AAD that I made up and running
(hopefully). This was recorded and made last year in Oct 2002
sometime, and I'm just happy to finally have access to upload it."
Maigin Blank - Mother Superior (9
songs, ??) - And her third: "This is my favorite one. It was also
recorded a few weeks after the second AAD in Oct/Nov 2002. I think it
has the best 'songs' although they are kind of weird. I dont know what
was in my mind when I made it. That's what's so great about
'producing', 'recording' and 'mixing' these albums in a day. You never
know what you will end up making."
Arthur Kamst - Bossano (9
songs, 20:43) - Arthur writes, "Started saturday 11 am, I finished my
fifth AAD just in time sunday, at 10:30 am. That gets me -1000 points
'cause I had my sister visiting us saturdaynight, ate, and SLEPT in
between songs 5 and 6. Oh well. What's worse, this one was meant as a
Doppelganger of the Pixies' album Bossanova, but I ran out of time...
so I finished it as a regular one with the songtitles sounding oddly
familiar to some." You're free to spend the 24 hours any way you like,
so there's no -1000 point penalty for sleeping. It's simply not
Tim L - Tim L
Album-A-Day Volume 1 (11 songs, 19:12) DJ Tim from South
Africa writes, "This album was written, performed, recorded, mixed and
mastered, solo in just less than 23 hours; with no sleep break
in-between. It just misses the 20 minute mark. I certainly hope that
this does not count against me. I tried a mixture of short songs with
the shortest track being 0:35 and the longest track being 4:41.
Everything was done by yours truly. No ideas were chosen before the
day, which I found encouraged the creative process. So what you are
about to listen to is 110% original." Well, I'm pretty sure that Tim
gets -1,000 points for not hitting
20 minutes, but, close enough!
Adam Taylor - Singing Out Of
My Range (9 songs, 21:00) Adam writes, "My first AAD project
and I'm pretty pleased with it. I hope to get some bonus points for
inclding a coconut as a percussive instrument. It didn't take me long
to write but it always takes me a while to work out how to add to
initial versions of songs. The mixing usually takes a while too. A fun
experience, I encourage others to do it." OK, +3 points for using a coconut as a
Tim L - Album A Day
Volume 2 (11 songs, 21:06) - Back for more, Tim writes: "This
is my second effort and it went much smoother. I completed the project
in just under 21 hours. I am really enjoying the creative challenge
this provides to my talent. If I can analogize: It's like unpacking
the attic in anticipation of finding something really interesting. I
hope you enjoy it."
Maigin Blank - Just
A Name (10 songs, 20:30) - "A new one! I just finished it. It
feels a bit rushed, but the neighbors were stomping so I dont think
they were happy! I think the best songs are the 'groupie' ones and the
rest are alot of keyboard ones. Still fun to do but I wish I could
have continued to be loud!!!"
nothing nothings - I
M So Goofy (8 songs, 24:02) - Addict Sean writes, "I M So
Goofy is my fifth AAD, written and recorded from 6:30am Saturday to
2:30am Sunday. This time around I wrote all the lyrics before anything
else, so the song structures are a little tighter to the lyrics. I
think I spent too much time on the lyrics, which is why I only got
eight songs done. I do not recommend only writing eight longer
songs--would you rather have the chance for a couple of gems or just
one longer gem?"
WiL aka TB - starlight:underscore
(9 songs, 20:43) WiL is back for more and says: "AAD #2 for me. This
one was liked a lot more than the other one. Track 07 inspired a very
small southern california dance craze (the 'Jett Dance') which
continues to this day. Other people claim to listen to track 03 looped
for hours on end. One of my friends said, 'Well, one thing's for sure.
Your album doesn't bore me.' SUCCESS!"
WiL aka TB featuing One Legged Bunny - Bootleg (13 songs,
20:05) - But wait, there's more: "This was my third album-a-day in two
weeks, when it was first completed maybe two months ago. This one is a
total piece of crap art, done by me and a couple of my friends
completely on a whim over the course of about forty-five minutes. This
superior braindump is, as per precedent, done in reverse crap order,
with the songs i deem least crappy on top, and the crappier songs on
bottom. Some of this stuff is so messed up I can't even begin to
describe how messed up it is to you. Just listen. I guarantee you
won't be disappointed, if not a little disoriented."
Quincunx - Listen Compute
Rock Home (15 songs, 20:46) - Quincunx's first album, a
doppleganger, was completed in 24 hours. "Most of the songs were done
in a tracker (sequencer) program; a couple were made directly in the
wave editing program. I did play the organ, mini electronic guitar,
harmonica, nebulizer tube, etc., myself. (I used text-to-speech for
the vocals, since, as I mentioned, my own voice is unsuitable.)"
Zeke the Plumber - Album A Day (10
songs, 22:37) - All that Zeke cares to mention is: "Zeke the Plumber
has no nose!!"
Danalog - Things
(14 songs, 22:02) - Danalog's clever twist: "Songs written using two
music composition programs I've never used before. Two hours were
spent finding and installing the programs, one hour each. Each
individual songs written within the space of one hour, except for the
two songs which were the first I created in a given program, which got
two hours each, to give me more time to learn the program. One hour
was spent in postprocessing, writing info, uploading, and submitting.
Musical styles are all over the place, the main focus was
experimenting with the programs and learning what was possible, and
not in actual musical creation." His songs all come in one RAR file, so
if you click, get ready to decompress!
S/O - Unlit
Cigarettes (6 songs, 19:21) - Shany writes, "this was our
first AAD, main purpose was to kick shany in the butt, second purpose
- explore our music abilties and get rid of that nasty critical
sense." -1,000 points for not
quite making it to 20 minutes, but good try!
pia-muk - pre/post (6 songs,
20:20) - Pia says: "this was an extreme enjoyment for me. usually i
spend way to much time on a song (longest was 3 months) and it always
sounds over produced. i started this at 9:00pm, worked till 3:00am,
and reconviened at 10:00am, finishing at 3:00pm. the songs are simple
and direct, but to have a nice flow into each other. i hope you all
enjoy this as much as me and my friends do, (they could just be being
nice). they are reminiscent of electronic of yorn. i can notice a trans
Tom 7 - GGGCAGGG
(17 songs, 21:45) - Just another album-a-day from me. This one was
a special present. Sorry about those levels...
Steven Mon - Songs
of Desperation and Despair (7 songs, 20:11) Steven writes:
"This was a lot harder than I thought. I had this idea that I could
churn out a song every 30 minutes, but it turned out to be 90 minutes.
Most of the tracks were recorded with one take, and a couple of the
songs were improvised while recording. After the sixth song, I was
dead tired, and I kind of cheated with the last song, dragging it out
to over seven minutes. Still, it was fun, and I came up with little
bits and pieces I think I can use."
Jason Irvin - Squeezing the Baby
Envelope (10 songs, 22:28) Jason is back for his 2nd: "I
decided to go solo (from the Darth Vader Farmers) on this album a day.
It features a keyboard I borrowed from a friend of mine direct into my
computer and recorded in Cool Edit. This album is ambient and noisy,
giving it a Merzbow meets The Residents feel. Recorded 1-9-04."
nothing nothings - Seven Sins, Seven
Dwarves (12 songs, 30:04) - Lifer Sean gets a double deduction:
-1,000 points for taking 26 hours
and -1,000 points for the 3rd song being
"sort of a cover." Fortunately, if we erase song #3 then it comes in at
under 24 hours and over 20:00 minutes, cover-free. Let's just call #3 a
"b-side," shall we?
Tree Club - I
Found Rock! (16 songs, 22:10) - "This is the first album-a-day
by the world famous Tree Club. It was written, recorded and produced
in 24 hours: from 9pm 30/01/04 to 9pm 31/01/04 (we slept in the
middle, so it was actually completed in something like 14 hours). I
think this album successfully chronicles how very strange the members
of the Tree Club are, and I think you'll agree when you listen."
Watzo - This Any
Day (7 songs, 20:17) - First timer Watzo says: "I decided to
participate because I usually write/record one song per month, so I
could use a little extra drive." That's the spirit!
pia-muk - 1+ -
(20 songs, 20:00) - Coming in at just on the nose, pia-muk writes:
"Here it is, my 2nd a-a-d. This was an experiment in which to see the
degredation of a single note layered with a one plugin per song. The
songs are named after the plugin used respectively (some of which are
pia-muk - thirty songs in thirty
seconds - (30 songs, 0:30) - Participating in "The Crunch,"
pia-muk writes, "This one i made during one+. i wanted to push the
rules of a-d-d to the limit. this album (along with one+) was made in
5 straight hours." It's actually our first album that only qualifies
because of the number of songs rather than the length.
pia-muk - thirty
songs in fifteen seconds - (30 songs, 0:15) - Brevity nut
pia-muk says: "thought i'd try it again a little shorter this time.
theres a bit of a structure to this one. track 31 is all of the songs
mixed (it wasnt working out quite the way i wanted it to individualy).
am i overdoing this? enjoy!!!"
Whimsical Fetus - The In-Out, In-Outs of
Whimsical Fetus - (4 songs, 27:33) - The mysterious and
anonymous Whimsical Fetus writes, "We are pretty. And we wear make-up.
And our breasts are the super large. You will stare at us and we will
hypnotize you with our musical jigglings. We live in small rooms.
Attach ourselves to the walls of your favorite Bolliwood super star.
He plays the drums. I play the synth. And we give out free hugs.
This album is about free hugs."
Whimsical Fetus - The Leg's Urethra -
(6 songs, 31:32) - For an apt description of their tunes, read the
included blurb: "We sat around in a garage overloading a synth and
this cat kept looking at us meowing. A soft little coo of a meow, it
reminded me of Skeeter from Nickelodeon's Doug. Once when I ordered a
Meatmen album from a respected online music dealership they sent me
XTC's 'English Settlement' instead. I think I still have some pent up
anger about that. Word is Bond. I've named every single one of my
instruments after John Henry, the steel driving man. This album was
recorded in one night back last summer. Every child has an August of
2003. This album is dedicated to those that respect the broccoli, and
tame the cauliflower."
pia-muk - north
avenue, apt. 2 (2 songs, 18:51) - Addict pia-muk writes, "bummer,
this one comes in 1 minute under the limit. i recorded this one about
4 years ago when i used to smoke alot of pot. it was recorded in a
winter evening in the y2k to a tascam porta-7 using a korg polysix,
korg electrovibe, roland drum machine (i think), boss tremolo and a
fender strat pluged in direct from a fender combo amp. i was listening
to a lot of sonic boom's stuff then (e.a.r., spaceman 3) and it shows.
good times and lonely places." -1,000
points for not making it to 20 minutes!
Grinding Apathy - Right places,
strange trash (11 songs, 24:17) - First timer Mark, who read
about us in Newsweek(!), writes: "I had planned to work for the whole
24 hours but during the time the songs became stranger and stranger.
After 21 hours, when I had finished a song that sounds like a
soundtrack for a fictitious C64 computer game I realized it was time
to stop. For the most part the songs are pure crap but at least they
sound very obscure and therefore I like them somehow. And overall the
album has a rather dark atmosphere and is really varied so I think
despite all it's deficits it has some right to exist." There is a whole
".com" devoted to this album, apparently.
The Cast-iron Geronimos - The Lowland Sessions
(12 songs, 30:20) - Spokesman for the Geronimos writes, "The
collaboration of two great bands and five great minds. Covering most
genre's of music. Pushing the boundaries of possibility even further.
The Conversation and The Generalissimos invade and conquer Devon for
the good of music!"
Feldspar - Between
and Among Friends and Strangers (17 songs, 24:35) -
"Feldspar's first album. Guy and guitar acoustic folk stuff. An
experiment in cognitive dissonance, mostly. Songs without structure,
words without sentences. I started with seventeen improvised-at-random
acoustic guitar tracks, each between one and two minutes long. They
took a total of fifty-one minutes to record. I took a break to go to
work, then came back, wrote lyrics, then, after a nap, recorded the
vocals. Then I uploaded. I had a bunch of fun, too!"
Tlogmer - 2
cigarettes (14 songs, 34:15) - "The first 20 minutes of Two
Cigarettes were recorded in one fell improvisatory swoop around 1
a.m. on March 3rd (very quietly, so as not to wake my housemates,
though the mic being next to the speaker helped the keyboard come
through). I spent the next 2 hours dividing it into tracks (1 through
11) and giving them mildly pretentious titles, then took a picture of
myself smoking a cigarette and went to bed. On waking I decided that
the the second Oasis cover, as well as not being strictly allowed, was
really fucking bad, and improvised another 4 minutes (tracks 12-13).
Then I took a picture that didn't make me a diseased buffalo and
played around with it in Paint Shop; it's desktop size and looks a bit
like I'm lighting myself on fire (like a cigarette; get it?) Finally,
around 1 p.m., I recorded Dr. Robotnik battles the forces of
Whimsical Fetus - Instant Instructions For
Those Who Follow No Master (6 songs, 21:02) - Whimsical Fetus
strikes again: "Alex Trebek is known for walking around the set of
Jeopardy with a button that says 'Pat Sajack Looks Like a Badger.'
That is what this album talks about on a visceral level. The perverse,
voyeuristic pissing contest between these two giants of the Merv
Griffin empire. On the cerebral level, this is an album speaks to
those who want to live independently from all rules and regulations,
from those written in the law books, to those that are 'innately'
attached to us from birth. This album presents the listener with a
strict guideline of regurgitations and rools to reach disattachment
and disenfranchise their business from the corporate monopoly that
threatens to touch each and every one of us in our 'no-no zone.' This
was all done solo because all of my friends are married to corruption."
Quincunx - Crystal Aegis
Prototype (23 songs, 21:48) - Quincunx toots his imaginary
horn: "Quincunx went to amazing lengths for this album. He traveled
from Maine to Finland to track down one of the few remaining prototype
cartridges of an unreleased game from 1989, made for a rare console
few people even remember, let alone own. Using an incomplete ROM dump
from the damaged cartridge, obscure software, raw determination and
brute force, he failed to compile a fully functional version of the
game, but he did manage to extract much of the game's 8-bit
soundtrack. Unbelievable, isn't it?"
nothing nothings - Sudden Cabin
Decompression (10 songs, 20:28) Sean reports: "My seventh AAD
and first entirely instrumental one, Sudden Cabin Decompression was
rushed out in 4 hours to help me decompress for the one day I had
between running this year's Crap-Art-esque Indie Game Jam and attending a
conference. It's pretty crappy, although it offers lots of tritones
and funny time signatures, if that bloats your moat."
Whimsical Fetus - Three Points (3
songs, 24:42) - "You know, gang, when you're a noise artist, you never
know where the day will take you. You may find yourself strung out in
a urine pool of true-to-life living. Or you may find yourself going
down to the store for a lozenge. I've witnessed small apes slapping
each other on the chest in outrageous displays of bravado. I once
bought and drank an entire can of coconut milk before residing into my
thinking lab for a few hours of creative expulsion. I have even
parallel parked poorly and didn't worry about getting a ticket or my
car scratched. So why face the risk of uncertainty every time you pick
up your electronic devices? BECAUSE! You gotta soak in that urine, you
gotta suck that lozenge! 'Cause if you don't ... who will?" I think
Whimsical Fetus will!
Niall Moody - The
Outside World (13 songs, 21:25) - First-timer Niall Moody
writes, "I ran out of time pretty quickly and ended up using more
electronic sounds than I'd intended, out of convenience. I don't think
it's too bad, but track 9's pretty terrible."
pia-muk - bludgeoning
the witness (5 songs, 20:10) - Regular contributor pia-muk
writes: "One long eye burning 20 hour in front of blinking lights and
precariously placed 1's and 0's acting as analog synth. Geeks note:
reason 2.5, fruity loops 4 (song 4 only) nuendo 1.6, sound forge 7,
cool edit pro 2; various plug-ins; izotope ozone and waves
ultramaximizer+ for mastering. no midi whatsoever. all carpal tunnel
inducing point and click. too jobless for musical insturment digital
interface. (all song titles are quotes from serial killers. that outta
get yer juices flowin')"
Jason Irvin - The
Buzz: 90's Alternative Hits (11 songs, 20:01) - Jason, just
squeaking by the twenty minute mark, describes his album as follows:
"A piece of primarily computer generated noise that calls to the
nostalgia of the grunge era. Each song intends to your love of the
songs they are named after without having anything to do with them.
Pick up your flannel and write 'i heart kurdt' on your favorite cons,
because it's The Buzz. Recorded on 4-4-04, the first day of daylight
Charlie Crane - Crap Art (8
songs, 27:06) - Submit form minimalist Charlie Crane writes only
that he began at 8:00 and finished at one minute after midnight.
Danalog - ckt3
(2 songs, 20:12) - Second timer Danalog writes, "Started at 1 PM April
21, finished 8 AM April 22. Written while trying to recover data off
my crashed main music hard drive. Since I lost almost all my samples,
I had to find a different source, so I used SBaGen. Wrote the first
song, had a good night's sleep, and then wrote the second."
berkano - super
carbohydrate man (12 songs, 21:20) - Sprinter berkano writes,
"This only took an hour and a half (helped in no small part by my
Casio's auto-harmonisation & auto-accompaniment). And it shows. All
the tracks were improvised and recorded in one take. And it shows.
Although it might be unbearable, the album sounds best if you listen
to the tracks in order - there is a vague structure to it. Look out
for 'mandelbork' and 'more questions than answers', they're my
favourites. Most of the titles were inspired by phrases I found in a
WiL aka TB - Project
17 - Sherman Takes a Trip (18 songs, 1:03:02) - Rule-breaker
WiL admits, "This AAD does not as strictly follow the guidelines as
the others listed here. Rick Veitch, one of the original creators of
the 24-hour comics, did his comic in 'short creative periods over a
number of days totaling no more than 24 hours.' In that spirit, then,
was this album done. The final product did in fact take a little more
than 24 hours, but the project is the length equivalent of three
albums-a-day, and it took far, far less than 72 hours over the course
of the couple weeks worth of mornings that the work was accomplished.
I'm rather proud of this one, myself." A couple of weeks!? That sounds
like -1,000,000 points to me!
Acrnym - Life
Is Too Short To Listen To Records (9 songs, 20:07) Apparent
'enlightened' contributor Acrnym writes of his first album: "21SSST
CENTURY COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY!!!!!! This took about two or three hours
out of my day to make. It sounds a bit uninspired, but my little
sister likes some of the songy songs. Some of it is noisyz for the
boisyz. LOLSIEYZ!!!! Encoded into CRUNCHY LITTLE MP3S OF VARYING
BITRATES! For your downloading convenience! Less of a dissappointing
waste of time when you find out that these little beeps and gameboy
camera and guitar experiments were not worth the hassle! !!"
Jute Gyte - Jennifer
(4 songs, 20:52) - "For my first AAD I decided to try mixing harsh
electronic noise with sludgy doom metal. I chose the Splatterhouse
game series for inspiration because I thought the miserable atmosphere
of the series lent itself well to the genres. I think it turned out
well. Recorded 04/28/04."
pia-muk - space travel
for acrophobics (5 songs, 21:30) - AAD Regular pia-muk gives
the following brief implementation details: "primary sound: moog
modular v; additional implications: reverb compression."
Blue Lang - Beautiful
Lunchbox (6 songs, 20:00) - Blue Lang comments: "Eighteen
hours start to finish, no breaks. Played all the instrument. Only drum
machine is what was used for a click track and later left in. Only
sample is a fucking White Stripes song added because I was 8 seconds
short. I wanted to do an AAD that was an album with actual songs and
singing and whatnot, even tho I suck at both singing and songwriting.
It was also a really good studio exercise for just getting my crap
together and doing that much recording all at once. 'President' and
'Goals' are everyone's fave so far.."
Glenn Case - Keeping the
doctors away (6 songs, 20:04) - First-timer Glenn writes:
"This was a lot of fun. It took roughly 10 hours and 35 minutes to
make. All of the information should be easy to see from the site." He
also promises lyric links and 'more evened out volumes' soon.
charcoal - Don't go
golfing (6 songs, 20:38) - Another visitor from Songfight!
writes: "First shot at an album-a-day; turned out to be a fun
challenge. Pulled six titles out of a random phrase generator, and 24
hours later, this is what I'd come up with. Could probably have used
more time, but I think it has its moments of okayness. For style,
think slow, electric guitars with off-key singing and drum beats where
they don't belong. Lyrics are all on the web-site, and I kept a
running diary of what I was doing for the day, which also might make
for interesting reading."
Jim Tyrell - Yard
Sale (8 songs, 21:30) - SongFighters are (not surprisingly,
based on the name) very interested in battle. Jim merely remarks: "Yet
another SongFighter throws his hat into the ring."
David Swain - Fish
Bowl (7 songs, 20:03) - Dave says: "I wrote,
recorded and mastered all 7 tracks on Tuesday in about 10 hours. The
styles range from song to song. I have everything from blues to heavy
metal to dark acoustic ballads to guitar/techno music. They are all
instrumentals because I cannot sing, but they hold up by themselves
fairly well. I used Soundforge and Madtracker
(http://www.madtracker.org) to compose and write all the songs. I
especially like the tracks 'You Can Tell,' 'Ashes' and 'Heroes for
Ghosts.' I hope you enjoy the songs and it was a LOT of fun doing this
in such a restricted amount of time. I will never forget doing this."
15-16 puzzle - Traditional Classes
Don't Work (13 songs, 20:32) - Sometimes people make AADs and
then don't even tell me about them, but I find them by some other
means. This is one of those.
Avarice - Stickin'
It To The Man 24-7 (8 songs, 22:14) - They took a break from
stickin' it to write: "This is our first attempt at an Album-A-Day or
any album at all. As a result, it is not exactly the finest
accomplishment in the history of musical history."
Andre was here at midnight - stream of
subconcious thoughs on a friday (10 songs, 24:53) - Andre
says: "it was late, i was board.. and i though to do an Album a day
where i just hit record and start singing about anything thats in my
mind. unfurtunaly it did not come out like that. even though most of
the songs where ad lib vocally, i'd try to polish anything i though
was worth it." He also has offered his flash AAD browser for anyone
who wants to use it.
Heuristics Inc. - a very serious
crime (12 songs, 21:04) - "This is an album-a-day project by
Heuristics Inc. I took some inspiration from Brad Sucks, and combined
it with inspiration from SongFight! and decided to do an album where I
had to get all the song titles (and the album title) from spam emails
that I had in my spam-box on the same day as the project. It turned
out to have an actual story that runs through the songs, so see if you
can tell what's going on. Let me know what you think of it! Took 15:36
c hack - AAD
(24 songs, 42:30) - Newbie c hack submits a fairly hard-core attempt:
"24 songs, 24 hours. Begun at dawn on June 20th (the longest day of
the year) and finished by dawn on June 21st. I got 3 hours of (mostly
accidental) sleep, and ate 10 Newman's O's and a small bowl of noodles
and beef. Aside from that, the whole time was spent on this project."
Believe it or not, nobody has done a 24 song album up to this point.
Blind Mime Ensemble - Six On
Sunday (6 songs, 22:19) - "Blind Mime Ensemble is the home
recording plume thing for Bryan Baker. Several folks at songfight.org
had been talking about doing one of these things so I figured I'd give
it a shot too. Turned out to be harder than I thought, but I made it.
Napping doesn't help. Whiskey does. Writing lyrics for 6 songs is
tough, but it gets easier once delirium hits. Sweet, sweet delirium.
Shouting gets rough as well. I resorted to milk for My Addiction. Also
it's a good idea to know that drumming after midnight is gonna lose
you some points with the neighbors probably. Not that it matters."
Feldspar - Playing
Nuclear Bingo (14 songs, 20:18) - Feldspar says, "This is my
second album-a-day. It is about puppets. We're all puppets, you know.
Men and women, children, teachers, doctors, mailmen, all, everyone,
all puppets. I'm a puppet, too."
John Ingram - Oh Crap,
What Have I Gotten Into? (7 songs, 22:29) - "um. well I got
about 5 hours into the project when it suddenly dawned on me that I
wanted to go do something else. so I struggled through another 2 hours
to finish up 7 instrumental sketches. 6 of these were meant to have
vocals in some capacity. alas my attention deficit disorder would not
allow it. so I left them as they were. I'll admit to sleeping and
stopping long enough to take my wife to the OB/GYN (it's a boy,
fuckers). total time from start to upload: 22 hours." Thanks for
sticking it out.
Starfinger - Ho! (9
songs, 21:00) Starfinger only reports that he "desperately needed to
Jon Eric - Teenager
(4 songs, 15:18) Rulebreaker Jon writes: "I know it's below the
required length, but I had some extinuating circumstances (damn
surprise party wasted four hours), and the worst you can do, I reckon,
is refuse to host it, right? I worked really hard on it, and I'm
pleased with the results, more or less. I promise to have another one
that actually does meet the requirements in one week's time." That's
not the worst, Jon, you can get -5,000
Jim Tyrrell - Hey
You (9 songs, 20:30) Jim says: "This is my second Album-A-Day,
recorded on 6/20/04. I was trying to keep pace with c hack's
'24-songs-in-24-hours' challenge, but I couldn't make it. That said,
this one went a lot smoother than the first, and I'm happier with the
The Tiny Paws of Fury - The Noble Art of the Knob
Gag (11 songs, 22:50) The tiny paws write, "On my third
attempt, I managed to get over my AAD ADD and finish one! Total time
16 hours and 4 mins. One hour mixing to mp3. It features lots of bad
language and depraved ideas, so I guess it's parental advisory, in the
sense of 'advise yr parents to leave the room'. Music - Cabaret
Voltaire meets Badly Recorded Acoustic Folk, with kazoos. And
out-of-tune yet strangely charming crooning. Words - hehehe. Songs
about smoking, taking drugs, clowns, science fiction, twisted priests
& Hall & Oates. Business as usual!"
High Density - The 4th of
July (9 songs, 20:04) True Patriots "High Density" write,
"Some people spent Independence Day picnicing, drinking, and watching
fireworks. We spent Independence Day recording this damn album. We
hope you like it."
Jon Eric - Words (9
songs, 23:43) - A repentant Jon writes, "I promised I'd have a real
one in a week. So one week from my dismal failure, out pops this. The
cover art is a detail of a painting by my late grandmother. Hope
someone out there enjoys this."
Chuck Larish - Things Go Well
(20 songs, 20:56) - Chuck, who knows how to use company resources,
writes, "This is really an AAWD (Album-A-Work-Day). I work in the
audio department for a childrens' multimedia publisher. Things have
been a little slow, so to keep myself sane I wrote these songs between
12:00 and 17:00 on 07/08/04. The miniscule amount of post-production
took place on 07/09/04 between 08:30 and 11:30. Even with a couple of
projects rolling in I was still able to complete this in the 24 hour
Niveous - The
Scattershot (7 songs, 20:20) - "The Scattershot is lo-fi
acoustigoth punk antifolk with themes ranging from werewolves,
columbine-esque killers, suicide, overdoses, broken friendships,
masochism and the space race. It was a very hard project to do as I
had very little time to work on it. But it was a worthwhile venture.
Thanks to Johnny Cashpoint, Andrew was Here at Midnight, Fishboy Rex
and everyone else who helped me with this album. Get out your
headphones and I hope you enjoy it."
Maxfield - Pendulum (11 songs,
21:00) - Max is back again: "Here's #9, recorded 6/19/04. This is a
kind of electronic backlash to my mostly live last album featuring
extensive use of my sampler. It has a kind of 'time' theme and a
general weirdness loosely tying everything together."
nothing nothings - Once More From Personal
Experience (8 songs, 22:37) - Our friend Sean writes, "This is
my eighth AAD. You know what? I spend way too long writing lyrics for
these, given that what comes out at the end is incredibly stupid even
if it rhymes carefully. I guess I've gotta work on that. My favorite
songs are front-loaded, although my vocals are as weak as ever. Also,
much like my last AAD with vocals (my seventh was a throwaway
four-hour instrumental thing), one of the songs is sort-of a cover. I
know I shouldn't do this, but I get song title suggestions from
friends, and 'The Hobbit Mafia', when I thought about it, really
seemed to demand a particular reading, although I dunno how many
people will get the joke. (As before, I didn't actually listen to the
song I was 'covering', so the music isn't actually the same, just
King Arthur - Dreams To Be
Won (6 songs, 23:??) - Another Songfighter checks in with an
AAD: "Recorded July 9, 2004, from 6:00 am to 9:30 pm. on an
8-track home studio, using Band In A Box, real guitars and voice and a
few synth flutes and strings to get a full band sound. Songs are
about... whatever was on my mind that day, I guess..."
Tom 7 - Fake Mars
(18 songs, 20:33) - After a long break I'm back with my 18th solo
album. Man, none of you guys will ever catch up to me. I like this one
pretty good, although I had a bad habit of winding down at the ends of
songs--even though they're only about a minute long.
feldspar - Crush!
(16 songs, 20:12) - Feldspar says, "Making every attempt to catch up
to Tom7. Three AADs down, fifteen to go. Got my work cut out for me.
This album was fun to make because it's really really hot in my studio
right now and I was afraid that if I turned on the fan then it would
ruin the pristine quality of the recording. Also I spilled chocolate
milk on my guitar amp."
reg - burn vitcums
dreem comas (1 song, 30:28) - One song wonder "reg" describes
this simply as "Improvised music with some friends of mine. drums,
guitar and modified synth and piano."
Jute Gyte - The Burning
Path (5 songs, 20:52) - Regular Jute writes, "This is my
second organic AAD (the first being Jennifer) and fourth overall (I
have 12 completed AADs collecting dust on my hard drive). I had been
listening to a lot of hard, screaming punk, and decided to attempt to
emulate it while using only a very minimalist percussive palette (two
drum loops recorded by songfight cover artist dude Bortwein). Some of
it sounds a little like sloppily-played black metal. The production is
intentionally shoddy. I like this album a lot."
jcreed - Meat-Seeking
Missiles (8 songs; 24:06) - First timer jcreed says, "My first
long-overdue attempt at doing an AAD. I just pretty much sat down and
improvised, though a few tracks are multiple passes. There's
definitely a bunch of rythmic glitches, but I'm pretty happy with it.
My favorite tracks are 'Intoxopower' and 'I Guess We've Solved All
Problems'." This album is in MIDI format so you can download it all in
like 3 seconds!
jcreed - Truly, All
Robot #7JQ Requires Is Love (7 songs; 21:03) - Almost
immediately after I posted his first album, jcreed adds: "I couldn't
help it; I started playing some stuff while I was doing laundry and I
couldn't stop. Album-A-Day 2 is here for your enjoyment or scoffing or
what-have-you. Tracks 2, 3, and 6 are somewhat carefully put-together
multi-track affairs. The rest are one-off improvisations. 1, 2, 4, and
6 are my favorite."
jcreed - Seek Him Who
Shall Stand and Defend Western Music Notation (2 songs; 21:38)
- At this rate, I'm doomed.
Peter Toth - Agenturen (7
songs; 19:22) - Peter writes, "'Agenturen' is my first attempt to do
an Album-a-day. I failed to comply to the rules, as the process took a
bit over 25 hours (due to technical problems, sleeping break etc.) and
the total length is only 19.22 minutes. I'm quite happy with the
results, anyway. Better luck next time! 'Agenturen' was created using
a tiny Casio SA-3 keyboard, a guitar and a computer. The songs are in
Swedish and Hungarian." -1,000
points for not making it to 20 minutes!
MC Poncho - Poncho and
Spooch's Big Album o' Fun (8 songs, 21:18) - "Well, this
turned out much better than I thought it would. I find it funny that
Spooch and I considered inspirations and something wrong here to be
the masterpieces of the album, and the big hit to be the joke catchy
song. Ironically, more people like the big hit, and pressure, than any
other tracks. Oh well. I still think it turned well."
Peter Toth - Case
study: Beta (11 songs, 21:34) - "I think I'm becoming
addicted.. This one contains slightly less electronica than
'Agenturen' did. More guitars and thematic explorations. I'm having a
terrible cold, which lends my voice some special, um.. timbre. The
songs are in English and Swedish."
pia-muk - muksys (13 songs,
24:38) - Pia-muk says, "after finishing my first attempt at circuit
bending a speak and read, i recorded this in one shot. signal flow:
bent speak and read - digitech dsp128plus multi effects processor -
edirol ur-80 usb recording system input 1 - usb 2.0 - dell optiplex
gx270 - cubase sx mono audio channel set at 48kHz 24bit broadcast wave
- psp vintage warmer: knee boost @ 30 - eq boost +6 @ 20-500, eq drop
-4 @ 500-5k - exported @ 41.Hz 16 bit stereo - cool edit pro 2.0,
converted to 192kbps @ 41Hz 16bit stereo CBR improv divided into 13
songs for convienence."
WiL aka TB - In Praise
of Dead Girls (7 songs, 21:11) - Regular Wil writes, "Done
hastily but methodically. That noise at the beginning is my best
representation of what I hear in my head whenver the lights are turned
off. I have synesthesia which in my case means I hear colors and feel
sounds. Other synesthetics have different brain wiring troubles, such
as every letter on a page being a different color, and so forth. This
just happens to be my nightly curse, which is perhaps the cause and
certainly an agitator of my insomnia. Starting with that sound, I went
with the idea of sleep and dreams, and came up with a concept album
with ambiguous transitions between an ambiguous number of songs, hence
the one big mp3. enjoy."
Avarice - Recorded
Entirely Barefoot (5 songs, 26:28) - Riding the tail end of
the Labor Day Weekend crowd, Avarice write: "Our second AAD is
undoubtedly an improvement on the first production-wise, in that it
actually plays from both speakers. Musically, it is probably an
improvement as well. The title is true. Also, our first recording of
Another Space In Time was wiped out by a lightning-storm induced power
cut, so clearly, God is no fan of ours."
jcreed - Comme On
l'Aime (5 songs; 22:09) - Jason writes, "The titles are all
phrases I saw in French advertising materials while in Montreal. The
first three were at McDonald's, all part of one sticker, which the
cover is a photoshopped version of, the fourth was a poster in the
subway, and the fifth at Burger King. I really love the pun between
the letter M and 'aime.' Those wacky Francophone typographers! The
audio quality is really bad, but I'm pretty happy with actual music on
this one, especially on the title track."
Zen Tormey - Musical
Vomit (23 songs; 1:29:44) - First timer Zen writes, "So I
locked myself in my room for 9 hours and recorded 24 tracks of
randomness with my Roland. Some of it sucks, some of it is all right,
but the mixdown (track 00) of all 24 tracks at once is somewhat
interesting. This is all instrumental, I can't sing. I kept everything
I did, (even the one where I played for 39 seconds before being
interupted by someone knocking on my door), and did everything in one
take (except track 15, which is 15, 16, and 17 mixed together). This
is my first AAD project. This stuff is mostly piano and strings with a
Future Boy - The Hotel
Apartment (9 songs; 20:17) - Future Boy says, "This was
created in approximately 8-9 hours. The song titles were used as
search strings in Altavista's audio search function to find source
material for each track. Some of the 'found sounds' were left
unaltered, but some were edited and processed so much as to become
completely unrecognizable. The resulting collage songs, I think,
reflect quite well the mental condition of someone who has had to live
in a hotel room for 4 weeks without a job and, until very recently,
without a computer."
pilesar - no good for
eyeballs (7 songs; 24:56) - Jason AKA pilesar contributes this
album that he "threw together last week."
jcreed - On the Breeding
Edge (20 songs; 45:53) - Jason drops this lengthy number on
us, writing, "Jesus. I was using some different software than before
for MIDI recording, and I understood the ruler it had in its interface
to be measuring seconds. But no, it was measures. And at 120bpm 4/4,
that's two seconds a measure. So an album that was meant to barely
sneak past 20 minutes barely snuck past 40. No wonder my hands are so
tired. Well, I can also blame practising the crazy finger-over-thumb
5/4 shit in 'Cello Kat' for part of it."
We Are Gloucester - Bathing In Welfare (9
songs; 20:08) - "This was an experiment with completely vocal music.
Everything on here is created with my voice, and special computer
audio trickery. No instruments. No other band members. Just my
jcreed - Modal
Logic (8 songs; 20:55) - "This was supposed to be some
experimentation with modal jazz, but I lost track of the theme
somewhere around track six, I think."
Feldspar - Welcome to
Iceland (15 songs; 23:33) - Lifer Feldspar writes, "There is a
little bit of Iceland inside all of us, and that is what this album is
about. This is my fourth album-a-day. It was recorded under the
influence of cherry Jones soda and a Quiznos chicken carbonara
The Fuck Up - Homemade
Bling Bomb Songs (13 songs; 24:26) - An over-caffeinated Liam
writes, "I did it in exactly 24 hours, every second maxxed upon and
translated back into a vomit of unbridled smacked up gabba killcore
pornslutfuckedinthehead mp3's for sick fucks like me and my wretched
existence for vengeance. I know, I'm insane, but an'it great!"
Max and Ben - Slide
Show (9 songs; 24:00) - Completing his own decathalon, Max
writes, "This is my second collaboration with my cousin Ben, made
7/23/04. Ben is really good with his equipment so it was recorded
quite well. An organic mix of live and electronic elements. Check it
The Fuck Up - Back
With A Vengeance (13 songs; 22:27) - "I suffered for this one,
the sleep deprivation mixed with caffeine and cigarettes, gave me,
once I finished this album and had slept in bed for a few hours,
dementia, causing me to wake up screaming for 10-20 minutes. Stress in
other words on my system, awake for over 30 hours with a non-stop
supply of the above. Not good but regardless, it's a fine album. I've
got to respect my limits otherwise I'll blow my brains out of fear."
Cephalad - Cutups
Vol. 3 EP (20 songs; 20:49) - Cephalad is back, and writes,
"Part 1, with 10 songs, is the more placid side of this AAD project.
Part 2, which also has 10 tracks, is more heavily reliant on beats.
Styles range from light IDM ('Warp Fever Fit') to hyperspeed,
sample-driven techno ('299 Pennies,' 'Gray Sand Fury Tank') to
ambient/noise compositions ('Dream For Minutiae,' 'There's the
Heart Shaped Robots - ChromeCoalCobalt (8
songs, 21:00) This first-time robot writes, "Since finding out about
the AAD project I'd been waiting nearly 3 weeks for a free 24 hours to
really bash something out. Eventually though, I just decided to try
cranking something out on a day I had to work. This did get me to move
things along pretty quick, but while I spent well under 7.5 hours
recording I did go slightly over the 24 hour limit. I know the rules,
so I'll be a man and take the -1,000 points for not getting it all right
my first time out."
Danalog - 1018
(10 songs; 20:10) - Danalog writes, "Started at 6:30 PM October 18th,
finished 6:22 PM October 19th, just under the wire. Named 1018
initially after the date, and then to keep the trend I named all the
songs after error codes in various programs. Listening order is
unspecified." Available only as a convenient RAR file.
Heart Shaped Robots - Interstellar Discussion
(doppelganger) (15 songs; 22:30) - Second-timer HSR writes,
"This is a doppelganger of
Interstellar Discussion in honor of his live performace(!) at a
Scottish festival last week. Making an AAD to the doppelganger rules
was an interesting challenge/handicap to the time stipulation. It made
for some neat departures, although I had to make about half-dozen more
pieces than I really wanted to and left a couple things as
instrumentals I'd have liked to write some lyrics for."
Thumbs Down - 100% Grade F
Filler Vol. 1 (18 songs; 20:04) - These Thumbs write, "I
believe I did not infringe on your rules in any way, except that I
realized after the fact that track 6 sounds a little like tequila
(totally unintentional), and track 18 was inspired by bjork's latest
album (but in no way is it a cover - besides who could actually cover
bjork?) At any rate, this was a lot of fun to make, and I'd like to
thank you for coming up with such a great idea. it really made me work
until i wanted to die - which is a good thing now and then. A few of
the tracks are completely embarrassing, and ordinarily i would never
show them to anyone, ever, but hey, no outtakes, right?"
Garbage Eater - Yeshua
(10 songs; 22:53) - Mbeanis N. Alzin says, "Not intended as an AAD,
but surprisingly close to meeting regulations. Written and recorded
one night and the following morning, but vocals were recorded a few
days later due to equipment difficulties. Total record time about 14
hrs. I hope you like 'Check Out My New Beard' and 'Faith Hand Grenade'
too." You know the drill: -1,000
points for equipment difficulty.
Michael J. Nelson - Tree Nuts and
Peanuts (16 songs; 20:41) - Second-timer mjn recorded this
album on Christmas Day 2004. He says, "Lots of fuzzy guitars, crappy
keyboards, fake drums, and MIDI bass. I was going to try some bizarre
genre-mixing experiments, but the only one I got around to was
noise-polka (although I realized later on that maybe another song
could be called baroque shoegazing). I think it sounds kind of like
Richard Hell's second album, actually--too much lead, not enough
rhythm--although it's probably better than my first one."
Fire Swallows the Ocean - Secret
Frequencies (6 songs; 21:55) - This story is starting to sound
familiar: "Started this at 9:24 AM Dec 21 and finished just over 17
hours later. 6 tracks of electronic stuff left exactly as I finished
them - complete with strange mixing levels and the odd mistake. I've
been having real trouble finishing anything recently so something like
this was the ideal kickstart for me. Hopefully I'll be able to apply
what I learnt by doing this to my other stuff. Some of this came out
really well and one or two of them weren't so hot - but I stuck to the
no out-takes rule and put everything up online."
Tony Asbestos - Two
Days After (8 songs; 20:33) - Yet another songfighter graces
us, and writes, "Two Days After was recorded on December 27, 2004. It
was a very long but rewarding day. When you have to come up with
nearly a minute of finished music every hour for 24 hours straight,
there is no time for writer's block. The ideas came out, and good or
bad they made it into the songs. I like the result."
ClaudiusMaximus and Trel - Din
And Sonic (3 songs; 23:50) - "Me (ClaudiusMaximus) on synth,
Trel on guitar, we decided to do an AAD the day before we did it.
Mostly just jamming, with minimal post production - with the
conflicting aims of being longer than 20mins to avoid the -1000
points, and shorter than 24mins so it would fit on 8cm mini-CD. The
raw recording of the jam session was 37mins, so if you were being
exceedingly pedantic I suppose you could deduct points on the 'no
out-takes' rule. Artwork was also finished within 24hours, as was the
upload to archive.org."
Marcus Kellis - Bloggin' ...And Other
Assorted Love Songs (12 songs; 20:09) - "Came in just shy of
24 hours recording time. Mostly inspired by things around my desk,
it's wholly me and my guitar. My guitar has a sticker that says 'Cutie
on Duty,' and that basically sums up the album."
Future Boy - New Year's Day
(Automatic Writing) (12 songs; 24:30) - The holiday is
bringing loads of new albums. Second-timer Future Boy writes, "This
album was written and recorded between 3am and 11am on New Year's Day,
2005, after returning home from a New Year's Eve party. The lyrical
style is inspired by an improvised song performed by one of the
children at the party named Milo. He is almost 5. Some of the words of
his song were written down and they appear on this album as the song
Hoidle. All of the lyrics were written in the space of about 30
minutes in a semi-stream of consciousness way. The keyboard being used
is a Rhodes Mark I Stage Piano, which I am currently baby-sitting for
a friend of mine. It is fun to play, but kind of hard on my wrists."
Andre was here at midnight - Songs for the Dead - 7 songs
for dreaming (8 songs; 24:51) - Andre writes, "This came about
after failing on my original intensions for this AAD (a rock album).
Vocals on the original album where getting the best of me so I quit.
It was around 2 am already, and I wanted some sleep, so I thought I'd
spend the next couple of hours doing 20 minutes worth of music to
later sleep through it. The titles are all from actual previous dreams
The Duckets - Ploop
(7 songs; 20:54) - "We're a band who's been playing together for about
a year and a half now. I read about the AAD project from Future Boy's
site and thought it would make for some nice mental floss. We started
at 7:25pm and finished at 5:40am. Unfortunetly I had to take a 4 hour
nap after tracking. I can only do 24 hours at a time. Woke up, then
did the mixing in 3 hours." Gone over? That's -1,000 points for napping.
Domo Domo - Enemy of
EQ (7 songs; 38:42) - "This is my first Album a Day. I learned
a lot in the process. For instance, I learned that the little ruler
bar in my DAW does not in fact count the seconds, but some different
arbitrary number. So songs somehow ended up twice as long as they
needed to be, as I was freaking out about time for no reason. The
results of this added constraint are, in particular, crappy." I have
made this same mistake in the opposite direction.
Niall Moody - Quiet
Rings (11 songs; 21:39) - Niall writes, "My second AAD turned
out a lot better than the first one, although there's some pretty
terrible time-keeping (I should have used a metronome for more than 2
tracks). Almost entirely acoustic."
Kool Shades - Rome (9 songs; 30:46)
- The Kool Shades say: "This is our first AAD; actually, it's our
first album at all. It was recorded in about 7 1/2 hours on 1-13-05.
It's extremely unprofessional and was recorded with the crappy
external mic that came with my computer. Play the entire album
backwards to hear the secret message."
Calfborg - Tromein
(9 songs; 78:55) - "This is my first and only attempt at noise. It
took about 6 hours to complete. It was fun."
Andre was here at Midnight - "Loneliness"
The Soundtrack (8 songs; 21:37) - Oops! I just found this one
from September 2004 misfiled into my spam folder. Andre writes, "I'd
been wanting to do an all Classical music AAD for a while...Saturday
evening rolled around, I was board and though I'd give it a shot.
Fortunately at the time, I didn't feel like doing classical, but more
like a soundtrack for a movie that only existed in my mind, And here's
the results. started around 11:00pm Saturday night, recorded most of
it, till around 7:00 am Sunday morning. Later finish 2 more track, all
before 10:00 pm Sunday. Overall am pretty please how the soundtrack
Maxfield - Redlines (8; 20:08)
- AAD workhorse Max says: "For this, my eleventh AAD, I wanted to do
something really different from my previous ones. So, I cranked up the
distortion on everything and made a really loud, lo-fi, and rockin'
set of tunes. Equipment included my brand new keyboard (Nord Electro),
Kaoss Pad, melodica and Garage Band virtual instruments (needless to
say I didn't use any of their prerecorded loops). Everything recorded
between 10am 1/9/05 and 12:30am 1/10/05."
Director Feline - "is this outer
space?" (9 songs; 21:07) - According to the press release,
"Director Feline is 1/2 of the psychedelic rawk band I APACHE EYE.
This particular album was written, recorded, and mixed in four hours
Cuban Bimbo - Vampiric Quartet
(10 songs; 32:54) - Cuban Bimbo reports: "This is our first attempt at
a CrapArt Album-A-Day album. We recorded this album from 1pm 1/29/2005
to 4am 1/30/2005. We recorded the music first and then laid the
vocals(?) using lyrics created on various random lyric generators on
top of that. Other effects were added with a circuit bent DOD Flanger
Pedal dubbed The Drunken Sailor Flanger. Watch those ears!!!"
Spud - A Case
of Octothorpe (7 songs; 22:15) - "Glenn Case came out to
Seattle and joined the Mighty 'thorpe for a day of song writing and
recording." My goodness, they have uniforms!
berkano - a
history of reading (10 songs; 23:17) - Wily berkano writes:
"My second contribution to the Album A Day project. I saved loads of
time by writing this album at 255 BPM then I slowed it down to 120
BPM. The end result is a musical abomination, 23 minutes of material
recorded and mixed in 20 mins flat."
Darrin Ailes - Casual Friday (9
songs; 23:11) - Newcomer Darrin writes, "This is my first AAD project;
written, recorded and mastered on January 19th 2005 from 9am to 11pm.
It was not an easy task, especially since I recorded full arrangements
for most of the songs (drums, guitar, bass and vocals). I was in a
creative rut, hadn't really written anything in a couple of years, and
figured that this would be a good test to see the little creative soul
was still there. Amazingly enough, it was. I covered quite a few
genres along the way. I wanted to make sure any outlet was available
to me. The album is okay, I think, for being written in 14 hours. A
couple of the songs I really do like. Some of the mastering is pretty
bad, but at 11pm, I didn't much care. Not sure when the next attempt
will be. It was mentally and physically draining for me. I think next
time I may try very simple arrangements... but then again... what fun
The Splott Community Workshop - In
Absentia (11 songs; 22 minutes) - The workshop reports,
"Splott Community Workshop is the sound of two guys, a couple of
guitars, a 1980's Casio keyboard and a computer. The entire album was
recorded with a crappy little modem mic you get free with your PC.
This is our first AAD project and is a doppelganger based on the
Porcupine Tree LP 'In Absentia' which we found just typing random
search words into Amazon. It's an interesting mix of genres, skipping
between Pavement-esque indie rock, tongue in cheek country ballads and
death metal to give just a few examples. The project sent us somewhat
insane, with the last track that we recorded ,at 4am, ending up as a
43 second circus music romp with French vocals...."
Feldspar - Calc Hole (15
songs; 21:01) - Feldspar says, "This is my fifth album-a-day. This one
goes out to everyone who has ever found themselves opressed by
Dave Dean - i ♥ crap
art (7 songs; 21:08) - Dave is back, and writes: "This took
about 19 hours, I thoroughly recommend 'Chris Martin Can Lick My
Nuts', and 'Like Helium Balloons To Heaven'. Despite their rough
mixes, both of those are amongst my favourite output over the past few
BuZ and The Machine - Walking on
Black Keys (14 songs; 20:39) - BuZ says: "The juxtaposition of
styles may not please to everyone, but who cares? that's art! :P All
done from 10 am to 10 am the next day, including the album cover art
Soulseek Records - 24
hour massacre - The 24HM team writes: "24 Hour Massacre (24hm)
is a variation of a on-going project series call OneMinuteMassacre
(1mm). Using a soulseek chatroom, artists gathered for a 24-hr period
to create this album. The idea was to give an artist 40 minutes to
press as much creativity as possible into one short song. After the 40
minutes was up, a new artist would be chosen who would download the
previous song and create a new one using the previous as a focus
point; the idea basically to make the song transition seamless as if
it were mixed. The result - 26 tracks, each one with its own special
and sometimes insane flavour. In short, '24 Hour Massacre' is a team
effort. Everyone's work counts and when put together it becomes a
solid piece of creativity under stress."
Peter Toth - Machete
(12 songs; 20:54) - Peter says, "My third album-a-day. This time I
tackled everything from hiphop to afrobeat to ballads. Well, not
really, it's mostly just weird crap. Instruments used: Acoustic
guitar, bass, software drum machine, djembé drum, agogo, kalimba,
Baby Grand toy piano, vocals and one or two external samples. Once
again, I was having a cold when it was recorded, so the singing is
messed up. The mixing is awful too. I like it. (I missed the mark by
about two hours so that's probably -1000p for me)." Damn straight:
-1,000 for running over!
Theophilus Monk - Tries Their
Best (9 songs; 20:01) - "Done between April 9 and April 10
2005. I'd done one previously (solo, Marcus Kellis), but this was with
my band, Theophilus Monk. We had a blast making it and did, in fact,
try our best. 'Punching a Cow in the Face' is my personal favorite."
Andre was here at midnight - Guitar & Violin
(9 songs; 24:51) - Andre writes: "Here's my 4th album a day, created
out of boredom and a mild case of the flu, late Saturday night / early
Sunday morning. The most challenging album yet, but the most rewarding
one also. It took me about 26 hours to complete so I'll take a big
virtual slap in the face and -10,000 points." Consider yourself slapped,
The Francisbacons - Protocrystalline
(12 songs; 21:42) - News flash: AAD causes delinquency! "Hello. We are
Christian & Rafa. Congratulations on the project, it's a great
initiative. When we found out about it we couldn't wait to try and do
an AAD, so we met the next day and skipped class! We had never done
anyhting musical together because we were too lazy and scared to try,
so this was the perfect excuse (yes, restrictions can help you be
creative!). In the beginning we were planning on doing 30 songs, but
as time passed by we got really tired... so we reached for the 20
minutes instead. The name of the band, the album and all the song
titles come from Wikipedia's random page generator
(www.wikipedia.org), so they didn't really mean anyhting. Oh, we are
spanish, even though the third song is the only one in spanish. Maybe
Danalog - Sanila
(10 songs; 20:26) - "Started at 3:00 AM May 7th, finished 3:00 AM May
8th, ended up so close under the wire I had to stop partway through
working on a song to stay in the time limit. If converting to mp3,
writing this text, packaging up, and uploading counts in the 24 hour
limit, I'll take my -1000 points, if not I'm scott-free!" I don't
count packing things up as long as you're quick about it. Full score!
Willy & Oli - #01 @ Montpellier (9
songs; 21:27) Another close call: "Written, played & recorded in
Montpellier, France, in 23 hours and 50 minutes, between April 7th and
8th 2005. A first experience of Album-A-Day, and probably not the
last. It's been a challenge to make this album, but after almost a
whole day, we can say we are proud of us... But we'll try not to be so
lazy on the next one!"
Scrap Heap - Regressions in
Succession (7 songs; 22:13) - "Seven songs in seven genres in
seven hours, including a new genre I invented, 'sketch.' No vocals,
because things were going just fine without any." New genres are
Olivier - The
Incredible Sound Of Magic Rabbit (8 songs; 20:17) - Olivier
says: "First experience alone, and the result is an incredible sound.
8 songs in less than 7 hours. Enjoy ..."
Cat Podulke - Sango
Slingshot Eject - Not a Good Idea (12 songs; 28:30) - In a
display of post-AAD hysteria, someone from Cat Podulke writes, "We
finished this about 8 minutes before 1 am on Monday morning... almost
not completing everything on time.... Not promising anything
particulary wowish, but everyone will probably laugh or gasp
alternatively at 'Henry Rollins Got No Neck' or 'Baseballhead'...
truely not related. It was very fun... my first particular venture
into producing an album, although one of the people involved in this
project has REAL published music out.... WHEEEE. Pancakes. Now excuse
me, for I must sleep for 18 hours."
Les Autistes Vagabonds - T'as Vu Ta Gueule
? (10 songs; 20:14) - Olivier and friends write: "Kind of a
challenge to make music with people you don't know very well, and a
lot more to make an album ! I especially like the song 'Don't Trust
What People Say', sort of warning about medias and stuffs."
nothing nothings - Fictional Characters Get
All The Girls (8 songs; 21:17) - Sean writes: "Ten months (!)
after my last one, here's my ninth AAD. As usual I took song title
suggestions from friends; for some reason most of the titles I used
were awfully long. The city of Oakland (and my apartment) lost power
for about an hour while I was in the middle of recording it, so it
wouldn't be unreasonable to suspect that I chose to interpret '24
hours' as referring to a contiguous block of 24 hours only in the
version of the universe where space-time is appropriately ruptured and
re-sown together to compensate." A true master AADician rocks through
adversity (perhaps by resorting to pre-electricity recording devices
like wax cylinders) but we'll let Sean get away with it without
penalty this time.
John Governale - Songs of
the Oxford Hills (8 songs; 22:50) - John says, "I wrote and
recorded these eight songs over May 22 and 23, 2005, just making the
deadline in 23 fun but exhausting hours. Though I have written a lot
of songs over the years, I never released an album because my
recording efforts, despite endless retakes and tweaking, always
sounded unprofessional. AAD solved that for me. No more fruitless
belaboring—just write 'em, record 'em, then post 'em. I love it."
M#gic Rabbit - Flying Without
Wings (7 songs; 21:58) - "I tried to make this one really fast
(less than 5 hours) and i didn't sing on it coz a friend of mine told
me i was always out of key. New for me : i put some samples of drums
on it, and i think it's kind of cool."
Eric Thortsen - Myfirstalbumaday
(17 songs; ~20min) - Eric describes his album with only two
capitalized words: "MIDI HEAVEN."
Eric Thortsen - New
Folder (13 songs; ~24min) - Eric describes this album as, "if
you have ears you can listen to my album otherwise take a hike," but
then later adds: "I thought this was apparent, but now i'm beginning
to think no one will get it. Basically, it's a world where things only
communicate with music and it's a story about a couples night together
and there experience with god. the song titles are supposed to be
translations of what the song means in english. It's supposed to be
like really awkward and funny becuase you picture the music being
either the husband, wife, or god talking and the way they talk is just
Swaytek - The
Unconditional EP (13 songs; 20:55) - Mike AKA Swaytek says:
"this album took me about 3 hours to make...it has a bunch of random
hip hop beats i made...hope you guys like it"
5dots - 5dots presents a
24-hour discussion of sonic possibilities, with friends. (10
songs; 20:42) - 5dots say: "I had friends who also make music come
over to help, which worked for a while. I did take a break to sleep,
then got up and finished production in the morning. I became very
aware that I was running out of time, and recorded the last song as an
effort to fill up space, which is why it's completely awful. 'With
Time' is really good, though."
Kool Shades - The
Children's Party Handbook (9 songs; 22:03) - "This is our
second AAD and significantly better than the first. Perhaps it's our
idea of a children's album, full of gloom and sadness, consistently
undercut by goofiness and unprofessionalism. Pure pleasure!"
slappfisk aka neon - sitrondrops (14 songs; 20:13) - slappfisk writes with a lengthy album logbook, which says things like: "slappfisk is norwegian and means lazy fish." and "it was lots of fun. probably
not my last aad album."
Juicy Jew - Big
Words (14 songs; 18:10) - Asaf writes: "This album is called
'Big Words' mainly because of the way its lyrics were written. I took
a piece of paper and divided it into 14 squares and then wrote several
words on each, on random places, related to each other only by
association. Then i filled the blank spaces between them and got me
some lyrics for a 14 songs album. The site where this album is hosted
is in hebrew, so I tried to write anything I could in english to make
it more international..."
Cephalad - Cutups Vol. 4
EP (20 songs; 20:11) - nth-timer Cephalad writes: "This
album was finished June 18, 2005. It mostly consists of heavily
distorted beatboxing, spoken word, pure noise, and sounds generated by
tapping or hitting objects lying around the computer...lo-fi beats and
very few melodies, so you've been warned!"
the guy who did that one album - The
Keyboard Instruments, and other Varied Instruments (8 songs;
34:59) - Eric is back, and writes: "Through this journey, we witnesses
intrumental music of the highest caliber. Never has, nor could man
have alone seeped so deeply into the human spirit crying out truths
beyond most mens sight, for this album was created by the Spirit of
Nature, and handed down to the one called puppet puppet music pants."
Adhesion - It's
Really Hot Outside! (7 songs; 20:48) - Adhesion says, "My
first AAD experiment (and second real album) made from 12:30PM July
6th to 2:30AM July 7th, 2005. Went strangely well - I was surprised at
how I could write melodies in such a short period of time that didn't
suck. Genres explored (exploited?) include eurobeat (track 5), noise
(4,6), ambient (7), chiptune/NES (3, my favorite) and, uh, I don't
know (1,2). Made entirely in software - be on the lookout for a couple
instances of bufferoverride and rezsynth. Also, please note that the
weather was actually pretty good when I made this album."
Los Bastardos! - #1 Hits
(16 songs; 37:51) - The bastardos write, "This was recorded Feb 12
2005. I put up a bit of a story about our day on the site. We had a
few problems actually getting started, not enough spots in the mixer,
that sort of thing. So we had to improvise with our equipment a
little. No overdubs! Recording took somewhere around 2.5 hours. it was
mastered a little later, the entire process from setup to finishing
the mastering took approx 9 hours. Recording live is great."
Adhesion - Uncertainty1
(8 songs; 20:35) - Adhesion is back, and writes: "Barely two weeks
after my first, I made another AAD: this time I jumped right into
crazed experimentalism and tried the dreaded Deaf Ear AAD. None of the
songs were heard while they were being written or produced, however,
(and take some points off for this if you must) I had to do some
post-production mixing work after hearing the songs to make them not
sound like crap. Honestly, I don't think it's possible to do a Deaf
Ear AAD electronically (all in software, mind you) without terrible
mixing. Anyway, some of the songs came out pretty good for having been
written without any idea what they were going to sound like -
particularly the first and last tracks."
dotCommunism - Making
Music Sure Is Hard Work (7 songs; 20:57) - dotCommunism, a
friend of Adhesion, says: "My first AAD. Just for the hell of it, i
decided to do a deaf ear one right off the bat. It was quite fun and i
definitely had enough ideas to go the whole twenty minutes. This album
was done entirely with software. I guess making music isn't as bad as
the title might make one think"
Tom 7 - Quad Emotional
Damage (13 songs; 20:24) - I'm still at the forefront of rapid
album making (at least in quantity) despite this one coming a
year after my last one! This is a break-up album (like
relationship break-up, not band break-up), so it is supposed to be
sad. I also enforced a "no gimmick" policy; every song is just me and
my guitar and nothing else. There are definitely some good songs on
it, but I really suffered to finish...
Adhesion - Opus
Magnus (44 songs; 2:23:25) - "Well, this isn't exactly an AAD,
but I'd thought I'd submit it as an album made under extreme stress.
Originally conceived as an attempt at 7 AADs in 7 days, it ended up
taking 11, due to unforeseen circumstances and other things. At the
end, I had a double album full of a random smattering of genres as per
usual. Again, some pretty good tracks emerged from the chaos, like
Fridge, Thorian Ninja and Last Star." Um, -1,000 for taking too long, but like
+7,000 points for making seven
albums in a marathon.
AOR - Deconstructing
Neodialectic Deappropriation (1 song; 25:01) - This may be the
least self-recommended AAD so far: "AOR, the collaboration project
between Adhesion and dotCommunism, finally makes its first AAD. Made
in only five hours, it consists solely of one horrible track that is
at best an abomination. At an excruciating twenty-five minutes,
Grandiloquent Longorrhoean Pleonasm (the title of the only track or
the alternate name of the album) treads the line between music and
noise making the listener very uncomfortable in the process.
Recommended only for those with a brave heart and hardy ears."
Arthur Kamst - Ain't
It So? (8 songs; 23:17) - Summer is the time for old-timers to
come back to the game, I guess. Arthur writes, "After nearly two
years, here is my sixth Album a Day. It's called Ain't It So?, and was
actually all done in one evening, August 16th 2005, between 21:00 and
2:00. Just like its predecessor, it was meant as a Doppelganger; this
time of dutch band Hallo Venray's album Merry go Round. But again, I
ran out of time, so I ended up using eight of the twelve songtitles
for this album, which I actually quite like."
Danalog - FUCK_VERIZON!
(13 songs; 20:40) - "What do you get when you combine Verizon screwing
me out of internet for over a month plus insomnia? My fifth
Album-a-Day, of course!" Don't those bastards know a guy gotta get his
Feldspar - Park Reverse
Neutral (14 songs; 20:11) - 'Tis the season for returning
elders, and Feldspar has challenged me to a race, at "only a baker's
dozen short" of my record! He says of this album: "This is my sixth
album. It is about bugs and monsters and girls. Some of the guitar
work is really shoddy and the vocals are tired, but I guess those are
sacrifices you must make for the comfort of recording an album while
lying in bed."
Maxfield - Restless (12 songs;
20:14) I told you 'twas the season. Max says: "I went into this, my
12th AAD, intent on making a sort of song cycle where tracks
transition seamlessly into one another all connected by an overarching
theme and recurring motifs and subject matter, namely a night of
dreaming (sort of using Neutral Milk Hotel's classic 'In The Aeroplane
Over the Sea' as a loose model). As ambitious as this was, by some
miracle I was able to accomplish this pretty much exactly as I had
hoped. The trickiest part was that, since I had to have songs
transition into one another, I made the album in chronological order
and had to keep thinking at least one song in advance. This resulted
in a pretty 'album'-sounding album with a nice arc from start to
finish, though. Another tricky part was that these songs demanded far
more lyrics than any of my other AAD's. In any case, there's plenty of
textural variety and good stuff here IMO so give it a listen!"
Andre Was here at Midnight - Before the Breakdown
(8 songs; 21:42) - Andre is another returning elder; he writes just,
"Been wanting to do another album a day for a while, this past
memorial day weekend finally got a chance."
ClaudiusMaximus - Soft
Rock EP (4 songs; 20:48) - Claudius says: "This time solo,
armed with a laptop and free/libre open source software. I started
about 1am, finished around 7pm with plenty of time to upload. The bulk
of the sounds are the result of chaotic interactions between mutually
modulating oscillators, programmatically tweaked to make the tracks
Giant Waxy Monkey Treefrogs - Whatever
Happened to Elizabeth Gilpin? (9 songs; 29:21) - All that
these treefrogs have to say is that this is their first, and best,
album in a day.
David Strope - Misery The
Audiophile (7 songs; 22:53) - David reports, "It's not long.
It's not beautiful. But it is my first attempt at Album-A-Day. I
jumped in with a concept album about a guy named Misery who happens to
be an audiophile... Recorded in the hours between 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM
on Friday, October 7."
Peter Toth - Time
warp (7; 20:07) - Peter returns to tell us: "My fourth AAD,
the first one after having converted to GNU/Linux and free software.
My first AAD using my electric guitar, too. As usual, there are many
genres here, as well as more awful singing"
Phunt Your Friends - How the Tales of
Incubi, Djinns, and Nymphs May Interweave (13 songs; 25:48) -
"This album tells a story about about love and death, and lots of
other stuff too. The relevant characters are: Ariane, a prostitute who
used to be a nymph; Cosette, a prostitute who used to be a djinn;
Freddielove, a debonair playboy who used to be an incubus; Dead Nose
(pronounced 'day-odd no-zay'), a incubus who used to work with
Freddilove and an assassin working for the demigod Ashok (who doesn't
appear in this story)."
Tyler McCool & Friends - are completely effing
insane (9 songs; 22:17) - "So this was my second album-a-day.
The first one Los Bastardos! - #1 Hits was a lot of fun and I've been
wanting to do another for a while. This time the plan was to have as
many people involved as possible and create something completely
different. Instead of going for the completely low-fi sound like I did
last time I wanted to clean up the sound a little and create a nicer
sounding recording. I started at 12pm on Saturday and kept going until
about 5am Sunday."
Bjam - October
13th (8 songs; 22:12) - Bjam, another songfighter, says: "I
decided to do this in a day off from school, and this happened. All
songs are vocals, acoustic guitar(Mr Sparkles), and an electric
guitar(Mr Sun). I heard about AADs through SongFight.Org."
Olivier - Me vs
Myself (7 songs; 20:35) - "Third AAD alone for me, under
different names, but this one's the first i made in Canada... I'm
waiting for some friends to make one with me, maybe only by internet
... Need to think about it. Again, thanks Tom7 for this f***ing good
idea of AAD. It's saving my life." Well! You're f***ing welcome!
A Pisces - Crumbs (10 songs; 20:32)
- Zage says: "A pop rock album, lots of melodies, lots of guitars,
lots of electronics, lots of my inner influences (Smashing Pumpkins,
Nine Inch Nails, Beatles, whatever) but when under the pressure of
time it came out all of my deeper unconsciousness."
RedwaX - Silus
(1 song; 22:47) - "Began recording at around 2:10PM, 10-24-05,
finished mixing at about 5:06PM the same day. Not exactly what I was
expecting, most of it is an exercise in annoyance, excess, and
dischord. It's the story of a young boy named Silus. Silus is dead.
Pumpkin Buzzard - American
Jellyfish (10 songs; 20:12) - These guys are sending in a
bunch of albums from way back: "Our first album-a-day was completed in
approximately 7 hours. It is also our first entirely organic album.
Recorded Summer 2004. Enjoy!"
Pumpkin Buzzard - Vampire
Rainbow (7 songs; 20:16) - "Our second album-a-day was
completed in approximately 10 hours. ALL vocals are auto-tuned, save
in the final song. Recorded Summer 2004."
Pumpkin Buzzard - Sunshine
Synthesizer (7 songs; 31:36) - "Our third album-a-day was
completed in approximately 6 hours. Recorded Spring 2005. Enjoy!"
Boobootin - pop music (16
songs; 30:16) - Motti from Israel says: "i found this site album a
day. i like the idea to do album in 24 hours. i try and i like what i
GlaudiusMaximus - Dice
Music (99 songs; 38:49) - Here's a 99-song record-breaker:
"Laziness strikes a few minutes into an album-a-day project, why not
get the computer to do the grunt work? This 'music' is algorithmically
generated, but is unpredictable in an amusing and addictive way (at
least to someone who has been awake all night). I can't remember when
I started, but it's been (not much) less than 24 hours since I last
woke up, so by the power of arithmetic I deduce I managed it in time."
Algorithmically generated music is totally legit, as long as you do
all the programming on the day itself. See also Wum's autogenerated
metal on "Los Caballos..."
Total Amateurs - Dead Will Rise - (10 songs; 20:35) - These
total amateurs write: "Our First attempt at the whole Album A Day
phenom. Completed in 4.5 hours in one straight marathon session. total
improv." Unfortunately not available for free download.
Slipperystar - Dandelion
Wine (8 songs; 26:00) - Tom says: "Written, recorded and
post-produced in a 24 hour period: from 11:30 am Saturday
November 12th to 11:30 am Sunday November 13th, 2005 (including
several hours of sleep - don't worry!). Sure, some of the vocals need
work, the songs are deconstructed in a way, but as time was literally
of the essence in this project, decisions on where to spend it was
Lima Baterflai - The
living memories of Captain No (9 songs; 20:29) - "This is my
debut in aad concept. I recorded the album between 22 pm of november
18 and 2 pm of november 19 in La Floresta (Barcelona). Finished in 14
hours. You can hear aocustic guitar, MIDI guitar, bass, cuban 'tres'
and programmed drums and sinths."
Is Does - Dispositions
(8 songs; 20:21) - James drops a load of AADs on us at once, starting
with this one: "Recorded on the last day of 2003. This one's shiny and
plasticky, and quite leisurely in pace of unfolding."
Is Does - Room 39 (8
songs; 20:21) - "A collaboration with my friend Matt, who provided
viola and a sizeable chunk of songwriting and vocals. A peculiar mix
of pop, noise and ambience (Matt described 'On Fire' as being Steps
meets the Velvet Underground, which is a better description than I've
come up with), and some really hideous singing by yours truly, but it
has sense of melancholy I quite like. I also used it as the basis of
an article on the Album-a-Day process for a Cambridge student paper.
By those notes, it took fifteen and a half hours."
Circus of Towels - Bulb
(13 songs; 25:53) - "This fell into two parts. The second half was
multitracked between James Roberts and Chris Cawthorn at the start and
end of the day. The first half was recorded in four hours in the
middle by the above, Julian Pulman, Mike Hepworth and Elliot
Fairweather, in a college lecture theatre which just happened to
contain drums and a piano. Not one of us shared any musical skills
and/or tastes with any other, which soon became interesting. After
trying fruitlessly to write something we started jamming, and came
away with about an hour of random racket which I edited down at the
end of the day. (The bonus track was recorded, but not edited, on the
day.) And we're shouting 'Bulb!' throughout because we found it
inexplicably funny at the time."
Is Does - Gasman
Came Early (direct MP3 link!) (14 songs; 20:06) - "Because he
did. I was up early to catch him (but still missed him somehow). The
album was the result of thinking 'well, if I'm up, I might as well...'
Eclectic even by my standards. It's a bit more guitar- and
rhythm-section-driven than previous Is Does albums. I think it took
about seventeen hours total, from eight to three a.m, in July this
Solid Oswald - Hot Lemony Drink
(13 songs; 20:08) - "Recorded by James and Brian across the four
thousand miles between hometowns York and Iowa City, by exchanging
multitrack files over AIM and reworking them. Featuring some
turn-of-the-century pastiches, pop songs about rich fantasy lives, and
Adhesion - Pseudocold1
(12 songs; 20:42) - "My third (official?) AAD, this one was the result
of numerous experiments into randomly generated music (no connection
to the dice music aad, honest.) Lots of randomly-generated melodies,
key signatures, time signatures, rhythms, and vst effect settings.
Lots of glitchiness and awkward production in addition to some
conventional simulated instruments. Also included are a couple tracks
that arose from my attempts to code a random audio generator in Java.
Yet another surprisingly enjoyable collection of musics."
Darrin Ailes - Let's Cut The Crap And Hook
Up Later On Tonight (Doppelganger Musical) (37 songs; 43:38) -
Darrin is a hardcore AAD aficionado. He says: "After listening to all
the AADs that I could get ahold of (209 albums), I was ready to write
my second AAD album. I decided that I would try to do something that
hadn't been done before. The answer was: a doppelganger musical. This
AAD, written between 12/03/2005 8:40pm and 12/04/2005 7:35pm, is a
doppelganger of 'Let's Cut The Crap And Hook Up Later On Tonight' by
Marah and is also a musical complete with dialog. The musical follows
a not so ordinary day in the life of a man who is constanting singing
to himself, both in his head and aloud. In order to make sure that I
didn't break any of the AAD rules, I made sure that the musical
content exceeded somnites (the 18 music tracks clock in at 22:47). "
Kiko del Mar - The
living memories of Captain No (9 songs; 20:29) - Kiko says: "I
started the session at 10 PM of november 18 and it tooks me 16 hours.
You can listen to acoustic guitar, a MIDI Guitar, a bass, sequencers
and my voice. It's my first AAD and sure not the last."
Musti Laiton - Pedon
Varjo (7 songs; 43:42) - Roope says, "This album was recorded
and mixed in one day. It was the first session with a new guy in
drums, so it makes it kinda interesting."
Lord Sphinx - The Zero
Hour EP (5 songs; 20:21) - "Recorded on Tuesday November 22,
and featuring a couple guest appearances from friend and collaborator
Vision, this EP was certainly one of the most challenging and fun
projects I've undertaken in a long time. Finished minutes shy of the
24-hour mark, recording this EP was absolutely exhausting, yet
exhilirating. A friend at 7 Crescent Media liked it so much, he
offered to create a website for it, and he certainly went beyond the
call of duty. I always enjoy new challenges, and this was certainly
one of the most fun challenges I've put myself through ever. I look
forward to doing more Album-A-Day projects." Man—why you guys
always gotta call these things EPs? It's an ALBUM-a-day.
BRYTHONIC - Don't Listen to Track
One (7 songs; 21:01) - "BRYTHONIC is a band formed by 4 people
(Adhesion, dotCommunism, and two other guys who have yet to release
any solo music) - our first attempt at an AAD is a stab at making
music in as many genres as possible. First track is noise, second is
vocoder pop (this one is totally awesome), third is punk, fourth is
ambient and the last three are guitar solos. Please pay heed to the
title and avoid the first track, as it is terrible." AAD staff
recommends putting your terrible tracks at the very end, not
Adhesion - Auf Deutsch
Bitte (7 songs; 20:35) - Addict Adhesion writes, "Hot on the
heels of a collaboration AAD, I decided to make a solo one! This time,
a more normal one than my last two. Well, not quite, as this is a
German album. However, there is no German singing, only lots of German
sampling and German titles. This might be my most consisently good AAD
Scrap Heap - The Operation
Completed Successfully (12 songs; 23:17) - "Lo-fi experimental
electronic and film music. I finished the first 11 songs last night
and went to bed intending to master them the next morning, but when
the morning came I couldn't help making another song, so I ended up
Bjam - Metal
Didn't Keep Me Down (9 songs; ~22:00) - Bjam just says: "My
second AAD, this one was done during Winter Break."
Ashrilyn - Uninspired
(9 songs; 22:17) - Success at last! Ashrilyn writes: "My first
successful AAD attempt (I never finished a song on any previous
tries). Started at about 9:12 PM January 02, and finished at about
4:17 AM January 03. No lyrics or singing, as usual for me. The style
and sound of each song is a bit different. Completely tracker-made,
using samples of drums and synths (both hardware and software), and
more. I had a bit of a headache while making some of this and needed a
break, and I kind of felt like I was running out of ideas and
inspiration as I went on, so I called it 'Uninspired'. After some
sleep, I liked it all more. As usual, I'm not sure what to call my
style. 'Sand' has some kind of a rock sound. 'Peace' has a soft,
relaxed sound. 'Evil Robot Factory' is more drum-driven, and has some
odd sounds in it. 'Crystals in Space' has a kind of high, sweeping
synth sound to it. 'Space Spider on its Last Legs' has a kind of light
dotCommunism - Bits and Bites
(7 songs; 20:13) - dotCommunism says: "My second solo Album-A-Day and
first one since July. There have been a couple of collaboration ones
in that span, though. This one differs quite a bit from my previous
effort. This album is a collection of video game style music. Nothing
too complicated or deep, but still enjoyable."
Adhesion - Uncertainty2
(30 songs; 20:29) - "Just a few days before returning to college after
winter break I decided to make my fifth album-a-day. Not a normal one,
though. Another deaf ear one. And it was going to fulfill BOTH
requirements of the AAD - and it did. The result: 30 ~40 seconds long
songs that I did not listen to when making them. I was completely
blown away by the completely random and strangely melodic results that
came out of this experiment - this may be my favorite one I've made,
if only for the extreme variety and ridiculous pacing of having only
40 second-long songs. I also parodied other musical artists, like tom7
('eastkeytoeyecancer', 'mediocrekeyboardist', 'ultimatedancemachine')
as well as some of my friends. As per usual, it was all created with
software in addition to a few recorded things, some random samples and
some MIDI jamming. Favorites: rizemonhar, intonatedimprovisation,
eastkeytoeyecancer, numerology257, ultimatedancemachine,
thankyouverymuchgoodnight." Big ups for so many simultaneous goals
achieved, I say!
Johnny Strange - Black Iowa (6 songs;
??:??) - Johnny Strange writes with three albums. This is his first
Johnny Strange - Jovial Nova's (15 songs; ??:??) - Johnny Strange's second or third.
Johnny Strange - Too's, Fro's & UFO's (6 songs; ??:??) - His third or second.
The True Wheel - A
Few Things I Hate And Other Songs (18 songs; 20:16) - The True
Wheel says: "My first solo Album-A-Day (I worked on Brythonic as
well). Mostly acoustic guitar songs, some with lyrics, similar to Tom
7's style. The last five tracks are weird electronic experiments
because I got bored. Highlights include: Liz the Fucking Hippie Whore,
Ranks Among My Favorites, and Fuck Cake."
3 Green Cows - Damien's Day Off (10
songs; 30:53) - 3 Green Cows write: "We recorded this album between
noon on January 7th 2006 and ended about 10 on sunday morning. It's
the instrumental interpretation of a guy on his day off."
The Pinkos - The
Long Wind (10 songs; 21:39) - "The Pinkos are Messy Angelo and
Tugboat Willy. We decided to challenge ourselves with your challenge.
It certainly was challenging. We just about managed to get it done in
the 24 hours (26th-27th January '06), but there was a sleep break in
there... For song titles, we used the ingeniuos trick of switching on
the TV at random and using the first thing we heard. Our lyrics are a
little bit silly at times, but it's tough to find lyrics for 10 songs
in one day (we managed 4 with words). Special thanks to Bunnyhop for
his artwork and inspiration. Our instruments were guitar and VSTs."
ol okuloj - swans and
rats (9 songs; 20:57) - "After many excuses much
procrastinating, a day was set adise for a CAAD album. This was
created completely with SuperCollider with a wx-5 wind controller, and
a teensy bit of sampling. It took 16 hours and 54 minutes, starting at
8am. A very fun, but exhasuting day."
Adhesion - Pornoise
Extra (Doppelganger) (10 songs; 59:31) - Number 6 für
mich. This is my first doppelgänger, and for it I chose to
approximate "Pornoise Extra" by Merzbow. Thus, it's pretty noisy and
experimental, although more "normal" than most Merzbow. Also, I
matched the track lengths as well as the titles and such this is an
excruciatingly long AAD - and a hard one to make. In addition to
making weird noise and electronic music I wrote a piano nocturne. I
recommend: "Dance Of Dharma-kala", "Helgas Death Disco", "Domine" and
"Chopin Is Dead".
dotCommunism - Consumer
Whore (4 songs; 20:52) - "For my third AAD, i decided to go
with another gimmick. This time that gimmick is that all the songs are
blatant endorsements of consumerism. Well, one isn't quite so blatant
(it uses backmasking). Evil corporations shilled for include: Pepsi,
Calvin Klein, Walmart and MTV. Overall, didn't take much time to
Julian Rodriguez - Piano Improvisation with
flaws (20 songs; 23:48) - "The name says it all... I'm not very
good at piano, so, I started playing and whenever I chose the wrong
note, I stuck with it and it lead me to different places. The results
are there for you to hear. No rehearsal whatsoever, it took me exactly
23 minutes and 48 seconds to record this piece, what you hear is what
I made, no more, no less. I made the cover art when I was uploading
the files, so no time wasted there." Right on. Let no second be
Good Friday - The
Silence (11 songs; 30:57) - "a concept album and an
album-a-day--my first of both. all in all, the writing and recording
was a breeze, took about six hours. postproduction was the painful
part. and for the sake of my conscience: i jotted down the song titles
a few weeks ago, and on the recording day i wrote the songs from the
titles. that's not really cheating, is it?" -1 point for using song titles from before
Jonathan and Albert - Trapped in the (Broom)
Closet (10? songs; 18:30) - Jonathan says: "After listening to
a lively slew of others' AAD projects, my brother and I were inspired
to do our own -- but we thought to do a video version, because
camcorders shouldn't be forced to deal with dogs and kids all day. I'm
sorry to say that we failed to meet the requirements, and hard. See,
the songs were all written and recorded from 3 to 11 pm Sunday,
but the video editing took a few days. I'd like to blame the computer,
but it's more fair to admit that I just suck. And it's only 18:30,
too... After sitting on it for a bit, I decided to post it and send a
link—at the very least, it remains directly inspired by AAD,
though not much compliant with it. Whether you choose to list it or
not, I thank you for the push! It's been a loooong time since I felt
compelled to belt out a tune, but your project stoked the noisy
furnace. The video is 22 megs and requires Quicktime 7 (due to a
chapter track & the use of thar newfangled H.264 codec). Much obliged!
If the playback isn't working for you, please let me know. I'm pretty
new to video encoding." Well, naturally -1,000 points for not making 20:00 and
-1,000 points for taking like a
few days, but
+2,000 points for multimedia! Of
course all variations on the theme are welcome at AAD.
Peter Toth - Antaem (8
songs; 20:21) - Long-timer Peter writes of his newest creation: "I
finally got around to using a MIDI keyboard, resulting in trumpet
solos and grand pianos. Still mostly weird pop/rock stuff with odd
beats. I made these two albums in two consecutive days in January. I'm
Peter Toth - Mystery
music (9 songs; 21:06) - Double whammy! "This one is in the
same vein but seems to be slightly more melodic, with some backing
vocals courtesy of my sister, some funk and some general weirdness."
Tom 7 - Betrayal at the
Knights of Columbus (11 songs; 20:40) - My twentieth album! I
used particularly stupid synthesizer sounds on this one, and also
entered a couple of contests (you can try to figure out which ones)
along the way. I like to think of it as a delightful jaunt through
life's luxuries. Oh, I get -1,000
points for taking a break to watch a movie and get lunch and thinking
I'm like above the law just because I invented AAD. (BTW, going back
years later, this album is one of my favorites by far.)
KIBO - Knowledge
In Bullshit Out (8 songs; 20:09) - I hope KIBO won't mind if I
format his ASCII art as one amorphous paragraph, as per AAD style:
.....the true wheel +
Mapism. -the new art movement.
........composer/creator attempting to fully map out a mind
and all of its idiosyncracies onto a certain medium/media
///digital music in this case.///
this album is a map of john
./././././..........john has problems.
central to mapism:
...rejection of traditional art principles
...rearrangement of ideas
...connection of media
(connections of subconscious)
recommend: mapism manifesto 1, earth zion, if silence guides"
Jacob Lynn - Take Me
Out to the Ballpark (9 songs; 20:08) - Songfight crossover
mania continues! Jacob says: "Started recording 9:30 on the morning of
March 15, 2006, finshed up and uploaded at 1:30 AM on the 16th. This
was one of the most creatively difficult experiences of my life, I ran
into a few brick walls along the way. Not only is the 6th track pure
filler, it also quotes the actual song Take Me Out to the Ballpark,
which may or may not be frowned upon, I'm not sure. But a great
experience, nonetheless. Thanks for running this fantastic website!"
Yeah, quoting Take Me Out to the Ballpark is frowned upon for
more than one reason.
Adhesion - Invincible
Fighting Spirit (8 songs; 20:15) - Lifer Adhesion writes, "My
7th AAD continues my trend of "an album-a-day every month". This one
is essentially a soundtrack for a fictitious console game, with songs
for the intro, an overworld theme, bosses, different levels,
cutscenes, etc. As far as production goes, I only used simple
waveforms and some FM stuff in addition to crushed samples. A
remarkable album for me in the sense that it has no filler and is very
good overall! Recommended: 'Theme from IFS', 'Uberwelt', 'Final Boss',
Mick Slyness - Are you lookingatmy
willy winky? (11 songs; 44:51) - Johnny writes: "Improvised
rubbish! Mike and Johnny have made absurd music with each other over
the years but only recently have started to record these sessions. All
we ever do is plug in and play, we never plan what we're going to do
and we never play the same thing twice. We're not trying to be
particurly avant garde, its just what we like to do. We're certainly
not great musicians by any means but our favorite music is made by
untrained musicians and is full of mistakes so i think by our own
standards we do very well indeed. Any comments are appreciated whether
positive, negative, vulgar or irrelevant."
Mick Slyness - Its all just jazz
really, just like Miles Davis!!! (1 songs; 23:04) - On the
second half: "Here we go again, also 12 Jan 06, minus distortion.
Don't remmeber too much about this one but then, if I did, it would
just mean I wasn't there."
Fire Swallows The Ocean - Unlikely
Soundtracks 1 (8 songs; 23:29) - "Just over fourteen months
after my first AAD, this is the second one. This one was recorded
between 9:42 AM March 4 and 0:51 March 5 2006 and—as the name
suggests—it's another outing for one of the oldest of electronic
music cliches 'Songs for imaginary films'. If I can get it together,
there'll be further installments in this series as the year
Scrap Heap - Scattershot
(13 songs; 21:23) - "One day I was listening to some tracks on my hard
disk shuffled into a random order. Suddenly I heard a really fast
trance song and thought, 'Wow, that song is so fast. I barely have any
music that's fast like that.' That inspired this album, on which most
of the songs are above 150 bpm and some reach 200. Now the song that
sparked the idea seems slow in comparison." Scrap Heap apparently has
three secret AADs that you can ask about.
Scrap Heap - The Elements,
Volume 1 (18 songs; 21:07) - Here's one of those albums,
secret no longer: "One from my back catalog, made on January 4, 2006,
three days after 'The Operation Completed Successfully.' The songs are
in .it (Impulse Tracker) format. The gimmicks here are twofold: first,
each song is named after a chemical element in the order they appear
in Tom Lehrer's elements song, and inspired by what I imagined that
element to sound like. Second, each song is a background music track
for a hypothetical game, intended to loop."
Scrap Heap - Can't Stop the
Magic (11 songs; 20:00) - Unable to control himself, Scrap
Heap reports: "My seventh AAD. This was the first one where I really
had to rush. So I start yesterday around 1, have lunch, do a second
song, then kinda lose interest. I'm not sure I truly want to do
another album so soon, you know? For the rest of the night, I mostly
goof off, but dash off another three songs just in case. Finally, I
decide I'll finish the album tomorrow. Fast forward to 11 this
morning, and the realization that I now have to write 13 minutes of
music in two hours strikes me like a pile of bricks. Fortunately, I
was up to the challenge, but just barely. This album has more filler
than usual, especially on track 10, 'Can't Stop the Magic.'"
Killer Mushrooms Ate My Gran - Album-A-Day
No.1 (7 songs; 26:11) - "We are from Nuremberg, Germany, and I
hope you don't mind if my English isn't so good ... We started on
April 18 at 10:30 am, but we had some problems with the computer that
took us two or three hours before we were ready to begin. And we had a
very long break in the evening, when we went in a café and had
some beer, so you might want to give us -1000 points for that. We
finished recording at about 0:30. I think we could have done it at
least a bit better, but maybe we were not motivated enough. What I
like most about this album is that we used quite a lot of different
instruments. We are: Matt MC (Vocals/Trombone/Kazoo/Flute), Philasomic
(Tuba/Keyboard/Choir Leader), Kid Kosmonaut (Styrian
Concertina/Cajon/Rainmaker/E-Ukulele/BeatBox) and Phile who did some
guest vocals on the last track." There's no penalty for beer breaks,
my German friends.
Standpipe - Love
Of A Salesman (9 songs; 20:25) - Chris says, "Standpipe's
second Album-A-Day. This one tells the story of a used car salesman
who falls in love... and learns a valuable lesson in the process.
Produced from 8am-8am on 19 and 20 April 2006."
Adhesion - Shapes
(12 songs; 20:03) - Adhesion is making a stab at the leader board with
his eighth, made on April 26–27 2006: "This one is some sort of
concept album based on the cover—each shape (& connection) has
its own track, and the music is based on the shape in some way. All
the tracks blend together pretty well, and the album loops. I seem to
be settling into some electronic/IDM/downtempo melodic style with
this. Recommended: So Square, Transfer Cross, Victoria Cross 150."
Devil and Casey Jones - Devil and Casey Jones Vs.
Album-A-Day (24 songs; 45:27) - They write: "For some reason
we decided to do 24 songs to fit with the whole 24 theme. This was a
big mistake as it then took ages to mix and add the vocals. We all set
up in our practise room in a circle, and we went around each person in
turn. When it was your turn you had to come up with a title and a
musical idea. There are loads of notes on our web site about the
making of this album."
Julian Rodriguez Orihuela - Six original, improvised and
varied pieces (6 songs; 20:49) - Having not yet mastered the
art of self-promotion, Julian says only: "hope everyone likes it
better than i do!"
Scrap Heap - Ascent (9 songs;
21:35) - I think this is also Scrap Heap's 8th album.
Scrap Heap - Descent (8
songs; 20:30) - Scrap Heap writes: "Done in about 3 hours in the
morning and at night, because I was out all day. I was pretty
uninspired, but a few tunes came out okay."
dotCommunism - The Ides of Pi
(6 songs; 21:02) - dotCommunism says: "My fourth album-a-day, made
over March 14–15 of 2006, and named for Pi Day (3/14) and the
Ides of March. The entire album is one cohesive work, broken up into
different parts representing different variations on the main theme,
the main theme being derived from the digits of pi."
Arctica - Arctica (5 songs;
23:40) - Here's a band who knows how to love its music: "The new album
from Arctica, the most progressive band on the planet. We recorded
this album in just under 12 hours straight in the middle of an
extremely excessive, weekend." Track notes: "1.Belaruse:We are
post-romanticist explorers, guided by polish folk songs. An ironic
take on musical cliches that may challenge you. 2.Arctica:Without a
doubt, the best track we have ever created. An 8 minute spectacle of
electronic paralysis and tornado-force guitars. Enjoy. 3.Agalychnis
callidryas:Two songs in one. Frogs are prevelant here, as is the 'We
are corporations' interlude. Be learned. 4.Lost Rabbit:An ode to the
rabbit who is wandering. 5.Post-Barbershop:The most terrifying seminar
Scrap Heap - A
Curse in Disguise (8 songs; 20:06) - Scrap Heap, whose albums
arrive like so much torrential downpour, reports only that he
"finished with an hour to spare. I'm happy with this one, several good
songs on it."
null set - millipede, part
1 (14 songs; 42:06) - "null set is a side project by the scrap
heap guy. in late december 2002 i decided to write as much music as
possible in 24 hours. the first 14 tracks on the linked album, up to
and including 'chemical process', are the result, and viewed as an
album in their own right they satisfy the aad rules. i was not aware
of aad at the time, which is a darn good thing, because i might have
been tempted to stop after 20 minutes."
nate - incident
at the cheese factory (8 songs; 20:??) - Nate says, "I wrote
and recorded this album may 18th. It is my second attempt at an album
a day project (my first i lost by a long shot). The album is about a
friend of mine who worked in a cheese factory (seriously) but hurt
himself lifting boxes of cheese and now sits around on drugs,
confused, and falls asleep at strange times. Some of the songs are
about dreams that he has. The correct order doesn't seem to be
maintained by this site, but it is 1.wake me up 2. The Golden Fountain
3. dream sequence 4. backseat 5. second opinion 6. sandman 7. monkey's
paw 8. there's no good way to lift cheese." The Album-a-day organizers
dotCommunism - Music for Sleeping (4 songs;
33:41) - "For my fifth album-a-day, from April 2006, i took a shot at
making an ambient album. Each song's title spells out its main theme.
Although the album's kind of ambient, there's quite a bit of variance
between tracks from the very experimental 'Fag da Deaf Edge' to the
minimalist industrial 'Ecce Geeda' to the Philip Glass meets
riverdance of 'Caged Ace, Dead Face'."
Jeremy Shor - Crap-aDay, Vol.
1 (6 songs; 21:32) - "My album is made from many aprox.
five-minute improvisions on the keyboard, recorded (poorly). Then I
used Audacity to slice them into segments, while deleting rubbish
(interuptions, the recorder slipping, etc.). Then I put the segments
back together in different orders. There are many mistakes, and there
is pretty much no tune. Enjoy. :)"
Adhesion - Delphi
Arrival (5 songs; 20:38) - "My ninth. Surprisingly enough, no
particular theme or gimmick for this one, kind of like my first AAD.
Ironically, it WAS really hot outside this time (90+, in Rochester, in
May, somehow). Music is more of the IDM/downtempo slant, with more use
of strange 7th/extended chord harmonies and the occasionally glitchy
percussion track. 'Logos' is IDM/techno with hi-hat madness and 8-bit
synth action, 'Isomorphism' is awesome vocoder pop with lyrics about
math fights, 'The Oracle' is a cool ambient/IDM piece, 'Trivial Sun
Surface' is some kind of melodic breakbeat/trance with a strange
rhythmic workout in the middle and 'Pale Blue Lights' is dark
downtempo with groovin' drums and a lot of weird chords. All of these
tracks are pretty good in some way. Sadly, I went a few hours over due
to some stupid mixing issues and the ridiculous speech
synthesis/vocoder work on vocals for Isomorphism (7+ hours!!!). They
don't even sound that good! Whoops."
dotCommunism - In da Streetz (4
songs; 21:14) - "For my sixth album-a-day, created on May 18-19, 2006,
i decided to make a hip hop album. 'Fuck the RIAA' is a minimal rap
track, 'Blascock' is a good old drum and bass track with some
pachelbel's canon thrown in. 'Flip Flop' is my attempt at making crunk
and 'My Abortion' is a mix of noise and rap. Recommendations are
'Blascock', 'Flip Flop' and 'My Abortion'."
Chris Smith - Ride
Along With The Zodiac Killers (8 songs; 22:06) - Chris says:
"I started early on June 2nd (I mean real early, like around 2 in the
morning) so I did sleep at some point before converting my wav files
to MP3s! But I consider sleep to be an inspiration (in fact I called
one song 'sleep' and even recorded it without even bothering to plug
in my guitar.) There's all sorts of glitches and errors due to rush
editing (and i even found out that corvair didn't make convertible in
66) but I will live with what I've made!"
J. Wine & Diptera - Ho Soda
(6 songs; 20:57) - J. writes: "A retarded onslaught of sugary and
occasionally sexually suggestive pulp. Instruments tortured are water
jug, tubulon tubes, mic-in-sock (aka foot-in-mouth), skateboard, and
Adhesion - New Folder
(5 songs; 20:39) - Adhesion's speed technique involves naming
assistance from the filesystem: "Number 10, made from June 14th-15th
2006. This one's a little weirder than my others - all songs were made
with the same production (ie, all in the same project file, since I do
everything in software). Tracks go between weird rhythm
experimentation with xenochrony to incomprehensible sample-based hip
hop to extended synth jamming. Recommended: Xenoffering 1 & 2 and Type
Name Of New Folder (if you're feeling adventurous)."
ClaudiusMaximus - Viol8||
(6 songs; 22:50) - "I was bored, and I saw a message on an email list
about loading raw data into PD[puredata] as audio, so I stole the idea
and used Audacity to convert some files on my drive to audio (see
track names). It's called Viol8|| (pronounced 'violator') because it
violates both your ears and the GPL (shh, don't tell Mr Lawyerman)."
Scrap Heap - Trauma (5 songs;
27:42) Scrap Heap says this is "a noise concept album, about a person
who suffers a loss and falls into an inescapable depression."
Scrap Heap - An Endless Series of
Hobgoblins, All of Them Imaginary (34 songs; 44:26) - Scrap
heap reports on this monster: "This time I set out to make as many
songs as possible. I ended up setting a personal record in both number
of songs and total length. My 11th, done on Evil Day, 6/6/6."
Scrap Heap - Precipice
(4 songs; 21:17) - "My 12th AAD. Yesterday I noticed that in May, I
had made more than an hour of music. Why not repeat that in June, I
thought. This is another noise album, but unlike Trauma, the tracks
don't have a common theme to them." Yes, indeed, why not repeat that
nothing nothings - Lazy Piano Morning
(22 songs; 37:17) - "What the world needs more of is people jamming
for two hours on their worst musical instrument and then calling it an
album! For my tenth AAD, I decided to give the world more of what it
needs!!!" Merry Christmas everyone!!!!
nothing nothings - Fire Works (65
songs; 61:00) - "Epic crap for the Fourth of July! My eleventh AAD was recorded in 16 hours
spread out over the 24 found in that day. To create it, I improvised non-stop on
the bass for an hour, then overdubbed 'drums' and many guitars, resulting in
this epic 65-song instrumental album. The song endings and beginnings are all
wonky, because it's all extracted from a single 61-minute recording, but what's
life without a little crap?!" Merry 4th of July everyone!!!!
Scrap Heap - Deaf
Justice (14 songs; 22:41) - "This is a deaf ear AAD. Unlike
certain artists whose names relate to glue, I didn't cheat by
listening to it in post-production. I just looked at amplitude,
spectrum graphs, etc. and guessed at the mixing based on that. I
haven't heard the album even now. Maybe it turned out listenable.
Wouldn't that be a pleasant surprise?"
His Name is Dan - Born Again and
Again and Again... (11 songs; 23:33) - First timer His Name is
Dan says: "This is concept album about reincarnation. Each song is
sung in a different lifetime by the same narrator, just by the
narrator's different incarnations. This is my first AAD. I've been
wanting to do this for a while, but hadn't gotten around to it. It
came out surprisingly easy. I think having a concept helped with
Michael Kenny - Duel
Alacrity (8 songs; 24:16) - "The lyrics for 'Duel Alacrity'
are about writing 'Duel Alacrity'. How meta! Really more like, 'How
lazy!' I ran out of lyrics about making the AAD before I finished so I
had to write more lines, which in part had to do with running out of
lines, if I remember right. Anyway, I think the music is pretty strong
and the lyrics and singing are somewhat iffy though probably
tolerable. Song titles have no obvious relationship to the content of
Scrap Heap - Unhinged (10
songs; 34:12) - "I decided to try doing an album with only software
I've written. This is a noise album. Crazy, complicated noise
symphonies created using wave terrain synthesis. This album is rather
harsh and not for everyone, but if you have an open mind and ears up
to the challenge, I think you'll find some gems here."
Apostles of Robespierre - struggle between two
contending ideas (10 songs; 20:15) - "AOR is back (after a
name change) with another extremely strange AAD, more noise-oriented
than anything we've done so far. It goes as such: 2 tracks made by the
members of the Apostles, solo, a track that combines the 2, then a
7-movement noise suite that features a lot of nonsense as well as some
sampling and pretentious titles in iambic septameter. Recommended:
EVERYTHING but especially the last track."
Arthur Kamst - Sink (8 songs; 20:51)
- Arthur's back! He says: "My seventh, and it turned out pretty well
given all technical difficulties and the heatwave in which it was
Arthur Kamst - After
the flood - "My 8th aad. I experienced the same difficulties
as I did with Sink, so much that I gave up after the third song. But
my wife convinced me to carry on, and I'm glad I did, because I like
the last song very, very much." Let this be a lesson to you all!
Downed Quarks - Oscillating
Frequencies (10 songs; 21:19) - First timer Downed Quarks
says: "Well, here it is. Pretty pleased with it seeing as it is my
first AAD. Maybe i'll get extra points for including 12 instruments.
(hehehehehehe). But I'll Be Back!!!!!" It is always good to have more
instruments than songs. +2 points
for a 2 instrument surplus!
Adhesion & Scrap Heap - The Life You Left
Behind (11 songs; 22:19) - "Adhesion and I decided to
collaborate on an album, and this is what came out -- a lot of
variety, but an accessible release nonetheless. We worked by sending
around tracks (drum tracks, synth, bass, etc.) made in various
software programs, including a tracker I'd written the day before and
was still working on during the album. Three songs have vocals. We
didn't always follow the 'only work on one song at a time' rule, since
we couldn't easily work on the same song at the same time. Also, the
last track was finished a couple hours too late, though if you don't
count it, we still meet the length requirement."
Scrap Heap - Love Letters
(30 songs; 13:47) - Scrap Heap can't stop churnin' 'em out: "I got in
touch with my effeminate side to make this, definitely a softer album
than usual. It's a series of synthstrumental tunes using only basic
waveforms, with an emphasis on composition, rather than effects and
instrumentation. Many of these were composed on my piano, and I got a
lot of exercise running the flight of stairs between the computer and
the piano. I started off too slow and got desperate at the end, thus
the seven-second songs, but I saved enough time to make something
decent for the 30th track at least."
Scrap Heap - Smashing
Potatoes (15 songs; 20:36) - "My 17th (16th solo). Sometimes I
spend all day killing myself over what a crappy album I'm making -- my
worst ever! -- and then at the end of the day I listen, and it isn't
bad at all. This is one of those."
Sleeping Giant - Triangle (9 songs;
37:23) - Sleeping Giant reports: "I thought that seeming as though I
spend most of my spare time improvising music and messing around with
music equipment, I'd have a go myself. This album was recorded in just
over twelve hours yesterday (22nd August) using a few sampled drum
machines from Audio Playground
(http://www.keyboardmuseum.com/d_machines/vdrums.html), some free soft
synths from a website called KVR audio, a guitar FX pedal, and an old
digital 12 track machine that I use for all my recordings. The results
are quite mad - a mixture of Krautrock and Brian Eno. See what you
think. Hopefully I will be doing some more of these in the near
future, but in different styles. Hopefully the next one will use
acoustic instruments instead of electronic."
dotCommunism - Music for
Dying (8 songs; 20:51) - "Music for Dying is kind of a bizarre
album. It's a concept album, with an emphasis placed upon the mood and
theme of the work much more than upon any concept of musicality. As
for that theme, Music for Dying was created on June 6, 2006 which was
of course surrounded by all sorts of stupid hype as being the
apocalypse or something like that. So, this album was created by
taking this hype and creating a psychotic apocalyptic persona based
around it and using this to create an industrial noise album, inspired
by artists like Throbbing Gristle, Coil and Merzbow. Recommended
tracks (as far as aesthetics go) include 'Amble', 'Last Day' and
dotCommunism - With Gusto (6
songs; 21:03) - "With Gusto is my eighth aad, started at the end of
July 2006 and finished early into August. This one's a deaf ear aad.
With songs running from noise to 8-bit serialism, it's a rather
eclectic collection. Recommended tracks include 'con brie' and 'con
dotCommunism - Kicking Ass Without a
License (6 songs; 21:04) - "Kicking Ass Without a License is
the ninth dotCommunism album-a-day from August 2006. It's sort of
unique in that it lacks a strong gimmick, unlike the rest of my aads.
The rather weak gimmick that this one has is that all of the songs
have an electronic sound, although i'm not really sure how much i
stuck to that. Recommended tracks include 'The Halcyon Days of World
War Three', 'Pop Rocks and Napalm' and 'Magazine'."
Adhesion - PROLIFIC (21
songs; 1:00:44) - Triple album marathon: "Another crazy summer project
from me, this one is a combination of my 12th, 13th & 14th AADs, made
on August 21st-24th. Somewhat along the lines of Opus Magnus except
this one is a bit more rule-obeying (there's a few references to Opus
Magnus included as well). Tracks 1-7 comprise day 1 and are a bit
faster-paced than usual, 8-14 are from day 2 and are more
ambient/downtempo and 15-21 day 3 and more akin to the first part.
Decent amount of sampling among the strange IDM/techno/ambient with a
little dub and jazz thrown in there for good measure. Recommended:
Menachim, Knifin' Around, Dream-feeling, The Smell of Paint in the
Summertime, Return of the Ninja."
Vom Vorton - 10hrs in
20mins (12 songs; 20:51) - "Here's my first attempt at an
album-a-day. It actually took me just under 10hrs, starting at about
half nine in the morning and finishing around seven at night. I play
all the instruments and recorded it alone in my bedroom on an
otherwise dull Sunday. I celebrated by drinking whisky. Enjoy!"
dotCommunism - Sic
Semper (5 songs; 21:35) - "Sic Semper is my tenth album-a-day.
This one wasn't really gimmicky. It's probably my most solid
album-a-day so far. Of course, that can be attributed to the fact that
i blatantly violated the album-a-day rules as my 24 hours were quite
non-consecutive (spread over a 5 day period, actually), but it was
completed in less than 24 hours. Recommeded tracks include 'Shot Dead
on the Dance Floor', 'John Wilkes DJ Booth' and 'In the Book
Depository of My Heart'." This is totally cheating! -5,000 points!
Nathan Gabrish - My
Inexperience is Your Experience (8 songs; 20:11) - "After
having to cancel a hiking trip we decided to use the found time to
make an attempt. We thought 20 minutes would be a breeze but it was
harder than we thought. We did manage to make it though."
Timmy the Tapeworm - Conversation
(21 songs; 20:53) - "Was browsing the site & suddening got the urge to
make a mash-up/plunderphonics/glitch release. No prior planning was
involved; hadn't even heard the vocal files which were to be
chopped-apart." Tracks are presented in the order of their creation.
Scrap Heap - Save for
Last (20 songs; 27:50) - I'm like Danger Will Robinson wrt
Scrap Heap's album count. If I want to retain my crown I will have to
get recording soon! Here's another: "For my September album-a-day, I
tried something different. Every song is just my voice, a tapping on a
table, and occasionally me playing my bell kit (a miniature
xylophone). I did this all in about an hour and most of it is pretty
embarrassing, but I like 'Mainly for Me', and 'No Time.'"
Scrap Heap - Fixture (15 songs;
21:52) - Most of Scrap Heap's description consists of taunting me
about my diminishing stature. He says only this in reference to the
album: "(Ignore tracks 1-6 for AAD purposes; they are earlier failed
attempts at AADs that I tacked on to the beginning of the release.)"
Bonus EPs are totally welcome.
hawaii8 - struppo
lux (7 songs; 25:05) - "hello, this is mine a.a.d., completed
in 8 hours. I have recorded sounds for 1 hour, in 5 hours I have
created the songs, 1 hour for mixing... the time remained for the
cover. I hope to make other discs with this technique, has been a lot
Glenn Case - Just So
You Know (7 songs; 20:02) - Glenn Case is back! "So, I started
this Album-a-day at 11 A.M. on Sunday, December 17th, 2006. The songs
were fully wrapped up by 4 A.M. on Monday, December 18th, 2006. I
barely made the minimum deadline of 20 minutes of music, but every
song is a fully produced song with live drums, live instrumentaion and
in most cases multiple harmony vocals. Special thanks to Justin
Combustion for laying down the drums for 'Stapler', 'You Don't Have to
Stay', and 'I Can Not Function' before either of us had a clue what
the songs were going to be about."
Rob Loughran - Boxing (10 songs;
24:56) - "Just an idea for an album I had after seeing your site. The
album's very rough, recorded using a practise amp, my guitar and
audacity only (as well as one sample of commentary from a boxing match
in the last track) but I think theres some interesting sutff on it."
Rough is A-OK, Rob!
Andre was here at midnight - Let
me paint you yesterday & tomorrow (8 songs; 20:24) - "Could
not let 2006 pass by, without me doing a single album-a-day. I been
meaning to do one for months, but recording has been the last thing on
my mind recently. I was trying to summaries stuff that happened to me
in 2006 and the plans for 2007. Did't really come out the way I
wanted, but man was it fun. I had forgotten how fun these things are
to make. My best album-a-day up to day."
Arthur Kamst - Silence (7
songs; 20:58) - "This is Silence, my ninth AAD. Don't know what
to think of it yet, or if I like it."
Night Jam 01-07-2006 (10 songs; 74:52) - "Fuze is a modern
electric jazz-rock band that does a weekly show called the Saturday
Night Jam. We typically do an 'Album a day' each week! We do sometimes
work on written material or jams we had done before but this weeks
podcast of the jam done on 01/07/2006 was all original spontaneous
imrpvisations and was mixed down within the 24 hour period making it
an 'Ablum a Day' candidate." Conveniently available as a single MP3 of
all 10 songs.
By Any Means Necessary - A Festivus
Miracle (7 songs; 21:35) - "Our first album-a-day. We started
writing December 23rd, 2006 at 2:30 pm and finished December 24th at
1:58 pm. It includes songs ranging from 80's heavy metal to lounge
jazz. Not to toot our own horn (actually, yes it is), but we've got a
few top-notch songs in the mix here." This is the desired outcome!
Andrew Reist - Wordless Music (8
songs; 23:30) - Andrew says: "This is my first AAD, and it turned out
to be all instrumental. No jamming though, since I play everything you
hear. It's definitely grown on me as time has gone on, and I hope you
can enjoy it too."
kandt - Happy
Birthday Jon Scolnik (12 songs; 26:21) - "Mate Jon was having
a birthday party. We'd been talking about making music for a while but
not gotten around to it. We braved Thom's technical nightmares,
gathered a banjo, bass, jew's harp, harmonica, computer, dictaphone
and kazoo and finished in 20 hours. Kristina's first music making
fiasco. Oh, and Thom hadn't actually met Jon Scolnik which made it all
the more interesting. We dig the eclectic nature of this album - Play
School-esque rhymes, rap, artwank, old timer banjo (K's learnin'),
Tuvan stylee throat singing and more!"
ClaudiusMaximus - Forty
Words For Snow (5 songs; 22:34) - Regular ClaudiusMaximus was
inspired as follows: "it was cold and my gas bill was large."
Cliff Corbin - Broken
Like You (7 songs; ~20:00) - "I recorded this, my first demo,
between 2 and 5 AM on my digital camera. I have 7 songs on there, with
an intro from Ferris Buelers Day Off and a poem i wrote. Fudgin your
rules a little, but i "Stumbled" upon this page and thought i might
aswell, seeing as i just made it. Email me with your thoughts
email@example.com" This is probably the first one recorded on a
digital camera. Good show. One zip file.
Joshua Peterson - Living
Proof (6 songs; 21:27) - Joshua says: "My very first
album-a-day. I had been planning to do one for months and just woke up
one afternoon and decided to do it. This is definitely not the best of
what I can do with music; most of my albums take months to produce,
mix, and master. I wanted to get some emotions and feelings off my
chest that have been making my life a little difficult. I completed
the project in about 12 hours, but around 90% completion, I was in a
lot of pain from a bad dinner choice and ended up spending 2 hours in
bed trying to rest it off. I did finish the project though, with
around 9 hours or so to spare - so I used them to sleep. I had
originally planned to do an intro, interludes, and an outro, along
with more songs, but after getting sick, I kind of gave up on that
idea. There's always next time..."
Scrap Heap - Upside Down and
Sideways (10 songs; 23:54) - An oldie that somehow did not
make it on the site: "This is a deaf ear noise album. Most of it was
made by mixing together short snippets of popular music with randomly
modulated pitches and filtering and stuff. This has some real
stinkers, but 'Departure City' and 'A Triple Whammy' are pretty good."
Scrap Heap - Decent (10 songs;
20:10) - Graue says, "For a change of pace, on this album, I recorded
vocals for every song. Some are full-fledged verse/chorus songs
(Pretend Like It Didn't Happen, Glutton, Your Way, Raucous Caucus),
others have a sung or spoken loop (Self-Righteousness Has Killed Me,
Because It's Winter, You Can't Win, The Straightest Path), and a
couple only use a few words as a sample (Oil Spill, Unrestrained). I
threw in a bad remix as a bonus track. Recommended: The Straightest
Path, You Can't Win, Your Way, and Oil Spill."
Nick Perez - Not
Art (17 songs; 20:36) - "This was made in 14 hours. I would
have spent longer on it to improve the quality, but unfortunately I
live in a small apartment and can't use my speakers during late hours,
so I was cut a bit short. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out."
Not Art huh? I know some people at Crap Art Manifesto headquarters
who'd like to have a word with you on that one...
Anthony (Drew) Schwickerath - AAD 20070209
| Cobwebs (11 songs; 20:51) - "This is my first AAD, recorded
between 2015, 9 Feburary 2007 and 2000, 10 February 2007. I just
barely squeaked in. Songs vary from punk to pop to folk to ambient.
There is also a blog with blow-by-blow recording notes for each
Scrap Heap - System
That Often Fails (7 songs; 20:53) - The irrepressible Scrap
Heap says: "This time I came up with an album that's one half haunting
electro-industrial songs with vocals, and the other half experiments
with noise and ambience. Due to technical difficulties, a busy
schedule, and pushing myself too far out of my comfort zone with a
kind of music I've never done before, this is my best album ever.
Also, unrelated to all that, I took more than 24 hours because I'm
slow. Recommended: 'Lock Me Up'." More than 24 hours, whaa? -1,000 points, bam!
Mr Truffle - 10:03pm (12
songs; 21:15) - Graue reports on Mr Truffle's behalf: "My friend Mr
Truffle recorded this AAD way back in May 2006, but only now have we
managed to get it formally released on our netlabel. It's a blend of
acoustic guitar playing with electronic beats, noise, and dissonance,
but not all at once... some songs only have the guitar playing and
some only have the electronic stuff. I think this is a real AAD
success story. It came out awesome."
Nubsy - Hint of Ocean (12
songs; 30:19) - Nubsy says: "This is the sequence that I recorded them
in. I started at 12:01 AM and finished at 11:00 PM. you can hear my
voice start out quiet, get a little stronger during the day, then
start sounding tired again. I liked doing this a lot, it brought me
back to days when you used to just hit record and see what happened."
Kim o' the Concrete Jungle - Drift
(9 songs; 23:14) - "The hardest part of this for me was pulling the
all-nighter to get it finished. I have learned that 4 AM is not the
time of day when you're at your most productive. Still, I did it. If
this sounds a bit polished for a Crap Art project, it's because I
didn't have to write the patches on my amp modelers in that same 24
moogba - Neon (11 songs:
20:23) - "Neon was created entirely with free software synthesizers of
various types and recorded in Audacity. As an additional rule, all
synth sounds and patches used were also created from scratch in the
24-hour period. No external keyboards were used: everything here is
made from sequencers inside the programs, minor edits or effects
within Audacity, or by using a program that makes the PC keyboard a
virtual MIDI controller. The only thing used in the making of this
album that cost money was the laptop the software ran on. Favorite
tracks are "The Light And The Fire," "Neon," and "High Esteam." There
are a couple of weak tracks, but overall I'm pretty happy with this
album. Neon was made from 2:00 PM St. Patrick's Day 2007 to 2:00 PM
Sunday the 18th."
The All-Ducking Tweedlebirds - Not
Optimistic (12 songs; 22:08) - "The All-Ducking Tweedlebirds
recorded 'Not Optimistic' in 18 hours on March 31, 2007. It is their
first AAD. Mostly, the style is instrumental hip-hop, with guest
verses from Jared Malsin and Eric Phetteplace a.k.a. Nebuchadnezzar."
ClaudiusMaximus - Incidents
At Sea (16 songs; 44:22) - "Sort of a concept album about a
maritime disaster, only the concept came after all the audio was
recorded and edited and I had to think up names for the tracks. Made
mostly with distortions, delays, and filters; with the routing
networks edited on the fly. Recording only finished when I filled my
hard disk and the program crashed."
roAE - Quickies (14
songs; ~40:00) - roAE writes: "bleak apparently - NOTES: All of these
tracks were recorded straight off the mixer with little or no
mastering. The emphasis here is on the diversity, and not the
recording techniques (or the spelling 'apparently'). This is a record,
as in a recording of two people in a room playing music. The way it
used to be. Jack Justice sings lead on Sack Blues. He also plays
rhythm gtr on it. Tristin Morin plays the blast solo on Pump it Up and
the chorus guitars on Oh Death. Nichoals Viltrakis plays all bass and
drums on all tracks. Olas Viltrakis plays all guitars except where
otherwise noted. Also I have noticed that the ablum cover has
misspelled 'apparently' but I am not going to change it. It kinda
makes me laugh."
Feldspar - Hidden
Powers of the Marshmallow Men (11 songs; 20:32) - Feldspar
writes of his seventh effort: "This one was a collaborative effort
with my roommate and good friend. I ate 27 marshmallows during the
recording process. That is a LOT of marshmallows."
Michael and the G2s - LoFi
Abortion (9 songs; 22:19) - Michael says: "This is my first
attempt at an album, let alone an AAD. It took me from 12:41am until
8ish pm on Mother's Day, 2007. It was all recorded on a boombox to
tape and not edited at all. (Thats the way I like it!) I could't
digitize the songs in Stereo for some reason though. The only track
that really lost because of this is 'Vibraphone,' but I think thats
ok. My favourite tracks are: 'Singing Songs' - A song about the types
of songs one can sing. 'Vibraphone' - An instromental song that a
friend equated to being in the Twilight Zone. 'Loveland' - My best
attempt at a Sufjan Stevens rip-off, about the town I've spent the
last 14 years of my life living in."
Bolie Folke - Mistakes
Make Music (11 songs; 21:11) - "I broke the rules if you
include the first track, but the rest of the album qualifies. It was
recorded and completed within about an 8 hour span (in 3 hours if you
exclude the last 2 songs) using Audacity and basic recording
equipment. The quality is definitely raw but listenable, but lacks
commercialized processing (lo-fi). All songs were either purely improv
and written on-the-spot, or I prepared a chord sequence in less than
the length of the recording time (except for 'The Road'). I
used only acoustical instruments and vocals. Any overdubbing was done
Neil McDougall - Jovian
Motorcycle (1 song; 20:48) - "Recorded as a solo electric
guitar piece - done with a Line 6 Variax through a Line 6 Pod XT Live
on the 'Boutique Combo' preset with the preset's delay pedal active,
which gave me a nice rhythmic delay to play around with. I just jammed
for about 20 minutes and stopped eventually, changed a couple of
settings here and there as I performed. There's some annoying digital
distortion in there, but what the hell, it's not supposed to be
perfect eh?" No indeed.
GERT 3000 - Simon
brings Beer (11 songs; 51:41) - "The Album was recorded at
Radio Radius Studio on 03/05/07. It was Elektrotransmitter broadcast
with bontempi 5 playing minimal records. The tracktitles tell the
story of this evening. We faced a lack of beer, but onkel simon (aka
deemage) was helping us out. aunderwex was also there."
Andre was here at midnight - Heart Songs and Weirdness (8
songs; 21:59) - Andre says: "First Album-A-Day for 2007. I had to
force myself to finish this one. Mostly created to record my new 12
string and mandolin, as well as to goof around trying to play a bunch
of other instruments, i have no idea how to play."
Spandex Jellybeans - Watermelon
(13 songs; ~21:00) - "The first AAD by Spandex Jellybeans (and the
second by Anthony Schwickerath) and was recorded starting the evening
of 25 May 2007. This is what happens when someone with a Masters of
Music (Jessica) and a self-taught musician/hack (Anthony) record an
album. Quirky rock music."
Agargara - I am
an Angry Man with Angry Hands (6 songs; 20:35) - "This has
breakbeats, singing, and ambience, but I wouldn't classify it under
any of those genres. I actually only spent about 7 hours making it,
but by that time I was so tired of sitting in front of my computer
with only brief bathroom breaks that I couldn't bring myself to do
anymore. Track 2 extensively steals material from other songs, sorry.
Track 6 features poetry by the esteemed poet Davidia Kartina"
Heuristics Inc. - A Flash in the
Pan (5 songs; 21:38) - "This second Heuristics Inc.
Album-A-Day project was recorded on 17 June 2007, beginning at 11:00AM
and finishing at 12:30AM or so, making it a 13.5-hour recording
project. It contains five songs, two of which have vocals, two of
which are improvisations, and the last is a lyric-less vocal track.
This one isn't a concept album, but it was still a lot of fun to
record, and very tiring."
2 guys and a Fez - We like
Music (11 songs; 21:32) - Facts: "This album was made a long
while back, probably about 4 years or so, at least. Its mainly shite,
but we found it funny at the time. It was recorded using 5 mic
balanced in a box of lego. No, that isn't an excuse for how bad it is,
but it almost sounds like one. The album was recorded and thought up
in one afternoon, and took about 4 hours to record, not including
breaks for cheese toasties."
King Arthur - For Dummies
(6 songs; 25:14) - "Started on 7/4/07, and mixed the next morning
(within 24 hours), 'For Dummies' is the second AAD by King Arthur,
another songfight! regular. The songs are all full recordings
(although with a drum machine rather than real drums), done on a
16-track digital machine."
One!-Two!-Three!-Four! - Negative Eight
(11 songs; 25:50) - "We are two french guys. One went to the other
one's house with his guitar. The other had a lot of little
instruments. In 7 hours, we made this 25 minutes long improvisation,
overdubbed it, mixed it, named it and finished it, with no break
during this time. Sounds like a happy experimental improvisation to
Comfy Slippers - 24 (10 songs;
34:49) - "This is our first AAD! We decided to do one to test our
creativity & because we just love the concept. We began at 1 second
past midnight on Friday 3rd August 2007 and finished at approx 22:30
hours the same day. It went surprisingly smoothly... all tracks were
basically written by 4am and then recorded over the next 12 hours.
This left us plenty of breathing space to make final adjustments and
then mix & master. We tried to play as many different instruments as
possible including electric guitar, acoustic, 12 string, mandolin,
banjo, bass, keyboards, drum machine & various percussion. Would be
delighted if anybody listened to it - enjoy!!!"
mister apache - live in springfield
graveyard 23 (1 songs; ~38:00) - "this is the first time
amwagm ever played together in their current incarnation as well as
the first appearance of the name. amwagm is angelic moth with a gas
Lord of Oats - Start With a
Shower (6 songs; 24:31) - "I started out knowing that I would
have to break for work, and then for sleep, but I decided to go for
it, anyway, as the spontaneity of my decision seemed to fit the tenets
of the movement quite well, having discovered AAD only an hour before
I began. I decided I ought to clean up a bit before beginning, and
that's the origin of the title. I begun at midnight, and was attracted
to the novelty of doing an album within only one calendar day.
Therefore, the album was recorded exclusively on the day of August 7,
2007. I woke up in the afternoon, to a party of three insisting that I
go play tennis with them. I tried to resist; I said, 'But I've an
album to finish!' 'Nonsense,' they contended. And I really can't say
no, anyway. And as I've said on my page, my health must come before my
art, because one depends on the other, so I cannot resist a rare
opportunity for an aerobic workout consisting of good friends and I
playing a sport I cherish. By the time we'd finished and I'd showered
again, there was not a great deal of time left, but we beat the twenty
minutes anyway. So, uh, I hope you understand the circumstances, and
if you take off points on my first entry, I'm probably just going to
get depressed, and probably not in the way that leads to good music.
So uh, have fun listening, if possible. The only song that really gets
one of those heart things is 'Do It', the only vocal song. Oh, by the
way, 'Spring Break Pittsburgh 2006 wooo' is officially one of my top
twenty favorite songs of all time, and everyone I show it to seems to
like it to." OK great! Why do I need to take off points for your
compulsive showering? That is totally legal.
Matthew O'Malley and Alan Wlikis - 24HR
Cemetary (7 songs; 20:30) - "In order to keep ourselves honest
with the spirit of the project, we took a non-geographic location
suggestion from Alan's roomate. The suggestion was 'Cemetary.' Styles
include dance, gospel, country, and sound art. All recorded at Alan's
place in NYC. Our first AAD. Looking forward to doing many more!"
Phonetag - Phonetag (4
songs; ~22:00) - "We made it in about an hour. Max played a toy drum.
All of the songs were improvised. Most of them are quite long-winded."
The Plural Nouns - A Suddent
Burst of Static (2 songs; ~24:00) - "Made in two ten minute
chunks, recorded on different days (but still within the same 24-hour
period). On the first side Nick played Max's ghettotastic Yamaha
keyboard and Max played found percussion. On the second side Max
instead used a djembe. The first side features percussion provided by
the keyboard, while the second does not."
Deep September - A man
standing in the road facing the wrong way (9 songs; 20:42) -
"Wanted to do an 'Album-a-Day' for some time, and finally got the
chance a while ago. What I ended up with wasn't perfect, but it was an
interesting creative process, and the end result is different from the
sort of stuff I usually write. Perhaps it's because I forced myself to
record ideas with a few of them I would usually just have forgotten
about. Will be interesting to see what other people actually think of
The Uber-Massive Kamikaze Ballroom Disaster Vs. The Crap Brown
Detectives - Space
Heroin (19 songs; 20:18) - "Jeffrey and I (George) had a blast
embarking on our first Album-A-Day. We've attempted collaborating many
times prior, but always became distracted or frustrated. We were both
VERY excited when we found about this project and it did indeed enable
us to actually finish something we started. Our dear friend Chicken
Frampton (who urges to remain unknown) aided us with vocals and lyrics
on a few songs... and enough rambling... LISTEN! ENJOY! GIVE FEEDBACK
Juice Box - I
Love Science (14 songs; 21:08) - Juice Box says: "My first AAD
(and album) ever. Written and recorded in 14 hours, it's a hodgepodge
of all different kinds of things."
The Power of Zon - Aquatic
Sunbeam (12 songs; 20:10) - "This AAD was made in about 13
hours in Leipzig, Germany. It is more a mix of different music genres
(parodies!) and languages than a balanced album. But nevertheless we
like the result. Ah yeah, please keep in mind: the lyrics might be
explicit. Members: Henning Bulka, Jakob Schorch"
Åbäke - Dagar (AAD) (6
songs; 20:12) - "Done in less than 12 hours this electromashup shows
some of my musical sides. Starting from the intro 'Dag ett' with
arpeggiators that sounds like The Postal Service and drums like early
Aphex Twin, through 'Du vet vad du vet' where people for the first
time will hear my voice (as a musician that is.. well, kind of) and to
more childish beats like 'Smak' that sounds like the intro for a
classic tv-show in Sweden - called 'Ika i rutan'. My weapon of choice
is Ableton Live backed up by the M-audio Axiom 25 and the Evolution
UC33e as best friends. Lyrics in Swedish (even if I doubt that even
the swedes can understand what I am saying..)"
transient - Quietest EP (5
songs; 20:54) - "The entire 'Quietest EP' was conceived, composed, and
recorded in 4 hours on the morning of May 12th, 2007 and released
later that afternoon."
Nathan (aka Paunch) - Brave New (11
songs; 24:48) - "Recently I stumbled onto your album-a-day site; it
inspired me to place all my musical skills in a burlap sack and then
beat them with various blunt objects over an aurally difficult 24 hour
period. The extended interrogation session caused my creative talents
to wail in pitiful agony afterwards for approximately 20 minutes using
crap guitar skills, a weak voice and a harmonica as mediums to
communicate a riven soul's despair. Fortunately I managed to record
the wail of unmelodious agony and would appreciate it if you posted a
link to the carnage on your magnificent yet comfortable website."
Echo Root - Zen
Junk: Volume I (1 song; 23:09) - "This is my first AAD,
completed in about 3 1/2 hours, and I plan on releasing many, many
more. I find that the AAD and Crap Art concepts mesh well with the Zen
Guitar philosophy I have adopted. Thanks for the idea and the
Tapey and the Stick-Notes - Table Scraps
(14 songs: 20:06) - "We started this at 5AM Friday morning and
finished this at 12:30AM Saturday morning. This CD consists of many of
my friends and I. You can hear me playing most of the guitar lines. We
went into this with great dreams, and we left with tracks which, I
believe, will be remembered forever. I hope you enjoy some of these
tracks, though they may be a little bland in respect to your rocking
tunes \m/ \m/!!!! My favorites would have to be 'Things Your Mother
Hears at Night' and 'Salem, My Love'. I really hope you enjoy, and you
can expect more from us in the future."
Patrick and Logan Rathbone - Diet
Coke (11 songs; 25:07) - "This is our first Album-a-day
project, one that has been very long overdue. As we have been holding
back our creative juices for some time now, this entire album burst
into place in only 13 hours. With several recurring themes, and
several inside jokes, this album was a greater success for us
personally than we ever thought it would be. We hope you enjoy
drinking Diet Coke!"
Jordan Cayer + Joel Simard - On
the Spot (20 songs; ~43:00) - "A 100% Improvised Effort
completed in less than 24 hours from 5:30 Dec. 29th to 4:00 Dec. 30th.
All songs were created by with Jordan playing guitar and Joel singing
for the majority of the songs (except ukelele ones). But until the
moment that the record button was pressed no ideas of how the song
would was created. And for the record, this album is 25% Ukulele!!!"
The Tiny Tims - Division Of
Labor (6 songs; 21:20) - "Strictly speaking, we broke the
rules up front. We took sleep breaks. We took breaks to feed the
beasties. We took a break for Matt's radio show. We took a break to
visit with a storyteller friend. However, Matt was scrupulous about
keeping track of time, and we were right on schedule till the laptop
started to crap out in the middle of mixing Track 3. Damn! We kept at
it, but ran out time, and I completed the mixes earlier today, trying
to stay inside our original time budget of forty-seven-point-five
minutes per mix for the remaining songs. It was a near thing. I
suspect we were about an hour over, including ripping and uploading
the mixes." Sleeping and feeding the pets is legal, although we find
it more amusing when you are sleep deprived. Going over is -1,000!
Eric Boam / Trent Belnap - 12
26 27 07 (10 songs; 21:48) - Eric literally has no comment.
Paradise.com - Fleas
on Crabs on Fleas (17 songs; 29:24) - "Recorded in a midwestern
art museum in a span of 5 & 3/4 hours, this album proves that diving
boards were not invented by the same people that invented the swimming
pool. Thus, dolphins are not who they say they are."
Tom 7 - Exile on Atari
ST (12 songs; 20:00) - Wow, you can tell I've been bad about
posting submissions when I don't even post my own! I recorded this
many months ago. It's got some good ones marked with hearts.
If you complete an Album-a-Day, upload it to the internet and then
let me know! I'd love to include more
projects on this page.
Remember, "A bad song is better than no song." All you have
to do is do it!
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