10 EP Challenge

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Many years ago (2010, maybe?) @timwille did the 10 EP challenge in which he took on the persona of a different band and wrote 4-6 songs for each to total 50 songs. I challenge you to write an EP (or 10) in one style or as one band or of one theme this 50/90. With the optional challenge of releasing it on bandcamp as that band.

Tag it: 10EP

Yeah, like I said, I want to do this one. I'd just have to come up with some general ideas as to what the songs are going to be about. And what the different styles are! Maybe I'll just listen to some awesome bands and pick ten most interesting when I start to write.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I want to increase my performable filk library, so I might do this with worlds. This would be very fun to do with Firefly maybe.

I like how doing this "bite-size chunks" approach creates the mental illusion of 50 songs being more manageable. I doubt I'll do ten EPs in this manner, but a lot of my output is already under different themes and band "identities" (at least in my own head), so I very well may do at least a few.

This has to be the most difficult challenge ever conceived. Smile

Sounds fun. I already have a few bands (virtual and actual) that I use as constraints to help me write more cohesive groups of songs. I have at least seven, if I'm counting correctly. Three more, hmmm... maybe this is the year I finally get my Strangle Disco act together.

At first, I read about this and shook my head, but I keep coming back to this thread, and it really is starting to make sense. I'm thinking I could do one album of skirmish songs only - and then divide the rest up into other projects. Thank you! This really helped me out!

I'm afraid that none of my stuff sounds anything like the rest of my music.
Is that a problem???

Russ Beee

After scratching and shaking my head like @Tasha Parker Gibbs, I realize that I'm bound to stumble into something with this too. I remember The Turtles releasing an album called Battle of the Bands https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Turtles_Present_the_Battle_of_the_Bands , in which each song was attributed to a different mythical band, including their hit Elenore, so you never know @TheTau.

One thing about this that may make songwriting easier is that if each EP is a 'band' it makes sense to carry the instrumentation from one song to another, so removing decisions around the sound palette for a song. If you stick to a particular genre for each 'band' that would constrain the decision-making process further. Sounds like a good way to limit the effect of choice paralysis.

A variation would be A-side / B-side - after writing one song, you remove all recorded midi/audio, change the tempo and write another song using all the instruments from the previous song; using it as a template.

o.k. so far it is me on guitar and Blind Roland on keys. I will recruit two more members, and get started writing. EP here we come!

oh and I have a half dozen themes running around my brain

I'll probably try one or two of these. Sounds like a super interesting idea!