RPM 2013, and Learning

I’m not sure how it’s going to work out, but I’m working on the RPM Challenge.  This is a challenge for musicians to record a Record Per Month – specifically Februrary.  I’m off to a late start, but I have high hopes.  Tonight, I’ve been toying with Renoise, a music package that resembles a highly modernized version of the MS-DOS software I first fell in love with, Fast Tracker II.

I have a recurring pattern with this.  I try to start working on “sequenced” music again.  This usually means I start with a new suite of tools, play with them for a few hours, get frustrated, and quit.  Then I’ll usually play around with Fast Tracker II in an emulator for about a day, and quit that as well.  Then, 6 months, a year, or more will pass, and I won’t write or release any music.

The last ~7 years, most of my musical productivity has happened in improvisational areas, with physical instruments.  I love working this way, but there are things I simply can’t do without using a sequencer.  I’m hoping that RPM will prove to be reason-enough for me to finally learn a modern sequencer / DAW / music package, ala Renoise, Fruity Loops, or Reason.