(Inter)National Solo Album Month is a fun, free annual competition in which musicians write and record an entire album during the month of November - all by themselves.
NaSoAlMo favours enthusiasm and perseverance rather than perfectionism. It encourages musicians and would-be songwriters to silence their inner critic for thirty days in order to inspire and maximize productivity. The albums are likely to be hastily written, off-time, and out of tune; the main objective is to just do it.
I was contacted a few weeks ago by someone who expressed interest in taking over nasoalmo.org. We had in place plans to transfer the site to this new administrator, but unfortunately, I haven't heard anything from him in a week or so..and as NaSoAlMo is starting tomorrow(!!) I have to assume that he is not interested in taking on the ownership of the site anymore.
Two years ago, I developed a more full-featured nasoalmo website, but now, unfortunately, I am unable to spend as much time as I would like to maintain the site. Last year was a bit of a dissappointment ---the site was hacked and there were too many spam messages being posted in russian on peoples albums. I have a new baby girl and have just started a new job, so I (again) this year do not have sufficient time to maintain the site to the standards I would like. So, instead of having the more full-featured site up and running, but hacked and broken, I have decided this year to go back in time to the way nasoalmo.org used to work.
So -- this is the low-tech internet-circa-1996-way that the site will work this year:
To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details:
Then, when (if!!) you have finished your album, email email@example.com to let me know that you have finished, including the final length of the album.
I will maintain this html page with the current list of participants and later in the month, who has succeeded. I will also try to set up a forum page so that people can encourage one and other..discuss methods etc. Depending how life goes between now and November 2013, maybe I will try to get the more full featured website up and running (or find someone who can).
Sorry I can't do more..but really NaSoAlMo is not about the website, its about you making an album over a single month! I REALLY REALLY wish I could participate this year :-( . Good luck everyone!!
All the best,