About RPM

RPM Challenge is a month long event that takes place in February each year to challenge musicians in recording an album's worth of all original music. Learn More

Listen

Hurray for You! (2010)

I used the opportunity of this year's RPM Challenge to generate very edgy, perhaps-too-personal material I would not normally have created. I actually decided to delete two tracks because they are just too personal for me right now; maybe I'll add them later. I used my voice, my Roland Juno 106 keyboard and my violin. I recorded on my MacBook with ProTools and I used Audacity to slow things down and speed things up. The text is from my February free-writing journal entries. Most of it is very negative and dark- but also sarcastic. I use the free-writing as therapy to get out all my bad crap (like going to the bathroom) so much of this album is like making art out my feces. Does that make you want to listen to it? It's dark humor. And I tried to make it interesting on an artistic level as well. The only material not generated in Feb. 2010 is a recording from 1975 of me reciting "Bah Bah Blacksheep."

Other RPM Partcipants

paul is dead.

Kristen Miller

Toppus Bottomus

relcad

Honky Gabacho

Buffalo Knife

Texturions

Doug Sparling

Small Scale Society

Jon Eaton

RPM Home

Artists by Year

Artists by Genre

Artists by Name

Tom Swafford

BIOGRAPHY

tom lives in brooklyn and plays violin and composes music. he plays rock with emanuel and the fear, country with potbelly gumbo, his own 12 piece group string power and freelances with various groups and plays in the nyc subways stations. (now i'll shift the pronoun...) i really enjoyed doing this- it gave me a lot of freedom to do strange, edgy, perhaps-too-personal "music."

BAND MEMBERS
Tom Swafford

YEARS COMPLETED
2010

GENRES
Experimental

OTHER BAND SITES
http://www.tomswafford.com
http://www.myspace.com/tomswafford


Completed Albums

Hurray for You! (2010)

I used the opportunity of this year's RPM Challenge to generate very edgy, perhaps-too-personal material I would not normally have created. I actually decided to delete two tracks because they are just too personal for me right now; maybe I'll add them later. I used my voice, my Roland Juno 106 keyboard and my violin. I recorded on my MacBook with ProTools and I used Audacity to slow things down and speed things up. The text is from my February free-writing journal entries. Most of it is very negative and dark- but also sarcastic. I use the free-writing as therapy to get out all my bad crap (like going to the bathroom) so much of this album is like making art out my feces. Does that make you want to listen to it? It's dark humor. And I tried to make it interesting on an artistic level as well. The only material not generated in Feb. 2010 is a recording from 1975 of me reciting "Bah Bah Blacksheep."


So Low   Download
bzr1   Download
My Real Voice   Download
real violin voice
bzr2   Download
Angry Trio   Download
bzr3   Download
Hurray for You   Download
bzr4   Download
Disco Beat Off   Download
Koojma   Download
Black Sheep   Download
bzr5   Download
Lame   Download
Quiet Track   Download