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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

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The World Within (2007)

An experimental folk and rock based album centered around mellow, but often eerie acoustic guitars, the occasional electric, spacious vocal melodies and sounds from the abyss. Constantly flirting with that fine line between heaviness and roomy, open spaces. The lyrics beg the listener to tap into the common root of all humanity, to reflect on the state of our consciousness. The vocals speak of human existence, while the music speaks of the natural universe - the marriage of inner and outer space - the union of spirit and matter. A scenic soundscape of the dreamstate in which we live, hopefully this one will leave you coming back for seconds.

What Can't Be Seen (2009)

Having done every RPM there's been (in some form or another), it would have been tragic had I not followed through this year. Even so, I came pretty close to letting that happen. About three weeks of procrastination in (how does that happen?) I cranked out "Someone Else's Stride" after about an hour. Then...I liked it so much I did nothing but listen to it for a week straight. Realizing that February 28th had finally arrived, with only one song recorded, I pulled out the old grindstone and recorded the next 8 songs all in that day. While there are certainly some compromises that come with doing such a hasty job, I'm actually pleasantly surprised with how good it turned out all things considered. There are quite a few things in there that I normally wouldn't let fly, and I obviously didn't have any time to really think about any other instrumentation or mess around with overdubs, but this allowed me to just get down to the core of the song and get it out there. For less than 24 hours of work, I couldn't be hap

The Dancing Flame (2011)

All I want from this life is to find peace with all that came before it.

A Broken River (2013)

The RPM is always hard, but this year was a real Challenge! It took a serious push in the last week of the month to catch up for slow but steady progress, which (un)fortunately culminated in an All-Day-And-Literally-All-Nighter of overdubs to finish up the last two songs. This marathon session ended in a manic morning mastering at 6:15 am on March 1st. In the end though, this is one seriously heavy album. The work itself is a concept album, including (mostly!) intentional overlap in lyrical and even musical themes. While there is a great deal going on in this work should one dare to delve deeply into it, essentially the whole album focuses on how we live our life, and how that relates to everything in the world (and beyond) that is bigger than it.

Living On As Light (2015)

Back for my tenth RPM Challenge (alternating as acoustichewy and The Fringe), the self-induced pressure was on. This album comes full circle, harkening back in spirit to the first acoustichewy album (The World Within - 2007). In content, however, it is a sequel to "A Broken River" (2013). Both albums are part of an ongoing soundtrack to a forthcoming novel, depicting the trials and tribulations of a lost soul trying to cope with their mortality and embrace what may yet come.

One More Passing Day (2016)

With too many things going on in the real world this year, I was stressing over how to invest the time needed for a full production RPM up to my own standards. Then something magical happened. I realized that in striving for those standards (1) I never attain them anyway, and (2) I spend more time worry about buzz and fuzz than I do really capturing the soul of the song. This year, I set myself free a little. And it really was freeing. Thus, this time around I unloaded a mix of brand new and old, unfinished songs in single-takes into a single microphone; no overdubs, no fuss about how it sounds. I cranked the whole thing out in less than 24 hours. I let go of a lot of the hangups about how the recording sounds, and focused on how the song sounds. Prior to February, I had done a demo (Off the Plank) that inspired this approach, so I included it as a bonus track to kick the album off, as it literally kicked the album off for me. The rest follow in chronological order of their recording in this marathon session.

This Is Not a Drill (2017)

Perhaps my most ambitious RPM vision yet. This year each song is a "live" performance in real-time, with no overdubs and nothing pre-recorded.

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BIOGRAPHY

I'm a man with a mission.
I just haven't been told what it is yet, that's all.

BAND MEMBERS
Adam - guitars, vocals, synths, whistles, harmonica, claves and clackers, shaker pigs, wooden frogs and plum buckets.

YEARS COMPLETED
2007,2009,2011,2013,2015,2016,2017

GENRES
Rock, ,Folk-Rock,Alternative Folk


Completed Albums

The World Within(2007)

An experimental folk and rock based album centered around mellow, but often eerie acoustic guitars, the occasional electric, spacious vocal melodies and sounds from the abyss. Constantly flirting with that fine line between heaviness and roomy, open spaces. The lyrics beg the listener to tap into the common root of all humanity, to reflect on the state of our consciousness. The vocals speak of human existence, while the music speaks of the natural universe - the marriage of inner and outer space - the union of spirit and matter. A scenic soundscape of the dreamstate in which we live, hopefully this one will leave you coming back for seconds.


Mosaic
Soar Away
Youthful Dreaming
Re-Emerge in Sight
Looking Past the Present
Mt. Storm King
On a Cliff in Zion
Concentric Energies
When the Walls Fell In
Free of Restless Wandering

What Can't Be Seen(2009)

Having done every RPM there's been (in some form or another), it would have been tragic had I not followed through this year. Even so, I came pretty close to letting that happen. About three weeks of procrastination in (how does that happen?) I cranked out "Someone Else's Stride" after about an hour. Then...I liked it so much I did nothing but listen to it for a week straight. Realizing that February 28th had finally arrived, with only one song recorded, I pulled out the old grindstone and recorded the next 8 songs all in that day. While there are certainly some compromises that come with doing such a hasty job, I'm actually pleasantly surprised with how good it turned out all things considered. There are quite a few things in there that I normally wouldn't let fly, and I obviously didn't have any time to really think about any other instrumentation or mess around with overdubs, but this allowed me to just get down to the core of the song and get it out there. For less than 24 hours of work, I couldn't be hap


Someone Else's Stride   (preferred)
All in All
Pieces
Recounted As They See Fit
Time to Speciate
Molecules
Transcendence
And He Pondered...
What Can't Be Seen

The Dancing Flame(2011)

All I want from this life is to find peace with all that came before it.


Love in Time of War
Broken Glass
Lullaby
Flashes
Double High Standards
Wayfarer
The Coming of Insight
The Rhyming Scheme
This Life   (preferred)
The Dancing Flame

A Broken River(2013)

The RPM is always hard, but this year was a real Challenge! It took a serious push in the last week of the month to catch up for slow but steady progress, which (un)fortunately culminated in an All-Day-And-Literally-All-Nighter of overdubs to finish up the last two songs. This marathon session ended in a manic morning mastering at 6:15 am on March 1st. In the end though, this is one seriously heavy album. The work itself is a concept album, including (mostly!) intentional overlap in lyrical and even musical themes. While there is a great deal going on in this work should one dare to delve deeply into it, essentially the whole album focuses on how we live our life, and how that relates to everything in the world (and beyond) that is bigger than it.


The Facile World
All That We"ll Be
The Furthest Horizon
The Road So Paved in Gold
Modern Faith   (preferred)
Solid Ground
Peace At Last

Living On As Light(2015)

Back for my tenth RPM Challenge (alternating as acoustichewy and The Fringe), the self-induced pressure was on. This album comes full circle, harkening back in spirit to the first acoustichewy album (The World Within - 2007). In content, however, it is a sequel to "A Broken River" (2013). Both albums are part of an ongoing soundtrack to a forthcoming novel, depicting the trials and tribulations of a lost soul trying to cope with their mortality and embrace what may yet come.


Straightaway
The Thought of Living On
Wounded Knee
Sunshowers
Pioneers
Retributio
Ever Anon   (preferred)
Free as the Wind

One More Passing Day(2016)

With too many things going on in the real world this year, I was stressing over how to invest the time needed for a full production RPM up to my own standards. Then something magical happened. I realized that in striving for those standards (1) I never attain them anyway, and (2) I spend more time worry about buzz and fuzz than I do really capturing the soul of the song. This year, I set myself free a little. And it really was freeing. Thus, this time around I unloaded a mix of brand new and old, unfinished songs in single-takes into a single microphone; no overdubs, no fuss about how it sounds. I cranked the whole thing out in less than 24 hours. I let go of a lot of the hangups about how the recording sounds, and focused on how the song sounds. Prior to February, I had done a demo (Off the Plank) that inspired this approach, so I included it as a bonus track to kick the album off, as it literally kicked the album off for me. The rest follow in chronological order of their recording in this marathon session.


Off the Plank
Lucy (In the Sky)
The Ocean
Pony Tank   (preferred)
And So On It Goes
Trail of Tears
Shady People
Natural Fact
Evermore
All We Ever Wanted
One More Passing Day

This Is Not a Drill(2017)

Perhaps my most ambitious RPM vision yet. This year each song is a "live" performance in real-time, with no overdubs and nothing pre-recorded.


Proof of Concept
Little Jay   (preferred)
Pens and Spades
Anything
Afterglow
Post-Truth
Questions
Listen
Change the Frame
Don't Walk Away