That’s right, folks: February is upon us, and so too another RPM Challenge. 27.0833̅ days (as of this typing) to finish a full album (10 songs or 35 minutes minimum) of original audio. In preparation for this back in December (and because I’m such an awesome big bro), I got my brother a set of Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies cards for use during his own RPM project, which he promptly forgot before heading back home with his family after the Holidays. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Oblique Strategies (and perhaps for some heinous reason unable to click the link I just provided you with), they are essentially a set of flash cards Eno and fellow British artist Peter Schmidt developed back in the ’70s to help solve creative problems, which were somewhat-famously used by Eno and Robert Fripp in some of their collaborations. Cards can be anything from “Don’t be afraid of things because they’re easy to do,” or “Take a break,” to the Zen koan-like “The most important thing is the thing most easily forgotten,” and (one of my favorites) “Decorate, Decorate.”
So, after thoroughly kicking myself for not picking up an extra set for myself at the same time, I’ve decided that my brother’s loss is my gain, and I’ll be making use of them during the recording process. (Don’t worry, my brother will still be able to use them for his project; it just means that I get to “curate” the cards he receives. Muahahahaha…!)
Of course, Karma is a fickle creature, and after sending my brother his inaugural card (“Don’t be frightened to display your talents” – a fitting card for a very talented musician, if I do say so myself), I pulled a random one to get my own for the day, and… Well, a picture is worth a thousand words, so here:
The Universe clearly has a sense of humor.
Welp, see you folks in March! I’m off to begin a strict diet of Kenny G, Chicago, John Mayer’s “Your Body Is a Wonderland”, Dave Matthews Band’s “Crash” & “Rapunzel”, and Tenacious D’s “Fuck Her Gently” until… something… happens. I hope you’re happy, Eno. I hope you’re happy.
While you await the latest… Supremely Sensual Ouroboros album with bated breath, you can listen to some tracks and even *cough* shameful product plug *cough* buy an album or two on this, the official Ouroboros website. It’s Easy Listening!