The idea is very simple: to create a full-length concept album in a month.
The inspiration is likely obvious: NaNoWriMo
(National Novel Writing Month), the brilliant project that challenges participants to write a novel of 50,000+ words
in 30 days each November.
Like its literary predecessor does for writers, JoCoAlbMo is intended to push limits — if not break them down —
for artists of music, sound, and spoken word. By taking on a seemingly impossible task, we are forced to dispense with the
self-criticism and doubt that often hold us back from the very essence of the creative process: creating.
The resulting work may not be polished. It may not even be
"good" (whatever that means). ... but whatever it is or isn't, it is the product of a process that reconnects us
with our muses, affirms our artistic integrity, and undoubtedly makes us stronger at our craft.
... and that's the point. Artists create. To create is the only qualification required.
In 2016, a guy named Joe decided he wanted to take on this crazy challenge, and 8 more brave souls took it on
with him. In the years that followed, some more artists gave it a try.
Each followed their own path, creating something along the way.
Whether it was a finished full-length concept album, a few interesting ideas for future work, or anything in between, we
like to think that they each got something out of it that made them better artists.
So, on 01 March 2019, the fourth annual JoCoAlbMo begins. 31 days later, we'll see how it ends.
Want to give it a try? We'd love to have you. Check out The Rules
and, if you dare, sign up. Who knows what will happen? Maybe you
make a record. Maybe a whole pack of us do. Maybe someday, we'll all decide to change the name to NaCoAlbMo.
... and maybe you'll be able to say you were there before we did.
... but that doesn't matter. What matters is that you create.
After all, that's what artists do.
Until Joe gets around to making a new one, here's the original video introducing the first JoCoAlbMo back in 2016:
This website is made and maintained by hand using ancient 1990s HTML technology.
(I could maybe go learn all the newfangled things that the kids are using these days,
but who's got that kind of time?)
Thanks for understanding. :)
We are in no way affiliated with NaNoWriMo
or its creators or community. We just think they're awesome and offer them many thanks for their inspiration!