The 1026 Project

The reason for the 1026 Song Project is simple: if you want at least 1024 songs and you do three songs a day, you have to round up and go with 1026.

It’s an endurance improvisation challenge. The improvisation aspect is why it shouldn’t eat away at a person’s life significantly.

Three songs, though, right? How long should three songs take to improvise?

Well, there’s a “3in10” improvisation challenge, where you improvise three songs in ten minutes. For the purpose of that challenge, they need to be at least 2 minutes long and preferably as close to three minutes as possible. You start recording, set your kitchen timer to ten minutes, and go.

Folks who do something like February Album Writing Month or Fifty Ninety can post a single three-song track or post three separate songs using this process.

So the expected time for most people would be about 10 minutes a day. Longer, of course, if you need to post it somewhere.

The issue for me when doing lots of songs has usually been the amount of time it takes to transcribe the lyrics.

Between those two issues, I’m going to try live-streaming as many as I can. Posting them to YouTube should let YouTube deal with the first pass of the transcription process.

Now, whether a person does the 1026 project following a strict “3in10” process (which will result in over 7 days worth of audio) or whether they follow a different process doesn’t matter to me. It’s an endurance challenge. Pick a standard for what a “song” is before you start and stay consistent.

Words of advice

I know from previous experience that it is easiest to perform a 3in10 using either a set of three titles, subjects or themes or to take a single subject matter and write three different songs about it. You are improvising the songs, where the titles come from is irrelevant. (Lots and lots of songs have exactly the same name. You can’t copyright titles.)


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