A Month of Music: Hundreds Meet Record Challenge

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'Sputnik Fell on My Birthday' is the band Tiny Desk Unit's entry in the 2007 RPM Challenge.

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An RPM Challenge Sampler

From the Forever Machine — 17-year-old Jonathan Weiss from Voorhees, N.J.:

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From Amsterdam, Monopoli, who says he's just "a bloke in a room with some instruments and a computer":

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From the Poo Poo Platters — Max and Jake Grazier, ages 8 and 10, of Portsmouth, N.H.:

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March 1 marks the end of the Record Production Month Challenge, which gave participants around the globe 28 days to produce and record an original album: either 10 songs or 35 minutes of material.

There's no judging and no winners, just the pure satisfaction of making an album in a month.

Dave Karlotski, an organizer of the challenge, and Bob Boilen, director of All Things Considered and host of the online music show All Songs Considered, talk to Melissa Block about the contest.

The RPM Web site has registered more than 600 submissions, some of which are still making their way to the contest's headquarters in Portsmouth, N.H.

More than 100 people hand-delivered their CDs between 9 a.m. and noon on Thursday.

The beauty of the challenge, Karlotski says, is that the deadline helps people get their work done. He cites the example of one man who submitted songs that he had written 30 years ago and that he had not worked on until now.

The RPM Challenge will host a listening party on March 30 in Portsmouth, which will also be broadcast on the Internet.

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