UK's First DIY Album Recording and Sharing Month, Hometaping, Begins

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The UK's Hometaping project is encouraging people to create, record and share a music album of their own creation, in one month. It's quite an ask - but plenty are taking it on.

Hometaping girl recording her own music at home.

Hometaping news image - girl recording her own album at home.

Hometaping isn't a competition and it’s definitely not about judging who's ‘best’. It's just about taking a step into the unknown knowing that other people are doing the same.

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The Hometaping project, launched on 1st November, asks contributors to record and upload their own music album to the Hometaping website (or another one and link to it) in just one month. The Hometaping project is not to make profit and it is not a competition.

Charlie Tims, one of the founder creators of Hometaping explains:

"This is the first time a project like this has been run in the UK. We've have been amazed at the number of people who have signed up."

"People think that if you record music it means you want to be in the NME. It shouldn't be like that. Our philosophy is straightforward: people make noise, they have computers: therefore they can record music. Anyone can do it. Hometaping isn't a competition and it's definitely not about judging who's 'best'. It's just about taking a step into the unknown knowing that other people are doing the same."

"There are only three rules. You have to make and upload your album by the end of this month (November 2009). You can't have recorded the songs before and the Album in total has to be at least 20 minutes."

While there is no formal prize for November's Hometaping project, the organisers plan to celebrate the creativity and effort of all those that contributed with a big party and will make available all of the albums that contributors have authorised for sharing.

The Hometaping website provides all sorts of guidance, FAQs and support for those needing help or assistance recording or uploading their albums: Hometaping Project FAQs

Hometaping's progress can be followed on their Twitter page

About Hometaping:

Hometaping was conceived by four friends during their weekly breakfast catch-up in Kentish Town. Hometaping's roots lie in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) - a project established to encourage would-be writers to produce a novel in a month. Based on that concept, a similar project for music was created - NaSoAlMo (National Solo Album Month). Hometaping is an extension of both these ideas. The Hometaping evangelists believe that everyone should be able to record music and so Hometaping is their effort in facilitating as many people as possible to do this, in one month. Hometaping is about helping musicians, singers, mixers and anyone who can make noise to create, record and share their own music album, online. Click here to join the Hometaping Project.

Hometaping month is entirely free thanks to the kindness of the four friends who first conceived the campaign, Charlie Tims, Josh Leigh, Pete Bradwell and Basil Safwat. For further information please do not hesitate to contact Charlie or any of the Hometaping team.

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