Album-a-Day is a project run by Tom Murphy VII, as part of his Crap Art movement, that was founded in 2001. Musicians must write either 20 minutes of music or 30 total songs within a 24-hour period, taking no ideas from before that period, and not allowing any re-writes of any music once recorded. It is a project set up to reward creativity and quick thinking, instead of the usual musical process of rewrites and polishing.

Murphy collects the completed albums on his web page, and has accumulated more than 300 to date.

Some principles of the Crap Art movement:

1. The practice of art should be primarily explorative, and the creation of art should be discovery rather than invention.

2. Popularly held views about what constitutes art, or what constitutes artistic talent, are elitist and discourage other forms of art and artistic talent from being explored or utilized.

3. The creation of art is more important than its consumption. Therefore, aesthetics (except in the biased eye/ear of the creator) are overrated as a judgment of the worth of art.

4. That which is created rapidly and in high quantities contains more variety and is more likely to be successful/innovative. Applying the 80%/20% “rule”: If only 20% of the effort is needed to get 80% of the quality, then spending by spending only 20% of the effort, we can create five times as many artifacts at 80% quality!

The Crap Art movement tries, above all, to avoid the elitism and more-artistic-than-thou attitude which has effectively kept the creation of art solely in the hands of “artists”. We hope that everyone can make art. The name “crap art” does not mean to indicate that crap art is somehow worthless or foul-smelling (indeed, we believe that it is more worthwhile than most of what is commonly considered “art”). The name is meant to sound honest and down-to-earth; to make you think, “I can make crap art!” perhaps. And you can! Anyone can participate in the movement, as long as the attempt is honest.


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