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RPM Challenge is a month long event that takes place in February each year to challenge musicians in recording an album's worth of all original music. Learn More

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Nectar from the Milk Lion (2011)

Inspired by the search for the "creative habit," Nectar from the Milk Lion is an aural journey across musical genres and themes. Each piece hints at a greater story of the Lion, which is the common theme, while individual pieces' meanings remain subtle. In her most ambitious work, Tella produces a raw, honest album all done in the span of the one-month RPM Challenge, all in her living room, all by herself.

Orange Sun (2012)

A cross-genre album celebrating spontaneous ideas and songwriting. There are themes of mortality and sin, frivolity and darkness.

tiny awakening (2013)

In this, the third installment of the RPM Challenge series, Tella shows that she is just getting started. A more focused, cohesive approach to this collection, the theme deals with the idea of finding happiness in the second of a daydream, or in the sustain of a chord.

Interstice (2016)

Interstice is Tella's fourth RPM Challenge album. This work was inspired by a sense of space. Not necessarily the physicality of a space, but rather the air and energy around and within a space.

Nostalgia (2017)

A journey through decades of popular music, this year's edition of Tella's RPM Challenge is nostalgic, but distracted. Explore 90s Grunge, Motown, 70s Easy Rock, and even a Celtic Harp for good measure. Sideburns.

Other RPM Partcipants

Melvyn Bernard

Loopdoge

Couth & Kempt

Gelsey Bell

Mike Zill

Kevin Ronkko

Rebekah Everhart

acme groove service

the mango wranglers

Carlos Devizia

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Tella

BIOGRAPHY

Tella is a musician living and working in New York City. Through the years, she has worked with many talented musicians and played in a few bands in and around the city. Before that, she lived in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This is her fifth year to participate in the RPM Challenge. She is looking forward to many Challenges to come.

BAND MEMBERS
Brandi Parker

YEARS COMPLETED
2011,2012,2013,2016,2017

GENRES
Indie Rock

OTHER BAND SITES
http://www.soundcloud.com/tellabrandi/sets
http://www.tellamusic.com
http://www.sigmundblue.com


Completed Albums

Nectar from the Milk Lion(2011)

Inspired by the search for the "creative habit," Nectar from the Milk Lion is an aural journey across musical genres and themes. Each piece hints at a greater story of the Lion, which is the common theme, while individual pieces' meanings remain subtle. In her most ambitious work, Tella produces a raw, honest album all done in the span of the one-month RPM Challenge, all in her living room, all by herself.


Maracas
Paint Chips
Stereotype
Hallways   (preferred)
Nectar from the Milk Lion
From the Origin
Leisurely Moonwalk
25th Century Starfish Lullaby
Tiny Cute Music in a Windstorm
Shield

Orange Sun(2012)

A cross-genre album celebrating spontaneous ideas and songwriting. There are themes of mortality and sin, frivolity and darkness.


Separated
Bound Beat Escape
Cheap Philosophy
You Want Buy
Orange Sun
High Score
Elephant Dance
Large Scale Moldy Bread
Conquered
Angel Wheres your Shotgun   (preferred)

tiny awakening(2013)

In this, the third installment of the RPM Challenge series, Tella shows that she is just getting started. A more focused, cohesive approach to this collection, the theme deals with the idea of finding happiness in the second of a daydream, or in the sustain of a chord.


(be my) Ballantine   (preferred)
History Repeats
Listen to the Animated Ground
World of Being (on the High Seas)
Masquerade
The Spectre is Aware
Surrounded
Stars in Queens
Walkabout
Finally Free

Interstice(2016)

Interstice is Tella's fourth RPM Challenge album. This work was inspired by a sense of space. Not necessarily the physicality of a space, but rather the air and energy around and within a space.


heaven is a motel
atomic girls
semantography   (preferred)
unity is plural
whitecoat whitecar trance
artificial death
tape.music.center.
roadside telephone booth
synthesized blue moon
sunday rainy drive interlude

Nostalgia(2017)

A journey through decades of popular music, this year's edition of Tella's RPM Challenge is nostalgic, but distracted. Explore 90s Grunge, Motown, 70s Easy Rock, and even a Celtic Harp for good measure. Sideburns.


WonderBread (Deep End)   (preferred)
Goblin
Living Room Church
Synthetic Melody
Feeling Fine
Harpy
Goldmine
Ambidance
Game Over
Not Ghosts