Every week, Kickstarter staff collect a few of our favorite, recently launched projects to share with the masses (we can't help it — we get excited!). You can check out our choices this week, below, but make sure to stop by our Discover page to find even more. So many good projects, so little time!
Black Moth Super Rainbow do things their own way. Always. A few years ago they put out a scratch 'n' sniff record. They also put out a CD encased in synthetic hair. Now, they are going a bit further by releasing their next album in a variety of formats, including, but not limited to a black light mask with a USB drive in the mouth. I think it's pretty freaking awesome, and their fans seem to think so too, having funded the project in its first couple of days. But the party doesn't stop there, as Tobacco and co have been adding new incentives, everything from unpressed EPs to a VHS of the Month club. Oh, did I mention that Eric Wareheim is in the video? Well he is, and chances are he will make you laugh. — Mike M.
Sometimes, I sorrowfully think, John Cage may be too notorious for his own good. How many times have you heard a needlessly rageful rant about his silent opus 4’33? And how many have led to that terrible cousin of the Cage conversation, the soliloquy entitled, So Can Anything Be Modern Art These Days? Look at Me, I Used a Napkin and Now This is Modern Art? Far too many friendships have been torn asunder for this very reason. And yet his music reminds us of this simple yet difficult-to-realize truth: all sounds are beautiful! Listen to them! — Cooper T.
My jaw dropped when I saw the photos in the Hunters art book project. Three-time Nikon photographer of the year David Chancellor has been documenting the industry behind the wildlife in sub Saharan Africa since 2008, and the images he's captured are absolutely stunning. He photographs not only the wildlife, but also the hunters and the complex relationship between them and the entire industry through the eyes of the tourist trophy hunter. David's raising funds to publish these award-winning photos in limited edition, hardbound book. You'll want this on your coffee table forever and ever. — Nicole H.
Alex Kaufman is going to make the world's first miniature tilt-shift timelapse of an aquarium, with the intent of inspiring wonder in the underwater world. As a personal who feels regular wonder at all things beneath the waves, my response to this was immediate excitement. Alex has already shot some test footage at a local aquarium, which looks cool enough to get me backing. (I assume the technology to let me live underwater won't exist for at least another century, I'll take what I can get for now!) — Cassie M.
99% Invisible is a popular radio show and podcast that tells stories of design and architecture, aka "all the thought that goes into things most people don't even think about." Creator Roman Mars says he produces everything at home, usually at night, and on a shoestring budget – which contributes to this fantastical image I have of him, hunched over a desk full of electronics like some kind of maniacal genius, spouting genius into the empty air waves of night, just waiting for some unknowing recipient to stumble across them and be changed forever. Alas, that can't be true, because his show has only grown steadily in popularity since it's first season (meaning there are plenty of in-the-know listeners), and the third season looks like it'll be the best yet. Backers stand to get all kinds of cool goodies, like notebooks whose covers are inspired by different episodes, and slickly designed posters showcasing an Architecture Alphabet (above). Sweet. — Cassie M.