Please help fund the release of Careful's third full-length album, "Because I Am Always Talking"
So, I've spent months recording this album—a followup to Oh, Light, which I was really proud of (it got Critic's Pick in the New York Times, but more importantly, friends, family, and a bunch of people I've never met seemed to like it, which makes me happiest).
I essentially lived in my closet for two months, tracking hundreds of layers of vocals, bowed guitar, toy instruments, gamelan percussion I lucked into possessing..... pretty much everything I had to make sure this new record could meet the pressure I've put on it. And then I spent about a year afterward, tweaking things, throwing away songs and adding new ones—obsessing over it.
But now it's done. It's been mastered, and I'm days away from sending it all off to be manufactured.
And I'm ecstatic.
So now I need to come down to earth again, and pay for everything. Also, I have two special plans for this record that I didn't have with the last one:
1. I want to release it on vinyl—beautiful, warm, special vinyl.
2. I want to tour for the release—through the beautiful, warm, special country.
This is partly for me (I love playing, I love seeing people, I love traveling, and I want to do both more), and partly for you (I'm told the kids today don't care for Compact Diskettes—it's true, I think).
So, I'm asking you for help—a small donation, a large donation: it's all important to getting me to a place where I can put out this album on vinyl, and give it a proper release tour.
I appreciate you even taking the time to come here and read this—and I hope I can play near you soon to show my gratitude in person!
PS. Thank you to Kyoung Kim, Daedelus, Perfume Genius and Roy Orbison for inspiration for the video.... And Kari Rae Seekins and Nathan Ruyle for being recording engineers on, respectively, "The Water Kept Coming" and "Odd Exchange", and Jay Garrett for playing vibraphone on "Odd Exchange." You're all amazing!
A Vocoder is an electronic music processing tool that does this:
Laurie Anderson – O Superman - For Massenet Remastered LP Version
It basically takes the tones from one sound and puts them behind the shape of another—like one sound were the throat and the other the mouth.
The vocoder I built has the feature of using your computer's (Mac or PC) keyboard to change chords underneath the words you say, so you can sing in perfect pitch, even if you don't hit a single note naturally! It plays out of your computer speakers, but you also have the option to record it to a file.
I'm going to share some songs and videos soon that demonstrate my vocoder in action....
pledged of $6,000 goal
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Mar 29, 2012 - Apr 18, 2012 (20 days)
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A download of 2 songs from any of my albums, plus eternal thanks!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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A Careful CD of your pick (either Nightcat or Oh, Light) + Digital Download of the new one!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Limited Edition Vinyl + Digital Download of the New Album!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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I'll bake a pastry or bread of your choice and send it with a Careful CD of your choice (either Nightcat or Oh, Light)!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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A desktop version of Vocoder software written by me (makes it possible to perform all the hits at home, from Laurie Anderson's "Oh, Superman," to Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek," with the distinctive vocal effect this vocoder provides)!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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A 1-hour private lesson in songwriting, with followup critiques on your work!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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I'll work on a video for a song from the record on a premise that you devise!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Recording of a cover song of your choice—done right! Full orchestration with whatever instruments you stipulate (within reason).Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Select three songs (any songs in the world) for an EP of covers and have your picture on the cover when it's released!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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A performance on your dictated terms anywhere in the U.S. You tell me where you want the performance, and how you want it done, and I'm there! (Your airfare not included)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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A performance on your dictated terms anywhere in the World. You tell me where you want the performance, and how you want it done, and I'm there! (Your airfare not included)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012