Rather than playing indie pop on instruments, Janice constructs drums, synths, choirs & strings out of samples/layers of her voice.
This is the official pre-order for Janice Whaley's solo album Patchwork Life.
After doing 71 covers on The Smiths Project last year, I was ready to work on original music. These songs were created in a similar recording style to The Smiths Project, with layers of vocals making up all instrumentation including drum beats, strings, synths, choirs, etc. but this time, with the addition of piano samples on a few songs and, in one case, a drum machine and bells. That's it. These layered-vocal tracks take months to piece together and edit into arrangements. I will be posting videos and snippets to let you see how the music is created.
Kickstarter will be the only place to hear the new tracks. If you pledge at the $40 level or higher, you will have the new tracks emailed to you as they are completed, most likely 1-2 tracks per month. The first will arrive in late November-early December. You will be the first to hear the new music and see the album art as it's being created.
I called the album Patchwork Life because of the many distinct elements of my life that have come together to make up who I am- and make the music what it is. Growing up, I had a quilt on my bed that my grandmother made from my mother's old 70s clothes. Each square was so completely different, bold, and colorful. Nothing matched, yet the over all effect was cohesive and deeply personal. The quilt mirrors my musical attempt to honor the many aspects and extreme differences of my life- real vs.online, acoustic voice vs. digital editing, motherhood vs. music dreams, sleep vs. finishing an album... to take all these elements and use what ever is around me to create something new.
The artwork represents what I see when working on music every day: waveforms. Since my music is made up of acoustic voices stitched together digitally, I spoke each song title into ProTools, took snapshots of the waveforms and then embroidered them onto fabric using ProTools track colors as my palette The album art consists of an embroidered physical representation of my voice for each of the 11 song titles as well as the album title. I will be posting the corresponding art piece with each track as they are completed.
Patchwork Life's track listings (in no particular order):
Sugar and Fire Ants
Built My World
It's Not You, It's Me
According To A Liar
Collapse and Dissolve
Breakdown of costs:
$1500 professional mastering
$1000 album pressing
$400 Materials for making the album art art as well as the books/ stickers / test prints
As with the last project, I will be adding a professional graphic designer and upgrading the CD packaging if the response is great.
Thank you for supporting the music that I have worked all year to create! XO Janice
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Supporter Package: Patchwork Life digital download once the kickstarter has ended and album is pressed (approximately March 2012) and thank you postcard of album art.Estimated delivery:
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Awesome Supporter Package: Advanced copy of Patchwork Life CD plus digital download once the kickstarter has ended and album is pressed (approximately March 2012) Also includes Patchwork Life stickers.(Shipping: please add: $2 USA or $7 International to your pledge)Estimated delivery:
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"In The Know" Package: Don't want to wait until March? Tracks will be emailed to you as they are done over the next few months so you'll be the first to hear the tracks! You'll also get the advance copy of Patchwork Life plus 12 photos of Janice's handmade embroidered art that is being created for each track & the cover. Backer credits on website. (Shipping: please add: $3 USA or $8 International to your pledge)Estimated delivery:
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Media package: Advanced copy of Patchwork Life, tracks emailed ahead of album pressing, the 12 photos of Janice's embroidered track art, PLUS a test print of the album's graphic design and stickers. Backer credits on album and website. (Shipping: please add: $5 USA or $15 International to your pledge)Estimated delivery:
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Art Package: Tracks emailed ahead of album pressing, 12 photos of Janice's embroidered track art, test print of the album's graphic design and stickers. PLUS a handmade Patchwork Life CD art book containing album art and behind the scenes photos. Executive Producer credits on album and website. (Shipping: please add: $7 USA or $15 International to your pledge)Estimated delivery:
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Collector Package: Tracks emailed ahead of album pressing, 12 photos of Janice's embroidered track art, test print of the album's graphic design, stickers, handmade Patchwork Life CD art book, Executive Producer credits on album and website PLUS 1 of the 11 original embroidered soundwave track art pieces made by Janice. (Shipping: please add: $7 USA or $15 International to your pledge)Estimated delivery:
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2 backers Limited (2 left of 4)
Producer Package: Everything from the $150 package PLUS, 1 of 4 original embroidered album cover designs, Janice will create a new cover song of your choice (completion date TBD) and you will receive Producer credits on album and website.Estimated delivery:
- (60 days)