A 15-song independent music compilation designed to exist only in the physical world -- there are no future plans to make this available for download.
In an age of streaming media and compromised sound quality, we set out to create a physical artifact -- an actual album that flows from song to song, and can be held in your hands. 15 original songs (many of them never before released) were requested from independent artists across North America. The resulting collection of tracks surpassed my wildest expectations! From fierce aesthetic statements to achingly crafted songwriting to inventive uses of recording techniques -- from the cosmic to the elegaic -- "In The Orchard Of Osiris" (I.T.O.O.O.) meditates on life, death, permanence, and temporality without ever being didactic or simplistic. The unexpected takes place, musically and otherwise, and what unfolds is a new flower in an old field: a genuine listening experience.
And that's no surprise considering the emergent crop of artists involved: Arms And Sleepers, Horde Of Two, Cold Mountain Child, Old Names, Steve Leaf, Drunken Barn Dance, Alex Hug, White Pines, Paleo, Stargrazer, Syscrusher (featuring Chris Bathgate), RxGibbs, Ribbons of Song, Small Houses, and James Collin. These are names that may have dusted your ears already if you dabble in shoegaze, Midwestern indie-folk, experimental music or atmospheric post-rock. If it was ever in any doubt that a musical summit of such styles could take place, I.T.O.O.O. lays that doubt in the ground.
Lovingly sequenced by Peter Richards and mastered by John Krohn at Deep Deep Pink Studio in Lansing, Michigan, I.T.O.O.O. has reached a critical point, the recorded masters poised to ship off to the pressing plant. Of course the plant wants a check -- a big one. Which is fair, after all we want 1,000 copies of the CD in return! Manufacturing and postage all considered, about $2,000 is needed to make this a successful project, and to give our little CD the wings it will need to soar to various radio outlets, print media, zines, blogs and more.
Everyone who helps -- in any amount -- will receive a free exclusive song that is otherwise unavailable: Auburn Lull's keystone track "November's Long Shadows" from their 2008 album "Begin Civil Twilight" -- remixed and deconstructed by Stargrazer. Backers at higher levels will receive copies of the I.T.O.O.O. CD (you could even consider this a fancy way to pre-order) and other goodies. Check out the video and the giving section for more information and details.
You can join us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/In-The-Orchard-Of-Osiris/142470619121580 or on MySpace http://www.myspace.com/itav. We'll be popping up elsewhere (youtube, bandcamp, etc.) as the project continues to unfold. Please don't hesitate to share these various profiles with your friends, or link them to other parties you think will be interested. You have my sincere thanks for taking the time to learn about this project, and all of our gratitude for your kind support!
Peter Richards, September 2010
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Sep 2, 2010 - Oct 17, 2010 (45 days)
Pledge $1 or more
An exclusive remix/reconstruction by Stargrazer of Auburn Lull's "November's Long Shadows." This song will not be made available anywhere else! You'll also receive a link to stream the whole album.
Pledge $10 or more
You'll receive a physical copy of the finished CD! Fresh and in your hands before anyone else gets one. Plus you'll receive everything offered to the lower donor levels too!
Pledge $20 or more
In addition to every reward offered to the lower donor levels, you'll also receive a super-exclusive physical copy of Stargrazer's instrumental E.P. "Trieste," which dramatizes the January 1960 manned dive to the very bottom of the Challenger Deep!
Pledge $50 or more
For donations of $50 or more, a limited edition poster will be included, suitable for framing. Plus you'll receive everything offered to the lower donor levels too!
Pledge $100 or more
You'll get your name or the name of a loved one in the liner notes of "In The Orchard Of Osiris." Not to mention you'll also receive a rare, out-of-print copy of "First-hand Accounts, Theories, and Their Repercussions" (my first compilation from 2006, feat. Oh My God, Jen Sygit, Nick Schillace, Canada, and more)! Plus you'll receive everything offered to the lower donor levels too!
Pledge $200 or more
A donation of $200 or more will get you an exclusive archival print of the limited edition poster mentioned previously, professionally printed on high-quality watercolor paper with 100-year inks. You'll also be recognized at each of the listening parties and release events that will surround the CD's release to the public. Plus you'll receive every item offered to the lower donor levels too!
Pledge $500 or more
Everything mentioned previously shall be yours! Plus an additional 9 copies of the finished CD (for a total of 10!) that you may give as gifts, sell on eBay, etc.
Pledge $1,000 or more
You'll receive my undying gratitude. My wife and I will have a lavish dinner in your honor where we celebrate your kindness. We'll take pictures of the food and send them to you if you can't attend in person. I'll even professionally frame the archival poster print for you! And of course you'll receive everything else down the list as well. Thank you for even reading this award description!
Pledge $2,000 or more
You've just funded our entire project! You'll be listed as a co-producer and receive copious thanks in the liner notes and all attending press releases, etc. You'll have the knowledge that you blew someone's mind and made their day all at once. Not to mention you'll receive copies of the finished CD, posters, etc. -- just name what you want really, within reason, and we'll make it happen.