Help Jenny Omnichord press her new album on vinyl, in a package that doubles as a cross-canada board game!
My name is Jenny, and I sing and play the omnichord. I have just finished recording a new album titled "All Our Little Bones" With a full-band backing me! It is an album about impending babies, arrived babies, and coming to terms with changes and aging and the afterlife.
I wrote the majority of these songs while pregnant with my son Otis, and during that time I did a lot of traveling back and forth across the country. I decided to make my album art into a Cross-Canada board game - modeled slightly after an old antique one I found. It is similar to Steeple chase only instead of a horse track, you race across Canada. Starting in St. John's, Halifax or Charlottetown, you race other players to Victoria, Prince Rupert Dawson City or Yellowknife, each player traveling different routes along Canada's major highways. I've copied in a more thorough set of game rules below.
I made a map of the entire country out of fabric, cutting and hand sewing around the edge of every province and territory and lake. Then I traced a geography book's Canadian highways, and marked the major cities (and cities I like) as game spaces. I added extra spaces where there weren't cities to reflect the sometimes significant amount of time it takes to get through certain parts of Canada (I estimated these lengths from personal experience, and cross-referenced with Google Maps) I also invented my own font for the game, based on the original antique board game font.
The gameboard will fold, and double as a package to hold my vinyl record. Along with the vinyl, you will receive game peices and a die. You might wonder why I am hoping to press vinyl when I don't really have the funds to do it. The answer is this - I haven't been able to find an affordable way to print the gameboard on anything OTHER than a cardboard vinyl package. Crazy, eh? And I REALLY wanted to make this board game to go with the album. And it seemed silly to make the package and not put the record in it. And more importantly, vinyl stands the test of time - CDs will disappear or scratch or get stepped on, or become obsolete as technology advances, whereas vinyl sounds good even after it has collected dust. And it seemed sad to me to give you a tiny shrunken version of the art I worked so hard on, and have it hold a CD that you'll probably just import to your computer anyway. So I thought I'd give you a bigger, beautiful version that means a lot to me.
That being said, I am still making the compact discs, they just don't have packages. So if you really have your heart set on the CD format, we can work something out.
I really hope you will support my project. My goal is $4100, which is the amount needed to be added to what I've already saved. We can raise more than the goal (which would be AMAZING because more of you will get records, and I won't end up completely broke at the end) But if at least $4100 is NOT raised by my deadline, then no money changes hands, and none of your credit cards will be charged. The project will be deemed "unsuccessful" It is an all-or-nothing situation.
My main intent is to pre-sell you the album for $25, delivering it to you when it has come back from the manufacturer, but as you can see there are many other bonuses offered for donations above and below that of $25. And I'm open to other ideas too! So please write, and please back me and my project, and we will all be super happy together!
Here are the actual Game Board Rules:
The game can start at St. John's Newfoundland, Charlottetown P.E.I., or Halifax NS. It is recommended all players begin on the same space, to start the race evenly, but that is optional. Players roll to see who plays first. High roll picks a starting route, and every player thereafter must travel using a different path, except where only one highway is available. The first player to arrive at a fork in the road can travel whichever way they desire, unless they have landed on a space that directs them to take a certain path. When a player lands on a space telling them to take a specific path, any players already on this path must redirect at their earliest convenience. Because Canada's highways can be confusing, there will be times where it's hard to tell which spaces correspond to which highways. At these spaces you can use your discretion. The coloured spaces correspond to songs on the album, and when a player lands on a coloured city space, they get to roll again. It is recommended all players set the same city as the final destination, in order to keep things fair. Players can finish their travels at Victoria B.C., Prince Rupert B.C.,Whitehorse Y.K. Dawson City Y.K. or Yellowknife. The first player to the destination wins, but be careful, because
you might land on a space telling you you have to end somewhere else.
1: Bad Luck
2: Blankets and Bones
3: Pain of Maybes
4: All our Little Bows
5: Thinking of You
6: Randy B. Found Me
7: Mending Nibbled Wires
8: Lease in the East
10: And We Got Older
11: Skeletal Polyamory
12: Theoretical Love Song
Please note: Kickstarter is an American organization, and while anyone in any country can back projects, they require an American bank account to start a project. So my lovely American citizen step Sister set the project up with me - her name is Caitlin, and if you see that your credit card has been charged to her, that's why. So don't worry. She's so great! And it's all going to the project.
To hear tracks from the new album, visit www.myspace.com/jennyomnichord
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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You will receive a code for the digital download of my album on Zunior
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You will receive the digital download code, as well as the compact disc in some sort of case designed by me (the case will be more functional then fancy, but the disc will be professionally manufactured)
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You receive the download code, the CD, and I will put you on the guest list when I come play in your town (*please note that I will only have a few spots available at each show, so it will be when possible, and on a first to ask me basis. Otherwise you will have to save your voucher till a later point. But it could be an awesome show!)
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The items mentioned above, and a batch of homemade cookies! This reward is not included with the higher pledges, but can be added to your other rewards if you send me a message and we work something out.
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You will receive my vinyl record in its elaborate packaging that doubles as a gameboard! You will also receive the download code, and the CD if desired (though it will be the same music as the record, so it's just if you'd happen to like to have both) There will be game pieces, as well as a dice. And I will drop it off to you when possible, otherwise it will be shipped.
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You will receive the items mentioned above, as well as the digital download code for either of my previous Jenny Omnichord albums - "Cities of Gifts and Ghosts" OR "Charlotte or Otis: Duets for children, their parents, and other people too"
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You will receive the items mentioned above and digital download codes BOTH of my previous Jenny Omnichord albums.
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7 backers Limited (23 left of 30)
You will receive the items mentioned above, as well as a hard copy of "Charlotte or Otis: Duets for Children, their parents, and other people too.
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I will customize your shirt to make a one-of-a-kind Jenny Omnichord shirt. I would offer Jenny Omnichord shirts, but they don't exist yet. But this is better, because it's a Jenny Omnichord shirt hand-crafted by Jenny Omnichord herself! And it will be a shirt that you can be certain fits nicely, because it's your own shirt! Please pick this reward, I think it would be really fun. *Please note - this reward still includes everything mentioned above, but the rewards higher than this one don't include the T-shirt. But if you have pledged higher, and want a shirt as well, let me know and we'll figure something out!
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6 backers Limited (4 left of 10)
You will receive the items mentioned above, as well as a copy of "Cities of Gifts and Ghosts" in a case hand-assembled my me out of exotic wood. Please note there are only a few of this option available, because I am almost out of discs.
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You will receive the items mentioned above, and I will cover the song of your choice! I'll record it on my computer and send it to you and eventually when I make an EP of those songs, I'll send you that too! *Please note that the reward mentioned below for an original song would be INSTEAD of this reward, it wouldn't be for both.
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$125 you will receive the items mentioned above, and I will write a song about you or the person of your choice, which I will record on my computer and send to you. OR I will make a portrait of you out of construction paper. You'll be able to specify which to me if the project is successful.
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1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)
The full Jenny Mitchell discography! ALL FIVE albums from the Barmitzvah Brothers, my two previous Jenny Omnichord full length albums, the new album in its vinyl form (of course) AS WELL AS: My two-song EP of Pixies covers, my six-song EP of other cover songs, my Pregnancy'P, and the SUPER rare "Songs from Bird City" which is an EP of guitar and banjo songs that I only released in Guelph, and I released very few copies even then. I have never had all of these albums for sale at one time! This is a crazy deal! I have very few of this reward because I have very few of some of these albums. Note: The cases for at least 6 of these albums are made by hand, one of which is out of wood, and one that has a corrugated paper cover each of which is one of a kind (not a single repeat! Hand cut and glued by me!) I literally spent hours hand assembling these. I'm pretty proud of them. This spans almost ten years of my music making.
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You will receive everything mentioned above, and I will put the Canadian city of your choice on my game board map.
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For donations larger than $200, I would probably do a lot of things. I would probably record a song about you in a proper, professional studio. I would probably come play a show in your town. I would probably give you a haircut. All these things are possibilities. Can you think of something you'd like me to do? Please send me a message! I'd love to hear it!
- (33 days)