Musiter is a webseries of short musical performances in interesting locations.
WHAT IS MUSITER?
Musiter is bite-sized fun bits of music in interesting locations. The length is based off of Twitter…no more than 140 notes of music performed and recorded in a unique and hopefully related location. If Twitter is a way to share thoughts in a concise way, Musiter is the same thing for musicians.
One of the problems facing classical music in general is the negative perception of the art as uptight and limited. Classical musicians are perceived as sheltered, cloistered in fancy concert halls and only accessible through expensive concerts of gigantic length and weight. As an oboist I play an instrument intimately tied to classical music, and Musiter is a way to break out of the stodgy mold to show the freedom and beauty classical music can have. It’s a way to make classical music accessible and fun, especially to an online audience used to tiny YouTube videos.
SO WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?
I want to fill the summer with Musiter. 12 weeks of videos starting on May 7th, with three videos a week.
On Mondays you will get a classic Musiter: a short musical selection in an interesting location, performed and recorded live and posted for your enjoyment. Backers can have the opportunity to suggest music, sponsor videos, or even compose their own music for me to play.
On Wednesdays you will get an episode of Oboe Scores. Gamers have long enjoyed creating montages of their most awesome moments, but because most montage makers want to set their footage to music they turn to copyrighted works that often mean getting their videos pulled down. Some players just want to put up a short clip highlighting a fun moment, and don’t have the resources to score their own video. Oboe Scores is the solution. I compose and perform original background music for short gameplay footage (here's a recent example of a submitted video I scored) so gamers can get original music that sounds completely different then the standard thrash metal you hear in so many montages. Backers can have the opportunity to submit their own gameplay, or even have the chance to play Halo with me to create their own montage.
On Fridays a Musiter Extra will be posted. This video will include more freeform ideas that don’t fit into the 140 note Musiter limit. What if I could play a dirge at the graves of famous artists like Jimi Hendrix or Curt Cobain? What if I could compile a round of Row Row Row Your Boat filmed on several actual boats around Seattle and Vancouver? What does it take to become a busker, and what challenges would a classical musician face busking? What funny or interesting behind the scenes adventures happened when filming the latest Musiter? And what the heck does it really take to make an oboe reed? All these ideas and more would show up Fridays. Backers can have the opportunity to submit full length compositions for me to perform, suggest locations to visit, or even have the opportunity to get a private oboe lesson with me!
As a bonus there will be special Backer Only videos posted to the Kickstarter page.
WHAT WILL THIS KICKSTARTER FUND?
So far Musiter has succeeded in providing bite-sized fun bits of music, but the interesting locations has been more difficult. Not only does it take money to travel to or set up in some of the unique locations I want to film in, but I do not have a high quality camera to record in such diverse environments. The ideal Musiter is highlighted in episode #14, playing the Theme to Close Encounters of the Third Kind in front of Devil’s Tower. Unfortunately the reality of most episodes is they are filmed in my apartment living room.
This Kickstarter will change that. These funds will allow me to record in locations all over Seattle/Tacoma/Vancouver as well as a few long distance trips, bringing the creativity and diversity to the videos the music deserves. It will cover all the costs associated with location shoots like gas, parking, fees and admission to some of the locations, equipment for the oboe, and the time needed to prepare any of the music.
Any donation amount is appreciated, and every dollar will be used to create months worth of content for everyone to enjoy. I hope to create something unique, entertaining, and overall fun. Thank you!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $4,000 goal
seconds to go
Feb 28, 2012 - Mar 20, 2012
Pledge $15 or more
THE BACKER LEVEL: Access to Backer only videos, your name on the “Backer” page of Musiter.com, and a custom travel sticker with your name on it placed on my music stand.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $25 or more
21 backers Limited (51 of 72 left)
THE SPONSOR LEVEL: Backer level rewards plus you will officially get sponsorship credit at the beginning of one video. Your name will be listed in text and read off at the beginning of a video (“This episode sponsored by…”).Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $50 or more
9 backers Limited (3 of 12 left)
THE MUSIC DIRECTOR LEVEL: Backer level rewards plus you can choose what music I will play in one Musiter. Either you can tell me what to play and I will edit and perform as appropriate, or you can send an 140 note or less original composition that I will play. You will get “Music provided by” credit at the end of the video, and a high quality WAV of the audio.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $50 or more
3 backers Limited (9 of 12 left)
THE GAMER LEVEL: Backer level rewards plus you get to submit one 30 second long clip for me to score. Can be any video game provided you can provide the video and audio, or if it’s Halo Reach you can send me the saved film and I’ll capture it. You will get “Gameplay by” credit at the end of the video and a high quality Quicktime movie of the video.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $75 or more
5 backers Limited (2 of 7 left)
THE TEAM AND PARTY LEVEL: Backer level rewards plus you and two friends are invited to play one hour of Halo Reach with me over Xbox Live. We will play any gametype you prefer, and I will record all the gameplay footage. Afterwards I will create one Oboe Scores video specifically from the best moment of our gameplay, score it, give you and your friends “Gameplay by” credit at the end of the video and provide a high quality Quicktime movie of it.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $100 or more
5 backers All gone!
THE COMPOSER LEVEL: Backer level rewards plus one episode of the Musiter Extras will be dedicated to performing up to 3 minutes of original music you provide. It will include behind the scenes of the collaboration and rehearsal process, a full performance of your piece, a high quality WAV of the audio and Quicktime video of the performance, and credit at the end of the video as “Composed by”.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $300 or more
2 backers All gone!
THE DIRECTOR LEVEL Backer level rewards plus an entire extra week of videos (1 Musiter, 1 Oboe Scores, and 1 Musiter Extra) dedicated to you. You can either choose or compose the music I will play for the Muister, you can either submit a gameplay clip or take advantage of the Team and Party level reward, and you can suggest what you would like out of the Musiter Extra video. High quality video and WAV audio will be sent to you, and credit for all three videos will be given solely to you.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $500 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
THE CONDUCTOR LEVEL: You will receive DIRECTOR Level rewards, plus 30 minutes of private oboe instruction either over Skype or in the Seattle area. Time and location TBD, and can be used by you or transferred to someone else. If in person I will provide all the material needed (including reeds and instrument) and the personal guarantee you will be able to play at least one basic tune by the end of the lesson.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012