Every week, we round up some of the stories about projects that made it into the press. We're happy to see them out there in the real world, and excited to share their progress with you! Read on.
Richard Brody of The New Yorker featured the music project Open Goldberg Variations, which aimed to release studio recordings of Bach's Goldberg Variations in the public domain for anyone to use without licensing: "Ishizaka plays the notes skillfully and evenly but without any surprises; there are no jolts such as the one that Gould provides with the very first note of the first variation; there’s little drama to the counterpoint as in Gould’s high-relief realization of the music’s multiple lines; Gould’s very touch of the piano evokes a world in sound, while Ishizaka just turns the score into sound. Hers is a respectable performance, a sort of sonic photograph of the score; his is a work of genius."
Jeff Bercovici of Forbes profiled the journalism project Howler, which seeks to create a new, glossy magazine about soccer: "If it hits its goal of $50,000 by June 29, backers will receive the first issue of the glossy quarterly along with a gift ranging from paper dolls of Manchester United star Wayne Rooney to a trip to Mexico City to attend a World Cup qualifying match."
Glenn Fleishman of The Economist posted about Amanda Palmer's million dollar project to produce an album, art book, and tour: "Ms Palmer is the latest musician to turn to devotees directly, disintermediating media gatekeepers. Ms Palmer and Brian Viglione started their group, The Dresden Dolls, a Weimar-styled 'punk cabaret' act, in 2000 and signed with a subsidiary of Warner Music Group in 2004. Yet despite releasing a successful album and several singles, Ms Palmer felt constrained. When she approached her label with new ideas, drawing from a background in performance and art, they were slapped down. 'I used to be punished for my enthusiasm,' she recalls. No longer."
Carolyn Juris of Publishers Weekly wrote about the narrative film project, Fat Kids Rule the World, "There’s something very punk rock about Kickstarter, the grassroots crowd-funding site that’s been used to raise money for all sorts of independent arts projects. So it’s appropriate that the filmmakers behind the movie version of K.L. Going’s Printz Honor book Fat Kid Rules the World – in which punk rock changes the title character’s life – have launched a Kickstarter campaign of their own."
John Burdick of Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly spotlighted the music project, It's Not Night: It's Space, to produce their latest album: "New Paltz-based instrumental psychedelic adventurers It’s Not Night: It’s Space (INNIS) play a dense, meditative, generally slow-pulse rock with occult underpinnings expressed in the song titles, the designs and the occasional spoken-word sample. It is raw but strangely euphonious, palpable music with a deep pocket and a transportive effect. INNIS is also the latest local outfit to turn to the Kickstarter model to finance its proposed full-length recording project."