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  1. The 31-Day Chorale Challenge

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    Composer and soprano sax player Rob Mosher was sitting around one day browsing Kickstarter and thought to himself: How can I use this platform? He decided to come up with a project that would allow him to use the site as well as do something new with his music. From that brainstorm the 31-Day Bach-Style Chorale Challenge was born: a personal quest to compose 31 original Bach-style chorales in 31 days, to blog about the compositions daily, and to record all the pieces himself.

    This project marks the first time in Rob’s life that he’ll be sharing his artistic process with others. In his video he notes a few of his motives:

    1. I’d like to find my own compositional voice within Bach’s form.

    2. I’d like to explore new ways to fund myself.

    3. I’d like to integrate my process more with society.

    Talk about a fabulous chicken-or-the-egg story! Often, our project creators are people already seeking funds who were tipped off to Kickstarter as a useful tool. But sometimes creative people come to Kickstarter first, get to know the site, back a couple projects, and then start to consider inventive ways to use the platform themselves — sometimes just for the heck of it. Want to reach your audience in a new way and experiment creatively within your medium? We want to see more of that!

    You can join Rob’s chorale challenge here or attend his fundraiser concert next Monday night, November 15th at 8:31 pm at Old First Reformed Church in Brooklyn, NY, 729 Carroll St. (oldfirstbrooklyn.org).

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  2. New Project Round-Up

    There’s nothing I love more than a project creator who is unabashed about being their slightly-bumbling, sometimes-stuttering, undeniably-delightful self, and this weekend’s projects were brimming with just such charmers. Below, I’ve collected some of the greatest hits for your enjoyment. Go ahead — fall in love!

     Howard Glitch: A Multimedia Jigsaw Puzzle — by Jay Kenworthy & Rob Allmand

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    “Howard Glitch” is a tale told in a very unusual way. The complete story consists of three components — a book, an EP, and a collection of visual art — with each piece speaking to a radically different perspective on the overall narrative. The footage of the film in progress is beautiful, the rewards are super cheap ($20 gets you the whole shebang!), and Rob’s cameo at the end is adorably earnest. I’m a fan!

    The Adventures of Loop Rawlins & Rhett Carson — by Tus Michaels

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    These dudes are kind of absurdly charming, what with the gun tricks, fire lassos, and “we-are-clearly-best-friends” style of banter. I admit to watching their video twice because it made me giggle so much. 

    Album4 — by Anna Dagmar

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    From a cutely cheeky, one dollar reward to a project video combining great performance footage with warmly candid, enthusiastic dialogue, Anna’s project does a great job of conveying her creative spirit. Not only do you feel like you know Anna by the time your finished watching, you feel like you want to support her. Well done!

      

    HiChristina Makes a Movie — by Fritz & Christina

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    Fritz and Christina are a pair of best friends and creative partners who are making a movie that comes with a scratch ‘n’ sniff book. There are so many great things happening in that sentence that it’s nearly impossible not to love them immediately, and with cool rewards like masquerade masks, one-of-a-kind handmade shirts, and copies of the film itself — why bother resisting?!

    Londinium: A Steampunk Short Film — by Mason Booker

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    I kind of want Mason to be my best friend after watching this project video. Within the first ten seconds he’s charged headfirst into a freezing cold ocean, and then we get to hang out with him in his living room for awhile. He’s so friendly and conversational that, even though I know hundreds of people will probably be watching this video, I feel like he’s talking right to me. Sweet!

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