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An over sized, art style book, which includes previously untold stories and unpublished photos, frame ready art and an audio component.

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Hello Friends!

Thank you for visiting our Kickstarter Page for The Noise Beneath the Apple™

This project began as a series of interviews and profiles that appeared in various music and culture e-zines. With each column, more and more readers reached out and connected.

For the next twelve months, I traveled throughout New York City. I was moved by the stories of the people who performed in these public spaces.  The entire globe was represented, and I realized that we don’t live in a small world but a large room.

I wanted to capture this room and pay tribute to a lifestyle, and the people who choose to live it every day. 

Then I met Bryan Close, a Brooklyn based, urban landscape photographer with a love for the underground. We began collaborating.

18 months have gone by. Bryan and I have captured over 10,000 images, hours of video footage, and 40 interviews with New York City buskers past and present. We have delved into the history, culture and politics of busking. The buskers are collaborating with us to assemble a beautiful audio component.

Why We Need You

We intend to present these stories in the form of an over-sized, limited edition, art book, using the inspiring backdrop of New York City.

The budget for The Noise Beneath the Applewill be spent on design and production of the various facets of the book. We have a solid mock-up, and we need your support to finalize the legal and technical aspects, such as:

  • Book Size: 12 x 12, hardcover, slip-cased, 120-150 pages
  • Book Design, interior and cover
  • Book Editing and Research Verification
  • An expected  250 1st Run, Limited Edition, Signed Copies.
  • A print run of 250 2nd Run Editions.
  • A set of 4 high-end photographic images, ready for framing
  • Audio component licensing and production
  • Video component production

A Parting Thought: 

Ultimately, we want to share these stories with you, and with future generations.

Everyone is invited to participate.  So, if you live in or just love New York, or you dig the busking and music scene, we welcome you to contribute and be part of something truly special. 

Other Ways You Can Help:  Kickstarter has made it easy for us to stay connected and gather more support, while we work towards our goal.

Please take a moment and spread the word using the share tools provided by Kickstarter.  At the top of the page, under our video, you will find Facebook, Twitter, an email icon to send a quick note to friends, family or anyone who may be interested in The Noise Beneath the Apple ™, and an embed URL link, for websites, blogs, etc… Use any or all of these tools to help us gain support for the project.

Friend us on Facebook ( or follow us on Twitter (!/TNBTA).

A million thanks! We couldn’t do it without you … nor would we want to.


Heather & Bryan


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    Pledge $10 or more About $10 USD

    Welcome to the TNBTA family! Very exciting! We know that you are interested, and what more could we ask for? And to say thanks, we’ll, mail you a personal ‘Thank You’ card with a handcrafted bookmark, featuring a photo from our New York shoots PLUS a special TNBTA™ supporter button. And because every contribution is important, we will put your name on our site, as a supporter, and I will personally email you to let you know when the book is finished and available.

    3 backers
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    Pledge $25 or more About $25 USD

    Did you see the image of the JZ train stop, Brooklyn, NY, in our video by any chance? Well, for your generous support, you will get a 4 x6 print of that image in a 5x7mat, frame ready and signed by the photographer. We’re also going to give you a one-of-a-kind select mix CD of our New York City buskers and a special screensaver download of a TNBTA™ photo from our various shoots around the city. All the previous awards are included, of course!

    7 backers
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    Pledge $50 or more About $50 USD

    We love you for this! And as our thank you, we are hooking you up with a personalized, autographed CD from one of our NYC buskers, all the previous treasures AND just for fun; a Surprise Grab Bag! I LOVE grab bags! Each grab bag will have a potpourri of fun, cool New York memorabilia in it! Oh, I wish I could tell you what some of the unique things are; but let me just give a quick kudos to all the New York street artists; from Union Square to SoHo; Central Park to Grand Army Plaza. The biggest KUDO is to you, our faithful TNBTA™ supporter.

    3 backers
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    Pledge $100 or more About $100 USD

    We are seriously stoked by your support! And to prove it, we will set you up with an individually screened and hand painted TNBTA™ Supporter Shirt along with all the previous goods. PLUS, just to sweeten the pot, we’re throwing in a bag of Ritter Sports Chocolate™. Why not? Everyone loves chocolate, right?

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250 USD

    Thank you so much! You are awesome! And, for this level of awesomeness, we have created a 20 minute HD quality short film; The Noise Beneath the Apple™, featuring live music, interviews, history and footage; AND at this contribution level--you receive a copy of the 1st Run, Limited Edition, Hardcover, Collectible book, autographed by the TNBTA team! As always—the previous goods are coming your way too.

    2 backers
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    Pledge $500 or more About $500 USD

    Wow, thank you! At this level, you definitely need to have your name on the video credits as a Supporter. We couldn’t do it without you. Also, an 11 x14 frame-ready, limited edition, print-- signed by the photographer, with a COA and used exclusively for TNBTA™ purposes. And do I need to say, all the afore mentioned goods are included?

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000 USD

    OK! We are stunned! Domo-Arigato, Grazie, Merci, Mahalo & HUGE Thanks! At this level, you have earned Patron status and your name will be listed in TNBTA™ book, as a Patron. We also want you, and up to four of your friends/family, to be our special guest at the private pre-release book party, to be held in Brooklyn, New York! This party is going to ROCK! We have special music performances, celebrity guests and an art show. If you are not able to make the celebration, you can transfer this portion of the award. As a timeless reminder of what you have helped create, we want you to have a personalized video from the evening’s festivities AND a 12 x 12 limited edition photo, exclusive to the project, complete with a hand crafted, walnut frame. Naturally you’ll get all the SWAG from the previous levels.

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500 USD

    WooHoo!!! At this level, we have only ONE award; but, it’s a doozy! Not only do you receive everything listed above, but, you will receive the story of the making of TNBTA™, in a graphic, novel format! Kenly Dillard, comic book illustrator at Skyline Entertainment, (The Mark, Gulliver’s Travels) will create an eight page chapbook, with story and illustrations, about how TNBTA™ came to life. The chapbook will be autographed to you by Kenly and all of us, your TNBTA™ team. And, because this is such an exclusive level of participation and support, we will give you one of our very limited, custom, embroidered TNBTA™ jackets! The only folks sporting these jackets are our core TNBTA™ team members—and you!

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000 USD

    OK. Here come the Big Guns! Everything previously mentioned PLUS an autographed, limited edition of The Noise Beneath the Apple™ book, including frame ready art; one of the first 25 printed! AND a one of a kind, handmade guitar strap, called Lady Liberty, honoring New York City! Created by Jeri Hart, celebrity strap designer for Sir Elton John, Keith Richards, Sheryl Crow and many others, The Lady herself was created with liquid copper; the flag, skyline and fireworks have all been airbrushed by world class musician, David Karns! Handcrafted with top of the line select leathers, kidskin, eel skin, genuine gemstones, Swarovski crystals and hand oxidized hardware and backed with rich, golden suede; she is currently on display at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Of course, you will also receive an 8” x 10” print of the strap at Ellis Island! Talk about New York spirit!

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000 USD

    Well, Big Guns imply more than one, so here’s the second Big Gun! Everything that has already been mentioned, but in place of the guitar strap, we have created ONE—and only ONE, autographed Musical Saw! This musical saw is made from imported English steel and donated by Mussehl & Westphal Musical Saws ®, the oldest musical saw manufacturer in the U.S. It has been specially made for this project and autographed by the buskers, from TNBTA™ book! We have also created a mini-book of photos, to accompany the saw, catching the musicians as they autograph the piece. The saw will be presented in a glass shadow box display, for your convenience.

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