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Cyberpunk/steampunk band Psyche Corp. fuses trip-hop & electronic world music to tell gothic fairytales about cosmic power struggles.
Cyberpunk/steampunk band Psyche Corp. fuses trip-hop & electronic world music to tell gothic fairytales about cosmic power struggles.
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Hello known and unknown people of the Internet,

I'm Psyche, the frontwoman of Psyche Corporation, an NYC-based steampunk/cyberpunk music project named after a dream manufacture group from the Future, where neural implants allow people to download dreams from the Internet. My sound style spans genres of trip-hop, electro-rock, and world music. I've been compared to Tori Amos, Kate Bush, the Birthday Massacre, Within Temptation, and paranoid spaceship bears. One of these is not true.

Recently, I released a new EP, Romance of the Counter-Elite. One song from the EP has particularly captured my heart and imagination: Dance for Me. If you haven't heard it yet, you can press play below and keep reading.

I'd really love to bring you a decadently visual narrative to accompany this song--that's right, a music video! 

So far, I've put together three music videos with zero budget in the past, and one music video on a very tiny budget, funded through Kickstarter. Here's how the tiny-budget music video turned out: 

As with all the music videos I've done, I wrote the script/screenplay, organized the crew, designed costumes, and did the final editing myself. I'm not an expert in these things, but I can squeeze a lot out of a skeleton budget of a little under $2K. If by some amazing fortune this project makes it into the ~15K range of a more typical 'low-budget' music video, I'd be able to afford to hire a full-service video production team, but we can talk more about that if it actually happens. 

For now, I already have a detailed plan for the Dance for Me music video, working within the limits of an estimated $1,500 minimum budget. I've finished writing the screenplay, designed the costumes, and I have a fantastic team on board to do this if we can get the funding. 

The Team 

Director, Camera-Person, and Set-Designer/Maker - Michael Blase

Costuming - Kristin Costa 

Make-up - Embry Blue 

Major Cast/Ballet Dancer - Miku

As an example of the extraordinary visual results this team can produce together, here's a photo Michael took of me, wearing a mermaid costume made by Kristin Costa, with makeup done by Embry Blue: 

Photo by Michael Blase, costuming by Kristin Costa, makeup by Embry Blue, set built by Michael Blase
Photo by Michael Blase, costuming by Kristin Costa, makeup by Embry Blue, set built by Michael Blase

I need your help to make this music video happen. Art is challenging and exciting; having decent production values on art in music video form is expensive. Here's a breakdown of what the budget would pay for:

 • Renting lighting equipment and additional video equipment (e.g. a gimbal to stabilize the camera when panning) ~ $400
 • Complex props (such as a marionette) and prop materials ~ $200
 • Costuming, makeup, related raw materials (fabric, paper mache, makeup kit, other) ~ $1,000
 • Miscellaneous stage/set materials ~ $80

You might notice this is a little bit over $1,500 (not to mention, Kickstarter fees take away about 8-9% of it). This is because we really want to have a good chance of making our funding goal. I've never raised a whole $2K on Kickstarter before, and I'm a very cautious person. I wouldn't want to risk not making the music video at all because of almost making it to $2K but not quite. $1,500 is enough for me to believe y'all really do want this art to happen, and that I'm not just shouting into the void. Believe it or not, knowing you folks support me doing this is profoundly meaningful to me.

With that all said, do check out the fabulous Kickstarter rewards and see if there's something you'd like!

P.S. Here's a teaser image to give you an idea of the set that Michael Blase wants to build for the music video:

Dance for Me - Music Video set
Dance for Me - Music Video set

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Further Information on Rewards: Some Teaser Pics & Links

Album art from Romance of the Counter-Elite:

Romance of the Counter-Elite
Romance of the Counter-Elite

Psyche Corp. trading card (Concardia card):

"Empress of Marionettes"
"Empress of Marionettes"


Psyche Corp. jewelry:

Small brooch/pin with Psyche Corp. logo, click for more options
Small brooch/pin with Psyche Corp. logo, click for more options

 UPDATE: All the jewelry has been claimed. 

Therefore, as of March 12th, I've introduced a new reward in that pledge range: the 11"x17" Fairytale Apocalypse poster:

11"x17" Fairytale Apocalypse Poster
11"x17" Fairytale Apocalypse Poster

Psyche Corp. "Fairytale Apocalypse" T-shirt:

Fairytale Apocalypse T-Shirt, click to see more detailed image
Fairytale Apocalypse T-Shirt, click to see more detailed image

 (T-shirt does not come with black turtleneck; I just happened to be wearing one under the shirt at the time of the photo.)

Sketches (colored in ink and colored pencil) I did of the initial costume designs for the music video:

An example of one sketch I did
An example of one sketch I did

Handmade stylized opera masks:

Preliminary sketch of Dance for Me opera mask
Preliminary sketch of Dance for Me opera mask

Crazy bird-nest-house-hat-turban:

Bird nest house turban, preliminary sketch
Bird nest house turban, preliminary sketch

Risks and challenges

Ideally, I'd like to get about $2K to make this music video the way I envisioned. This would translate to a little over $1,800 once the Kickstarter and the payment processing fees are taken out. That would cover the estimated costs I laid out above, as well as the shipping fees I estimate I'd have to pay to get you folks your awesome Psyche Corp. swag. However, if we only *just* make the funding goal, I can scale things down a little to work within that budget. For instance, I can try to rework scenes where the camera moves into scenes where the camera does not move, thus making the gimbal rental unnecessary.

Although I've successfully finished 4 music videos already and am confident I can do another one, I know some of you reading this may be new to me and my musical projects, and you might have concerns/questions I haven't addressed. If so, please do email me at psychecorporation@gmail.com and I'll start a FAQ here for answers to additional questions.

As an aside, I've considered offering to include a reward tier where folks can acquire the original costumes that will be made for the music video, but this really depends on whether there is interest from folks who happen to have similar measurements to mine, unless they're just collecting the items without planning to wear them out. If you want the full costumes/outfits to be a reward tier, let me know!

Also, I've heard from fans that they're interested in me making a CD of karaoke/instrumental tracks from the Psyche Corp. repertoire and offering it as one of the rewards. Since pressing a run of CDs is itself something like $1K, I'm willing to offer this reward if we raise at least $4K in funds. Then anyone who wants one of these CDs could just increase their pledge by $10 (plus shipping) and send me a note to get the karaoke CD sent with their other rewards.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    A copy of the Dance for Me mp3

    Hi-res images of the album art from the Dance for Me album (Romance of the Counter-Elite) emailed to you, without the text (makes for a cool desktop background).

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    Digital download of the entire Romance of the Counter-Elite album (including Dance for Me)

    Hi-res images of the album art from Romance of the Counter-Elite, with and without the text, emailed to you.

    Hi-res download of the music video.

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    1 autographed Psyche Corp. trading card (Concardia card).

    Digital download of Romance of the Counter-Elite album, plus the album art, with and without the text.

    Hi-res download of the music video.

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    1 autographed Psyche Corp. trading card (Concardia card).

    1 physical CD containing the Psyche Corp. studio album of your choice (Architect of Dreams, Worlds on a String, Pretend, Crypts & Codes, or Romance of the Counter-Elite).

    Hi-res download of the music video.

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    Limited edition Psyche Corp. jewelry piece of your choice from here: https://psychecorp.bandcamp.com/merch
    Choice priority goes to the first to message me on kickstarter with their selection. 2nd person gets 2nd pick, etc.

    Digital download of Romance of the Counter-Elite album, plus album art, with and without the text.

    Hi-res download of the music video.

    Add an extra $5 and I'll throw in one of the Psyche Corp. trading cards.

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    11"x17" Fairytale Apocalypse Poster.

    Digital download of Romance of the Counter-Elite album, plus album art, with and without the text.

    Hi-res download of the music video.

    Add an extra $5 and I'll throw in one of the Psyche Corp. trading cards.

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    1 Psyche Corp. "Fairytale Apocalypse" T-shirt.

    Digital download of Romance of the Counter-Elite album, plus album art, with and without the text.

    Hi-res download of the music video.

    Add an extra $5 and I'll throw in one of the Psyche Corp. trading cards.

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    Bandcamp download codes for all 3 of my Bandcamp albums (Romance of the Counter-Elite, Crypts & Codes, Pretend), PLUS a digital download of my older album, Worlds on a String.
    (I can send these album downloads by April 2016)

    Hi-res download of the music video when it's done.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    1 Psyche Corp. "Fairytale Apocalypse" T-shirt.

    1 autographed physical CD of the Romance of the Counter-Elite album.

    Digital downloads of additional Psyche Corp. albums Crypts & Codes, Pretend, and Worlds on a String.

    Hi-res download of the music video.

    Add an extra $5 and I'll throw in one of the Psyche Corp. trading cards.

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    Pledge $80 or more About $80

    Includes all things from the $50 reward tier.

    +You will be credited as an Executive Producer in the music video (everyone else below this tier is credited as Backer).

    +1 of the 5 original sketches (colored in ink and colored pencil) I did of the initial costume designs for the music video, mailed to you.
    Here's a picture of one of those sketches: https://www.instagram.com/p/BCJEl3wSpj5/

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Includes all things from the $50 reward tier.

    +You will be credited as an Executive Producer in the music video.

    +I will do a dance in your honor, record a video of it, and upload it to YouTube.

    +I will send you a digital download of a secret Psyche Corp. live acoustic album that I made in 2011 with guitarist Jason Perez. This consists of a series of live cell-phone recordings of practice sessions with Jason right before we did a live set of those songs at Midsummer Magick Faire.

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    Pledge $120 or more About $120

    1 song: I will record a cover of a popular song of your choice, dedicate it to you, and upload to YouTube. If you don't specify a particular song, I will choose a song from a Disney movie. If you have put together a cover of a popular song already and want my vocals on it, we can do that too. If you want my vocals on an original song you've written, email me first at psychecorporation@gmail.com with more info so we can discuss whether I can make that happen instead of a cover song.

    You will be credited as an Executive Producer in the music video.

    Hi-res download of the final music video.

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    1 of the 2 handmade stylized opera masks from the Dance for Me music video mailed to you. These will be constructed and painted by Kristin Costa, an incredible avante-garde fashion designer.

    +All things from the $50 reward tier.

    +You will be credited as an Executive Producer in the music video.

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    1 of the major props from the music video (except for the 2 opera masks) mailed to you. This means you will get either a disembodied alien limb, a marionette (not a standard kind of marionette, please message me for details if interested in this one), or a crazy bird-nest-house-hat-turban. [Edit: the voodoo doll has been claimed by a backer along with another reward in their original pledge]

    +All things from the $50 reward tier.

    +You will be credited as an Executive Producer in the music video.

    +I will put together a limited edition 5-10 page mini-booklet of stills from the music video, with accompanying story-style narrative and/or descriptions of the back story of the characters. It will be printed and mailed to you with your other swag.

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Funding period

- (30 days)