This project's funding goal was not reached on October 25, 2012.
About this project
After searching, researching, chopping, and remixing for the last four years, I am almost ready to release my first DIY legal remix Pop CD except for one problem: Promotion & distribution funds. You could back this project by pledging.
Problem: Not having any budget for promotion means no promotion. Releasing an album without any promotion is equivalent to not releasing it. Without distribution channels, the album will not reach potential music listeners.
Solution: You could be part of the solution by pre-ordering my first album or some of the tracks. All of the proceeds from the Kickstarter’s fund raising is going to be used only for promotion of the album and to cover distribution fees. Please listen to the long samples of the preliminary tracks presented in a video format before you decide to pledge. My hope is that you will find the preliminary sample tracks interesting enough to get your pledge.
When listening and evaluating the long sample tracks please keep in mind the problem and challenge I had in finding royalty free music interesting enough to be used in my remix project. Sampling hit songs was not an option as getting sampling license is cost prohibitive and nearly impossible. Most copyright owners do not even respond to such requests. Getting a license to cover a song is easy even if the copyright owners are not willing. It could be forced upon them by filing with the copyright office and paying the required fees. The option of forced licensing is not available for sampling songs.
It is known that remix artists like King Grandmaster Flash managed to sample the hit songs of the time. The other known remix artist who produces remix tracks under the name “Girl Talk.” also used any hit music available on the market in his remix claiming “Fair Use.” I had to resort only to music I could obtain permission to sample, public domain music, royalty free music, and music licensed under the Creative Commons License to avoid infringing on any copyright protected works. It was like an artist composing a painting with a limited number of colors on his palette. From what was available to me in the public domain and under the Creative Commons license, I avoided using many pieces of music that I found not interesting enough.
What kind of album is this? It is Popular Music mixed with other genres: R&B, Hip-hop, Jazz, Rock, Traditional, Country, Classical, World … etc.
I would like to thank all of the generous artists I sampled in my remix project. I will provide extensive detailed credits and attribution with the CD and in my blog at http://gen-re-mix.blogspot.com
Thanks for your interest and your pledge,
Andy Cross Jobs,
Bushman Creations LLC
San Diego, California
Risks and challenges
As I mentioned above, the first and major challenge was finding interesting music to sample as this is a legal remix project. Sampling hit songs was not an option as getting permission to sample such songs is almost impossible. I had sent some requests and I did not even get a response. Therefore, I had to resort only to music I could obtain permission to sample, public domain music, royalty free music, and music licensed under the Creative Commons License to avoid infringing on any copyright protected works. It was like an artist composing a painting with a limited number of colors on his palette.
The second challenge was to know what to mix out of the limited source music. It took me four years of searching, researching, chopping and remixing to get here. The samples of the preliminary tracks included as part of the video show the results of my effort.
The third challenge is to come-up with CD cover art. In addition to my architectural education, I also happen to be an artist and illustrator. So, I do my own art. The CD artwork in progress is what you see here. I am in the process of finalizing them.
The next to last challenge is to find a publisher. I am considering a company that is a subsidiary of Amazon in order to make the music available for sale at Amazon.com in addition to the other distribution channels. Artists can not set-up I-tunes distribution directly unless they have published more than 20 albums. The only way to get I-tunes distribution is through another company (distribution channel) by paying set-up fees and cuts from the sales. It will be a matter of finding the right distribution channels.
The last challenge will be getting the most promotion for the funds available. I am researching to find the right promotion vehicle.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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