[8/09]: Seriously, you rock. The project will be funded at midnight and I'm going to continue to keep you updated as the album works its way through production. I'll send out surveys in a few weeks, so please keep an eye on your email.
[8/07]: Miss the Cinematalkraphy stream? Check it out here on YouTube.
[8/05]: Check out the shirt and poster in this high-def preview video and, if you missed it live, you can see the Crypt of the Necrodancer stream here.
[7/27]: You did it, you glorious unicorn face! The album is funded and now we're aimed at our two stretch goals: At $6,000, I can have the album mastered and mixed. This will give the album another set of ears to fine tune the mix before the mastering process begins. Once around 100 CD-level tiers are claimed ($25 and up!), we can do digipaks, which looks super sharp (and have a hefty minimum order of--look at that--100 units!). The price difference is outweighed by the quality difference in digipaks. They're really something special for packaging CDs and, at 100 CDs, the price difference is marginal.
[7/24]: The poster is mislabled in the reward tier description and cannot be changed. The poster is 24"x18". It was originally 17"x11" and A1 was dropped in planning. Apologies for the confusion. Also, the shirt will only be available in sizes S-3XL. This is a change from old Kickstarter text and graphics.
Mercury Counter is an electronic album inspired by the 1950 film "D.O.A." In it, Frank Bigelow, a small-town accountant, is poisoned on a trip to San Francisco and spends his final days tracking down who killed him and why. This early American noir film was sold as "a picture as excitingly different as its title," and that was my goal in reimagining this story.
By reimagining D.O.A. as a futuristic tale of revenge, Mercury Counter follows Bigelow from poisoning to mutation to revenge and to his ultimate fate. With a distinct mix of electro, hip-hop, and downtempo beats, Mercury Counter rebuilds San Francisco and Los Angeles in a dazzling veneer of floating cars, mutant dive bars, and hazy slums hiding a sinister murder conspiracy. Mercury Counter also contains samples from the original D.O.A. movie, which has since entered the public domain.
Mercury Counter consists of the following 10 original tracks (titles and order subject to change)
- Jive Crazy
- You're Telling Me I'm Dead
- Reborn With Five Eyes
Extended preview of every track:
Production of the album is nearly complete and the next step is the costly mastering process. A campaign like this makes sure the album sounds as professional as possible while breaking even and creating the opportunity to manufacture merchandise for the first time!
If the campaign is successfully funded, I expect the Mercury Counter album to be released to backers and the general public mid- to late-August. Physical rewards should conservatively be ready to ship in late-August or early-September. Physical good delivery could be affected by an unusually large number of backers.
Major designs for the album were made possible by the extremely talented Cellusious (@cellusious). His eye for intricate detail alongside hulking non- and partially-human forms and gorgeous scene work have made the t-shirt, poster, album art, and other items one-of-a-kind works of art. Without Kickstarter, the ability to produce these designs en masse would not be possible.
I've been a long-time proponent of liberal content stewardship. The music I make should be available as easily as possible to as many listeners as possible. In the past, that has meant on YouTube, SoundCloud, iTunes, and using Creative Commons designations. If Mercury Counter gets funded through this Kickstarter campaign, I promise to designate the album "Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial" and make streaming options available.
Of the $1000, about $600 will go towards the mastering of 10 original tracks. The remaining $400 will go towards merch manufacturing, delivery, and Kickstarter and Amazon fees. The remaining money will go towards stretch goals and possibly mastering additional bonus remixes. More info on that will come in a future update.
I've been producing electronic music for around ten years and have constantly pushed to evolve electronic instrumental music. Creating worlds and building musical scapes for narratives to be deduced while being entertaining is a goal of mine. In 2012, I released a dual disc album, POST POP, that deconstructed pop music norms of tempo, rhythm, and engineering.
I've also gained notoriety/permanent black marks from multiple collaborations with the comedy podcast Night Attack (formerly NSFW Show). Free singles like White People Rich, Red Red Red Wine, and Left-Hand Low-Five and remixes from their Billboard #1 comedy album Night Attack 2: Enjoy The Garden have pushed my music to engaged, loyal, and--honesty--the most loving community of misfits this side of the Bing-o Grande.
The ability to do a run of physical merchandise is beyond exciting, but I also want to make sure backers can get the music as soon as possible, so a digital copy is available on every $10+ pledge.
Each pledge level will get the rewards of the previous levels (besides price, the $79 and $85 tiers are the same rewards).
[$1] Keep up to date with the final steps of the album and be alerted when it releases. You'll receive Kickstarter updates and emails.
[$10] This is the good stuff, you crafty internet adventurer! You'll receive a DIGITAL COPY of Mercury Counter and your name in the credits. Through the magic of the internet, you can receive the album through iTunes US (account required) or through BandCamp. iTunes is a great option for people already plugged into the iOS ecosystem. For international listeners or anyone who would rather not use iTunes, BandCamp can provides a high quality copy of the album in multiple formats that you can use on any device.
All donors at or above the $10 level will have their names listed in the liner notes and online in order of pledges received.
[$25] You can feel it in your bones! (and in your hands! (which have bones??)) You'll receive a PHYSICAL CD of Mercury Counter with album art designed by Cellusious.
[$30] It's like the midas touch, but you also get stickers. You'll receive a SIGNED PHYSICAL CD of Mercury Counter and two 4"x4" GLORIOUS STICKERS.
All donors at or above the $30 level will have their CD signed and include two stickers.
[$45] The writing's on the wall with that sticky gum type stuff that you see in, like, magazines with CDs. You'll receive a GORGEOUS POSTER . The poster is 24"x18" and designed by the lovely Cellusious. (The poster was originally 17"x11" and has been up-sized)
[$50] These curves don't quit (or intersect). You'll receive three 1.5" WHIMSICAL PINS.
[$79] For when you can't be naked. You'll receive a BEAUTIFUL T-SHIRT designed by the unstoppable Cellusious at an UNBEATABLE PRICE. Shirts are available S-3XL. (Limited to 20)
[$85] Think of it as a carrying case for your torso. Includes the same BEAUTIFUL T-SHIRT as above (and previous perks), but at non-early bird price. Shirts are available S-3XL.
100 CD-level backers: When we hit around 100 pledges that include a physical CD ($25+), we'll be able to swap the traditional jewel case packaging with an even better looking digipak package. With digipaks, the packaging becomes a part of the product instead of a delivery vehicle and becomes a unique piece of art inside and out. The list of backers will still be included (possibly as an insert).
$6,000: The quality of the album is the most important element of this campaign, so the first monetary stretch goal would be to have the album mixed and mastered (instead of just mastered). An additional set of ears to get every instrument sitting just right in the mix can add a new level of shine, but ears don't come cheap. The addition of the mixing process may also extend the production time slightly.
Risks and challenges
Because the album is 99% complete, there are relatively few post-funding challenges that could occur:
- MERCH DELAYS: Merchandise is a new area for me, so I may encounter printing or shipping delays. The designs for all the merch use industry standards, but errors in manufacturing are always a possibility. With printing-minded designs, if there are any deal-breaking issues with manufacturing, moving to a new fulfillment service should be quick.
- MUSIC DELAYS: While catastrophe-level delays are possible (master studio of choice goes out of business, hard drive failure, etc.), the most likely cause of delays would be last minute additions to the album in the form of original tracks or bonus remixes. In those instances, the price of rewards and delivery options will stay the same, delays will be minimal, and backers will get to listen to them before release.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (20 days)