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Cellist Brent Arnold's new album exploring unmapped sonic spaces. Pre-order and get unreleased collaborations, original art, and more.
Cellist Brent Arnold's new album exploring unmapped sonic spaces. Pre-order and get unreleased collaborations, original art, and more.
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*** Update: Stretch Goal! *** As of Feb 3 we've reached the original $5k goal! Thank you!! But it's not over. If we can get to $7k by the end of the campaign I'll record and include two bonus tracks for everyone download-- two cover songs that have been very popular at my shows but that I've never recorded.

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I'm Brent Arnold, cellist and composer. I created the cello music for Louis CK's show Louie and I have worked with a wide range of musicians and artists all over the world. I'm finishing a new album of very unorthodox cello music, some acoustic, some wildly electronic, and I'm hoping you'll preorder it here.

And I've collaborated with some of my dear friends like Reggie Watts, the Antlers, Simone White, and Filastine, to make an exclusive Kickstarter-only album that we're offering as a premium for donors to this project.

For any contribution of your choosing, you'll be able to download a pre-release version of my album when it's finished early in 2013. For a bit more, you can receive things like the beautifully-made CD version, a download of the collaborations album, my previous record An Albatross and a Half, signed prints of the fantastic album art by Shanna Maurizi, VIP tickets to the release party, fresh baked bread, and eternal thanks! Read on for more info.

Thanks so much for your support. It means a lot. 

Brent Arnold

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With such a quantity of music all around us, it’s easy to forget that making original art takes time and dedication. There's an increasing expectation that music should be free and just a click away, and the finances of being a musician seem to get trickier all the time. During this Kickstarter campaign, I'm making this music, which I've worked on for the last two years, available for whatever donation you see fit. If you can contribute more, you can get some lovely rewards-- and most importantly, your money will go to the last bit of recording, mixing, mastering, and pressing this album, with amounts over the goal going to promoting it. And in a bigger sense, contributing helps create a future where independent and unusual music can thrive. 

The New Album

This new music I've been working on goes deeper into a sort of 'hidden music' of the cello, music that seems to me somehow intrinsic to the instrument, that can be found only through time and patience and practice. The cello as so much more than a collection of its clichés and cultural baggage.

This search has taken me deeper into the possibilities of both the acoustic and the amplified cello. For the solo acoustic pieces, I am exploring sound as well as notes-- texture and color and weight, things that can't easily be captured in notes on a page. And on other pieces I go further than ever into electronic manipulation of the cello, accessing other worlds through amplification and stomp-box electronics. I use uncommon techniques such as guitar-like fingerpicking, folding in inspirations from North African and Arabic music, especially the sound of the oud and the guembri. 

I recorded in some striking and solitary spaces, including a castle in France, the Denmark Arts Center in rural Maine, and Ryder Farm in Connecticut. These places lent their own atmosphere and inspirations.

The Exclusive Collaboration Album

Over the years, I’ve had the chance to work closely with incredible artists all over the world, and they are coming together to help me make this thing special. This collection of tracks features me working with each of these artists, in the form of jams, remixes, cover songs, and other collaborations, most of which are not available anywhere else. Check out the lineup:

Album Art

The album will feature artwork by the brilliant Shanna Maurizi, making this an artifact that is beautiful to hear and to see and to hold.

"Island" 11" x 14" Chromogenic Endura Print, 2012
"Island" 11" x 14" Chromogenic Endura Print, 2012

**New Reward**
Handmade Chocolate Truffles

A box of chocolate truffles, handmade by our friend Victoria Yee Howe and our team, in an assortment of her signature flavors, including a very smoky Lapsang Souchong (this one is amazing). 

Victoria's handmade truffles
Victoria's handmade truffles

The Bread

My bread is no joke. Donors who want something special can choose from the Regular (classic crusty round loaf), or one of the following specialties: Oat, Kalamata Olive, Roasted Garlic, or Oat/Fig.

Yes, I made these.
Yes, I made these.

Tickets to the CD Release Show & Party

Details are still being finalized but the release party will be this Spring (2013) in New York City, and will feature Brent Arnold performing solo and with some very special guests. 

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Thank you so much for your support!

Brent Arnold
brentarnoldmusic.com

Risks and challenges

- If, due to scheduling difficulties, any of my partners needs more time to finish a track for the collaborative album premium, we will send download codes for the finished tracks on time, and an additional download code for the remainder shortly thereafter.

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    {Digital Download}

    Music is priceless. Contribute an amount of your choosing and get a full download of the new album.

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    {The CD} Get the CD of the new album, with lovely artwork by Shanna Maurizi, delivered to you anywhere in the world, in advance of the official release.

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    {Download + Collaborations} Advance download of the new album + download of the exclusive unreleased collaborations album featuring Reggie Watts, the Antlers, Filastine, and many more!

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    {Downloads + Collaborations} Advance download of the new album + download of the exclusive unreleased collaborations album featuring Reggie Watts, the Antlers, Filastine, and many more + download of the previous Brent Arnold album, An Albatross and a Half.

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    {CD + Collaborations} CD of the new album delivered to you in advance + download of the exclusive unreleased collaborations album.

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    {Signed CDs + Collaborations} Signed CD of the new album, delivered to you anywhere in the world + Signed CD of the previous Brent Arnold album, An Albatross And A Half + download of the exclusive unreleased collaborations album.

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    {Truffles + 2 CDs + Collaborations} A box of chocolate truffles handmade by Victoria Yee Howe with a signed thank-you card. Also includes signed copy of the new CD + CD of the previous Brent Arnold album, An Albatross And A Half + download of the collaborations album. Shipping included in U.S.

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    {Bread + 2 CDs + Collaborations} In addition to the CDs and Downloads, I, Brent Arnold, will bake you a loaf of bread. Don't overlook this one: my bread is legendary (see photo). Choices are regular, oat, olive, roasted garlic, or oat/fig. The price INCLUDES 1-day shipping. If you don't need shipping and can pick it up in Brooklyn, I'll make you two loaves. Physical CDs and all downloads also included! This premium is NOT gluten-free.

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    {Original Art + CDs + Collaborations}
    Original Art! Editioned signed 11x14 photograph by Shanna Maurizi, from her newest project "How to Understand Things You Can't See", which is featured in the album art. Also includes both CDs and download of the collaborations album.

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    {Cover Song + CDs + Collaborations} Cover Song! I will record a cover version of a song of your choosing, with cello and voice, just for you. Or alternately I will set a poem of your choice to music and record it. Also includes the physical CDs (signed, if you wish) and download of the collaborations album.

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    {Cello tracks + CDs + Collaborations} For musicians or other media artists: Brent Arnold plays cello on your project.
    I have recorded on nearly 100 albums, and for this premium, I will arrange & record cello on yours, at the studio of your choice or from my own studio. Also includes both physical CDs and download of the collaborations album. NOTE: I won't put my name & playing on just anything; contact me first to insure our compatibility.

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    {Performance + CDs + Collaborations} Brent Arnold solo performance. I will perform for you and an audience of your choosing, where and when you like, schedule permitting-- just get me there and back, or wait until I'm on tour in your area. Also includes both physical CDs and download of the collaborations album!

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