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The epic indie-jazz suite (based on The Odyssey) is finally going on record, with an innovative iPhone-friendly album.
The epic indie-jazz suite (based on The Odyssey) is finally going on record, with an innovative iPhone-friendly album.
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Dear Forward-Thinking Music-Lover,

The big turning point for any musician is their first album.  I've been fortunate to play with many talented artists, but none of that has been…well, MY music.  But that's about to change in a big way.  I'm working to complete my debut album, a labor of love that's ambitious, personal, and super-catchy.

The Ulysses Cycle is an 20-song instrumental suite based on the greatest adventure story ever, The Odyssey.  The sound is rooted in classic jazz, but zig-zags into rock, electro, funk, latin, folk, indian, and classical music.  It's music that knows no boundaries, and tells a timeless story you can actually follow as you listen.  I started writing Ulysses in 2008, and after years of live test-drives, took my band into the studio to record the definitive version.  Their performances are mind-blowing, and I don't use that term lightly.

The performances, however, are just one small piece of the puzzle.  Making an album is, it turns out, a complicated (and expensive) process!  I've spent all I can out of my own pocket to record the first 80% of the music...but there's still a lot more to do.  The major expenses include:

Musicians - $1,400
Mixing - $3,000
Mastering - $1,200
Artwork/Graphic Design (21 illustrations!) - $1850
Pressing CDs - $1,250

By now you probably know how this Kickstarter thing works: if we don't meet our financial goal, we don't get ANY of our funding!  Now I'll admit it... The Ulysses Cycle is a lot of music (80 minutes), and it's costing more than a typical album.  But if you feel the way I do, the world has too many "typical" albums...I want to give the world a fun, unique, and immersive musical experience!  Who's with me?

Oh yeah...I almost forgot one of the coolest parts!  In addition to creating some innovative music, I'm also being creative with the product itself.  In the digital version of The Ulysses Cycle, every track will be embedded with a custom illustration, which will instantly pop up when you listen on your iPhone or iPod; PLUS, text will scroll across your screen, describing what's happening in the story!  And if you want the physical CD, never fear...the CD version comes with the same artwork and narrative, in booklet form.

With The Ulysses Cycle, I feel like I have the chance to create something truly special.  I hope you decide to become a part of it!

All my gratitude,
Russ

www.russkaplanmusic.com

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    Special Thanks on Russ' website; our never-ending love and devotion

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM (20 tracks!) with embedded illustrations & narrative; plus the aforementioned web-thanks and love.

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    MODERN ALBUM PACKAGE: Digital download of The Ulysses Cycle (20 tracks!) with embedded illustrations & narrative; Fridge Magnet of the album cover; plus the aforementioned web-thanks and love.

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    CLASSIC ALBUM PACKAGE: Autographed CD with color booklet; the Fridge Magnet; the Digital version of the album; web-thanks and love.

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    MUCIC-O-PHILE PACKAGE: 'Ulysses Remixed' (bonus EP of DJ remixes!); both versions of the Album; the Magnet; the web-thanks; the love.

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    SHOW PACKAGE: Two tickets to the album release show; both versions of the Album; the Magnet; the web-thanks; the love.

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    PIANO PACKAGE: A Piano Lesson with Russ (NY metro area only); Autographed Score of The Ulysses Cycle; both versions of the Album; the Magnet; the web-thanks; the love.

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    SCHWAG PACKAGE: DVD of album release show; Two tickets to release show; Signed limited-edition Ulysses Cycle Poster; both versions of the Album; the Magnet; the web-thanks; the love.

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    SONG PACKAGE: A new recording just for you by Russ and select members of the Ulysses band. Russ will write you an original composition, or arrange a cover by your favorite artist...whatever you want! PLUS of course both versions of the Album; the Magnet; the web-thanks; the love.

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    HOUSE CONCERT PACKAGE: Russ and select members of the Ulysses band will come to your home and play for you. Invite your friends and enjoy an intimate night of great music with the artists...maybe even jam with us! (NY Metro area only) PLUS both versions of the Album; the Magnet; the web-thanks; the love.

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    EPIC PACKAGE: Get EVERYTHING listed above, plus Executive Producer Credit, and a batch of Russ' famous Lemon Bars.

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