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€41,206
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282
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, December 5 2015 7:43 PM UTC +00:00

About

 Compressorhead is "The Robot Rock Band with a difference " We actually Rock ! and are 100% Robot.  We want to produce an album so good , you won't believe it's Robot's performing.The next step of the challenge is to build the Vocalist ! We know we can do this with you on our side.

We built a Robot Rock Band, independent of any institutional or industrial funding.

We, being Frank, Markus and Stock, are fulltime artists. What we love, is to build party machines and mechanical madness. Now we want Compressorhead to be the first 100% Robot Band to record an original album.

We want to make this Album available as a FREE download for all.

The free Album download won't be available until 1-2 months after the hard copy release :)

Together with the Canadian music-legend John Wright (of NomeansNo & The Hanson Brothers) we are producing fantastic new songs which have got to be heard. You can see John in action as he joins in to rock with the bots.

Please note: Because of malfunction of the kickstarter page many people have problems to back our project since a few days. Please contact us (on the upper right of the page or on our homepage www.compressorhead.rocks) if you cannot choose a reward to support us. We will inform you when kickstarter fixed the bug.

 We can't be a rock band without a lead singer.

That’s why we WANNA BE MORE, WANNA BE FOUR

We are building the Lead Vocalist to be the frontman of the band, it's got to perform like no other machine , it's got to have the moves,the looks and it's got to keep the show pumping.

You might get an idea of how it looks by watching our campaign video. Building and programming robots takes a lot of time and money, so does producing an album. This is why we need your help.

  Some Record-labels are interested in funding an album made by robots, but certainly not in funding the construction of robots.

Any deal with a record-label would compromise our independence and artistic control.

STICKBOY
STICKBOY
BONES
BONES
FINGERS
FINGERS

Details of the project

THE ALBUM

The album will contain 14 songs that were exclusively composed to be performed by Compressorhead. John Wright (of NoMeansNo & The Hanson Brothers) wrote songs that can only be performed by the robots. No human drummer can play single hand rolls like Stickboy can. No human guitarist can play multiple riffs at the same time. 

Frank: “John is the man for the job! Musically he is the master. I have grown up with his music. It’s such an honor that John is willing to work with us. The music he writes for us is so cool. It’s the best.” 

John Wright: “We have to teach the robots the songs I have written. But we have to speak the language the Robots understand. Which is MIDI. The robots came to me to find the secrets of Rock’n Roll. Everything the robots do, they do on command. So you have to put all the nuance that a real musician - oh I should not say real musician - but a human musician, would do, on stage. And my job is to find the nuances in the performances that have been written for them. And then bring them all together as one unit.” 

You might have already heard one of the songs. Speed Walking Lady is the song in the "Battle of the giants" video of John playing with the band in our studio in Berlin.

THE NEW SINGER ROBOT

We want to build a robot that sings and interacts with the audience! That’s why he will be constructed with special features for interaction with you. With his stainless steel tracked drive unit he will be as fast on the stage as any human.

THE MINDLINK WEB APP

We are going to build a “Mindlink Web App”, that connects you with the band and your favorite robots. With the App you will receive notification when the band becomes active. The robots “machine communication" will be sent to you and partly translated into human speech.

In the future we also plan to develop a Compressorhead cap or badge which automatically lights up where ever you are in the world whenever the bots plug in and perform. 

This is how the MINDLINK App could look like:

 Why do we need 290.000 Euro?

Here are the reasons why we need so much support.

1. Construction of the New Robot takes time and money

In order to produce a high performance machine you have to produce high quality parts. For us to finance a singer robot from gigs only, will simply take too long. Your support gives us time to design and build the robot to the standard we want.

2. Programming and teaching the robots. 

Programming and teaching the robots to perform the new songs takes several months. Fine-tuning and calibration is an ongoing process. Especially after robots have been serviced and parts have been exchanged, programming has to be adjusted. 

3. Recording an album with robots in a studio is different from recording an album with humans!

We can't bring the robots to the recording studio, we have to bring the studio to the robots! Generally recording studios do not own a forklift truck nor do they allow drilling of holes into the studio floors or do they appreciate a loud 11kw screw compressor in their hallway.  

That means we have to rent the studio equipment for a month. We have to adapt the rooms to suite the sound and recording requirements. This is a huge logistical challenge which is not to be underestimated. 

4. The Mindlink Web App to connect the robots with you, needs a lot of dedicated time from several programmers.

Programming the Web App needs time and money. We need: a further website, an application programming interface (API) between the robots machine data and the app, so that you see what they do when they are active.

The Rewards

Our project is special and so are some of the rewards. You can get cool stuff!

The Crowdfunding Supporter Shirt:

Example of a small body part from stickboy:

Small Body Part from Stickboy
Small Body Part from Stickboy
Stick from Stickboy's Drumset
Stick from Stickboy's Drumset

Risks and challenges

Production Timeline

01 November 2015 to 05 December 2015 - The Kickstarter campaign will be in progress.
05 December 2015 to 12 December 2015 - Kickstarter will be processing payments from backers.
12 December 2015 - production will begin.
Late December First Rewards Supporter & Fan Shirt, Sticks and Cymbal will be sent out to backers and with all going well, you should get them by Christmas. Shipping will be through DHL. However it can be a slow service depending on your location.
Late July / Early August 2016 - CD/Vinyl will be sent out to backers.
Record Release Party September 2016

Risks

- Album is not finished on time for the planned release which is july 2016
- Delivery of the vinyl album may be delayed due to long production times of the vinyl pressing company.
- Singer robot is not finished until July 2016 so we can't do a live gig to promote the album.
- Backers will be informed constantly about progress of project via mail.
- the driving unit of the singer is ready to run, the remaining top half of the singer is to be designed and constructed.

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    Pledge €5 or more About $6

    ***A Big Thank You***

    Thank's for supporting this project!
    No reward here, but our deepest thanks and a high-five!

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    ***Exclusive Backer Only Release Track***

    Welcome to the team - Thank you for your donation! You will receive a song performed by the robots exclusively for your ears. The MP3 will be delivered via email. It's a track offered for supporters like you.

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    Ò±Ó Thank's from Bones!

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    ***Mindlink Web App***

    Welcome to the team! You'll receive progress reports about the construction of the new robot and production of the LP. The mindlink function of the App is something really special. Choose your favourite robot and you will receive real time machine data, translated into human speech every time your robot becomes activated.

    High 5 from Ò=Ó

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    ***Human Drone***

    Become a human drone when robot's rule the world.

    You will receive a PDF with a certificate that guarantees you becoming a human drone.

    (This is only a Joke Reward! By booking this reward you demonstrate that you like our music and support us in future)

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    Pledge €20 or more About $23

    ***Download 10 songs of the Album***

    Two weeks before the release of the hard copy you will receive a link to download the songs.

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    ***EARLY BIRD Compressorhead CD***

    The complete Compressorhead CD with 14 songs - We'll send you a copy of the Compressorhead CD.

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    ***Download the entire Album***

    Two weeks before the release of the hard copy you will receive a link to download the Album.

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    ***Compressorhead CD***

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    ***Compressorhead Fan Shirt***

    You will receive a classic compressorhead fan shirt and with all going well, you should get them by Christmas. Shipping will be through DHL. However it can be a slow service depending on your location.

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    ***Crowdfunding Supporter Shirt***

    Show everybody that you are one of the people that have helped our crowdfunding to success and with all going well, you should get them by Christmas. Shipping will be through DHL. However it can be a slow service depending on your location.

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    ***EARLY BIRD Compressorhead LP on VINYL***

    Robot music in an analog format?! Our robots love it. Back to the roots. It's become a global novelity! Robot performed music combined with the warmth of vinyl. We'll send you a copy of the Compressorhead LP. Including our special thanks.

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    ***Compressorhead LP on VINYL***

    Robot music in a analog format?! Our robots love it. Back to the roots. It's become a global novelity! Robot performed music combined with the warmth of vinyl. We'll send you a copy of the Compressorhead LP. Including our special thanks.

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    ***Compressorhead Fan Package***

    The Fan Package includes: CD - Supporter Shirt - Mindlink Web App - Backer Only Release Track

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    Pledge €85 or more About $96

    ***Compressorhead Fan Package You Choose***

    This Fan Package includes: CD or Vinyl - Supporter Shirt or Regular Shirt- Mindlink Web App - Backer Only Release Track

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    ***One of Stickboys Drumsticks mounted on presentation plaque ***

    Well! Sometimes when Stickboy drinks too much "heavy machine oil" he like's to show off his high speed drum roll which tends to destroy his sticks. Would you like to own one of them. Engraved will be: "Compressorhead thank's "YOUR NAME".
    With all going well, you should get them by Christmas. Shipping will be through DHL. However it can be a slow service depending on your location.

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    ***Small Body Parts from Members of the Band***

    Would you like to own one of them, mounted on a presentation plaque, with your name engraved? With all going well, you should get them by Christmas. Shipping will be through DHL. However it can be a slow service depending on your location.

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    ***Private Record Release Party***

    Invitation to the Record Release Party in Berlin.
    Come to Berlin and have a great Party with us when we release the album. Look behind the scene's, make photos with the robots and see how they work.
    All your party needs will be cared for.
    You will receive your personally signed copy of the album at the party.
    This party is only for our friends and people like you.

    (Travel/accomodation costs not included)

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    ***Exclusive Credits to supporters on the website***

    Compressorhead CD + exclusive credits to the supporter for 24 month on the Website.

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    ***One used cymbal of Stickboys Drum Set***

    The following will be engraved on the cymbal:
    "Compressorhead thanks our special fan *YOUR NAME* for supporting our crowdfunding." With all going well, you should get them by Christmas. Shipping will be through DHL. However it can be a slow service depending on your location.
    + CD or VINYL Album (delivered after release)

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    ***1 hour Jam Session with the Band***
    Come to Berlin visit us in our studio and rock out with the band. All instruments provided.
    By appointment only (earliest in April 2016)
    (Travel/accomodation costs not included)

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    ***Exclusive Credits to premium supporter***

    Compressorhead CD or VINYL + exclusive credits to the premium supporter on the CD and VINYL Cover + for 24 month on the Website + Supporter Shirt + Mindlink App + Backer Only Release Track + Invitation to the private Record Release Party in Berlin

    (Travel/accomodation costs not included)

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    ***Bionic neural implant***

    Its like the Mindlink App but inside your brain*. Redeamable in the year 2115 if you survive.
    You will receive a PDF Document with a Voucher.
    + CD or VINYL + Invitation to the private Record Release Party.

    (*This is only a Joke Reward! By booking this reward you demonstrate that you believe in the future of compressor head)

    (Travel/accomodation costs not included)

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Funding period

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