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A new full length 12" vinyl LP — 8 tracks in the instrumental / ambient / postrock / electronic genre.
A new full length 12" vinyl LP — 8 tracks in the instrumental / ambient / postrock / electronic genre.
70 backers pledged $3,455 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello! My name is Gustaf Fjelstrom and I’m an artist/musician/producer from San Jose, CA. I make instrumental music in the ambient / post rock / electronic genre—heavy on the bass guitar. I’ve been recording my own music since 2009 and have released two full-length albums, two eps, and a handful of singles and remixes. You can check out my entire discography at gustaffjelstrommusic.com or my Bandcamp page.

Your can read a bit more about my previous release here, here, and here.

Also: I released an EP last year (DIAMETRIC) which is available for FREE (pay what you want)—I'd consider it a pretty good precursor to the new album.

WHAT AM I MAKING?

The Peripheral Arc (Key Art)
The Peripheral Arc (Key Art)

My latest album is titled THE PERIPHERAL ARC: VOLUME 1. It's DONE. Mixed, mastered, and ready to go. I’ll be releasing it on Digital, Compact Disc, and—with your help... VINYL.

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Artwork subject to change…

TAKE A LISTEN 

Stream the first single "REVENANT" here. (REVENANT will be available as a pre-release download for backers).

 

 

 

ABOUT THE ALBUM

I’m picking up where my last full-length release, INTENTION, left off. I’m continuing the trajectory of some of the higher energy moments, while delving deeper into the realms of ambient bass guitar, analog synths, and lush, etherial textures (and of course, massive regular bass!). Live drums were performed by Mike Reppucci and vocal textures were provided by Jessica Thompson. The album features 8 tracks specifically designed and sequenced with a vinyl release in mind. I finished mixing the album in March, and mastering was completed by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering.

WHY VINYL?

Digital distribution has changed the music landscape drastically, so why go back to such an arcane format as vinyl? This isn’t an argument about which sounds better, vinyl or digital. No doubt, it is insanely convenient to have my entire music collection available at my fingertips on my iPod, but downloading an album is just one type of experience. Investing in an actual physical artifact—something tangible and tactile—is another.

I remember when I was first awakening to music—sitting on the floor listening intently in headphones to all my RUSH albums—pouring over every inch of the jacket and liner notes. 

There was just something about the size of the artwork, the feel of the paper and printing, the scent of the vinyl. That’s what I wanted to experience again. And that’s what I’d like to share with you.

As for CDs—some people still like buying CDs! They’re far less expensive to produce than vinyl… so its included as an option.

WHY KICKSTARTER?

I released my previous album INTENTION on vinyl and was very pleased with the results. I’m going the crowdsourcing route this time to better gauge the demand and to secure the financing upfront. Let’s be clear. Making and releasing music these days has never been easier or cheaper. With the most modest of budgets, anyone can record their own music and publish it worldwide in just a few clicks. When you’re dealing with physical products, however, there lies the initial barrier of manufacturing costs. As a completely independent musician, this proposes its own challenges—hence the Kickstarter campaign.

THE BUDGET

The funding for this project is set at $3000. (Okay, to be precise, the total budget is actually $3,015.04, but heck, I'll cover the first $15.04). This covers the vinyl pressing, CD duplication, rewards, the Kickstarter fees, and the payment processing fees. That’s it. 

You aren’t footing the bill for the entire music production: the gear, the mixing, the mastering, the artwork—that’s all on me. I would just like your help getting this album onto vinyl and into your hands.

WHAT WILL BE PRODUCED?

We’ll be producing 250 copies of the album on 12” black vinyl with full-color center labels. We’re going with black paper poly-lined inner sleeves inserted in a heavyweight 350gsm matte-laminated jacket. The CD version will have a one page insert, tray card, and full-color disc in a jewel case. All pledges for CD and Vinyl will include a free digital download of the album.

KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVES

All reward tiers will include an exclusive Kickstarter-only reward. These items will be available ONLY to Kickstarter backers and will not be available anywhere else. 

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  • Laptop Sticker: Pretty self-explanatory here. Just a cool sticker for your... um, laptop.
  • Postcard Pack: Exclusive designs from yours truly reflecting some unique design elements from the Peripheral Arc album artwork.
  • Poster: Similar to a postcard, just poster-sized.
  • T-Shirt: (Details forthcoming)
  • Test Pressing: As part of the vinyl production process, test pressing are produced to make sure everything is on target. Only 5 will be produced, 4 of which will be available as rewards.
  • Album Credit: Want to see your name in lights? And by lights I mean tiny little letters printed on the album itself.

In addition to the Kickstarter rewards, all backers will receive the Digital Single—a special pre-release to be delivered well in advance of the album street date. 

Also... a little bird told me that upon successful funding, all backers just MAY get the full album digital download right away!

THE SCHEDULE

This Kickstarter campaign will run for 21 days. Upon successful completion, the manufacturing order will be placed. Current turnaround times for the vinyl pressing is 8 weeks. I’ve given a conservative estimate of September 2017 but if the records are complete ahead of schedule, they’ll be shipped out early. September will remain the official release date for all the “regular” people.

SHIPPING

The one drawback with this whole vinyl thing is the shipping. Vinyl is expensive to ship, especially internationally. The vinyl will be shipped via USPS media mail in the US. Unfortunately, there’s no media mail option for shipping internationally, so the shipping costs will be a little higher. The vinyls will be shipped in sturdy cardboard mailers offering ample protection. The shipping costs will be added to your pledge amount.

Risks and challenges

Album is done. Recorded. Mixed. Mastered. In the can. This album IS coming out. Everything is ready to go. The potential risks lie in the realm of manufacturing defects, delays, or the like. We'll be sure to keep you updated every step of the way.

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    Digital Album

    Not into vinyl? No problem. By pledging $10 you can still help me achieve my goal AND get a full digital download of the full album.

    Backers will also receive a special pre-release digital single download.

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    Prefer the CD version? Pledges of $15 will get you a copy of the album on CD.

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    This is what you came for. Get the album in all its vinyl glory. (Details on vinyl here)

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    Vinyl + CD Combo

    Want the best of both worlds? Pledges of $40 will receive the album on vinyl and compact disc.

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    Pledges of $60 will receive the album on vinyl, CD, and a Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt.

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    Vinyl Album + CD + TEST PRESSING

    For a pledge of $80 you get the vinyl album, the compact disc version, AND a special vinyl test pressing—1 of 5 ever made!) Personalized and signed.

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    The Patron Package

    Feeling patronizing? Back this project with a cool Benjamin, and you become an official patron of the arts! You'll get the vinyl album, the compact disc, and your name is the album credits.

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    The Excelsior Premium Prestige Package

    This is our most exclusive package. Five hundred bones gets you the vinyl album, the compact disc version, the digital download, my supreme, undying thanks, AND eternal gratitude.

    Hey... if you don't ask... right??

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