About this project
Electronic Sound is an interactive magazine about the very best in electronic music.
We're coming to Kickstarter to launch The Electronic Sound Music Club
Bag yourself a twelve month subscription to the magazine and membership to to the club, an exciting Kickstarter reward, and help support the future of digital publishing and electronic music journalism.
Read on for the full story
Good news! We've decided to go one step further and offer you even more goodies to get your hands on. We've designed an A2 poster to accompany the Wolfgang Flür and Jack Dangers single. This will be a limited print run, with only 100 of these.
- Get a poster on its own for £10 (+£5 postage)
- If you have already backed and chosen your reward, then add £15 on top of your existing pledge (do not change your reward selection) and send us a message saying you want a poster
Not only that! We also have tote bags and T-shirts for you.
- 'Bag' yourself a tote bag for £10 (+ postage)
- Get a T-shirt for £15 (+ postage)
- Or treat yourself to both for the bargain pledge of £20 (+ postage)
If you've already pledged for any reward, just add:
- £13 for a tote bag (inc postage)
- £18 for a T-shirt (inc postage)
- £25 for both (inc postage)
A New Kind of Publishing Company, A New Kind of Magazine
We are Pam Communications, a small creative publishing house based in Norwich in the UK. We are dedicated to bringing exciting projects to life, engaging communities through interactive editorial, that not only has expertly written journalism and beautiful graphic design, but also produces as small a carbon footprint as possible… Join us and help define a sustainable, interactive future for magazines.
Have a read of our blog about Electronic Sound for Huffington Post, click here!
Our first project, Electronic Sound, is an interactive magazine app, bringing you the very best in electronic music straight to your tablet, your smart phone, or your computer. Electronic Sound started out as an iPad only magazine, but has evolved and grown and is now available on iPhones, Android tablets and phones, and Kindle Fire tablets, as well as in a PDF version for desktops.
What's in it? Well, Kraftwerk are our Beatles, and we cover electronic music from pioneers like Pierre Henry in the 1950s, through krautrock, synthpop and techno, to the experimental electronica of today. We review new gear, seek out fresh talent, interview the veterans, and bring it all together in an exciting magazine that comes to life in your hands... And there's always synths. Lots of synths.
Electronic Sound is not just a flat magazine. Our app allows you to explore electronic music through audio and video as well as words. We take you on a journey through our in-depth, original content, created by our team of writers, photographers and designers, all of whom share a passion for crafting the future of magazines.
Most digital magazines do not really thrive on mobile phones. They are often shrunk and squeezed in, compromising the reading experience and the design. Not Electronic Sound. We completely redesign the phone edition of the magazine to be native to that device, resulting in a simplified reading experience, allowing the magazine to be truly mobile.
Electronic Sound was a quarterly, but we want to bring the magazine to you monthly. And as well as that, we want to take the magazine to the next level...
That's why we're launching The Electronic Sound Music Club
and we need your help to make it happen!
We want to bring you more than a magazine. We want to offer you new and exclusive music, live events, offers and discounts on music gear, competitions, free exclusive downloads, and loads more.
Join the club through Kickstarter and you will get
- 12 month subscription to Electronic Sound magazine
- An amazing exclusive seven-inch record – unavailable elsewhere Monthly digital downloads of the very best electronic music
- Exclusive offers and discounts on tickets, music and gear
- Access to live streams of electronic music events
The Limited Edition Clear Vinyl Single
We're really excited about this, our first exclusive Electronic Sound Music Club release, which you will receive as part of your membership of the Electronic Sound Music Club.
We asked Wolfgang Flür, formerly of Kraftwerk, and Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto to collaborate and create a new piece of music especially for Electronic Sound Music Club members. They worked on the piece between Düsseldorf and San Francsico and delivered two fantastic mixes of their collaborative track to us in February. We're pressing these up as a limited edition of 750 on seven-inch clear vinyl, with a super-limited run featuring special hand-printed artwork for those of you who jump early. The only way you can get hold of a copy of this record is to become a member of the Electronic Sound Music Club and when they're gone, they're gone.We won't be pressing any more copies once they've sold out, so don't delay!
We've got three editions of the record for you.
- £35 - The Seven Inch Single. (only 400) (Be quick!)
- £35 - The Kickstarter Early Bird Limited Edition. Hand numbered (only 75) **SOLD OUT!**
- £45 - The Ultra Limited Edition. Hand numbered, screen-printed artwork on premium paper stock (only 25) **SOLD OUT!**
All of these come with twelve months membership to the club, including subscription to the magazine and a whole lot more... Be quick!
Exclusive 'Staying In The Shadow' music video
Not into all these electronic music malarky? No problem, then come and join...
The Great Electronic Sound Tea Party
We would like to extend an invitation to you to join us for a cup of tea! Read on…
As you can see from the video, we invited our friends and families to the Electronic Sound office for tea and cake. The idea was partly to have an office warming party, but also to tell everyone who has supported us on our journey so far what our plans were for the future. We couldn't have done it without their love and support, so we thought it would be a nice idea to have everyone write their name on a mug, so they could drop in any time for a cuppa. And then it occurred to us that we could share the love with people who support us via Kickstarter, and invite you to come for a cup of tea too.
So if you want to support our project and pledge £10, we'll write your name on a mug and hang it on our wall to remind us of each of you when we stop for a tea break. Or maybe dedicate a mug to a friend or loved one, your favourite band / artist, or even just write us a message.
A photo of the mug wall be added to our website once it's filled, for everyone to see.
If you get on board with us now, your first issue of Electronic Sound will be delivered to your device within a few days of the Kickstarter ending. If you chose a reward that includes the exclusive seven-inch single, you will receive your copy within a few weeks, depending on where you are in the world. We're in the UK, so bear that in mind while you're waiting. The record is being pressed right now, so we hope we'll have finished copies before too long. We'll be updating this page with any news,
The Electronic Sound Synthesiser
Our resident synth wizard, Synthesiser Dave, built a Light Controlled Stepping Oscillator, and put it in wooden box. And now it's on a mad road trip to be signed by some of our electronic music pals. First stop, Manchester, where Graham Massey of 808 State and Clint Boon signed it. We'll be updating this a lot over the next few days, so keep checking back!
Then it was a short drive across to Liverpool, where we had a nice cup of tea with Andy McCluskey of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark…
The synth continued it's journey across the UK to meet John Foxx...
And on to Brighton where Paul Hartnoll (ex Orbital, 8:58) and Stephen Mallinder (ex Cabaret Voltaire and Wrangler) signed the synth.
And then back to London to meet Paul Humphreys of OMD.
Risks and challenges
We've done everything we can to minimise the risks and challenges, but every project faces them.
Changing our magazine production schedule from a quarterly to monthly is our biggest challenge. But we've been planning for it for three months now, and we are already starting to commission content as far ahead as our July issue. Our key team members have many years experience of working on monthly publishing cycles, so we're confident we will continue to deliver.
We also have a slight concern that we sell out of the limited edition singles. We don't think that's likely, but if it does happen, we are going to be inputting names by hand into our database, and then sending out a *lot* of records. It will mean some late nights, but we're committed to fulfilling our end of the bargain as efficiently as we can. And we will be as happy as Larry, because it will mean we have smashed our target by quite a margin!
We've got lots of hard work and lots of late nights ahead of us, but we do have coffee.*
*We might not have any tea left after you lot have drunk it all.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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