About this project
Double Update: Limited Edition Cover:
Update: Limited Edition...
The limited edition version of Shinshu In Bloom will have two bonus tracks on it (15 and 16) as well as night-time themed art.
*Quick Note: I've added two international options -- one for the $25 tier and one for the $50 tier. If you're interested in any of the higher tiers and you're international, please message me*
Last note: All reward tiers will have the digital version available to them.
What is this?
Shinshu in Bloom is a Jazz-Hop inspired Okami remix album with 14 tracks, inspired by artists such as Nujabes and Marcus D, as well as Okami itself (of course!)
The music is almost ready to go and we really want to release this album as a physical copy so you guys can get it in your hands. I think Elie's artwork is beautiful (see below) and I am stoked to have you physically hold this in your hands.
There's an awesomeness to holding a heartfelt product that we hope to capture with this. Both Elie and I are fans of Okami (and Okamiden!), so I hope you will feel the care we put into this album :).
Why a remix album?
Okami is quite literally in my top three favorite games (next to Braid and another game I won't mention). I played the original PS2 version on launch before it was even cool. In other words, I'm an Okami hipster (and there's nothing wrong with that).
Furthermore, anyone who plays this game will tell you that the soundtrack is absolutely amazing.
It's awe-inspiring how well done and immersive it is.
I want to, potentially, bring this amazing soundtrack to someone who wouldn't have heard it otherwise (by making it more accessible).
Most of all, I did it because I love music and Okami and it's awesome and I'm so happy with how it's coming out and aaaahhhwhekwlekaj.
Where Does the Funding Go?
The funds for this project go to:
- High Quality CD Replication. No half-baked burned CD's from my computer.
- Paying Elie for his artwork. I'm super happy that Elie opted to do the art for free, but I think he deserves payment (artists have it hard, man).
- Printing the posters with the rewards.
- Shipping costs
- Promotion for the album
- Creating the bonus rewards
Extra funds will simply be used to make more albums so more people can get a copy of Shinshu In Bloom. Depending on the interest we may end up doing a part two... just sayin' ;).
How Can You Help?
By backing and sharing the word!
Our rewards include Physical Copies of the album, a limited edition artwork Physical Copy, Posters of Elie's artwork (pictured above), and even some bonus Art or Music if you're really feeling it.
Actually, if anyone has a cool idea for a reward let us know and we'll definitely consider it (does anyone want a t-shirt?)
I'm not intending on doing a second run, so this is probably the only time you can get these physical copies.
If you want to support us, Okami, and starving artists like Elie, please purchase a reward and share this with your Okami loving pals.
If you can't purchase it, that's fine too. I humbly ask you spread the word to help support Okami fan art and help us reach our goal :).
Who Are We?
My name is Zac and my artist name is Zencha. I produce all kinds of music, but lately I've found myself in this underground/Jazzy hip-hop phase. I also teach creative-process focused music production over at www.zenchamusic.com and my accompanying YouTube/zenchamusic channel.
I'm currently wasting way too much time with Animal Crossing: New Leaf and League of Legends. I drink too much tea and I wish I could speak Japanese. One day!
Elie is off fighting evil villains alongside Captain Blue (if you get that reference, you're awesome), so I'll write a bit for him.
He's an awesome artist and you can find some of his hobby work over at http://jarofoj.tumblr.com/. Art includes pictures of Tacos, Robots, and custom Teemo skins for League of Legends. Pretty sure he really likes Thai food... actually, I'm pretty sure he likes all food.
Both of us dig Okami. Figure I'd mention that :).
Risks and challenges
I have not printed physical CD's or art before, so there may be some bumps in the road along the process. I'm pretty confident I can handle it though (I know many people who've done it so I can ask for guidance).
Creating custom art is always a drag if it's uninspiring. I foresee that not being a big issue either but it's worth pointing out.
Finally, creating a product that people like. Anyone who says that's easy is mad X).
Reaching the funding goal. Okami fans are awesome, so I think we're set here too...
Not much risk, really. We'll see...Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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