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Necromantic Music & Video to Catalyze The Imagination
Necromantic Music & Video to Catalyze The Imagination
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Void Denizen: an Effort to Raise the Dead

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ORIGINS

They always told us we could be whatever we want when we grow up, if we put our minds to it. And so, outwitting the impossible, this little Dutch boy grew up to be a Scottish rapper.

(No, I’m not trying to fund a race-change operation, bear with me now.)

Void Denizen in the throes of the thone in the kingdom of boredom... from his 1st video "Shrimpimp"
Void Denizen in the throes of the thone in the kingdom of boredom... from his 1st video "Shrimpimp"

 Meet Voight Denisson, a.k.a. Void Denizen, a lyrical-satirical Necromancer whose verses you can't wrap your head around, but whose verses will rap around in your head. Making light of the dark arts, he communicates with the dead through a Boombox, though he’s looking for a more modern tool. He realizes that a “rock technology” is the key—after all, we use Liquid Crystals in our Computer Screens. (for more in depth information on these themes, click here to breathe more life into the project)

"Stone-age hobo-boombox/Stonehenge tick-tock tech-rocks/Turn up the bass/Turn up the soil/Raise the dead, heavy as a Boulder/And carry my casket like a boombox on your shoulder!"
"Stone-age hobo-boombox/Stonehenge tick-tock tech-rocks/Turn up the bass/Turn up the soil/Raise the dead, heavy as a Boulder/And carry my casket like a boombox on your shoulder!"

"The Kelts had a thing called the Interknot that tied all things together like connect-the-dots, and Stonehenge was the router," Void ruminates at the resolution of the new track Pet(ter)rified".

Hip-hop & rap music have become increasingly materialistic in their focus. So, in pursuit of the Philosopher’s Stone, Void Denizen strives to use that material world as a springboard into the metaphysical, to use something as solid as stone to reach a spiritual realm—to transcend the material world by viewing its seeming limitations not as a concrete wall, but like a crystal ball—a portal into the unlimited possibilities of The Imagination. 

This alter ego has come rapping on my chamber door like a poltergeist, desperately wanting to be realized.
This alter ego has come rapping on my chamber door like a poltergeist, desperately wanting to be realized.

THE PROJECTS

That's the back story. Now, I want to create a musical cosmicomedy that riffs on the rift between cultural vs. cosmic identity, turning the focus of rap music away from its material fixations, towards the Metaphysical.

More simply put, I want to record Void’s first record, and produce his second music video to further expand upon the story and ideas behind this astroverted character.

My original producer, the talented Liran Kehat, and I recorded Void’s first track in just one day when I visited him in Israel in 2013. He agreed to help me birth this strange creation under the condition that I wouldn't release it until I had made a video to go with it. We shook hands. My talented team and I then created the music video with love as our only investment ($0), and the result is the prototypical track and video Shrimpimp:

Shrimpimp, in its first week, got over 2000 hits and over 100 shares, launched from my personal FB page alone
Shrimpimp, in its first week, got over 2000 hits and over 100 shares, launched from my personal FB page alone

Now, two years later, it has become clear that getting an Israeli and a Netherlander together to raise a Highlander is not easy. Luckily, I've started working with the soulful and talented Joshua Cook right here in my San Francisco home, and things have started moving along! A new track has popped freshly off the conveyer, conveying a soulful new direction that is difficult to classify—more rhapsody than rap—but has a powerful collaborative potential at its root.

The best advice I've received in my life is to pursue what gives you energy, and after recording "Pet(ter)rified," my channels became flooded with currents of relentless inspiration. The next steps are to make an amazing video for this song, and to purge and produce all the tracks that have been gathered and backed up in my heart-drive for the past two years—to finish the album!

Void Denizen calls himself "Leprekanye West"
Void Denizen calls himself "Leprekanye West"

The Team

Besides Josh Cook and my selves (as you can see in the Shrimpimp video, I have multiple), I have an amazing crew of folks who want to lend their talents. Gifted musicians and performers/actors like Morgan Sorne, Travis Puntarelli, Aslan Rife, Mark Sandusky and Kendra Moriah, and the multi-talented editor/DP/artist Jeff "Pollenwhale" Cravath. Also, the amazing and resourceful creative force known as Hillary Andujar, who has worked with the likes of Tim Burton & Woody Allen and is responsible for the costumes and production design for Seventeen Evergreen's Polarity Song video, among others.

VOID DENIZEN: START-KICKING

I've shown you what can be achieved on little or no budget, but it's time to see what brave new horizons we can breach with financial wind in our sails…

PROJECT BREAKDOWN:

$6500 TOTAL:

$2200 – production fees to cover live/work-space expenses, allowing Cook and myself to bust out a record in a month and a half of hard, late-night work sessions

$3300 – video budget (paying for everything from props to graphics, food, travel, and I'd like to be able to compensate my DP/editor and production designer)

$1000 – professional mastering fees & kickstarter fees

And if we EXCEED our goal, we can make even better—if not MORE—music videos!

BLING (REWARDS):

NOTE: where it says on the $20 and $25 rewards "all of the above", it applies only to the preceding digital downloads--the Krampus postcard and Altered States Currency are NOT included. These were added in later, and I wasn't able to change the wording to already pledged rewards.

Prints of the painting "psychonaut, depicting this petrified gnome are available in the rewards section.
Prints of the painting "psychonaut, depicting this petrified gnome are available in the rewards section.
newly added reward: a print of "emotional waves" a painting that was created as the album cover of Liran Kehat's debut album of the same name
newly added reward: a print of "emotional waves" a painting that was created as the album cover of Liran Kehat's debut album of the same name
it takes money to make money. so I made "money", issued by the "federal reVerse" this symbolical currency is available in the lower rewards tier.
it takes money to make money. so I made "money", issued by the "federal reVerse" this symbolical currency is available in the lower rewards tier.
prints of the painting "Treasure Map" are available in the rewards section
prints of the painting "Treasure Map" are available in the rewards section
"Bakuim" is the fictitious hebrew plural for "Baku", the dream-eaters from Japanese mythology. Prints of this painting are available in the rewards section.
"Bakuim" is the fictitious hebrew plural for "Baku", the dream-eaters from Japanese mythology. Prints of this painting are available in the rewards section.
pledge to get your hands on a print of this painting "Safe Passage" (titled "" in the rewards section)
pledge to get your hands on a print of this painting "Safe Passage" (titled "" in the rewards section)
prints of the painting "3-Deities" are available in the rewards section
prints of the painting "3-Deities" are available in the rewards section
This is an example of art created with a gelpen. You can get an original gelpen drawing if you pledge . See rewards section for details.
This is an example of art created with a gelpen. You can get an original gelpen drawing if you pledge . See rewards section for details.
an example of pareidolia-based artwork, done in watercolor. Look in the rewards section to pledge for an original custom made piece!
an example of pareidolia-based artwork, done in watercolor. Look in the rewards section to pledge for an original custom made piece!
this is an example of an ambidextrous drawing, drawn with both hands at once! Click the image to see a video of this creative process. See rewards for details on how to obtain an original.
this is an example of an ambidextrous drawing, drawn with both hands at once! Click the image to see a video of this creative process. See rewards for details on how to obtain an original.
               
a live, rare recital of the magical story "The Eternal Snail Convention" is available in the rewards section
a live, rare recital of the magical story "The Eternal Snail Convention" is available in the rewards section

Besides using a boombox to access the beyond, another classic Hip Hop icon can be applied to this hypothesis: Street Art. Stainspotting is like a sort of cave art on concrete, outlining shapes spotted in random, incidental spills with chalk. These are the faces peeking through from The Other Side:

click image to see the other 4-tile stainspotting prints offered in the rewards section
click image to see the other 4-tile stainspotting prints offered in the rewards section
blackout poems are one of the many things you can find stuffed into the envelope rewarded to those who pledge for the SNAIL MAIL reward slot
blackout poems are one of the many things you can find stuffed into the envelope rewarded to those who pledge for the SNAIL MAIL reward slot

wishing well,

The Ungoogleable Michaelangelo

Risks and challenges

I can't really think of anything getting in our way of making this record once the campaign is funded... we should be set and able to complete the record in under two months time (mix/mastering time not included) after that--the video.

The greatest danger, and I've mentioned this already, is that the music cannot be classified solely as rap or Scottish. This is a risk that comes with so-called "necromantic" music—you never know what kind of nationalities, personalities, or influences will come flooding through the channel.

What I can guarantee is ORIGINALITY & QUALITY. Manage your expectations accordingly.

Regarding the videos, the more money we raise the better they will be, and the more of them we can create...I can promise, on this budget, at least one (low budget) music video, but ideally I want to make many, many more.

“I’ll give you back a thousandfold whatever you invest!” – Void Denizen

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    THE PREVIOUS WORKS

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