This project's funding goal was not reached on June 26, 2012.
About this project
WE, ISABEL AND ROB, have been making music together in a vast array of splendiferous endeavors for the better part of five years. Based in Brooklyn, NY we’ve collaborated on modern dance projects, conspired to create and bolster rock bands, and conjured improvisations for yogis, subway commuters, sunsets, and whatever sentient creatures happen to be within earshot.
It’s hard to express in words how much we’ve inspired each other’s approach not only to music and songwriting, but to the exploration of sound in whatever form it takes. The Bell Cycle is the latest and greatest vehicle of these explorations, and we want to share it with the world. For the month of August we’re renting a house in upstate New York, filling it with recording gear and our favorite noisemakers, and recording day and night. We feel that being surrounded by peacefulness and having our instruments at the ready is a better way to capture the intimacy and spontaneity of our music than recording at a traditional studio. We’re fortunate enough to have Raymond Sicam III, a longtime friend and masterful producer of music, come along with us to engineer and mix the album as well! Our vision of what this album will encompass sonically is beautifully overwhelming for us right now. In the past, we’ve shown up to rehearsals with our voices, a cello, and an acoustic guitar. We now find ourselves surrounded by percussion, zithers, Isabel’s sarangi (a traditional Indian string instrument), pots, pans, a xylophone... the list grows as our need to contextualize and ornament our songs deepens.
This project is special to us, and we want to get as many people involved as possible. Kickstarter has provided a platform for us to do just that. We’re raising money to cover costs of the house rental, engineering, mixing, mastering, CD pressing and distribution, album artwork, and promotional materials. Along the way, we’re offering gifts that otherwise wouldn’t be available through traditional retailers. In addition to your standard gift fare (pre release downloads, stickers, etc.), we’re getting creative with ways of showing gratitude. We’re really excited about offering things like handmade album jackets, personalized mix tapes, covering songs of your choice, playing house concerts, and printing posters of the tear-jerkingly beautiful artwork that Jaffe Zinn has made for the album. Check the list to the right to see the whole list of gifts we’re offering. Thank you so much for checking out our page and for showing your support. The Bell Cycle is just getting of the ground, but we already feel an incredible amount of love and support from everyone we’ve come in contact with over the last few years of music making together.
Much love to you all,
Rob and Isabel
We'd also like to thank and praise visual wizard Leah Moskowitz for making our video! Check out her amazing photography and more at: www.leahmoskowitz.com
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