We MADE IT!
The first funding target has been reached - The Rosetta Suite is a go!
A huge thank you to all my backers - it's all down to you.
And the first stretch goal has been reached too - amazing!
All pledges from now will go towards getting extra instrumentalists and making the sound quality even better!
What is The Rosetta Suite?
The Rosetta Suite will be a full length album of orchestral music inspired by the Rosetta comet mission success.
The resounding success of the Rosetta space mission and its emotional impact on the world was truly inspiring. So much so that I picked up my pen, and started writing some orchestral music. The result is what you hear above – the opening movement to the Rosetta Orchestral Suite. But what you hear here is just the beginning!
Over the next 6 months, I’ll be finishing this orchestral album of between 30-50 minutes of music. Much of it is already written, and follows the story of the Rosetta mission, its characters, successes and setbacks; all of it painted in vivid orchestral colour.
By pledging you'll be supporting the creation of an original orchestral album of music to celebrate this historic event, and the dream of getting it out there to the world.
Why the Campaign?
Funding the production of CDs, the final mastering process, and digital distribution are the main costs associated with most album/music releases. The Kickstarter campaign allows me to both measure the level of interest in a Rosetta-inspired album, whilst also providing a way to fund its release.
As it stands I’ll be funding the writing, production and mixing myself. This Kickstarter campaign is intended to cover the upfront costs.
The stretch goals will take the possibilities further, including recorded soloists (£3,500), and a FULL ORCHESTRAL RECORDING (£20,000)!
NOW AVAILABLE - A 3D printed miniature model of the Philae lander for pledges of £60 and above! See below for more details.
3D Printed Miniature of the Philae Lander!
The £60 and above tiers now offer this amazing reward - a miniature 10cm x 10cm x 10cm (approx) 3D print of the Philae lander. Design by the incredible team at Cubicle Ninjas in Chicago, this is a fantastic way to celebrate the achievement of landing on a comet. I'm extremely grateful to the Cubicle Ninjas team for helping out on the design. Here's a picture of Philae the lander to remind you what you'll be getting:
Also, if the project reaches £10,000 in funding, I can afford to make the Philae miniature bigger and better - let's do it guys!
The names for planned movements as it stands currently are:
Liftoff (Featured in the Kickstarter video)
An exciting brass fanfare describing the Ariane 5 Launch and getting into orbit.
Ten Years in Space
Slow and lumbering, this long developing movement describes the painstaking wait as Rosetta approaches its target.
The comet itself comes into view, spinning in majesty yet mystical and entirely unfamiliar.
The Orbital Dance
Rosetta's complex series of movements in order to position herself for the task ahead.
The happy go lucky figurehead of the whole operation - whimsical, fun and exciting, and breaking new ground.
The pure emotional joy of a successful world-first for mankind is what inspired me to create this moving and evolving fantasy.
Each of these movements being between 4-10 minutes long.
The whole Suite will be written for full orchestra and in the Classical/Romantic style. The movements differ in terms of energy and mood depending on their subject – Philae, for example, is a light and playful piece whereas 67P, named after the comet round which Rosetta is orbiting, is a mysterious, dark and brooding work. ‘Liftoff’ is the rapturous overture you can hear in full in the Kickstarter video.
All throughout the Suite I've written the music to be accessible so generally, if you like classical music of this style, you will probably like this Suite. It’s melodically driven and has a listenable nature. If you’re a fan of works like The Planets suite by Holst, you’re likely to enjoy the style I’ll be going for with the Rosetta Suite.
My plan is to continue writing the unfinished movements over this holiday season and into 2015. My target is that the writing will be totally finished by late Spring 2015. Then there is just the recording to do, some of which will happen at the same time as the writing. If this campaign is successful, I plan to ship the finished album by early Summer 2015.
I will write, produce, and manage the recording process myself, as well as fund a few of the extra costs.
All the while I’ll keep you updated with the progress on each movement with regular updates. The most generous supporters will get a mention in the album liner as a thank you for making it possible!
The Album Artwork
The amazing Chicago based designers Cubicle Ninjas have also agreed to draw some original, masterful artwork for the album! You can see more about them here:
The main goals are to get the writing and album finished, mastered and printed. That’s the dream! But if the campaign happens to do well there are additional things that would add an awful lot to the suite.
What the Rosetta Suite really wants now is some FANTASTIC soloists record their performances of the written score. For example there are solo violin and solo flute parts that are begging for an amazing performer! The main reason for this is because, unfortunately, the sample synthesisers of today aren't quite up to scratch for solo work just yet. So this is where the Kickstarter campaign really comes into its own – if the interest is out there, soloists will make this project into something much more incredible.
Bigger and better Philae miniature - £10,000
With this amount of funding I could afford to make the 3D printed miniature of the Philae lander even bigger and better!
FULL ORCHESTRA RECORDING! - £20,000
A relatively expensive stretch goal but also a lifelong dream. Currently the Suite is produced with sample synthesized instruments. There are various orchestras around the world that offer to record a full orchestral work for a reasonable fee. The result they offer for the cost is simply astounding! This stretch goal is a little ambitious but hey, you gotta dream!
If you have any ideas about different or extra stretch goals, I'm certainly open to suggestion.
It is my great pleasure to confirm the soloists who will feature if the campaign is successful and the stretch goal is reached:
Garry Blakeley – Solo Violin
Rob Leake – Solo Clarinet and Bass Clarinet
Martin Bradshaw – Cello
I’ll update this as I identify more soloists. There are other potential instruments waiting to be confirmed (some have parts waiting to be written!). I'm open to suggestions here too.
After graduating with a degree in music from Leeds University in the UK, I've gone on to compose, write and produce music for a living in an increasingly fierce competitive environment. I was born and raised in Hastings, Sussex, and now live in Bexhill.
As a young artist developing a career in music, I have found securing funding for this kind of project is quite a challenge. Kickstarter provides the ideal platform for me to get this dream project off the ground.
I will of course keep supporters updated every step of the way with regular updates on the compositions, recordings, and album artwork production.
So, if you want to hear more, help me out by supporting the Rosetta Suite. Do so and the album will make its way to you at some point in Summer 2015. Not forgetting of course I’ll be eternally grateful for your support and in helping me achieve a lifelong dream!
Please note this Suite is in no way endorsed by the ESA. I thank them for pursuing the betterment of humankind and for providing the inspiration for this project.
"Rosetta and Philae were charged with discovering whether life on earth was kick-started by comets." New Scientist on 22 Nov
How apt then that I should use Kickstarter to launch my project.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge with any creative project, especially one with such a vast quantity of complex orchestral music, is the infamous 'writer's block' problem.
That said, the majority of the themes have already been sketched and are ready to be produced. The orchestration process is what takes the longest. I believe 6 month deadline I've given myself is a reasonable amount to finish all the orchestration and production, naturally subject to some variation due to coordinating the various elements of the project.
I'll be keeping supporters up to date as things progress.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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