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Let the Space Bards abduct you on a quirky musical journey about two aliens struggling to fit in on planet Earth.
Let the Space Bards abduct you on a quirky musical journey about two aliens struggling to fit in on planet Earth.
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NOTICE: OUR KICKSTARTER VIDEO WAS TAMPERED WITH, AND WHEN WE FOUND OUR CAMERA AGAIN IT WAS DAMAGED. WE HAD TO LEAVE THE VIDEO AS IS. SORRY! 

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Shroud of the Avatar Pledge Additions!

To honor our fellow SotA fans, we've devised up some extra goodies that will also be available to backers:

  • Any Amount – Private invitation to an in-game music party at the Bards Manor in Shroud of the Avatar. Mingling, Giveaways and more!
  • $10 (Album Download) Free Download of LB Returns. In Game sheet music of LB Returns! More goodies TBA.
  • $25 (Physical Album) – In game sheet music for Neon Milk!

NOTE: To get these rewards, simply back at a level of your choosing or higher and we'll make available the option with your Neon Milk rewards post-kickstarter.

UPDATE: Because we met our $3k goal during Neon Shroud of the Telethon, we are doing another SotA Music Video!

What IS "Neon Milk"?

Neon Milk is a concept album that follows the story of two aliens who have crash-landed on planet Earth, and are doing everything they can to blend in with the strange creatures known as 'humans'. Dan Span and Dom John, who have been making music for many years, deftly mix genres as varied as rock, rap, dance, and dubstep into a tongue-in-cheek exploration of what it feels like to be an alien, even on your own planet.

Who Are The Space Bards?

1997 was the fateful year Dom John and Dan Span met at recess. Over the years we’ve dressed up as jedis, old people, wizards, and even gangsters in the name of filmmaking and comedy.

Earlier this year we thought it would be fun to try making music together, blending our very different solo material into one cohesive sound. After we laid down the first track, we knew there was no turning back. We continued to write another eight songs all in one month, and by April we had an entire albums worth.

In the midst of writing the album, our lifelong love for video games came to the forefront as we entered and won a fan video contest for "Shroud of the Avatar", an upcoming MMO from fellow astronaut, Richard "Lord British" Garriott. Since then our song/video has been featured at Rooster Teeth Expo and Comic Con NY.

In the process we met the talented Ember Isolte, and couldn't help but collaborate with her on another video game tune, this one paying homage to World of Warcraft.

After all the video game fun, we're eager to return to our original vision, and take all of our new found friends and fans on a laughter-filled tour of the universe and beyond!

What's All This Got To Do With Me?

We've got the songs. We've got the engineer. Sure, we could save up all our pennies and get this done eventually, but we thought it'd be much more fun to get you guys involved and make the creation of this album unforgettable. From ringtones, to cover requests, to personalized songs and videos, our perk list is chock-full of ways for you to have a special and unique experience to go along your copy of "Neon Milk"!

So, What's It Gonna Sound Like?

Here is a brief sampler of some of the rough demo tracks we have lying around in Garageband for "Neon Milk":

And here's an actual studio version of one of the tracks:

We refuse to give you anything less!

Where's The Money Going, Anyway?

For this kickstarter our goal is set to the minimum amount we need to produce a 6 song EP for you guys. Each complete song will cost roughly $300 to produce from tracking to mastering in the recording studio, and the rest will go towards manufacturing the CD's and mailing them to your door. So, to break it down:

Starting Goal - 6 Song EP - $3000

  • Studio Costs - $1800
  • Album/Swag Production - $800
  • Est. Mailing/Packaging costs - $200
  • Est. Taxes/KS/Amazon Fees - $200

Ideally, we'd love to make "Neon Milk" 12-15 songs in length (we have the songs!), and if we hit a goal of at least $5000, we can make this happen!

Stretch Goal 1 - Full-Length LP - $5000

Any more funds raised beyond that will go towards music videos, including more on-album skits, and spending more time to perfect a complete musical journey for you guys!

Okay, I'm Sold. Send Me Cool Stuff.

Well, what are you waiting for? Check out the rewards to your right. :)

Risks and challenges

All of the songs are already written and completed, and the studio is set up and waiting for us! We've already produced many songs there before, and even have some proof of product above for your listening pleasure.

Our estimates for production costs and shipping are modest to meet our goal, and we are prepared to take a hit if it means we under estimated. Time is the only risk factor here, but we are VERY confident that by April 2014 we will be able to have "Neon Milk" in your hands!

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    GROUND CONTROL

    We'll beam you the above plus a DRM-free complete digital download of "Neon Milk" in high-quality .mp3!

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    CREW MEMBER

    All the above will be yours, recruit, as well as a physical, signed copy of "Neon Milk", and a personalized thank you letter from the Space Bards.

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    HONORARY SPACE BARD/BARDETTE

    You get all of the above, plus assorted "Neon Milk" swag, including the secret recipe to make your very own "Neon Milk"! (It can be hard, it can be vegan, it's definitely delicious).

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    COMMUNICATIONS EXPERT

    Launch yourself into Space Bard-dom with all of the above rewards, plus your very own personalized musical ringtone in the style of music you prefer, compliments of the Space Bards.

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    It's like we're really there! Snag all of the above in addition to a personalized thank you video from the Space Bards... and maybe someone else.

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    THE NAVIGATOR

    Set our course by having us cover any song of your choice, plus all of the goodies above.

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    CO-PILOT

    You just funded an entire track, and deserve your own! Besides all of the rewards listed above, the Space Bards will compose and record an entire original song all about you (or with permission, a person of your choosing. The song will also not be published anywhere without your consent!)

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    SPACE CAPTAIN

    Not only will the Bards create an original tune just for you, but they will also film and edit together an epic music video of the song in your honor. (The video becomes all yours to do with as you please, we will not publish anywhere it unless you say so!)

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    THE ADMIRAL

    The Bards love their leader unconditionally, which is why you get it all! They'll even fly out to anywhere in the world and perform "Neon Milk" in its entirety, and your personalized song, just for you. (Dates, lodging, and travel methods will be negotiated before-hand)

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