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YAY! THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WHO DONATED TO THIS PROJECT! ALL OF YOU ARE AWESOME! :)
and the basement is fantastic! what a great show tonight!
(this is the friends and family letter I just dashed off this morning)
Dear Friends and Family,
If I haven't mentioned it to you before, I have been quietly working on a compilation CD of independent music over the past year, which I will self-release this winter! It has been professionally mastered and will also be professionally pressed and packaged. The CD includes 15 original songs by people I worked with and came to know through my job as director of SCENE Metrospace gallery 2006-2008. I am very pleased with the results -- the songs exceeded my expectations in every way! And I'm extremely excited to get this album out of my hard drive and into your hands. One of the main goals of this compilation was to create a physical artifact, a true musical experience that is tangible outside of the digital realm -- therefore there are no future plans to offer for download or as mp3s. Just a single, limited edition pressing of 1,000 copies.
The compilation is entitled "In The Orchard Of Osiris," and contains music from the following musicians: Arms And Sleepers, Horde Of Two, Cold Mountain Child, Old Names, Steven Leaf, Drunken Barn Dance, Alex Hug, White Pines, Paleo, Stargrazer, Syscrusher (featuring Chris Bathgate), RxGibbs, Ribbons Of Song, Small Houses, and James Collin.
The CD is ready to manufacture. Of course this is an expensive prospect, so if you are interested in helping me realize this labor of love, I have been accepted for a Kickstarter account to support the project!
Kickstarter is a recent community-based funding method, through which someone can pledge any amount of their choosing. One of the unique things about Kickstarter is that they only fund successful ventures: if a project doesn't meet its goal ($2,000 in my case), it does not get funded and no one is charged a single cent. If, on the other hand, it meets or exceeds its goal, it gets fully funded! No pledges are fulfilled until the date specified by the person who proposed the project (me!), which is October 17 at midnight. From now until that date, you can help me out if you so desire. There are incentives offered for different pledge levels -- i.e. a copy of the finished CD, exclusive extra songs, bonus artwork, dinner, etc. I've established various levels for everyone from the cash-strapped to the high roller.
My friends in the band Arms And Sleepers successfully used Kickstarter to fund their European tour this past summer, and my friend Chris Dorman successfully exceeded his Kickstarter goal to press his own solo CD just a few days ago. The very first day of my project (Thursday) we raised $45 with very little fanfare. This is great! If I can average 3-4 contributors per day, I will make it! Below is a link to the Kickstarter profile for the project, where there are many more details and a blog/comment section where we can interact.
Please follow the above link if you'd like to be involved. I don't want anyone feeling obligated -- I am just very proud and full of hope for this project and want to tell the world! There is also a Facebook profile (http://www.facebook.com/pages/In-The-Orchard-Of-Osiris/142470619121580) and a MySpace profile (http://www.myspace.com/itav). These pages contain some sneak previews of the music, news, pictures and more! I am also putting the finishing touches on a promotional video that will go live in a few days. One of the big ways to help out is to share these links with friends you think will be interested, and help spread the word.
I thank you for your interest and support, and for indulging this Saturday morning mass e-mail which will be the only one of its kind. If you have any questions, I am happy to share more with you about the CD compilation!
for It Takes A Village To Make Records
Many thanks to all the people who contributed on day one! If we average 3-4 new backers a day, we'll do this thing!
i am so excited for this cd to come out! please please PLEASE help peter reach his goal and support awesome independent music! :)