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This project was successfully funded on October 18, 2012.

Let's put this solo classical guitar concept album where it belongs- on vinyl record!

About this project

Conference of the Stars is a journey into the ancient stories of the night sky, performed on solo classical guitar by Taylor Brown. From Sunset to Sunrise, original compositions and improvisations weave their way through the long lost Greek melodies of Haralampos Eckmeksoglou. After months of practice, it was recorded live to tape at Barefoot Recording, in one day. With your help, we will produce a vinyl record edition that will have never touched a computer! 

Thanks to super-engineer Cian Riordan, Conference of the Stars was recorded through a combination of vintage and modern microphones, through a custom, Class-A UndertoneAudio LC console, into a Studer A-800 2" tape deck. The master reels were then cut with a razor blade and mixed down entirely in the analog realm to 1/2" tape. Translation: amazing sound and no computers! We know that not everyone has a working record player- but fear not! Because of the analog recording process, the album will still sound great on CD and high quality digital download. Click here to listen to some pre-release selections from the album.

Once we get your pledges, the tape reels will be (carefully!) driven over to Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood where the vinyl lacquers will be cut by the man himself! Finally, the vinyl will be pressed to audiophile quality 180-gram vinyl by RTI. Your pledges will also go towards the costs of engineering and art. Every reward $50 & over includes a handmade dark chocolate record lollipop, and every reward over $300 includes more!

Here's a little bit more about the concept behind the album. Conference of the Stars begins with Sunset and flows through the night sky all the way to Sunrise. In between we find planets, constellations and dreams. For millennia, humans have abstracted their busy daytime lives by finding narrative and meaning in the night sky. May this music inspire a story within your own mind. 

Track List:

  • Sunset
  • Venus
  • Star Dance
  • Man in the Moon
  • Cassiopeia 
  • Orion's Waltz
  • Draco's Dream
  • Gathering Clouds
  • Night Rain
  • North Star
  • Meditation
  • Woman in the Moon
  • Darkest Hour
  • Sunrise

This project has been a real labor of love. Thank you so much for your support!!

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    A high quality digital download of Conference of the Stars.

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    12 backers

    A copy of Conference of the Stars on CD.

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    Pledge $35 or more

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    A copy of Conference of the Stars on record! A download code will also be included, in case your record player is broken : )

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    11 backers

    A copy of Conference of the Stars on record and CD! (and a download code, of course).

    We will also include a signed snippet of 2" analog tape from an alternate take! + one homemade chocolate record pop : )

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    Share with your friends! 4 copies of Conference of the Stars on record. Download codes will also be provided in case of broken record players. A signed snippet of tape also included! + one homemade chocolate record pop : )

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    4 backers Limited (10 left of 14)

    An original drawing. I'll draw you an original artwork, based on one of the songs from Conference of the Stars and send it to you! I'll only make one for each track of the album. You'll also get a record and download code. + one homemade chocolate record pop : )

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    1 backer

    For Bay Area music folks (or anyone who wants to fly me out to your location and put me up!)- I'll come and play guitar on your track. And, of course, I'll hand deliver a record. + one homemade chocolate record pop : )

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    An original painting. I'll paint you an original artwork, based on one of the songs from 'Conference of the Stars' and send it to you! I'll only make one for each track of the album. You'll also get a record and download code + two homemade chocolate record pops : )

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    A private concert. I will play through the entire album for you and whoever else you choose to be present. You will also receive a copy of the record and a copy of the CD (and a signed tape snippet!). Please note that travel and lodging costs will also be paid by the backer. + two homemade chocolate record pops : )

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    For serious audiophiles: 1 (of 2) 24-track 2" analog master reels which Conference of the Stars was recorded to. Also, an open invitation to Barefoot Recording in Hollywood to listen to the reels on their Studer A-800 machine through a UTA console! You will also get 5 copies of the record, 5 copies of the CD and 5 homemade chocolate record pops : )

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    The 1968 Martin 00-16c classical guitar Conference of the Stars was written and arranged on. This instrument is in very good condition and has a beautiful soft tone. Shipped in a hard case. You will also get 5 copies of the record and 5 copies of the CD (and a signed tape snippet!). If shipping outside the continental US, extra shipping costs will be paid by the buyer. + 5 homemade chocolate record pops : )

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