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52
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, May 27 2016 12:27 PM UTC +00:00

About

 Thanks to the likes of Battlebards and High Rollers, the original Halfling Camp track 'Wilbur Helmfast's Tall Tales' or 'Hear Ye All You Rascals' has gained a lot of popularity throughout the Tabletop RPG world. The original, jolly folk tune is loved (and hated) across the globe!

 We really enjoyed recording this music, and we had so much fun that we originally wanted to do a whole album of it! And now, due to the extremely positive reception of the track upon it's release, and subsequent play from channels like High Rollers, there's no better time than now to visualise the dream of recording this album!

Listen to the original Halfling Camp track on Soundcloud
Listen to the original Halfling Camp track on Soundcloud

The original Track was first commissioned by Battlebards back in 2014. Battlebards are a tabletop RPG music and sound effects supplier, supplying a vast archive of top quality RPG sound effects and music scores. Check them out if you haven't already!

Halfling Camp - Battlebards interview
Halfling Camp - Battlebards interview

THE ALBUM

 The plan for this project is to initially record 6 new songs, hiring in the professional musicians that were involved in the last project, with some improvements. The music will still include the immersive background sound effects, the cheeky heckling, the exuberant dancing and the raucous singing from the gathered camp members portraying the energy of a great campfire party!

 And to those of you that are already sick to death of the original song, what better way to remedy the overplaying of the Halfling camp track than to have some more variety!

 WHY KICKSTARTER?

 Some people have asked me, 'surely you don't need money to write these tunes, why should we pledge?' , the truth is, a big project like this really does need financial assistance to get it going. I could probably cobble something fairly good together at my home studio, with virtual instruments and myself as vocalist. But I don't want fairly good, I want to create something FANTASTIC that gets people excited and provokes an emotional reaction. If the project is successful I'll be hiring professional musicians to do live recordings in a professional recording studio, and this isn't cheap!

 There is also the matter of the sound effects, while a lot of the sound effects will be made by the group, there will be a few effects that we can't make ourselves, or that would be better licenced elsewhere.

 Obviously some of the money will be used to cover my time (about a month) taken to write, record and produce the album!

 Live instruments will include: Accordion, flute, bouzouki, fiddle, acoustic guitar and percussion.

STRETCH GOALS

Stretch Goal 1 £2500: If 6 tracks weren't enough for you, then we'll be adding another 4 tracks of campfire revelry to the album if we reach £2500. These bonus tracks will be available to those who pledge £25 or higher.

Stretch Goal 2 £3500: Another 4 tracks of music will be added to the album if we reach £3500. These pieces of music will be in a more orchestral style written to portray some of the stories in which the other music tracks sing about. Also at this point we will have enough funds to hire an artist to create a bespoke album artwork for the album! This will be released as a special download for those that pledged £40 or more.

Stretch Goal 3 £5000: Blimey, you REALLY like halfling campfire music don't you? If this third teir is reached we will record three very special 'rocked up' versions of the tracks, those of you who are fans of the likes of Rhapsody and Blind Guardian will know what I'm talking about here! Also, if we reach £5000 we will have enough to be able to print a verly limited run of the PHYSICAL COPY OF THE ALBUM! This can come signed by the cast if requested, and will be freely available to those who pledge £100 or more.

Risks and challenges

This is the sort of project I'd love to do even without kickstarter backing, although, due to certain factors like session musician costs (roughly 50%), recording studio costs (roughly 15%), sound effects licencing costs (roughly 5-10%) and composer/production/mixing time (whatever's left) we need the funding to make this happen.

The funds will enable me to hire in session musicians and the singers that were on the original track (and actually pay them this time), this is another thing that couldn't really be achieved unfunded.

One of the main risks I see for this project would be running over the expected timeframe. If the musicians aren't available on the same date for the recording, we will have to pick a date further in the future where everyone is free, delaying the release date. I'm optomistic that we can find a day or two in June to record the music, although I have added an extra month on to the release date as a buffer in case this is not possible.

Another risk is not getting the music recorded in the recording studio in the timeframe available. Although the musicians are professionals, we'll have a lot to record in the day of studio time we have available. I'm planning on recording the instruments in one day, and the vocals in another. If the recordings do run over into a second day then the extra studio costs will have to come out of the composers fee.

I'm optomistic that even with a delayed recording session of early July, we can get the album finished by mid-July, but I've factored in two extra weeks in order to overcome any unforseen time delays.

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    -Access to Mike's catalogue of Tabletop RPG music (currently 8 top quality audio tracks, but you get access to any new ones as they are created)
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    -Access to Mikes entire catalogue of Orchestral Fantasy & Sci-Fi scores (in the region of 50 audio tracks)
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    -ACCESS TO ALL PAST AND FUTURE FANTASY & SCI FI SCORE RELEASES (Future releases up to Jan 2018. Mike tends to create a couple a month, although sometimes a lot more depending on the kind of jobs he's doing!)
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    LOUDEST HALFLING OF THEM ALL

    -An mp3 & wav download of the finished album with digital artwork
    -Personal thanks to you and your D&D character in the album artwork (Limited character space, see above)
    -Access to all past & future fantasy score releases (see above)
    -BE ON THE ALBUM! (You will be sent the track in progress and be asked to sing a line & the chorus of a song. You must have your own means of recording your voice to be eligable for this.)
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    -Access to all past & future fantasy score releases (see above)
    -Your Character will be mentioned in one of the songs we record (It will be a fair mention be it hero or villain, you'll have a part to play within the lyrics of a song. Please no swears, and absolutely no 'Questy McQuestface'!)
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