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Hannah Collins and Michael Compitello record new cello/percussion music by Caroline Shaw, Paul Kerekes, Tonia Ko, and Robert Honstein!
Hannah Collins and Michael Compitello record new cello/percussion music by Caroline Shaw, Paul Kerekes, Tonia Ko, and Robert Honstein!
121 backers pledged $12,315 to help bring this project to life.

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NEW STRETCH GOALS:  100 Backers and $13,000!

We’re extremely excited about the support that our album has received thus far (scroll down to read more about the details).  For us, this project is about sharing and publicizing the stupendous music of our talented friends; fostering a community around interesting music and the interesting people who create and play it. Because we’ve MET OUR ORIGINAL GOAL (yay!), money we raise from this point on will go towards working harder at sharing these pieces. Our stretch goal of $13,000 will cover: 

  • Expansion of the original studio budget. If we reach our stretch goal, we’ll be able to afford to take more time and care with each step of the tracking, editing, mixing, and mastering process. 
  •  Costs associated with shopping the album to record labels, or releasing it ourselves. 
  •  Hiring a professional publicist to get this music heard by a larger community of potential listeners, friends, and reviewers.
  •  Throwing an album release party, a chance for backers in the area to meet up and hear some new music from the composers and performers involved in the album 

 Even though we've reached a great milestone, we STILL NEED YOUR HELP to make New Morse Code’s first album more fabulous, and heard by more people. Please share this project with everyone you can! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for your support!

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Thank you for visiting our Kickstarter page!  New Morse Code is a duo (Hannah Collins, cello; Michael Compitello, percussion) devoted to collaborating closely with composers that we admire to catalyze new musical adventures.  We are recording our first album, full of pieces that were written for us by some of our favorite friends (who also happen to be incredibly accomplished composers).  We're very lucky to have two brilliant guest artists as well, composer-pianist Timo Andres and violinist Katie Hyun.  Here's the full line up:

CAROLINE SHAW
Boris Kerner for cello and flower pots*

TONIA KO
Hush for percussion and cello*

PAUL KEREKES
Trio in Two Parts
 for cello, marimba/percussion, and piano* 
featuring Timo Andres, piano

ROBERT HONSTEIN
New Work for two players - title pending*
Patter for violin, cello, and marimba
featuring Katie Hyun, violin

* written for New Morse Code.  

We've been sharing these pieces in concert for a while (check out live performances on our media page), and we are excited to record such diverse and unique music that we feel really represents us as a group.

We are thrilled to be working with engineer Ryan Streber, who is doing incredible work at Oktaven Audio in Yonkers.  

Self-producing an album is an expensive endeavor. Our goal is to raise $10,000, which is just enough money to cover the basic costs from start to finish! Here's the projected breakdown:

We hope that you will join us in our dream project of giving this beautiful new music a permanent place in the world!

Risks and challenges

Staying on schedule is the biggest challenge with a project like this. There are many steps in the process of making an album and we want to give plenty of attention to detail. At the same time, we can't wait to get this project out into the world, so we hope to work through each phase as efficiently as possible!

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    A magnet, a CD copy of the NMC album, and a digital gift track from Caroline Shaw OR Paul Kerekes!

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    A magnet, a SIGNED CD copy of the NMC album, and digital gift tracks from Caroline Shaw AND Paul Kerekes!

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    Everything listed at the $50 level, plus a New Morse Code stress ball!

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    Everything listed at the $75 level, plus a copy of Robert Honstein's latest CD, "RE: you."

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    Everything listed at the $100 level, plus a limited edition, beautifully mounted excerpt of the manuscript of "Hush," handcrafted by composer Tonia Ko.

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    Everything listed at the $100 level, plus a limited edition full set of scores for every piece on the album, signed by the composers.

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    All of the above rewards, plus a creative collaboration with New Morse Code. We'll either play a private concert for you, arrange a song or piece of your choice and record it for you, or give you backstage passes for an upcoming rehearsal or concert. We will also give you special mention in the CD booklet.

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