$11,842 pledged of $15,000 goal
backers

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .

By Robert Walter
$11,842 pledged of $15,000 goal
backers

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .

About

Nebulae Color-Splatter Vinyl & Pyramid Laser Sticker
Nebulae Color-Splatter Vinyl & Pyramid Laser Sticker

Spacesuit was composed in the spirit of group improvisations that happen during our live shows. The current version of 20th Congress (Simon Lott on drums, Chris Alford on guitar, Victor Little on bass) has an immediacy and explosive chemistry. 

The material stretches beyond its usual structure and we wanted to capture that in the studio. Most of my music in the past has been heavily influenced by classic jazz and funk. While still retaining that tradition as a springboard we started to move into a place that was less reverent to conventions of genre. By combining a wider set of influences, both musical and visual, the songs on Spacesuit are meant to reflect and encourage our recent explorations.

Spacesuit Studio Sessions by  Rene Huemer © Robert Walter
Spacesuit Studio Sessions by Rene Huemer © Robert Walter

As the band was pushing into exciting and uncharted areas, I had been rediscovering nerdy fascinations of my youth. While growing up in the 80’s my imagination was captured both by records of all kinds and the fantastic worlds portrayed in Science Fiction films and underground comic books.

I tried to recapture those early feelings of imagination and wonder. My inspirations for this recording are early Fusion, Krautrock, Dub Reggae, the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Stanley Kubrick, and the images of Chris Foss, Moebius and H.R. Giger. 

Chris Foss, Philippe Druillet, Moebius, H.R. Giger
Chris Foss, Philippe Druillet, Moebius, H.R. Giger

The musicians were shown images by the aforementioned artists as well as sheet music to prepare for recording. Drawing from non-musical sources helped infuse the album with a unique palette of sonic colors. Along with my usual vintage keyboard instruments (Hammond organ, acoustic and electric pianos, Clavinet), there is an increased use of synthesizers and electronic effects.

Robert Walter Pyramid Lasers T-Shirt
Robert Walter Pyramid Lasers T-Shirt

While there is no underlying story line to this group of songs, I wanted the piece to feel like a concept album about a journey into the unknown. The idea of a voyage into outer space to discover new worlds served as an analog to our musical adventures. There is a mixture of composed pieces and pure improvisation that serve as a map and an opportunity for discovery.

Spacesuit Tracklist

  • 1. Spacesuit 
  • 2. Nerva And Dumbo 
  • 3. Posthuman 
  • 4. 13th Key 
  • 5. Emanate 
  • 6. Modifier 
  • 7. Chalk Giant 
  • 8. Current Futures 
  • 9. Most Of All Of Us

Spacesuit suggests a discovery that could come from 1972 or 2072, or either one as imagined by the other. From the simmering Rhodes funk of “Nerva And Dumbo”, named for a pair of experimental NASA rockets, through the Kubrickian synth-pop of “Posthuman;” the blistering intensity of “13th Key” to the atmospheric airiness of “Emanate;” beyond the alternate-universe finger-snapping soul of “Chalk Giant,” into the dub sounds of “Current Futures,” and ending with the anthemic, neon-80s colored “Most of All of Us;” Spacesuit is a journey, albeit one that leaves the details to the listener’s dazzled imagination.

Risks and challenges

An obvious statement is that the music industry has changed. We have had to change along with it. Crowdfunding has become a valuable tool in this industry. We're in the final phases of finishing the record and are hoping for your support to help us complete this project. This Kickstarter helps tremendously with studio fees, travel, mixing, editing, mastering, vinyl pressing, promo and more.

We're lucky enough to be working directly with Royal Potato Family Records (royalpotatofamily.com) to help us release the album and distribute Kickstarter packages.

We thank you all so much for your support and can't wait for you to hear the album!

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Make a pledge without a reward

    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Nerva And Dumbo

    You'll get a full MP3 digital version of Robert Walter's Spacesuit.

    Includes:
    • Spacesuit Digital MP3 Album
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    28 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Posthuman

    You'll be one of the first to get a copy of Robert Walter's Spacesuit on CD and a sticker.

    Includes:
    • Pyramid Lasers Sticker
    • Spacesuit CD
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    17 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    13th Key

    You'll be on of the first to get a copy of Robert Walter's Spacesuit on rad nebulae color-splatter vinyl (which will be limited to one pressing; check out that image over to your left!). Also includes a free MP3 download of the album & and sticker.

    Includes:
    • Pyramid Lasers Sticker
    • Spacesuit Nebulae Color-Splattered Vinyl
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    95 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    Emanate

    You'll get a copy of Robert Walter's Spacesuit on rad nebulae color-splatter vinyl (limited to one pressing) or CD and an unreleased bonus track from the album & and sticker. Plus we'll throw in a full MP3 download of Get Thy Bearings.

    Includes:
    • Spacesuit CD or splatter Vinyl (your choice)
    • Pyramid Lasers Sticker
    • Unreleased Bonus Track from Spacesuit Sessions
    • Get Thy Bearings Digital MP3 Album
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    21 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Pyramid Lasers

    In addition to everything in the list below, you'll get a Pyramid Lasers t-shirt (check it out over to your left. Available in sizes S > 2XL and printed on a super soft shirt.

    Includes:
    • Spacesuit CD or splatter Vinyl (your choice)
    • Unreleased Bonus Track from Spacesuit Sessions
    • Pyramid Lasers T-Shirt
    • 4x6 print with original album artwork signed by RW
    • Pyramid Lasers Sticker
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    14 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Modifier

    In addition to the list below, you'll have a personalized musical jingle recorded by RW just for you (i.e. Happy Birthday, outgoing message on phone, etc).

    Includes:
    • Spacesuit CD or splatter Vinyl (your choice)
    • Get Thy Bearings CD or Vinyl (your choice)
    • 4x6 print with original album artwork signed by RW
    • Pyramid Lasers Sticker
    • Personal musical greeting by RW
    • Unreleased Bonus Track from Spacesuit Sessions
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Chalk Giant

    In addition to the list below, you'll get a signed copy of one of the Spacesuit vinyl test pressings.

    Includes:
    • Spacesuit CD or splatter Vinyl (your choice)
    • Get Thy Bearings CD or Vinyl (your choice)
    • 4x6 print with original album artwork signed by RW
    • Pyramid Lasers Sticker
    • Unreleased Bonus Track from Spacesuit Sessions
    • Spacesuit Vinyl Test Pressing
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited (4 left of 5) 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Current Futures

    You'll get everything below, PLUS a private Skype lesson with Robert Walter. We'll work out the timing details with you directly.

    Includes:
    • Spacesuit CD or splatter Vinyl (your choice)
    • Get Thy Bearings CD or Vinyl (your choice)
    • 4x6 print with original album artwork signed by RW
    • Pyramid Lasers Sticker
    • Unreleased Bonus Track from Spacesuit Sessions
    • Private Skype Lesson with Robert Walter
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    Most Of All Of Us

    In addition to the list below, you'll get a private performance by Robert Walter (some restrictions apply). The performance will be limited to (1) 60 minute set (date pending availability). Equipment rental, hotels and travel to be covered by the pledger. Sorry, but no corporate or sellable events.

    Includes:
    • Spacesuit CD or splatter Vinyl (your choice)
    • Get Thy Bearings CD or Vinyl (your choice)
    • 4x6 print with original album artwork signed by RW
    • Pyramid Lasers Sticker
    • Unreleased Bonus Track from Spacesuit Sessions
    • Private Performance by Robert Walter
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $4,500 or more About $4,500

    Electric Blanket

    In addition to the list below, Robert Walter and his band will perform at your private event (some restrictions apply). Get a few friends together and contribute to this one.

    Limited to (1) 90 minute set. Equipment rentals/travel/hotel accommodations to be covered by the Pledger. No corporate or sellable ticket events. of course, dates and band lineup pending availability.

    Includes:
    • Spacesuit CD or splatter Vinyl (your choice)
    • Get Thy Bearings CD or Vinyl (your choice)
    • 4x6 print with original album artwork signed by RW
    • Pyramid Lasers Sticker
    • Unreleased Bonus Track from Spacesuit Sessions
    • Private Performance by Robert Walter and his band
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.