We've met our goal!!!!
But keep it coming! You can still be a part of supporting this project- additional funds raised will go towards making the album more awesome (things like a printed full color, multi-page lyric booklet), promoting the album once it's released, and touring (travel cost, being able to pay a couple musicians to tour with me!!).
And if we do reeeaaally well, I might even consider printing the album on vinyl (which would be worth it for the artwork alone)...
What are you trying to make?
I want to release a professionally mixed and mastered full length album called Holotropic. Holos “whole” + tropic “turning or changing”= Holotropic "oriented or moving towards wholeness."
Holotropic is an ambitious, multi-genre endeavor featuring full production and widely varied instrumentation, collaborations with over a dozen other artists and album artwork by the renowned Christina Mrozik of Portland, OR.
I hired Matthew Clark as my producer. After 11 years of friendship, touring together multiple times, spending a homeless night behind a hardware store in England and recording 2 other albums together, Matthew and I have established a very comfortable working relationship and this album springs forth largely from our friendship over the past decade.
Holotropic will be mixed and mastered by Chad Wahlbrink of Cincinnati, OH.This will be my first time having an album professionally mixed & mastered, which will certainly take it to the next tier of sound quality, and I am so excited to get Chad Wahlbrink on the job! He has mixed / mastered a few of my recent favorite albums- like Caleb Groh's "Ocelot" and the Soil & the Sun's "Wake Up, Child".
Who are you?
My name is Brian Mulder. I am a 33 year old musician / woodworker / wanderer / former teacher and youth worker who has taken a few steps back over the past few years to calmly consider what next steps to take with my life.
I've felt compelled to write songs since I was 16 years old and first picked up a guitar. Songwriting is my way of making sense of my experiences, documenting truths I've encountered, and it is a tool that I use to connect with the people around me. So many of my closest friendships have their origin in music sharing and songwriting. Looking back, I realize that I've recorded an album at the end of each of my significant life stages.
Opening track, "Connection", from my 2nd full length album, Somewhere We're Shining, is below:
My latest album, a 5 song EP called Remnants was featured on Noisetrade's "New and Notable" section and it was on the top download list for over a week. Opening track, "Swimming" is below:
Where did this project come from?
3 1/2 years ago, I quit my job as a youth pastor, went on a cross country national park tour (sleeping in my car on the way), and catapulted myself into a new season of discovery, adventure and learning to become better acquainted with some difficult questions I had been trying to push down.
Upon returning home, I bought a house, started a woodworking business called Mulder Studios, spent thousands of hours building wooden things in my workshop, bought an old barber chair off of Craigslist to cut hair for my friends and worked at learning how to slow down enough to notice and explore the world inside of me and surrounding me. I wandered across the US on a train, walked 500 miles across Spain, fell in love with podcast listening, quit cutting my hair, had my house broken into, experienced a series of relational and communal struggles and adventures, got into meditation and took time each morning to work on my music and play around with sounds.
It was out of this chapter of my life that the work on Holotropic began.
Spoon carving in the basement workshop.
This collection of songs comes out of these experiences and the accompanying inner journey.
Holotropic is a collection of beautiful ideas and images I've collected during this season of freedom. It's about learning to be present, about how heart wrenching & worthwhile it is to live in an interwoven community of friends, about continuing on in the face of disappointment, and about (the continual process of) deconstructing and reconstructing the way I interact with the world around me.
I hope that these songs will become companions and hopeful reminders to the listener as they step into their own journey more fully.
What have you already done?
Recording a synth part in my Holland, MI home studio.
Working on strings parts with Heather & Jeffrey in Grand Rapids, MI.
What's the plan?
- Work with my recording engineer in the mixing and mastered process.
- Work with graphic designer to finalize album packaging and booklets.
- Print 1000 physical copies.
- Release Holotropic everywhere people find albums. Play shows. Connect with humans through the creation of this piece of art.
What will all this $ be used for?
- I need to pay my producer for multiple months of work that he put into the project- writing parts, reworking songs and coordinating the album making process.
- Professional mixing and mastering.
- Album artwork (original piece).
- Printing physical copies & packaging.
- Other miscellaneous costs: video, photography, graphic design, etc...
I want to get this album into your hands and out into the world & I need your help to make Holotropic a reality.
I have self funded all of my other albums and have subsequently given them away for free. I have also already paid a large amount of money towards this album in travel cost, artist payment, etc...
Funding the project by myself will not be a possibility this time around given its scope and level of quality, so it truly will not happen without you.
In exchange for your pledges, I'm offering some of my handmade wooden items and other unique options as rewards:
personal bicycle delivery and live song, mix cd of songs that inspired the album, hand written poem, a Skype conversation or real life meetup, one of a kind handmade wooden items, or a private living room concert...
(scroll up and look to the right to see details & choose your reward)
Visit www.jouerdrums.com to learn more about cajon drums.
Thanks for your continued support! I love and appreciate you. Let's make this happen!
Risks and challenges
I'm hoping to get the album and rewards out to you by Christmas time (so you can give them as gifts!), but that will be dependent on the mixing/mastering process, the graphic design of the album booklet, the printing of physical copies, and the production of some wooden goods in my basement. I'm depending on a number of folks to get their work to me in a timely manner and I'm hoping to stay healthy and available to craft the wooden reward items.
I will communicate with you and keep you aware of any issues that may arise.
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