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After taking some time to quiet down and work on a collection of songs over the past 3 years, Brian is ready to re-emerge, bringing along with him a new album of melodies and thoughts collected on the way.
After taking some time to quiet down and work on a collection of songs over the past 3 years, Brian is ready to re-emerge, bringing along with him a new album of melodies and thoughts collected on the way.
181 backers pledged $16,006 to help bring this project to life.

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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)...

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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.

Details of "Brilliance" and "Hush" by Christina Mrozik
Details of "Brilliance" and "Hush" by Christina Mrozik

I hired Matthew Clark as my producerAfter 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. 

Matthew and I over the years: 2016 (after recording the bulk of the album at his home studio in Madison, MS), 2008 (after playing a house concert together in Holland, MI), and 2005 (where we met in Memphis, TN, working at a summer camp)
Matthew and I over the years: 2016 (after recording the bulk of the album at his home studio in Madison, MS), 2008 (after playing a house concert together in Holland, MI), and 2005 (where we met in Memphis, TN, working at a summer camp)

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.

Singing with some nun friends in Spain.
Singing with some nun friends in Spain.

 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.  

Youth leader life phase. Can you find me? / A new stage begins
Youth leader life phase. Can you find me? / A new stage begins

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?

After a month of working on songs in Matthew Clark's home studio in Madison, MS, multiple sessions with local artists in Grand Rapids, MI, and hours of tracking additional vocals and instruments in my Holland, MI home studio, the songs are fully recorded and have been sent off for mixing and mastering. I've listened through the album dozens of times, making pages of notes and rebuilding the songs little by little. I've paid the guest artists (out of my own pocket) and commissioned one of my favorite artists to craft the album art.

Recording a synth part in my Holland, MI home studio. 

Matthew tracking banjo / Me tracking vocals
Matthew tracking banjo / Me tracking vocals

 

Working on strings parts with Heather & Jeffrey in Grand Rapids, MI. 

 

Chad Houseman (aka Tom Hymn) recording drums / Collection of stringed instruments used
Chad Houseman (aka Tom Hymn) recording drums / Collection of stringed instruments used

 

 

 

 

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.
My goal is to have the album and all of the rewards in your hands by Christmas.


What will all this $ be used for?

It will be used to produce this album and make it available to humans to enjoy. 
  • 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...
Additional funds raised will go towards marketing / promoting the album, funding future tours and furthering the reach of this project.

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.

This will be the first time I will have a collection of songs recorded that I also feel comfortable playing live and I am so excited to see what will happen when we get this this funded! 


Rewards!

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)

 

Desktop Triangle / Coffee Scoops (appearance & wood type will vary for each item)
Desktop Triangle / Coffee Scoops (appearance & wood type will vary for each item)

 

Magnetic Bottle Opener / Cutting Boards (appearance and wood type will vary)
Magnetic Bottle Opener / Cutting Boards (appearance and wood type will vary)

 

Hardwood Cruiser Skateboards (the 2 on the left will be available, with white wheels)
Hardwood Cruiser Skateboards (the 2 on the left will be available, with white wheels)

 

Special edition, limited run of 5 cajón drum. Available here only. See "Music Maker Bundle" reward.
Special edition, limited run of 5 cajón drum. Available here only. See "Music Maker Bundle" 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!

 

-Brian

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.

Cheers,

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    HOLOTROPIC DOWNLOAD

    Digital download of the album upon release.

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    HOLOTROPIC PHYSICAL COPY

    Your very own physical copy of "Holotropic", including a handwritten note from Brian.

    Packaging features a booklet containing lyrics, pictures that inspired these songs, and some bonus words about where these songs came from.

    My hope for this album is that you will experience it as one cohesive piece of art (maybe some of you will ever dare listen to it in one sitting, undistracted!) and purchasing the physical copy will heighten that experience and make its happening much more likely.

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    THE BICYCLE DELIVERY / FRONT PORCH SONG

    *Only available to folks within 10 mile range of Holland, MI.

    Brian will bicycle to your home to deliver your album and play you a song from the album (and then he'll probably play for as long as you'd like him to).

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    THE ALBUM RELEASE LISTENING PARTY

    Along with the download and physical copy of the album, you'll also receive an invite to the exclusive album release listening party, where there will be food and drink and celebration.

    Specific location and date TBD, but it will take place in mid December somewhere in the general Holland, MI area.

    You'll get to meet some phenomenal humans and you'll get to experience the album as Brian intended it to be experienced.

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    HANDWRITTEN POEM

    I will pick one of my favorite poems and write it by hand on a printed photo of mine (the photo will be of something pertinent to the album). It's a little piece of art that I'll make for you.

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    MIX CD

    I will make you a mix CD of ~20 tracks that helped inspire the sounds and feel of "Holotropic" and I'll include a brief description of why these songs were chosen.

    I compiled a list of 80 songs to a playlist called "album inspo" to give some sound references to my producer, Matthew Clark that we listened through to help establish a shared audio language for developing the songs. This mix will be handpicked from that playlist...

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    HOLOTRIANGLE

    A wooden triangle desktop decoration / paperweight, to remind you to slow down, breathe deeply and go take a walk around the block.

    Made with love in Brian's workshop.

    *wood type and appearance will vary.

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    HAND CARVED WOODEN COFFEE SCOOP SPOON

    You can think of me every morning as you scoop your coffee and be reminded that there is someone out there that loves you.

    "Holotropic" is all about slowing down and working on being present in the moment. Calmly scooping your ground-up coffee into your coffee making apparatus with a patiently handcrafted wooden coffee scoop will be a good way for you to practice that.

    The wood type and shape will vary. Brian will pick one out that fits your personality perfectly.

    Spoon will be carved and sanded in Brian's basement workshop.

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    LET'S CHAT

    We get to hang out and talk with each other, either on Skype if you're far away, or over a drink if you're nearby (first drink is on me).

    We don't have to talk about music at all if you don't won't to. We'll have a free flowing dialogue and both feel good about connecting with a fellow human.

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    BOTTLE OPENER

    A wall mount, magnetic bottle opener (magnet hidden in back), made by Brian.

    Hang this up. Open your bottles. Catch your caps magically.

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    CUTTING BOARD & SPOON GIFT BUNDLE

    Handmade cutting board / serving tray (wood type and appearance will vary) & coffee scoop spoon made by Brian, bundled together with 2 copies of the "Holotropic" CD, mix CD, and a note from Brian.

    Pretty solid Christmas present, right?

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    HOLOTROPIC CRUISER SKATEBOARD BUNDLE

    A handcrafted hardwood cruiser-style skateboard made by Brian. White wheels. Rad style. A piece of functional art.

    ~30" long. Top of board is coated with a sand / varnish mix for extra foot grip (while still allowing that beautiful grain to shine through).

    Bundle also includes a number of other goodies: 2 copies of "Holotropic", album inspiration mix CD, handwritten poem, and a hardwood cruiser-style longboard.

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    THE MUSIC MAKER BUNDLE

    Special Edition Handmade Cajon Drum, aka drum box. These special edition drums will only be available during this campaign. I will be making a maximum of 10.

    The cajon drum is a phenomenal instrument for the seasoned percussionist and the interested novice.

    Available in 3 sizes- mini (15"tall), regular (18"tall), and xl (21" tall).

    (Visit www.jouerdrums.com to learn more, but I probably won't be making any drums apart from this project until after the new year.)

    Bundle includes 2 copies of "Holotropic", album inspiration mix CD, handwritten poem, and the special edition cajon drum.

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    THE HOUSE CONCERT

    I will come to you home and play a private show for you and as many friends as you can fit in your living room. If possible, I will bring a few friends to play along with me as well... We will plan out an ideal date that works for both of us.

    You'll also get a handful of CD's (as many as you would like), an invite to the album release listening party, and a gift bundle of some wooden items I've made (your choice of any of the above options, except for the skateboard).

    *Ideally within a 250 mile range, but we can make pretty much anything happen... We'll chat about it.

    **More instructions to follow. I will walk you through how to host a successful house show.

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    CUSTOM MADE BARNWOOD KITCHEN TABLE

    I'll come and make you a custom barnwood table to your specifications. Yep, for real.

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    • Mini, acoustic living room show
    • Custom built table
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