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The Theory of Flight Project is an experiment in combining the skills of many people across many disciplines to record and produce an original album.
The Theory of Flight Project is an experiment in combining the skills of many people across many disciplines to record and produce an original album.
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The Theory of Flight Project

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The theory behind the Theory of Flight project, the brainchild of Vassar College senior Nina Vyedin (yours truly), is that if you get enough talented people together on one project, you can make something really big happen.

This seems pretty intuitive, but projects like this one are not as common as you'd think. Although we all try to be a part of something moving, these endeavors often seem more daunting than they are inviting, and most intimidating at the start. Music, and most art that manages to reach the market, becomes the territory of professionals with large funds and marketing contacts. But it doesn't have to be that way!

What you are funding is not a professional production: rather, it is a professional effort by a group of ordinary people trying to bring an extraordinary thing to life. Most of us are college students with full course loads, writing papers and taking exams alongside this project. We are not looking to make money off of this project, so much as to gather resources enough to put this whole thing together. We are ordinary boys and girls trying to make something happen, and we can use all the help we can get. We ask that you not worry about not being able to give us enough to help: give as much or as little as you can at the moment, and send an email with our website in the subject and a few good words for us to ten people you know. We'll get there in no time.

I write the songs, but this is not my album. This work belongs to my band members, whose innovations bring the style to the music. It belongs to the incredible design team, who give the music we make its windows into the world. It belongs to the managers and organizers whose time and talents keep this little machine moving forward. And lastly, it belongs to you, whose contribution gives us the resources we need to build this thing. We couldn't do it without you. I look forward to working with all of you.

Sincerely, Nina Vyedin

Where your contributions go:~$2000--mastering and mixing of the album by Scott Petito, a well established producer/engineer in the Hudson Valley. ~$500--packaging and shipping of about 200 disks in color printed sleeves by DiscMakers. ~$50.00--web hosting (year-long contract) & domain name registration with FatCow hosts. ~$400--media & promotion (photographs, stickers, prizes, etc), Kickstarter fees + buffer money in case the prices of the above shift. *anything else we can collect will go towards funding the concert on May 13th!

What you're not paying for: The time & talents of many wonderful and dedicated team members who can't wait to put together a beautiful album for your listening pleasure.

How Kickstarter works: When you pledge an amount, you pledge in advance. At the end of the campaign, if we reach our goal, we will receive your contributions and begin to distribute the prizes. If we do not reach our goal, you will not be charged and we will receive no funds. No prizes, no album. Incentive? We think so!

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    An invitation to the pre-concert acoustic coffeehouse on the 13th of May. A chance to chill with the band!

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    Theory of Flight Project sticker (for your car/cat/laptop) designed by Kelsey Forest, for first hundred people to donate.

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    Mp3 download of album, sticker, and concert invitation.

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    Signed copy of the album by Nina, plus a special secret mp3 download bonus song! And all the other perks.

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    Signed copy of the album by Nina with the bonus song, AND the mp3 of the Theory of Flight EP (2-3 songs acoustic or alternate takes). And all the other perks.

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    Hand-knit cowl by Alana Okun. And the other perks.

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    Hand-knit mittens by Alana Okun. And the other perks.

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    A hand-knit hot-air-balloon hat by Breanna Lee. And all the other perks.

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    Website for your project or personal use, designed by Nina Vyedin. And the other perks except limited items. (The building will begin in June and you'll have the website by July at the latest).

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    A one hour photoshoot with the lovely Katie De Heras, photographer extraordinaire, on Vassar's gorgeous campus. All other perks except limited items.

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    Get your cause, business or organization featured on our website. We will also write a blog post describing what you do, what our favorite things are about it, and why we love it (and you!). Includes all the other perks too (except limited).

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    We'll write you a song! (Includes everything else but the limited items).

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    A brand new mini-amp, signed by the band, and a mystery device designed by Erik Snow. Includes all other prizes except limited items.

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Funding period

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