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Help create a deluxe LP box set containing Harry Bertoia's original 11 Sonambient LPs plus an extensive, updated Sonambient book.
Help create a deluxe LP box set containing Harry Bertoia's original 11 Sonambient LPs plus an extensive, updated Sonambient book.
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Beginning in the 1950's, renowned artist Harry Bertoia created beautiful metal sculptures which, when activated, create shimmering ambient drones. He then assembled a massive, harmonious orchestra of these sculptures and called it Sonambient. 

Bertoia self released his first album in 1970 and in 1978, after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, selected 10 more recordings. He didn't live long enough to see the records but they became legendary (and quite valuable) in the art/sound world. 

In 2016 Important Records released an 11 CD box set collecting all 11 of Harry Bertoia's original Sonambient records in replica packaging with a 80 page book of essays and photos. 

This will be a one time pressing of 500 copies unless we get additional funding and can afford a pressing size of 1000 copies.

Gold vinyl option is a Kickstarter exclusive.

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NEW REWARDS ADDED Updated: Fri. Aug 24, 2018

Original, sealed 1970 Sonambient LP - REWARD #7 - $75
Original, sealed 1970 Sonambient LP - REWARD #7 - $75
Gold vinyl for upcoming Bertoia LP- REWARD #5 - $50
Gold vinyl for upcoming Bertoia LP- REWARD #5 - $50
22 Unreleased Tapes - Digital Collection - REWARD # 8 - $100
22 Unreleased Tapes - Digital Collection - REWARD # 8 - $100
CD BOX SET - DIGITAL DOWNLOAD - REWARD #6 - $60
CD BOX SET - DIGITAL DOWNLOAD - REWARD #6 - $60

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EUROPEAN SHIPPING UPDATE: August 15

Due to the high cost of shipping from the USA to European destinations we've added separate pledge levels for supporters from the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands & Norway.

If you are from a European destination other than one of these 6 countries please email us and we will create a separate pledge level for you.

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FAQ: 

- 11 Tape download is entirely different material than the box set. 

- Box set will include digital downloads. 

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You can help us do what would otherwise not be possible - release a massive 11 LP boxed set, putting Bertoia's original records on vinyl again, remastered from the original tapes for deluxe vinyl. 

  • - Heavy duty tip-on style outer box with metallic foil print.
    with audio remastered from the original tapes

    - Sonambient book documenting the Sonambient experience through modern and archival essays and photography. This version is updated with recently discovered archival photos, scans and revelations from the Bertoia tape archive. 

    - 11 replica records -  Remastered audio and high quality pressing ensures that these LPs sound far superior to Bertoia's original pressings.
Sonambient box set, Book & 11 albums
Sonambient box set, Book & 11 albums
Book
Book

This remains the only Sonambient book published and it is updated with info and revelations from the Sonambient digital archive. Included are: 
 

- Introduction by Sonambient archivist, John Brien
- Smithsonian interview with Harry Bertoia
- Essays and photography from Bertoia friend and author Beverly Twitchell, Ph. D
- Materials from the Bertoia archive
- Modern & archival Bertoia Sonambient barn photographs
- Reflections on Bertoia from David Sefton, Peter Greene, Thomas M. Welsh, David Harrington (Kronos Quartet), Lesta, Celia & Val Bertoia  

Print
Print
Records
Records
                               
            
   
Bertoia at work, welding a Sonambient sculpture in his studio in Bally, PA
Bertoia at work, welding a Sonambient sculpture in his studio in Bally, PA
Sonambient gongs & sculptures. Photo by Beverly Twitchell
Sonambient gongs & sculptures. Photo by Beverly Twitchell
photo: Beverly Twitchell
photo: Beverly Twitchell

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    Sonambient Postcard

    We'll send you one of our beautiful Sonambient postcards with a handwritten thank you message.

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    Sonambient Print 12" x 12"

    12" x 12" metallic gold on black archival paper. This screen print fits snugly into the Harry Bertoia Complete Sonambient LP Collection box set.

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    11 Tape Sonambient Digital Collection

    You'll receive a full resolution download of 11 selected, exclusive and unheard tapes from the Bertoia archive. Included with the audio will be a packet of information related to the tapes including images of the tapes and Bertoia's personal notes regarding the particular recordings.

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    11 Tape Sonambient Digital Collection II

    You'll receive a full resolution download of 11 selected, exclusive and unheard tapes from the Bertoia archive. Included with the audio will be a packet of information related to the tapes including images of the tapes and Bertoia's personal notes regarding the particular recordings.

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    NEW SONAMBIENT LP - GOLD VINYL

    This is a gold vinyl version of the next LP release from the Sonambient tape archive. This is unreleased, previously unheard material recorded by Harry Bertoia in the early 70's.
    This release is particularly noteworthy for containing two pieces of music which Bertoia had considered to be experimental in nature, unlike the more composed pieces which he had released himself on LP.

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    Sonambient Box Set Digital Download

    You'll receive the Complete Sonambient Collection, all 11 original albums, as digital WAV file downloads plus a PDF of the booklet.

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    ORIGINAL 1970 SONAMBIENT LP - Sealed

    You'll receive a sealed original 1970 copy of the iconic first Sonambient LP.

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    22 Tape Sonambient Digital Collection

    This pledge level combines reward's #3 & #4 to create a digital collection of 22 unheard tapes from the Harry Bertoia Sonambient archive.

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    Complete Sonambient LP Collection 11 LP

    You'll receive the Harry Bertoia Complete Sonambient LP Collection box set:

    - 11 LPs restored in replica packaging.
    - Sonambient book - updated since the release of the CD box set.
    - Gorgeous box with gold foil printing, constructed of heavy duty hardcover book type material.

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    BOX - BLACK VINYL - SHIPPING WITHIN UK

    Because of the high cost of shipping from the USA to European destinations we're offering specific pledge levels with shipping originating in the UK.

    You will receive the Complete Sonambient Box Set shipped from Cargo Records UK to you in the UK. Black vinyl.

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    Box - Black Vinyl - Shipping To France

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    Box - Black Vinyl - Shipping to Italy

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    Box - Black vinyl - Ships to Netherlands

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    Box - Black Vinyl - Shipping To Norway

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    Box - Black Vinyl - Ships to Germany

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    Box - Black Vinyl - Ships to Spain

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    Box - Black Vinyl - European Shipping

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    Sonambient 1970 LP & Gold Upcoming LP

    You'll receive a sealed copy of the original 1970 Sonambient LP and a gold vinyl edition of an upcoming Bertoia/Sonambient LP

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    Kickstarter Exclusive: GOLD VINYL

    Each LP pressed on gold vinyl. This version is exclusive to Kickstarter

    You'll receive the Harry Bertoia Complete Sonambient LP Collection box set:

    - 11 LPs restored in replica packaging.
    - Sonambient book - updated since the release of the CD box set.
    - Gorgeous box with gold foil printing, constructed of heavy duty hardcover book type material.

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    Box - Gold Vinyl - Shipping within UK

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    Box - Gold Vinyl - Shipping to France

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    Box - Gold Vinyl - Shipping to Italy

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    Box - Gold Vinyl - Ships to Netherlands

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    Box - Gold Vinyl - Ships to Norway

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    Box - Gold vinyl - Ships to Germany

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    Box - Gold Vinyl - Ships to Poland

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    Box - Gold vinyl - Ships to Spain

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    Box - Gold Vinyl - European Shipping

    You'll receive a Harry Bertoia Complete Sonambient LP Collection - gold vinyl - shipped from the UK to any European destination.

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    Box, Print, Digital Collection

    You'll receive the Complete Sonambient LP Collection, Sonambient art print & the digital archive.

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    Gold vinyl box set - Upcoming gold LP

    You'll receive:
    -Gold vinyl box set
    - Gold vinyl for upcoming Bertoia/Sonambient LP

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    GOLD VINYL BOX & SONAMBIENT 1970 LP

    You'll receive a gold vinyl version of the Complete Sonambient LP Collection box set & an original 1970 Sonambient LP in sealed/mint condition.

    European shipping will originate from London.

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    Kickstarter Exclusive: Gold Vinyl ++++

    You'll receive the Kickstarter exclusive gold vinyl Complete Sonambient LP Collection, Sonambient art print & the digital archive.

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    Gold vinyl box & 22 Tape Download

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    - Gold vinyl box set
    - 22 tape download

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    Gold Vinyl Box, 1970 LP, NEW Gold LP

    You'll receive:
    - Gold vinyl Complete Sonambient Collection box set
    - 1970 Sonambient sealed LP
    - Upcoming gold vinyl version of an upcoming Bertoia Sonambient release (see photos)

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    Gold Box, 22 Tapes Digi DL, Gold LP

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    - Gold box
    - 22 tape download
    - Gold vinyl LP for upcoming Bertoia/Sonambient LP

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    Gold Box, Downloads, 1970 LP, Gold LP

    You'll receive:
    - Gold vinyl box
    - 1970 LP
    - Gold vinyl for upcoming Sonambient/Bertoia LP
    - 22 tape download

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    Special Thanks -Book Credit

    We'll thank you as a donor in the Sonambient book included in the box set & we'll mail you a box anywhere in the world.

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Funding period

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