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You can help purchase the equipment necessary to save Harry Bertoia's massive archive of Sonambient tape reels + release unheard works
You can help purchase the equipment necessary to save Harry Bertoia's massive archive of Sonambient tape reels + release unheard works
236 backers pledged $19,581 to help bring this project to life.

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With your help The Harry Bertoia Foundation, Bertoia Studios and Important Records will be able to make the highest possible quality digital transfers of the 350+ reels of unheard sessions that Harry Bertoia left behind when he died in 1978.

Harry Bertoia is a renowned sculptor, print maker, jewelry maker, furniture designer and sound artist. Become a part of this important project to launch Harry Bertoia into the twenty-first century and preserve a piece of modern art and music history.

Thank you for your support! It's appreciated immensely.

Bertoia heard the resonant possibilities in the metals he used and in the late fifties he began working on sound sculptures he called Sonambient. Later in the decade he moved his private collection of Sonambient sculptures into a renovated Pennsylvania Deutsch fieldstone barn. In this atypical concert hall, over a period of ten years, he recorded more than 350 reels of tape. From these sessions he sourced the material for his eleven self-released Sonambient LPs, the final creative masterworks of his lifetime.

With your help we can fund the studio gear necessary to create the highest possible digital archive of Harry Bertoia's reels of recordings. This studio will also transfer the original reels from Harry Bertoia's 11 self-released records which will become the upcoming Sonambient box set. Become a part of this important project. We ask you to join us as we impart on this important project; sponsorship status is available for you or your business.

Though the fundamental goal of this project is to fund the tape transfer studio, any additional funds raised will be used in the manufacturing of the Sonambient CD box set and, potentially, an LP edition of the same set. 

More information regarding the re-launch of Harry Bertoia's Sonambient label will be available soon.

COMBINATION #1  $85
Sonambient t-shirt + poster

Combination #2 $135
T-shirt, poster, unreleased LP

Combination #3 $160
T-shirt, Polaroid pack, unreleased LP

Combination #4 $170
T-shirt, poster, unreleased LP in Kickstarter exclusive color vinyl

Combination #5 $185
T-shirt and test pressing in letterpressed jacket

Combination #6 $210
T-shirt, Polaroid pack, unreleased LP in Kickstarter exclusive color vinyl

Combination #7 $235
 Sonambient t-shirt and 11CD box set

Sonambient screen printed poster
Sonambient screen printed poster
50 Drawings book (#'d edition of 500)
50 Drawings book (#'d edition of 500)
From Arieto To Harry Bertoia DVD
From Arieto To Harry Bertoia DVD
Bertoia Polaroid pack
Bertoia Polaroid pack
Mock up of first new Sonambient LP release in over 35 years
Mock up of first new Sonambient LP release in over 35 years
Bertoia Sonambient t-shirt
Bertoia Sonambient t-shirt
Full set of original Sonambient LPs
Full set of original Sonambient LPs
Playable metal mother.
Playable metal mother.
Metal stamper
Metal stamper

 
Learn more: 

harrybertoia.orgbertoiastudio.com, importantrecords.com 

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    You'll receive regular updates regarding our work with Harry Bertoia's archive and a big, warm thanks!

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    You'll receive a business card sized CDR containing an unheard Bertoia recording. (These CDs should play just about anywhere but not in a car CD player.)

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    You'll receive a cassette tape of an unheard Bertoia performance reel packaged in a letterpress sleeve.

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    Tote bag:
    You will receive a Sonambient tote bag.

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    T-shirt:
    Sonambient t-shirt printed on American Apparel

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    New Sonambient CD:
    When we release the first new Sonambient CD sourced from Harry Bertoia's unheard archive we'll send you one as thanks for pledging at this level.

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    Poster:
    Screen printed poster of Harry's original sketches for his Sonambient LPs

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    Exclusive download:
    Receive an exclusive, unedited download of an unreleased reel of Bertoia audio as a WAV or Mp3 file. If you pledge multiple times at this reward level you will receive mulitple recordings. We will also send you a scan of Harry's notes regarding these particular reels.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    You will receive an Arieto To Harry DVD:
    This is a well researched, high quality documentary of Bertoia’s life and work including interviews of those who knew Bertoia, on-site scenes in Italy, Canada, and the U.S.A. directed by Bruno Mercuri, produced by Videe. Finished in 2008, it was originally created in conjunction with the Bertoia retrospective exhibition in Pordenone, Italy, 2009. Parts of it can be viewed on YouTube.

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    New Sonambient LP:
    When we release the first new Sonambient LP, sourced from Harry's unheard archival recordings, you'll receive a regular edition LP packaged in the jacket seen in the above video. Included will be a letter of thanks for your contribution to the archiving of Harry Bertoia's complete recordings.
    A color vinyl version of this, exclusively made for Kickstarter, is available for a $100 pledge.

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    Bertoia Polaroid pack:
    Harry Bertoia used a Polaroid Land Camera to document many of his sculptures. You will receive a pack of Bertoia replica Polaroid photographs, professionally printed, and bound in a letter-pressed sleeve. Very few of these images have been seen before.

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    COMBINATION #1:
    Sonambient t-shirt
    Sonambient poster

    This pledge combines:
    Reward #2
    Reward #4

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    CD + Download Combination

    You'll receive a CD version of the first official Sonambient release sourced from unheard reels as well as an exclusive download of an unheard tape.

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    Exclusive color vinyl:
    When we release the first LP sourced from Harry's unheard archive of tapes you will receive a special copper color vinyl copy exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign.

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    COMBINATION #2:
    Sonambient t-shirt
    Sonambient poster
    unreleased Sonambient LP

    This pledge combines:
    Reward #2
    Reward #4
    Reward #7

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    Test pressing:
    When we re-launch Harry's Sonambient record label we will release recordings from his 350+ tape archive you will receive a test pressing of the first new Sonambient release packaged in a letterpress stamped jacket.

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    Screen print + Copper color Sonambient LP edition:

    You'll receive a copper color edition, exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign, of the first new Sonambient record we release containing
    unheard recordings as well as a Bertoia Sonambient screen printed poster.

    * Postage price reflects the fact that these will have to ship separately.

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    COMBINATION #3:
    Sonambient t-shirt
    Sonambient Polaroid pack
    unreleased Sonambient LP

    This pledge combines:
    Reward #2
    Reward #4
    Reward #7

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    COMBINATION #4:
    Sonambient t-shirt
    Sonambient poster
    unreleased Sonambient LP (color vinyl exclusive to Kickstarter)

    * Please note that the poster has to ship separately which raises the shipping fee *

    This pledge combines:
    Reward #2
    Reward #4
    Reward #9

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    COMBINATION #5:
    Sonambient t-shirt
    unreleased Sonambient LP TEST PRESSING

    This pledge combines:
    Reward #2
    Reward #11

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    Cassette
    Copper color Sonambient LP
    Polaroid pack

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    Sonambient 11CD box:
    You will receive a Sonambient 11 CD box set for pledging at this level. This box set is comprised of all 11 of Harry's self released LPs remastered and transferred from the original reels. Keep in mind that the box set will retail for $100 when it is released, a $100 donation has been added to this pledge amount.

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    COMBINATION #6:
    Sonambient t-shirt
    Sonambient Polaroid pack
    unreleased Sonambient LP (Kickstarter color vinyl exclusive)

    This pledge combines:
    Reward #2
    Reward #8
    Reward #9

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    Cassette
    Copper color Sonambient LP
    Polaroid pack
    CDR

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    COMBINATION #7:
    Sonambient t-shirt
    Sonambient 11 CD BOX

    This pledge combines:
    Reward #2
    Reward #13

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    This pledge level combines COMBINATION #4 plus two downloades of unheard Bertoia reels.

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    Combination #8
    Color vinyl LP
    Polaroid pack
    Sonambient CD box

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Rare Bertoia book:
    You will receive a rare Harry Bertoia Fifty Drawings book. This book was published in a numbered edition of 500.

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    Metal record stamper:
    Receive a metal stamper used to create the first Sonambient LP of previously unreleased and unheard material. These are the metal parts used to press each record.

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    Metal record mother:
    You will receive a metal mother. This is a metal plate used to make the stamers. This is a playable metal side A or side B.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Original Sonambient LP set:
    You'll receive a set of all 11 original Harry Bertoia LPs which he self released in 1978. These are his records which we will compile in our upcoming Sonambient 11 CD box set.

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    Sponsorship status:
    You or your organization will receive a sponsorship mention in the booklet accompanying our upcoming 11 CD Bertoia Sonambient collection and on our website.

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    Executive production credit:
    You, your business or organization will receive "executive production" credits on all new Sonambient LPs as well as the Sonambient CD box set due out later this year.

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Funding period

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