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I’m ready to record a cutting new album. Join me and together we’ll get this out to the world – and you’ll be the first to hear it!
I’m ready to record a cutting new album. Join me and together we’ll get this out to the world – and you’ll be the first to hear it!
217 backers pledged $8,566 to help bring this project to life.

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Hey everyone - Thank you for checking out my new project! I have certainly been blessed by all the Tourniquet fans out there, and all of you who have shown an interest in what I do - plus it’s been cool to see so many of you at The Tourniquet Ark. Now I’m ready to record a new album called ONWARD TO FREEDOM. I believe this is a worthwhile project - I hope you’ll agree and join me. 

This is a full album project with vocals - human vocals this time! (Many of you know I did a solo album featuring authentic animal sounds for the “vocals”.) I plan to make the music all of you have come to expect from the main songwriter in Tourniquet since the beginning. Joining me will be a few fantastic guest musicians to add to the mix - on vocals and lead guitar - maybe even a Milwaukee symphony musician or two ... I'm looking at probably eight brand new songs. The songs are pretty much written (in my head) - just need to get them recorded. It's no secret by now that I love beautiful music and I love very heavy music - you will surely hear both in ONWARD TO FREEDOM. My hope is that this is truly something you can feel good about being involved with. 

If we reach the goal of $7000, the money will go to for mixing, mastering, guest musicians, guitar and bass setups, drum equipment (sticks, heads, etc.), and of course paying for all the cool rewards I'm offering.  I'm hoping to make the CD packaging really cool, which always costs more to do than just the standard CD. 

I think I've put together some pretty cool rewards as a thank you for your pledge. Everything from the finished album, of course – to T shirts, necklaces, wildlife photo prints, guitars - and some of my drum stuff I’ve had with me for 20 years – truly one of a kind stuff. Check out the video and the rewards for all the info. I appreciate you all! Ted

Onward to Freedom album cover
Onward to Freedom album cover
The Tourniquet Ark logo
The Tourniquet Ark logo
One of the rewards - my flying skull T shirt from the MASTERS cover
One of the rewards - my flying skull T shirt from the MASTERS cover

If you appreciate what I do with Tourniquet, I hope you'll get on board (did I just say that?) just for the tunes... and the cool rewards! 

One of the rewards - wolf face logo T shirt
One of the rewards - wolf face logo T shirt
visiting a friend...
visiting a friend...
in my studio...
in my studio...
I wrote one of the tracks here at Yellowstone National Park...
I wrote one of the tracks here at Yellowstone National Park...
one of the rewards - my drumming shoes that have been around the world and used to record albums
one of the rewards - my drumming shoes that have been around the world and used to record albums
My Paiste Signature crash cymbals - 2 of the rewards...
My Paiste Signature crash cymbals - 2 of the rewards...
ESP guitar in See Thru Black - one of the rewards...
ESP guitar in See Thru Black - one of the rewards...
one of the rewards - an 8 x 10 signed wildlife print I took on my property
one of the rewards - an 8 x 10 signed wildlife print I took on my property

Thanks again - Ted

Risks and challenges

As this project will involve a few guest musicians, scheduling may present a few challenges that may result in production delays. Working with musicians in different cities (and possibly different countries) may also present a challenge. There will be significant costs involved in creating the finished album. As I mentioned earlier - guitar setups, mixing, mastering, manufacturing, guest musicians - all quickly add up. If there are setbacks, I'm fortunate to know a few people in the industry that always come through for me. I've set the goal as reasonably as possible - I believe in all of you to help me get there!

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    Digital download of the full album one week before release

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    CD, exclusive postcard, Tourniquet Ark logo sticker and digital download

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    Tourniquet Ark logo guitar pick, signed CD, exclusive postcard, Tourniquet Ark logo sticker, and digital download

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    Here's one for the ladies - a cool metal Tourniquet Ark logo pendant necklace with the words "COMPASSION FOR CREATION" embossed on the metal, a Tourniquet Ark inspired animal-related Christmas ornament, plus the CD, exclusive postcard, Tourniquet Ark logo sticker, and digital download

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    THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 1 (wolf face) - an awesome black Tourniquet Ark wolf face logo T shirt (size small, medium, large, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X available), the CD, an exclusive postcard, a Tourniquet Ark logo sticker, Tourniquet Ark guitar pick, and the digital download

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    THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 2 (album cover) - an awesome black ONWARD TO FREEDOM album cover T shirt (size small, medium, large, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X available), the CD, an exclusive postcard, a Tourniquet Ark logo sticker, Tourniquet Ark guitar pick, and the digital download

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    BOTH SHIRTS - THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 1 (wolf face) - an awesome black Tourniquet Ark wolf face logo T shirt (size small, medium, large, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X available), the CD, an exclusive postcard, a Tourniquet Ark logo sticker, Tourniquet Ark guitar pick, and the digital download, PLUS THE ALBUM COVER T SHIRT (size small, medium, large, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X available) - so this reward you get both shirts!

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    A framed and signed 8” x 10” wildlife print from a photo that I personally took on my property - you choose either a frog or a butterfly - plus your choice of THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 1 or THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 2

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    An Evans autographed drum head – hand written by me with whatever niceties you want written on it. I may even draw an animal on it if I’m feeling creative! (be warned I'm a horrible artist) - plus your choice of THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 1 or THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 2

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    Drumsticks – A brand new pair of my signature Vic Firth drumsticks. These will be created specifically for this release. They will have the Tourniquet Ark logo and “COMPASSION FOR CREATION” written down the stick, plus my signature - plus the necklace - plus your choice of THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 1 or THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 2

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    My SUNN T shirt from the Barrios: La Catedral - IN THE SHADOW OF THE MASTERS video. It's an XL. See shirt here: http://youtu.be/Q3IxNy4QIa4 plus your choice of THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 1 or THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 2

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    My Vic Firth T shirt from the CHOPIN -- ETUDE OPUS 10 #4 from IN THE SHADOW OF THE MASTERS video. It's an XL. See shirt here: http://youtu.be/NaJfFTbadKg plus your choice of THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 1 or THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 2

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    My Green Skulls T shirt from the Tourniquet concert at the Flevo Fest - Holland. It's an XL. See shirt here: http://youtu.be/UVxtTZF6viU plus your choice of THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 1 or THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 2

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    My grey Flying Skull shirt from tracking Chart of the Elements (and others) from the Antiseptic Bloodbath album. It's an XL. See shirt here: http://youtu.be/3D88OuNBYkY plus your choice of THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 1 or THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 2

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    My flying skull T shirt from the album cover pic of IN THE SHADOW OF THE MASTERS. It's an XL. See shirt to the left - plus your choice of THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 1 or THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 2

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    A 15 minute Skype video talk with me plus the limited edition new drumsticks, your name in the credits, plus the necklace – plus your choice of THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 1 or THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 2

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    One of the dented (and possibly ripped) Evans drum heads I used to make this album, your name in the credits, plus the necklace - plus your choice of THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 1 or THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 2

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    One of the used, gouged up limited edition pair of signature Vic Firth drumsticks I used to make this album. I will also sign the sticks for you, your name in the credits, plus the necklace – plus your choice of THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 1 or THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 2

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    The one and only original lyric sheet for a song from this album. Some words or phrases may be crossed out or illegible – truly one of a kind - plus the limited edition new drumsticks, your name in the credits, plus the necklace – plus your choice of THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 1 or THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 2

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    My drumming shoes. I have used these to record almost every Tourniquet album, plus played many shows around the world wearing these. At one point, they were decorated in permanent marker by Luke Easter, covering all of both shoes. Size 10.5. Definitely one of a kind! Plus the limited edition new drumsticks, your name in the credits, plus the necklace – plus your choice of THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 1 or THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 2

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    One of my two DW kick pedals – these have been with me for many years and used at shows around the world, plus used to record many Tourniquet albums – DW makes quality stuff. Plus the limited edition new drumsticks, your name in the credits, plus the necklace – plus your choice of THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 1 or THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 2

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    My 16" Paiste signature power crash cymbal. I have endorsed Paiste for many years - they make amazingly musical cymbals. Here's your chance to own one of mine. It has no cracks or damage, but is of course used. I can sign it for you if you want. Plus the limited edition new drumsticks, an autographed Evans drum head, your name in the credits, plus the necklace – plus your choice of THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 1 or THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 2

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    My 18" Paiste signature full crash cymbal. I have endorsed Paiste for many years - they make amazingly musical cymbals. Here's your chance to own one of mine. It has no cracks or damage, but is of course used. I can sign it for you if you want. Plus the limited edition new drumsticks, an autographed Evans drum head, your name in the credits, plus the necklace – plus your choice of THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 1 or THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 2

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    An ESP MH-350NT guitar used in the recording – with ESP case. This album will be made using 4 different ESP MH-350NT guitars. I recently started working with ESP and they make awesome and super cool guitars. Beautiful finish, play terrific, sound awesome. Yours can be signed by me in permanent marker if you desire. Two will be in Dark Brown Sunburst, and two in See Thru Black - those who pledge first get their choice. Plus the limited edition new drumsticks, your name in the credits, plus the necklace – plus THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 1 and THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE 2

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