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5 years in the making. An album sung in 3 languages with contributors from 4 continents!
5 years in the making. An album sung in 3 languages with contributors from 4 continents!
100 backers pledged $4,951 to help bring this project to life.

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THE PREFACE

In a world filled with noise and chaos, it is important to find peace and quiet while reflecting on the memories that we hold dear, the memories that bring joy, the memories that fill our hearts with love, and the memories that make life meaningful.

Our goal is to put these important memories into the grooves of a white vinyl record in a gatefold jacket with gold foil, and only you can help us do that!

THE PROTAGONISTS

Mr. and Mrs. Muffins are two dreamers living and working in Seattle, WA, raising a Mini Muffin, and, in their limited spare time, writing orchestral jazz pop albums accompanied by imaginative illustrations. On this album, they attempt to share their dearest memories with you, hoping that you can relate to some of them.

You can familiarize yourself with their previous works here: https://mrandmrsmuffins.bandcamp.com/

THE SUPPORTING CHARACTERS

This time around, Mr. and Mrs. Muffins have collaborated with over twenty artists from all around the globe to bring life to ten brand-new compositions. Collaborators include: Mondo Gascaro (Jakarta, ID), Aprilia Apsari (Jakarta, ID), Jérôme Didelot, Anthony Rochester (Hobart, AU), Guillermo Farré (Madrid, ES), Fredo Viola (New York), Nick Frenay (Boston), Joey Walbaum (Seattle), Alessandra Rose (Seattle), Susan Pascal (Seattle), Marty Jourard (Seattle), Ed "The Whistler" Sharlet (Bend), Shane Peck (Seattle), Brianna Atwell (Seattle), Karen Halliburton (Seattle), Chris Worswick (Seattle), Brian Owen (Bend), Chris Stroh (Seattle), Marc Miller (Seattle), Gabriel Lopez (Seattle), and Chris Hanzsek (Seattle), Rosalynn De Roos (New Orleans).

THE SETTING

"The Quiet Moon and Other Midnight Memories" is a 40-minute-long musical journey from the streets of Jakarta to a playground in Seattle, from the stillness of a back porch at sunset to the hustle and bustle of a crowded badminton club, from an intimate first date to the welcoming of a new child.

THE PROBLEM

Without a record label to help with the expensive job of pressing vinyl records, Mr. and Mrs. Muffins ask their fans, friends, and family to help create a joyous, music-filled memory.

THE EVENTS

Writing and recording of "The Quiet Moon and Other Midnight Memories" began in 2012, shortly after Mr. and Mrs. Muffins learned that they would be parents. By 2013, Mr. Muffins had written a song for the unborn child. Originally, the song used the name Apollo, but since, "Apa lo?" is a phrase commonly used at the beginning of an argument in Bahasa Indonesia, that name was abandoned for the more peaceful, "Amari." Over the next four years, Mr. Muffins slowly composed songs inspired by memories of the most important people, places, and things in his life... memories he felt were important to share with his new son, Amari.

The recording of the album mostly took place in Mr. and Mrs. Muffins' living room, after Amari had fallen asleep. This is just one of many reasons why the album is so soft and gentle. Additional recording sessions were held at various houses in the Seattle area, as well as long-distance sessions in Indonesia, France, Spain, Australia, California, and Boston. When the music was finished in 2016, Mrs. Muffins set to visually capturing the mood of the album with her own unique vision and style. Her artwork introduces some of her own favorite memories and helps the listener dive deeper into a serene landscape where subdued colors are accentuated by soft textures and subtle touches of shimmering gold, like the moon reflecting on newly-fallen snow.

Finally, after years of work, Mr. and Mrs. Muffins are launching this Kickstarter campaign, hoping that you will support their art and share it with all of your family and friends.

THE CLIMAX

With the help of so many people sharing this project and spreading the word, Mr. and Mrs. Muffins reach their goal of raising $4,000 to produce 250 copies of "The Quiet Moon and Other Midnight Memories" on white vinyl in a beautiful gatefold jacket.

THE CONCLUSION

Shipment of the album begins in the summer of 2017 with other rewards being sent to backers immediately after the Kickstarter campaign has ended.

THE AFTERWORD

We strongly believe that supporting art is more important now than ever. Mr. and Mrs. Muffins wouldn't exist without our shared love of music. Music is important. It is worth our time. It is worth our money. Art is important. It is worth our time. It is worth our money.

We have tried to create art and music that add beauty to our chaotic world. We hope that you find value in what we have created and join us in making our world more beautiful.

THE MUSIC

This is a short preview of each song on the album along with a preview of the art for the "Memory" card game reward. The artwork was created in collaboration with Gabriel Lopez

Below are some full songs to preview. Hope you like them:

TRACK 2 - "The Daydreamer and Her Valise"

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TRACK 7 - "Downtown Ailleurs"

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TRACK 6 - "A Dream of You"

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TRACK 5 - "A Sunset in Kota"

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Track #8 - "The Peacock Strut"

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THE REWARDS

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 Memory card game (12 illustrations - 24 cards). Illustrated by Mrs. Muffins and Gabriel Lopez

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Postcard

 

Mr. and Mrs. Muffins T-shirt
Mr. and Mrs. Muffins T-shirt

 

The first two albums...
The first two albums...

 

Mr. and Mrs. Muffins Poster
Mr. and Mrs. Muffins Poster

 

Peanut butter oatmeal cookies
Peanut butter oatmeal cookies

THE COST

Here's a breakdown of costs to produce the vinyl LP:

  • 12" DMM Processing (33rpm) - $250
  • Creating Vinyl Stampers - $150
  • 5 Test Pressings - $100
  • 250 160g 12" Virgin Vinyl Records - $650
  • Vinyl Color "White" Surcharge - $125
  • Colored Vinyl Setup/Extruder Cleaning - $100
  • CMYK Center Label Printing - $125
  • Black Paper Innersleeves with 2 Die Cut Holes - $50
  • Printed CMYK Gatefold LP Jackets - $1,000
  • Upgraded Jacket Finish: Matte Machine Varnish - $75
  • Surcharge for Cover Pocket of Gatefold Glued Shut with Glue Flap - $25
  • Surcharge for Hot Foil on 12" Gatefold - $250
  • Foil Stamping Tool - $200
  • LP Shrinkwrapping - $25
  • Shipping Costs - $375
  • Kickstarter fees - $400
  • Total: $4,000

Any additional funds raised will be used to help create the "Memory" card game, t-shirts, any PR for the album, and future live performances. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

 

 

Risks and challenges

Since our first two Kickstarter projects, vinyl has become so popular that the few production plants around the world are overwhelmed with the demand.This could delay the shipment of our record. Thank you for being patient as we do our best to ship the records in a timely manner.

Some of our rewards will take time to create. For example, we will literally be baking your cookies in our tiny kitchen. This homemade goodness takes time. Again, thank you for your patience.

We have never produced a t-shirt or a card game before. The process seems pretty straightforward, however, and we are confident we will be able to have these rewards to you by the estimated delivery dates.

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    "Heartfelt Hug" Memory

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    A beautiful postcard designed by Mrs. Muffins with a note from us to you.

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    "Homemade Cookies" Memory

    Five large, homemade, oatmeal, peanut butter, and chocolate chip cookies. A sweet memory from Mr. Muffins' childhood that will undoubtedly be a happy memory for your taste buds.

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    "Digital Decadence" Memory

    All three Mr. and Mrs. Muffins digital albums: "The Raindrop Dance and Other Songs About Love," "The Misty Cowboy and Other Songs to Dream By," and "The Quiet Moon and Other Midnight Memories." Perfect for new fans without a record player.

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    "The Quiet Moon..." Memory

    THIS IS IT!!! You helped create this memory! A beautifully designed gatefold jacket and a moon-colored (white) vinyl record. Ten songs about love, friendship, and the search for home: the important things we remember while staring at the quiet moon.

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    "Name on Record" Memory

    You get a copy of the vinyl record AND we'll add your name to the "Thank You" list on the vinyl jacket. Be remembered as the amazing patron of the arts that you are.

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    "Record and Cookies" Memory

    Do you want a cookie for supporting the arts? Well, you deserve a cookie! This reward gets your name on the album, a copy of the vinyl LP, and five delicious oatmeal peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. It's a pretty sweet deal!

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    "New and Old" Memory

    Our oldest album paired with our newest album, shipped together to your doorstep to be enjoyed on many memorable nights. Only 50 copies of The Raindrop Dance and Other Songs About Love remain. This tier of reward is limited to 25 of those copies.

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    "Terrific T-shirt" Memory

    A gorgeous t-shirt designed by the one and only Mrs. Muffins. This reward is for the digital consumer who still needs to venture outside every once in a while. It features a digital download of all three albums.

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    "Game Night" Memory

    Invite your friends over, order a pizza, gather around the dining room table, and play some games! Memory is a classic card game in which players turn over two cards, trying to find a match. This edition features beautiful illustrations by Mrs. Muffins and Seattle designer, Gabriel Lopez. This game is sure to strengthen your memorization skills while creating long-lasting, fun memories of your own.

    To be played while listening to all three digital Mr. and Mrs. Muffins albums!

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    "Vinyl Fantasy" Memory

    This is the best deal for all three Mr. and Mrs. Muffins records. You get your name on "The Quiet Moon and Other Midnight Memories" plus all three records. Limited to 20 due to our low supply of "The Raindrop Dance and Other Songs About Love."

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    "Fantastically Fashionable" Memory

    Be the first person on your block with the only official Mr. and Mrs. Muffins t-shirt in existence. Everyone will surely remember you...

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    " '90s-Style Mixtape" Memory

    Mr. Muffins will carefully select incredible music and burn it to a CD just for you, like people used to do before everything became a digital suggestion, as easily forgotten as a passing thought or a fading memory. This CD will stay with you for years to come...

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    "Games and Music" Memory (LIMITED)

    What is a game room without a record player? And what is a game night without a little music? This reward includes the specially designed "Memory" card game along with a vinyl copy of "The Quiet Moon and Other Midnight Memories" and your name in the liner notes.

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    "Games and Music" Memory

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    "The Daniel Rigby Badminton" Memory

    Two 2-hour-long badminton sessions with Mr. Muffins at Harbour Pointe Badminton Club, the most beautiful place to play badminton in Washington State. Get some pointers, play some games, and have some fun trying something new! Mr. Muffins will bring five cookies to the court for your after-game snack. A memory to hold close to your healthy heart. Additional rewards will be delivered by hand at the badminton club.

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    "Masterful Musician" Memory

    Receive the digital sheet music for all three Mr. and Mrs. Muffins albums.

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    "Bundle #1" Memory

    This bundle includes: All 3 Digital Albums + "The Quiet Moon and Other Midnight Memories" Record + Name in Liner Notes + Memory Card Game + Muffins T-Shirt. It's a bundle of fun!

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    "Bundle #2" Memory

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    "Bundle #3" Memory

    Same as bundle #2 + a 12" X 18" poster of the album cover. Add a Muffins memory to your walls.

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    "Ultimate Bundle" Memory

    Same as bundle #3 + "The Misty Cowboy..." and "The Raindrop Dance..." on vinyl.

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    "Collector's Collectibles" Memory

    One of only five test-pressings of "The Quiet Moon and Other Midnight Memories." These will be the only copies of the album on midnight-black vinyl.

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    "Delectable Dinner" Memory

    Mr. and Mrs. Muffins will treat you and one guest to a romantic dinner anywhere in the Seattle area. A night to remember! Bundle #3 will be hand-delivered to you.

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    "Midnight Movie" Memory

    A candlelit dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Muffins at your favorite restaurant in Seattle with a guest of your choice. After dinner, we will treat you and your guest to a magical midnight showing of any movie you choose. You will also receive three bass/guitar lessons at Mr. Muffins' studio or via Skype. Bundle #3 will be hand-delivered to your door. Thank you for helping to make our dreams come true!

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Funding period

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