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A ROCK BAND AND CLASSICAL MUSICIANS MAKE AN ALBUM  TOGETHER?  WHO WOULD DO SUCH A THING?
A ROCK BAND AND CLASSICAL MUSICIANS MAKE AN ALBUM TOGETHER? WHO WOULD DO SUCH A THING?
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LSD live!
LSD live!

(The "Too Long; Didn't Read," ultra condensed version of the LSD Orchestra Project Description)

The LSD Orchestra Project is a crossover album and performance project that combines the talents of local Seattle rock musicians and local Seattle classical and symphonic musicians. The video tells it pretty well so please watch the video for the whole story!

Stringz!
Stringz!

For more info about us, please check out the links below: 

Late September Dogs WEBSITE

Late September Dogs on Facebook

The LSD Orchestra Project on Facebook

And our previously released music is for sale here:

ITUNES LINK

AMAZON LINK

Now the details.

THIS VERY HELLO KITTY GUITAR is one of the rewards! Used on the album and at countless gigs, signed by some of the greatest guitar players in the WORLD!
THIS VERY HELLO KITTY GUITAR is one of the rewards! Used on the album and at countless gigs, signed by some of the greatest guitar players in the WORLD!

We are Late September Dogs and we are a Seattle rock band that is trying to do things a little differently, so we started The LSD Orchestra Project. 

While arranging and composing the songs that make up our third LSD album, we decided the addition of orchestral instruments would be the best way to communicate the theme of the record. We came to the conclusion that we needed to add a classical layer to the story--the story of the ebb and flow and crescendo of a relationship. We approached Bradley Hawkins,

Brad Hawkins, Cellist, Arranger, Composer, Badass
Brad Hawkins, Cellist, Arranger, Composer, Badass

a cellist who has performed with many Seattle area orchestras who, after much discussion and collaboration, became interested in not only performing, but also in arranging and scoring the music for chamber instruments—which he did, for three songs. 

With the first round of funding, we recorded basic tracks (drums, bass and guitars) for ten of the LSD Orchestra Project songs, recorded a string section performance for three of those ten songs, and fully completed one song (which involved recording all instruments and vocals (including strings and choir), mixing and mastering). You can hear the single "I Am Not Proud" in its completed form in the Lyric video here:

We have assembled an amazing team to help us finish this album, and the money we raise will go to paying these incredible artists and engineers for their time and work. 

The project musicians so far include the Late September Dogs Band members (Liz Teisan, lead vocalist, 

Liz Teisan - lead vox
Liz Teisan - lead vox

and Dan Teisan, lead guitarist (songwriters); Jay Smith, rhythm guitarist; Lui Williams, drums, and Jeff Eason, bass); classical Pacific Northwest symphony musicians (Brad Hawkins, cello; Mitchell Drury,violin; Heather Bentley, viola); the Seattle Women’s Rock Choir (including Jamie Nova, Jackie Farrar, Jesica Lancaster, Katrina Lorme, Stephanie Smith) guest singers Glenn Cannon, Chris Spillman, Chris Forry and Nick Carlson; and engineers Sean Walker and Ian Sheridan. 

We also intend to record full brass, piano and percussion sections, these additional musicians will be hired as needed.

Tracking Background Vocals
Tracking Background Vocals

We understand that we are not the first rock band to want to work with classical musicians in this way. At the independent level, however, it is a rare and difficult thing to accomplish successfully. We would appreciate the opportunity and would love your help! 

Our goal: $12,000 is the absolute minimum we need to finish the album; $20,000 is our stretch goal, and $30,000 would help us to promote and publicize so we could continue performing at a larger scale

LSD Orchestra Project Choir after a loooooong day!
LSD Orchestra Project Choir after a loooooong day!

(Note to those who helped us with our first round of funding, we havent forgotten about you! When we finish the album, everyone who contributed will be getting all the neat stuff we promised you!)

Risks and challenges

Once we are funded, we are faced with the challenge of coordinating this large group of talented people. We know its going to be rough to get all of these talented people in one place going in the same direction and it could take longer than we think, but most great things do, and we are hoping to make a great thing.

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    "I AM NOT PROUD" - ONE SONG. Yours to keep. Our eternal gratitude and thanks. :-)

    (Free download of LSD Orchestra Project Single "I Am Not Proud")

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    The whole record. All of our work. TEN BUCKS.

    (Full digital download of the LSD Orchestra Project Album.)

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    SIGNED PHYSICAL CD!

    An actual CD you can hold in your hands, signed by the band. FOR REALZ. Also includes a stylish commemorative contributor silicone bracelet with words on it. (plus the downloadable digital copy of the album)

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    Picture of your choice! We'll send a signed 8x10 of one member of the band (even the drummer!), or a signed 8X10 of the whole band.

    Includes: Download of album, 1 commemorative contributor bracelet, Signed CD, signed 8 x 10 picture of band or individual band member.

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    T-Shirt PLUS! - Exclusive "I supported the LSD ORCHESTRA PROJECT" shirt for backers of this project. (It may say something cleverer than that, but you get the idea)

    Includes: Download of album, 1 commemorative contributor bracelet, signed 8 x 10 of band or individual member, commemorative contributor T shirt.

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    SCORE! Printed and signed score of one song! The orchestral section of the songs are being orchestrated by Brad Hawkins, cellist extraordinaire, and this is a copy of the music of one song, signed by the band! Plus the other good stuff.

    Includes: Download of Album, Signed orchestral score of one song, commemorative bracelet, LSD Orchestra Project Contributor T-Shirt.

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    The Everything Bucket. Everything so far, plus rad handmade guitar pick necklace inscribed with the band logo!

    Includes: Download of album, 1 commemorative contributor bracelet, Signed CD, signed 8 x 10 LSD Orchestra Project (individual of your choice or band pic) band photo, commemorative contributor T shirt, Guitar pick necklace.

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    Commemorative signed hangable 9x10 inch wall art guitar pick with LSD logo!

    Ok, stay with me here.. This is a rad oversize guitar pick we found for hanging on the wall, signed by the band.. Plus all the other good stuff!

    Includes: Download of album, Signed CD, 1 commemorative contributor bracelet, giant guitar pick with LSD Logo.

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    Personalized video greeting from the band! Tell us who you are and we'll send you a personalized video greeting from the studio!

    Includes: Download of Album, Bracelet, Signed CD, T-shirt!

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    Skype Lesson from band member of your choice!

    Get a 30 minute Skype vocal lesson from Liz, a bass lesson from Jeff, a hello kitty themed guitar lesson from Dan, a drum lesson from Lui, or an everything else lesson from Jay Smith! (he plays guitar, sax, harmonica, and sings backup vox!)

    Includes: Download of album, commemorative bracelet, signed CD and 30 minute Skype Lesson from band member of your choice. Please let us know who!

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    60 minute Skype lesson - As above, but a FULL HOUR! also includes VIP access to the CD release party!

    Includes: Download of album, Signed CD, commemorative bracelet, and 60 minute Skype Lesson with band member of your choice! (please let us know who) includes VIP pass to the CD release party!

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    FULL SCORE - The Orchestral score of the entire album, signed by the band! Also VIP access to the CD release party!

    Includes: Download of album, Signed CD, commemorative bracelet, and SIGNED Orchestra score of the Album, VIP Laminate and pass for CD release party.

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    LSD Orchestra Project Commemorative Hardcover book. Includes lyrics to the entire album, pictures, music, and the story of the making of the album. Signed by the band!

    Includes: Signed commemorative hardcover book, Includes download of album, signed CD, and VIP laminate and pass for CD release party.

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    The LSD Orchestra Project Commemorative Hoodie!

    We've had many requests for these over the years, and weve never had a good excuse to make em.. Here they are! Exclusive for backers of the LSD OP.

    Download of Album, LSD Hoodie, signed CD, VIP Seating at CD release, Commemorative bracelet.

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    TWO Shirts and a Hoodie!

    Want two of things? Here ya go! Two bracelets, Two t-shirts, two VIP passes to the CD release party, and a Hoodie AND the Wall art Guitar pick AND the guitar pick necklace. I mean.. SO MUCH GOOD STUFF!

    Includes: Download of album, 2 commemorative contributor bracelets, Signed CD, signed 8 x 10 photo, TWO commemorative Tshirts, One LSD hoodie, Giant Wall Art Guitar Pick, 2 VIP passes for CD release, Band pick necklace

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    ALL THE WORDS! Handwritten lyrics signed by the band, for the entire album. And a personalized thank you video from the band!

    Includes: Download of album, 2 commemorative contributor bracelet, Signed CD, signed 8 x 10 LSDOP, TWO commemorative Tshirts, One LSD hoodie, Giant Wall Art Guitar Pick, 2 VIP passes for CD release, Band pick necklace,

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    2 hour acoustic in home show.. and the Production book!

    Having a party? Have us over! We will come to your house for a party and play for you! (local to Seattle and surrounding areas only, -unless you pay for travel and lodging!-)

    Includes: Download of album, 2 commemorative contributor bracelet, 2 Signed CDs, signed 8 x 10 LSDOP, TWO commemorative Tshirts, Two LSD hoodies, Giant Wall Art Guitar Pick, 2 VIP passes for CD release, Commemorative production book!

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    REPLICA HELLO KITTY GUITAR!

    A replica hello kitty guitar, signed by the band! This is not the actual guitar Dan plays, but a very similar one, signed by the band and ready to rawk!

    Download of album, bracelet, photo, signed CD, VIP pass for CD release, signed 8x10 band photo, Tshirt, Personalized thank you video.

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    THE ACTUAL ORIGINAL ACTUAL HELLO KITTY GUITAR PLAYED AT HUNDREDS OF LSD SHOWS!!!

    Signed by GUTHRIE GOVAN, LARRY MITCHELL, ROGER FISHER, GEORGE LYNCH, Satchel from STEEL PANTHER, VERNON REID, YOURS FOR THE TAKING!

    INCLUDES LOCKING TUNERS, MOSTLY PINK STRINGS, EMG 81 AND 85, YEARS AND YEARS OF WELL GIGGED MILES.

    includes: Dans Original Hello Kitty Guitar, Download of album, bracelet, photo, signed CD, VIP pass for CD release, signed 8x10 band photo, Tshirt, Personalized thank you video.

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