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A campaign for 2 groundbreaking LPs, one by Asphodel and one by Ingenting Kollektiva, available in standard and special editions
A campaign for 2 groundbreaking LPs, one by Asphodel and one by Ingenting Kollektiva, available in standard and special editions
A campaign for 2 groundbreaking LPs, one by Asphodel and one by Ingenting Kollektiva, available in standard and special editions
85 backers pledged $9,696 to help bring this project to life.

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2 LPs from Invisible Birds: Ingenting & Asphodel

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Invisible Birds is a record label issuing recordings evocative of nature, abstraction, the sublime, bird life, memory, transcendence, invisibility and nothingness.  Releases are often hand made with special editions.

The label was initiated mysteriously in 2008, and is now maintained by Arthur De Eriomém and Matthew Swiezynski.  Releases so far have included seminal works by Thomas Bel, Community of Light, Yannick Dauby, Arthur De Eriomém, John Grzinich, Ingenting Kollektiva, Murmer, Lethe, Tomonari Nozaki, Colin Andrew Sheffield, and Matthew Swiezynski.

In late 2014 the label moved from Oakland California to Portland Oregon. In hopes of getting our feet back on the ground,  we are asking for funding to get these 2 beautiful releases issued on wax. With this push forward, the label hopes to concentrate on vinyl and put out some really amazing releases in late 2015/early 2016.

The 2 releases in question are :

Ingenting Kollektiva’s An Anatomy of Melancholy. This release has been in the works since 2010.  It started with the desire to investigates forms of Melancholia, taking direction from sources such as Georg Büchner and his 1836 novella fragment Lenz, Robert Burton’s book The Anatomy of Melancholy from 1621, the films of Ingmar Bergman, the textures of Jordi Savall, the atmospheres created by Krzysztof Penderecki, and the musical concept of Lontano (as from a distance), heard in music by György Ligeti and Tomasz Stańko,  A couple of years into the process of making the album, Ingenting commissioned artwork from Zacharias Kether, and the album took an even more sublime/cosmic direction. Finally in late 2014 Ingenting asked the guitarist and composer James Hamilton to contribute guitar to the album, and his stunning results helped finish the album.

Asphodel’s Aokigahara, The Black Sea of Trees. This is a vinyl reissue of an album released as a limited edition CDr in 2012. The beauty of the release immediately caught the attention of the Invisible Birds offices. The music is an abstract visual and sonic story-telling which takes place in a forest located in Mount Fuji, Japan, famous for a place where thousands of people migrate to in order to take their lives and meet their maker. The forest is spread all through with ephemera, photographs, letters and instruments left behind by the leavers, all untouched due to respect. Initially what is imagined as a morbid subject comes to life through the story-telling aspects of the music, taking cues from film both traditional and abstract (such as Stan Brakhage). The contrast between dark sounds to more delicate auditory landscapes creates a very moving place for the listener, where the sense of an intrinsic lament and stepping into the oblivion gets distilled in to sensation of belonging to life and hope. The emphasis is on the romantic and contextual countenance of life relived through the forest. The cover art is a lovely photo we commissioned from the photographer/filmmaker/composer Tarrl Lightowler.

Rewards:

1. Pledge $18 - Ingenting Kollektiva's release in the standard edition, discounted slightly and delivered 3 weeks before the street date.

Includes :
- standard edition Ingenting Kollektiva

2. Pledge $18 - Asphodel’s release in the standard edition, discounted slightly and delivered 3 weeks before the street date.

Includes :
- standard edition Asphodel

3. Pledge $24 (an edition of 60) - Ingenting Kollektiva in the first level special edition (ib008 en vol).
Includes :
- the standard edition Ingenting Kollektiva
- the Ingenting bonus CD (image shown above)

4. Pledge $24 (an edition of 60) - Asphodel's release with bonus CD.
Includes :
- the standard edition Asphodel
- the Asphodel bonus CD (image shown above)

5. Pledge $34 - Both releases discounted slightly and delivered 3 weeks before the street date.
Includes :
- both Ingenting Kollektiva & Asphodel standard edition.

6. Pledge $38 (an edition of 30) - Ingenting Kollektiva second level special edition (ib008 chants d'oiseaux)
Includes :
- the standard edition Ingenting Kollektiva
- bonus signed/numbered print by Ingenting member Matthew Swiezynski (potential image shown above, still deciding on an image)
- the Ingenting bonus CD

7. Pledge $45 - Combination of #s 3 & 4
Includes:
- First level special edition Ingenting (ib008 en vol) with bonus CD
- the standard edition Asphodel with bonus CD

8. Pledge $50 - Distro price, get 5 copies of Ingenting Kollektiva’s LP at a distro price, for resale only

9. Pledge $50 - Distro price, get 5 copies of Asphodel’s LP at a distro price, for resale only

10. Pledge $58 - Combination of #s 6 & 4
Includes:
- Second level Special Edition Ingenting (ib008 chants d'oiseaux)
- the standard edition Asphodel
- the Asphodel bonus CD

 
11. Pledge $60 (an edition of 25) - Asphodel LP in the Special Edition (ib009 formes de mémoire)

Includes:
- Asphodel in handmade packaging by Wounded Wolf Press (images shown above)
- the Asphodel bonus CD
- pamphlet on the Asphodel project
- a signed dedication card

12. Pledge $82 - Combination of #s 11 & 3
Includes:
- the Special Edition Asphodel (ib009 formes de mémoire)
- First level Special Edition Ingenting (ib008 en vol)

13. Pledge $90 - Distro price, get 5 copies of both LPs at a distro price, for resale only

14. Pledge $96 - Combination of #s 11 & 6 Includes: - the Special Edition Asphodel (ib009 formes de mémoire) - Second level Special Edition Ingenting (ib008 chants d'oiseaux)

15. Pledge $170 - Distro price, various releases

16. Pledge $180 - the entire invisible birds catalogue. 3 are out of print and will be remade in a limited edition version.
Includes:
- ib001 - matthew swiezynski films dvd (op, new version with new sleeve)
- ib002 - colin andrew sheffield; ib003 - lethe; ib004 - ingenting kollektiva, ib005; yannick dauby/john grzinich/murmver; ib006 - ingenting kollektiva 2; ib007 - community of light; ib008 - ingenting kollektiva 3; ib009 - asphodel
- oiseaux001-004 - yannick dauby (now op), arthur de eriomém, tomo nozaki (now op), and thomas bel
- oiseaux005-010 - 5 digital only bandcamp releases on 2 cds with new artwork
- also all bonus discs are included (extra discs from ib002 + ib006 + ib008 + ib009)


17. Pledge $450 (an edition of 10) - Ingenting Kollektiva LP de luxe third level special edition (ib008 néant)

Includes :
- the standard edition Ingenting Kollektiva
- a drawing by Zacharias Kether, whom did the cover art, 10" x 10" on handmade paper (image shown above)
- a drawing by Ingenting member Matthew Swiezynski, 12" diameter on handmade paper (image shown above)
- a bonus print by Ingenting member Matthew Swiezynski
- the Ingenting bonus CD
- the standard edition of Ashodel LP

18. Pledge $510 - Combination of #s 11 & 15
Includes:
- the special edition Asphodel (ib009 formes de mémoire)
- the de luxe, third level Special Edition Ingenting (ib008 néant)

If there are pledges or combinations of pledges you would like please let us know and we will add them!

How much are you raising and what does it entail?


Invisible Birds would like to raise $9000. Each release including mastering, lacquers, LPs and jackets is a little over $4200. We are also asking for a little extra money to do professional CDs for the bonus editions and some printing costs, paper for special editions.

Potential Coloured Vinyl


If we go over the amount asked, we plan on issuing either one or both releases on coloured vinyl. Pictured above are potential colours.

A quick guide to editions

- Ingenting Kollektiva regular edition (400, may vary slightly from manufacturer's final product)
- Ingenting Kollektiva level one w/ cd (60)
- Ingenting Kollektiva level two w/ cd and print (30)
- Ingenting Kollektiva deluxe w/ cd, print, 2 drawings (10)
- Asphodel regular edition (400, may vary slightly from manufacturer's final product)
- Asphodel w/ bonus cd (60)
- Asphodel deluxe edition (40)
these editions are scattered over various pledges, so if you see it sold out in one pledge, look at another pledge, or feel free to ask us

Risks and challenges

As of Feb. 2015, the music for both releases has been completed, as well as the graphic design. All that needs to be done now is to have the releases mastered for vinyl, lacquers made, and the jackets and LPs to be manufactured.
For the LP jackets, we have been in close contact with Stoughton Printing Co. who are printing the jackets matte with a debossed frame for the cover art which will be tipped-in. In the past we have been a little disappointed with the printing of our releases with the exception of some of the handmade editions, this printing will not only make a sleeve that is basically free of gloss, but a photo that is not lost in poor printing. This printing process is a little more expensive, but the results will be quite breathtaking!
For the LPs we have been in contact with the most respected LP manufacturer in the US; RTI, who will be doing a regular weight pressing for us. These will be on black vinyl, and if we go beyond our goal with the funding, we plan on getting coloured vinyl, in designs reminiscent of the music.

The manufacturers gave us a roughly 9 week delivery time, all products will be shipped roughly in late June/early July.

After looking at the costs of the releases, we realized it would not be possible without some kind of backing, so the idea to use kickstarter came about. We are so very excited to be putting these releases out, all we need is the help of some kind souls that are enthusiastic about what we are doing. thanks so much!

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    Ingenting Kollektiva's An Anatomy of Melancholy LP, in the standard edition, with a slightly reduced price and delivered 3 weeks before the street date

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    Asphodel's Aokigahara, The Black Sea of Trees LP, in the standard edition, with a slightly reduced price and delivered 3 weeks before the street date

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    DISTRO PRICE: 5 copies of Ingenting Kollektiva's An Anatomy of Melancholy LP, in the standard edition, for resale only, delivered 3 weeks before the street date

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    Ingenting Kollektiva's An Anatomy of Melancholy LP, second level special edition (ib008 chants d'oiseaux) with bonus CD and numbered print, and the standard edition Asphodel LP with the bonus Asphodel CD, delivered 3 weeks before the street date

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    Asphodel's Aokigahara, The Black Sea of Trees LP, in the special edition with handmade packaging and bonus CD & pamphlet. Also includes the standard edition Ingenting Kollektiva LP, delivered 3 weeks before the street date

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    Asphodel's Aokigahara, The Black Sea of Trees LP, in the special edition with handmade packaging and bonus CD & pamphlet. Also includes the First level Special Edition Ingenting (ib008 en vol) with bonus CD, delivered 3 weeks before the street date

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    DISTRO PRICE: 5 copies of Ingenting Kollektiva's An Anatomy of Melancholy LP & 5 copies of Asphodel's Aokigahara, The Black Sea of Trees LP, in the standard edition, for resale only, delivered 3 weeks before the street date

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    Asphodel's Aokigahara, The Black Sea of Trees LP, in the special edition with handmade packaging and bonus CD & pamphlet. Also includes the Second level Special Edition Ingenting (ib008 chants d'oiseaux) with bonus CD and print, delivered 3 weeks before the street date

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    DISTRO PRICE: 2 x Asphodel LP in the Special Edition, 2 x Ingenting Kollektiva second level special edition, 1 x Asphodel's release with bonus CD, 1 x Ingenting Kollektiva in the first level special edition, 2 x Asphodel’s release in the standard edition, 2 x Ingenting Kollektiva's release in the standard edition

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    The entire invisible birds catalogue from ib001 to ib009, the 4 oiseaux cdr series and the complete bandcamp recordings on 2 cdrs, also all bonus discs are included (extras from ib002 + ib006 + ib008 + ib009) all at a fair amount

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    Ingenting Kollektiva's An Anatomy of Melancholy LP, de luxe third level special edition (ib008 néant) with a drawing by Matthew Swiezynski, a drawing by Zacharias Kether, bonus CD, numbered print, and the standard edition Asphodel LP, delivered 3 weeks before the street date

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    Ingenting Kollektiva's An Anatomy of Melancholy LP, de luxe third level special edition (ib008 néant) with a drawing by Matthew Swiezynski, a drawing by Zacharias Kether, bonus CD, numbered print, and the Special Ed Asphodel LP with handmade packaging and bonus CD & pamphlet, delivered 3 weeks before the street date

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