About this project
UPDATE: It's time to launch the SECRET WEAPONS! Tim has added 6 new paintings to the list of available rewards. They're small and crazy. Here are the images. Get them while you can!!
Scroll down to see the original paintings that are available as rewards!
Art, Music and Brains!
Tim Biskup is an artist. You might know his work. If not, Click here to check out his website. He's well known as a painter, sculptor and designer, but he's also a musician. He and his brother, Mike Biskup started a band called Big Butter way back in 1986. Over the last 25+ years they've made a bunch of records and played a lot of shows. They're a very strange band, as you might imagine. One of their favorite and most obscure recordings, BRAINSLED, was released as a cassette in 1989, but was never released on vinyl. It's been a favorite of Big Butter fans since it came out. One guy got it stuck in his car stereo for 6 years and he didn't even care. He just drove around listening to it. It's that good! The band has always wanted to make a vinyl version and the time has come to make that happen. The audio has been completely restored and remastered so it sounds better than the cassette ever did. This record set isn't just about the music, though. Biskup fans will love this record because it is covered in all new artwork that Tim produced just for this project! The two LP set will be packaged in a gatefold jacket with full color inserts and labels. It's almost like an art book with records inside. If you're really into Tim's work you can get the colored vinyl edition that comes with a signed and numbered print. If you're a big-shot art collector type you can get one of the original paintings that Tim made specifically for this project! If you want to keep it simple and you love strange music you can get the newly remastered album as a digital download for only $5. Help us bring Brainsled to the world!
About Big Butter:
Formed in the small town of Clovis, California in 1986 by Tim & Mike Biskup, Big Butter is the main outlet for the brothers' musical experiments. Their first EP was released in 1987 when Tim was still attending Otis Parsons Art School in Los Angeles. In the following years the duo released three full-length albums and several singles. Dedicated to the spirit of the avant-garde on one hand and post-punk ethos on the other, the music of Big Butter ranges from user-friendly jams to meditative ambiance and then off into total mayhem. In 1988 they caught the ear of their long-time heroes, The Residents and were invited to include their wares in the Ralph Records mail order catalog. With this link they found an audience that propelled their output of limited edition records and tapes for many years. Their rare live shows were legendary for being unpredictable and chaotic. At times they formed into a traditional band to perform improvised 70s-style pop ballads, goth-metal tirades and jazz-funk jams. On other occasions they ventured into more esoteric realms, playing with electronics and home made instruments or eschewing instruments altogether for forays into performance art territory. After the release of their 1991 LP/CD "From The Udder" the band began to take a back seat to other projects including Tim's career as an illustrator, animator and eventually fine artist. They continued to release singles here and there and to contribute to occasional compilation albums over the last twenty plus years, but 2012 has seen an uptick in the bands activity. Three new 7" singles have been released this year with another two in the works as well as an LP of all new material. With over twenty five years of history under their belts they appear ready to dedicate a bit of time to both their history and their future.
About the album (liner notes from Tim Biskup):
Brainsled was a necessity. In 1989 we were coming off of the high of releasing our first full-length LP, "Step In & Do A Certain Something". It was an experiment, which was always the case with Big Butter. The album was compiled from hours of tape recorded as far back as 1986. It was somewhat coherent in the traditional sense of having songs with titles and lyrics. The B-side got pretty out there with Kalaallit Nunaat 71º - 85º taking a spin into modern classical territory. We still had hours of tape that we couldn't quite place within the format of an album or even a "song". It was these experiments that were the driving force for us to make music in the first place so it seemed a shame to let them flounder in obscurity. We decided to edit together a handful of those odds and ends and came up with Bearded Horses.
Something about the jump-cuts and un-hinged energy were just what we needed to free our hands and open us to a new way of working. We set out to make Brainsled in the same spirit. The cassette format was perfect because it was cheap and we could make the sides long and sprawling. There was never a big picture of how the piece would be composed but we always thought about it as a single composition. If there are points of focus in Brainsled they would have to be the two long drone sections. One appears near the beginning of side A (of the vinyl version) and the other comprises the majority of side B with a reprise near the mid-section of side D. These sweeping walls of ambient sound represent a departure from the more light-hearted bend that informs the majority of Big Butter's music and are the inspiration for our Soundwitches side-project that emerged a few years later.
Here's the edited version of Brainsled the appeared on Big Butter's 1991 Album, "...from the udder".
About the restoration and remastering:
The original reel-to-reel master tapes of Brainsled were physically edited for use on the band's "From The Udder" LP. Because of this, the entire album had to be recreated from the original parts. In most cases, the versions that were used on this new version are much higher quality than the original cassette version. In some cases the original was not available and we did our best to make them sounds as good, or better than the original.
Printing, pressing and other nerd stuff:
We have yet to choose a record manufacturing company for this project. We want to make the highest all-around quality that is possible. The gatefold cover will be printed in full-color on heavy matte stock (or possibly, a traditional tip-on or casewrapped cover). We are planning to have either full-color printed inner-sleeves and/or at least one full-color insert (this could end up being a multi-fold or multi-page insert).
The records will be mastered by people who know what they are doing so the audio quality will be epic. The vinyl will be 180gm or heavier. We're not sure what color the colored vinyl will be but we are leaning towards pink and lime green opaque/transparent splatter. Who knows?! It will be swirly, for sure.
The colored vinyl version of the record comes with this print. It is a digital offset print on paper. Signed (by Tim Biskup) and numbered edition of 150. As you probably know, Tim's other prints of this size sell for at least $100! This is a rad deal. You should jump on it right now!
Tim created the following 12 new paintings for this project. They are all available as rewards exclusively through the campaign. Each painting is numbered and coincides with one of the reward brackets to the right. Just pick the reward that corresponds to that painting you want and it will be yours! The package is still being worked on, so we don't know exactly where in the packaging each painting will be used, but they will be used somewhere.
If you are familiar with Tim's work you know that his paintings are usually only available through art galleries and that these prices are very reasonable! This work is priced to move and to fund this project. Don't hesitate! Note: As with most of his recent work, these paintings are signed on the back.
Risks and challenges
From Tim: This project has been an absolute joy to work on. Going through all of the old tapes, making the paintings and helping to put together this campaign has gotten me really excited to see this thing through. The next step after funding will be to choose a printer and pressing plant and then start to put together the packaging design. This will be the first Big Butter record to have a real gatefold record cover and full-color printing. This budget is going to enable us to go all-out! I can't wait to get started!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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