With only a few days left, we wanted to announce a couple things... We can’t believe what you've done! In a little over two weeks, you've pledged nearly double our initial goal. Something we find both hard to believe, and overwhelmingly awesome. In our last update, we asked our fans to come up with what they’d like to see as the next stretch goal. There were a lot of great suggestions, but no definitive answer to appease the majority. Instead, we’ve decided allow some flexibility in the backer rewards in hopes to make everyone a little bit happier.
ITEM 1> You can adjust your pledge to grab additional backer rewards, if you’d like to!
A lot of backers have been asking if this was possible, so we are trying to accommodate them. We definitely are not pressuring you into pledging more money! We appreciate every dollar already pledged!
If you do want to adjust your pledge, it's pretty easy. For example, if you’d like to add a physical copy of the Kickstarter-exclusive Eternalist compilation, click the big blue “Manage Your Pledge,” adjust the amount by adding $25, and click “Continue to next step” to confirm the amount.
Once you’ve made your final adjustments, just shoot us an email with the items you’ve pledged towards! You can add one of anything you’d like (unless it is marked as “All Gone”) Please send emails to:
With the subject:
And we will confirm that everything is in order.
ITEM 2> More importantly, we wanted to share some more titles that we’re working on (which any additional funds will be going towards)!
Keep in mind, this list doesn't include the four initial goals, and two stretch goals!
1> Arcade High’s Pixel Passion Nintendo Cart / CD Set re-issue
2> Br1ght Pr1mate’s Energize / Soft Promises cassingle
3> Garth Knight’s The New Flesh EP
4> Makeup and Vanity Set’s 7.25.2148 CD re-release
5> Makeup and Vanity Set’s Charles Park Trilogy CD re-release
6> Makeup and Vanity Set’s Wilderness double CD
7> Mild Peril’s Matter cassette
In total, that’s 13 releases that YOU have helped produce throughout the process of this Kickstarter campaign! Congratulations, and thanks!
With less than 10 days until the end of our Kickstarter project, we have a very special stretch goal to announce...
As we near the two year anniversary of Telefuture’s launch, many releases come to mind as significant in terms of shaping the way we have decided to put music into the world. We felt that all of the launch titles were incredible, but there was one that stood out among both Telefuture’s operators and early fans of the label:
Makeup and Vanity Set’s 88:88.
To me, 88:88 is probably the most important release from our launch catalog and still continues to be among our most celebrated releases almost two years later. Its release was something of a happy coincidence. I had reached out the MAVS hoping to re-release the Charles Park trilogy as a single album (which has since been accomplished), but instead, things evolved to the point where there was a new album and accompanying film in the works, as well as a highly talented design team behind the releases.
At first, it felt a little intimidating delving into the insanely brilliant creative process that Matt, Joey, and Caspar had already established. Luckily, I was able to catch up, and start offering suggestions of my own in terms of how the album might be presented. After numerous back-and-forths, we landed on the idea of creating a unique VHS release of 88:88 that urged listeners to sit in front of their televisions, soak in the album, and enjoy strategically placed imagery that accentuated the album. Something that many music listeners don’t do. When was the last time you put everything else aside and sat in a darkened room to listen to an album?
Yes, it was an unusual idea. Nonetheless, it was a good one. From a business standpoint. all of copies sold out. From an artistic standpoint, people from around the world purchased a video tape with music on it. Many of the customers didn’t have a VCR to play the release. Some didn’t even know what a VHS tape was. Telefuture had succeeded in its goals on multiple levels. The most important of which was to re-introduce the public to objects that have generally been considered obsolete. To make physical mediums that had become ghosts in a digital world relevant again.
Since the initial release, our fans have been clamoring for a reissue. There won't be any more VHS copies produced, but instead, to immortalize an album that I consider one of my all-time favorites, I want to press it onto vinyl. The only thing lacking is the finances to do so.
I’m confident that we can make this happen.
Steve / Telefuture
Please note: A new pledge reward has been created at the $50 level which guarantees you a copy of 88:88 on vinyl, as well as a special MAVS autographed insert exclusive to Kickstarter backers, digital downloads of 88:88 and Eternalist, exclusive updates, and vote on the new Telefuture logo.
If you’ve already made a pledge towards a different reward, you can increase your pledge by $50, and grab this release as an addition. After raising your pledge, just send us a note, and we’ll make sure you’re on the list.
Now that we've succeeded with our initial funding goal, We are very excited to announce our first stretch goal. If we can hit $2,800 in pledges, we'll be moving forward on a re-release of Betamaxx's Sophisticated Technology!
Sophisticated Technology is an album that our fans have asked for over and over, and we want to give it to them. This time around, the pro-duplicated and printed CDs will be presented in a nice eco-wallet (very fancy!).
Note: We've added a new pledge reward at the $40 level, where you can grab a copy of this re-release.
As we mentioned in the pitch video, there are some other albums we'd like to re-release in nicer packaging. Some have been asking:
"Where's the Vinyl?"
More on that in the near future...
Telefuture is a record label focused on releasing 80’s inspired electronic music. Over the past couple years, we've released albums stemming from genres like chillwave, outrun, chipmusic, synthpop, Italo disco and more.
As a label, we pride ourselves on the fact that, to date, 100% of digital sales have gone to our artists; meaning that we produce most of our physical releases out of pocket, only sometimes recouping manufacturing costs. We don’t do this for the money. We do this to share music that we love, exposing the world to our favorite retro-inspired music and to presenting it in a physical medium whenever possible.
To date, we’ve released CDs, cassettes, and even an album on VHS. We don’t look at these things as novelties -- we look at them as treasures and want to expose the current generation of music lovers to the things we cherished in decades passed. We want them to experience something more than clicking a button to download an album. To us, the physical medium is beyond important in terms of representing an album, and want to take our presentations to the next level. To do that, we need one thing… your support.
So, where would the money go?
In short, we want to fund several of our upcoming releases so that they can be as good as they can be. Our initial goal accounts for four releases… some of our most deserving releases to date.
Le Cassette Left to Our Own Devices Cassette
Hailing from England, Le Cassette is a three piece outfit creating epic synthpop music featuring production from Adam McNab, James Nalepa, and Joe Wood. By including vocals on the majority of their tracks, the band stands apart from many of their peers, creating a sound that is beautiful, reminiscent, and infectious.
Having only released a handful of tracks on various compilations and collaborations, Left to Our Own Devices will be their debut release; 14 tracks planned to be released on a professionally duplicated cassette.
Here's a track from the album... "Digital Power"
And a teaser for the release:
Protector 101 Wastelands Cassette
Inspired by apocalyptic movies passed, American composer, Protector 101, delves into the dark and hopeless world of the Wastelands. While taking an approach closer to scoring a film, each track from the release explores a portion of a survivor’s journey to stay alive.
Protector 101’s Wastelands deluxe edition is planned to come with a professionally duplicated cassette, large cassette box, a sticker, button, and artwork designed by Master Control Program.
Here's a track from the album... "Back Alleys"
And a sample of some of Protector 101’s previous work (WARNING: This video contains B-movie grade violence and gore!):
Perturbator Dangerous Days CD Box Set
French producer, Perturbator, has been creating dark, pounding, and intense synth music for several years. With two full-length releases, numerous EP's and collaborations, as well as music featured on Hotlime Miami’s soundtrack (a critically acclaimed indie game), Perturbator is a leader of the synth music genre. His third LP, Dangerous Days, promises to hit harder than any of his previous work.
Dangerous Days is planned to release with a deluxe digipak with art by Ariel-Zucker-Brull, as well as some other specialty goods.
Here's a track from the release... "She is Young, She is Beautiful, She is Next"
And a past track, "Miami Disco" from the Hotline Miami soundtrack:
Batsly Adams' Genesis Cart
A music compilation curated by Batsly Adams, an American mad scientist whose creations have appeared in countless forms. Whether it be custom coded Nintendo games, light installations, visuals for live performances, or anything in between, he is a creator of many amazing things.
Telefuture reached out and asked Batsly if he'd like to work on something together, and here we are. His contribution... a chiptune compilation that lives on a real life Genesis / Mega Drive cartridge, which is fully playable on your vintage console.
Check out a work in progress from exileFaker:
Here's what the inside of the Genesis cartridge looks like:
With a little luck from our backers, the release's PCB will feature a familiar image...
What do our fans get out of backing our Kickstarter campaign?
Not only would fans be supporting Telefuture and its artists, they would also have the chance to pick up pledge rewards that include a new compilation, out-of-print Telefuture releases, and Kickstarter-exclusive physical goods. We’ve been listening to our fans over the past couple years, and want to create the things they have repeatedly asked for… albums on vinyl, larger runs of limited editions, re-issues of past releases, t-shirts, and a lot more.
Aside from giving fans what they want, we want to help our artists as much as possible. Beyond assembling and shipping physical releases, Telefuture currently helps produce content for musicians, and to promote their work. Whether helping out in the pre-production phase with album concepts, creating cover art, video content, copy writing, assembling press packages, getting their music to digital distributors like iTunes, or simply giving feedback on their compositions; Telefuture serves as an in-house production studio, where these services given to our artists at no charge. We want to improve these services by reaching out to talented individuals in our community that can help offer even more services to our artists.
As a record label, Telefuture wants to grow. You can help us do that. Help shape the future of Telefuture by backing our project!
Additionally, an important part of this Kickstarter project is our desire to move Telefuture into a new direction. This means higher quality releases, added staff, and re-branding the label as a whole. One of the first things we’d like to do is have our fans decide on our new logo. Some people might wonder why we’re looking towards a different aesthetic. We basically want to branch out visually, and reach beyond some of the styles that have become cliché since the label’s inception, nearly two years ago. We asked one of our friends, Evan Eckard, to come up with some ideas and he got back to use with some really great work. These are the final three:
Pledge at the $15 level or above, and you'll receive a digital download of a new Telefuture compilation. Eternalist features 13 exclusives tracks from Telefuture artists old and new.
Full track listing:
Le Cassette - Digital Power
Vincenzo Salvia - Hearts on the Chess Board
Monomer - Boulevard
Waveshaper - Prototype Dreams
Heosphoros - Into the Depths
LPOWER - The Storm (Excerpt)
Protector 101 - Fog
Makeup and Vanity Set - Obsidian
Betamaxx - Take Me back
Arcade High - Miami Crush (feat. Maddie Ardillo)
Mr. Nissness - Neoterique
Collins - Modus Operandi
Perturbator - She is Young, She is Beautiful, She is Next.
We’re confident with our current status of production, but feel like taking things to the next level would cement these releases into something beyond incredible. Here are a few releases that we’ve done in the past (most of which have required customized and hand-assembled elements):
We have quite a few releases we would like to fund beyond our initial goal, including vinyl re-releases from our catalog, re-issues of out-of-print albums, and more. We’d love to share future plans once we hit our initial goal!
Risks and challenges
Like any other record label, there are a million factors that go into creating, manufacturing, and distributing a release. We try our best to meet deadlines, but there is always a chance of delays during each of the intermediary steps in the sometimes complicated process of making an an album. We’ll do our best to keep everything on track, and to keep our backers updated.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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