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Help the non-profit Weathervane Music produce this acclaimed series that shows The Birth of a Song by emerging indie musicians.

What is Shaking Through?

Set in Fishtown, Philadelphia, Shaking Through is a documentary series that shows the birth of a song. Each year with the help of guest curators, we search the world and give 10 exceptional indie musicians a challenge: Record 1 song in 2 days, from first take to final mix - No extensions. No safety net.  Captured by Philly’s best young filmmakers, we share the music and video with the world. Only 2 years in, and we’ve been praised by The Independent Film Channel, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Billboard & Pitchfork Magazines. 

Why do we make it?

For the people who make Shaking Through our deepest motivation is the future of music. Audiences don’t see themselves as part of the equation for how music is brought to our culture. We show the recording process in a way that celebrates the art and craft of recording, as well as the close relationship between those who make and those who listen. We make this series to promote the understanding that, as cultural supporters, every person who loves music has an important role in its creation.

How have we done so far?

Since January 2010 Shaking Through has recieved acclaim around the music world and led to powerful career opportunity for several artists, including recording, publishing and booking contracts, and touring slots with some of the most important artists of our day. We've seen a huge increase in audience participation since we began to share the raw multitracks and mixstems from the recordings at Shakingthrough.com/stems. Over 3,000 home recordists in 45 countries have downloaded and shared their mixes. Their overwhelming response has been one of thanks not only for the chance to learn from these professionally recorded tracks, but for exposing them to music and bands they never would have heard otherwise. 

Past Shaking Through Artists

Sharon Van Etten   |    Twin Sister   |   Reading Rainbow    |    Big Troubles   |    Dreamers of the Ghetto    |   Family Band   |    Creepoid  (and more...)

Past Shaking Through Curators 

Ben Swanson - Secretly Canadian    |    Daniel Rossen - Grizzly Bear    |    Peter Silberman - The Antlers    |   Daniel Smith - Danielson     |     Scott McMicken - Dr. Dog    |     Mark Schoneveld - YVYNYL  (and more...)

Remix Information

Head over The Shaking Through Stems Page. Download raw tracks and/or mix stems from the sessions of your choice. Go nuts. When you're done submit your mixes to our Soundcloud dropbox. It's as simple as that. We'll select the best for our Alternative Takes and Remix Compilation.

How to use Kickstarter?

Click on "Back this project" above. If you would like to receive a gift for your pledge you may select from the listed "Backer Rewards". You don't have to select a gift, though. You can make a donation to the project just for the satisfaction of helping to make something great happen. Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires or no money changes hands. So until we reach our minimum goal, this campaign is not guaranteed to raise any money!

Rewards

No item could match the value of your support. We don't want you to think of this as a transaction. The gift items listed are our way of thanking you for the act of supporting this series.

You'll be able to specify T-shirt designs and sizes at the end of the campaign. NOTE: THE $25 PLEDGE IS FOR 1 SHIRT (NOT one of each).

#1 designed by Kim Krans (Family Band):

#2 designed by Daniel Smith (Danielson)

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    MP3 Download - Shaking Through Volumes 1 and 2 (22 songs), plus 4 bonus tracks from the 2009 pilot season.

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    MP3 Download - In addition to the above, you'll receive a compilation of Alternative Takes and Remixes from 2011. Want a chance to submit your own remix? Find out how in the information to the left!

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    Download Twin Sister Raw Tracks and Mix-stems! NEVER BEFORE AVAILABLE: Remix the original tracks + mix-stems from "Meet the Frownies", the song from 2010's most popular Shaking Through artists, now Domino recording artists,Twin Sister! Make it better than the original, or a completely different work of art! Whatever you do, submit it to http://bit.ly/WV2011-RemixDropbox and maybe it will be included in our Alternative Takes and Remix Complilation (see above)! This reward also includes Reward #1 + #2

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    Weathervane Music Tee-Shirts designed by Kim Krans (Family Band) and Daniel Smith (Danielson). See images in the About section!

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    Download Twin Sister Raw Tracks and Mix-stems PLUS get a Twin Sister T-shirt (courtesy of the band). NEVER BEFORE AVAILABLE: Remix the original tracks + mix-stems from "Meet the Frownies", the song from 2010's most popular Shaking Through artists, now Domino recording artists,Twin Sister! Make it better than the original, or a completely different work of art! Whatever you do, submit it to http://bit.ly/WV2011-RemixDropbox and maybe it will be included in our Alternative Takes and Remix Complilation (see above)! This reward also includes Reward #1 + #2

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    A selected, limited edition print of a Volume 2 cover or photograph from 2011. Individually printed, signed and numbered by series director Peter English.

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    Weathervane T-Shirt + your choice of a Shaking Through 2011 Print.

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    Shaking Through 2011 Photo Book - 40 pages of the best photos by series Director Peter English, as well as interview outtakes from 2011.

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    Remix a Shaking Through song at Miner Street Recordings with Jonathan Low - 4 hours in the studio to scramble up any Shaking Through song from the original hi-res tracks. You're at the helm, one-on-one, with the engineer who recorded it, at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia, the studio where Shaking Through is recorded! Bring your ideas. Bring whatever gear you want… or don't bring anything! Have fun working with one of the best, up and coming engineers today! (Donation doesn't cover travel to Philly).

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    Attend an 8 hour group production seminar and workshop (3 per group, max) led by Shaking Through Producer, Weathervane Founder, Brian McTear. Bring your recording to Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia - the studio where Shaking Through is recorded. We'll discuss arrangement, performance, mic choice and placement, instruments, levels, effects and more. We'll even sketch out a new mix approach for your song. This is all about ideas, learning, and open, constructive criticism. Your chance to share your work with one of the most respected indie producers today! (Donation doesn't cover travel to Philly).

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    Executive Producer Credit - the money from this pledge pays directly for an episode of Shaking Through, and for that we want you there, WITH US as we film. You will be credited as the "Executive Producer" and have unparalleled access to the episode as it is being recorded at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia.

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