Update, 28th of February 2014
And here we are! We've gone past the 50% milestone and moving forward! There's still quite a few miles ahead of us, and only 4 days, but we're very confident that this is a project worthy of being funded!
Those who've already backed us, say that this is an awesome project. The rest obviously don't think that, but none the less we agree with those who backed us so far! :D
So here's a little video for all of you!
Beauty & Hope in the 21st century
This is our first collaborative project and our largest and most ambitious to date. It involves a lot of people who are already involved with Editions Musica Ferrum. We call it Beauty & Hope in the 21st century.
With this project we are expanding our output in order to include:
- The music score, in digital (PDF) and physical format
- The recording in the form of mp3, CD and double vinyl
- The art-book with all the details from the artists in both digital and physical format
We are combining the art of 3 great sketch artists, with the music of 9 of our composers, along with the expertise of a wonderful pianist, and all the technical personnel in order to produce of all the products outlined above.
Why this project?
Sometimes it feels that our lives are being surrounded by misery, depression and fear. While we are not impervious to any of these we do feel that sometimes we need to focus on something more beautiful or hopeful, even if it's not easy to be found.
This is our effort to leave a tiny footprint for those who follow us; our impression of what is happening in the world right now, while attempting to filter it through a hopeful point of view.
Who are involved with this project?
There's the visual artists, the composers, the pianist, the graphic designer, the printers, the audio engineer and all of the product makers (CD and vinyl factories, press factories and so on). In total more than 15 people are involved in this project at this point, even without having started the production of any physical products yet:
The Sketch Artists
- William Chajin, a Colombian artist currently living in Japan
- Elwira Pawlikowska, a Polish artist, living in Poland
- Piero Pierini, an Argentinian artist, living in the UK
- Carlos Álvarez Torno, from Spain
- Jaap Cramer, from the Netherlands
- Nickos Harizanos, from Greece
- Barnaby Hollington, from the UK
- Scott A. Miller, from the USA
- Christos Papageorgiou, from Greece
- Paul Poston, from the USA
- Nikolas Sideris, from the UK and Greece
- Andrew Sigler, from the USA
Myrto Akrivou, from Greece
- The Graphic Designer, Eva Karamanoli
- Proof Reader, Natasha Kalogirou
- Printers, Georgia & Eleni Achilleopoulou
Where will the funds be used?
Well, there are many people to be paid (as shown directly above). Apart from that, though we have to pay for all the specialists involved in this project, who are not mentioned above, and of course the making of all the different products, which include:
- The concert hall rental fees
- The making of the CDs
- The making of the DVDs
- Payment of mixing and mastering services
- Packaging, handling and shipping of all the products worldwide
- Payment of kickstarter related fees
In all we have calculated that we need at least £10,000 in order for this project to come to full fruition.
What's your current status and what is your schedule?
All of the illustrations are 100% complete and in our possession. Two of the composers have already composed their full works and the other 7 are well on their way.
The composers have a strict deadline of the 31st of March in order to turn in their scores, in the format of their choice. From that moment on the pianist will immediately start studying the music, while the editor and the proof reader will work full time in order for the score to reach a high quality presentable stage, worthy of publication.
The concert hall, where the recording will take place has been booked for early September, so the pianist will have several months to get acquainted and familiar with all the music. By then all printed material (music score and the art book) will already have been printed and stored in our warehouse. Once the recording is complete we estimate approximately two weeks for mixing and mastering and another two weeks for the creation of the CD and the double vinyl.
So, in short, if everything goes according to plan, everything will be done and ready to be shipped out by the beginning of October 2014.
Description of the rewards/products
This is a completely multi-format project. Meaning that the output is not limited to the music score, or the performance or the recording. If funded, we will be able to produce the following products:
- The music score, in high quality paper and binding. Size 23,5 x 31 cm. The score will include all the illustrations
- The art book with all the illustrations, sketches, drafts, ideas, comments in extra high quality, hard cover print. Size 23 x 23 cm
- The CD with the recording by the pianist Myrto Akrivou recorded at the best concert hall and recording location in Greece. We estimate the music to last from 60-70 minutes of music.
- The double vinyl with the recording, as outlined above.
- All of the above in digital format (PDF for the music score and the artbook and mp3 or flac for the recording).
For the purposes of this project and the easier understanding of the money you will be donating, for the rewards, we've included the price in three different currencies: That of the GBP, USD and EUR.
Conversion rates used:
£1 = €1.22
£1 = $1.64
The original art for sale
In addition to all of the above, we have agreed with the sketch artists to allow us to sell on their behalf their original art, since it's part of the same project. As such all 9 illustrations are available for sale. If you click on the image below you can get to a gallery with all the photos in. You can see all the illustrations, as they appear in real life, photographed by the artists themselves, without any Photoshop or other temperament.
Risks and challenges
There are very limited risks involved in this project. Everyone involved has extensive experience in their respective fields and have proven track records:
- The sketch artists have done multiple commissions for various art projects, and besides they are already done!
- The composers have composed more music that one can count, all have higher music degrees (two of them are currently going through their PhD degrees) and most have been awarded in International composition competitions.
- The pianist has 20 years of experience in performing contemporary music and has done a number of recordings before.
- Editions Musica Ferrum has published more than 50 music scores in the recent past, in collaboration with the same printers and we know perfectly well the undergoing process to reach the final publishable result.
- The concert hall is the best concert hall available in Greece, simply put, and they have installed the highest quality equipment (Avalon mic preamps, DECCA tree mic setup, etc).
- Finally the graphic designer has under her belt more than 15 years of experience in the field, same as the printers, and the mixing and mastering engineers.
As mentioned above, all of the composers are already working on their works and two have submitted their finished score, so their deadline of the 31st of March, should be ok for all of them, as far as we know. No one has expressed any issue in being unable to complete their commission.
If funded, we might be late a month or two at most, but nothing else should go wrong (force majeur excluded of course)!
If we fail to fund this project, we will carry on as normal, but cut down all of the physical products to the absolutely necessary: The music score alone, in fewer copies and nothing else. Everything else will be digital.
Our main challenge, given that we consider the utmost quality of the art and the music to be a fact, is to retain the same level of quality in the products that we will produce, but considering our experience in publishing scores and the feedback we've gotten so far, we'd like to hope that we can accomplish that!
In any case, win or fail in kickstarter we will see through the project to the end, no matter what!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (28 days)