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Nathan Hanson & Brian Roessler need your help to press their new LP of improvised music with handscreened artwork by Peet Fetsch.

"Although the moon is a vast and great light, it is reflected in a drop of water. The whole moon and even the whole sky are reflected in a drop of dew on a blade of grass."

                                                        -- Eihei Dogen


Nathan Hanson (saxophone) and Brian Roessler (bass) have recorded a collection of improvised duets that we're really proud of, and we want to share it with you. We've sorted through several hours of recorded material and shaped it into a 40 minute arc with the help of our friend Jean Rochard. It will be presented in a handprinted, beautiful, and tactile package designed by our longtime collaborator Peet Fetsch. In thinking about our process and the music that has come out of it, we've been drawn to images of the moon. The moon is a symbol of mystery, of adventure, of wonder, and of realization. These are the things we experience when creating and performing music together.

(image of the moon from Hevelius' Selenographia, sive Lunae descriptio) 

We've tracked and mixed the recordings ourselves. Our plan is to release them on 12" vinyl LP. This may seem like a pretty impractical way to do this, but we have our reasons!  

  • 12" is a LOT more real estate for Peet to work with when making the design. It also provides YOU with a much more satisfying object to hold and inspect as you listen to the record.
  • Taking the record out of the sleeve, putting it on the turntable, lowering the tone arm and sitting down to listen is a process -- almost a ritual -- that is conducive to a deeper listening experience than just hitting shuffle on your iPod.
  • A high quality vinyl pressing sounds great.
  • LPs are fun!
  • Even if you don't have a record player, you're covered -- we're going to make various formats of digital files (wav, mp3, etc) available for download.

There are a lot of steps to actually making a record. The next one is to have it mastered for vinyl. This will be done by our old friend and amazing audio engineer Alex Oana. Then the lacquer masters will be cut, and it's off to the pressing plant where the rest of the parts are manufactured and the vinyl is stamped and sent off to us!

The three of us first met to talk about this LP project knowing we wanted the design to be hand printed and to be something that people felt impelled to touch and admire. The design for this LP package is influenced by the many discussions we've had over the past few months. We talked about our initial ideas and how we could represent those ideas visually, either literally or conceptually. In essence, the process is talking about ideas and feelings, seeing how they morph and change, and embracing the whole thing.

All this costs money! Your contribution will go to pay for audio mastering, lacquer masters, LP manufacturing, printing, and lots of accoutrements (sleeves, jackets, shipping packaging). We think the end product of music and design will be beautiful and we hope you'll enjoy listening to it and looking at it for a long, long time. Please consider helping us -- we've got a lot of great gifts for you at the various funding levels. Thanks for your time and your support!

Nathan, Brian, & Peet

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