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A Music Video Album on YouTube! Exploring the combination of an Electro-Acoustic Harp & Technology w/ original arrangements!
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The Project:

Create a Music Video Album exclusive to YouTube that showcases the Electro-Acoustic Harp!!  An exciting look through a series of YouTube videos (a Virtual Album) on the Electro-Acoustic Harp that showcases and explores the relationship between the harp and technology with creative arrangements of popular songs!  

The YouTube Video Album will cover songs and pieces all arranged on the Electro-Acousic Harp that include tracks that I love from many different genres to showcase the diversity and range of the instrument.   The Videos will include (but not limited to) artists such as Radiohead, Bon Iver, Bad Plus, Paper Kites, Coldplay and even Swedish House Mafia. 

Videos will be shot and viewable in 1080p HD and because of YouTube's audio compression, I will be uploading every track from the album in an uncompressed format to SoundCloud.  

https://soundcloud.com/larasomogyi

How?

With this instrument, it is finally possible to utilize exciting technology that can give the harp innovative and modern possibilities.  The Electro-Acoustic Harp has a pick-up (like an electric guitar) that allows me to directly connect to a nearly infinite array of accompanying effects!!! I can connect loop pedals, delay pedals, amps, etc!  The possibilities are endless! 

After doing this, I can arrange popular pieces that would really suit and sound exciting on this instrument!  I can create my own arrangements using loop-based technology to build complex layers!  I'll be able to create my own percussive drum track on the sound board of the harp, loop my own playing, use a delay effect for accompanying texture, intertwine my melody and improvisations together to create my interpretation of a song!  

It is my PASSION and mission to help the harp grow in different and unexpected genres of music.  With the help of this project, I hope to enhance the options for harp in various genres of music including Popular, Indie, Neo-Classical, and even Dance Music!  I believe the Electro-Acoustic Harp could provide interesting textures, new possibilities, as well as a fresh approach and addition to popular music! 

What is a Music Video Album?

A series of professionally produced videos on YouTube, showcasing what interesting and unique sounds can be created on the Electro-Acoustic Harp.  By creating a Music Video Album, the aim is to showcase all of the nuances and visuals of performing and writing on an instrument not normally played, watched or featured.  By making it freely available to everyone on YouTube, I hope to reach a wider audience, visually and aurally.  My dream is to showcase an instrument not normally explored, to every potential audience, and introduce the intriguing possibilities of the Electro-Acoustic Harp!!  

www.youtube.com/laraharp
www.youtube.com/laraharp

What is an Electro-Acoustic Harp?

An Electro-Acousic Harp is just like an Acoustic Harp you would see in an Orchestra or Chamber Ensemble, BUT it has an integrated Pick-Up! This will allow me to play with exciting effects and subsequently intertwine the classic sound of the harp with new techniques facilitated by technology! This harp offers stunning possibilities that will open up infinite creative expression.  Each of the harp's 47 strings are equipped with a highly accurate pick-up that amplifies each pluck!  This individually amplifies the sounds without external interference.  The ability to attach special effects pedals will directly allow me to change, and alter the sound in real time giving the harp a modern and innovative edge! 

Camac "Big Blue" Electro-Acoustic Harp
Camac "Big Blue" Electro-Acoustic Harp

What will be in the Videos on YouTube?

Professionally produced videos will give a visual platform to showcase how the instrument is played.  It will allow high quality visuals to enhance the different tracks included in the album.  The videos will be recorded live to display the limits and possibilities of this interesting and unique instrument.  All covers will be able to be played live (like a recital) without multi-tracking so that all sounds and parts can be heard LIVE! The covers will be shot in unique and engaging locations with up-and-coming videographers and recording engineers who have worked for artists such as Kelly Rowland and Guy Chambers.

What songs will you Cover/Arrange? 

The Video Album will include (but not limited to) tracks by Radiohead, Bon Iver, Paper Kites, Coldplay, and even Swedish House Mafia.

Will it be released as a physical album as well downloadable MP3's? 

The Video Album will be exclusively on YouTube and in video form.  However, each track will showcase the cover being played in a professionally produced music video.  This will give viewers and audiences a more accessible listening experience, as well as engaging visuals showcasing the Electro-Acoustic Harp! 

Because of YouTube's audio compression, I will be uploading uncompressed audio versions to SoundCloud.

What will the funds be used for?

The funds will go towards the catalyst for this entire Music Video Album concept: the Electro-Acoustic Harp!  In addition, towards a professional videographer to film and edit high quality videos, and a recording/mixing engineer and studio for recording the audio for each track.

Mixing desk!
Mixing desk!

What happens if my goal is not met? 

If I don't meet my complete funding goal by the deadline, then none of the funds will be charged to your account and I won't receive any of the pledge money.  This means, unfortunately I will be unable to start this project!  

I can't do this project without you all, so words can not express how thankful I am for your time, consideration, and support!  :) :) :) :) 

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU so much for your help and support of this project!!!!!!!!! 

It is my biggest dream and I'm extremely passionate to explore the relationship between the harp and technology with an Electro-Acoustic Harp! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING AND HELPING ME SHARE THIS INSTRUMENT!!  

<3 Lara Somogyi xoxo

www.youtube.com/laraharp

Risks and challenges

I am committed to overcoming any challenges I may face in the completion of this project! With a project of this magnitude, I'm aware there may be obstacles to overcome and challenges I will face. Some challenges I may face include: unforeseen delays within production time or studio availability, Harp shipment delays, and Video shoot scheduling. However, with these potential challenges ahead, I'm committed to putting 200% of myself into my arrangements, recording, videos for YouTube, and most importantly, sharing this exciting instrument with as many people possible!!!! I'm truly passionate about this project, and can't thank you enough for your help, consideration, support, and backing to KICKSTART the ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC HARP to places it has never been before! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!! I am sending so much Love and Thanks to everyone! Let's show the world what the ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC HARP can do! Thank you!!!!

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    Eternal gratitude and knowledge you are helping a harpist fulfill her passion and a personalized thank you email!! Every dollar helps :)

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    A personalized handmade Electro-Acoustic Harp-themed thank you card with my eternal gratitude :) AND exclusive behind the scenes video footage of the making of the YouTube Video Album!

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    An exclusive Electro-Acoustic Harp RING TONE written and performed by me! Perfect for your mobile phone! PLUS behind the scenes video footage of the ins and outs of an Electro-Acoustic Harp. A mini masterclass about the harp and how it functions + Behind the scenes footage on the making of the YouTube Video Album.

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    A special edition Kickstarter Electro-Acoustic Harp T-SHIRT, designed and created by artist Erika Somogyi, that signifies the growth of harp in a new light! PLUS an improv BONUS track off the Video Album on YouTube that will be downloadable to only you! You will receive a digital download mp3 of an original improvisation off the Album, performed and improvised by me that will really showcase and explore the possibilities of an Electro-Acoustic Harp!
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    A special edition personalized Electro-Acoustic Harp TOTE BAG! (Perfect for music, paperwork, or your shopping!) PLUS a separate digital downloadable MP3 that is NOT included as a video on Youtube on the Album, BUT will be exclusively sent in MP3 form to YOU!! This will be a track composed by me showcasing the possibilities and uniqueness of an Electro-Acoustic Harp! + Previous rewards of $25, and $50 + Behind the scenes footage

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    PERSONAL Electro-Acoustic improvisation written by me with YOU in mind. I will compose an improv that is specific to only YOU! The concept and subject matter of the improvisation will be directly specific to you and can also be chosen by you. Maybe you would like a track that calms you down when you are stressed, or one that you play in the morning to energize your day, or that you want to embody your spouse for your anniversary! The track will be played with YOU in mind or what you think embodies something in your life!! This will be delivered to you in MP3 format and be exclusive to YOU! + Previous rewards of $25, $50, and $75 +Behind the scenes video footage

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    Rewards same as $100 (Personal MP3 improvisation specific to YOU) PLUS a VIDEO :) exclusive and dedicated to YOU and the specificity of your track I perform for you on the Electro-Acousitc Harp! You will have both an MP3 AND a VIDEO of your dedicated track about YOUR life to keep forever! + Previous rewards of $25, $50, and $75 + Behind the scenes video footage

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    30 minute SKYPE CHAT with you where I will perform LIVE your personal track/improvisation AND one track of your choice from the YouTube Music Video Album! We can also talk about music, life, favorite movies, ANYTHING you want! ALSO we can get together and chat over coffee if we can find a mutually convenient location!! :) PLUS 2 tickets to my YouTube Electro-Acousic Harp Video Album live concert/Launch party here in London or LA (whichever location suits you! There will be launch parties in both) PLUS a special shout out on my YouTube channel www.youtube.com/laraharp + Previous rewards of $25, $50, $75, $100, and $250 + Behind the scenes video footage

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    Personal SKYPE CONCERT where I play LIVE for you and your close friends the tracks of the Music Video Album on YouTube AND your PERSONAL improvisation track LIVE! PLUS a previously arranged song request of YOUR choice that I will arrange myself and perform during your Skype Concert! Pick your FAVORITE song! ALSO we can get together and chat over coffee if we can find a mutually convenient location!! :) PLUS 2 tickets to my London/LA Launch party + Special shout out on www.youtube.com/laraharp + Previous rewards of $25, $50, $75, $100 and $250 + Behind the scenes video footage

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    LIVE Private concert/background entertainment for you and your friends/guests at any location (in London.) I will perform all of the tracks on the Video Album LIVE for your party, event, function, or dinner gathering, PLUS your personal improvisation played specifically about YOU, as well as ANY 1 song of your choice (that we agree upon at a previous time) that I will arrange just for YOU! ALSO we can get together and chat over a lovely meal!! PLUS 2 tickets to my London/LA Launch party + Special shout out on www.youtube.com/laraharp + Previous rewards of $25, $50, $75, $100 and $250 + Behind the scenes video footage

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    LIVE CONCERT FOR YOU WITH MUSIC OF YOUR CHOICE! I can play for your Wedding, Engagement Party, Dinner Party, Birthday Party, Anniversary, ANYTHING-- filled with music that YOU love!! I will play anything you request as well as add to the function of your choice!! I can play tracks from the Video Album, your own personal Improv track I write with YOU in mind, your Wedding song, even your favorite harp concerto -- ANYTHING!! What ever YOU decide I will prepare and play for you! (Accommodation not included) ALSO we can get together and chat over a lovely meal/dinner!! PLUS 2 tickets to my London/LA Launch party + Special shout out on www.youtube.com/laraharp + Previous rewards of $25, $50, $75, $100 and $250 + Behind the scenes video footage

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