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Operator_Error's electronic, melodic songs for his son and remix collaborations  with poets, musicians, friends and family exploring stories of affection.
Operator_Error's electronic, melodic songs for his son and remix collaborations  with poets, musicians, friends and family exploring stories of affection.
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Dear reader,

Hello! Welcome to the project page for "Affection".  I'm glad our paths have crossed. 

As an indepedent musician, I've been crafting songs and albums for over a decade now. While the basics of music production and distribution are getting easier, as evidenced by the ever-increasing content available to the listener, I've learned that the difficulty continues to lie in producing something of a high sonic and artistic quality. That requires a good ear, a great deal of perserverance, and the proper financial backing. 

I've also learned that successful artists work to create a web of collaborators, an ecology of like-minded souls whose creative success depends upon each other.  In keeping with that spirit, I've invited my friend Lorna to help with the structure and artistry (Lornaalkana.com) of this project, and I invite you, the reader, to help with the narrative of the album.

So on to the backstory!  From 2011 to 2015 I was the co-creator and guitarist of a rock/funk band called The Letters Home (thelettershome.com)

During that time I had a baby boy, a wonderful gift, needless to say, a reason for rightness -- and it soon dawned on me that the musician's struggle is real, and the realness is great.  Eventually the balancing act of time and money became too much, I had to leave the band and focus on my priorities, namely my family. 

The joy of playing shows to a raucous bar soon became the simple reflections of taking my son for a walk, and resetting my compass towards his joys.

My relationship with him has always been close, I love being able to tuck him in at night, and I miss his boundless energy when he goes to sleep.

During my short glimpses of free time, I write music as a solo artist, under the name "Operator Error". The most recent album of which can be found here:  
oedid.bandcamp.com 
Though sonically I was quite pleased with the results, I found it lacking a cohesive narrative, and it didn't quite touch the fresh emotional content of my life. I was coming up against the idea of music as product, and music as an expression of one's heart. For this Kickstarter project I'm going for the latter. 

"Affection", as initially imagined, is a concept album of songs written for my son, or more precisely, about the relationship I have with him. As talks of this project progressed with my collaborator Lorna, she presented a personal story/poem of hers that tied into this project's theme, which I recorded and put to music.  Pleased with the results, we decided to open up the "Affection" story arc to others, and have added an option in the rewards section for you to contribute your story to the album.  We envision something like John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy", dotted with interwoven interviews like "The Dark Side of the Moon".  Specifically, we'd like to focus on the intimate, silly, and deeply jarring relationships of parents and children (whichever side you happen to be on).

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Much of this project is in the future, which makes it all the more exciting. We hope you check out the rewards section to see how you can take part.  We've created the scaffolding for a project that only you, dear reader, can put into motion.  

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"Make a pledge without a reward": We show and hold affection in different ways.  The rewards listed below and to the right are ideas of packages we'll send you when you contribute.  If you don't see the combination of rewards you want, we can make it work: Type in the amount you want to pledge based on the rewards you're interested in.  We will contact you to see which rewards you want for that pledge.  Do you have an idea for a reward?  Tell us/ or we'll ask you once you contribute!  We're artists/creatives here, so we're excited that you're helping this Affection project come to life and want to manifest a reward that fits.

Pledge $10 or more: Download of "Affection" album, with digital booklet.

Pledge $15 or more: CD and booklet mailed to you, signed by Joe DeCicco and Lorna Alkana (+ download of "Affection" and digital booklet + sticker)

"Affection" album cover designed by Lorna Alkana and Joe DeCicco
"Affection" album cover designed by Lorna Alkana and Joe DeCicco

 

The art booklet will evolve as "Affection" is recorded.  It will include Joe DeCicco's notebook lyrics, Lorna Alkana's drawings, and visualizations of the impending Kickstarter collaborations.
The art booklet will evolve as "Affection" is recorded. It will include Joe DeCicco's notebook lyrics, Lorna Alkana's drawings, and visualizations of the impending Kickstarter collaborations.

Pledge $20 or more:  Have your voice on the album! Joe will record your voice, or you can email him a phone recording of your voice, and your story of "affection" will be crafted into the narrative of the album -- can be spoken word, poetry, or singing. (+ digital download of album + digital booklet)

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Pledge $25 or more: Watercolor portrait of you or the object of your affection, in hand-painted, traveling wooden frame, by Lorna Alkana (+ download of "Affection" + digital booklet + sticker)

Lorna Alkana's watercolor portraits, mailed to you in hand painted, 5x7 inch painted frames, blend realism and abstraction.
Lorna Alkana's watercolor portraits, mailed to you in hand painted, 5x7 inch painted frames, blend realism and abstraction.

 

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Pledge $30 or more: Hand painted "Affection" t-shirt 
(+ digital download of "Affection" + digital booklet + sticker)

Find t-shirt package rewards on the right, or contact us with a request!
Find t-shirt package rewards on the right, or contact us with a request!

 

XS - XXL cotton t-shirts with hand painted bleach art by Lorna Alkana.  WIll be made for you.  Choose the color.  Lorna can write a short quote you provide on the shirt.
XS - XXL cotton t-shirts with hand painted bleach art by Lorna Alkana. WIll be made for you. Choose the color. Lorna can write a short quote you provide on the shirt.

Pledge $60 or more: Combo Pack with water color portrait
+ painted "Affection" t-shirt + digital download of "Affection" + digital booklet + sticker + physical cd and booklet

Pledge $70 or more: 3 more portraits (4 total)!
+ "Affection" T-shirt + CD and artbook + sticker + digital download

Pledge $75 or more: 2 hand painted t-shirts!
+ watercolor portrait + CD and artbook + sticker + digital download

Pledge $80 or more: Private listening 
+ Physical CD and artbook + sticker + "Affection" t-shirt + watercolor portrait + digital download and art booklet 

Pledge $80 or more: 5 watercolor portraits
+ "Affection" T-shirt + CD and artbook + sticker + digital download

Pledge $100 or more: 3 hand painted "Affection" t-shirts
+ watercolor portrait + "Affection" CD and artbook + sticker + digital download

Pledge $120 or more: Lessons taught (2 hrs.)
+ Physical CD and artbook + sticker + "Affection" t-shirt + watercolor portrait + digital download and art booklet

Pledge $200 or more: Live Portraits at Your Event (3 hrs.)
Lorna Alkana will come to your event in the Orange County or Los Angeles area for 3 hours of live portraits of your friends.  This yields 15-20 portraits.
+ Physical CD and artbook + sticker + "Affection" t-shirt + digital download and art booklet

Pledge $400 or more: Producer credit
+Download "Affection" and digital art booklet + sticker + "Affection" CD and art booklet mailed to you + watercolor portrait + t-shirt

Pledge $700 or more: Acoustic guitar
+ Physical CD and artbook + sticker + "Affection" t-shirt + watercolor portrait + digital download and art booklet

Risks and challenges

As previously mentioned, I've written and produced solo albums as "Operator Error" and have co-written albums with "The Letters Home". I'm also an audio engineer grad with a home studio. Lorna is a seasoned artist whose work can be found at lornaalkana.com. As this project is a "work in progress", we have to stay flexible with our budget, but this is our initial breakdown:

$1000 - Studio time for album engineering and mastering (done out-of-house at a professional production facility)
$1000 - Physical production of CDs, t-shirts, art booklet, portraits/frames stickers, and shipping
$300 - Time and talent of studio musicians
$300 - Kickstarter and payment processing fees
$200 - Digital distribution of album

If we get more than our goal, money can be put towards press and radio play!

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    Create your own reward package! Look through the rewards below to find your favorites, put in the amount you want to contribute for those rewards (roughly based on their prices). We'll contact you to clarify which rewards you want and if it's sustainable with your donation!

    Good for: multiple CDs and art books, multiple t-shirts, multiple portraits, combinations of the aforementioned

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    Digital Download of "Affection"

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    "Affection" CD with Physical Booklet

    Los Angeles-based artist Lorna Alkana (Lornaalkana.com) will be taking lyrics from the album and working them into her drawings, to create a unique lyrical-visual portrait. Comes with signed copies of physical CD and sticker of album cover.

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    Vocal Sample

    Do you have a story relating to "affection"? Then have your voice on the album! Joe will record your voice, if convenient, or you can email a phone recording of your voice, and it will be crafted into the narrative of the album (can be spoken word, poetry, or singing). Comes with physical CD and digital download.

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    Personalized "Affection" portrait

    Watercolor portrait of you or the object of your affection, in hand-painted, traveling wooden frame, by Lorna Alkana. Lorna will turn your photo into a watercolor portrait, paint a traveling wood frame especially for you, and mail it to your door along with a sticker. Includes digital download of album.

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    "Affection" T-shirt

    A handmade T-shirt design crafted especially for this album. Comes with digital download of album and sticker.

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    Combo Pack!

    Get the personalized "affection" portrait, the t-shirt, the CD, and the digital download.

    *For combinations and duplicate orders, leave comment in FAQs below*

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    3 more watercolor portraits!

    4 watercolor portraits based on photos you provide (in hand painted wood travel frame), 1 hand painted t-shirt, physical CD and art book, sticker, and digital download!

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    2 hand painted T-shirts

    2 hand painted "Affection" t-shirts (by Lorna Alkana Art). Lorna can add a brief message/quote you provide. You also get a water color portrait (based on an image you provide), the CD and art book, a sticker, and a digital download of "Affection" and art book.

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    Private Listening

    We'll take a drive into the Hollywood Hills and listen (in the car) to a pre-release version of the album . Feel free to critique! Comes with physical CD and artbook, sticker, "Affection" t-shirt, watercolor portrait, and digital download

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    4 more watercolor portraits!

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    3 hand painted t-shirts!

    3 hand painted "Affection" t-shirts (by Lorna Alkana Art). Lorna can add a brief message/quote you provide. You also get a water color portrait (based on an image you provide), the CD and art book, a sticker, and a digital download of "Affection" and art book.

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    Lessons Taught

    Two hours of guitar/songwriting lessons from Joe, or two hours of art/writing lessons from Lorna. Either in person or on Skype, depending on your location. Includes digital download.

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    Art Lover Combo

    5 water color portraits (based on images you provide) + 3 hand painted "Affection" t-shirts + CD and artbook + sticker + digital download of "Affection"

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    Live Watercolor Portraits at Your Event

    Lorna Alkana will come to your event (Orange County and Los Angeles area) with notebook and watercolors in hand to draw/paint portraits of your guests for you to keep! 3 hours (15-20 portraits).

    Plus! hand painted "Affection" t-shirt, CD and art book, sticker, and digital download!

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    Producer Cred!

    You will get executive producer credit in the album booklet notes, along with the t-shirt, portrait, CD, and booklet.

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    Acoustic Guitar

    You will get the Taylor 6-string acoustic guitar that's being used on the album.

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Funding period

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