I had this idea several times in the past, to make an album of instrumental music that I'd like to listen to while I write code. Several fans of my podcast (www.dotnetrocks.com) have encouraged me to do so. Recently Richard Campbell and I were interviewing Mark Seeman on .NET Rocks (dotnetrocks.com/default.aspx?showNum=1001) about getting into the zone as a software developer. Someone suggested music as being helpful, and that sealed the deal for me.
I've been a software developer for many years, and a musician for most of my life. You can hear my music at www.carlfranklin.com and www.franklinbros.com. This album, will be quiet, groovy, simple, and hooky. The songs will be long and trance inducing, but not annoying. The goal is to make gentle music that's a pleasure to listen to, and doesn't demand your attention.
The idea of making a movie documenting the process is one I've toyed with for a while, and seems like a good reward for a Kickstarter project. I plan to shoot in 1080p and produce it on BluRay discs, keeping the audio and video quality as high as possible.
The funds I'm raising will cover the costs of paying my assistants, manufacturing the discs, and keeping a roof over my head while I'm in the studio.
Thank you for your consideration! You won't be disappointed.
Risks and challenges
The challenge in making music, especially that which is made for a purpose such as "keeping you in a state of flow" is that people won't like it. In this case, it can't jump out too much. Fortunately, I have a good track record in making music that people like. Legendary guitarist John Scofield seems to like my jazz/funk stuff, so much so that he played on one of the tracks. You can listen (and read his comments) at http://carlfranklin.com. Roomful of Blues trumpeter Doug Woolverton (heard in the promo video) liked my production ideas so much he decided to co-produce an album with me (http://dougwoolverton.com). As a producer, musician AND software developer, I believe I am uniquely qualified to produce music that I'd like to have playing in the background while I'm writing code. Listeners of my podcast .NET Rocks! (http://dotnetrocks.com) are familiar with my music, and have encouraged me to make this album.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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