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By Samuel Lilly
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About

My name is sami elu, and I play music on an instrument which I invented, built, and developed 5 versions on my own, without funding until now.

It started with salvaged parts from broken instruments and scrap materials. Now I'm using 3D CAM software to sculpt the body and much more expensive lumber. I've already spent over $1000 in the building of my new version, which is still far from complete.

The purpose of this project is to record an album on my existing version of the chopstick piano, but it extends much further beyond that. The money raised here will cover recording and production costs, and if it surpasses the goal, the profits will go towards the development of my new instrument. It's awesome. And it's all possible because people respond positively to it and support what I do.

I've been jonesing to get into a recording studio and flesh out some new tunes, as I have a large backed up repertoire right now. The songs in this project will continue in my vein of improvisational ambient / classical / genre-defying atmospheres and grooves. There will be 9 or 10 tracks of varying length and style.  Music for existing in a space and feeling the feels to while breathing.

My instrument is born out of a playful, curious spirit, at once rebellious towards rigid systems of thought, while also reverent to the discoveries and achievements of our ancestors. 
It resembles the pianoforte, dulcimer, harpsichord, koto, zither, harp, and other multi-string instruments, and yet it has its own unique personality and tone-color.
 By supporting this project, you will help me bring it new life, and I will give you new music in return.


Blessings and thanks.

Risks and challenges

There are several engineers and studios I know who can record my music at a high sound quality and mix with sensitivity to the peculiarities of the instrument. If funded, I will perform to the maximum of my abilities. Very low risk.
The biggest challenge comes after the recording is completed: that of making a sexy new instrument.

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