Pre-Order Plague of Smiles' Debut Digipak

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REMOTE VIEWING / E.S.P. EXPERIMENT to support Paranormal Strangeness

This is my debut CD release and what would it be - given its title - without a touch of the paranormal?  I have a secret photo. Every single day at 3:33 p.m. I shall stare and concentrate on it for five minutes and send this image out to the world. Every person who follows this Kickstarter project is encouraged to mentally tune in to this broadcast, pick up the image, sketch it out on paper, then post their efforts to Twitter under hashtag #ParanormalStrangeness. At the project's end I will take to twitter myself and post the secret photo and the whole world shall see who among us has succeeded at the paranormal skill of remote viewing.  

(I hope you realize that if YOU are one such person... you're probably going to be famous. Just sayin').  

You can help this experiment get the audience it deserves. Tell people about it in your social media circles. If you actually know someone in the press ask them to do a story on us. As a person who has had many encounters with paranormal activity in their own life I would be happy to talk to the press and give them my story. Shine a light people!

THE PRESS BOX AND GUEST SPONSORS

 

I am reserving this area on the page for the press, media logos, and Internet Celebrities who have already agreed to be Guest Sponsors of the project. When we launch, this is where I will post logos and links.

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Let’s talk about Guest Sponsors. First off, it costs you NOTHING and you'll gain free publicity and traffic to your Youtube channel or website.  

At first I was contacting Youtube celebrities directly and asking if they would like to participate in the experiment (with no success) and then I had my “DUH” moment. I realized that I was putting psychics and remote viewers on the spot and nobody likes to be put on the spot, except perhaps Uri Geller who truly has ESP skills and loves challenges! I went back to the drawing board and created a method where the ESP skills of our Guest Sponsors isn’t called into question.  

So as a Guest Sponsor all that is required is that you agree to introduce our experiment to your audience when we launch in October. This could be a simple mention on your website or even better, a short Youtube video. Your audience is going to love the challenge! As a Guest Sponsor you are going to form a deeper bond with them. You’re leading them to become active participants in an exciting and fun global experiment. And that is a great opportunity for gaining new subscribers! 

On my end, I agree to post your URL and/or Logo. The combined audiences of all our Guest Sponsors takes this project to a higher global level and creates a much bigger media/press splash while feeding massive buzz!  

"This is not my first rodeo!"

After my spectacular fail and subsequent heart attack on my first project (a custom card deck from Bicycle, which I decided to pull) I jumped back into recording music and posting the weekly results on Bandcamp.  For the past year or so I've been running an online diary documenting the day-to-day fun.  I've been working under a one week deadline.  Every week I start fresh with nothing.  I end the week with a finished piece of music.  

For EVERY merch item I offer in this Kickstarter project I have already had test samples produced to judge the quality of the items.  "Houston, we are GREEN FOR GO!"

This is a Pre-Order.

The first way for you to get involved in this project is the selection of the songs. I’ve been working mostly nonstop for over a year now and a huge body of work has been produced. Those songs have been mixed and copies archived onto multiple hard drives.  They will need to undergo the expensive process of Mastering. We will need to sift through those songs and decide which ones that you want to be on this CD.

I did not want my debut CD to be filled with me, me, me, me, blah, blah, blah.  That's not a fun project.  A fun project is one that YOU, the community, can get involved in.  A fun digipak design is one in which you get the opportunity to have your face in the graphic design.  That cements YOU into a place in history.  I used to wonder how those guys on the back of KISS Alive I felt.  Well, 50 people are going to find out because I have made room for the faces of my top 50 early bird supporters on the digipak.

photo from a recent road trip to see my Dad in Virginia.
photo from a recent road trip to see my Dad in Virginia.

Of course, digipaks are sort of for us old timers so I've worked really hard to create a multitude of collectible items that you can order in the bundled tiers at right or as an add-on to your download, which also includes a PDF document.  

This link will be active when the project launches
This link will be active when the project launches

Paranormal Strangeness has been created in two versions.  One is to be limited, signed, numbered, crowdfunded by this community, and for heaven's sakes - NO BAR CODES! The other no-frills version has alternate art and is for greater world-wide distribution.  It's cool, but it's not collectible like the version you're getting is. 

27" X 40" Movie Poster "One Sheet" size, thick glossy paper
27" X 40" Movie Poster "One Sheet" size, thick glossy paper

All Strangeness aside for a moment...

Most of the producers I have partnered with to produce the rewards require no minimums.  However, the cost to have songs Professionally Mastered and to produce a minimum run of digipaks is high enough that I am here on Kickstarter gauging support.  I am setting an initial goal of $2500.   There are stretch goals for the project.  I will leave them unmentioned at this point in time because I want you to give your E.S.P. muscles a chance to flex.  But... I can tell you that the first stretch goal / stretch reward is...

IF we reach $5000 I will UNLOCK a New $200 reward tier!

and I THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU THAT'S TUNED IN AND SUPPORTING OUR DREAM!  Burn one very important FACT into your brain... I do not tour!  The music I create was never meant to ever be played live.  I am not a performer.  I am a composer.  The medical condition I acquired in the Marine Corps (acromegaly/cardiomegaly) does not allow me to stray very far from home.  So without the typical support of live shows, crowds, snapchat, instagram, etc. my music is at a serious disadvantage to others.  YOU are the one with the power to level the playing field right here, right now and I am grateful beyond words for your support!!!

 

I play The Walking Dead "Zombie Burst" guitars by ASG
I play The Walking Dead "Zombie Burst" guitars by ASG

 

 

Risks and challenges

Before getting into the music business I was head of graphic design/advertising for an international railroad company so I've been working with great marketing producers for years. The music and art are already completed and stored on multiple hard drives for backup. The funds from Kickstarter will buy the merch. When it's produced I'll double check the quality, package it up, and hustle over to post office.

I'm pretty sure... I can lick a stamp or two?

And for the rewards where I drive to you, I love road trips and as long as my car is stoked with plenty of LOUD heavy metal, caffeine, and beef jerky then I should arrive safely in your town.

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    "DOWNLOAD" - You will receive the digital download of the EXTRA SONG created with the help of one of our Kickstarter Supporters

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    FACE the music

    You will receive a signed digipak of Paranormal Strangeness AND you will be one of 50 people whose faces will adorn the interior of this limited edition digipak so the whole world will know YOU support strangeness in the paranormal realm. + stickers, guitar pick, and digital download.

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    You are pre-ordering a signed copy of Paranormal Strangeness as a digipak and I'll throw in a couple of stickers and my custom Plague of Smiles guitar pick + the digital download.

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    DOUBLE BARREL GIFTPAK

    I send you two PS digipaks, one signed, some stickers, and my custom Plague of Smiles guitar pick + the digital download.

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    EVERYBODY NEEDS A LITTLE HEAD

    You will receive a signed version of Paranormal Strangeness in the digipak bundled with a 6" X 6" print on thin aluminum, signed and numbered in an edition of 100 only, of the alien head wearing headphones and I throw in some stickers and my custom Plague of Smiles guitar pick + the digital download! In the real world, the alien head is a ceramic piggy bank that now sits upon my KRK studio monitors and eats pocket change.

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    You will receive a signed version of Paranormal Strangeness in the digipak bundled with a 6" X 6" print on thin aluminum of Nyarlathotep, signed and numbered in a limited edition of 100 only, and I throw in some stickers and my custom Plague of Smiles guitar pick + the digital download!

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    COVERSHOT

    You will receive a signed version of Paranormal Strangeness in the digipak bundled with a 6" X 6" print on thin aluminum of the cover art that I, Ken D. Webber, personally modeled and rendered, signed and numbered in a limited edition of 100 only, and I throw in some stickers and my custom Plague of Smiles guitar pick + the digital download!

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    GIANT MOVIE POSTER

    This is an official Plague of Smiles PS One Sheet, 27" X 40" in size, on thick glossy paper signed by Ken. You will also receive everything in "DIGIPAK" above, but mailed separately from the poster which is shipped rolled in a thick cardboard tube.

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    SKATEBOARD

    You will receive our very own custom skateboard deck (Canadian maple with awesome "pop" created in the USA), two signed copies of the Paranormal Strangeness digipak, and I throw in some stickers and my custom Plague of Smiles guitar pick + the digital download.

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    ROAD TRIP

    I pack up my car with everything in "DIGIPAK" and "GIANT MOVIE POSTER" and lots of beef jerky and coffee and off I go IF... you are within 250 miles of Marlin, TX. I will hand deliver the above to you and take you out to eat, answer any and all of your questions on secret knowledge, recording, art, music, whatever, and we'll hang out for a bit and see YOUR city/town! I'll also get your input on an oil painting, which I will paint when I get home, wait for it to dry, frame, and then send out to you. You'll also get your face in the digipak!

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    IF... you also use Ableton Live then we will collaborate together on a song through the Internet. We will both co-own the copyrights to this song. The song will be delivered to my $1 pledges and I'll post it on Bandcamp but I will also archive the song and when I have enough of these type of songs then I will put them together on a CD and promote it. As for your uses for the song, you are FREE to do whatever you like with the song because YOU own it. Welcome to history! Oh, you'll also receive the signed digipak with your face in it, the poster, the skateboard, and stickers and guitar picks + the digital download.

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    THE ASG GUITAR I USED TO RECORD PS

    IF... you are within 250 miles of Marlin, TX you get "ROAD TRIP" above and our skateboard, but I am going to be packing up my car with one very special item just for YOU! As many of you know, I play ASG guitars. Specifically, The Walking Dead guitars because they KICK ASS but as you collectors know... ASG went out of business in 2016 and so no more Walking Dead guitars will ever be produced in this world. NONE!!! But... you will receive the exact Zombie Burst guitar that I used to record Paranormal Strangeness. These guitars are rarely even seen on ebay. So this is a RARE FIND INDEED! You will OWN a piece of rock n' roll history! We'll film the event and it will probably end up on Youtube.

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