Hey! My name is Nick Bertke, better known as Pogo in the music scene. You've come to know me through my remixes of films and TV shows, but now I want to embark on an adventure of remixing the real world. http://www.youtube.com/user/Fagottron
What is World Remix?
World Remix is my idea for an upcoming album which would expand upon my live-action remixing concept, first displayed to much fanfare in my track and video Gardyn. The goal of my project is to travel the world capturing sights, sounds, voices and chords, and use them to compose and shoot a track and video for each major culture of the world. It will be funded solely by you the listener, and will be released worldwide on CD, DVD, and on my website PogoMix.net. I am deeply inspired by the films Baraka and Koyaanisqatsi, and hope to produce the best cinematography and music I humanely can throughout each project.
Every remix will be financed by pledges here at KickStarter, funds made by the remix before it, and by prepayments for the next upcoming remix. If you purchase remix #001 or prepay for the upcoming remix #002, it sends me and my crew to our next destination to produce remix #002. With the release of each remix, I will state a fixed financial goal for the next destination which will be publicly viewable as a new project here on KickStarter.
Why not sponsors and corporate investors?
Working with major labels, studios and corporations often carries with it a number of obligations which greatly affect the integrity and general direction of the project in question. Trying to turn my own idea into a mutually beneficial deal that preserves the integrity of the project is virtually impossible. Besides, remixing real people, cultures and religions carries the responsibility to properly represent someone’s way of being. My world remix concept has peaked the intrigue of various labels, studios and TV channels – but as always with corporate deals, the dollars come with strings attached. In reality, the album would likely be skewered towards night-life and commercialized metropolitan districts. It would stray completely from my initial concept, and wouldn’t make for compelling material even if I did sell out.
How is it going to be funded?
The world remix project is going to employ a unique method of funding – an incremental finance structure. Every track will be financed by the funds generated from sales of the track before it, and by prepayments for the track next to be released. so to put it quite literally, you the listener will be the sponsor! In a nutshell, if you purchase track #001, it sends me and my crew to our next destination to produce track #002. With the release of each track, I will state a fixed financial goal for the next destination, and provide a publicly viewable status of how close we are to reaching that goal. Not only are you helping our cause, but you’re supporting me directly to produce a quality track and film production. Plus, every supporter will be formerly credited as an Associate Producer, earning them a discount of the full CD and DVD when the project is completed. Remember when people had to pay for music regardless of quality? Remember when most of that money went to a posh record label?
What if no one supports the project?
If you the listeners stop contributing, then so must I. Your opinions are important to me, so if it’s apparent this project is losing appeal, then it is not meant to be.
Who will be part of your crew?
The crew will usually consist of two people. I will be operating all of the camera equipment, while my faithful manager Bryant Randall will be manning the sound equipment in addition to documenting the project behind the scenes. We will almost always have a fixer to navigate for us and translate the local dialects, and often there will be need for a grip to hold reflectors, soft boxes, dump footage, etc. While making music on location will be a vital part of capturing a culture, I will use our sounds and footage to compose primarily at my studio in Perth, Western Australia.
World Remix: Tibet
With a 5D MKII rig and a Rode NTG-3, I want to lead a small film crew into the most central of Tibetan temples and monasteries at sunrise and sunset to capture the sights and sounds of Tibetan culture and religion. I see potential to produce Gardyn-like music of monks practising Trul Khor Yoga, Singing Bowl meditation at sunset in the mountains, Buddhists chanting the Om Mani Padme Hum in extravagant temples, and nation-wide prayers for a free Tibet.
Not only is there an amazing world of sound waiting for me, but the potential for stunning imagery boggles the mind. Religious practices, Navajo Sandpainting, Buddhists creating a Kyil Khor in a misty sunrise, vibrant dancing monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery, etc.
Tibet looks and sounds like a fascinating, inspiring country, even despite its oppression by the Chinese government. It’s evident that Tibetan cultures and religions are dying under such control, which saddens me a great deal and gives me all the more inspiration to bring the remaining wonders of Tibet to the masses as part of my endeavour to remix the world. I anticipate a growing struggle to avoid man’s evil as we trek through the nations of the world, but I am anything but intimidated or reluctant in pressing on. It’s possible I end up with a track and video that captures the dark side of human nature come the end of this project.
- (70 days)