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Anita's Dropship delivers never-ending always-changing dubstep beats to the Playa. Interactive music at its best!
Anita's Dropship delivers never-ending always-changing dubstep beats to the Playa. Interactive music at its best!
43 backers pledged $2,595 to help bring this project to life.

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We're Funded! What's Next?

A huge THANK YOU to all of the supporters who have carried us over the original funding goal. We've managed to smash that goal in less than a week of campaigning and we're excited to bring Anita's Dropship to the Playa!

We still have a $3,000 stretch goal that will help Anita's Dropship go mobile and sparkle! Our stretch goal will help us with:

The Art Car
We want to be able to deliver beats in style. What better way to do that than to team up with an experienced partner who already knows his way around the Playa? He's got a few knocks and bruises, and we need your help to fix him up and give him a new life. That means, fix the engine, add lights, and decorate, decorate, decorate.

The Lighting
It's time for Anita's Dropship to go nuclear. We want to add more lighting. More LEDs. More controllers. We want to sync all of the lights to the procedurally generated dubstep. We want to make the Dropship a nighttime destination, a beacon of hope and wobble, and crankable musical noctural delight. Pretty please help us get there!

Blog: Here is our development blog where you can follow the week-to-week progress.
Instagram: Check out our Instagram for all of the pictures fit to post.
YouTube: We have a YouTube channel to keep you up to date as well.

The Story

The motivation for Anita's Dropship came at Burning Man 2013 when Anita spent an entire night running between sound camps and art cars. She loved the dubstep sound (it's so popular these days!), but never once heard the fabled "Drop". This was very surprising to her brother and boyfriend (that's two different people, mind you), as the dubstep genre is known for gratuitous and overbearing drops. At once motivated to rectify their beloved's disappointment, her brother and boyfriend (still two different people) pledged to make the drop available to Anita whenever she wanted. Anita's Dropship was born.

The Dropship is Born! - by Whoops
The Dropship is Born! - by Whoops

The Dropship is a device which plays never-ending always-changing dubstep. Two cranks on either side of the crate are used to build the drop, but only when the big red nuclear launch button is pressed will epic dubs will be dropped. You'll never hear the same thing twice!

The Artist's Statement

For better or worse, everything in our world has become customisable. Gone are the days of cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all, mass produced trinkets and baubles. These days, everyone wants their own unique snowflake. And why not with music too? Why should everyone be satisfied with listening to the latest pop-tart MP3 mobile stream, when we can all have our own unique remixes? Music on demand isn't about getting what you want when you want, it's about getting it how you want!

Anita's Dropship does exactly that. When you're tired of waving your hands in the air, no need to wait for the coked-out DJ to finally press play on the next track. Hit the button yourself and enjoy the immediate satisfaction of a big fat drop.

Skrillex eat your heart out.

The Ask

We're asking you to help us bring our years of experience making interactive music, installations, and performance art, and embody it in front of one of the largest audiences yet. We've already built a basic working version which we demoed at the Priceless festival this year in order to prove that it is possible, and more importantly, fun.

This year, don't let a DJ tell you what to listen to. Control your own musical journey!

The Build

Whoops has been hard at work, not only with the design, but also leading the build effort together with Kasima, Southgate, and others. The shipping crate aesthetics from the original design are used, built out of wood, and placed on a carriage with pneumatic wheels to make it easy to roll around the Playa. The unit is fully self-contained, including speakers, generator, lighting, and electronics.

Work in progress. We've made a monster!
Work in progress. We've made a monster!

The Sound

Rauri has put together a sound system that will absolutely blow away your tutu. Four full stacks all running off of a super quiet two kilowatt generator. We tried it out at home, but the neighbors complained. So we took it to Toxic Beach in San Francisco for a full bass workout.

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To quote some passers-by, "We came for the view, but stayed for the beats."

The Transportation

How can we ship drops without transportation!? What good is a caravansary if we can't travel on the road to get there!? We've been fortunate enough this year to receive a donation of an old golf cart which has seen many burns over the years. It's a fixer upper, and we need help restoring it to health and a new purpose!

Team Dropship delivers!
Team Dropship delivers!

The Music

The musical component of the Dropship is written by Mr. Christmas in London. The entire algorithmic composition runs on a mobile phone, which lies at the heart of the Dropship. All of the music is generated in realtime, with most sounds also synthesized using state-of-the-art generative and procedural music techniques. We guarantee that you'll never hear the same thing twice and it will never get boring. Here is a work-in-progress example of the ambient portion of the track for your listening pleasure.

The Lighting

Lighting is still an open point for both design and implementation, though we are committed to dropping beats with as much pomp as possible. The easiest features to add are basic colored ambient backlighting, together with strips of lighting between the crate's slats. And because we are generating all of the music on the fly, we will be able to exactly sync all of the lighting to the music. This includes triggering lighting effects based on bass or snare kicks, or perhaps modulating the wash based on the amount of bass wobble during a drop!

And Finally...

Thank you for reading this far! Now that you've seen what's already been done, and where we'd like to go, we hope that you'll agree that Anita's Dropship has earned your dollars. Take charge of your musical experience this year, and help us drop ship beats to the Caravansary in ways that have never been possible before.

THE Anita thanks you!
THE Anita thanks you!

Fourth of July Priceless Update

Wow! We had a great dry run at Priceless. Check out our Minimum Viable Musicbox in action! No lights, no decoration, no costumes, but you get the idea. And you want your hand on that crank!

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Risks and challenges

Fortunately many of the obvious risks have been avoided to date as we have already built a basic working version. All of the necessary components have been built and tested as a working whole. What remains now is adding more. More decoration, more lighting, more music, and costumes.

Outstanding risks include components breaking or software crashing, without the possibility for repair on the Playa. Team Dropship all lead busy lives, and who knows what can happen between now and the Burn? Furthermore, as we are a remote team distributed between San Francisco, New York, London, and Zürich, we have to work especially hard to stay coordinated.

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    Thank you for your help! Team Dropship will add a shoutout to you (or a name of your choice) when the music quiets down. Let your name ring true across the Playa!

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    Add your own voice to the playa! The Dropship will occasionally identify itself, just like on the radio. Contribute your voice to this omnipotent bass juggernaut by recording a vocal identification and a message of your choosing. (You can ask us to record one for you in case you're shy.)

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    Receive a limited edition patch with the Anita's Dropship logo. Let the world know you support Anita's Dropship! You support interactive music installations! You support dirty bass!

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    Get your own Dropship drop button. We'll send you a commemorative Anita's Dropship button keychain, which drops the bass at your command. "Excuse me, did anyone order a big fat drop?"

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    Join Team Dropship for a special performance on the Playa, on Wednesday, August 27 at dusk in front of the Institute at 5:00 & Esplanade. Bring two friends and we'll provide you with official Dropship hats. You get to run the show, delivering fresh beats to the Playa denizens.

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    We can't begin to describe out gratitude to you. You are a lover of interactive music and a benevolent supporter of the arts. Before Burning Man, we welcome you to a reception hosted by Team Dropship at our San Francisco workshop. We'd love to meet you personally, and take the opportunity to tell you everything about how the Dropship is built.

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