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.
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 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 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.
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!
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.
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.
To quote some passers-by, "We came for the view, but stayed for the beats."
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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