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Blake Tyson is recording a CD of his works for percussion, from solo marimba to percussion ensemble.
120 backers pledged $5,173 to help bring this project to life.

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In May, I'll be recording my first CD. It will be called Firefish: The Music of Blake Tyson, and it will include most of my works for percussion, including A cricket sang and set the sun, Cloud Forest, Moonrise, Inside the Shining Stone and, of course, Firefish.

I'll be traveling to Tallahassee, Florida to record with the amazing engineers of Garnet House Productions. I'll be bringing seven other percussionists along with me to record some of my works for percussion ensemble. We need your help to cover the expenses of travel as well as art design, duplication, and the all important process of recording, editing, mixing and mastering. 

With all of the expenses involved, every donation to the project is an important part of making this recording a reality. Everyone who donates will be listed as a supporter on my website. Everyone who donates at the $50 level and above will have their names listed in the CD liner notes as a supporter and will also have their names incorporated into the limited edition poster.

I'm always amazed by the sense of community that music can create between listeners, performers, and composers. Whether you've played my pieces before, listened to them on YouTube, or just stumbled across this project by accident, I would love for you to be a part of it. Yes, I am asking for your money, but I'm also trying to offer some meaningful rewards in return. In the end, I hope to create something that you can be proud of supporting, and I hope the recordings will be ones that you will enjoying listening to and sharing with your friends.

Risks and challenges

Every now and then, difficulties arise in the logistics of recordings, but everything seems to be on track. It is important to me to get this recording made and to get it out into the world, so you can be confident that I, along with the team at Garnet House Productions, will make it happen.

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    Have your name listed on blaketyson.com as a supporter of the CD.

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    Download mp3 or .wav version of entire album

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    Signed copy of Cricket OR Firefish OR Inside the Shining Stone, plus download mp3 or .wav version of entire album

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    Signed copy of the CD, a signed copy of Cricket OR Firefish OR Inside the Shining Stone, and download mp3 or .wav version of entire album

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    Signed limited edition poster, signed copy of the CD, a signed copy of Cricket OR Firefish, and download mp3 or .wav version of entire album

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    A 30-minute lesson by Skype or in-person (for in-person lessons, you have to find a way to my studio in Conway, Arkansas), plus a signed limited edition poster, signed copy of the CD, a signed copy of Cricket OR Firefish, and download mp3 or .wav version of entire album

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    A one-hour Skype or in-person lesson (for in-person lessons, you have to find a way to my studio in Conway, Arkansas), plus a signed limited edition poster, signed copy of the CD, a signed copy of Cricket OR Firefish, and download mp3 or .wav version of entire album

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    I'll buy you dinner at PASIC 2013 in Indianapolis (Nov. 13 - 16). You have to get to PASIC on your own. I'll pick the restaurant (Don't worry, it'll be nice. We won't be eating at White Castle) plus I'll personally give you the CD, the signed poster, and copies of Cricket AND Firefish. You'll also receive an Associate Producer credit on the CD.

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    Receive an Executive Producer credit in the CD liner notes, plus a signed limited edition poster, four copies of the CD, a signed copy of Cricket AND Firefish AND Inside the Shining Stone, and download mp3 or .wav version of entire album

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    I'll write a marimba solo for you. It will be dedicated to you and can be written for any level from beginner through professional.

    You'll get a one hour Skype or in-person lesson, a signed limited edition poster, a signed copy of the CD, a signed copy of Cricket AND Firefish, and download mp3 or .wav version of entire album. You'll also receive an Executive Producer credit on the CD.

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    For individuals or organizations - I'll write a new work for solo marimba with percussion ensemble to be premiered at your school. It will be dedicated to you and/or your program. I'll premiere the piece on a recital at your school anywhere in the contiguous United States sometime in 2014. (includes travel expenses up to $800).

    You'll also receive four copies of the CD, a limited edition poster, a signed copy of Cricket AND Firefish AND Inside the Shining Stone, and download mp3 or .wav version of entire album

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