From a young age I've envisaged numbers, letters and words in colour. Each day would have a specific colour in my mind as well as months of the year; enabling me to have an expansive long term memory. I started the piano at the age of 6 and I began to assign each note to a colour in my mind. Through that, key signature colours were formed.
I soon identified myself as someone who had both Grapheme Colour and Spatial Sequence Synaesthesia; a neurological 'phenomenon' where a person perceives words, letters, shapes, and numbers in colour or sometimes taste and smell.
When I left university I moved to London and began looking for things to inspire me to compose. I was fascinated with the London Underground and how it worked - the formation, the design and the vast diversity of the commuters who travelled on it. The tube map instantly popped up as something I wanted to study. Each line I travelled on had contrasting atmospheres, a certain type of commuter and an overal feel; different speeds, sounds and smells. More importantly, a different colour! I wanted to write 11 pieces for piano and assign the key signature in my mind to the colour of the tube line (for example, A = Red, A major = Central line). I also studied literature regarding 'chacterisations' of key signatures dating back to the 1800's and tried to marry them up with my own descriptions of the tube lines (F# minor, a gloomy key = Green = District Line - full of delays and lethargic thoughts).
I aim to bond together the characterisations and emotions each key signature possesses with the thoughts, feelings and descriptions of the Underground by London commuters who will be heard throughout the record. The composition, recording and production of this project will been an amalgamation of classical and contemporary formations; paying homage to the Underground's history but using forward thinking / modern approaches to it's current service. Recordings will take place between Manchester & London through the use of computers and mobile phones; mirroring the revolution in technology with the London Underground through the years.
Watch the new promotional video below for 'Oxymoron'; a track inspired by the Jubilee Line. Starring my hands, an alternative Underground map and a bunch of lovely coloured pens! Filmed & edited by the wonderful Katie.
Why do we need funding? What will your money go towards?
Mastering; we're hoping to have the entire record professionally mastered for CD, vinyl, and across all digital platforms for release in the Autumn 2016. Money will also be going towards the actual CD & Vinyl pressings for people who would like the physical format of the album (digipack CD and double gatefold vinyl) in full colour print with booklet. We're also aiming to present several pieces from the album visually in the form of music videos; showcasing the element of movement combined with colours using professional dancers. When the record is made we'dneed enough funding to be able to promote the album using marketing, events and advertising. We also need to take into consideration Kickstarter fees for the campaign! This will be around 10% of what we raise.
The funding goal we have set is the minimum that we'd need in order to make sure all areas are covered. However, if we raise above and beyond this amount we'd be able to push the project even further to ensure it reaches it's full potential - which would be amazing!
Jo Hilditch - Promotions Manager
Hilda / Maps / Yeeha!
We are lucky enough to be teaming up with 'People Staring' who will be filming the promotional videos we aim to make if we are successful with this campaign. Click on their logo below to see some of their fantastic production and design work!
We have also collaborated with our fabulous illustrator Dom&Ink who will be providing his talents on the album artwork and campaign images. You can have the opportunity to work with him directly by selecting from one of our Rewards below.
You can select a reward from our 'Underground Packages' below to help fund the campaign. These range from smallest to largest depending on how many stations serve each line on the London Underground. Alternatively you can show your support simply by donating any amount you wish towards the project. You will forever have our undying appreciation!
Pledge £10 or more for the album on digipack CD (signed by Daniel Liam Glyn)
Pledge £15 or more for the signed CD along with ltd edition postcards featuring designs by DOM&INK
Pledge £20 or more for the signed CD & 'Changing Stations' T-shirt (Sizes S, M & L)
Pledge £25 or more for the album on double gatefold vinyl (signed by Daniel Liam Glyn)
Pledge £30 or more for the signed CD along with exclusive manuscript scores from the project
Pledge £50 or more for a special thank you in the album credits. You will also receive the signed album on CD along with a special photo print taken by our producer Katie (signed by the Changing Stations team)
Pledge £75 or more to provide a Voiceover. This exciting opportunity will mean you will be heard on the final mix of the record on a track of your choice. You'll also receive the signed album on CD)
Pledge £150 or more and commision Daniel to write a musical arrangement of your choice. This could be for personal use or for an event (maybe a wedding, a birthday etc!) You will also receive a download link to the album.
Pledge £250 or more for a signed album on CD along with the opportunity to have a custom illustration sketched exclusively by DOM&INK. Extremely limited!
Pledge £500 or more and you will be invited to listen to the album during it's mixing stage, giving us your creative opinion for any amendments or changes. For this you will be listed as an 'Executive Producer' on the record. You will also receive a signed copy of the album on double gatefold vinyl (and a download link!)
Pledge £750 or more and receive ALL of the above rewards! Plus more... You will also be invited to listen to the finished album before anyone else and you will have opportunity to preview any promotional material before release.
You can read the full 'Changing Stations' story and album progress by visiting www.changingstations.london and by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
You can sign up for more information and updates on the project here: http://bit.ly/danielliamglyn
If you don't frequent these social media networks you can still email the campaign to people you know so they can get involved too.
Risks and challenges
Synaesthesia can be an alien concept to many, so hopefully ‘Changing Stations’ could be the perfect platform to raise awareness of this neurological condition and the positive creativity it evokes in one’s mind.
You could say that making the project interesting was a challenge. To create something that is unique to me as a composer but also relatable to every commuter on the London Underground was a risk. This is one of the main reasons why I ventured outside of my own head and interviewed users of the Underground system to gather together their thoughts, feelings and opinions. Production wise; ascertaining the right collaborators, performers, artists and volunteers who believed in the project was quintessential, making sure the production of the record was a success.
As a team, we are lucky enough to have a great support network both personally and professionally. Our family and friends have supported the idea from its very incarnation and it’s been amazing to meet so many talented professionals over the course of the project so far.
I understand this is a rather ambitious venture but together we all have so much faith in the concept, the outcome, and also faith in one another. The combination of our dedication towards the album, the positive feedback and continued support from our family and friends, and the generous donations from people who believe in our journey will allow the project to reach it’s full potential. Any financial support we receive throughout the course of this campaign will be greatly appreciated!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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