A powerful combination of new orchestral music, an amazing vocalist, and innovative technology reflect on a defining moment in history
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Picture yourself in the world in the weeks before the creation of your favorite piece of music. You have grown up, and lived, without any knowledge that such a piece of music could or would ever be written. This piece of music may have accompanied you during some of the most profoundly happy or powerful moments of your life. If you imagine your life without this beloved song or composition, you know that your world would be vastly poorer for the loss.
But in this thought-experiment, you are in the days before it came to be. If you could go to those moments before is was created, and have some part in making sure that this music got composed or recorded, knowing what you know now, wouldn't you? The immeasurable pleasure of a special piece of music is a a deeply personal and rewarding part of being alive... So, for someone in the future, perhaps years from now, today might be that day for them, the weeks before a favorite piece of music came to be. A piece that will be for them what your favorite music is for you. In all likelihood, you were completely passive in the creation of your favorite music. You became aware of it after it had already been created. Now, you have an opportunity to have a different role....to be a producer of something new.
Storms in the Desert: The Sons of Jacob-
This project will bring the epic power of orchestral music to tell 12 stories that spring from the words of Jacob to his sons. The stories of these sons form a rich tapestry of adventure and drama that only the shimmering splendor of a full symphony orchestra can bring to life. Listeners will hear some of the world's finest musicians as they perform newly composed works that range from the frothy tempests of dark ocean waves to heroism in the churn of war, from delicate peace through poetry to lush gardens of abundance. What the ancient artifact, the breastplate of Aaron, brought to life through the beauty of glistening gems (the Hoshen), this set of recorded works will bring to life through the richness of song and music ‘for glory and for beauty’ (Ex 28:2).
- EPIC-Adventure at Sea (music from the video)
- RUSTIC-Over the Next Ridge
- DREAMY- Snowfall on a Midwinter's Evening (begins quietly)
- VOCAL-Abide With Me
Composer Gustav Hoyer, artistic director for The Orchestra Unleashed, will be joined by the internationally celebrated tenor Philip Webb in this collaborative project.
For each of the twelve sons, there will be one section (one or two pieces) that embodies the spirit of the words that Jacob spoke to that son. The music will feature original compositions by Gustav Hoyer, as well as works by other living composers. As a part of our artistic mission, the Orchestra Unleashed wants to bring the sounds of the orchestra to new audiences through the music of living composers. This project continues our practice of soliciting new works from composers around the world. Composers can submit their music for consideration during the planning phase of this project.
If we receive the necessary backing to proceed, our timeline will involve composing or identifying the music to fill out the first half of the set, 70+ minutes as follows:
July-August: Receive submitted music and compose original works
September: Finalize music selections, prepare/receive sheet music and distribute to players, schedule recording sessions
October: Record in studio, master final recording
November: Prepare Visualization application
December: Deliver final package to backers
About our costs:
Gathering an orchestra for a recording is a big undertaking, and involves a community of extremely skilled performers. The players have labored for many years, decades even, to master their instrument. Bringing a team of 60 such experts is a costly enterprise. The participation of a world-class talent in Philip Webb brings further costs to the project. The costs are further compounded with the introduction of state-of-the-art recording and mastering facilities. These help make a final product that will fill your room with the rich, velvety mass of sound that is the orchestra. Gustav Hoyer and the Orchestra Unleashed have a track record together of creating live events of new music. This next exciting project will be their first that is focused on recording.
Your backing will help us bring this project to life!
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There are multiple risks associated with a project of this scale. We need to find or create all of the music that is to be recorded. This is the foundation for everything else. The Orchestra Unleashed has a track record of finding exciting new orchestral music and performing it with excellence. Our concerts have been 2.5 hours of brand new music. But, there is always a risk of not receiving as many submissions for consideration as we need to make the decisions about which ones are best suited for our project and our audience.
Coordinating and scheduling the orchestra and the players is a routine part of orchestra projects, but the possibility always exists of last minute changes or problems with the studio or engineers. We have built up a reliable network of professionals who ensure that our projects can be brought to life successfully.
The addition of a visualization application is one of our untried elements. We have collaborated with artists in other projects, but software will be a new element. We envision the software being a compelling complement to the recorded music; however, our approach to visualization is new. We will be collaborating with StudioIGO owner James Chung. He is a graphic artist with extensive experience in console and mobile game development with companies such as Electronic Arts, and will be a key adviser for the visualization software.
Finally, the addition of backer participation and the fulfillment of different reward levels will introduce a level complexity. Distribution of the recording and providing access to the visualization are straightforward. However, the top-tier experiences of helping to select the music, and the presence of backers at our recordings will introduce some additional logistical coordination requirements. As we have limited these top tiers, we will be helping to keep the complexity of these engagements to a minimum. Score selections will be limited to a small set of submitted works (not more than 7) that will be considered by the backers. Their input will be weighed, but the final artistic decisions will lie with Gustav Hoyer and Phil Webb. Collaboration sessions will be set-up through Skype or similar online remote networking technology to allow for real-time interaction among the extended team.
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Inscribe your name into the foundations of the project! Receive the digital download, the option of physical media, plus online access to a special visualizer created for this project. We will include your name into the visualizer where it will appear with other supporters to show that you are a part of our team.Estimated delivery:
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Join the creative team! In addition to the digital download, the option of physical media, and online access to a special app created for this project, you can become a part of the creative process. We will be considering works submitted by composers around the world, and you can be a part of the team that selects which ones become a part of this unique collection of new orchestral music.Estimated delivery:
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Enjoy a special private concert with world-renowned tenor Phillip Webb! Not only will you enjoy access to the recording, a voice in the selection of music, and special recognition in our visualizer, you and 5 guests will be welcomed into an intimate evening of refreshments and music featuring the talent of Philip Webb.Estimated delivery:
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The ultimate behind-the-scenes experience! In addition to all the benefits of all the other rewards, you will be our special guest as we bring this new music into the studio. You will travel to the studio where you can watch how the time-honored art of classical music meets the best modern recording techniques...a one-of-a-kind experience for any lover of orchestral music. You will have the opportunity to speak with the artists, and will hear the live orchestra at work.Estimated delivery:
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Join the ranks of the great musical patrons in history. You commission the music for one of the sons of Jacob. In addition to all other benefits, you will have a new orchestral work dedicated to you in the tradition of some of the greatest musical landmarks in western culture. Just as Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky created timeless works at the request, and sponsorship of, a special patron, you can join the ranks of those whose legacy of support endures through the great music that they made possible. You will receive a specially framed page of music with a personal inscription from the composer at a special evening for our 'Circle of Jacob' sponsors.Estimated delivery:
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