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Trance To The Sun, legends of Dark Psychedelia, set out here in 2013 to launch production of a new magnum opus. Three years in the making, the release is finally available. An enormous thank you goes out to the backers of this project!
Trance To The Sun, legends of Dark Psychedelia, set out here in 2013 to launch production of a new magnum opus. Three years in the making, the release is finally available. An enormous thank you goes out to the backers of this project!
79 backers pledged $5,475 to help bring this project to life.

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Trance To The Sun is totally blown away by your support! We hit our funding goal in three days flat! But you can still get involved in the new album by making a pledge on the right >>>. Get in on the process, hear demos and songs ahead of everyone else. And help us make an even more fantastic album! You get to be a part of the experience! Check out the second half of our video for all those details & more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CekSxGigGgE

Hello! This is Ashkelon Sain writing. Perhaps you've heard of my band Trance To The Sun, or maybe that's an unfamiliar name. Either way is fine. What we do in Trance To The Sun is create infectious, haunting, mesmerizing, psychedelic, oceanic, shoegaze infused gothrock music. Trance To The Sun was missing in action during most of the zero decade, having completed a small shelf full of albums in the '90s before the members moved away to pursue other artistic avenues.

I can tell you though, that we're very happy to be back!

I began writing music for this record back in 2009, and then in late 2012 I took an extended leave from most of my other projects to concentrate on this new Trance To The Sun album full time. Since then I've been rejoined by TTTS's most recent vocalist Ingrid Luna Blue (she sang on the albums Azalean Sea, Urchin Tear Soda, and Atrocious Virgin). Together, we're being accompanied by a most impeccable drummer you might know from some of my other recent endeavors named Daniel Henderson. After some months of secluded rehearsals and recording sessions, the songs have taken shape enough for me to assure you that this is going to be a fantastic album, full of all the epic and otherworldly psychedelic grooves, and all the dimly lit passageways you expect to find on a TTTS release. Numerous songs are coming along in the recording process, artwork has been created, vocals have been tracked. You can readily hear bits and pieces of what we're working on in our two Kickstarter Videos, enough to get the "vibe" at least. This page launches with Part 1 of our video, which you've probably watched by now, and if you feel inclined to watch more, Part 2 assembles more fragments of the picture: 

Trance To The Sun ::: New Studio Album ::: Kickstarter Video Part 2 :::

Trance To The Sun's music has received a few fair landslides of critical acclaim, but our band has never been overwhelmingly famous. I don't know if you succinctly call it Gothic Psychedelia, but whatever it is we do, it seems to be a pretty remote genre. That's certainly part of why we've always sought to work efficiently, without wasting time or resources. Back in the '90s and early '00s, we toured the U.S. & Canada in a Volvo Wagon. We've produced all our records at home (save one). We never expected music to deliver us a luxurious lifestyle. We do what we do for the love of the work, and the love of finishing beautiful new things. Making a few friends along the way has been very rewarding as well.

That said, we are going to require some funds if we are to produce this album to the best of our ability. This will be the first TTTS record to feature live drums, and we need to outsource the recording of that aspect, etc. We're not asking the crowd to buy us a new tourbus here. It's just the basic costs of getting this record done right. In return, you'll be among the first to experience this enticing new release.

We need:
::: Recording Studio Time for our Drums...
::: Professional Mastering to make it all sound perfect...
::: CD Pressing / Ecowallet style sleeves, all looking gorgeous!
::: Promo Posters & Post Cards to keep everyone in the know...
::: Shipping & Mailing of all the goods and bling to You!
::: Music Video Production for you to feast your eyes upon.

We thank you in advance for participating in our epic new album project! You're gonna LOOOOVVVE it!

Like Kickstarter says, "Every great project needs great rewards!"
We think we're offering pretty much everything one could reasonably desire in this new and unexpectedly emergent format called 'crowd sourcing'. In addition to the download or physical album choices, there's autographed posters available, TTTS ringtones, bonus discs with demos & outtakes, and more! We're going to be filming a "Backer's Interview" too, so that anyone contributing $20 or more is eligible to submit a question to us at trancetothesun (at) gmx (dot) com, and we'll answer it over cocktails in a special video we make just for all you rad people!  (note: The interview will be done in two installments, the first of which is September 29, 2013, so get your questions in early!)
If you don't see what you're looking for after perusing our list of incentives, please drop us a note at trancetothesun (at) gmx (dot) com. And if it's vinyl you're looking for, please purchase the digital download! We'll produce vinyl if we can gauge adequate interest, and in that event, previous buyers of the digital download will be eligible for a credit toward the purchase of the vinyl edition; that is, in the event we can justify the expense of making vinyl, which is kind of a longshot, just to be forthcoming. So purchase the download for ten bucks and drop us a note already!!!"

Stretch Objective!Funds pledged above and beyond our funding goal will help us produce additional music videos associated with the album, record more songs, and help us enhance our live performances. Oh yes, and the album is tentatively entitled "Aviatrix". Thank you ever so much for being a part of this experience.
Here's a synopsis of the rewards:

Full album download: $10
CD delivered in U.S.: $15
CD delivered Int'l: $22
 
Our second level offers are very cool! Join our endeavor at this level and you'll become part of the journey, getting exclusive listening access to demos and songs in the making (a few exclusive downloads will be available too). Best of all, this reward begins, like, immediately. On top of that you get a set of 25 TTTS ringtones for your phone! These have been created out of root level samples from the album "Urchin Tear Soda" that we found preserved in our archives from 1999. There's highly recognizable sound effects, synthesizer sounds, and many mysterious disembodied voice samples that decorated the spaces between the songs. I have already pressed them into service on my own phone, so I know they work well. So much fun! In addition to that, you'll be invited to submit a question to the "Backers Only Interview" which we'll be producing where, with cocktails in hand, we answer the questions you submit, whatever you want to know...
w/download: $20
w/CD in U.S.: $25
w/CD int'l: $32
 
Want in higher? All the above can be yours, plus you'll get an exclusive double CDR of demos & outtakes once the album is finished. You'll get a personally autographed album cover poster mailed in a tube, and you'll get an autographed copy of Trance To The Sun's 2007 beautifully packaged best-of album "Spiders, Aether & Rain". (U.S.) : $70  (Int'l): $90
 
(Act fast & you can add to the above a veritable artifact: one of 7 unique sets of handwritten lyric scratch pad sheets from our latest songwriting sessions! That comes with an added $5 if you're one of the first 7 people to jump in at this level.) (U.S.) $75, (Int'l): $95

You can have all the $25 & $70 rewards, and be awarded a special thank-you in the album credits too, plus receive an exclusive CDR copy of the remastered Florakleptonomy: $150 US  / $175 Int'l. (limited quantity)
 
You can have all the $25 & $70 rewards, plus I, Ashkelon Sain, will create for you a video guitar or bass lesson, where I illustrate how to play the TTTS song of your choice, including technique, fingering, effects setup and any other applicable details: $225
  
You can have all the $25 & $70 rewards, plus be invited to a two day session in Trance To The Sun's recording studio working as an intern, being assigned tasks according to your ability as you & I work on the new mixes. You must be prepared to work ten hours at a stretch, but we'll be certain to do breakfast or lunch, and certainly a few beers afterward, too. This reward includes your name in the credits as "assistant engineer"! (travel & lodging not included): $775
 
You can have all the $25 & $70 rewards, plus we'll make a live video of TTTS performing any original Ingrid Blue era TTTS song of your choice, with personal dedication: $875  
 
You can have all the $25 & $70 rewards, plus become the owner of the one and only original painting of the Trance To The Sun "Seahorse", created for the upcoming album artwork and associated merchandise by Ingrid Luna Blue, framed, with priority shipping and insurance: $1175
 
You can have all the $25 & $70 rewards, plus become the owner of the one and only "other" original painting to be created for the upcoming album artwork and associated merchandise by Ingrid Luna Blue, framed, with priority shipping and insurance (it might turn out to be the front, the back, the inner side ~ we don't know yet. Trust us though, it's gonna be AWESOME): $975
 
You can have all the $25 & $70 rewards, plus be granted the coveted
"Executive Producer" credit in the album liner notes: $1750
 
Private Show: In keeping with what other artists are doing here on Planet Kickstarter, we're boldly offering the opportunity for you to schedule your own private Trance To The Sun show. Our asking price of 10k is intended to cover the cost of us travelling to you with the necessary gear and personnel to pull it off, with the keen knowledge in mind that there will be unforeseen obstacles, and to accomplish this venture gracefully, whether it's to be done in your backyard treehouse, inflatable pyramid, or whatever other location I'm sure you're trying to dream up (limited to places in the U.S.A. with access to the electrical grid). After the show, we'll hang out with you & your friends for the rest of the night and have a wonderful time. If you're a promoter and you'd like to schedule TTTS in an established concert venue, please email us directly with those details, all reasonable offers will be considered. 
 
Thank you once more for helping Trance To The Sun complete this new album! We appreciate it so much!
Feel free to email us at trancetothesun (at) gmx (dot) com if you have any further questions!
{a big thank you to Ken Barton for the wonderful photo images shown here}
 
 

Risks and challenges

We have made our best estimate in allocating adequate time to complete the album at its envisioned scope. Being the particularly demanding artists that we are however, we do acknowledge that if the mix isn't right yet, we aren't going to let the quality factor slide away in the direction of oblivion. If the completion of the album is delayed, or the upload of our promised videos are waylayed, you can trust that it's for good reason, and that the wait time will be held down to the minimum possible, so that we might maximize the quality of our output.

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    You'll be granted immediate access to ongoing demos & select advance downloads, and you'll receive an immediate free download of the "Urchin Tear Soda Ringtones Collection" for your phone. You may submit a question for our exclusive "Backers Interview". In addition, you'll receive a digital download of the full album once it's completed; PDF format digital booklet included.

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    In addition to the complete contents of the $25 and the $70 packages, you will have your name printed in the "thank you" section of the album liner notes. You'll also receive an autographed limited edition CDR copy of the 2011 remastered version of Trance To The Sun's 1999 live album Florakleptonomy.

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    In addition to the complete contents of the $25 and the $70 packages, Ashkelon Sain will personally construct a video guitar lesson for you detailing exactly how to play any Trance To The Sun song of your choosing, complete with effects setup and all other pertinent information.

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    In addition to the complete contents of the $25 and the $70 packages, Trance To The Sun will film a live video, uploaded to Youtube and personally dedicated to you, of the performance of any Ingrid Blue era Trance To The Sun song you request.

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    In addition to the complete contents of the $25 and the $70 package, you'll receive the original, one and only "Other Painting" created for the graphics of the album cover by Ingrid Luna Blue. It comes framed, with priority shipping and insurance.

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    In addition to the complete contents of the $25 and the $70 package, you'll receive the original, one and only Trance To The Sun "Seahorse Painting" by Ingrid Luna Blue, which will be used in the album graphics ~ quite possibly the front cover (this painting is featured in the video). It comes framed, with priority shipping and insurance.

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    In addition to the complete contents of the $25 and the $70 packages, you'll be credited as executive producer in the album liner notes. Thank you so much for even considering this option. :)

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    Your Own Private Show! In addition to the complete contents of the $25 and the $70 packages, and a special thank you in the album notes, you'll be treated to your own private Trance To The Sun show in the U.S. city of your choosing. We'll provide the equipment and the production, you'll provide the location. See our "Story Page" for complete details, and contact us at trancetothesun@gmx.com before selecting this option, just to be sure we're all on the same page!

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