Where were you when you first heard the Pixies Surfer Rosa? Whether it was 1988 when the record came out, or just last year or even "not yet," it's a stunner, a truly memorable experience. Loved or misunderstood at the time of its release, the album has had an enormous impact on all kinds of music. At first listen, it's just noisy rock 'n' roll, but dig deeper and you find all kinds of innovations and experimentation in the crannies. And great, great songs.
We at Asphalt Orchestra have commissioned some fantastic composers and arranged many others. We play the music of Goran Bregovich, David Byrne, Frank Zappa, Stew & Heidi Rodewald, Charles Mingus, Tatsuya Yoshida, Meshuggah, Yoko Ono and many more. When it came time for a next big project, we decided to arrange a whole album from start to finish. But which one? After listening to dozens of possibilities while touring in the van, we arrived at a near-unanimous choice. The Pixies. Surfer Rosa. And now we want to share it with the world!
The arrangements are completed, and now we're ready to record and tour the project. We've set a budget to make the record and get it out there, and even with everyone working for cheap or free, it will still run us nearly $15,000. That's why we're turning to you, our friends and supporters, to help us with contributions small or big. And even if you can't give, please send along the link to those who might. It'll take a lot of $25 pledges to reach our goal, but we know we can do it if word gets out to the whole wide world. And if you can give more, we'll be happy to send you more and bigger stuff!
If you don't know anything about us, here's the skinny:
Asphalt Orchestra is about sound moving through space. Start with 12 outstanding and virtuosic players, mix in wildly creative compositions, spin them around a room, then watch the sparks fly. Now in its fifth year, Asphalt is changing the way contemporary music sounds, looks and smells. Don't believe us? Come to our practice room, anytime!
The Kickstarter video we made for this project was shot near the Gowanus Canal at the Brooklyn Music Collective, a great stand-in name for the ethos of Asphalt. We are players who thrive on collaboration, who play in each others' groups and are inspired by each others' chops and musical charisma. Together we try to bring the marching band into the 21st Century. And it's a lot of fun.
AND...the Pixies themselves asked us to open for them on a few East Coast gigs. Here's a video of us playing "Bone Machine" just before they went onstage!
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Risks and challenges
Capturing the excitement of a live acoustic marching ensemble can be tough work. Modern studios are designed to record drum sets and electric guitars. It takes a special engineer to "get" both the sousaphone and piccolo. And not every record company knows their way around a concept as thorny and twisted as this. We're in it for the love of the challenge, and we expect both thumbs-ups and blank stares. But that's Asphalt Orchestra - aiming both for blowing horns and blowing minds. We hope you enjoy the ride!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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