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A passionate, musical appeal to explore the wonders of the cosmos. And a damn fine pop album.

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Video by JIM BATT

The Sky is Calling

A passionate appeal, a lush epic, a gorgeous journey, and songs of wonder, beauty, heartbreak, and purpose. "The Sky is Calling" is a celebration of humans in space.

Instrumentation for the album includes a mix of electronic and acoustic instruments not usually heard together (synthesizer and hammer dulcimer, Mbira and drum pads) and sound samples from earth and space. Some rhythm tracks have been created by importing visual data (NASA photographs) into an audio program where they are sculpted into grooves. We will be dancing to the beat of the stars.

The album is meant, first and foremost, to be a great pop album. Fantastic art leads to fantastic places. Not every song will be space or science based, but many of them will be. I hope to incite some excitement for space, technology, knowledge, wonder, collaboration, and a better future. 

"We are in the universe and the universe is in us.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson

Songs range from looping siren calls, to electronic dance numbers, to alien folk ballads. Titles of songs I have written, and song in progress.

  • The Sky is Calling
  • Animal
  • Fix You Good
  • Hand to Mouth
  • Alien
  • Dream Life
  • Easy for Me
  • To Be Touched
  • Planet 216
  • Dear Apollo
  • The Fractal Universe

REAL SCIENCE

I have several science advisors for the album, which makes me amazingly happy:

Phil Plait - The Bad Astronomy Blog  @badastronomer - Astronomer, author, skeptic, father, punster.

Matt Everingham - @matt808 - Space professional focused on commercial lunar development, education and outreach. Also, producer of electronic music.

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And I'm talking to several astronauts (people who have actually been in space) about playing music on the album. Fingers crossed! 

If you have been, or are currently, in space, and you want to make sounds - hand claps, flute, sing-a-longs, anything - please contact me! (Also, if you are an actual astronaut reading this: YAY!!!)

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THE FIRST SONG

The first song from the album, "The Sky is Calling," was recorded on September 9th at Studio G in Brooklyn, NY with producer Joel Hamilton (The Black Keys, Tom Waits)

This song is available for immediate download as soon as you back this project for any amount! After you make your pledge, head over to the “updates” section - the first update includes the link to download the song for free. 

ALBUM ART: The final album art will be decided after the songs are recorded. There will be photos, graphic art, and more by some very talented artists. 

Here is one of the amazing pieces that will come with the DELUXE DOWNLOAD and Postcard Set.

Art by Kurt Huggins of Teetering Bulb
Art by Kurt Huggins of Teetering Bulb

Click HERE to see samples of my past album art. 

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WHERE THE MONEY GOES:

Recording the music at Studio G: $15,000

Mastering the album: $3,000

Paying musicians: $2,500 (I play most instruments myself, but will hire some people to come play with me because I can't play EVERYTHING.)

Making CDs and T-shirts: $2,500

Shipping: $4,000

Fees: $3,000*

*Kickstarter & Amazon's very reasonable fees are 8-10% of the total. And it is SO worth it because this system they have built makes pledge fulfillment very easy. They work hard to make this all work for us. 

Total = $30,000 just to record and fulfill this Kickstarter project.

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OTHER THINGS I WANT TO DO

VIDEOS: I love music videos. With me in them and without me in them. Animated or not animated. NASA footage, vintage newsreels, shiny glossy glam video shoots with hot models, dance music videos, sci-fi Barbarella-style videos. I want them all. And they all cost varying amounts of money. If we hit $35,000, I will make one super shiny music video with Jim Batt and I'll let Kickstarter backers choose the theme (Barbarella, perhaps? I really want a clear acrylic space bikini! Or I do have that song about building a sexy lady robot. Lady robot video? With Veronica Varlow as the robot?) Jim Batt makes very fancy videos for people all over the world and I'm so lucky that he wants to work with me! Find him www.jimbatt.com  @battsignal

TOUR: I love touring. But touring is expensive. If I reach well beyond my goal I'll be able to hit the road with help. Great shows happen with great tour support. 

PROMOTION: More promotion means more people will hear the album! 

RECORD MORE: I have a lot of really good songs that do not fit the space theme. I want to record them and put them out as an EP before the end of the year (Especially 'The Red Dress' song I recently wrote for The Bloggess.)

TO THE MOON:  I'm putting everything into this project: all my energy, all my love, all my money. I've never had a record label or manager or help of any official kind. I've been too busy making music to chase down the elusive record deal or representation. And while being independent is considered all cool and legit these days, being this independent is not productive. Reaching the stratosphere has always been a collaboration between a large team of people with expertise. More pledges means more help towards the building of a lasting, sustainable career by hiring the team I need. 

TO THE ACTUAL MOON: Like, literally. Please, please, please: first concert on the moon!

I'm ready for lift off! Are you?

POSTCARD + ALBUM ART

This section will be updating as the project progresses. More art to come!

By Zelda Devon of Teetering Bulb

XMAS IN SPACE: 5 gift downloads for friends.
XMAS IN SPACE: 5 gift downloads for friends.

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To the members of MISSION CONTROL who have been with me for the past year: Thank you for getting me this far. You are my ground support and without you this album would not exist at all. 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Sometimes albums take longer than expected. It happens. I have put out enough records to be able to gauge when I can deliver. At most it would be a few months later. But I would do something extra to make the waiting fun!

FAQ

  • Both the Moon Visa and the Space Passport are good for entry to shows that I am headlining for all eternity (until you've used up all your free passes.) And I might even be able to get you into shows where I am the opening act - you can always ask. But for sure you can get into my headlining shows: from the dive bar down the dark alley to Carnegie Hall.

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  • Those celebration songs I'm posting in the updates are quick, fun songs. They are not going on the album. If I reach well above my goal I may re-record them as B-sides. But for now they are just for us to enjoy here and now.

    The final album songs will be recorded in the same way that "The Sky is Calling" was recorded, in a fantastic studio, with an excellent engineer, and lots of time to finish and polish the songs so they sound as good as they possibly can.

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  • The single is in the first backer update. Up at the top of the page, click on "Updates", then scroll to the first update and you'll find the download link there.

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  • I have written many custom songs. You can listen to a few of them here: http://bit.ly/UVjMwN Love songs, happy songs, sad songs, songs about pets, songs for anniversaries or birthdays. You tell me the topic, the story, give me details about the person or thing I'm writing about and I will distill this into a unique song. People tell me the songs are the best presents they've ever given or gotten. They often make people cry - in the good way. And they are unforgettable.

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  • The deluxe download includes the full album which will be released in March. As well as all of the art for the album - all kinds of desktops and screen savers and lovely space-alicious visuals. All the mini-songs I'm writing for the Kickstarter goal celebrations: "Black Hole, Baby" and "Mars Rover" won't be on the album but you'll still get copies. And a special EP I plan to do in time for xmas which will include the "Red Dress Song" I wrote for The Bloggess. (I'm also planning a few surprises for the Deluxe Download but I can't tell you about them because then they wouldn't be surprises. Trust me, it will be awesome.) The Deluxe Download is included in all reward packages above $15.

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    Pay-What-You-Want digital download of the album "The Sky is Calling." Plus immediate download of the first song.

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    THE POWER OF TWO: if all my Twitter followers pledge at least $2 I'll reach my goal. You will get a digital download of the album "The Sky is Calling." Plus immediate download of the first song.

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    TWEET STORM: if all my Twitter followers pledge $7 I'll reach my dream goal and be able to TOUR and record more songs. You will get a digital download of the album "The Sky is Calling." Plus immediate download of the first song. Tweet @kimboekbinder and I'll send you a < 140 character mini space epic. (Until my power goes out in this hurricane. But I'll get back at you when power goes back on.)

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    ETHER: Deluxe digital download of the album "The Sky is Calling" and all other B-sides and extra songs such as "The Red Dress Song." As well as a PDF booklet of the album art and recording journal.

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    SPACE ART: For those who don't want a CD. Space Art Postcard Set + Deluxe Download. A personalized, signed postcard set shipped directly to you. (+$5 for international shipping)

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    SPACE CAMP: CD + Deluxe Download. A personalized, signed CD shipped directly to you. (+$5 for international shipping)

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    SPACE CAPSULE: T-shirt + CD + Postcard Set + Deluxe Download. Signed CD and a hand screened organic cotton t-shirt with space art. (+$5 for international shipping)

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    XMAS IN SPACE: By popular request I am adding a gift option. I will send you five greeting cards with the gorgeous art by Zelda Devon. The cards will be made out to five people of your choosing and signed by me. The cards will include a download code for the single and a deluxe download for the full album when it comes out in March. I will send you all five cards by Dec. 10th so that you can give them to your friends in time for whatever holiday you desire.

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    MOON VISA: Personalized Lunar ID card (Gets you free admission to one show and extra goodies. The ID will be stamped and yours to keep.) Plus an official backer pin AND everything in the "Space Capsule" reward.

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    STAR GAZER: I will use Skype to video call you or your friend/spouse/partner/nemesis and sing one of my songs - your choice! Know someone who needs the inspiration, or a fun surprise? Get them a pink haired singing lady on their computer screens. (Includes everything in the "Space Capsule" reward)

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    ASTRONAUT PORTRAIT: An original black and white portrait of you (or anyone else on the planet) by Fred Harper www.fredharper.com Fred is also going to be doing some official art for the album. He is very talented. There is only one of these rewards available. Includes Deluxe Download, CD, and art cards. (You can get the portrait by Dec. 15th 2012 - the album comes out in March.)

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    SPACE PASSPORT: High-quality, personalized passport that gets you into 12 free shows (get them stamped at each show!) Space Passport does not expire. (Includes everything in the "Space Capsule" reward)

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    SPACE WALK: You and 2 guests will be invited to visit me in the recording studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. You'll get one hour of studio time to see the recording process and a lunch or dinner with me. Limit of 5. Might be a weekday. Sometime in Nov-Jan. First come, first served. (Includes one "Space Capsule" reward to be delivered in March, 2013)

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    DEEP SPACE TRANSMISSION: WEB CONCERT Throw a house party, set up a projector and some nice speakers, invite all your friends. Hire me to play from anywhere in the world. (Includes one "Space Capsule" reward to be delivered in March, 2013)

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    SOLAR FLARE: I will write you a custom song about the subject of your choosing. One instrument. One voice. A simple recording you can keep for yourself or give away. These can make amazing, life-changing gifts (xmas, birthday, anniversary, etc...) I will deliver your song by xmas 2012. (Includes one "Space Capsule" reward to be delivered in March, 2013)

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    ALIEN ENCOUNTER: House concert anywhere. I love playing house concerts. I will show up with all my gear and rock your living room. After I play we can dress up, or cook dinner, or go star gazing, or write a song together. PARTY TIME! There may be additional travel expenses depending on where on the planet Earth you are. Contact me for details. (Includes one "Space Capsule" reward to be delivered in March, 2013)

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    SPACE CITIZEN: Lifetime VIP pass to all of my concerts for you and one guest. Plus all other rewards. Plus copies of everything else I ever release. And a dinner with me if/when we're in the same city.

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