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Live Looping my voice, didgeridoo, cello, hand percussion, and found-sound, to create a transformational musical experience.
Live Looping my voice, didgeridoo, cello, hand percussion, and found-sound, to create a transformational musical experience.
77 backers pledged $5,135 to help bring this project to life.

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Thanks so much to everyone for helping me to reach the initial goal of $4000 within the first 28 days! This is so wonderful, and grateful doesn't cover it. This ensures that I'll be able to record my album and create a uniquely "Sippola" album release concert event!

Stretch Goals

$5000 - I'll be able to hire a film crew to record the album release concert event so that I can create a film of the event, and create DVD & Bluray discs of the show, as well as offer online streaming of the concert video for free.

$6000 -  Stipends for some collaborators, and additional funding for concert tech elements. 

$7000 - The possibility of recording a 2nd album - comprised of a few long meditative tracks. If I'm able to raise enough to record a 2nd album, I will send a digital copy to every backer of my project!

Live Looping

For the last several years I've delved deep into the art of live looping, using a looping pedal to create improvised music as well as structured songs with a strong focus on vocals - incorporating didgeridoo, hand percussion, found-sound recordings, cello and other instruments. I've worked at creating concert experiences that I hope serve as a transformational musical experience for the listener.

The Album

My goal with this Kickstarter is to raise the funds needed to record and produce a unique, vocally focused looping based album for the purpose of inspiration, transformation, and entertainment! I’ll be creating the album at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth, MN. The album will be comprised of a mix of structured songs I've been working on during live performances over the last couple of years, as well as some in-studio improvisations to tie the album together. I hope to collaborate with some other favorite local musicians as well.

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The Concert

I'll also be putting together an album release concert event at Sacred Heart. This event, as well as featuring music from the album and unique improvisations, will explore the relationship of audience to music performance. I'll be setting up multiple "looping stations" throughout the room, projection screens, and various "listening areas" with a focus on reflecting back to the audience the inspiration their presence and energy brings to a performance. There will also be a VIP reception and seating as an offering in some of the backer rewards.

Duluth

Over the last several years I’ve written songs and sung lead in the Duluth rock band, Cold Current, written and performed with my dad in our duo, Hidden Roots, and kept myself really busy performing as an actor, singer, and musician in collaboration with so many wonderful artists and arts organizations including Renegade Theater Company, Twin Ports Choral Project, The Duluth Playhouse, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, the University of Minnesota Duluth School of Fine Arts, as well as numerous, welcoming performance venues in the Duluth and Superior area.

Duluth has such an amazing network of artists and support for art! I feel privileged to live and work here in this growing and evolving arts community.

So much of what I give as an artist and a musician is done freely:  giving of my time, my energy, my abilities, for the love of the art and for the love of the music, and for the personal joy of seeing and participating in the effects of art and music on the human heart and mind.

Support & Rewards

Now I’m asking for some help. I need your help and support to bring my vision for this album and concert to fruition. Here you can find out about the various backer levels and rewards, support the project with your donations, and help spread the word to your friends! If you'd just like to support me in this endeavor, and the rewards aren't important to you, please consider donating any amount... even a dollar will help.

All reward backers will be invited to Sacred Heart for one of the recording sessions to lend their chorus of voices to a track on the album! Let's pack Sacred Heart for a group sing! Have your name or name-meaning incorporated into the lyrics of a song I'll record at home and send out to everyone!

You can get a digital or physical copy of the album, receive other albums I've recorded, VIP reception and seats to the album release concert, a custom song created by me, a House Concert for you and your friends, and other rewards!

Rough Budget

Recording/Mastering - $1800
CD Duplication - $1500
Concert Preparation (Rentals/Food) - $450
Photography/Design - $150
Promotional Materials - $100

Stretch Goals

$5000 - I'll be able to hire a film crew to record the album release concert event so that I can create a film of the event, and create DVD & Bluray discs of the show, as well as offer online streaming of the concert video for free.

$6000 -  Stipends for some collaborators, and additional funding for concert tech elements. 

$7000 - The possibility of recording a 2nd album - comprised of a few long meditative tracks. If I'm able to raise enough to record a 2nd album, I will send a digital copy to every backer of my project!

And, for your enjoyment, a very distant recording of a recent performance of mine as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. I'm not live looping, but I will be bringing my experience in the theater to this project. Enjoy!

Risks and challenges

I can't wait to get into the studio and make some music for you to enjoy! Having been involved in numerous collaborative creative projects, I know that scheduling and timing can be challenges, but I'm confident after already planning ahead on that front, that any obstacle will be embraced and overcome.

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    Sound Level: GROUP SING! You'll be invited to a recording session to sing in the chorus with the other backers on one of the songs.

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    Note Level: Digital copy of the album + Sound Level rewards.

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    Chord Level: Physical copy of the album delivered to you. I'll also incorporate your name or the meaning of your name (first, middle, or last), along with the name-meanings of the other "Chord Level" and above backers, into a song that I'll record at home, and will email you a download of the song + Note Level rewards.

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    Augmented Chord Level (INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING): Physical copy of the album delivered to you. I'll also incorporate your name or the meaning of your name (first, middle, or last), along with the name-meanings of the other "Chord Level" and above backers, into a song that I'll record at home, and will email you a download of the song + Note Level rewards.

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    Measure Level: Physical copy of "Cold Current" (Adam's rock album) + Chord Level rewards.

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    Verse Level: COMPLETE SET OF ALBUMS - Physical and Digital copies of the album delivered to you + "Cold Current" (Adam's rock album) + "Early Compilation" (A burned copy of a compilation of songs from Adam's early albums - "Awake" and "Nine Songs" + Sound Level rewards.

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    2nd Verse Level (INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING): COMPLETE SET OF ALBUMS - Physical and Digital copies of the album delivered to you + "Cold Current" (Adam's rock album) + "Early Compilation" (A burned copy of a compilation of songs from Adam's early albums - "Awake" and "Nine Songs" + Sound Level rewards.

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    Chorus Level: VIP RECEPTION and reserved seats for 2 at the album release concert, including pre-concert food and drinks + Verse Level rewards.

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    Song Level: CUSTOM MEDITATION or YOGA TRACK* - Incorporating your personal mantra, I'll record the song at home, and send you both a physical and a digital copy + Chorus Level rewards. *You can also choose an Adam Sippola original, with no defined genre.

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    Album Level: YOU'LL BE ON THE ALBUM AS A PERFORMER! You'll be invited to an exclusive recording session at the studio*, where we'll record you speaking and/or singing sounds/words/phrases that I'll use in a song on the album! You'll also receive a performance credit on the album + Chorus Level rewards. *If you can't attend the session in person, we can record you via skype or telephone.

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    Concert Level: HOUSE CONCERT FOR YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS! I'll come over to your house (within a 30 mile radius of Duluth, MN*) and play a concert for up to an hour in my Live Looping style! + Album Level rewards. *I'll consider traveling further, but we'd need to discuss travel expenses.

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    Production Level: SPECIAL EVENT PERFORMANCE - I'll perform as a soloist (musical theater/classical/jazz - pianist not provided) or in my Live Looping style, for up to 2 hours at your special event (wedding, birthday party, anniversary party, office/corporate party etc.). You will also receive a Producing credit on the album! + Album Level rewards. The event must be within a 50 mile radius of Duluth, MN. I'll consider traveling further, but we'd need to discuss travel expenses. Large venues may require you to provide additional sound gear. **IF I reach my Extended Budget goal of $5000, you will also receive a DVD and/or Bluray of the finished film, as well as a Producing credit for the film.

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Funding period

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