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Jonathan Eiseman, aka Aedes Aegypti, is *this close* to releasing his debut album entitled Umani, duplication is all that remains!
Jonathan Eiseman, aka Aedes Aegypti, is *this close* to releasing his debut album entitled Umani, duplication is all that remains!
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First off, thank you for visiting my page and I hope you enjoy learning about my latest project!

UMANI

The project is a full-length album, which I've been developing for quite some time now.  The music is electronic-based and incorporates samples of jams that I've had with my friends as well as samples that I've recorded singing and playing Djembe, synthesizers, and trumpet.  I've also incorporated soundscapes, both natural and anthropogenic (human made) to add to the dimensions of this album as a conversation about the natural world and our interactions with it.  Why?  Well because I wanted to weave together my undying passion for sound as a form of art and my other unrelentless concern for the state of our planet's health as well as that of all humans, present and future.

The Title

Umani means 'Humans' in Italian.  I decided to name the project Umani because the music is inspired by my studies revolving around humans and their interactions with the environment.  The idea that humans have been making impacts in their environment over time, whether positive or negative, is intriguing to me, and so my compositions are an attempt to explore the impacts that we make every single day.  My compositions on the album share the titles of daily activities of human societies the world around like 'Consume,' 'Engineer,' and 'Survive!'  Ultimately, art for art's sake requires that I let your mind explore for yourself, so I don't intend to prescribe anything to the listeners.  Rather my intention is just to begin a dialogue of the cross sections between music, art and science in uncertain times.

The Producer

I've had the wonderful opportunity to work with Luke Argilla, who is one-third of the San Francisco electronic Drum and Bass group known as Bachelors of Science.  He will be helping me in finalizing the mixing and mastering of the project.  He has his own label as well called Sublife Recordings.  We also happen to be relatives through my aunt's and his first cousin's marriage.

The Rewards! What you'll get for helping me out:

I have prepared many musical rewards for your awesome generosity.  If you are a fan of ambient sound, you will want to check out Reward #7.  It includes the uncut soundscapes that I recorded around the country during the production of the album.  If you are a fan of rap and hip hop music, you will want to check out Reward #5.  I have collaborated with some local Chicago rappers to spit a few rhymes over some of the tracks from the album.  There are also some tracks that didn't make the cut to the full length album, so if you want more music, check out Reward #6.  If you would like an electronic tune written especially for you in your name, check out Reward #10!  Finally, IF YOU WANT YOUR NAME IN THE ALBUM CREDITS, check out Reward #9! Thank you so much for your help!

The Budget: $3,500 total goal

The costs for the project include:
  • $1,800 for the album production (total for production is $3,000) and $1,000 for duplication
  • $100 for online distribution rights
  • $180 for Shipping and Handling costs
  • $400 for mastering

Extra funding will go towards

  • Remixes
  • Videos
  • A Good Cause!

Personal Thanks

I want to take this opportunity for setting aside your time to visit my page - I hope that it has been time well spent.  If you feel compelled to support this project, please consider donating even one of your hard earned dollars, every bit counts!  If you can't support with your dollar, you can certainly help by spreading the word and share this page with friends and loved ones. Also make sure to check out my music outlets for updates.  Thank you again so much for your love and support!

Peace and Love,

Jonathan Eiseman

aka A. aegypti

Risks and challenges

There are always necessary risks and challenges in any worthy endeavor. Reaching my deadline that I've set for myself will be challenging, but with generous support from viewers like you, May 2013 will be a month to remember!

I have come this far in the album making process to go back, and while I would've liked to have gone through this process a lot faster, I won't regret the amount of time and effort that I and my producer, my family, friends, roommates, and supporters, have all spent putting this project together.

I hope to reach the ears of those who not only enjoy music and art, but also have a deep concern for the environment. If I can make a positive impact on my listeners, then I have accomplished my goal. Ultimately, I seek a globally conscious community that is motivated to make a positive impact in the world together.

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    #2: You get a free Digital Download of a single from the album!

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    #3: You get the Pre-release Digital Download of entire album in high fidelity audio.

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    #4: You get your own Hard Copy of the album plus a pre-release download of the album!

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    #5: You'll get the UMANI Hip Hop EP in high fidelity download AND your own hard copy of the album plus a pre-release of the digital download for the album.

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    #6: Three non-album songs from the UMANI sessions AND two rap singles from the hip hop EP in high fidelity download AND your own hard copy of the album plus the pre-release of the digital download for the album.

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    #7: You'll get the uncut "Soundscapes of Umani" digital album which includes the soundscapes that I recorded and used on the album as well as others that didn't make the cut! Plus your own hard copy of the album plus a pre-order of the digital download for the album in high fidelity audio.

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    #8: Your own *autographed* hard copy of the album plus a pre-order of the digital download for the album AND all the previous rewards including the "Soundscapes of Umani" digital album.

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    #9: Your name in the album credits AND your own *autographed* hard copy of the album plus a pre-order of the digital download for the album AND three songs from the UMANI sessions.

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    #10: I will write an electronic song personally for you with your name as the title and release it online for all to honor your name! PLUS your own *autographed* hard copy of the album plus a pre-order of the digital download for the album AND your name in the album credits.

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    #11: A personal listening party with open commentary PLUS your own *autographed* hard copy of the album PLUS a pre-order of the digital download for the album AND of course, your name in the album credits!

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    #12: I will make you a four course meal and give you a private listening party AND I'll stand on one leg while jumping up and down, rubbing my tummy and patting myself on the head. Of course your name is the first on the credits and you'll get an autographed copy of the album as well. Thank you a million times over!

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