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Marc Almond, Jeremy Reed and Othon will recreate and record a musical album of JK Huysmans novel, Against Nature.
Marc Almond, Jeremy Reed and Othon will recreate and record a musical album of JK Huysmans novel, Against Nature.
678 backers pledged £51,643 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

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Thanks for watching my video and giving me the chance to invite you to help. As an artist, I’m thrilled there’s a way for me to make you a part of my newest musical journey. The business of making music is reinventing itself and crowd-funding is as exciting for me as it is for you. I’m launching this Kickstarter Campaign for a couple of reasons – to generate funding for recording an extraordinary album and to connect directly with the people who love music enough to support its creation. And this was never going to be a project that a record label would support. But it’s not just about the money, (granted that’s a BIG deal) - it’s about staying creative and vital by embracing the new way to be creative.

My project has seven goals (1 through 7 by hitting the funding goal, and the last goal will be funded with a higher level of support): 

1.Record the soundtrack album of Against Nature  

2.Communicating updates throughout the fundraising and album making period, and offer some great rewards 

3. Collaboration with fans

4.Capture and share exclusive footage of the soundtrack album for Against Nature as it is being recorded. 

5.Manufacture digital download, CD and Limited Edition Vinyl of the album (for rewards). 

6.Perform and film a workshop recital of the album in a London theatre in front of an audience (limited amount of tickets available in the rewards section).

7.Full marketing and release of the album

Why I am doing this? 

I believe that the way music is made and shared has fundamentally changed. With the rise of Crowd Funding, I’ve realized that there is one more step to be taken towards the ultimate realization of an artist’s dream - direct connection with our audience! 

What I’ll use the money for 

I’m grateful for your support and promise complete transparency during the entire process. Basically, we plan to use your pledges to pay for creating, documenting, and distributing our new soundtrack album, Against Nature, and to film a recorded workshop performance of it in front of an invited audience ((this will be a live recital of the entire Against Nature album).

Specifically, we’ll be using the proceeds to:

 • Fulfill Kickstarter rewards 

• Compensate our co-producers, musicians, engineers, graphic designers, and the many other creative involved 

• Rent studio time and equipment 

• Travel to and from recording sessions 

 • Mastering and manufacturing of the album (Digital Download, CD and vinyl) 

• Workshops and rehearsals in preparation for the filmed workshop performance 

• Anything extra will go toward marketing/publicity at the end of this weird and wonderful experiment, we’ll have a soundtrack album and loads of exclusive behind the scenes footage to share with you, as well as a filmed workshop performance which leads to …

What you’ll get out of it

First and (I hope) foremost, you’ll get the satisfaction of helping independent artists, (yes, “Indie at any age!”) try new projects that you’ll be able to say, “finally! Somebody’s making music and performance for ME!” Secondly, you’ll be using your voice and your wallet to show that you are a valid audience that deserves a say in the music being made; however left field it may be.

Lastly - myself, Othon and Jeremy are also committed to engaging with our supporters through project updates, videos, social media interaction, and before/during the recording and filming proceedings. You can contribute as little as £10 (or as much as you’d like) – we’ve created a unique and exciting reward structure with VIP meet and greet, finished album listenings, watching the filming of the workshop performance and even the chance to have tea with us. 

What more can I do? 

What we need you to do

I can’t do this without your help. A pledge of any size today is greatly appreciated. But beyond that contribution, I ask that you help us publicize our campaign by posting updates about your support on social media - especially Facebook and Twitter. Just tell everyone you know and ask them to tell everyone else in the world. Your donation and participation makes you a part of the story just as much as we are.

Kickstarter only allows each individual to pledge for one reward so make sure you choose carefully.

Four years ago when Marc Almond first started developing ideas for Against Nature, he made some mood boards – visual notebooks with imagery, colour and influences in order to gain inspiration for the project, Against Nature. Marc’s works of art have been and will continue to be used as a reference point throughout the project. Marc has kindly offered to part ways with these mounted, framed and signed collages so that they can be given as rewards on Kickstarter. There are 3 mood boards in total and the first one (pictured below) is now on offer for £650 in the rewards section (each one will be the same price).  Each collage will be signed by Marc Almond and framed. The dimensions are 2ft x 1ft 6" and each one is totally individual and exclusive.

Collage 1 (please see rewards section to pledge for this):

COLLAGE 1
COLLAGE 1

 Collage 2 (please see rewards section to pledge for this):

COLLAGE 2
COLLAGE 2

It is intended that internationally acclaimed and world famous mime artist, dancer and choreographer, Lindsay Kemp, featured in the video below with Marc Almond, will take the role of the Green Fairy/Demon of Absinth in a video to accompany the musical album of Against Nature (once Kickstarter is complete). Lindsay is acclaimed not only for his own work, Flowers, Salome, Nijinsky, Mid-Summer Nights Dream amongst many others but also his work with The Ballet Rambert (The Parades Gone By) and Choreographer Christopher Bruce (Cruel Garden), David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust) and Kate Bush (The Red Shoes). Credits for this clip go to Nendie Pinto-Duschinsky.

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The video below is 'The Exhibitionist' by Marc Almond which featured in Almond's music album 'Varietie' released in 2010.

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The video below is of Marc Almond performing '10 Plagues' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011.

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The video below is Marc Almond performing 'The Glance of Your Dark Eyes' from Marc's Russian album ‘Heart on Snow’ 2003.

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The video below is of Marc Almond performing the song he is best known for, 'Say Hello Wave Goodbye'.

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For £75 receive a collector's edition copy of the Against Nature Vinyl album
For £75 receive a collector's edition copy of the Against Nature Vinyl album

Risks and challenges

This is an all or nothing project. If we don’t reach our financial target then we can’t pursue the project and all of the creative efforts inputted so far will regretfully go to waste.
The variables of the project are: venue, studio and musician availabilites.
All delivery dates are estimates are could be subject to change. Although we really hope they won't.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $16

    Receive a digital download of the full album. (Please note that you will receive this reward late October).

    NB. Everyone who makes any pledge gets their name credited on the album Against Nature in the ‘Thank You’s’
    In addition everyone will get updates regarding the recordings: all of the behind the scenes anecdotes, images, and clips. Welcome to the team.

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    Pledge £20 or more About $31

    Receive a signed Non-Limited Edition CD of the Against Nature album (Single Pack Jewel Case).

    This will be the FINAL PRESSING of the CD in any format available in this campaign.

    (Please note that you will receive this reward late October 2015).

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    Pledge £25 or more About $39

    Receive a signed Limited Edition CD of the album (Please note that you will receive this reward late October).

    NB. Everyone who makes any pledge gets their name credited on the album Against Nature in the ‘Thank You’s’
    In addition everyone will get updates regarding the recordings: all of the behind the scenes anecdotes, images, and clips. Welcome to the team.

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    Pledge £60 or more About $93

    Receive a collector's edition of the vinyl album. A limited-run, hand-numbered, black-vinyl pressing of the album, signed by the artists.

    This will be the final LIMITED EDITIONS PRESSING available in this campaign.

    (NOTE: black vinyl album)

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    Pledge £75 or more About $116

    Receive a collector's edition of the vinyl album. A limited-run, hand-numbered, colored-vinyl pressing of the album, signed by the artists. (£75)

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    Pledge £100 or more About $155

    Listen to the play through of the finished recorded album in small groups in the legendary Dean Street recording studio in Central London. Marc Almond will be there and tea and cakes will be served!

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    Pledge £150 or more About $233

    Receive an invite to watch the live workshop performance of the finished album in a Central London location.

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    Pledge £250 or more About $388

    Receive a pair of invites to watch the live workshop performance of the finished album in a Central London location.

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    Pledge £350 or more About $543

    Receive a pair of invites to watch the workshop performance + a VIP meet and greet in a Central London location.

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    Pledge £400 or more About $620

    Be one of 10 people to receive highly collectable original hand-written musical scores by Othon and lyrics by Jeremy Reed, given as a pair. All of Jeremy Reed's handwritten manuscripts are sold to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale, the most prestigious literary archive for writers. (Please note that you will receive this reward late September).

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    Pledge £650 or more About $1,008

    'COLLAGE 1'

    Four years ago when Marc Almond first started developing ideas for Against Nature, he made some mood boards – visual notebooks with imagery, colour and influences in order to gain inspiration for Against Nature. Marc’s works of art have been and will continue to be used as a reference point throughout the project. Marc has kindly offered to part ways with these mounted, framed and signed collages so that you can pledge for them. There are 3 mood boards in total (all the same pledge amount). You can now pledge for the unique 'collage 1' pictured in 'About This Project'.

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    'COLLAGE 2'

    Four years ago when Marc Almond first started developing ideas for Against Nature, he made some mood boards – visual notebooks with imagery, colour and influences in order to gain inspiration for Against Nature. Marc’s works of art have been and will continue to be used as a reference point throughout the project. Marc has kindly offered to part ways with these mounted, framed and signed collages so that you can pledge for them. There are 3 mood boards in total (all the same pledge amount). You can now pledge for the unique 'collage 2' pictured in 'About This Project'.

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    Pledge £750 or more About $1,163

    You could be a reciever of this special reward: pre-Christmas LUXURY AFTERNOON TEA for two people with Marc Almond, Jeremy Reed and Othon in the beautiful setting of The Wolseley in London, plus a signed special gift.

    N.B. This reward is not included in 'and all of the above' rewards for £1,500 and £2,000.
    Travel and accommodation in London are not included with this reward.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,550

    SPECIAL REWARD – NEVER BUY ANOTHER MARC ALMOND CONCERT TICKET EVER AGAIN FOR UK CONCERTS

    An incredible opportunity to receive a pair of VIP tickets (best available seats) for EVERY Marc Almond concert or public appearance in the UNITED KINGDOM for the rest of life.

    BEST VALUE!

    NB. Unfortunately travel and accommodation are not included

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    Pledge £1,500 or more About $2,325

    Receive an 'Executive Producer' credit on the album (and personal thank you from Marc and the team in the label copy), plus all of the above rewards.

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    Pledge £2,000 or more About $3,100

    Receive an 'Executive Producer' credit on the album (a personal thank you from Marc and the team in the label copy), all of the above plus afternoon tea for two people with Marc Almond, Othon & Jeremy Reed.

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    Pledge £5,000 or more About $7,751

    SPECIAL REWARD – NEVER BUY ANOTHER MARC ALMOND CONCERT TICKET EVER AGAIN!

    An incredible opportunity to receive a pair of VIP tickets (best available seats) for EVERY Marc Almond concert or public appearance in the entire world for the rest of life.

    NB. Unfortunately travel and accommodation are not included

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Funding period

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