About this project
Update! Funded! Wow! Stretch goals ahoy!
£500 goal - Up that paper yo. I'll go from 150gsm to 170gsm, which in paper terms is 20gsm nicer. - Reached! YAY
£550 goal - Up those pages. I'll be looking at reproducing the original artwork as well as remastered pieces at the same scale, so will be increasing the page number to about 100-110ish!
Hello! I'm James and since 2011 I've been making Chiptune/Post-Rock/Indie/Bleepy music as Alone. I also work as a graphic designer and artist.
In 2016 I undertook a year long music and art project that became known as The Retro E-Waste Lifestyle Club. 52 tracks, 52 pieces of cover art, 52 trading cards and 52 badges. In what actually came as a surprise to me, I finished this.
Now I want to put a really nice bow on the project. A nice 220mm square 150gsm matt finish hardback bow that is actually a book featuring all of the artwork from the last year. And more!
So. I want to make an art book. The 52 artworks exist, but they have text on them. So these will all be reworked and remastered (followed this from last year? the originals will also be reproduced). There are some other illustrations and such that I'd like to include so the book is looking at about 80 full colour pages.
I work as a graphic designer and I've been making bleepy fun noises since I first got the demo of Music: Music Creation for the Playstation (Feat. Judge Jules). I've been making good noises since about 2011. I like Game Boys, NES, Pocket Operators, guitars, post rock, electronica, layers, delay and drum machines.
I'm inspired by space, time, distances, the apocalypse, love, unity, layers, angles, crisp lines, bright colours.
I've played live up and down the UK and Ireland at chiptune shows, festivals and more.
All backers will have their name printed in the back of the book and thanked.
Tier 1 : Digital E-Waste
First up, thank you <3. Second is you get a PDF of the completed art book, for all your digital needs. You will also get all 52 pieces of music composed as part of the project, in a digital format. Music will land at the end of funding, and the PDF will be sent out once the book is complete
Tier 2 : The E-Waste Member
Want to show off to your friends and/or family that you support cool things? Get two 8cm E-Waste stickers to adorn your notebooks/jumpers/guitar case etc and a cheeky E-Waste membership card that you can flash at parties. (also PDF book and digital music files)
(Postage costs: UK £2.00, Rest of the World £3.00)
Tier 3 : The Book itself
The completed hardback 210x210mm book with 150gsm silk finished pages. Over 80 pages of illustrations, remastered and printed to the best standard. Alongside the remastered artwork will be reproductions of the original artworks for purists out there and also several pieces of bonus works from throughout the year.
Also stickers, membership card and all the digital content.
Oh! and before the book ships I will ask if you want it signed or not.
(Postage costs: UK £3.00, EU £5.00, Rest of the World £10.00)
Tier 4 : Let the walls be covered
Not just the book, but a 300gsm A3 print to adorn your walls to prove your commitment to the E-Waste cause.
Also E-Waste stickers and exclusive membership card.
The print will be sent rolled and separately from the book.
(Postage costs: UK £5.00, EU £7.00, Rest of the world £15.00)
Tier 5 : I am the Collector
As mentioned I made 52 trading cards over the last year, most of these are now gone BUT I kept 4 complete sets. As I am aware these may just be the only 4 in existence. They are super nice (see pictures).
You also get the book, print, stickers, card and digital stuffs.
I will also label you as a collector when listing backer names in the book.
(Postage costs: UK £5.00, EU £7.00, Rest of the world £15.00)
Tier 6 : Alone's Bristol Coffee Tour Spectacular
Live in, near or can travel to Bristol UK? Then join me for a tour around some of my favourite independent coffee haunts, coffee on me. We hang for a while, we get all caffeinated, I'll give you your book, poster and other rewards and everyone is happy. (Plus I'm sure Bristol has some of the best coffee shops in the uk.)
Tier 7 : The live experience
Okay, so you are like 'what will it take to get Alone to basically hand deliver this to my house, drink my tea and then make sounds?' well this is the reward tier for you. I will come, play a gig for you (UK only right now) and give you your book, poster, membership card and stickers. This could be in your lounge, a pub, garden, shop, whatever. We'll sort a suitable date and make it happen. Might even film it for #content. You'll need a PA of some sort and I will be in touch to arrange everything once done.
So if all goes well the plan is to keep the goal set on making the book as high quality as possible. The nice thing about print is that as numbers needed go up, the cost per unit comes down. Extra funds will add pages, paper weight and other treats. I have a few ideas of other neat items, but right now the focus is on the book.
Breakdown of costs
Above lays out how the money will be spent if I reach my goal. The nice thing about print is the more copies you print at once, the cheaper each one costs. This gives me wiggle room to add more to the book if we go over target. I have also added in 12% 'Oh Fudge' money. This covers extra postage costs, financial troubles (both globally and locally) and basically give me a bit of cushion to make sure the project is delivered to the standard I want.
What needs to be done and when
Remastering artwork (Jan - April 2017)
Book layout and proof (April - May 2017)
Printing book and rewards (May - June 2017)
Dispatch of items (June - July 2017)
Risks and challenges
So the main risks/challenges I have identified are :
Time : I'm working on this in my spare time. The last year saw me create 52 tracks and 52 illustrations at a rate of one a week so I am confident in my ability to get the work done. The only things that might stop me is illness or unforeseen things.
Postage : I've done my best to cost in postage. All of it is first class where possible so should reach anywhere in the world within 4 weeks. If things change of course you will the second to know (me being the first).
Printing : I intend on making this the best book I can. This may mean additional time for proofing and adjustments. I'm confident in managing this process as it is what I do for a living. I have already sources a great quality supplier for the books, but proofing etc still is vital to delivering a great project.
Communication : I'm pretty active on social media and am confident I can keep you all up to date on this process. I will be giving backers a bi-weekly update if this project is a success!
The scary world : You might look outside and think the world is going a bit... weird lately. I'm aware of this. Hence the 'Oh Fudge' money in the budget, hence communication. If things really do shift *looks over at pound* then transparency is key and I will work to deliver the best possible product regardless.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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