PLEASE NOTE: We're trying something different with this update, and making it public (instead of "Backers Only"). Some people didn't realize that there were messages which were only viewable while logged in…if you've been keeping up with us, you can skip ahead. If you didn't realize that however, here's what you've missed:
- And now a word from from our sponsors, back home from tour…
- From the land of drop bears, we announce our new EP, just for YOU…
- Short & Sweet re: Shipping & Downloads
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Sean here, hullo everyone.
With the start of a new week and near end of the month, it seemed like a good time to reach out across the ether and send an update to everyone. Even if there isn't too much to report, what we do have to share is exciting…
THE FINAL TRACKS HAVE BEEN SELECTED FOR THE ALBUM, AND JARON IS WORKING ON MIXING & MASTERING! That means that very soon, we'll have it in hand to send out download codes and get CDs off into production.
Here's a shot of Amanda's desk - along with all of her notes on the recordings - taken just after she finished listening to around 24 hours worth of recordings from tour (for what probably felt like the hundredth time):
Sorry there's no "Neil-version" to go alongside that photo, but picture a similar setup, except with more dogs…
To reiterate, Neil and Amanda went through about a full day's length worth of audio - multiple times - to make sure that you'd get the greatest mix of songs and stories imaginable. And then there's Jaron, who's going very above-and-beyond for this (seeing to it that the stuff they picked sounds perfect as can be). They are all utter champs, and hopefully their drive to make it great for you, resonates for years and years to come.
Which leads me two my next (and last) two things for this update. Your enjoyment and support of this project is very important to everyone involved. I know countless people on all of the various teams have been trying very hard to make sure all of you - the backers who supported-this-into-existence - feel good about it. Not only good, but GREAT. So, when things get mucked up or someone's download code goes into a spam filter, we try and fix it if we can…
THING 1: There was unfortunately some confusion as to which groups of backers would be receiving signed posters. Seeing disappointed tweets and emails is a real bummer, and we're sorry to those of you who were frustrated or let-down. BUT, to thank you for your patience, understanding, and continued support these past few months, Neil and Amanda came up with something very cool. I can't divulge anything more quite yet, but it will be going out in the future, and I think you're all going to be pretty pleased.
THING 2: A lot of questions get asked quite regularly, mostly as to the status of the project and when people should be expecting certain things. "Did the CDs ship yet?" - No. "Should I have received my poster yet?" - If you were supposed to get one, yes.
SO, since some people haven't been coming back to Kickstarter to check on updates - and rather than have anyone slip through the cracks or feel out of the loop - we decided to combat that problem and make sure everyone is on the same page by setting up our own website. Ladies and gentleman, neilandamanda.com
Hopefully it's self-explanatory, but in short: We'll be posting updates as progress is made on the album and everything surrounding it; Until I feel like everyone knows where things are at (with their downloads, with merch, with whatever), it's going to be a bit jam-packed, but hopefully soon you'll see the "WHAT'S LEFT TO DO" section crawl up to the top, and we can have our celebratory dance party.
If something's not covered on there, feel free to leave a comment, but please know: Due to the way Kickstarter's set up, I can't easily find your order unless you email your info. My email's firstname.lastname@example.org and the more info you can provide me with along with your question, the quicker I can hopefully help you out.
And there you have it.
Be sure to check Amanda and Neil's sites (links below) to see what they're up to and where they're at…
'Till next time…here's hoping you have a wonderful week,
NEIL & AMANDA ON THE INTERNET:
amandapalmer.net | neilgaiman.com
@amandapalmer | @neilhimself | @AFPwire
And yes, they're on Facebook: AFP | Neil