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Jacob Barton, Marji Gere, Dan Sedgwick & their band An Exciting Event make an album of original xenharmonic rounds!
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WELCOME!

Hark ye, music lovers! We (Marji Gere, Dan Sedgwick, Jacob Barton) and our band An Exciting Event are recording an album of five of our catchiest, far-out original rounds. Yes, you read correctly. ROUNDS, a.k.a. CANONS! In our promotional video (viewable above), you'll hear rough demos introducing three of these rounds: two by Jacob Barton (So Hot and Multiverse), and one by Dan Sedgwick & Marji Gere (Hark Ye Music Lovers). The upcoming album will feature studio recordings of these creatively-tuned, orchestrationally-extravagant, contrapuntally-virtuosic tracks, plus two others: a vertiginous, upwardly-spiraling canon by Dan & Marji and an ecstatic, otherworldly tune by band member Andrew Heathwaite. We are eager to share these fresh, surprising sounds with the world.  

Collage by Lewis Martinez & Marji Gere, for An Exciting Event's "Moondog Madrigal Puppet Show"
Collage by Lewis Martinez & Marji Gere, for An Exciting Event's "Moondog Madrigal Puppet Show"

ALBUM DETAILS

THE BAND

Joining Jacob (udderbot, woodwinds, keyboards, tenor), Marji (violin, soprano) and Dan (keyboards, percussion, synths & samples) are these amazing musicians: 

Vocalists: Andrew Heathwaite (tenor), Jazimina MacNeil (mezzo), Harshitha Krishnan (soprano), and Will Green (tenor)

Strings: Elise Kuder (violin), Mike Kelley (viola), Greg Hesselink (cello), Max Zeugner (double bass), and Jazimina MacNeil (folk harp)

Winds: Brad Balliett (bassoon), Nolan Tsang (trumpet), Marina Krickler (horn), and Vanessa Holroyd (flute)

MORE THAN AN ALBUM

Since rounds are a traditionally social music (think summer camp music-making around a fire) we aim for our album to be interactive. We are creating a singalong booklet, illustrated by the fabulous Dallas-based artist Lewis Martinez, so listeners may join in as they wish!

PRODUCTION

With our own Dan Sedgwick serving as arranger and producer, we are recording this fall 2017 in the wilds of New Hampshire, at and near the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, with the expert help of Boston-based recording engineer Dave Jamrog and guidance from disco-pop artist Kelley Polar.

TIMELINE & RELEASE DATE

Recording, editing, and mixing are already underway! We have further recording sessions booked in September and October, and editing and mixing sessions throughout November. We aim for a 2017 Holiday Season album release (digitally available through iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, and dozens of other national and international outlets). Our album and merchandise will make GREAT stocking stuffers! 

BACKGROUND

In 2006, in Houston, Texas, one of us (Jacob) innocently exposed two of us (Marji and Dan) to the rounds of Louis "Moondog" Hardin. We whiled away many evenings internalizing Moondog's signature triadic counterpoint, odd-meter rhythms, and wacky, enigmatic lyrics. Employing many of these rounds, and another of Moondog's fixations: rhyming couplets, we created The Moondog Madrigal Puppet Show, which toured to NYC, San Francisco, and Boston; that project spawned a rowdy 50-instrument/12-person orchestra: An Exciting Event! 

Immersion in Moondog’s rounds led to an outpouring of creative response and collaboration and, in our fashion, a sustained, hard push at the limits of this overlooked traditional form, through experimentation within the parameters of tuning, rhythm, melodic virtuosity, and orchestration. Our rounds neither conceal their relations or make pledges of allegiance to specific, recognized musical styles and idioms; instead, each lives in its own dimension, musically situated everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Our lyrics, like our music, embrace oddity and joy. With this album, we aim to simultaneously welcome, confound, and tickle you. We aim to inspire you to laugh, wonder, imagine other dimensions, and follow your own wacky, poetic and musical instincts. 

An Exciting Event, rehearsing in San Francisco
An Exciting Event, rehearsing in San Francisco

BUDGET

Performer fees and travel stipends: $4700

Producing, arranging, sequencing, editing, mixing, mastering: $6000 

Recording engineer fees, recording space rental, provisions: $2200

Booklet art, formatting, printing: $2100

Merchandise (T-shirt printing): $900

Distribution fees (CD Baby): $69

Kickstarter fees (5%), Payment processing fees (3-5%): $1597

TOTAL: $17,566

 

Risks and challenges

-- Xenharmonic Tunings: this is challenging stuff, rarely attempted with acoustic instruments! We'll be recording two spiral canons tuned in 31EDO (equal divisions of the octave), as well as music in 17EDO, Erv Wilson's 2-3-5-7-11 Combination Product Set (Dekany)... and good ol' 12EDO. Learn more about xenharmonic tunings at http://xenharmonic.wikispaces.com/

-- Orchestrational Extravagance: the sound world of this album will include traditional orchestral instruments alongside voices from both pop and operatic persuasions, recent inventions (i.e. udderbot!), folk instruments (troubadour harp, santour, concertina, psaltery, autoharp, medieval clavichord, tin whistle, etc!), synthesized sounds, found sounds, and samples. Arranging, notating, directing, editing, and mixing this musical kitchen sink takes hours upon hours of time, but we have limitless enthusiasm for this kind of work.

Thankfully, we are coming to this project with 10-years' collaborative experience on other unwieldy, adventurous projects; the musicians we have invited to participate are skillful and dedicated, and many of them have played this music before.

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    Didymus' Download!

    We'll give you a link to download the complete Hark Ye Music Lovers EP at Bandcamp.com.

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    Sing Along!

    We encourage you to support at this level, because you will receive a beautiful singalong booklet, engraved by Jacob Barton, illustrated by the fabulous graffiti artist, Lewis Martinez and printed at Gnomon Copy in Harvard Square.

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    WEAR us out!

    Receive a digital download, our beautiful singalong booklet, AND a t-shirt emblazoned with Jacob Barton's own "equal temperament burst" diagram, viewable here:

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4-6WNB9MGwSUERfWGdYVEc2dzQ

    Please specify your size and preferred color: red, blue, green, or purple. Shirts will be lovingly printed at Rocket Science Screenprinting in Boston.

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    A Veritable CornuCOCHLEA!

    For the brave of heart: receive our download and our other rewards, plus selections from THE VAULT: a 70-minute digital download of rare An Exciting Event recordings, including live performances, demos, improvisations, and more!

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    The Keys to the UDDERWORLD!

    Imagine...along with our album and other rewards, you can own an udderbot made by the world's foremost udderbotanist, Jacob Barton. You will also receive an introductory udderbot lesson via Skype or in person!

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    Hark Ye, PUPPET Lovers!

    Did you like the Vicentino puppet in our Kickstarter video? Well, we will build one FOR YOU, of YOUR favorite composer!

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    The OMNITONUM!

    Hark, modern-day Esterhazys! An Exciting Event will write YOU a brand-new round on a topic of YOUR CHOICE!!!! You'll receive an original manuscript, hand-engraved & illuminated by members of the band.

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