About this project
Ten Years in the Making!
- Simply put, this album is my life put into music.
The amount of care and emotion in each of the unaccompanied solo bass pieces that make up this album is difficult to express. Though most of them are out in some rough form or another and have been listened to many times already, these meticulously rendered studio versions arranged into a cohesive whole add up to nothing short of the personal artistic masterwork of my life. It's taken years of refining sounds, along with every single ounce of musicality and technical ability I have, to capture them (as well as some help from other amazing folks, including world-renowned luthier Jens Ritter who created a masterpiece of a bass just for this).
- You can help add the finishing touch!
Now that all the writing, performing, arranging, recording, mixing and design are all done there is just one crucial step left; the final audio mastering**. This is where you come in! How good this album ultimately sounds depends on you! The impact of quality mastering can't be overstated. After years of work I'm confident finishing it the right way is worth it, and you can be a part of it! This is a short kickstarter campaign, and the mastering will begin and end shortly after the campaign does so the album will get to you as soon as possible.
**What exactly is "mastering" and why is it so important?
"Mastering, a form of audio post production, is the process of preparing and transferring recorded audio from a source containing the final mix to a data storage device (the master); the source from which all copies will be produced (via methods such as pressing, duplication or replication)....Mastering is a crucial gateway between production and consumption and, as such, it involves technical knowledge as well as specific aesthetics." - From Wikepedia
Mastering can cost anywhere from $50 a song to far north of $500 an hour depending on the studio.... It's REALLY important, requires an excellent engineer in a fully equipped professional studio, and takes time and care. It's worth it.
The Story of "A Dark Light" and its Overwhelming Reception...
The album is named what it is for many reasons. The bulk of the title track was written shortly after midnight on the anniversary of my mother's passing (without me even realizing it until afterwords). The song was so raw and personal that I was reluctant to release it; it felt different than my other pieces. When I did share it on my YouTube channel, I immediately started to receive emotionally heavy feedback from musicians and non-musicians alike from all over the world. It was clear that the song was resonating with people. Since then....
- "A Dark Light" has been re-posted hundreds of times, watched millions of times and covered by players all over the world.
- One fan's re-post has been the top Google video result for the term "bass guitar solo" for many years.
...It's been an incredibly humbling experience to say the least and I'm very excited to finally share a professionally mixed and mastered version. Here's the original video:
Each Song is its Own Journey...
I felt strongly that the rest of the material had to measure up to that depth of emotion and richness of sound. The other compositions are journeys unto themselves and have touched people far and wide in their own way. The rough mix of "Weightless" is now being featured in a very popular series of short news clips on the Oroville Dam. "Going Under", "Fades to Grey", "Always" and "Falling" as a group have over a million plays themselves. Since these pieces have taken on a life of their own I took the capturing of them in the studio very seriously, working closely with master engineer Ben Collette at The Tank Studio in Burlington, Vermont every step of the way. Here are clips of some of the mixes:
"Fades to Grey":
Each composition tells its own musical story, but they also connect in a particular order on the album to form a larger journey that rises and falls, goes dark and light, and finally resolves at the end back where it started but changed with "Dark Reprise". Only the very best material that fit right made it on.
The Instrument Created for this Album...
I'm still fiercely proud of my debut and the reception following its release was truly amazing:
"Beneath the virtuosic surface of Aram Bedrosian lurks the heart of a budding composer." - Bass Player Magazine
"In a world that has been so lucky to hear the innovations of Jaco Pastorius, Victor Wooten, and Les Claypool, the performances on this album are no less significant in their brilliant, technical radiance." - Northeast Performer Magazine
Still, over the course of making it I kept dreaming of an instrument that would allow for greater range; higher highs and deeper lows. I had developed a wonderful relationship with visionary bass maker Jens Ritter while making that first album, and we decided to collaborate on the creation of a new bass for the second one, dubbed "The Supernova".
Another one of Jens' works of art (made for Phil Lesh) now resides at the Smithsonian. It's quite fair to say that these are some of the best sounding basses on the planet, and the sound of this one is beautifully and uniquely featured on this album.
Where the Funds Will Go....
The funds raised will primarily go to small, independently owned and absolutely world class Vermont businesses. The mastering is set to be done at The Tank Studio in Burlington, VT, and all of my extended goals will help support other independent artists.
- $5,500 - Two Next-level Cinematic Videos. There are rich visions for each piece on the album. Bringing them to life on-screen the right way requires expert filmmakers. Reaching this extended goal will enable the creation of at least two new beautiful videos with visionary indy directors that make a magic all their own. There is already an incredible concept ready for "The Mists" with acclaimed Vermont director Michael B. Fischer. We REALLY want to show it to you.
- 7,500 - Vinyl Pressing. - Pressing this on vinyl to have it in analog is something I've had a lot of requests for and would love to be able to do. If we reach this goal we'll do it, and do it right with a fantastic independent Vermont business. The limited vinyl pressing will be done by The Burlington Record Plant and the records will be available for worldwide shipping in July.
- $12,000 - Five more Professionally Shot Cinematic Videos... There's only one way to see the full story of these songs!
- $15,000 - Beyond the bass: A Full-Band Album by 2019. Many people ask me about creating full-band arrangements of these solo pieces that have struck an emotional chord and have had millions of plays on YouTube. I can hear them too and I want to make it. I would love to bring you "A Dark Light", "Weightless", "Always" and all the rest with drums, guitar, strings and beyond on a future album. Making music sound great, especially with other folks, takes resources but it's worth it. I know the right people to help me create something truly special but we can't do it alone.
- $20,000 - A brand new solo album in 2018. Making these solo bass albums is incredibly difficult, but if we reach this goal it will allow me to get right to work on album number #3 and I promise you, I will make it happen and release it in 2018. There is already a lot of exciting material... how fast you hear it depends on you! Thanks!
Some clips from the first album:
Risks and challenges
The hard part is over! This album is recorded and will be produced after this funding campaign, regardless of what happens. The challenge now is simply crossing the finish line in the best possible way. If we succeed here everything will sound that much better and all the work that went into writing, playing, recording and mixing each note will shine in the way it should.
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