Hello again! as you know from our last update I’ve began the production of the rewards in earnest.
The songs of ayahuasca CD is selected, mastered, the liner notes are done, here’s a preview. We’re just waiting for final packaging design.
That leaves the second CD: the crazy mix PODER VERDE!
I’m happy to say that I recently had a long weekend with DJ Akasha where we finished the mix. I couldn’t be happier with the results, there’s nothing else quite like it: cumbia amazónica, jungle sounds, ayahuasca icaros and real life curandero radio ads! It’s insane! Listen to the preview!
That leaves one last reward for me, aka the Spanish team: The Ayahuasca Conversations book.
As you know all the interviews have been selected, now it’s just a matter of editing them out into a book format.
As I have the month ahead of me somewhat free of work I am determined to get it done in the next weeks.
So stay posted! I’ll soon be sharing a preview of the book. Meanwhile, Mark and Robin have been working hard with our editor Simon, towards the next iteration of the film, as well as preparing your other rewards...
Thank you for your endless patience,
All the best,
After the last update a number of you have written to us to tell us your address has changed. This is just a quick note to let everybody know that there is no need to worry. Once the rewards are finished and we are ready to ship we will send an individual email to every one of you to get your current shipping address (we'll also ask things like shirt size, etc. kickstarter actually does this automatically, it's part of the process)
So you can rest assured, we will ask & update everyone's address before we ship anything.
All the best,
Jeronimo here with a much-delayed but information-filled update. In spite of the silence over the summer we have began producing your rewards in earnest. We also took some measures to make our work more efficient. Since I am in Spain and Mark & Robin are in Canada we’ve decided to split the work in two, with yours truly taking up the bulk of the production and while Mark & Robin do the bulk of the delivery. To speed things up even more we’ve decided to send updates separately from now on. This is my update, Mark & Robin will soon follow up with an update of their side of things.
SONGS OF AYAHUASCA CD: I've been working hard on this. After finishing the song selection I realised that it wouldn't fit on a single CD, so instead of one CD everyone will get it'll be a special treat double CD.
A friend who is a sound engineer just finished doing a professional mastering of all the tracks. Meanwhile I've been working hard on the liner notes, which are bilingual (English/Spanish) extensive, full or research and personal stories, and include lyrics in both languages. This has been real the bulk of the work and the reason why it's taken so long. I could have just thrown the tracks together on a shared dropbox folder, but I always conceived these rewards as a work of love, and that's what you are getting, a double CD, proper liner notes and a real journey through the different manifestations of ayahuasca music.
To get an idea of what is in store you can get a preview of the liner notes and songs here:
JUNGLE PRESCRIPTION DVD: On course, Mark & Robin will inform on their update
AYAHUASCA CONVERSATIONS BOOK (Jero/ Mark & Robin prep) - We have been working hard as well on this. Again it was a lot more work that might seem at first, we made transcripts from our footage, but they were word-by-word transcripts, which included timecodes, uh, ahs, repetitions, false starts, crew talk... all the artifacts of real live conversation. Turning that real life messiness into something that can be read on a book has taken, literally, months of editing work.
On the other hand accumulating all of that into a cohesive book and curating all the material has been a great learning process for us, a reminder of how astounding the interviews, encounters and conversations we recorded are. The book is a testament to the contributors who were generous enough to share their stories and time with us and reveals the incredible depth of their work.
We split the transcripts in three over the summer. I focused on the transcripts from the treatment centre in Peru, Takiwasi. Robin focussed on the underground project Gabor Mate ran in Western Canada using ayahuasca to heal a spectrum of addictive and stress related conditions. Mark’s job was wrangling the science and psychology transcripts - for those interested in the nuts and bolts and neurons - of the ayahuasca experience.
The good news is that we are basically done with all that editing, and the resulting conversations are truly fascinating. In the coming weeks I'll be posting some chapters for you to see, while I embark on the technical part of making a printed book, collating all the separate docs into a single file, reviewing everything one last time, exporting it, typesetting it and laying it all out in a book format, with covers, index, etc. Turning a bunch of word docs into a real paper book, which is also more work than it seems. Again, I don't want to do a hack job, and that's why it's taking as long as it's taking.
AYAHUASCA T-SHIRT (jero): Designed and done, ready to print and ship as soon as other rewards are ready. Here we’ve chosen a material and colours that are focused on beauty, sustainability rather than attracting attention - basically shirts we’d want to wear. We’ll be in touch about sizes & options when we’ll do the major shipping.
GABOR MATE SIGNED BOOKS: Have been delivered.
ART PRINTS: Are basically ready, Mark & Robin will expand info in their update
Our apologies for the delays. It is true that things are moving slowly, they’d probably move much faster if we weren't trying to make such a good job. But things are definitely moving and we’re glad to have taken the time to made them good - as they are each offerings to the support you pledged.
The 2nd World Ayahuasca Conference, happening in a week, this is keeping me very busy, (and excited! as it will take me back to the place where it all began for us, 14 years ago) once back from it I expect to begin posting selections from the book for you to preview.
Let us know what you think of the CD work so far.
Thanks again for all your patience
All the best,