ALL 3 STRETCH GOALS MET
SEVERED THUMB DRIVES
Loaded with all the original tracks from the Confessions CD release in FLAC and MP3 formats, plus all 7 remixes, the 6 page booklet, special Stretch Goal #2 commissioned cover art and other images and audio.
NOTE: All pledges of $35. and up will be able to choose between the CD of Confessions... or the Severed Thumb Drive.
All pledges of $75. and up will receive both.
DOUBLE CASSETTE RELEASE/CREEPY ART OBJECT!
2 professionally duplicated, red-tint cassettes, 1 of original tracks and 1 of the remixes, inside an evidence bag with a 6 page booklet including extended liner notes and incriminating evidence, all inside a custom modified VHS case.
NOTE: All pledges of $65. and up will receive the Double Cassette Release.
Just out of film school in the early 80s, I was invited by a friend of a friend to score his low budget horror film. I had been in a band, and was writing my own prog rock inspired tunes but I had never scored a film. I borrowed an oberheim synth and an Elka string synth from a friend and set it up in my mom & dad's living room with a 4 track reel to reel deck. Luckily for mom & dad, they were out of town for the Summer, and didn't have to listen to the synth shrieks, the drum sticks smacking a detuned autoharp or the ham-fisting arpeggiating played manually on the Oberheim. "Splatter University" went on to become a cult horror favorite and in the following eight years I scored 6 more films including parts of the infamous "Toxic Avenger" and a handful of action and occult themed films.
As a performer now, many years later, when I've let slip about this other life I led in the 80s, younger friends perk up and declare their love of the raw, straight-to-video, low-budget gems of that era. My next question is inevitably "But have you SEEN these films?" Once I recognized that this was genuine enthusiasm, it dawned on me that there is a trove of dank "gems" on the old master tapes sitting in a warehouse in Pennsylvania. So I set about to gather them and begin the process of creating the "Confessions Of An 80s Low Budget Horror Film Composer" compilation CD.
There is a lot of work to be done. Retrieving the masters from storage, digging through them to find the best candidates for inclusion on the CD and renting the antiquated digital audio gear to transfer the music to computer will be somewhat costly. I can handle the editing and mastering myself but the biggest budget item will be licensing the music from the film companies, who hold the copyrights. I'll need legal representation for this as well. I've already tracked down several of the producers and have enough licenses for a pretty cool CD, but a modest kickstarter goal would allow me to license some of the more interesting pieces from other films. Then, of course, I'll have to design and manufacture the CDs. I'm lucky to have interest from Richard W. Haines, the director of "Splatter University", to write liner notes for the CD. And I have a scathingly brilliant short list of composers and performers to update this vintage 80s sound with a 21st Century remix aesthetic. THAT, I can't wait to hear and share with you all.
Besides the CD itself, digital DLs, some of my releases from the 90s, the poster, the glomag shirts, and the DVDs/Blurays, I'm wrapping in two never before recorded or released glomag songs as downloads. I'm also making at least one video using Little Big Planet's creation tools and I'll put you face on one of the "victims" in the video. Or, for the higher level backers, I'll make YOU the protagonist or the monster, your choice. Lastly, I am giving away a working game boy cart loaded with Little Sound DJ and as many of my chip music tracks as I can fit.
This music conjures a time when home video had just started, giving the US film industry a new funding source, allowing some pretty quirky, dark and bloody films to bubble up from the muck and onto TV sets around the world. I think you'll find my scores are exorcised from that same muck, and I hope they'll conjure some dark and synthy 80s dreams (and nightmares) in you as well.
Thanks for your support!
Our video was produced by Emily Kornblut and directed by Dan Winckler. Dan and Emily are Really Useful Media Co.- www.usefulmedia.net Rachel White was our makeup artist- @ohhoe on twitter - and Leila Campbell is our actress - @golden_hooves on twitter. Clips courtesy of @ Player Productions: www.2playerproductions.com/, Blip Festival: www.blipfestival.org
Risks and challenges
-There could be some damage done to the 1/4" masters, in which case I'll have to check with the filmmakers for certain tracks. But the 3/4" Umatic and Betamax masters look to be in perfect condition. There will be more than enough on those tapes for the CD.
-It's also possible that some of the tracks I want to include will be prohibitively expensive to license. So far I've had good luck on this front, and there are enough for which I own the copyright that the release will go forward regardless.
-All of this music is already composed and recorded, so writers' block will not delay the release.
-All rewards are either currently in hand, agreed upon in a contract or will only require my time to create (the video).
- (27 days)