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The Drummers of Twisted Gypsy are recording an album.  Capturing the sound and energy of their live drumming for Tribal Dancers.
The Drummers of Twisted Gypsy are recording an album. Capturing the sound and energy of their live drumming for Tribal Dancers.
118 backers pledged $4,836 to help bring this project to life.

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It all started out so simple.  Goofy even.

A husband that took up drumming for his belly dancing wife.  A couple of friends that wanted to join in the party, drink some beers in the backyard, and maybe, just maybe, make a dancer or two dance a little harder.

It crept up on us, gradually and sneaky.

Performing live on stage for the dancers at shows and revues. (*GULP*)  Going to outdoor festivals and performing for crowds. (All right... That WAS fun!)  Playing for parties and haflas. (Check it out!  People that we don't know are dancing!)  Drumming softly around a campfire in the darkening evening. (Firelight and drums.  Yeah.)

And then, it happened.  Someone asked, "Do you guys have a CD?"

We said, "A CD of what?"

They meant us.  A CD of our drumming. (WHAT!?!)

Once we got over the surreal dizzy spell that the question caused us, we thought, "Well, maybe."

How hard could it be?  We drum, someone else presses a button.  A handheld, a laptop, a microphone and home studio program.  How hard could it be?  We could do this!

But, it turns out, we can't.  When we tried to it lacked a certain something.  And that something was good sound.  Without thinking about it, we had created a dynamic.  A range of tones, overtones, harmonics, and drones that we sort of organically fell into, simply by buying and playing new drums that sounded good together.  A frame drum, a daf, a bendir, a dohola, a doumbek.  A flute or a shaker here and there.  A couple of hybrid drums that do a lot at of that stuff all at once.  We made it up as we went. 

For quite a while we took it as a great compliment when someone would come up to us after a performance and say, "It sounds like there are more than five of you. How do you do that?"   That is a great compliment, and listening to us live, you can really hear a huge range of sounds.  But that simple, cheap microphone does a terrible job of being a human ear.   It never occurred to us how truly hard it would be to record it to any standard of quality.

So, we asked some actual musicians, and they explained that most drums need at least three microphones, each, to be properly recorded.  And, the human ear automatically "mixes and masters" a lot of what it hears, so it can pick out the frame drum's drone under the heavy bumping tone of the dohola. But microphones are stupid, and so someone that knows what they are doing needs to set them up in the right places, and turn some dials, and make sure that what you play is captured.   And then whatever you record needs to be mixed, again by someone who knows how, so that the cat doesn't run screeching from the room when you play it.  And, once it is mixed, it needs to be mastered by, you guessed it, someone who has talent.

Or else you get a recording that sounds like it was taken from fifty feet away, through a crowd of people, with a camera phone, underwater.

When a bunch of regular guys, nerds and geeks to a man, develop this gradual passion for their silly little hobby something strange happens.  They become serious.  They begin to think that maybe they are talented, and maybe people really do like to listen to them, and it might just be time to answer that question: "Do you have a CD?"

Our Twisted family wants to be able to answer, "Yes, and it is a good one. The best we could make."

Thank you for helping us do that.   We hope that, in the coming months and years, you enjoy the album many, many times.

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    The Lucky Dollar. Thanks so much for that dollar! It might be the lucky one! All Lucky Dollar backers will receive a "Thank You" mention on the Twisted Gypsy webpage and our heartfelt thanks in helping us make this happen.

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    The Button. You will get a Twisted Gypsy Button, perfect for lapels, hatbands, shoulder straps, and tote bags. And, of course, our grateful thanks and a "Thank You" mention on the Twisted Gypsy webpage.

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    The Patch. You will receive a Twisted Gypsy 3" Patch, perfect for backpacks, tote bags, and drum cases. And, of course, our humble thanks and a "Thank You" on the Twisted Gypsy webpage.

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    The Download. Get an mp3 Download of the Album. And, of course, our sincere thanks and a "Thank You" mention on the Twisted Gypsy webpage.

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    The Album. We send you a physical copy of the CD and an mp3 Download of the Album. And, of course, our rhythmic thanks and a "Thank You" mention on the Twisted Gypsy webpage.

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    The Combination. You get the whole kit. A physical copy of the CD, an mp3 Download of the Album, a Twisted Gypsy Button, and a Twisted Gypsy 3" Patch. And, of course, our combined thanks and a "Thank You" on the Twisted Gypsy webpage.

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    The Tribal Bling! We will send you a hand made, personally crafted Tribal Necklace, crafted to fit you, and with your favorite colors. You will let us know the proper length, a few of your favorite colors, and a couple of your favorite metal tones, and we will make you some genuine Twisted Bling, in the same style that the Dancers and Drummers have become accustomed too. You will also get a physical copy of the CD (signed by the band), an mp3 Download of the Album, and a Twisted Gypsy button. And, of course, our shiny thanks and a "Thank You" on the Twisted Gypsy webpage.

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    The Release Party. You are officially invited to the Release Party! Taking place at a super secret location in the Los Angeles area, you will be part of the celebration. There will be good food, great people, and amazing dancing and drumming. Show up, have fun, be a star. We will take care of everything else. Trust us, we are professionals at this dance and drum thing. You also get a physical copy of the CD (signed by the band), an mp3 Download of the Album, a Twisted Gypsy cloth patch, and a Twisted Gypsy button. And, of course, our celebratory thanks and a "Thank You" on the Twisted Gypsy webpage.

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    The Cover Art. You will get a physical copy of the CD (signed by the band), an mp3 Download of the Album, a Twisted Gypsy 3" Patch, and a Twisted Gypsy Button. But, more importantly, you also get a signed print of the album cover, from the wonderfully talented Samantha Jorgensen. And, of course, our artful thanks and a "Thank You" on the Twisted Gypsy webpage.

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    The Twisted DrumZilla # 3 of 7. We will send you the actual First Series Twisted DrumZilla # 3 of 7 that we are using for our recording sessions! Signed by the drummers. You never know, it might be a piece of history. It is for sure a wicked cool drum, and it will still have that "New Album Smell". You also get the Remo frame drum bag, a physical copy of the CD (signed by the band), an mp3 Download of the Album, a Twisted Gypsy cloth patch, and a Twisted Gypsy button. And, of course, our Twisted thanks and a "Thank You" on the Twisted Gypsy webpage.

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    The Twisted Bendir # 3 of 7. We will send you the actual First Series Twisted Bendir # 3 of 7 that we are using for our recording sessions! You never know, it might be a piece of history. It is for sure a wicked cool drum, and it will still have that "New Album Smell". You also get the Remo frame drum bag, a physical copy of the CD (signed by the band), an mp3 Download of the Album, a Twisted Gypsy cloth patch, and a Twisted Gypsy button. And, of course, our Twisted thanks and a "Thank You" on the Twisted Gypsy webpage.

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    The Twisted Bendir # 4 of 7. We will send you the actual First Series Twisted Bendir # 4 of 7 that we are using for our recording sessions! Signed by the drummers. You never know, it might be a piece of history. It is for sure a wicked cool drum, and it will still have that "New Album Smell". You also get the Remo frame drum bag, a physical copy of the CD (signed by the band), an mp3 Download of the Album, a Twisted Gypsy cloth patch, and a Twisted Gypsy button. And, of course, our Twisted thanks and a "Thank You" on the Twisted Gypsy webpage.

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    The Twisted DrumZilla # 2 of 7. We will send you the actual First Series Twisted DrumZilla # 2 of 7 that we are using for our recording sessions! Signed by the drummers. You never know, it might be a piece of history. It is for sure a wicked cool drum, and it will still have that "New Album Smell". You also get the Remo frame drum bag, a physical copy of the CD (signed by the band), an mp3 Download of the Album, a Twisted Gypsy cloth patch, and a Twisted Gypsy button. And, of course, our Twisted thanks and a "Thank You" on the Twisted Gypsy webpage.

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    The Private Party. The Twisted Gypsy Drummers will come to your place (anywhere in Southern California) for a private, two hour performance. Songs from the album, an open jam, or simply ambient rhythms for the backdrop of the best party you have ever thrown. Totally up to you. (We will do dishes, but we don't dust. December 2012 is an estimate, but we will contact you for scheduling, and so on...)

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    The Private Hafla. The Twisted Gypsy Drummers will come to your place (anywhere in Southern California) for a private, two hour performance. And, we will bring the Dancers! Two amazing 20 minute sets by some of the most talented ATS Belly Dancers in the world. And the drummers will play songs from the album, an open jam, or simply ambient rhythms for the backdrop of the best party you have ever thrown, even when the Dancers stop to catch their breath. Totally up to you. (We brought Dancers... dishes are no longer our concern. December of 2012 is an estimate, but we will contact you for scheduling, and so on.)

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    The Producer for Track Number Nine. Do you have a favorite rhythm? Got a special sound you want to dance to, or maybe an ambient groove that you want to fall asleep to? You get to tell us what Track Number Nine will be, and you get to name it. You will collaborate with the drummers during pre-production. Sit in on one of our rehearsals before we hit the studio, and create a groove with us. And, you will get a special mention as the "Guest Producer" in the album notes. (You must travel to us. Remember, we are drummers. Guitar solos will sound terrible if we try to play them. And, last but not least, you should name the song something nice, and polite... Not that you wouldn't, of course...We will contact you for scheduling, and so on, but this one will happen pretty quickly, because we are getting into that studio soon!)

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