About this project
Woohoo! We did it! Thank you all for your generosity! I can't wait to share this podcast adventure with you in the fall. The final hours of this campaign are now a chance for you to get in on some more rewards and stretch goals. See below for details.
Minneapolis-based composer Charlie McCarron founded his podcast Composer Quest on the idealistic belief that pursuing a creative life is worth the risk. Over the past four years, Composer Quest has become a staple podcast for the composer community, with nearly 150 in-depth, nerdy, and inspiring interviews. In the adventurous spirit of the show, Charlie plans to create the greatest final season in podcast history: a multi-month podcasting adventure around the US, Australia, and Taiwan. These 12 episodes will chronicle his journey and the composing wisdom gained by spending time with composers around the globe.
Thanks for considering a pledge to make this seventh, final season of Composer Quest a reality!
Past interviewees include video game composers Grant Kirkhope (Goldeneye, Banjo-Kazooie) and Disasterpeace (FEZ), music psychologists Daniel Levitin and Diana Deutsch, Minnesota songwriters Dessa and Chris Koza, TV composers Mac Quayle (Mr. Robot, American Horror Story) and Jeff Russo (Fargo), music theorist Dmitri Tymoczko, Song Exploder's Hrishikesh Hirway, royalty-free master Kevin MacLeod, commercial composer Silas Hite (Mac vs. PC ads), surrealist animator Cyriak, two synesthetes, a polka expert, a drumming robot inventor, a Tanzanian monk, a blind film composer, a Grammy-winning deaf percussionist, and a bunch more at composerquest.com.
After many interviews with famous and not-as-famous music makers, Charlie has learned that some of the best insights and most entertaining episodes come from guests who haven't been in the spotlight before. That's why he takes a "This American Life" approach to the show, searching out the most unique and sometimes unknown composers who have a great story to tell.
Charlie's final podcast season will feature composers from around the world who've been listening to the show and have a similar questing spirit. He will be going on musical adventures with them and getting to know their composing process by collaborating on songs with them. There will be plenty of surprises along the way, but here are a few episodes in the works:
- Chicago, IL - School of Rock with Thor Bremer
- Westerville, OH - First Month as a Music Major with Spencer Stern
- Providence, RI - Giant Hurdy Gurdy with Jacob Haller
- Salem, NH - Live on Public Access with Tom Giarrosso
- Sierra Mountains, CA - Songwriting in the Sierras with Fire-eater Darrell St. Blaine
- Los Angeles, CA - Film Scoring Extravaganza with Candy Bilyk, Jon Brantingham
- Melbourne, Australia - Aboriginal and Modern Melbourne Music
- Taipei, Taiwan - Taiwanese Punk with Xharkie Chen
- Taipei, Taiwan - Temple Hopping in Taiwan with Josh Wilson
- Minneapolis, MN - The Final Episode
Want Charlie to visit you on the tour? There's still time! Just fill out this form, and he may be able to meet up with you in person, especially if you live along the tour route.
Stretch Goal 1: Album Appendix
"As I was thinking of other goodies to pack into the Composer Quest Golden USB Drive reward, I dreamed of an 'album appendix,' containing one free digital album from each guest. It would be kind of like a listening guide to accompany the podcast, and it would hopefully enrich the experience of re-listening to these episodes.
So here's the plan: for every $50 raised beyond the $5,000 goal, we'll add one new album to the collection on the USB drive. It'll start with Episode 1 (All The Happy People! by Spencer McGillicutty) and keep going until we run out of episodes/albums to share."
Stretch Goal 2: Sound Scavenger Hunt
See the right sidebar for details. Free to contact Charlie if you have any questions about these rewards: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where did the $5,000 goal come from? It's the number that allows Charlie to break even on all his expenses (excluding his time). This factors in his estimated Patreon earnings for the podcast season. So you know he did his homework, here's a spreadsheet:
I want to thank a few people who made this campaign possible. Thanks to Will Tice at unTied Games for making the awesome header images, based on Matt Schubbe's original Composer Quest art. Thanks to all of you who helped by giving me feedback and tips on Kickstarter stuff. And finally, thanks to all of you generous backers! You make my dreams come true.
Risks and challenges
With any project of this scope that involves travel, there are bound to be a few obstacles. But Charlie is experienced as a traveling media producer, independently shooting videos throughout the US as his "day job." Since he does all the Composer Quest production tasks himself, he's able to be flexible and efficient on the road, and produce episodes of the high caliber his listeners expect.
Charlie is incredibly excited to bring you this podcast finale to end all podcast finales. Thanks for considering helping out and joining in this journey.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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