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Join Daniel Tidwell on an epic adventure to record and release a new metal song every week for an entire year.
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Hi, my name's Daniel Tidwell. I posted my first guitar version of a video game theme on YouTube over 13 years ago and I absolutely fell in love with recording music. Whether it's recreating video game themes I love from my childhood or writing original music, nothing matches the thrill of putting the finishing touches on a new song.

But one of my biggest issues working on music is second guessing myself. When it comes to arrangement, tracking or the mix I have commitment issues and it results in delayed releases, diminishing returns and wasted time in rabbit holes.

So I'm doing something drastic to snap out of it. I will record and release a new song every single week for the next year. All brand new, never previously released.

There will be a rotation of 4 different types of weeks:

Week 1: Video Game Themes

Week 2: Top 40/Popular Music (Any Time Period/Any Genre)

Week 3: Movie/TV Themes

Week 4: Free Week (Anything, Cover or Original, My Choice)

52 songs in total, 13 from each rotating category
52 songs in total, 13 from each rotating category

- New songs will be first released to backers every Tuesday, before being publicly available.

- I'm open to requests, but ultimately I'll be choosing the songs each week.

- I plan on making videos most weeks, but if there's no time it will be audio only.

 I've been doing this stuff for over 13 years now, but I've never taken on something as ambitious or challenging as this project.

I'm extremely nervous and excited. One Year. 52 Songs. I hope you'll join me on the journey, and pray to the old gods and the new that I can maintain what's left of my sanity.

Thank you for being awesome and for making my musical journey what it has been so far. I love making music and I'm so grateful to you for making it possible.

- Daniel

P.S. If you're unfamiliar with my YouTube channel, here's a taste of some of the videos I've made through the years:

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge for me will be to get out of my own way and to trust my instincts. A strict deadline every week won't allow for time to be spent unwisely and will force me to commit with my initial gut instincts on arrangements/takes/tones/etc. Which will be uncomfortable at first, but I think ultimately I'll be better for it.

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    Pledge US$ 13 or more About US$ 13

    Just the Video Game Themes

    You get high quality digital downloads of a new song every four weeks for the next year. This tier includes access to releases from Week 1 (Video Game Themes). A total of 13 songs.

    Includes:
    • All Week 1 Releases (Video Game Themes). [13 TOTAL]
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    Just the Video Game and Movie/TV Themes

    You get high quality digital downloads of a new song every other week for the next year. This tier includes access to releases from Week 1 and Week 3 (Video Game Themes and Movie/TV themes). A total of 26 songs.

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    • All Week 1 & 3 Releases (Video Game & Movie/TV) [26 TOTAL]
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    ALL Songs Every Week for the Next Year!

    You get a high quality digital download of a new song every single week for the next year. This tier grants you access to every new release. A total of 52 songs.

    Includes:
    • Digital Downloads Every Week for the Next Year. (52 TOTAL)
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    THE DIGITAL MOTHER LODE!

    Get EVERY song Daniel has ever done in high quality MP3 format. This includes every released album/song including the new album plus many unreleased and bonus tracks. Includes OVER 150 SONGS! (This reward is digital download only, no physical items).

    + ALL Songs Every Week for the Next Year! You get a high quality digital download of a new song every single week for the next year. A total of 52 songs.

    Includes:
    • Digital Downloads Every Week for the Next Year. (52 TOTAL)
    • Digital collection of Daniel Tidwell discography in MP3 format
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    Downloads Every Week + Exclusive CDs

    You get a high quality digital download of a new song every single week for the next year. This tier grants you access to every new release. A total of 52 songs.

    PLUS at the end of the year you'll get exclusive CDs with all 52 songs. This will be at minimum a double album. These CDs will not be sold outside of this Kickstarter campaign and will be exclusive to backers of this project.

    Includes:
    • Digital Downloads Every Week for the Next Year. (52 TOTAL)
    • Signed Thank You Card
    • Exclusive VERSUS ONE YEAR Limited Edition Double CD
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    Pledge US$ 180 or more About US$ 180

    Every Download, CDs and Video Shout Outs

    You get access to the previous two tiers (new digital downloads every week and exclusives CDs).

    + You (or your company) will be personally thanked in scrolling credits of every Daniel Tidwell (metaldaniel03) video on YouTube for the next year. All 52 songs will eventually be posted on YouTube, though some will be audio only. All songs related to this project will include these thank yous.

    Includes:
    • Digital Downloads Every Week for the Next Year. (52 TOTAL)
    • Exclusive VERSUS ONE YEAR Limited Edition Double CD
    • Signed Thank You Card
    • Personal Thank You / Shout Out in Every Video For A Year
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    THE ULTIMATE MOTHER LODE!

    With this reward you get Physical CD copies of every album Daniel has ever released. Versus Video Games 1, 2, 3 and 4, Versus Hollywood, Terracide - Existence Asunder, Echoes of the Elders and The Mystic Quest for Metal.

    + You get access to all previous tiers (New Digital Downloads Every Week, Exclusive CDs, Complete Digital Discography Collection, Personal Thank You In Videos)

    Includes:
    • Digital Downloads Every Week for the Next Year. (52 TOTAL)
    • Digital collection of Daniel Tidwell discography in MP3 format
    • Personal Thank You / Shout Out in Every Video For A Year
    • Signed Thank You Card
    • Daniel Tidwell Guitar Pick
    • Versus Video Games (CD)
    • Versus Video Games 2 (CD)
    • Versus Video Games 3 (CD)
    • Versus Video Games 4 (CD)
    • Versus Hollywood (CD)
    • Terracide - Existence Asunder (CD)
    • Echoes of the Elders (CD)
    • The Mystic Quest for Metal (CD)
    • Exclusive VERSUS ONE YEAR Limited Edition Double CD
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    ARBITER OF LEGENDARY AUDIO

    The fate of the world is in your hands. A cover song of your choice!

    - You choose any song and Daniel will record a fully-produced album quality version in his signature style and post a video of the song on his YouTube channel with a shout-out to you.

    (WARNING: Your choice may get vetoed, in which case you will be asked for other choices. So if you only have one specific song in mind ask beforehand for the thumbs up.)

    + ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS!

    Includes:
    • Cover Song Of Your Choice!
    • Digital Downloads Every Week for the Next Year. (52 TOTAL)
    • Personal Thank You / Shout Out in Every Video For A Year
    • Signed Thank You Card
    • Digital collection of Daniel Tidwell discography in MP3 format
    • Daniel Tidwell Guitar Pick
    • Versus Video Games (CD)
    • Versus Video Games 2 (CD)
    • Versus Video Games 3 (CD)
    • Versus Video Games 4 (CD)
    • Terracide - Existence Asunder (CD)
    • Echoes of the Elders (CD)
    • The Mystic Quest for Metal (CD)
    • Versus Hollywood (CD)
    • Exclusive VERSUS ONE YEAR Limited Edition Double CD
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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    Daniel's Yellow Ibanez

    You get Daniel's Ibanez RG350M Desert Yellow Electric Guitar (with 2 EMG-81 pickups installed) as seen in the "Monkey Island Theme" video, "Terracide - The Forge of Empty Souls" video and more. This guitar was used to record the majority of all guitars on the "Terracide - Existence Asunder" album and many other "Daniel Tidwell" releases.

    + ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS

    Includes:
    • Daniel's Ibanez RG350M Desert Yellow Guitar (w/ 2 EMG-81 pickups)
    • Digital Downloads Every Week for the Next Year. (52 TOTAL)
    • Signed Thank You Card
    • Exclusive VERSUS ONE YEAR Limited Edition Double CD
    • Personal Thank You / Shout Out in Every Video For A Year
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    Daniel's F-254 Bass Guitar

    You get Daniel's ESP LTD F-254 Bass Guitar w/ EMG Pickups (Black). This is the bass I used to record every bass track for my first 10 years of doing music. It's the only bass I had for a very long time. This bass can be heard on every album I've ever recorded, and many of the earlier ones feature it exclusively for the bass tracks. As seen in videos like "Star Fox - Corneria" (and heard in almost every video).

    I also used this bass when I played in Adversary and recorded our album "Singularity" with it (you can see it in the music video for Singularity).

    + ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS

    Includes:
    • Daniel's ESP LTD F-254 Bass Guitar w/ EMG Pickups (Black)
    • Digital Downloads Every Week for the Next Year. (52 TOTAL)
    • Signed Thank You Card
    • Exclusive VERSUS ONE YEAR Limited Edition Double CD
    • Personal Thank You / Shout Out in Every Video For A Year
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