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Come be part of an album that subtly fuses traditional sounds from Latin America with electronic elements and nuanced lyrics.
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Hey guys! I'm glad you came! I'm working on a 12-song solo debut using the moniker Adiós Macondo, and I'd love for you to be part of it. 

Here's the story: I've been working on a batch of songs that take the sounds of Latin America - music from the Andes, Brazil, Argentina, the Caribbean, Mexico, and my native Guatemala - and combine them with subtle electronic elements; synth sounds, samples, and electronic rhythm patterns. The result is going to be surprisingly cohesive. You know, something really beautiful happens when you take layered nylon-string guitars, cajón, and a traditional melody, and then throw some lush, full synth sounds into the mix. 

So, I've been writing these songs in my dwindling but fertile spare time (once the kids are asleep) and I'm having a great time. I have a makeshift studio in my dining room (yeah, you read that right) and I've been using it to work on arranging these songs. The results are good enough to give you an idea of what this is going to sound like (watch the video to listen) but they're not quite there yet. 

See, in my little studio I can record the electronic elements just fine - synths, samples, beats, etc. - but I don't have the kind of gear I need in order to record live instruments well - guitars, vocals, percussion, etc.

And that's why I'm raising this money. 

You know what I'd love? I'd love to record these live instruments in a professional studio that has really expensive microphones. It just makes the sound really shine. I'd also like to get the album mixed and mastered by a pro, so none of the recording's features will be lost. And of course, at the end of it all, I'd like to run a few physical copies of the record to give to you fine people. 

Guys, I believe in these songs. I believe that if I can pull this album off it'll be a beautiful, meaningful body of work. I really do think you'll like it. And that's why I'm asking you to partner with me. If you'll help me get this album out there, we're gonna have a ton of fun together. I promise. 

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    A physical copy of the record, a limited-edition t-shirt, handwritten lyrics and a story about the song of your choice, and a hand-painted nylon-string acoustic guitar with one-of-a-kind artwork depicting themes from the album. My painting style is somewhere between Fernando Llort (look him up!) and my toddler's doodles :). A real conversation piece.

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    A physical copy of the record, a limited-edition t-shirt, handwritten lyrics and a story about the song of your choice, and a one-minute original song written and recorded live with myself on vocals and guitar. We'll have to become friends and stuff, 'cause you'll be giving me direction as to what to write about. It'll be fun!

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    A live music event for you and your friends and family. It can take place at a location of your choosing (airfare and accommodations for 2 would have to be covered if not within 500 miles of Salt Lake City, UT). I will play live versions of all of the songs on the record, including your own one-minute song. All of your guests (up to 30) will receive a copy of the album.

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    If you love my music enough to fund the whole record, you'll get the works. A live music event at a location of your choosing (airfare and accommodations for 2 would have to be covered if not within 500 miles of Salt Lake City, UT). All guests receive a copy of the album. A one-minute song written just for you. A beautiful hard-bound photo and text journal about the making of the album, and...

    ...my very own Contreras Spanish guitar, hand-painted to depict themes and lyrics from the album. I bought it in Madrid in 2005 and have played it almost every day since. It is the most definitive physical part of this record, and it will be yours, along with my gratitude and friendship.

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