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Yes. It's the flute from Zelda. But did you know it can also play Pop, Classical, Rock, and Flamenco? You'll hear it all on this album!
Yes. It's the flute from Zelda. But did you know it can also play Pop, Classical, Rock, and Flamenco? You'll hear it all on this album!
Yes. It's the flute from Zelda. But did you know it can also play Pop, Classical, Rock, and Flamenco? You'll hear it all on this album!
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Why the Ocarina?

I discovered the ocarina the same way many kids did back in 1998 - through a game called "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time". Growing up as a lover of music and all things Nintendo, it was a perfect mix of the two, instantly making it my favorite game. One year later, while flipping through an issue of Nintendo Power magazine, I came across an advertisement for a REAL LIFE OCARINA OF TIME. I was filled with such emotion, I nearly cried! Begging my parents to order it as a birthday present, I received it several months later and I was hooked. Sadly, due to a freak accident, it was dropped on the street and broke, which brought my newly found passion for the instrument to an abrupt halt.

Fast forward to 2006, I had just replaced the old ocarina with a more expensive version that I had found on ebay. It was a beautiful instrument, but I did not know how to play it at the time. I had heard that there was a new video sharing website called "Youtube", and decided to see if anyone else had uploaded ocarina videos. To my surprise, there were very few, and certainly none with an ocarina as complex as mine. To remedy this problem, I decided to make a quick demo video of my ocarina, playing the classic theme, "Song of Time". That video quickly went from several dozen views, to several thousand!

I uploaded several more videos, which received an equal amount of attention, and from that point on I had decided to continue posting videos not only of Zelda music, but also music from other games, TV, films, anime, and popular music of different styles, ranging from Classical to Classic Rock. The more I played, the more I fell in love with it! People began asking questions about the instrument, which only prompted me to learn more about it - where it came from, how it was developed, how it actually works, how many different types there were, etc.

I began making friends with many ocarina players, collectors, and makers from around the world, eventually organizing a mini ocarina festival in Seattle, WA. And with the help of my fans and friends, I also attended the world's largest ocarina festival in Budrio, Italy just two years ago. The Ocarina has become a major passion of mine, not only for the nostalgia and beautiful sound it makes, but also as a tool to inspire. Many people have written emails, messages, and even snail mail to let me know how my music and videos has ignited their newly found passion not only for the instrument, but music in general. It is incredibly humbling, and this album will be my way of thanking them in return for inspiring me to continue making music.

The Album

Making this album has been a personal dream of mine for the last several years. There are probably a couple dozen original melodies recorded on my phone, written in my transcription books, and doodled on sheet music, but I've pulled together 10 of my favorite pieces, as well as a few cover songs that I know people are going to love! As promised to my fans, the album will include the FULL version of the highly popular "OcTalk Jig" and an orchestrated arrangement of "Storm's End" (both of which will be in the sheet music book).

The Kickstarter Goal

After hours of research and speaking with several people in the recording industry, including Grammy winning recording artist Nancy Rumbel, I found that a quality studio album could be made for a little over $15,000.00, which is actually VERY affordable when it comes to studio albums! I've met with a local producer who has assured me that he can make the album for that price including his fee, renting the studio, the backing musicians, recording, mixing, mastering, photography, album art/design, and manufacturing the CDs. The additional $7000 will go towards song clearance for two cover songs on the album (you need to pay the people who wrote the songs), distribution to online stores (iTunes, Amazon MP3, Bandcamp, etc), Kickstarter Rewards, and three big chunks going to Amazon (5% of total), Kickstarter (another 5%), and the IRS (15%).

Should we exceed our goal, I've come up with a few stretch goals that will only make this project sweeter!

  • $30,000 - Limited Edition Ocarina Poster
  • $40,000 - DVD with behind the scenes footage of recording in the studio, high quality versions of several of my favorite and most popular Youtube covers, and the upcoming HD music video for my first single off the album!
  •  $50,000 -  A NATIONWIDE TOUR!


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THE T-SHIRT! (included in packages $75+)

THE COOKIES! ($200; also includes OCARINA GURU package)

Risks and challenges

There's a little more pressure with recording in a studio where time is money, compared to my usual recording setting in my apartment. My hope is that we will go over the financial goal I've set for the project so I can purchase more studio time, relax, and focus more on the music and capturing the best performances, rather than watching the clock.

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    YOUTUBE FAN: 20 MP3s of some of my most popular and personal favorite recordings I've done over the past six years, including themes from Zelda, Various Video Games, Anime, Vocaloid, Rock, Pop and original songs! (Package also included with all tiers $5 and up)

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    OCARINA NEWBIE: If you've been looking into getting your first ocarina, I'll send you a PDF DIGITAL DOWNLOAD with all of the ocarina information you've ever wanted in the form of my ebook, "The Ocarina Guide".

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    OCARINA ENTHUSIAST: Advanced digital download of the album two weeks before it's available to the public. Cause you're cool like that + the ebook

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    OCARINA DUO: Let's be honest - you probably already own an ocarina and would love more tunes to play. I'll send you a PDF DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the sheet music for all the original songs on the album so you can play along with me + the prerelease album download + the ebook

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    OCARINA LOVER: A signed hard copy of the album. Just in case you want something nice to put on that bookshelf + the prerelease download + digital sheet music + the ebook

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    OCARINA HERO: What's that? You'd like an actual book to rock out with? You'll get a signed hard copy of the sheet music book + signed CD + digital sheet music + the prerelease album download + the ebook

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    OCARINA FANATIC: Proudly show off to your friends how crazy you are about ocarinas! Custom ocarina T-Shirt only available through this kickstarter project + signed book + signed CD + digital sheet music + prerelease album download + the ebook

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    OCARINA GURU: How cool would it be to have your name in the CD cover?! I’ll place your name in CD liner notes so that THE WORLD will know that you helped make this possible! + the Shirt + signed book + signed CD + digital sheet music + prerelease album download + the ebook

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    RING TONE PACKAGE: a 30 second audio clip of your favorite ocarina song to use as a text or ringtone. Because who doesn’t want to hear the Wind Waker theme on ocarina every time your phone rings? + OCARINA GURU package

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    SIGNED OCARINA: I don’t make a habit of signing perfectly good ocarinas, but this was a very popular request! You’ll receive a signed Focalink 12 Hole plastic ocarina (a personal favorite of mine for it’s awesome sound and durability) + OCARINA GURU package

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    OCARINA MUNCHIES: I will make you one dozen cookies, but not just any cookies...sugar cookies in the shape of ocarinas! Guaranteed to be delicious and super cute, a must for any ocarina lover + OCARINA GURU package

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    OCARINA MAKER: A one (1) hour Skype call where I will personally teach you how to make your own ocarinas, including help with building your own ocarina making kit before the lesson + OCARINA GURU package

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    ORIGINAL SONG: You give me a topic, theme, emotion, or a story from your life, and I will turn it into your own personal theme song! Handwritten sheet music, CD with a track of me playing the song, and a track with the accompaniment so you can play along too. Can also be a gift for a loved one. + OCARINA GURU package (will ship in August)

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    YOUTUBE COVER: Been dying to hear a certain theme or song on ocarina? I will record a cover song of your choice and post it on YouTube (within reason) + OCARINA GURU package (will ship in August)

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    OCARINA COLLECTOR: Who doesn’t love super rare ocarinas? You will receive a one-of-a-kind, hand made ocarina designed by me and Songbird Ocarina, engraved with my autograph or with your name! + OCARINA GURU package

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    ALBUM OCARINA: I will be sending you one of the ocarinas used to record a song on the album. I’ll even send you a picture of me recording with it in the studio, just to prove it! + OCARINA GURU package

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    OCARINA COLLECTOR (International Option): Who doesn't love super rare ocarinas? You will receive a one-of-a-kind, hand made ocarina, designed by me and Songbird Ocarina, Engraved with my autograph or your name! + OCARINA GURU Package

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    OCARINA STUDENT: Six months of ocarina lessons via skype or in person if you’re in the San Antonio area (four 30-minute lessons per month) + OCARINA GURU package

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    OCARINA ENSEMBLE: Gather your friends and make some music together with four (4) Focalink 12 hole plastic ocarinas, ensemble sheet music/tabs, and a one (1) hour private lesson via Skype on how to get started performing as a group + OCARINA GURU package

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    A DAY WITH DAVID: From the San Antonio area, or plan on visiting in the future?
    I’ll give you a personal tour of downtown San Antonio, we’ll grab lunch on the beautiful Riverwalk, and talk about music and ocarinas. And if you’re feeling brave, we can do some street performing downtown. Or we can just play video games all day. Will work with your schedule + OCARINA GURU package

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    OCARINA CONCERT: I’ll drop by your home to give you, your friends, and family a private house concert, and if you're feeling up to it, we'll have a jam session afterwards! Airfare and lodging included + OCARINA GURU package. To be fulfilled within 12 months.

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    OCARINA WORKSHOP: Want people to learn about the ocarina at your school, college campus, or local event? I will give a presentation on the history, development, and various styles of the ocarina, as well as a mini concert. Airfare and lodging included + OCARINA GURU package. To be fulfilled within 12 months.

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    PRODUCER: For your very generous contribution, you will be credited as an Associate Producer for the album + OCARINA GURU package

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