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.
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!
Rewards that require visuals!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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