About this project
Thanks for your support! The album is live now. Download it on my Bandcamp today! I'll order a few extra Nanoloop carts and shirts to sell at my shows. I couldn't have done this without you! Follow me on Twitter or Facebook for updates.
Limitation drives creativity... and let's face it, these old gaming consoles make awesome sounds. That's why I've made my newest album, Destroy All Presets on my Game Boy Advance.
My last album, Beeps and Smudges, was made on an iPhone, mostly using the Nanoloop app. This time around I decided to kick it up a notch and use one of the old Nanoloop carts to compose the bulk of my music on a GBA. Aside from the chiptune beats, I also spiced this album up with homemade synths, circuit bent toys, and my own mix of nerdy/pop vocals.
Nanowhat? Nanoloop is one of the first commercially available music sequencers for Game Boys and GBAs. Nanoloop's creator has released several versions of the software including versions for Game Boys, GBAs, iOS, and Android devices.
Since I'm such a big fan of Nanoloop, I reached out to Oliver about doing a special edition of the cart to correspond with the release of my new album. He agreed, as long as we can meet the minimum order for manufacturing. These special carts will come preloaded with 10 of my tracks for you to play/remix as well as all the software you need to create your own chiptune music on your Game Boy Advance. Each cart comes with an instructable zine (and pdf) to get you started
The Album: Destroy All Presets is finished and ready to be delivered on February 2nd. All Kickstarter backers will receive a digital download of the album on that day, while the campaign is still running. It's ten tracks long and it's my favorite album I've recorded so far. I'm so proud of it and hope you guys love it too.
I've released all of my previous albums as Pay-What-You-Want, and it's been great for me. Some people donated $1, some donated $12, either way I'm just stoked that people wanna hear it. Not sure how much to donate? The average donation for one my albums over the last three years has been $3.45.
The rewards: I'm a huge believer in pay-what-you-want album releases, so I decided to stick with that model for this release. My ideal donation would be around $5 per album, but pay what you can... I'm happy just to have people listening to my work. I've also added some tiers for people who want to pick up all of my albums, or albums by other Monobomb Records artists. For those who are looking to start making their own chiptune music, pick up one of these special edition Nanoloop carts. I'm really proud of the music I've created and picking up one of these carts will show you exactly what tricks I used to get the sounds I did. These carts will come pre-loaded with Nanoloop 2.7, 10 of my tracks, and will be produced in a unique color just for this project.
Stretch Goals: I love helping folks create their own music, so if we reach $11,000, I'll be creating a short series of tutorial videos that will be available for anyone who wants to start making music with Nanoloop for mobile or GBA.
Beyond funding the manufacturing of the Nanoloop carts, I'll be using the rest of the funds to help pay the folks who helped me make this album: Brandon and Steven, who produced the album. eBoy, who did the album art. Crashfaster, from Monobomb Records. And any other artists who help out with any additional remixes or videos.
PS, I'm a firm believer in crowdfunding and the Kickstarter community. I've backed over 150 projects so far and I'm always done to help other project creators make their projects happen. kickingitforward.org
Risks and challenges
The album is finished and digital distribution should be a breeze. My biggest concern is with manufacturing of the carts and shipping them. I've had experience with this type of thing on my previous Kickstarter project, American Analog, and have a pretty good idea of the hassles of shipping. I'll be using the same packaging for this project, so don't expect much trouble there.
My 1st Kickstarter project, American Analog Zine, has successfully shipped on time and turned out awesome http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/docpop/american-analog-a-black-and-white-photo-zineLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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