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Daily Thumbprint Collection is an ongoing album series I launched 6 years ago.
Daily Thumbprint Collection is an ongoing album series I launched 6 years ago.
30 backers pledged $1,282 to help bring this project to life.

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Daily Thumbprint Collection, Vol 2, "Stencils"

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I'm releasing the second volume (Stencils) in my ongoing Daily Thumbprint Collection series, a recording project I launched 6 years ago to explore some longterm multi-revision compositions. The album is finished, and this is where you can get it.

It's not always easy to describe your own music, especially when it's an instrumental project that transcends different genres. This is the case with Daily Thumbprint Collection, a recording project where I compose the music using software, and then go back to record select parts with live instrumentation. The songs typically center around heavy rhythmic themes, while subtly exploring melody and harmony as combinations of sonic texture. The result is synthetically-human, a bit moody, but also driving and really cool.

Like most albums, producing this one required a lot of time, a good amount of money, and a healthy dose of insomnia-induced creative effort. It's done, and now I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I do!

I'm using Kickstarter because this album is part of a series of albums that I am releasing. There's already two more albums completely composed and recorded. I need resources to finish editing and mixing them. The entire project has been in the works for well over 6 years, and releasing Stencils is going to help me complete the project.

With that in mind, here are the primary goals for this campaign:

  • Share both Daily Thumbprint Collection Vol 1 and Vol 2 using some really cool rewards
  • Recoup some expenses and raise additional funds towards finishing Vol 3 and Vol 4

About Me

Hello, I'm Caleb Dolister. I'm a drummer and have been playing and touring with multiple different projects for many years. My main project at the moment is The Kandinsky Effect, a quirky electronic/instrumental group based between Paris, France and NYC. Beyond the drums, I compose, engineer, and help other bands by running a small creative music label that helps creative music projects get off the ground. I'm also a web developer.

Project Background

I started this project, Daily Thumbprint Collection, as a way to compose music that I want to listen to, and then produce it as I would like it to be heard. Often, that involves everything from writing & performance, to engineering & mixing. These songs are not meant really to be performed by a live group; they’re actually designed to exist as recorded music. That makes it special because the recordings are the only way that the music gets shared (there's no live outlet).

After many years of exploration, I released the first album in the series as "Daily Thumbprint Collection" in 2008. The experience of making that album inspired me to make the project an ongoing series where I would write more music, and eventually travel to collect recordings of the parts played by musicians I've either performed with or met throughout my career as a drummer. 

As you can imagine, writing and recording four albums generates a much longer story, which you can read here. The important information for this campaign is that this is a project I have been working on for a long time (almost 10 years), and it's in the final stretch. 

Contributing to this campaign and grabbing one of the rewards is a superb way for you to support the project, and finish this chapter of the Daily Thumbprint Collection series.

040823 featuring recordings of Sam Minaie on Bass, and Gavin Templeton on Alto Sax, released in 2008 as part of Daily Thumbprint Collection Vol 1 

Here’s what you get for supporting this project

Stencils merchandise mockups
Stencils merchandise mockups

Each physical item produced in this campaign will include unlimited MP3 downloads of both my Daily Thumbprint Collection albums using Tunepatch (a public service I created that lets bands turn any physical item into mobile "content hotspots" by providing instant access to streaming and downloading). I completely encourage that you use this feature to share the album with your family and friends... or sign up for it with your own band.

The other point of interest is all physical items will be created using only on-demand merchandise. That means there will be no excess stock. Everything will be manufactured exclusively to create rewards for supporting this campaign. 

Risks and challenges

The downside to on-demand manufacturing is that it's very expensive. The reward tiers might look like they are setup to collect hefty profits, but the truth is that they will generate only reasonable funds at best. Still, I think this is a fun way to provide a bunch of creative merchandise options without ordering excess stock in bulk.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Digital copies of both Vol 1 and Vol 2.

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    I'll mail you a postcard of the album artwork + liner notes, and you can use it to download and share both albums.

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    You'll get a custom designed t-shirt, any color, any size, with album themed artwork.

    Includes free unlimited digital downloads of both albums via Tunepatch

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    A custom printed jigsaw puzzle that displays the album cover and liner notes when completed.

    Includes unlimited downloads of both albums via Tunepatch

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    This is a cool option; get a limited edition copy of the album on a custom created vinyl EP.

    This will be an exclusive pressing. Each contributor get's a thank you mention in the jacket artwork design.

    And also, it includes free unlimited digital downloads of the album via Tunepatch to make it simple to add the album to your digital library and share it with friends!

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    Pledge $110 or more About $110

    Combo: 1 limited edition copy of the album on a custom created vinyl EP and a t-shirt with album designed artwork (same as above options).

    And again, the items come with free unlimited digital downloads of the album via Tunepatch

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    Custom designed vinyl EP of the album.

    Like how I create the Daily Thumbprint Collection artwork? For this reward, I will create a custom vinyl album design based on one of your photos.

    This is an entirely customized design, and will be the only copy in existence.

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