"Plantasia" is a super rare and criminally neglected masterpiece of modern music that was made for plants. Literally. It's electronic music for plants to grow to. It was written by genius composer/arranger/instrumentalist/moog-master Mort Garson in the mid-70s under the moniker "Mother Earth".
Most of Garson's releases during this period are difficult to get your hands on. Given Mort Garson's use of weird pseudonyms, strange subject matter, and the utilization of smaller, independent pressing plants, many of his original records cost a pretty penny. But "Plantasia" is different.
Due to a bizarre (and possibly very dumb?) promotion which paired the record as a giveaway if you bought a Simmons mattress in 1976, authentic copies often remain hidden away on thrift store racks, garage sale driveways, or dusty attics. Because of how difficult it is to find this record, the resale market on mint condition copies is astoundingly high. Buying a clean copy of "Plantasia" at a record store could easily cost upwards of $300 USD.
In Finding Plantasia, Tim and Morgan hit the road to search for this forgotten musical treasure in its natural habitat. In this documentary film, Tim and Morgan will be speaking to fans of this record and digging through the stuff society has discarded in search of a true gem. The road trip story provides a great framework to get into the nitty-gritty history of "Plantasia" and the niche culture that has sprung up around it.
But, much like tiny baby seeds need water, Tim and Morgan need your help!
About Tim and Morgan
Tim Mahoney and Morgan Evans are real-life best friends and writer/producer/director/comedy people. Between the two of them, they've worked for companies like MTV, Netflix, The Onion, Nickelodeon, YouTube Premium, Comedy Central, VH1, Discovery Channel, and many more.
They're also deep music nerds. Before they started working in entertainment, Tim & Morgan were big into the local Phoenix, Arizona music scenes, performing in experimental performance art projects and punk bands as early as 15 years-old. That was around when they both became obsessed with "Plantasia."
"That's What The Money Is For!"
Making a feature length documentary film is no easy feat, but with Tim and Morgan's backgrounds in the entertainment industry we're confident we can achieve it with a modest budget of $9,000.00
The money breaks down as follows:
$2,500 for filming, editing, color, and sound (a steal!)
$2,000.00 for food for two weeks
$1,000 for gas for a two week cross country road trip
$1,000 for hotels/Air BnB's for two weeks (unless anyone wants to let us crash on their couch!)
$1,000.00 emergency fund in case anything goes wrong on the road (blown out tires, etc) Anything not spent in this emergency fund will go towards festival submission fees.
$800.00 rental car for two weeks
$400.00 plane ticket for Tim to get to Los Angeles from New York to begin the road trip
$300.00 super 8mm processing/scanning so we can add some visual "oompf!" to the piece
More About Mort Garson
Starting off as songwriter/arranger, Garson worked with artists like Bobby Darin, Santo and Johnny, Dorris Day, Cher, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Bobby Vee, Ruby and the Romantics, Jimmie Rodgers, Carol Burnett, Joanie Summers, the list goes on and on, crossing genres left and right. Near the end of the 60's, Garson was one of the first composers to begin working with the new Big Moog synthesizer. And the rest is history. As early as 1968, Mort started to release interesting and strange electronic music under pseudonyms.
- 1968: "Wozard of Iz," a bizarre electronic re-telling of the Wizard of Oz released under The Electronic Odyssey.
- 1969: he released Electronic Hair Pieces, an electronic version of the hit musical HAIR.
- In 1971: under the name Lucifer, Garson released an experimental electronic record called "Black Mass."
- 1971, under the name Z, "Music For Sensuous Lovers."
- 1975, under the name Ataraxia, "The Unexplained (Electronic Musical Impressions Of The Occult)."
- In 1978, under the name Captain D.J., he released a a spacey funk record called "Disco UFO"
Most importantly, in 1976 he released "Plantasia" under the name Mother Earth.
Risks and challenges
Regardless if Tim and Morgan find the record, the fact of the matter is we're coming out of this thing with an hour-and-a-half-long documentary film about "Plantasia" for only 9k. But, it's true— as the record is relatively rare, they may not actually find it. That being said, it should still make for an entertaining film, as it depicts the tale of two friends on a modern American treasure hunt.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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