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A chamber symphony for 15 musicians involving the 'strange loops' of Douglas Hofstadter's seminal book.

UPDATE:

The Goal has been reached! I'm totally thrilled. Thank you! Continuing pledges past the goal will be used to insure all costs are met, and then the remainder will be rolled onto the next project, which is recording a series of string quartets. It will be amazing to not have to start at step 0! Yours,  Harry

Reid Hall, Recording Studio, James Lowe (conductor)
Reid Hall, Recording Studio, James Lowe (conductor)

Hello Kickstarter, my name is Harry Whalley and I'm a composer. Over the last two years I have been writing an hour-long piece for 15 musicians inspired by the book 'Gödel Escher Bach', called 'Entangled Music'. Its basically a chamber symphony. Now it's concert time!  

I've already booked the hall and started fundraising, but I'm going to fall short of being able to pay the musicians a fair rate; so I need some Kickstarter help! 

Musicians

International prize-winning conductor James Lowe, will be leading some of the finest musicians in the UK including;


I have been very fortunate to have worked with many of these outstanding performers before, and they are all really keen to get to work on this project. Between them, they have over TWO CENTURIES of professional musical experience. That's why it is so important to remunerate them. plus you can get some rewards.... 

Rewards :) 

Luckily the Reid Hall has a top-notch recording studio, so it will sound fantastic — and it's all going to be filmed too. The audio will not be released commercially, so this is going to be the only chance to get a recording! 

Other rewards include a Handwritten page from the original MANUSCRIPT, a bound copy of the SCORE on archive quality paper from OldAcres in London, or even your VERY OWN string quartet! Have a look on the right -> 

Bound score: 2x Tickets: Page of Manuscript
Bound score: 2x Tickets: Page of Manuscript

Also available is a very limited run of '6 impossible compositions before breakfast'. Hand screen printed onto heavy paper. 

One of '6 impossible compositions before breakfast'

Where will my money go?

  • Professional musicians fees (main expense)
  • Audio + Video Recording
  • Printing music (parts and scores)

If I go over my goal, I will ensure that all expenses are covered and then put the rest into the kitty to record a series of string quartets. 

Thank you for your time. If you like the project, please share it, using the buttons below the video, and come back for updates!  You can also join the Facebook page. 

Yours truly,

Harry

In the mean time,  here is a midi rendering of a small section using high quality VSL sounds, (its nice but it has no soul) 

* thanks to Liang Chen for use of his Reid Hall photograph,

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Concert: The music is finished and it is just being proof-read at the moment, the musicians are coming the hall is booked. Everything is in place. I have been organising concerts for over 10 years and know the logistics.

Rewards: The studio is already booked, so after the concert the audio will be mixed and available for electronic download within a few weeks. The video edit will take some more time though. The scores will be sent to the printers as soon as its fully proofread and the campaign has finished.

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    16th of November 2013
    7.30pm

    Reid Concert Hall
    Bristo Square,
    Edinburgh
    EH8 9AG

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    DIGITAL download of the entire concert (320kbs MP3). Massive thumbs up!

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    Super-high-quality Lossless AIFF format download for you audiophiles. High-Fives!

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    TWO TICKETS - to the premiere AND a high resolution VIDEO download of the concert. Knowing nod. ( + other digital downloads )

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    Hand SCREEN PRINT of '6 impossible compositions before breakfast' Limited Run of 32. Secret handshake! ( + tickets & downloads )

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    A UNIQUE PAGE of the Handwritten Score - on high quality 14x10in manuscript paper. You will also get a reference to its location in the recording. Enigmatic Smiles all round! ( + tickets & downloads )

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    Music specialist Old Acres in London will produce a beautifully printed and bound copy of the SCORE for you. Signed by me, the conductor and all the players. Its going to be 200 pages of B4. High-fives or firm handshakes - as you prefer. ( + tickets & downloads )

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    The big one. Your very own STRING QUARTET – I will interpret a topic, shape, word, number, picture or musical element of your choosing write the music and record it for you (about 5 min). You will get a copy of the score too of course. As many high-fives as you can handle and a composer hug! ! ( + tickets & downloads )

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