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Ambient, meditative, out-of-this-world dreamscapes. The kind of music that stirs the imagination, and sends you off into a dream.

Sketches of Space

An album of ambient, meditative, out-of-this-world dreamscapes. The kind of music that stirs the imagination, and sends you off into a dream. This is what my next release Sketches of Space will be comprised of, if this kickstarter promotion is funded.

Space Crystal USB Drives!

Ok they aren't really from space, but use your imagination! Each one is unique, custom cut and crafted entirely by myself. I'll also wire them with an interior UV light for neat effect as shown, but cameras don't do it justice as they don't capture UV light properly. These will contain ultra high quality versions of the songs, better than CD quality, and not available anywhere else. Also includes bonus track, plus two exclusive unreleased demo ballads(with vocals), about a dozen instrumental demos, and who knows what other exclusive surprises I might put on the drive? These will only be available for a limited time to those who pledge $100 or more, and also includes the pre-release digital download and signed album artwork poster.

International Shipping Included!

Please note that all reward prices INCLUDE international shipping, as many of my fans are out of the country. 

About the Artist

My name is James D. Stark. I've had 6 musical releases thus far, Sketches of Space would be my 7th. This would be a departure from my previous works, which were dark romantic, synthpop, primarily with vocals. Sketches of Space would be entirely instrumental, piano and synthesizer works. I've always created a lot of improvised music like this over the years, but have never released an album of this kind. 

Why kickstarter?

Releasing music projects has always been a great risk vs. reward scenario. Most people don't understand how much time and energy goes into any album release, particularly when you are a one man operation that does everything from songwriting, production, artwork, and promotion. It can be a very exhausting process, and it can become frustrating financially when you put your own money into equipment, software, and distribution, not to mention my own time and effort, with no assurance of any compensation.

With kickstarter I can gauge interest and know ahead of time if it's going to be a worthwhile project. As much as I love and want to create music, I can't devote my time and resources to it unless there is some base level of financial support. Particularly with this project "Sketches of Space", it's unclear if there is much interest in this kind of music from my fans or others. My hope is that this project funding will be successful, and that I can continue to do more kickstarter projects exploring different sides of my music.

Are there other ways to support the project?

Yes! Take a look under the video player – You can spread the word about Sketches of Space by liking or sharing my introduction video on Facebook or Twitter!

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    An early digital download of one of the songs, and my gratitude.

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    Pre-release digital download of the album, 2 weeks before it's available anywhere else.

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    Signed poster of the album artwork, and pre-release digital download of the album plus bonus track. (Official album artwork isn't pictured, hasn't been created yet)

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    Unique custom made crystal USB drive with UV LED indicator, containing the highest quality versions of the songs plus bonus track. In addition, two exclusive never before released demo ballads (with vocals), an unreleased remix of "Hell", and about a dozen selected never before heard instrumental demos from my archive over the past 15 years, and maybe some other surprises! Includes all previous rewards (signed poster, pre-release digital download)

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    An exclusive private song, written just for you and only you. I will sing your name, lots. In fact, that will be the only word in the song, your name! Perfect for the narcissist in you! This can also be a very special gift, just provide the name of that special someone. I'll also cater to the style of song desired, wether it be piano, ambient dreamscape, or synthpop. Also includes the magnificent custom made crystal USB drive, pre-release digital download, and signed poster.

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