About this project
WOW! Thanks to your incredible support, we reached our $5,000 fundraising goal within the first 12 hours of the Kickstarter campaign! Your belief in this project is overwhelming; I'm truly grateful.
So where do we go from here? By adding some fundraising stretch goals, we can expand the scope of Atlantis Awakening to include even more rewards for everyone to enjoy!
$8,000 - Goal Met!
If we raise $8,000, I will create FREE, backer-exclusive Atlantis Awakening SONGBOOKS featuring the sheet music (melody, chords, lyrics, and guitar tabs) for every playable piece* on the album! Everyone who pledges $5 and up will receive these in PDF format, and for backers $75 and up: printed & bound! (*A couple of tracks might be too ambient to lend themselves well to sheet music.)
$10,000 - Goal Met!
At $10,000 raised, I will record MORE LIVE INSTRUMENTS - something that would truly take Atlantis Awakening to the next level! Possibilities are live strings, hand percussion, and a range of other interesting ethnic instruments. And exclusively for backers: I'll show you before & after comparisons, so you can see just how much of a difference your contributions made to the final product!
$15,000 - Goal Met!
Something I have always wanted to do is create a really cool, fully produced MUSIC VIDEO. At $15,000 raised, this would finally be possible. I'll even create a poll so that backers choose which song they'd most like to see! The video will be uploaded to YouTube for everyone's enjoyment, and just for backers: a free HD download to enjoy at any time.
$20,000 - Goal Met!!!
If we make it to $20,000, I will not only create a SECOND MUSIC VIDEO (again, backers choose the song!)... I'll also release an Atlantis Awakening REMIX ALBUM later this year, featuring awesome new arrangements from Mr. zircon and more of my amazing composer buddies. FREE to all backers!
Those who have pledged $100 and up (which lands you the Limited Edition remix packs) will also be eligible to enter a Remix Contest for more cool prizes, with winning tracks considered for the new album!
Awakening to visions of a civilization long buried beneath the sea, she begins to wonder if they are mere dreams or memories from a past life. Aletheia: in search of truth, her timeless journey begins...
I have always found myself drawn to the imagery of tsunami. Since I was a child, these giant waves have permeated my dreams - so frequently, in fact, that I began to realize they must hold some sort of significance to me, however subconscious. It is this curiosity that led to the inception of Atlantis Awakening, my third solo album.
Unlike my previous original works, Atlantis Awakening is a true concept album with both a literal story (a woman experiencing visions of the lost world) and a metaphorical meaning (her search for truth in a sea of doubt). Over the past five years, there have been many times I felt ready to give up on this project... not for lack of inspiration, but rather I was afraid of the truths I might uncover about myself in the process. It's a scary place to be, but at some point, we all must face the unknown.
The legend of Atlantis tells of an ancient, advanced civilization that was swallowed by the sea and erased by time. Though Plato wrote of it over two-thousand years ago and its existence is debated to this day, it continues to influence much art and literature. My hope with Atlantis Awakening is to add to this mythos and canon, and through the music, inspire you to journey and discover your own truths as well.
Atlantis Awakening is by far my largest solo project yet. My first two albums, Origins and Through Sand and Snow, were created using a simple DAW, USB mic, and bedroom recording setup (although I'm no less proud of them). Featuring a 50-person choir, more live instruments, and beautiful custom artwork, this album has demanded higher production quality across the board... Not to mention the studio upgrades I have made with new equipment and an acoustically treated recording room!
As an independent musician, these costs have all come out of pocket. I have high hopes for the album's public reach, but can't afford to break the bank with additional costs to be incurred in manufacturing and distribution. With your help, I know it will be an amazing production - and there are some truly unique rewards reserved just for backers like you! (Want some examples? Read on!)
Every dollar of my $5,000 project goal will go toward the physical production of Atlantis Awakening, backer-exclusive rewards, shipping costs, and album promotion. This includes:
- Gorgeous, eco-friendly UV coated CD digipaks with 8-page booklet inserts, high-quality disc replication, and full-color silk screen printing
- Hand-crafted collectible glass magnets in five different designs featuring the Wienhold watercolors
- Beautiful and durable 11"x17" fine poster prints with hand-torn edges (for the ancient explorer within us all)
- Torn-edge postcard packs of the five watercolors in the same quality cardstock
- Handmade, hardcover artbooks lovingly assembled by me! Featuring woven cloth covers, fold-out accordion design, and a personal written note to you, these make for a very special keepsake.
- Limited Edition discs containing remix packs and karaoke versions of the songs (go wild!)
- Show tickets to any one of my live performances
- Album and radio promotion through a trusted New Age music promoter I've worked with in the past
- Shipping and handling to all backers
- Kickstarter/Amazon fees
My goal is to release Atlantis Awakening this June (2013). It's been a long time coming, but I'm determined to make it happen! Backers can expect their physical rewards during June as well, although international shipping can potentially take a little longer. All backers at $10 and above will receive a lossless digital download of the album before the public release, however, so that should tide you over until your package arrives. :D
As with my previous albums, Atlantis Awakening will eventually be available to purchase through most major channels: iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, CD Baby, etc. BUT: I won't be offering signed CDs and most other merchandise after the Kickstarter ends - nor the personalized rewards like voice greetings, custom songs and EPs - so now's your chance to get a hold of the really special stuff!
Risks and challenges
This being my third solo album, I have gone through the process of releasing CDs twice before myself, and many times with Andrew's zircon releases. There is always the chance of unforeseen delays: manufacturing errors, postal service mishaps, broken legs, etc.
I am doing my best to avoid these speed bumps by getting a head start on the CD design and printing of backer rewards. Still, I can't in good conscience *guarantee* a June release. I CAN guarantee, however, that the album will be in your hands by a reasonable date!
It's also important to note that Kickstarter backers are never charged *unless and until* a project successfully meets its funding goal. You can also cancel (or upgrade!) your pledge at any time during the campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I already own "Origins." If I pledge $5 or $10, could I receive a download of "Through Sand and Snow" instead?
Sure! I am unable to change the reward description above, but at the end of the Kickstarter campaign, I'll be sending a survey to all backers where you can request this option.
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