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By John Moriarty
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Thank you for taking a look at my project! With your help, I hope to pruduce an album with an AXiS-64 isomorphic keyboard (and release it for free), and to do that I'll have to get my hands on one before C-Thru Music closes up shop. The keyboard will also help me produce more educational and entertaining content for my youtube channel.

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Last minute edit: Turns out there is a 14-day delay after the end of a project before a project creator can withdraw funds. This will be fine. While obviously I can't "afford" the $1286 for the AXiS-64 (else I wouldn't have made this project), I can swing that money until the funds come through, so I'll still be able to purchase the AXiS-64 before C-Thru closes their store.

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You can check out some examples of my music made with the AXiS-49 here:

And here are some examples of educational material I've released through youtube. Some of them cover traditional theory, and some cover theory particularly relevant to an isomorphic keyboard, specifically tuning (aka "microtonal" stuff).

Something I didn't talk about in the video were stretch goals! If the funding for this project exceeds my goal by $200, then I will be able to get the flight case for the AXiS-64, which looks pretty snazzy!

Beyond that, increments of 250$ will go towards purchasing AXiS-49’s. I’ll use them myself, and lend them out to pianists and other musicians who want to learn first hand about these types of keyboards. Amounts over an increment of 250$ will go towards software to help me make the album. This includes my purchasing virtual synthesizers that play especially nice with the AXiS-49 and AXiS-64 software I use, and my giving money to the creators of the free software I already use with the AXiS instruments.

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Video Transcript

Hi, my name is John Moriarty, and I’m a musician! I am a vocal performance major who also makes youtube videos in which I either teach music theory, or make music using cool alternative methods.

The keyboard I’m playing is called an AXiS-49, and it is made by a company called C-Thru music. It is what lets me do what I do. It’s helped me gain a deeper understanding of standard music theory, and allowed me to delve further into tuning than I could imagine being possible otherwise. Without it I couldn’t have made the videos I’ve made to help others understand that theory, and I wouldn’t have written some of my favorite original tunes.

It is an awesome piece of hardware, though it does have it’s limitations. Mainly, its small playing surface restricts me to a relatively small gamut of notes, only allowing for a relatively small number of sharps or flats to be on the layout at one time. Most harmonically adventurous pieces, or those which involve modulation, will fall off of the edge of the AXiS-49.

C-thru music sells a second keyboard, however, called the axis-64, which boasts, among various other improvements, a much larger playing surface, which provides as large an array of notes as I could ever need.

As was announced several months ago, C-Thru music will unfortunately be closing their store at the end of January 2015 and going out of business. This is a huge bummer for many reasons, but for me personally it means that unless I get the funds for an AXiS-64 in the next month, I won’t ever have the chance.

C-Thru is having a closing down down sale with a substantial markdown on the AXiS-64, however, and that is where you come in. If I can raise enough money on Kickstarter for an AXiS-64 before C-Thru closes their store, then I will be releasing, in at most a year’s time, a free album produced exclusively with the AXiS-64 and AXiS-49. You can check out my soundcloud and youtube channel for some examples of my work that have been made using the AXiS-49.

In addition to access to the album for free, if you contribute 15 dollars I’ll write you a thank you letter on some of the nifty hand drawings I’ve done for my time-lapse educational videos.

At the 30$ level I’ll write you the thank you letter and also send you a physical copy of the CD, which would be totally worthless nowadays if I weren’t going to hand draw the album art (whatever it turns out to be) onto your CD with my mediocre visual artistic skills.

And finally, at the 50$ level, I will completely sell out, giving you artistic say in a bonus track at the end of the album. Want me to write lyrics around the word “collywobbles”, or sample a hiccup? What ever 5 of you (at most) decide, your ideas will be combined into one (potentially very strange) bonus track. (Ideas will be screened before approval.)

None of this can happen, however, without your support. It doesn’t matter if you donate 1$ or 50$, every little bit counts, and I appreciate your help so much. I look forward to making music for you all!

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About the funding goal:

The AXiS-64 is listed at 1060 EUR, which at the time of posting is ~$1284 USD. That, plus ~$100 for shipping*, ~$30 for a pack of audio CDs and, at most, $2 each to ship (probably at most) 52 CDs, gives us 1518. Finally, Kickstarter's and Amazon's fees will add up to, at most, 10% of the funding, bringing the goal up to $1,686.

*I admit this shipping estimate is almost a COMPLETE guess because I have not contacted C-Thru yet about shipping to my location. It will be shipped from the UK, however, and USPS estimates that a package of 15 pounds and the dimensions of an AXiS-64 will cost that much to ship. If it costs more and I don't raise any more than my goal, I'll take on the extra cost.

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk for this project may, at first, seem to be my purchasing a midi controller from a company just days before they close their doors. Rest assured, however, that they will continue to offer tech support and their warranty until January of 2016, giving me ample time to keep up with my side of the bargain and produce an album in that time.
http://www.c-thru-music.com/cgi/…

Other risks include the following:

Delays- While it is certainly possible to hit writer's block, and for busy times to limit my available time to work on this project, I took Kickstarter's advice to heart and decided to under promise and, hopefully, over deliver. Given my productivity and available time, producing a full album's worth of music (at least 10 full length tracks) shouldn't take more than six months (two and a half weeks per track.) I've given myself twice that to allow for any delays from my life, from C-Thru in shipping me the AXiS-64, or from my adapting the AXiS-64 to my purposes.

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    All of the above, and some sort of artistic say in a bonus track. Want me to write lyrics around the word "collywobbles"? Want me to only use frequencies audible by small dogs and elephants? Whatever 5 of you (at most) decide, your ideas will be combined into one (potentially strange) bonus track.

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    Wow! Thank you for your generosity =) How about all of the above and, if you are close, we meet up for coffee or lunch and talk about cool stuff, like the future of music technology, or how long we think it will be until google drives our cars and owns our DNA?

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