Frequently Asked Questions
We will only be selling the album after the Kickstarter. We will not be selling any of the artwork, art cards, bookmarks, art book, Hoid's flute, or anything else. Just the album.
However, there will be a brief window after the Kickstarter where latecomers may still make pledges through BackerKit. We won't be actively marketing during this period, so we won't be able to raise much money. On the BackerKit, we will be allowing pledges for *exactly* what we are offering right now - nothing more, nothing less.Last updated:
What is the difference between the Kickstarter edition album and the Standard edition album? (And how is it different from the art book?)
First, the Standard Edition Album:
- The standard edition of the album will come in a jewel case with a 6-page booklet containing a small amount of artwork and some information about the songs.
The Kickstarter Edition Album:
- The Kickstarter edition will have the same number of songs that the standard edition will have but will come with deluxe liner notes packaged in a hardcover digibook.
- The liner notes will be a perfect bound set of 48-52 pages, containing lots of artwork, stories about the songs and the writing/recording process, notes about the orchestra, and song dedications. About half of the artwork will be licensed, with the other half being new commissions.
- The Kickstarter edition will become available sometime during the funding of Goal 2.
The Art Book
- The Art Book is an expansion on the liner notes of the Kickstarter edition of the album, but will also have specifically commissioned artwork that is different from both editions of the album. Most of artwork in the art book will be new commissions not found anywhere else.Last updated:
The batons will be unlocked once we achieve our second goal.Last updated:
We're working on that one right now. The short answer is that we are going to release one once we hit $80K, and more as we get into our second goal. However, the demand is high, so we're looking into a way to release more sooner - so keep on the lookout - they'll go fast!Last updated:
There is a more complete answer (including track lists) a ways down the campaign page below "OBJECTIVES" under a header titled "THE BREAKDOWN", but here is a quick overview:
With our first goal, we'll be able finish recording, mix, and deliver 14 complete tracks. Each of the tracks has been written, and most of them have been recorded. We're hoping to far exceed our first goal and be able to record a total of 31 songs (two complete CD's).
Once we achieve Goal 2, we'll be able to record some new songs that can only be recorded by achieving this goal! With it, we will be able to record 7 new songs in Prague with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and hire PROJECT Trio to write and record an 8th song.
With the successful completion of Goal 3, we'll be able to record 9 more songs using the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
We want to give this album everything we've got! Goal 4 will allow us to add some serious polish to the entire album. By reaching this goal, we'll be able to record the album with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road and with London Voices at Air Studios.
This is no small thing! The LSO is the same orchestra that has recorded such iconic films as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! By recording with these groups, each track will not only stand out but will inspire epic awe!
By completing Goal 5, we'll be able to hire two world-famous/world-class performing artists for the Shallan's Lullaby duet.
Last, but not least, with Goal 6, we'll be able to hire an amazing, world-famous alternative rock band to write, record, and perform an awesome bonus track, and hire a world-famous violinist to collaborate on I Fall From The Sky.Last updated:
We're aiming for an ambitious $110K for our main goal! While it is ambitious, it's definitely not unattainable! With continued help from you - your excitement and putting the word out there, telling everyone you know, talking to influencers, and anything else you can do - the goal is more than within reach!
With that said, we are still prepared for what might happen if we don't reach $110K. While we won't be able to offer the same awesome rewards (including any of the artwork-centric rewards) outside of the Kickstarter/BackerKit, we do have several songs mostly recorded that we will finish recording, mix, and distribute.
However, that doesn't mean that you should wait to see whether the Kickstarter succeeds to pledge! By reaching and exceeding our goal, we'll be able to provide - not only a lot of awesome stuff to you - but an even better version of the album, with top-notch soloists, extra recordings, better artwork, amazing mixing - the whole works! Even more - don't wait to get the word out! The more people we can get to help make this snowball, the better!
You all are awesome and amazing - and inspiring to all of us at The Black Piper! Continue to share this like crazy and, most importantly, with the same passion and excitement as you've been showing, and together we'll make this happen!Last updated:
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