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About this project

 Hello everyone, my name is JAMES KOENIG.  I'm a 31 year old  ARTIST/COMPOSER/FILMMAKER  from SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH.

 Examples of my work can be found at:  www.CLEARBELL.net

  And I'm on here to ask your help to fund an amazing project. I want to build a STEAMPUNK PIANO.  For those of you who don't know what "STEAMPUNK"  art is,  look at these amazing   "STEAMPUNK GUITARS."  These are mirrored digital permutations of the original that was in my video. ( THE ORIGINAL GUITAR GOES TO THE HIGHEST PLEDGER OVER THE $1,000 level.)

 Very cool huh?  Now you know why I want to build a STEAMPUNK  PIANO. The STEAMPUNK PIANO combines my love of art with my love of music. The level of detail that comes with the mechanical elements found in Steampunk art stimulate my intellectual side, and that mixed with the beautiful texture and color combinations speak to me as an artist.

 The project requires $35,000 dollars  for the cost of:GRAND PIANO, MOVING COSTS, GEARS, COG WHEELS, DIALS, LEATHER, BRASS TUBING & HARWARE, FIXTURES, SCONCES, FITTING, METERS,GLASS,FIBER OPTICS, LIGHTS, POWER SUPPLIES,  MICRO STEAM ENGINES, ETC.Most of the materials for the  STEAMPUNK PIANO  will be found at second-hand stores, flee markets, yard sales, etc. This allows me to bring down the cost of the STEAMPUNK PIANO dramatically. One estimate I figured out was over $500,000.  OUCH!!!!  That would have meant I could have never built the STEAMPUNK PIANO, so I found a new approach that is much cheaper, and like many forced budget changes, it actually proved to offer something better artistically.  "Treasure hunting" for parts in second-hand stores, flee markets, and other similar sources allow me to find parts that I could either never imagine or never build, so I end up with pieces that are better than I imagined. So in turn, the piano will be better than I imagined. 

                                    PLAN:

After the funds become available,  I'll get right to work building this project. It will take me one month to finish the STEAMPUNK PIANO. Here is a quick overview of the project schedule:

                                   WEEK 1: 

  • 1) Seek best price for a grand piano from multiple dealers.

  • 2) Purchase piano and have delivered.

  • 3) Seek the bulk of parts from multiple sources: second-hand stores, flee markets, yard sales,etc.
  • 4) Dry-fit pieces and conceptualize possible designs.
  • 5) Update pledgers on progress.

                                   WEEK 2:

  • 1) Purchase new materials that can't be found in previous locations.
  • 2) Seek more "treasure" from second-hand stores, flee markets, yard sales,etc.
  • 3)  Attach foundational design parts, leather covering, larger dials and gears, etc.
  • 4) Update pledgers on progress.

                                   WEEK 3:

  • 1) Lock down all fixed parts and layout the moveable parts. (cog wheels, steam meters, etc.)
  • 2) Test steam engines and dials and dry-fit on the piano.
  • 3) Wire in light and power supplies.
  • 4  Fit the engine and all moveable parts to piano.
  • 5) Update pledgers on progress.

                                   WEEK 4:

  • 1) Add any extra details that are needed.
  • 2) Final parts check: make sure everything is tightly secure to body.
  • 3) Check for and eliminate any unwanted sounds: rattles, creeks, screeches, etc.
  • 4) Final spit, wax, and polish.
  • 5) Show pledgers the final masterpiece.
  • 6) Show the rest of the world.    

  As a piano player, it's important to me that I keep the acoustical and mechanical integrity of the piano in the best possible condition as I modify its aesthetic. In addition to a conventional exhibition of the STEAMPUNK PIANO, I plan to have this piano exhibited while being used in live performances in both small recitals, and possibly large concerts with orchestras, so the STEAMPUNK PIANO has to perform well.  The acoustical and mechanical integrity of the piano comes down to choosing the right piano from the start. I'll be testing out every piano for such things as: timbral quality, good action response in soft and loud dynamics, and construction quality.  As an art lover, I want people to have a chance to experience the STEAMPUNK PIANO up close, and to be able to play it. Too much fine art is caged behind velvet ropes, steel bars, and bullet-proof glass, and I don't want people to miss a chance to get a more personal experience with it. I want people to be able to explore it and see it from different angles, and smell the oil, metal, leather, and wood. I want people to experience playing it as the gears turn and the steam pulses through the brassy veins into the meters and dials. I want people coming away from the STEAMPUNK PIANO amazed with its amount of detail, creativity, ingenuity, originality, and the level of life this one-of-a-kind STEAMPUNK PIANO has.

 But I can't build the STEAMPUNK PIANO, and people can't experience this unique creation without your help. . I believe the more you give to people, the more you get back, so please take a minute to read about all my GIFTS I have for you as a pledger.

 Please keep in mind that it's all or nothing-- meaning if I'm just $1 short of $35,000, I don't get anything. So even a $1 pledge helps a lot to reach my goal.  So please please pledge.  I'm happy to answer any question you have, so don't hesitate to ask.

 And remember to check out my work at www.CLEARBELL.net And if you want to chat with me, find me on facebook. Just type "james koenig." I thank everyone for reading this and hope that you will PLEDGE to the STEAMPUNK PIANO project.

 Thank you. 

James  Koenig

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    A digital download of a set of pictures of the STEAMPUNK PIANO. And for every dollar you spend, you get a million karma points! Those are good for at least 3 or 4 hours, but i reccommend giving the points to the people you love.

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    A digital download of Nocturne--that mysterious, beautiful piece I composed that's at the beginning of my video.

    You'll get:
    1) MP3
    2) SHEET MUSIC ( PDF )
    3) MIDI FILE

    *Plus the previous level's goodies

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    A digital download of a unique electro industrial BACH PRELUDE arrangement of mine.

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    A digital download of 13 INVENTIONS I wrote for piano. If you play piano, these pieces are a great collection to add to your music library. You will find them pleasantly challenging.

    You'll get:
    1) MP3s of all 13 inventions
    2) SHEET MUSIC (PDF) of all 13 inventions
    3) MIDI FILE of all 13 inventions

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    An 11" x 17" PICTURE of your choice from my gallery at clearbell.net. Good luck deciding on a picture-- even I have a hard time choosing my favorite!

    *Plus all the previous goodies

    NOTE: If you wish to have an 11"x 17" of the STEAMPUNK PIANO, I will be posting pictures of it in my gallery after the project is complete, and am more than happy to send your favorite then.

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    A CUSTOM PORTRAIT of you, a family member, or a friend of your choice done in the style shown in the video.

    You will get:
    1) A digital version of your custom portrait
    2) A signed 11" x 17" poster of your custom portrait
    *Plus all the previous goodies

    NOTE: I will be starting the portraits after the project is done and if I have a lot of them, it could take some time to finish yours, so please be patient with me.

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    30 song package mp3s of my original works. This has a variety of the music I've done. Everything from film scores, to jazz, rock, pop, and hip hop. If you love all kinds of music, you'll love this collection.

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    An 8" x 11" framed hand written sheet music. Hand written sheet music is beautiful all on its own, and is quickly fading out of existence. This gift is a great way to preserve this old traditional practice of writing music.

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    A tour of my workshop - I will give you a tour of my workshop where I create my art, film, and music. I will show you my current works that I have not shown to anyone, and the tools I use to bring my work to life.

    *Plus all the previous goodies. AND THE
    HIGHEST PLEDGER OVER $1,000 GETS MY STEAMPUNK GUITAR.
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