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UPDATE #1:

I just did an interview with SFX Ninja over at SoundEffectsPodcast.com.  Check it out and get some insight on the album and Kon Karne in general.

Listen here.

My name is Lucas, and I'm an electronic musician based out of the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.  I've been making music as Kon Karne for the last couple years, and have had the opportunity to play all around the east coast (Boston, Philly, Richmond, and Baltimore, to name a few cities!) with some great artists (such as The Protomen).  I'm really excited to announce that I'll be starting work on my first full-length album.  It's called "Karpe Noktem" and I feel secure in saying it's the best thing I've been able to be a part of as a musician in a very long time.  

I've made plenty of music in the past, but I've never had such a focused vision of what I want to accomplish.  This is also the first time I've heavily involved others in the creative process of my music.

You can find all of the music I've released previoulsy as Kon Karne on Soundcloud.

"Karpe Noktem" is an album about a lot of things:  night, darkness, questions, frivolity, and acceptance.  It features dense synths, drum beats, and tape recordings to achieve a sound somewhat reminiscent of a John Carpenter or Cliff Martinez score, but with a pseudo-pop structure.  I've been working on it for the last 6 months mostly on my own.  I feel now is the time to take it to the next step by involving more artists, and supporters like you!  Currently I have Mikey Levinson (of The Megas) signed on to do some vocal tracks, and digdugDIY is taking on the visual art direction for the release.  Depending on the success of this Kickstarter campaign I hope to bring on more people to do things like music videos, merchandise, booking a tour, and more.  I plan to release it digitally as well as on CD and cassette.

An example of just one kind of journal entry.
An example of just one kind of journal entry.

Along with CD, digital, and tape versions of the album I want to offer a look into my personal thought process while the album was being made.  I felt the best way to accomplish this would be to make a short book of some of my journal entries pertaining to my music.  The book will be professionally printed, and will contain written entries, doodles, charts, ideas, lyrics, and more that went into the creation of the music.  This is the best way I could think of to add something extra personal to the album.  I know my handwriting is atrocious therefore the book will contain images of my entries alongside typed transcripts.

So what will the money be going to?  The main financial roadblocks to get over at this point are:

- Mixing
- Mastering
- Minor studio upgrades
- An image scanner (to scan journal entries)
- Digital distribution
- Reward fulfillment (printing CD's, tapes, books, t-shirts, etc.)
- Paying those involved in the project (not including myself!)

Making a profit is the farthest thing from my mind at this point.  Every dime that is pledged will, in some way, be used for this release, or things related to it (tour, videos, etc.).

I plan to have the album ready for release by the end of this Summer.  A good bit of the music is written, and a lot of the pieces are in place.  Once the demand, and money is there we should be well on our way.

Risks and challenges

There are a lot of challenges that can be associated with releasing an album. Difficulties with production (both of the music itself, and the CD's/tapes/etc.) will undoubtedly come up.

Not only am I confident that I can overcome these challenges, but I am beyond confident in the abilities of those involved in the project with me. Both Mikey, and digdugDIY are shining examples of professionalism.

Mikey is already an accomplished recording artist whose experience will be invaluable throughout the process. He's best known for working with The Megas, and played a pivotal role in the recording of their album "Get Equipped".

This isn't exactly the first rodeo for the folks at digdugDIY, either. They've worked on projects with a lot of artists including IV the Polymath and Clean Freq to create unique visual art and handmade cassettes to accompany their releases.

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    DIGITAL PACKAGE:
    A digital download of the album in MP3, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, or Ogg Vorbis with album art. Also includes a digital copy (.PDF) of "The Noktem Journals" and an immediate download of a preview track.

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    COMPACT DISC PACKAGE:
    "Karpe Noktem" on high-quality compact disc enclosed in an "eco-sleeve" with art by digdugDIY. This also includes everything in the DIGITAL PACKAGE.

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    CD + TAPE PACKAGE: Basically mash the last two rewards together! A copy of the album on CD and cassette with art by digdugDIY! This also includes everything in the DIGITAL PACKAGE.

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    DELUXE CD/JOURNAL PACKAGE:
    Includes everything in the COMPACT DISC PACKAGE as well as a physical copy of "The Noktem Journals".

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    Includes everything in the previous package plus a copy of the album on cassette.

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    SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE
    Kon Karne will write and record a short theme for whatever you want! Great for your Podcast, Youtube Channel, or alarm clock! Also includes your choice of COMPACT DISK PACKAGE or TAPE PACKAGE

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    ULTIMATE PACKAGE OF DEATH*
    Just like the SUPER DELUXE PACKAGE, but also includes a limited edition Kon Karne T-shirt designed by digdugDIY!

    *will not actually cause death

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    YTMND PACKAGE
    You will receive a heartfelt, handwritten thank you from Kon Karne, your name on the liner notes of the album, and a dedication in "The Noktem Journals". You will also receive everything in the ULTIMATE PACKAGE OF DEATH.

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    PARTY! Kon Karne will perform at your party/kegger/bar mitzvah! You only need to provide the venue! Artist travel is included as long as the venue is within 150mi of Portsmouth, VA. You will also receive everything in the ULTIMATE PACKAGE OF DEATH.

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