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Leannan Sidhe’s bittersweet Fairytale Folk music meets Trance and 80’s dance music in this first album from The Solo Project.
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Presenting the first album from The Solo Project! Leannan Sidhe’s bittersweet Fairytale Folk music meets Trance and 80’s dance music. All the music, art, editing, and mixing were done by Leannan Sidhe (and thus how The Solo Project got its name). 

I’ve been releasing singles over on my Bandcamp site, but to do a full album release I‘d like to send the songs to a mastering engineer (it’s often wiser to have someone else do the mastering) and then out to be turned into CD’s. 

At my goal of $250 I can afford to have the album mastered, distributed, and released for download and streaming only. If you want physical CD’s, aim higher. - Achieved!

If I make it to $450 I can afford a duplicated* run of 100 discs and case inserts.  I already have the cases. - Achieved!

*Professional duplication is basically a fancy high speed, large batch version of a home CD burner. 

At $775 I can do a duplicated run of 250. - Achieved!

At $1200 I can do a replicated** run of 500. (Which is what I’d prefer.) - Achieved!

**Replication means the albums are pressed and there’s less chance of error or disc degradation.

Included  the overall budget is the bite that Kickstarter/Stripe takes to process the project. (About 5% and 3-5% respectively) 

I also pay a little more to get the albums made by a local Portland based company. I like their work, their turnaround time, and their customer service, and I prefer to support relatively local businesses. Saving money for this go ’round is the fact that I already have a supply of empty cases from earlier projects that I haven’t needed to use yet. 

If I’m lucky enough to do better than my $1100 goal the extra money will go into making more musical delights for you to enjoy.  I’ve got a few more album projects on the back burner, both Solo Project and acoustic.  The acoustic albums cost more to produce (given that I’m working with other musicians who also enjoy paying the bills) so I’m hoping The Solo Project album’s will help fund the next one. Or I might try a blend of old and new (because really, what isn’t better with cello?).

If I get far more preorders/backers than I expect, I’ll also look at bumping the print run up to 1000. It’s cheaper per disc, but I don’t want more than I can reasonably sell just sitting around collecting dust. 

As I release the single version of the Adopt a song tiers I’ll update the link list below so you can get a feel for what the sponsoring options are. Keep in mind that these are the unmastered versions, and I may tinker with them a little more before sending them off to be mastered. 

 Understand Me Is My Battlecry! 

Footsteps

Eternal Reverie

Winter is Coming

Winterglass

Witness at the Gate

Reflections

Unbound!

Breathe 

Risks and challenges

This is a fairly low risk project. The work is mostly done already. The variable delays are how long it takes for the mastered version to come back to me, and how long it takes to send it to the printers, get the discs made and shipped to me.

Honestly, the biggest risks come from the post office mishandling rewards and from backers not responding to the end of project survey. Every project there’s been one or two I can’t ship because I wasn’t given an address. (I still have them neatly packaged and ready to mail with names attached, so if that was you let me know. I’ll ship them out right away!)

The other challenge is in the way Kickstarter funding works. You don’t get charged until the project ends (and was successful) which makes it low risk for you, but means I run the risk of having someone cancel their funding at the end, leaving me with less than the project says I should be getting. In this case, I should be able to manage to get everything out if that happens, unless it’s a major backer in which case I may have to drop down a tier of “If I get this much...”.

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    Pixie Dust

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    Digital download of album and album art. If Eternal Reverie does not make it onto the album, a download code will be included.

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    Magic Mirror

    All of the above + 2nd CD (Unbound! or Fragile dreams) -or- Mine to Love DLC + signed album print and named as an album sponsor in the liner notes.

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    Adopt Dreams

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    This song gets added to the album and it gets treated like one of the $100 song sponsorships + set of all song cover prints signed and a third album.

    (You can choose all three as the new release, or mix and match with the older releases. Mine to Love is DLC only right now as the discs are out of print.)

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    (You can choose all three as the new release, or mix and match with the older releases. Mine to Love is DLC only right now as the discs are out of print.)

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    Add and adopt A Perfect World

    This song gets added to the album and it gets treated like one of the $100 song sponsorships + set of all song cover prints signed and a third album.

    (You can choose all three as the new release, or mix and match with the older releases. Mine to Love is DLC only right now as the discs are out of print.)

    Includes:
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    Add and adopt The Left Behind

    This song gets added to the album and it gets treated like one of the $100 song sponsorships + set of all song cover prints signed and a third album.

    (You can choose all three as the new release, or mix and match with the older releases. Mine to Love is DLC only right now as the discs are out of print.)

    Includes:
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