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Manfred MelcherBy Manfred Melcher
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Manfred MelcherBy Manfred Melcher
First created
$4,056
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
25
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, October 19 2014 10:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

  • What is Kickstarter?

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  • The Plan

  • The goal of my Kickstarter campaign is to fund the recording and production of my second full-length album, Floating: a collection of instrumental compositions on the theme of grief and healing.  Following the success of my first album, The Hours, I was inspired by feedback from listeners to compose more music that had a deep emotional impact on them.  The most common reaction I received about The Hours was the music’s ability to reach into an emotional place in the listener.  That both thrilled and humbled me.  It also got me thinking about my next album.

    As a psychotherapist I’ve worked extensively with people who are experiencing grief…the loss of a child, the death of a parent, a major life-change, a divorce or the break-up of a relationship…and I feel compelled to pour my knowledge and experiences of the grieving process into musical form.  For Floating, I will further tap my knowledge, training and experiences as a psychotherapist to compose music that is meant to console the grieving heart.  Music can give expression to emotions that are somehow beyond words. My intention with Floating will be to write compositions and arrangements that ease the listener’s journey through grief and healing.

    Floating will consist of original instrumental music and some arrangements of traditional music. Several compositions will be specifically written to honor someone who has passed away.  Another unique feature of the album will be my inclusion of other psychotherapists (who are accomplished musicians) as guest artists.  I’m eager to write compositions that will make use of not only my colleagues’ musical talents, but also their gifts as healers.

    Floating will be a wonderful gift to anyone grieving or suffering a loss.  I also anticipate that the therapeutic/counseling community will be able to utilize the album in therapeutic efforts to help grieving people navigate difficult times.  Given the universal human experience of grief, I am especially hopeful that my project will appeal to people globally and that some of them will value the intention of the album enough to donate funds to make Floating a reality.

    The Budget

    There is a budget of $10,000 for this project. 

    This will cover:

    • Production

    • Professional studio and guest musicians

    • Mixing/editing

    • Mastering

    • Album artwork/design

    • 15-page liner booklet

    • CD duplication

    • Marketing/promotion

    • Kickstarter video

    • Mailing

    • Fees and taxes

      I’m planning on recording 12-15 pieces (depending on the backer reward system).  Some are already written, others will be created specifically for the project as it develops.  I will hire several professional studio musicians.  As noted, some of my guest artists will be psychotherapists who have musical talents. I also want to have more capital available for artwork.  I consider the CD artwork (the liner notes and the jacket design) an extension of the music.  For this project, the liner notes will be especially important, as they will “tell the story” of what or who inspired the composition.  I hope to include a 15-page liner booklet that will give ample space to read about some of the inspiration behind the music.  My private record label, ManMade Records, will independently produce and release the record through my project studio, SoLu Sounds.  My sound engineer and I will be handling the recording, editing, and mixing.  Mastering will be handled by an off-site mastering studio TBD.  Some funds will be designated to cover required Kickstarter and Amazon fees (3-5%) and taxes. 

    • All backers ($10 or more donated) will receive access to exclusive project progress and studio updates, behind-the-scenes photos, and production tid-bits.  You will be part of this project every step of the way, including some of my initial song ideas, in-studio video as we record, album design options, the CD cover photo shoot, and the final mailing of the master to CD Baby for printing.  You will feel like you are with me and my team at each important milestone!  I will ask for, incorporate, and credit your feedback.  Backers will have the chance to contribute ideas and share constructive criticism.

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      I thank you for getting the word out!

    About my 1st album The Hours...
  • "The Hours by Manfred Melcher provides a peaceful listening experience that can be enjoyed either as background music or with more focused attention.  The use of space and Manfred’s tasteful phrasing allows the music to breathe and flow.  This debut release shows great promise, and I’ll look forward to hearing more from this evolving artist."

    From the review by Michael Diamond

  • Some music from my 1st album The Hours...
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Risks and challenges

Challenges will be minimal. I own my own project studio, so I can record and mix as needed without the pressure of running up studio rental costs (just need to be able to pay my sound engineer a livable wage). I’ve already recorded and produced The Hours, so I am very familiar and comfortable with all aspects of creating an album.

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    Thank you by name on my website
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    • Thank you by name on my website
    Your name as a Kickstarter backer in CD liner notes
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    • Your name as a Kickstarter backer in CD liner notes
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    • 2 copies of Floating
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    Dedication of Danny Boy
    • My arrangement for solo guitar of the Irish traditional Danny Boy will be dedicated to your loved one.
    • Your name as a Kickstarter backer in liner notes
    • Thank you by name on my website
    • Digital download card
    • 2 copies of Floating
    • 2 copies of The Hours

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    Selection and dedication of a Spiritual/Hymn
    • You select a Spiritual/Hymn (from open-source, royalty-free catalogue) and I will write an arrangement for solo guitar. Dedicate the arrangement to your loved one by name.
    • Your name as a Kickstarter backer in liner notes
    • Thank you by name on my website
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    • 2 copies of Floating
    • 2 copies of The Hours

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    Commission a Tribute composition
    • A Tribute composition written specifically in memory of your loved one.
    • Thank you by name on my website
    • 5 digital download cards
    • 5 copies of Floating
    • 5 copies of The Hours
    • Your name as a Kickstarter backer in liner notes

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Funding period

- (30 days)