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After 50 United States & Canada, Marian Call sprints to Europe to record a LIVE ALBUM. Our heroine is undaunted by that ocean thing.
In which Marian Call fans launched an incredible and successful European tour and helped to create not one but THREE new albums of material -- plus a music video!
In which Marian Call fans launched an incredible and successful European tour and helped to create not one but THREE new albums of material -- plus a music video!
945 backers pledged $63,301 to help bring this project to life.

An Announcement You'll Like

Hey guys! Waiting to board my plane from Chicago to San Diego and hoping my laptop battery holds out.  I'll see a few of you at SDCC (booth 1033! Concert Saturday night! which is open to the public, not just SDCC folks). And then a few more of you in L.A. at Nerdist Theater on 7/19.  Yaaaaaay Muppetflail!

Here is something for everybody:

http://mariancall.bandcamp.com/track/the-kick-some-start-song

You guys requested a recording of my little ditty from the Kickstarter movie, so here it is!  It's a free download.  If it's getting stuck in your head that might help.

Speaking of the Kick Some Start Song, I got featured in today's Kickstarter blog! Sweet!  Thanks @shinyee_au!

http://www.kickstarter.com/blog/kickstarter-at-san-diego-comic-con

We are still counting Questing Coins from Europe, and they are still coming in. We updated the map just recently, and Ireland is very close now, 96 Questing Coins and rising.  (Please please fund, Ireland, I love you!  I want to come back and do more tromping through the rain!)  Other nations can still unlock at any time by reaching 125 Coins, or if someone Buys a Concert.  We have two weeks left, a lot can happen!  If you're in Europe and you've pledged, don't forget to tell me where to go using your Questing Coins; the link to do that is right here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mariancall/marian-call-european-adventure-quest/posts/258429

I'm doing final edit now on a page we can translate and post in a few other languages; thanks SO much to those of you who offered to translate, you'll be hearing from me as soon as I can finish the document I need to translate and write you some e-mails!  This project seriously has me swimming as hard as I can, trying not to take on too much water before the finish line.

Okay, okay.  Now something I am very excited to tell you:

If you are not in Europe, I have decided how you will spend your Questing Coins. It's also a stretch goal.  So!

STRETCH GOAL:  I WANT TO MAKE MORE MOVIES IN EUROPE. We've actually already reached the $$$ amount I need, so hey, we've stretched it already!

I have never been good at making movies -- I don't have the time or equipment or expertise -- but I know some folks who are.  Sometimes they help me, like with my Kickstarter video.  I have secured a reliable promise of help in Europe, and I want to make a really kickass music video while I'm over there, in a specific location.  Ideas:

  • "Good Morning Moon" at an ancient observatory or museum or a modern laboratory of note
  • "Dear Mister Darcy" at a historic Jane Austen site
  • "Coffee by Numbers" at Europe's oldest coffeehouse (which claims to be in Oxford)
  • "E.S.B." at a very old German brewery or perhaps the Guinness factory
  • "Temporal Dominoes" in some of the very places that inspired the song
  • "The Nerd Anthem" at Legoland or the British Museum or somewhere else cool

LET'S MAKE A MOVIE GUYS!

I don't have a thorough list of ideas, because I bet YOU guys know cooler places in Europe than I do.  So tell me what you would like in the Comments!  Where should I make a video of which song? 

If you are extra cool, you can do a little research into what is required to film there (whether we need permission or a permit or to pay for that location).  Because I can only make videos in legal places with permission.

Near the end of the Kickstarter, I'll present the five or six best/most likely ideas, and you may spend your Questing Coins to vote for the video location of your choice.  (We will devote lots of resources to that one video rather than making several, I gotta focus on playing concerts more than filming.)

So suggest away!  Where would you like me to sing what?  Discuss in the comments, and I'm sure popular ideas will emerge.

If you're at the $75 level or above, you'll also receive a link to view a private full-length concert video to go with your concert recording.  It'll probably just be a one-camera shoot, but it will be high quality -- we'll light it and shoot close and all, it'll look great.  So now you'll have video, not just audio, of a complete concert in Europe!  You may even get two different concerts, depending.

YAY YAY YAY

Translations coming shortly so you can share more of this Kickstarter with folks in other countries.  Woohoo!

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Q: So what are you gonna do with the extra Kickstarter money you have earned?

Well, I'll tell you. I've been thinking about it lots and I want to be responsible with it.

  • Make some movies happen!
  • Budget a little more for higher-quality recordings in Europe!
  • Get hard cases for my sound system and typewriter so they can travel safely!
  • Sleep on the floor less while I travel over there!
  • I budgeted some for my own recording equipment, which I badly need to complete this project (I'd rather have my own setup and invite an engineer to run it, it saves lots).  As my current 50-states laptop behaves more and more erratically, and its insides are starting to come out, I might include a functional laptop in the "New recording equipment" budget. Because I sure as heck can't do much without one, and odds my current computer will die soon are high.
  • Make more art. That's what you've told me -- that's what I'll do.  All this money is in one way or another going to make new art, or going to free me up to make more art.  I'm currently chewing on a song called "Impractical armor." I think you'll like it.

Q: Why not make more videos?

Stopping to make a video will take a couple days out of performing, and I still want the focus of this tour to be playing as many shows as possible for my awesome incredibly patient European fans.  Plus, if we go slow and do it right, we'll end up with a much better video!

Comments

    1. Creator Andrew Pegg-Wheat on July 26, 2012

      I would like to nominate as a video location Portmeirion in Wales. http://www.portmeirion-village.com/ - the location where The Prisoner was filmed. "I am not a number!"

    2. Creator samatwitch on July 14, 2012

      I would also vote for CERN - or Stonehenge. I'm nothing if not eclectic in my views and tastes. ;)

    3. Creator Marian De Kleermaeker on July 13, 2012

      Oh... and I hope your squee deflector made it's fortitude save a while a go... That was some squee that came from my mouth!

    4. Creator Marian De Kleermaeker on July 13, 2012

      @Angela: I would be SO in (and willing to travel and such) for a concert at CERN!!!! That would be AWESOME!!!!!!!

    5. Creator Angela on July 13, 2012

      I could also see if I could book the auditorium for a 'meeting'; we've had musical guests in there before, and I'm told that's how they did it. I don't know anything about the sound system, but I'm sure somebody I know does.

      *holds up squee deflector shields*

    6. Creator Arjan Kroonen on July 13, 2012

      CERN? Why would you want to go to CERN... CERN is for nerds and geeks...

      Oh, wait.....

    7. Creator Marian Call on July 13, 2012

      Excellent excellent! Angela that's so exciting! I will definitely be talking with you about that!!!

    8. Creator Josh Hale on July 13, 2012

      +1 for Temporal Dominoes at CERN, too...

    9. Creator David Lewis on July 12, 2012

      Oh yes! +∞ for CERN!

    10. Creator Marian De Kleermaeker on July 12, 2012

      Hell yeah! A movie at CERN.... that would be terrific!!!!!

    11. Creator Angela on July 12, 2012

      It seems like the ESA headquarters could be a good idea for Good Morning Moon, but since it looks like you'd be going to 'anywhere but Paris' that won't be an option. Maybe the Cité de l'Éspace in Toulouse (I've never been there myself), but then if you go the space route, you have several cool NASA places over there. KSC has a thing you can spin ‘round and ‘round in, and they’ll have the Atlantis orbiter on display soon.

      Oh, hang on, you said 'modern laboratory of note'. Say, do you like giant blue dipole magnets, big wooden globes, exhibits of computery and physicsy stuff including the first ever web server, and gardens displaying large and bewildering pieces of old accelerators and detectors? Maybe the occasional warning sign? I talked to a friend who happens to be in the CERN filmmakers' club and he said it probably wouldn't be difficult to get official permission to film here. I bet some people from the club would help out, too, if you need it. Anyway, I know who to contact, if you're interested. If you need geeks playing board games in the background, that can also be arranged.

    12. Creator John McKee on July 11, 2012

      I am, of course, hopelessly stuck on Good Morning Moon. Stonehenge? Something with Herschel? Or Newton?

    13. Creator Mike Snowden on July 11, 2012

      One straightforward way that you can gain access to interesting historic properties is "The Landmark trust" ("http://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/";). Not sure what their hirer filming policy is, but many have been used by film companies. As holidays go, they are relatively expensive, but of course you would not need hotel accommodation at the same time.

    14. Creator Scott Romanowski on July 10, 2012

      +1 for Bletchley Park. See if you can use an Enigma machine instead of a typewriter though!

    15. Creator Josh Hale on July 10, 2012

      I am ridiculously excited about the video idea, so glad it will happen! +1 to the Bletchley Park suggestion, the typewriter conjunction alone would yield a veritable nexus of nerdity....

    16. Creator David Lewis on July 10, 2012

      How about Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (http://www.jodrellbank.net/) for "Good Morning Moon"? You won't find anywhere more suitable for "Dear Mister Darcy" than Jane Austen's house at Chawton, near Winchester (http://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/). I'd vote for Bletchley Park (http://www.bletchleypark.org/) for "The Nerd Anthem". Not only is it the home of the first computer, Colossus, it's also where we broke the Enigma code and where Alan Turing worked during the war. You can't get much nerdier than that!