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About this project

We're kickstarting a folk album of mythic proportions.

It has songs like "Even If," a love song I wrote for my bride Tara ::

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But this album goes a step further than any other. It's a concept album in the same vein as Funeral by Arcade Fire, however we've taken these honest songs and woven them into the narrative of my forthcoming fantasy novel. 

So each song comes with context like this:

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In other words, you're getting a two-fer, an audiobook AND a folk album. If we get to our first stretch goal, this kickstarter will become a three-fer: EVERYONE will get also special backer-edition paperback copy of my debut novel, which is slated for release this fall. It's a novel that features Mearcstapa.

Back this project as soon as you can so we have a shot at kickstarting the novel too. And make sure you join the thunderclap.

We're breaking new ground in this campaign both for Kickstarter and for the world of transmedia storytellers. For us, the genre "Symphonic Novella" means an audiobook of folk songs strung together by a long narrative. Mearcstapa is a character — a bard — from the forthcoming novel Faceless by Lancelot Schaubert. This project is Mearcstapa's album.

For this campaign, every backer will receive a special private link to a digital download of this album — you heard the first whispers of the album in the video above and we're hard at work producing the rest. You’ll also see some other interesting perks - printed photo booklet, a private concert with Mearcstapa, and so on.

Then things get a little weird: a select group will have a chance to buy some secret poems and lyrics that connect Mearcstapa’s songs to the rest of Lancelot’s fiction work.

An even more select group will join Mearcstapa as characters in five unique photonovels co-created with the award-winning photographer Mark Neuenschwander.

One person will get to capture Mearcstapa forever in stone via the renowned sculptor Abraham Mohler, who will hand-carve Mearcstapa’s myth into custom-made bookends for your personal library.

And this is only the beginning. This fall, Lancelot will publish his debut novel Faceless, a novel that features Mearcstapa alongside some of his friends and foes.

Thanks for joining us on this journey. We look forward to partnering and building more worlds with you.

:: REWARD #1 — DIGITAL DOWNLOAD ::

Gain exclusive access to Mearcstapa's ballads, dirges, and anthems as witnessed by his traveling companions at Lake Hopatcong Pier in January of 2016. The album is being recorded and produced by Robbie Klein.

:: REWARD #2 — LARGE FORMAT MAP ::

Mearcstapa comes from one of novelist Lancelot Schaubert's nine worlds, a world of thresholds named "Gergia." The antique map of Gergia you will receive was hand-drawn by Mearcstapa hiimself. Printed on high-quality archival paper, this piece will serve as a guide through one of Mearcstapa's worlds.

:: REWARD #3 — PHOTO BOOKLET ::

A view from the ground of one of Mearcstapa's many journey's through the wilderness. Includes song titles and credits, as well your name as a backer at this level and above. 

:: REWARD #4 — COMPANION BOOK ::

This is the complete resource for all things Mearcstapa. Beautiful photography accompanied by large print lyrics, chords, companion poetry, as well as an expansive backstory into Mearcstapa's encounters.

:: REWARD #5 — COVER SONG ::

Mearcstapa will take any song you give him — yes any song — and reforge it in the steel of his own mythology. You'll have the only copy, delivered digitally and via usb drive.

:: REWARD #6 — BECOME A CHARACTER ::

At this reward level you will be immersed into the story (aka tuckerized) alongside Mearcstapa and his fellow adventurers, reshaping Lancelot's forthcoming novel Faceless into its next evolution.

:: REWARD #7 — ORIGINAL SONG ::

Every person has a tale worth telling. Lancelot will sit down with you for a personal interview to learn of some your greatest hopes and deepest fears. He'll then pass those whispers onto Mearcstapa who will shape those emotions, thoughts, and passions into song. 

:: REWARD #8 — PRIVATE CONCERT ::

Mearcstapa will perform a full concert for you at a venue of your choosing, narrating his journey from start to finish. You'll discover insights into his person and connections only experienced in intimate settings. (Hint: bring a tape recorder.)

:: REWARD #9 — YOUR OWN PHOTONOVEL ::

Lancelot Schaubert and Mark Neuenschwander reinvented the photonovel by bringing it into the digital age, first through Cold Brewed and then through The Joplin Undercurrent. Ever had a dream or nightmare that you wanted to see manifest in the real world? Now's your chance.

:: REWARD #10 — MARBLE BOOKENDS ::

The reward to end all rewards. Lancelot will partner with stone sculptor Abraham Mohler to immortalize Mearcstapa's myth in marble — two slabs that feature Mearcstapa and The Muse he called forth from stone. Together, they will form the pillars of the finest collection in your private library.

Risks and challenges

Due to the collaborative nature of this project, many hands will be involved in the making of this album and the accompanying rewards. We'll do our best to coordinate with everyone involved to deliver all rewards on schedule. We'll also be posting updates here as we complete each stage of the project.

The great news is that the main tracks on the album are already recorded. The remaining time will be spent on recording additional instrumentation and background vocals.

Short of that, we all do this for a living so we're all old hat at delivering quality work. We're excited about what we have to offer.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of “All Who Wander."

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    LARGE FORMAT MAP of Mearcstapa’s homeworld.

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    Stunning high-resolution PHOTO BOOKLET chronicling Mearcstapa's wanderings.

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    Large, hand-crafted COMPANION BOOK featuring lyrics, chords, photos, and additional poetry from the Mearcstapa universe.

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    COVER SONG of your choice recorded by Mearcstapa.

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    BECOME A CHARACTER in the Mearcstapa universe, written into Lancelot’s forthcoming novel.

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    ORIGINAL SONG written for you based on personal interview with Lancelot.

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    PRIVATE CONCERT in your home, with performance of the story and fable. (Travel arranged separately.)

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    SHORT ORIGINAL PHOTONOVEL on a theme of your choice, crafted by Lancelot and award-winning photographer Mark Neuenschwander.

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    PAIR OF MARBLE BOOKENDS depicting the fable of Mearcstapa, designed and hand carved in partnership with the renowned stone sculptor Abraham Mohler.

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