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Input-Output is my upcoming album of flute+electronics. Help me pay the commissioning and licensing fees to the composers.
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OVERVIEW

This fundraiser will cover a part of the commissioning fees and mechanical licenses that I will pay directly to the composers: Gregory C. Brown, Eli Fieldsteel, Douglas Laustsen, Emma O'Halloran, Isaac Schankler, and Tina Tallon

Input-Output is my third solo album project. It will include these newly written works:

  • Pheromone for flute, piano, and electronics (2014) by Isaac Schankler*
  • Pencilled Wings for flute, piano, and stereo playback (2014) by Emma O'Halloran*
  • Fractus III: Aerophoneme for flute and quadraphonic electronic sound (2011/2012) by Eli Fieldsteel
  • New work for flute and electronics (2014) by Douglas Laustsen*
  • Huge Blank Canvas Neck Tattoo for flute and elecronics (2014) by Gregory C. Brown*
  • New work for piccolo and live electronics (2014) by Tina Tallon*

*commissioned for this record

Pianist Jacob Abela and I already premiered and recorded the O'Halloran and Schankler in July 2014. Videos of the premieres:

Between February and June 2015, I will perform and record the other 4 pieces.  

I expect to complete the mastering process for Input-Output in June 2015 and release the album in the Fall of 2015.

WHY ADOPT?

"Sponsor a composer" just didn't sound as good. :)

Top (L to R): Emma O'Halloran, Eli Fieldsteel, Tina Tallon. Bottom (L to R): Doug Laustsen, Greg Brown, Isaac Schankler
Top (L to R): Emma O'Halloran, Eli Fieldsteel, Tina Tallon. Bottom (L to R): Doug Laustsen, Greg Brown, Isaac Schankler

STRETCH GOAL: If I can get to $4000, I will hire a graphic designer to design the cover art for my album instead of doing it myself. I really want the album to have a beautiful cover that would look good on everyone's 12"x12" posters.

THE REWARDS 

There are MANY rewards and all are unique so please read through them all. 

Listen to and read about my previous albums and the 7" record.

Video of Tina practicing her pancake art! ($25 reward):

Isaac Schankler's Interactive Sound Toy App ($25 reward) prototype:

New $40 rewards: A couple sketches that I took out of one of my sketch books. Not my best work but good enough to share:

Ball-point pen on probably-not-acid-free paper.
Ball-point pen on probably-not-acid-free paper.
Pencil on probably-not-acid-free paper
Pencil on probably-not-acid-free paper

Please note that the performance materials indicated in some of the $100 rewards are software code or files to be run using specific computer programs. If you are new to electronic music please read on:

  • All the pieces require that the flute (and piano) be amplified.
  • You will need a computer to perform all of these works except for Emma O'Halloran's piece. (Although I would recommend using a computer to perform Emma's piece.)
  • The other pieces use one of these software programs: Max/MSP, SuperCollider, Ableton Live, and Pure Data. 
  • If you want one of the $100 "Adoption" rewards and have a question about the composition, please feel free to contact me.
  • If you're a flutist, this is the perfect chance to try performing with electronics! 

Here's an awesome example of one of Greg Brown's Gift Songs ($200 level, but worth $1,000,000.00!!):

Here are the two logos that come with "adopting" Eli Fieldsteel:

Logos by Eli: SuperCollider (L), Eli Fieldsteel (R)
Logos by Eli: SuperCollider (L), Eli Fieldsteel (R)

THANK YOU for your support. I cannot do this without your help.

Risks and challenges

I've definitely padded my estimates for studio time and budget but the mixing process might take longer than I expect for pieces with very complicated live electronics such as the Fieldsteel, which is a quadraphonic piece. My schedule may slip during the mixing phase if I can't stay on top of it but as this is the fourth recording project that I'm producing, I hope I can make it work on schedule.

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    High-Five!
    Your name will be on the cover of the CD as a part of the CD artwork!

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    Just the CD!
    I will mail you a signed CD when it comes out in Fall 2015. AND your name will be on the cover of the CD as a part of the CD artwork!

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    Adopt Emma O'Halloran.
    Get a copy of Emma's delicious Avocado Mousse recipe! (December 2014 Delivery)

    PLUS:
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    Get a 12"x12" poster print of the CD artwork.
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    Adopt Doug Laustsen.
    Get a copy of Doug's famous Honey Jalepeno IPA recipe. (December 2014 Delivery)

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    Adopt Eli Fieldsteel.
    Get a copy of Eli's Sweet Potato Casserole recipe and get a high resolution image file of Eli's cool logo! (December 2014 Delivery)

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    Adopt Greg Brown.
    Greg will write, sing, and record a short personalized song for you to use as the outgoing message on your voicemail. (January 2015 Delivery)

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    Adopt Isaac Schankler.
    Isaac will send you a personalized interactive sound toy app for Mac or PC (please specify "soothing" or "agitating" sounds). Calm your nerves and/or annoy your neighbors! (January 2015 delivery)

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    Adopt Tina Tallon.
    Tina will recreate your likeness (or the likeness of someone you love (or hate)) in the form of a pancake, and send you a video of the process. (January 2015 Delivery)

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    7" Vinyl record of "Flight of the Bleeper Bird" from my last album with the cool 8" floppy disk as record jacket. And choose digital downloads or CDs of my first two albums: "The Art of Noise" and "Sometimes the City is Silent." (December 2014 Delivery)

    PLUS:
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    I will bake a loaf of vegan banana nut bread and 16 vegan chocolate chocolate chip hazelnut cookies and mail it to you via priority mail. Or if you live within 50 miles of Campbell, CA, I will deliver it to you!

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    Original ball-point pen drawing by yours truly: if I were to give it a name, it would be called "Abstract Eyelash Thing." And choose digital downloads or CDs of my first two albums: "The Art of Noise" and "Sometimes the City is Silent." (December 2014 Delivery)

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    Original pencil drawing by yours truly: if I were to give it a name, it would be called "That's Bull." And choose digital downloads or CDs of my first two albums: "The Art of Noise" and "Sometimes the City is Silent." (December 2014 Delivery)

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    I will draw something abstract and incorporate your name into the pencil drawing. And choose digital downloads or CDs of my first two albums: "The Art of Noise" and "Sometimes the City is Silent." (April 2015 Delivery)

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    Adopt all 6 composers at the $25 level.

    You get: Emma, Doug, and Eli's recipes, Tina's pancake video, Isaac's cat portrait, and a voicemail song from Greg!

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    1 hour hang out with Lucy the Bernese Mountain Dog. This can be in person if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area. Or Lucy can send you a photo or video of her wearing a t-shirt that you send us. Or we will send you a photo/video of her balancing something on her nose/head. Tell us what you want her to balance and as long as it's not too heavy and will not scare her or be harmful to Lucy, she will try it! (January 2015 delivery)

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    Adopt Eli Fieldsteel!
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    Adopt Emma O'Halloran!
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    Adopt Tina Tallon!
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    Adopt Douglas Laustsen!
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    Adopt Greg Brown and get a Gift Song!
    Greg Brown will write and record a song on a topic (or for a special occasion) of your choosing for you to give as a gift to loved one (or yourself!). (February 2015 delivery)

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    Intro to performing with electronics for flutists (or anyone else?)! I will hold your hand through the process of preparing your first piece with electronics with two one-hour Skype or in-person meetings. I can suggest microphones and equipment as well as instruction on how to use the software to play the pieces on this album or any other piece. I will answer any and all questions to the best of my knowledge.

    Included is one of the $100 "adoption" rewards. (I can help you choose the most appropriate piece from this collection if you like.) PLUS: choose a $25 reward and free shipping!

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