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Nashville synthesists Service Unicorn set out to fully fund their first official release, on both cd and limited-edish vinyl!
Nashville synthesists Service Unicorn set out to fully fund their first official release, on both cd and limited-edish vinyl!
67 backers pledged $2,585 to help bring this project to life.

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Here's what Service Unicorn sounds like:

 Why Kickstarter?Help SU Produce/Package Their First Official EP:

1. Service Unicorn is a one-man analogue synth pop band based in Nashville, TN.
2. The primary funding goal is to raise enough to fund cd & vinyl
duplication/packaging for this inaugural EP.
3. The stretch goals, thereafter (anything beyond the basic $2500) would greatly aid in ultra-mastering the heck out of this EP to analogue tape and allow the synth to shine forth into your ears in ways you never new it could. In addition, Service Unicorn would use these additional funds to (hopefully) cover other fine details, such as music publishing fees, college radio station promo packages, fun band collateral for
shows, etc.

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The Full Story-ish:

Echoing a musical heritage that can be traced to legends from the past such as Human League, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, New Order, Erasure, and Joy Electric to name a few, a fellow like Chris would be more at home in a place like Europe, where synthesizers glimmer in smoky night clubs and people speak in wildly beautiful accents. But no, he had to settle in Nashville, TN., North America (nothing against guitars, harmonicas or mandolins, perfectly fine instruments, all). Point is, Chris refuses to walk away from his love of analogue synth melody craft due to his distressing geographical situation. This is where you come in, O, thou noble project backer. This is your opportunity to help Chris take what would otherwise be an essentially "make-believe" EP, probably un-mastered and burned to a pile of cold, blank, lifeless compact discs, and transmute it, by way of monetary alchemy and the sheer goodness of your heart. Transmute it, that is, into a fully mixed, mastered and beautifully packaged release (Chris has a BFA in graphic dezign, so there,) fit for both cd and vinyl. There's no telling what Chris might do with ample funds, or where stretch goals* might take Service Unicorn (*see stretch goals above for a few ideas) But for now, let's stick to the fundamentals: there's an EP to be recorded, and it needs to be done right. Help Service Unicorn realize this vision to the fullest (and simultaneously help to sprinkle a bit of synth pop into the twangy soup that is Country Music U.S.A.)

*Very special thanks to Rob Beckham, without whom, Service Unicorn would have no Kickstarter video to show for itself.

Risks and challenges

The songs themselves will not disappoint! The primary risk/challenge for a project like this would be the production/manufacturing time. Once fully funded, a production/writing/recording schedule will kick into gear that I will be personally responsible for and accountable to (no dilly-dallying!) and updates will be sent out regularly. Aside from that, I will do everything in my power to see to it that both cd and vinyl duplication are on track for their estimated delivery dates by making personal contact with said duplication companies, and ensuring a steady line of communication with persons therein from start to finish. If any rewards go mistakenly un-fulfilled or lost in the mail (as in, primarily, the CD or vinyl 7") I will see to it that the reward is sent again!

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    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    The Beginner's Guide to Unicorn Riding-For your generous gift of $10 you shall indeed receive a digital copy of the freshly pressed and packaged EP, a backer's credit in the finished liner notes and a heartfelt thank you, forever and always.

    *Note, a digital copy of the EP will be sent to all backers, at any level, from $10 on!

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    The Analogue Forest Ranger Merit Badge Package-For your generous gift of $15 you shall indeed receive a copy of the freshly pressed and packaged EP (on compact disc) as well a backer's credit in the finished liner notes.

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    The Horse & His Boy & Their Synth Band Package-For your generous gift of $25 you shall indeed receive a copy of the freshly pressed and packaged EP (on compact disc) a really pretty signed poster, as well a backer's credit in the finished liner notes.

    *Note, a digital copy of the EP will be sent to all backers, at any level, from $10 on!

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    The Magician's Nephew's Monosynth Package-For your generous gift of $50 or more you shall indeed receive a copy of the freshly pressed and packaged EP on your choice of cd or limited edition 7" vinyl, a really pretty signed poster, as well a backer's credit in the finished liner notes.

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    The Enchanted Tome of Melodious Timbre Package-For your generous gift of $100 or more you shall indeed receive a *copy of the freshly pressed and packaged EP on your choice of cd or limited edition 7" vinyl, a really pretty signed poster, as well a backer's credit in the liner notes. In addition, you will receive a limited-edition, bedroom-crafted mix cd of Service Unicorn demo cuts and even lesser known Christopher Stewart recordings from eras past that have been unearthed and woven into a mystically lo-fi, home-spun compact disc, with uniquely rendered Sharpie artwork on the cd face, direct from Copernicus the Unicorn, himself.

    *Note, a digital copy of the EP will be sent to all backers, at any level, from $10 on!

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    The Enchanted Tome of Melodious Timbre Package-For your generous gift of $250 or more you shall indeed receive a short-run, limited edish stenciled and/or silk screened SU t-shirt, a *copy of the freshly pressed and packaged EP on your choice of cd or limited edition 7" vinyl, a really pretty signed poster, as well a backer's credit in the liner notes. In addition, you will receive a limited-edition, bedroom-crafted mix cd of Service Unicorn demo cuts and even lesser known Christopher Stewart recordings from eras past that have been unearthed and woven into a mystically lo-fi, home-spun compact disc, with uniquely rendered Sharpie artwork on the cd face, direct from Copernicus the Unicorn, himself.

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    The Unicorn Blessing Co-Writer's Package-For a magically generous gift of $500 or more, in addition to the obvious copy of the new EP on your choice of cd or limited edition 7" vinyl, a short-run, limited edish stenciled and/or silk screened SU t-shirt, a really pretty signed poster, as well an ultra-backer's credit in the liner notes, Service Unicorn will write/record a synth pop classic based on a subject/lyric/theme/random song title of your choosing (we can and will craft *ANYTHING into a singable hook-it's what we do). The song will be included on a bonus disc just for you, crafted with custom Sharpie artwork and released as a special single on the Service Unicorn Bandcamp/Soundcloud with YOU in the credits as a co-writer/author! We will give you full rights to share that song and brag that you wrote a synth pop classic along with SU! *Chris reserves the right to refuse any subject matter he deems crass or downright... well, nasty! Be tasteful as well as creative, people!

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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    The Lite Brite Castle Laser Storm of Blessing Package- *First, see: Everything in the 'Co-Writer's Package'. *Second, Service Unicorn will plot out a trip to YOUR living room (*within 600 mile radius *some travel expenses may apply for trips greater than 100 miles) and actually drive there with synths in tow, in order to play what is commonly called a 'House Show.' Chris will bring complimentary copies of the new EP (on compact disc) to give away to your attendees, Chris will sing the song he has crafted for you, based on your original idea, at said 'House Show.' Chris will bring glow sticks in order to spice up the general living room vibe. Chris will then, with permission, summon a *Blessing of Unicorn(s) with a chorus of synth-washed enchantments. They may or may not trample the audience and destroy your living room-but wouldn't it be worth it, just to see what would happen? *Christopher Stewart & Service Unicorn not liable for any Unicorn damage to persons or property in the event of a house show summoning.

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    Pledge US$ 2,500 or more About US$ 2,500

    The Miracle of Voltage Controlled Oscillator Enchantments Package-We will give you a real live *Unicorn. *Or maybe just send you Copernicus, the Service Unicorn mascot himself, as well as a copy of the cd or "7 vinyl (your choice) along with an ultra-backer's credit in the liner notes and an eternal debt of irrevocable gratitude. We will then go on an elaborate coffee outing together (I'm totally buying) and sample some of Nashville's finest french pressed-offerings, whilst musing about Unicorn Safety legislation and regulation. Thereafter, we will head to the Belcourt, a Nashville gem, an catch a showing of whatever cinematic experience you may fancy. I will ask you questions about yourself and your experiences, and weave them into an exclusive Service Unicorn single. So there.

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Funding period

- (30 days)