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About this project

About Sayonara Kyoto And The Album.

The main musical influences for the music that Sayonara Kyoto produces are Jean Michel Jarre, Enigma, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis and Mike Oldfield.

Midwinter Parts 1-9 was finished in November of 2007 although it wasn't released at that time because it was felt that the limited mastering hadn't done the album justice and the project was shelved until early 2010.

A couple of weeks into the restart, whilst work was being done to increase the quality of the audio -  the computer system that held the entire project - died. Six months and almost £1,000 later it was working again, but unfortunately at that time, the mastering process had to be put on hold due to time constraints and work commitments.

It was more than a year before work started again and when it did, it progressed as rapidly as possible. Eventually, the mastering was almost complete - until - disaster struck again. This time though, the damage to the computer system was permanent and to compound problems, the damage extended to the backup hard drive.

It never rains... as they say.

All that was left was a copy of the "almost" mastered .wav files that had been preliminarily released, but had never sold a single copy.

The .wav files were put to bed but were never forgotten about.

This brings us to the present day, Kickstarter - and you.

About The Kickstarter Project.

The past two years have been quite surreal and when things happen in a particular way, it can give you a reality check. You think about things that "could have been" if you had put in just that little bit more effort.

And so...

Equipped with the very same "almost" mastered .wav files, this Kickstarter project is intended to bring a fated, cursed, doomed or whatever you want to call it - album - to life.

Why release it now - and after all this time?

Because it took so long to create and if it's not mastered and released properly, it'll probably never be released and will end up as one of those "always wonder" scenarios.

Michael Cretu from Enigma was one of the first people to listen to the title track. He liked it a lot. So did Jean Michel Jarre - who called it "competition".

You'd think that comments like that from two of the greatest artists would have been enough driving force alone.

Sadly not - and looking back at it now, it's hard to believe that anyone could have let something like this pass them by.

Nevertheless, this album does deserve a chance - and this is it.

What Will You Use The Money For?

1) The money will go towards a professional mastering that the album should have had, but never did. Even though it already sounds great, it's not perfect - and it isn't a case of being indulgent with other people's money. As proof, if the project is successful and you've subscribed to a reward tier that includes an album download, you'll receive the option to get the unmastered version as an additional freebie. You'll even get comparison notes so you can decide for yourself.

2) The initial print run for the CD's and the posters.

3) Designing and printing the CD Insert Booklet and the Limited Edition Cover Artwork (the original artwork has already been designed.)

4) Coverage of shipping and taxes for the above and the cost of packaging and shipping of the rewards.

Why Use Kickstarter?

Because it's there...

Seriously. Because it's there. You can never appreciate how difficult it is to get a business project up and running these days - until you try to start one - and if you don't have enough funding, then your options are even more limited. A crowdfunding platform offers an ideal solution and if it's there, why not use it...

About The Music.

Briefly, the album comprises 9 tracks and each one takes the flow of the album in a different direction.

Take a listen to the samples below - to hear for yourself.

A more detailed explanation will be inside the CD cover.

I'm not Convinced. I Want To Hear More.

Ok. Take a listen. There's 4 track excerpts for you to listen to and below them is a video for the track that was made after Midwinter Parts 1-9. It's called Terminus.

No idea what the sound quality is going to be like on your computer, but rest assured, if the Kickstarter is successful, they'll sound perfect.

Midwinter Part 2

Midwinter Part 5

Midwinter Part 7

Midwinter Part 8

The style and flow of each track is quite different, but the audio quality is not perfect. It desperately needs mastering, Track 7 especially.

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 Sayonara Kyoto - Terminus

So now you know everything that there is to know about the project.

All that is left is to say thank you for your time and your interest.

If you've pledged, thank you again - and please feel free to ask questions - however trivial they may seem - and please - regardless of whether or not you are able to pledge, it would be very much appreciated if you could let other people know about this project.

If you like it - share it.

Thank you.


Additional Notes.

Any additional notes that need to be added to the project after it has commenced will appear here.

All reward tiers at £5 and above will also receive a digital download of Terminus.

Sayonara Kyoto have a website which is currently being created. There's also a Facebook page which will go live shortly. However, all updates regarding the Kickstarter project will appear here first.

Risks and challenges

The music has already been completed - so there won't be any waiting around. In addition, the parts of the album that need the most attention are already known about, so there won't be any problems with the mastering process itself.

However, in saying that, the main challenge is the mastering. It's not so much a case of "unknowns", it's more of a requirement for perfection. If an album is going to be released, it has to be the best it can be.

Once that's done, a highly established CD production company is already being looked at for the production side. Their prices are reasonable and their turnaround times are good enough to be realistic with the delivery dates.

Regardless of the confidence above, problems can happen. If any setbacks arise, they will be listed on here immediately and all backers will be notified.

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    MIDWINTER PART 1 - MIDWINTER 1 TIER. Thank you. Every pound that is pledged helps to get the project up and running. Send me your E-Mail details and you'll receive a download of Terminus in return.

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    MIDWINTER PART 2 - SPRING TIER. 1 x Digital Download Of The Midwinter Parts 1-9 Album With Original Album Cover Artwork.

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    MIDWINTER PART 3 - SUMMER TIER. 1x Digital Download Of The Midwinter Parts 1-9 Album With Original Album Cover Artwork PLUS Your Name Listed As A Kickstarter Backer In An Exclusive Section On The Sayonara Kyoto Website.

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    MIDWINTER PART 4 - MIDSUMMER 1 TIER. 1x Digital Download Of The Midwinter Parts 1-9 Album With Original Album Cover Artwork PLUS Your Name Listed As A Kickstarter Backer In An Exclusive Section On The Sayonara Kyoto Website PLUS An Autographed Thank You Postcard. (If Mailing Outside The UK, Please Allow Additional Time For Air Mail Postal Delivery)

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    MIDWINTER PART 5 - MIDSUMMERS NIGHT TIER. 1x Digital Download Of The Midwinter Parts 1-9 Album With Original Album Cover Artwork PLUS Your Name Listed As A Kickstarter Backer In An Exclusive Section On The Sayonara Kyoto Website PLUS An Autographed Thank You Postcard PLUS Additional Limited Edition Album Cover Artwork PLUS An Individually Numbered Kickstarter Edition Of The Album On CD.

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    MIDWINTER PART 6 - MIDSUMMER 2 TIER. 1x Digital Download Of The Midwinter Parts 1-9 Album PLUS Your Name Listed As A Kickstarter Backer In An Exclusive Section On The Sayonara Kyoto Website PLUS An Autographed Thank You Postcard PLUS Limited Edition Album Cover Artwork PLUS An Individually Numbered Kickstarter Edition Of The Album On CD PLUS An Exclusive Sayonara Kyoto Midwinter Parts 1-9 11"x17" Poster.

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    Pledge £30 or more About $49

    MIDWINTER PART 7 - AUTUMN TIER. 1x Digital Download Of The Midwinter Parts 1-9 Album PLUS Your Name Listed As A Kickstarter Backer In An Exclusive Section On The Sayonara Kyoto Website PLUS An Autographed Thank You Postcard PLUS Limited Edition Album Cover Artwork PLUS An Individually Numbered Kickstarter Edition Of The Album On CD Including A Handwritten Dedication With A Message Of Your Choice PLUS An Exclusive Sayonara Kyoto Midwinter Parts 1-9 11"x17" Poster.

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    MIDWINTER PART 8 - MIDWINTER 2 TIER. 1x Digital Download Of The Midwinter Parts 1-9 Album PLUS Your Name Listed As A Kickstarter Backer In An Exclusive Section On The Sayonara Kyoto Website PLUS An Autographed Thank You Postcard PLUS Limited Edition Album Cover Artwork PLUS An Individually Numbered Kickstarter Edition Of The Album On CD Including A Handwritten Dedication With A Message Of Your Choice PLUS An Exclusive Sayonara Kyoto Midwinter Parts 1-9 11"x17" Poster PLUS Your Name Will Be Printed On The Inside Booklet Of The Kickstarter And All Future Versions/Editions Of The CD In The "Executive Producer" Section Of The Liner Notes. (Only 6 Executive Producer Slots On The Album)

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    MIDWINTER PART 9 - EPILOGUE TIER. 1x Digital Download Of The Midwinter Parts 1-9 Album PLUS Your Name Listed As A Kickstarter Backer In An Exclusive Section On The Sayonara Kyoto Website PLUS An Autographed Thank You Postcard PLUS Limited Edition Album Cover Artwork PLUS An Individually Numbered Kickstarter Edition Of The Album On CD Including A Handwritten Dedication With A Message Of Your Choice PLUS An Exclusive Sayonara Kyoto Midwinter Parts 1-9 11"x17" Poster PLUS Your Name Will Be Printed On The Inside Booklet Of The Kickstarter And All Future Versions/Editions Of The CD In The "Executive Producer" Section Of The Liner Notes (Only 6 Executive Producer Slots On The Album) PLUS An Hour Long Interview Over The Phone Or Skype - With Me. (Ideal If You Want An Extremely Rare And Exclusive Artist Interview For A Magazine Review!)

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