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National Association of Composers wants Tesla's Pigeon at their Spring 2013 NYC concert, and I want the best performers for the job.
National Association of Composers wants Tesla's Pigeon at their Spring 2013 NYC concert, and I want the best performers for the job.
97 backers pledged $3,200 to help bring this project to life.

HOLY PEACE RAY! We did it in ONE DAY!

I can't close my jaw. I mean, I always thought this goal was possible, but I didn't think it would be possible in a single day.

Thank you, thank you, thank you so much to you incredibly generous backers who stepped up to the plate so quickly. Jess, Tim, and I are totally blown away and humbled by how awesome you all are, and we're so happy that you're just as psyched about Tesla's Pigeon!

What now? There are a whole 29 days left in this campaign. Wow. So from here on out, any money raised goes toward pre-funding my next project (and it's a big one) -- Ayn: an opera about the sex life of Ayn Rand, narrated by Alan Greenspan. A couple of years ago, I made a bit of a splash with a political concert opera, The Gonzales Cantata, so if you like that, I'm pretty sure you'll love Ayn.

(Above: A Raggedy Ayn Rand doll I made one day when I was procrastinating composing.)

Ayn Rand, of course, was one of the the mothers of American libertarianism (although she hated libertarians) and is considered by many to be the patron saint of the Tea Party movement. In 1955, while writing her magnum opus Atlas Shrugged (famous for its catchphrase "Who is John Galt?") she threw out the rules and regulations of monogamy in her personal life and began an affair with a man 25 years her junior, Nathaniel Branden, with the very reluctant permission of their respective spouses. Over the next ten years, the results of this action unfolded in a tragic melodrama, culminating in a meltdown of epic proportions that nearly destroyed her growing political movement. A witness to these events was none other than former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, who decades later deregulated the American financial system -- with metaphorically similar results.

I am insanely excited about writing this opera, although it's by far the largest composition I've ever attempted (it will probably clock in at 2 hours). When it's finished, I plan to finance a recording - I have already begun raising funds, but increasing those funds through this Kickstarter would be a huge help (recordings of large-scale works like this are stupendously expensive).

So please keep spreading the word and asking your friends to check this out!

And if you're in NYC, don't forget -- the Tesla's Pigeon concert is ON! April 22, Christ & Saint Stephen's Church, be there!

Much love,

Melissa Dunphy

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    1. Tim Lindsay on March 1, 2013

      Love your work; Tesla's Pigeon is so amazing and I cayn't wayt for Ayn :)