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Learning and telling the stories of Near Eastern musicians in the US in the early decades of the 20th century.
Learning and telling the stories of Near Eastern musicians in the US in the early decades of the 20th century.
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    1. Ian Nagoski 2-time creator on June 20, 2012

      thanks, a million, Matthew!
      And to anyone who got a thumb drive, it was pointed out to me that although both high quality mp3s of everything are included along with a zip file of even higher quality wav files, I neglected to include wavs of the unreleased Cute American Girls LP and of the decidedly slight compilation Uncollected Records. Donors may download those here:
      be well,

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      Matthew Johnston
      on June 19, 2012

      I listened to the full set twice today (just got it ripped and encoded last night). Amazing work! SO evocative. I think I have my new writing music.

    3. Ian Nagoski 2-time creator on April 20, 2012

      Thanks, Fritz! The "backer tracks," like the material on the CDR/download rewards, only "lightly restored." I didn't obsess over the equalization and every little detail of the sound as I do on the "finished" releases - the stuff on the CDs, LPs & thumb drive. I'm glad you like them.

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      Fritz Menzer on April 20, 2012

      Ian, I'm listening to your "backer tracks" right now and I agree that the quality is really nice. No need for fancy visual record reading... I'm already looking forward to the youtube videos of your tour!

      Actually, I just increased my pledge to 75$, but I didn't manage to choose both the Uncollected Records and the thumb drive. Well, if you manage to put all of the files on the thumb drive, I don't mind. :-D

    5. Capn Frank
      on April 20, 2012

      Pledge upgraded! If everyone else would upgrade their's by $1 Ian will get his camera and we'll all get some great videos!

    6. Ian Nagoski 2-time creator on April 19, 2012

      Thanks for your note. A couple people have asked this.
      When I made a couple USB drives with the Canary catalog for tour in the UK, I didn't try to add Uncollected Records or the To What Strange Place B-sides disc either as wav files or mp3, but if they will fit on the drive - even if I have to zip them - I will put both of those discs on the drive as well.
      Thanks again!

    7. Capn Frank
      on April 19, 2012

      I pledged at the $10 level but after I listened to the tracks plus your YouTube channel I'd like the whole thing. If I up my pledge to the TWSP CDS & CANARY THUMB DRIVE PACKAGE level do i still get the UNCOLLECTED RECORDS download? or do I need to go to $110?

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      autumn on April 18, 2012

      this is amazing. i can't wait to have you out here in SF!

    9. Amelia Nagoski Peterson on April 18, 2012

      Holy shit, $10k! That's awesome.

    10. Ian Nagoski 2-time creator on April 16, 2012

      Thanks for that, Fritz. Interesting! The rapid innovations in sound recording in the early 20th century, the fierce competition among technological innovators in the field, and the legal variations of patents for aspects of the whole process means that there's an absolutely staggering variety of material on which records were made, width and depth of groove, method used for cutting and playing back grooves, etc etc... My friend Steve Smolian, who did the transfers and restoration for my first 78 reissue project (back in '07), has a jaw-dropping array of styli and cartridges at his disposal. (He is amazing in many ways!) I have much more modest technological means but a bloody-minded determination to get the most vivid and "alive" sound possible from the records, and I think the results I get are comparable to some of the engineers that have been hired for well-funded projects. (Several of the records on TWSP were not only in rough shape, they were literally broken and wouldn't play through! I think you'd be hard pressed to figure out which ones they are, though, from the finished work.) I certainly hope to upgrade at some point in the near future... Fingers crossed!

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      Fritz Menzer on April 15, 2012

      Actually, here's an english description of the visual audio project:
      just for the record (no pun intended...)

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      Fritz Menzer on April 15, 2012

      Great project!
      Somewhere in your video you mention that one of the records is difficult to read with current record players. Maybe this technology could help you with the difficult cases: (it's in French, sorry, I couldn't find any description in English)
      I don't know if it would be useful for your conservation efforts, but I just remembered it because I was always attracted by the old records displayed in the window of the lab at my university that developed this technique.

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      on April 9, 2012

      Fantastic I hope they will!

    14. Ian Nagoski 2-time creator on April 9, 2012

      @Joseph - if the TWSP B-sides tracks will fit on the thumb drive (I'm not 100% sure they will), I will include them!

      @Daniel - that is awesome! Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate your understanding of the project.

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      Daniel Kim on April 9, 2012

      I would really like to thank you for this endeavor. I am the son of Korean immigrants and I am also a Muslim. This project really means a lot to me because it feels like I'm receiving a piece of my own history.

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      on April 7, 2012

      Ian, Thank you so much but I do have one question will this package include the "a copy of a limited CDR of 23 tracks left off of TWSP"

    17. Ian Nagoski 2-time creator on April 6, 2012

      Thanks for your note, Joseph. I made a new reward with this combination of rewards available at the $115 level.

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      on April 5, 2012

      Is there a way I can combine the LP set with the Canary Records Thumb Drive?

      *sorry last comment wasn't worded correctly*

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      on April 5, 2012

      Is there a way I can change out the LP set with the Canary Records Thumb Drive?

    20. Alia Thabit on April 2, 2012

      Whoo! BACKED IT!!!

    21. Ian Nagoski 2-time creator on April 2, 2012

      Thanks, Alia! That is a great idea! DONE!

    22. Alia Thabit on April 2, 2012

      This is such a fabulous project--thank your the patience and passion required to faithfully pursue and rescue these musical treasures. I would love to back for both the Canary records thumb drive as well as the TWSP etc cds. Any possibility you can make a reward level for that? Hopefully other folks feel as I do. <3!

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      Matthew Cranor
      on March 30, 2012

      Sure, I get that. Thanks for getting back so quickly. Looking forward to it.

    24. Ian Nagoski 2-time creator on March 29, 2012

      Matthew and Maya, thanks so much for both your comments!
      To address Matthew's question, I will try to put Uncollected Records on the thumb drive; I'm not 100% sure yet that it'll fit. TWSP isn't included. Sorry I can't offer more of the packaged deals; it has to do with the math of how-many-copies-of-what I have to offer...

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      Matthew Cranor
      on March 29, 2012

      I'm pleased to be contributing to this project, but just to clarify, as a Canary Records USB Thumb Drive backer, I don't get the Uncollected Records or To What Strange Place CD, right? Those are limited to the sold out Package Deal backers?

    26. Maya Carina on March 28, 2012

      Ian Nagoski,
      This is a really great project! I'm so excited to hear what you've done and when I get more money buy the book as well! I'm going to do my best to promote this great project of yours! I know what a labor of love it is!
      I'm getting into Kickstarted and have found projects like you because I've just helped launched my own kickstarter campaign . We are here in San Francisco, and have the biggest BIG BAND MAMBO orchestra in the world right now. It's called PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA, It's actually a labor of love of my Boyfriend, Christian Tumalan, but of course I'm a big part of it in terms of support and wanting all of us musicians to carry out our dreams!
      I was wondering if you could check it out, and spread the word! We all need each other right?