Storylines Crossing is NakedEye Ensemble’s debut album and represents our early years together discovering who we are, how we fit together, and what kind of music captures our imagination.
[UPDATE! Thanks to enthusiastic backers, we achieved our initial goal early and are now funding for Additional Core Costs (see below). Our new goal of $4,000 will make this project a fully-funded success!]
Punching the Clock by Randall Woolf, funded by New Music USA, is a 15-minute instrumental and fixed media piece that brings together worker songs from around the world in a series of compelling and beautiful snapshots woven together with a commonality in blues rhythms.
Zack Browning’s Decade of the Dragon looks at the Vietnam war through the lens of iconic war photographs and pop songs of the sixites and seventies in America.
In Surface Tensions, Rusty Banks creates a sound world of underwater activity just below the surface, bubbling, burping, organizing, and finally bursting out in a shower of driving rock rhythms.
With Sextet and Smoke 'N Wid, both Jonathan Russell and Richard Belcastro adapted already existing works to NakedEye’s instrumentation because we loved the pieces so much we just had to make them our own.
And finally, with the help of Ricky, we crafted our own version of Rzewski’s seminal masterpiece of the seventies, Coming Together, taking it out of Attica prison into the context our 21st century world of entangled desires.
We’ve worked closely with all these composers on this project to make the most convincing and beautiful (and convincingly beautiful!) sound recording possible. And I think we’ve achieved it. I can’t wait for you to hear it.
WHAT WE’VE DONE SO FAR
After two years of performing the works live, we went into the studio to record, and the composers then sat down with artistic director Ju-Ping Song and producer Chad Kinsey to mix their work. So much talent came together in that studio!
Once the final mixes were done, we shipped them off to Starkland record label who are preparing to release our album worldwide.
This is where we need your help.
NakedEye is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, and your tax-deductible contribution toward our $2,000 goal will provide for final mastering, album art, promotion and distibution, all through the record label Starkland.
Starkland fees – final master, printing, promotion, distribution ($1,500)
Artwork design ($500)
Additional core costs
- Pay our audio engineer for the hours of recording and mixing – the superlative work won’t disappoint! Hear what our composers have to say in their videos ($1,000)
- Partially fund CD release concerts once album is out – the best way to promote the CD directly to our audience ($1,000)
- Boost advance CD sales. This is the best place to get the NakedEye album, because your investment not only helps fund the project, but also gives us an advance sales advantage when the CD hits the market
We hope we can reach our goal, which will allow us to master, design, print, and promote the CD. Everything additional will help us negotiate Kickstarter fees and renumerate our talented and invaluable sound engineer, without whom this recording wouldn’t be possible. And if we go beyond that, the extra funds will go toward our next album, its first recording sessions slated for August 2017.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US
You will be the first to receive a top-notch, exceptional-sounding recording. But beyond that, we want you to be a part of NakedEye’s milestone debut! Your involvement will not go unrewarded, we want to make your act of giving memorable too. You can pre-order the album signed by NakedEye musicians (not available anywhere else); you can have our composers write a piece just for you and our musicians record it; you can expand your talent and take a lesson with a NakedEye musician; you can even have your name listed in the album credits as “Executive Producer”.
NakedEye is a non-profit 501(c)3 and your donation is tax-deductible. For more ways we will give back, see rewards →
Risks and challenges
Living full-time musicians’ lives means living on the edge. And every NakedEye member – musician, composer, sound engineer, producer – lives that life in different ways to the fullest. We took our time bringing the album to this place because we wanted it to reflect our artistic vision and our various luminous lives as Classical, rock, jazz, and improv artists. Taking on an intense recording project involving not only the studio and performance end of it, but also the commissioning and the composing of individual works, is a precarious balance in time management and finance. We’ve funded more than half the project so far. But now, with the help of friends, family, fans, music-lovers, new music supporters and enthusiasts, we hope to realize its full potential and bring NakedEye’s album "Storylines Crossing" to light.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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