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By Annabel Alpers
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About this project

This project is about exploring the beauty of sound, to create a live sonic experience that encompasses you, the audience, and is as cathartic for you to listen to as it is for me to make. I'm inspired by the beauty of my remote homeland, New Zealand, which I miss so much when I'm away.  I'm also inspired to find beauty in parts of everyday life - patterns and forms, mundanity, longing, excitement, nature (tamed and untamed), connections, fragility... (the list is endless) - and attempt to communicate this awe to you, through music.

Hello friend!

Thank you for your interest in supporting this project.

My name is Annabel Alpers. I'm a composer, musician and singer. I recorded and performed for ten years as the solo computer-folk/space-pop project, Bachelorette. Bachelorette released four albums on Drag City Records (USA, UK, Europe), Mistletone (Australia) and Particle Tracks (NZ), and toured with the likes of Bonnie "Prince" Billy, The Magnetic Fields, Low, Stereolab, Bill Callahan and Animal Collective.

Bachelorette albums (in rewards!) - you can click to listen
Bachelorette albums (in rewards!) - you can click to listen

 

 
I'm from New Zealand and have been living in Baltimore, MD, USA for the last four years. Since my last record was released, I've been collecting sounds, recording and developing ideas for a new album and live surround-sound creation, titled Remote. I'm super excited about the new musical territory I've been exploring, to present to you, and I'm hoping (trusting) you will share in my excitement!
photo by Mike Hughes
photo by Mike Hughes

Remote is a live, multiple-speaker, surround-sound experience. My intention is for you to be enveloped in beautiful sounds and emerge from your comfortable listening space transformed - your heart aflutter...

Remote is first and foremost a live project, and our focus is on creating an enchanting and transformative experience for the audience. The music will be transmitted through speakers on all sides of the theatre space, to surround the audience and allow you to hear the mix of sounds from different perspectives. I will be playing, singing and layering the sounds while Adam Cooke mixes the sounds throughout the space, and occasionally plays drums. After debut performances in New Zealand and Baltimore, Adam and I will be touring the work around the USA, Australia and beyond. There will be a Remote album as well - available on digital formats and on vinyl.

Adam Cooke - drummer and sound engineer
Adam Cooke - drummer and sound engineer

How will it sound?

Remote will be choral in effect, and we will be creating a live "choir" with my voice through the digital technology we have on hand. Over the last few years, I've been making recordings of sounds I come across in everyday life and turning those sounds into new instruments (this is a little hard to describe, but you will eventually hear it for yourself). These will accompany the "choir", along with some more traditional instrumental sounds. It will be a natural progression from my previous music in Bachelorette - new developments in my search for cathartic beauty in personal/universal texts and sounds

Here's a little excerpt from something new we've been working on! (added June 12th 2017) :

And some recent articles/interviews about this project:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/93204666/annabel-alpers-the-real-bachelorette-nz

https://thespinoff.co.nz/music/20-06-2017/why-stand-and-stare-up-at-a-stage-bachelorettes-annabel-alpers-on-reimagining-the-live-music-experience/

How will it happen?

I started on the creative work for Remote in June 2016, and Adam Cooke and I will be working on the project up until (and beyond) its debut in February/March of 2018. Thanks to The Arts Council of New Zealand and their belief in this project, I received assistance towards my basic living costs while engaging in the creative work for Remote. This assistance was given on the understanding that the project relies heavily on new technology, that it will be debuted in New Zealand, and the equipment and travel costs must be funded from outside sources. So this is where you come in...

Remote needs you!! (and you need Remote!)

I need your help to purchase the equipment that will allow us to complete and present the Remote album and live surround-sound experience. The good news is, everyone who contributes to this project will receive a reward that is equal to (or worth more than) the amount you spend, plus you will forever live happily in the knowledge that you were essential to making this new project happen. It's a win-win-win situation!  Most options are exclusive to this campaign.

Rewards include: 

REMOTE album previews and pre-orders, personal updates, archival prints and posters, handwritten lyrics, private performances in select areas and much more. 

Please be sure to scroll down through all the rewards to the very end! →

Bachelorette photos by Louise Clifton (a limited number of prints is available in the kickstarter rewards)
Bachelorette photos by Louise Clifton (a limited number of prints is available in the kickstarter rewards)

Where will your money go?

Transparency can be boring in its details, but I (and more importantly, you) value it all the same. Here is a detailed rundown of the exact costs that need to be covered under this Kickstarter campaign in order for Remote to be presented:

Equipment costs:

Adam and I have already contributed megabucks worth of our own equipment and software (not to mention time!) towards this project. Below are the extra items required for us to create and present the work, which we need your help to procure:

Soundcraft SI Performer 1 live mixing console - $3,800: Portable mixing console required for the mixing and live presentation of the work.

MOTU 896mk3 8-channel audio interface - $995: An audio interface for routing the separate tracks live from the music software to the speakers.

3 x ADAM Audio A7x studio monitors - $2,247. Studio monitors for the creation and presentation of the work. I have already purchased 2 of these monitors and need help to purchase another 3 in order to mix and present the work. They cost $749 each.

ADAM Audio Sub8 active subwoofer - $899. Subwoofer used in the creation and presentation of the work.

Total equipment costs: $7,941

Cover Art:

The artist/designer who is to create the Remote cover and program art is yet to be confirmed, but I do know that whoever it is will be amazing, and $500 is the absolute minimum I should pay them. I will meet any costs that exceed this amount.

Total cover art costs: $500

Kickstarter costs, fees, rewards:

Kickstarter has a 5% fee, and payment processing fees (between 3% and 5%), which comes out of the total funds raised. 9% of the requested $11,011 equals $990 in fees.

I’ve calculated that the cost of the production of rewards will be around $480. I will meet any costs that exceed this amount.

I'm also factoring in a 10% buffer for extra expenses (eg. extra travel costs and time taken to fulfill the Kickstarter project and rewards), which equals $1,100 

Total costs and fees: $2,590

Total funding required from Kickstarter: $11,011

If the campaign earns more than this amount, all extra Kickstarter funds will go towards our travel costs for presenting the work in New Zealand and Australia.   

Thank you for reading this right to the end. I hope it leaves you inspired to join me on this new musical journey. Thank you for inspiring me!

Risks and challenges

Kickstarter asks all project creators to address any potential risks and challenges, and explain how we are qualified to overcome them.

The biggest obstacle to getting this album and live surround-speaker work completed is simply the cost of purchasing the equipment we need to execute it. Much of the material has already been recorded and the next step is to start recording new material, and to mix and re-write existing material, as it is shaped and inspired by the new surround speaker arrangement in the studio. I am certain that the "Remote" album and live work will be ready to present in the time frame we've given, once we have the equipment we need.

I have a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree in composition and have recorded, released and toured four Bachelorette albums internationally. Adam Cooke has a Bachelor of Music degree in music production and engineering from Berklee College of Music and has engineered for indie bands such as Wye Oak, Beach House, Swirlies and Future Islands, as well as countless acts that have toured through Baltimore (from indie rock to traditional Rajasthani folk). I'm confident that we'll see this through. We're just eagerly preparing to take it to the next level.

Thank you for your interest. Love,

Annabel

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    ALBUM DOWNLOAD

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    BACHELORETTE EVERYTHING digital + prints

    You get hi-fi digital downloads of the entire Bachelorette back catalogue: The End of Things EP, Isolation Loops LP, My Electric Family LP, Do The Circuit/I Want To Be Your Girlfriend single, Self-Titled LP (you can listen at http://particletracks.com/music/)

    PLUS your choice of one archival 5"x5" or 5”x7” Bachelorette photo print (there are 8 to choose from) by photographer Louise Clifton, signed by Annabel, mailed to you (you can view at http://particletracks.com/category/photos/)

    PLUS 5”x5” photo print of the new album cover art, with a personal thank you note from Annabel on the back, mailed to you with the Bachelorette photo.

    PLUS the “Preview Track & Album Download” pack.

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    BACHELORETTE EVERYTHING CDs + prints

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    PLUS CDs of the Bachelorette back catalogue: The End of Things EP, Isolation Loops LP, My Electric Family LP, Self-Titled LP and digital download of the Do The Circuit/I Want To Be Your Girlfriend single (listen at http://particletracks.com/music/)

    PLUS your choice of one archival 5"x5" or 5”x7” Bachelorette photo print (there are 8 to choose from) by photographer Louise Clifton (view at http://particletracks.com/category/photos/)

    PLUS 5”x5” photo print of the new album cover art, with a personal thank you note from Annabel on the back.

    Any or all of the items above can be signed by Annabel at your request.

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    PLUS your name will be included in the new album's liner notes, on the project's website and in live performance programs, under the heading "Thank you to the backers of Remote!"

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    PLUS choose any song by Annabel (from the Bachelorette back-catalogue, or from the new album) and she will hand-write the lyrics on beautiful hand made paper and mail them to you.

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    PRIVATE PERFORMANCE (hometowns)

    The new "Remote" multiple-speaker work will be installed and performed in its entirety, one time, in a location of your choice, as long as the location is within the Baltimore MD or Washington DC area of the USA, or in Christchurch, New Zealand.

    The performance/installation will be about an hour long and can include the performance of a few Bachelorette songs (if requested prior).

    Please note that the time and date of the performance will depend on when Annabel and Adam are in the Baltimore MD and Christchurch NZ areas (which will be sometime around March 2018). We can work it out!

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    PRIVATE PERFORMANCE (5hr drive version)

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    The performance/installation will be about an hour long and can include the performance of some Bachelorette songs (if requested prior).

    Please note that the time and date of the performance will depend on when Annabel and Adam are in the Baltimore MD and Christchurch NZ areas (which will be sometime around March 2018). We can work it out!

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    PRIVATE PERFORMANCE (≤10hr drive)

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    The performance/installation will be about an hour long and can include the performance of some Bachelorette songs (if requested prior).

    Please note that the time and date of the performance will depend on when Annabel and Adam are in the areas listed above (which will be sometime around March/April 2018). We can work it out!

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    The performance/installation will be about an hour long and can include the performance of some Bachelorette songs (if requested prior).

    Please note that the time and date of the performance will depend on when Annabel and Adam are in the areas listed above (which will be sometime around March/April 2018). We can work it out!

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