Today is the one year anniversary of heading out with Mercy West to shoot the cover of To touch the milky way. The one above is untouched-up; you can see... Read more
the Balch Hotel Horror Story
I recently upgraded to the Exposure 4 photo processing package for Photoshop. For years, I've been using Exposure 2, and wowee!there's nice stuff in the new one. I revisted... Read more
Could you write an Amazon review?
Hey all! I would love it if you would write a review for To touch the milky wayon Amazon. There are no customer reviews yet, a few positive customer... Read more
The gesture of history
Tom wrote: “Hey Sam: Touchhas become my favorite Black Tape album yet. I love the artwork that came with the download and look forward to the hard copy. How... Read more
Boxing, boxing, boxing!
Saturday. Around 5pm I was wondering why I was starving... Oh yeah! I figured it out: I've been so busy down in the basement boxing up your packages that I... Read more
two interviews, while you wait.
I called the trucking company a few minutes ago, they say the delivery will be here tomorrow! While you wait. Here's a Black Tape For A Blue Girl interview I... Read more
So, so close!
Hi. Great news! I will have all the pieces for To touch the milky way and Remnants of a deeper purity in my hands next week! There's a 400 lb... Read more
perspective > "To touch the milky way"
Hi... Next week, the website idieyoudie.com (named after the Gary Numan song from Telekon) will preview To touch the milky way's title track. I wrote a bit about... Read more
A few of your thoughts
A Kickstarter backer from Scotland wrote, “The opening suite sounds like it was beamed from the same perpetually autumnal alien world as DCD's Realm of a Dying Sun.... Read more
Hello. I’m waiting on the wide-spine deluxe covers from the pressing plant. I appreciate your patience. I wish I had a firm ship date for you, but alas I’m still... Read more
As we enter October, the image on the horizon grows.
Since my last update, I have approved the 2nd set of test pressings, and the vinyl is on schedule to be pressed by Precision very soon.
I was... Read more
CD (Spoilers!) & Test pressing #2
(If you don't want to see the CD artwork before you receive your package in the mail, don't scroll all the way to the end of this message. Spoilers!)
Hello, ... Read more
User Error and LP approximation (spoilers!)
Oh. I hate when "user error" is the problem, and even worse: when I am the user.But it turns out that at least half of my test pressing hell... Read more
Test Pressings, set 1
Hi.... If this is the first time you've backed one of my Kickstarters, you might not know about the deepest circle of hell called "test pressings." I made a video... Read more
The boxes of To touch the milky way 12-inch art-cards arrived yesterday. They looked pretty beaten up in transit, fortunately the cards inside are all fine (no bent corners!). I've... Read more
Mastering is finished!
This week, I've been working with Howard on mastering TO TOUCH THE MILKY WAY. An hour ago we made the final mastering adjustment: I added just a bit of "air"... Read more
Nearly finished with the artwork
Hi -- Over the last month, I've been looking at the images I shot for To touch the milky way, thinking about what should go on the deluxe cards,... Read more
Mixes "completed," off to mastering.
I just transferred the mixed To touch the milky way tracks to Howard, who is going to master the album. This means the recording and mixing is "completed" (which... Read more
Oh wow! It's already 10 days since the end of the campaign! Seems like yesterday. I've been working on the mixes, I'm very happy with what I'm hearing. Tomorrow I'll... Read more
Thank you! (with cute photo)
Hi -- I'm taking a break from social networking for a few days. Instead I'm catching up on Projekt work I missed, answering your messages in the Kickstarter backend, and... Read more
We made it! The goal has been passed
Great news! We passed the goal! Your support made To touch the milky way a success!
I wrote this in an email list a few hours ago.......
I posted an... Read more
Question #1: Connection + Gender
Hi -- There's just over a day to go. 223 amazing people have pledged $11,328 to make To touch the milky way exist. We're doing this!
I expect to pass... Read more
Question 2: Graphic Design & Mercy’s involvement
Hello -- As I write this, the campaign has 48 hours to go. 207 wonderful backers have pledged $10,612 towards the $12k goal. We need 49 more backers of the... Read more
Question #3: five questions with short answers
As I write this, there are 3 days to go. 196 backers have pledged $10,315, which is 85% of the goal. A few people have messaged, worried about if we’ll... Read more
Question #4: The 4AD label + being a non-musician + discovery
Hello – I’m answering some of your questions as we countdown the final days of the Kickstarter for To touch the milky way. As I write this, there are 188... Read more
Question #5: seven questions with short answers
Hello -- I thought it would be nice to answer some of your questions as we countdown the final days of the Kickstarter for Black Tape For A Blue Girl's ... Read more
Download / listen to "The stars" and two excerpts
I posted a free Kickstarter preview so you can hear some of the music we've been working on. Listen to the almost final mix of the lovely dream pop track, “The stars”... Read more
Question #6: My creative process.
Hello -- I thought it would be nice to answer some of your questions as we countdown the final six days of the Kickstarter for Black Tape For A Blue... Read more
Brooklyn: Silver Zentai Suit
As I write this, 166 backers have pledged $8,296 of the $12,000 goal. There's one week to go.
I was in Brooklyn with Mercy the last few days and we... Read more
The Standard CD added for export + stretch + add-on
As I write this, there are 157 backers, with $7825 pledged, 65% to the goal.
Standard CD (export only)
I’ve heard your requests and added a new pledge level. With... Read more
dropping by kickstarter
Yes, it’s true. Kickstarter is not just a crowdfunding platform. It’s also a place! I am visiting Brooklyn with Mercy. We saw the David Bowie Is exhibit at the Brooklyn... Read more
Creating the outfit for the cover (NSFW!)
This post has nudity. Please mouse away if you are in an environment where that's not appropriate.
I have a friend who wore Anti-G trousers to fetish events. The way... Read more
Dufur Oregon, photo outtakes
Mercy and I spent the night in Dufur Oregon at the BALCH HOTEL, built in 1907. The hotel was pretty empty in the middle of the week, so we took some... Read more
Midway, the usual concern, Shaniko sherrif!
Hello. As I write this, the To touch the milky way campaign has 133 backers, with $6,704 pledged towards the $12,000 goal. Amazing! I appreciate it. And I'm a little... Read more
today’s shoot in millican oregon
Hi. I’m in our hotel looking through the photos I shot today with Mercy. I have to see all 200+ images back home on the monitor, before I know which... Read more
Some Behind the Scenes from the Cover shoot (NSFW!)
The following photos are topless. Not safe for work, depending on where you work.
Great news! We just passed the half-way point on the fundraising. That's nice to see.
We... Read more
Going out on a photoshoot
Mercy and I head out to shoot photos on Monday. As I make plans to visit interesting locations I've been researching web articles, studying Google Maps, zooming in close to... Read more
Hello. As I write this, there are 106 backers and we're almost at 50% ($5,885 pledged of the $12k goal). Things are going great, thanks so much. I wanted to... Read more
Some variations on the cover image
Hi! The To touch the milky wayKickstarter went live Tuesday of last week, I took a few days to proof and edit the description, added the video on Sunday,... Read more
NOTE 5 - Some information for MEXICO
Because of packages getting stolen on the way to Mexico, I ask that you use Priority Mail. Unfortunately, because this package will weigh over a pound, the US... Read more