"This album by Seelig & Rosenthal is alarmingly beautiful and unreal. As if the musicians have been given notes by something we don’t see in the physical realm." - Matt of MusicTap. Read his reflections at this update.
We did it! A gigantic thank you for your incredible support! Your pledges made Journey to Aktehi a success. If you missed this Kickstarter project, go to the Projekt Website to see if there are any unpledged copies available. You can also visit Bandcamp to download the album and free Black Tape For A Blue Girl releases. Join the email list to learn about current albums Sam is working on, and my Patreon page for ongoing patronage. We appreciate your dedication and interest. Thanks so much! - Sam & Mark
Hi! This is Sam from Black Tape For A Blue Girl, and this is the Kickstarter for Journey to Aktehi, my collaboration with Mark Seelig (Bansuri flute/vocals). This album evolved from Mark's work on the 2016 Blacktape CD, These fleeting moments.
I launched this campaign for my Kickstarter supporters in order to raise $7000 to create a signed collectible edition of Journey to Aktehi. The CD will be packaged in a 6-panel DVD-sized digipak, and the cassette (yes, cassette!) will have a 3-panel jcard. After eight crowdfunded projects, this is the first time I've included an upfront Artist Royalty within the Kickstarter funding goal. Because it's a collaboration, I want to be able to pay Mark and cover artist Oscar for their beautiful work (and hey, something for myself too!)
Black Tape For A Blue Girl's vocalist Oscar Herrera drew the amazing album cover image.
Making art is time-consuming; your pledges cover manufacturing and also something for the time we put into creating this album. Thank you very much for contributing.
This 50-minute release has three tracks: 1 he became the wind (17:48) 2 voices in the water (9:37) 3 meditation on the skeleton (23:06).
$15-and-up pledges get a download of my unreleased 90-minute electronic album, Isotope. A portion of this piece is the track Mark performed on for Blacktape's "Meditation on the skeleton;" it's the backing music for parts of Aktehi's extended version of that track. You receive an Isotope download code as soon as I am online next (so pretty soon!).
Non-USA backers: Please read the IMPORTANT NOTE below. You will pay for overseas postage separately from this Kickstarter after the campaign has ended.
More about the music
Since 1986, I've been the songwriter, producer and main musician in my band Black Tape For A Blue Girl. In May and June of 2017 I created this new collaboration with Mark; he’s a Projekt artist who has worked extensively with Steve Roach and Byron Metcalf.
This music is different from anything I've created before. It's an album of trippy, hallucinogenic ethno-organic-electronic music. The primary ingredient is Mark’s Bansuri flute and harmonic chanting with a very slight touch of my electronics and processing. I was going for an altered-state-of-consciousness feel: I envision it as a psychedelic trip with the flute and chants of the shamanic main character leading you on a journey of sound.
Last year, I recorded an hour of Mark improvising over the "Isotope / Meditation on the skeleton” drone; just recently. I edited his initial tracks, shaping these three journeys.
More about the cover artwork
I commissioned Oscar to create the hyper-realistic cover illustration showing the main character I imagine in the music. Even though the sound is trippy, I think the journey is an immediate, real-feeling experience. The flute and voice are hyper-present; it is not gauzy and distant like some music in this genre. Thus a realistic image made sense to me. Oscar's work is a pencil illustration.
The actual original drawing is the Executive Producer premium. And there are two early sketches. Check them out to the right. --->
Why are you making a cassette? Are you nuts?
Believe it or not, there is a cassette resurgence happening (read this article at Rolling Stone Magazine). Lately more people have asked me for releases on cassette vs. vinyl. I like the idea of bypassing the stress of the vinyl process, and the leftovers (I have hundreds and hundreds of copies of Blacktape's recent Kickstarted vinyls in my basement). Cassettes are a cute little nostalgic audio artifact; players are cheap on Amazon and at your local Salvation Army.
Still, yeah, cassettes! How weird is that. : )
In most Kickstarter campaigns, shipping is charged during the campaign and (as Kickstarter tells us), "Funds that backers pledge to account for shipping costs will count towards a project's funding goal."
This creates a problem for two reasons...
(1) Kickstarter + processing fees take 10% of postage. It means I would have to charge 10% above the actual postage costs to cover the fees; that's a bad deal for you.
(2) With postage counting towards achieving the funding goal, a project could fund without raising enough to cover costs. That wouldn't be good for me.
The solution is you pay me directly for the real cost of the postage.
Non-USA postage will be billed after the campaign funds, around the shipping date. I will message asking you to PayPal me directly for postage to your country.
How much additional will the postage cost?
USA: postage included.
Canada: $9.50. Rest of World: $13.50. Mexico: $11.50 (please read Note 5 about Mexico, below.) These are estimates for a CD or Cassette, based on July postage rates. Prices could go up if the weight goes up, such as if you order the $70 tier. You will be billed for the accurate weight at current USPS postal rates. Payment via PayPal "Friends and Family," or direct where you cover the fees.
Note 1 -- FORMAT: This release is a unique limited edition item; exclusive and collectible. The CD will be in a 6-panel, DVD-sized digipak. The Cassette will be a 3-panel J-card in a Norelco box. The CD is an edition of 300, The cassette is 100, unless demand calls for more. Only the ones for Kickstarter supporters will be signed by Mark and Sam.
Note 2 — PROGRESS: I’ve finished recording and mixing Journey to Aktehi. Howard is mastering now. Oscar has finished the cover illustration. Other illustrations for the inside panels will be created after the project funds (check the updates for progress).
Note 3 — Once the project funds, Journey to Aktehi will be immediately available to you as a Bandcamp download. Later, it will be downloadable on iTunes and Amazon, and streaming at Spotify, etc.
Note 4 -- In the past, I've heard, "I need to wait two weeks 'til I get paid, before I can pledge!" Actually, no, you don’t need to wait. Credit cards aren't charged until after the campaign ends! You can pledge now.
Note 5 -- Mexico Postage. For $11.50, your CD will ship by First Class Mail International. HOWEVER, if it gets lost or stolen, you will have to pay for the reshipment. In the past, I've had a lot of trouble with mail to Mexico going missing. Here are some ideas. (1) Consider shipping the CD to a friend in the USA. Then they can deliver it to you. (2) Upgrade to Priority Mail International, which costs $37. Expensive, but I've never had a problem with Priority delivery.
Note 6 -- International postage will be charged as a separate PayPal payment after the campaign funds. It is NOT part of the pledge you are making today. See important note above.
Risks and challenges
I've run eight Kickstarters; all successfully funded with all premiums fulfilled. I've run the Projekt label and webstore for 34 years; I'm experienced at following through on projects, boxing things up and getting the boxes into the mail. I have decades of history meeting budgets on over 340 releases including complex limited editions.
I forsee no delays in meeting the October fullfilment deadline.
I appreciate your enthusiasm for what I've created over the past 30+ years. I want to remind you that Kickstarter only funds this campaign if we reach the $7000 goal, so each of your pledges is really important. No matter what you can give, it helps make this record happen. I want to thank you for that! Let’s make this happen. - SamLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (25 days)