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Psychic Temple features a 29-member ambient-jazz orchestra that includes Mike Watt, DM Stith, Mick Rossi, and Julianna Barwick.

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An excerpt of Psychic Temple's opening track here.

THE STORY

In late 2008 I was hearing a new kind of music in my head. I searched for this music in the work of other artists but I couldn't find what I wanted. On January 5th, 2009, I went into the recording studio with drummers Andrew Pompey and Justice Constantine with an idea of this music and the emotional space I wanted it to create. Over the following 19 months, I collaborated with twenty-eight musicians (including four bassists, six vocalists, two horn sections, and one string quartet) to build that space.

I wanted to hear music that possessed the rich textures of folk, jazz, and modern classical music with the rhythmic pulse of microhouse. I wanted something beautiful and easy to listen to. Something that would transport me from the noise and stress of the city to another place entirely. After almost two years and over 1000 hours of work, I present to you, Psychic Temple.

I composed, recorded and produced Psychic Temple in between truck driving, being a plumber's assistant, composing for short films, high school music teaching, and being a husband to my wife, Adriana, and father to my beautiful children, Naima and Elisha. I am deeply grateful to my family and everyone at Asthmatic Kitty for supporting and championing this project, especially in these difficult financial times.

THE MUSICIANS

I am humbled to have with some of the best musicians on the planet playing on Psychic Temple. The ensemble includes Mick Rossi of the Philip Glass Ensemble, legendary Minutemen bassist Mike Watt, vocalists Julianna Barwick, Joel St. Julien (of ELLUL), Aaron Roche and DM Stith, trumpeter Kris Tiner, guitarist Danny Miller and drummer Tabor Allen (of Rare Grooves and The Widow Babies), Brian Blade Fellowship pedal steel guitarist Dave Easley, Weird Weeds percussionist Nick Hennies, bassists Steuart Liebig, C.J. Boyd and Anthony Shadduck, and extraordinary brass and reed players Danny T. Levin and David Moyer. Horn and string arrangements were written by Corbin Foster and Seth Shafer.

THE VISUALS

Poster designer Jason Munn is a long time friend and collaborator. He designed the artwork for my experimental guitar album ideas without numbers and the logo for my record label, Sounds Are Active. He is a graphic artist of impeccable skill and taste. A 192-page coffee table book of his concert posters (Death Cab For Cutie, Sufjan Stevens, Mountain Goats, etc.) was recently published by Chronicle Books.

Cover photographer Ian Souter and I worked for months discussing ideas and scouting locations. We drove down La Cienega into darkness, ate french fries in old diners and took pictures in pitch black darkness. Eventually, we gathered as many of the musicians on Psychic Temple as we could, bought a dove, and shot the album cover on film.

Artist and musician Elis Im brought twig to ink and mouse to pixel in creating the Psychic Temple album design. She has formed a unique whole that incorporates large blooms of colour, liner notes from jazz historian Todd S. Jenkins, Ian's photography, and the adapted icons of Danny Miller. A massive visual project pulled off with grace and true artistry.

THE PLAN

• Asthmatic Kitty will release Psychic Temple digitally on November 23rd, 2010.

• Once the Kickstarter project is successful, I will press up 500 copies of Psychic Temple on gatefold, 180 gram vinyl. All vinyl copies will be hand-numbered and signed. Once these vinyl copies are sold out, I will NOT press a second run. If successful, this may be the only way to get a copy.

• Everyone who has pledged at or above the $10 level will receive a digital download of Psychic Temple within 24 hours. You don't even have to wait for the project to be full funded.

• All shipping and handling is included in your pledge. There are no additional costs.

THE BUDGET

$1000 // 12" black 180-gram vinyl records (from Bill Smith Custom Records)
$60 // test pressings
$210 // 2 step plating process
$160 // one color labels
$100 // film output for labels
$1500 // 2-color gatefold vinyl sleeves (from VGKids)
$350 // vinyl mastering (from SAE Mastering)
$175 // transaction fees

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    DIGITAL PACKAGE |> |> |> |> |> |> |> |> |> High quality digital download (mp3, AIFF, WAV, FLAC) + 3 copies of Psychic Temple pamphlet

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    VINYL + DIGITAL PACKAGE |> |> |> |> |> 180 gram, gatefold vinyl copy of Psychic Temple + Album commentary download • Also includes album download, and 3 pamphlets.

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    SOUND + VISION PACKAGE |> |> |> |> |> Limited edition, silk screened Psychic Temple poster designed by Jason Munn • Also includes all downloads, 3 pamphlets, and 180 gram vinyl.

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    MUSICIAN-SHIP PACKAGE |> |> |> |> |> |> Hand written sheet music for one song from Psychic Temple + Your name printed inside the Psychic Temple album cover • Also includes all downloads, 3 pamphlets, 180 gram vinyl, and poster.

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    VISITATION PACKAGE |> |> |> |> |> |> |> |> Lunch or dinner visit to Sounds Are Active Studios. Includes 2 hours in the studio, listening, recording or remixing. Whatever you'd like to do. Then we'll grab a bite at an expensive restaurant like Chipotle, my treat! • Also includes all downloads, 3 pamphlets, 180 gram vinyl, poster, name inside album, and sheet music.

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    ARTIFACT PACKAGE |> |> |> |> |> |> |> |> One of three rare Psychic Temple artifacts: the hand lettered album mix notebook, the Electro-Harmonix Stereo Electric Mistress effects pedal used on the record, or the acoustic guitar featured on the album cover! First pledge receives first pick. • Also includes all downloads, 3 pamphlets, 180 gram vinyl, poster, name inside album, and sheet music.

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    CUSTOM SOUND PACKAGE |> |> |> |> |> Five minutes of music composed for you, your family (dedications!) or your film or video game project (includes license not publishing or ownership). We can work together for up to 10 hours in my recording studio! • Also includes all downloads, 3 pamphlets, 180 gram vinyl, poster, name inside album, and sheet music.

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    PRODUCTION PACKAGE |> |> |> |> |> |> |> I will produce an album for you or your band! Includes THREE 8-hour days in the studio where Psychic Temple was recorded! • Also includes all downloads, 3 pamphlets, 180 gram vinyl, poster, name inside album, and sheet music.

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    PERFORMANCE PACKAGE |> |> |> |> |> |> I will fly anywhere in the United States to perform a concert at the venue of your choice. I will record the performance and perform music from Psychic Temple. Requests too! • Also includes all downloads, 3 pamphlets, 180 gram vinyl, poster, name inside album, and sheet music.

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