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Old Time Rock n Roll! Our 12th album will bring metal music to the Middle Ages, and we need your help making it!
Old Time Rock n Roll! Our 12th album will bring metal music to the Middle Ages, and we need your help making it!
Old Time Rock n Roll! Our 12th album will bring metal music to the Middle Ages, and we need your help making it!
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One *possible* tour route for this fall!
One *possible* tour route for this fall!

The final stretch goal: Open the tour in Los Angeles!

Hello, everyone.  We have been stunned and humbled by your generosity.  We asked for so much, and you have cheerfully given your support.  You gave us the courage (and the means!) to come and tour in North America, and continued to give!

We talked and thought for days, about how to use our last week of Kickstarter.  We finally decided: We can hold our first American concert in a fine hall, in a big city, to launch the tour in style!

Our plan is to rent this beautiful auditorium in Los Angeles.  They have confirmed that the hall is available on August 16, 17 or 18, when we plan to arrive.  It is roomy and beautiful, but not too large.  Perfect!

The budget for this stretch goal is:

  • $4165 Hall rental, insurance, staff
  • $4000 additional international travel, to Los Angeles
  • $1000 Lodging, meals, transport in Los Angeles
  • $1000 promotions and ads
  • Total = $10,165

That will add some expenses to this Kickstarter, too:

  • $1,100 in Kickstarter fees
  • $2,000 to make and ship more rewards
  • Total = $3,100

And of course, we ALWAYS round UP, never down!  Our Grand Total is $14,000.

So, that is our last Stretch Goal--to earn a total of $36,000 before the campaign ends on Sunday March 27.

It is a very big goal!  We hope we can achieve it together!

To Recap:

  • Our first goal was to fund this new album, and to our surprise and great joy, we raised the whole amount in only a few days!
  • We set a Stretch goal, to add two new songs to the album, and again, you came through for us! We left a small gift in our updates, for Backers Only, to thank all of you for your help.
  • Our 2nd Stretch goal was to raise enough funds to purchase airfare and pay the fees for a US work permit, to confirm our American tour.  The result: all of our jaws have dropped onto the floor, of the flat BELOW ours!
  • We set a modest 3rd stretch goal, to rent a van to bring us to our first confirmed concert in the US: the Utah Renaissance Faire.  You responded so quickly, it was filled as soon as we posted it!  Thank you!

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New Reward!

It is very exciting to all of us that so many people have chosen our Hand Made reward levels.  We are artists and musicians, so of course we love it when people enjoy anything that we make. 

Now it is Zmicer's turn!  He has offered to make some beautiful leather bags, similar to this one (which is his own!)

Each bag is unique!
Each bag is unique!

Our chef, Sergei, has agreed to share some delicious recipes in a beautiful, wooden-bound cookbook that he will make!  Maybe we will have a picture, maybe not.  You know how drummers are... *wink*

For extreme fans Maria has agreed to make a medieval belt for a Baltic psaltery (or guitar strap)!

Be sure to cast your vote here for our 2nd Stretch Goal songs, to add to the new album:

  • AC/DC - Highway to Hell
  • Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends
  • Bill Conti - Eye Of The Tiger (from the Rocky movies)
  • Black Sabbath - Iron Man

You can also go to our Facebook page, Twitter, Youtube channel, or email us at staryolsa.official@gmail.com, to vote.

Last but not least: Please tell your friends, bloggers, and anyone else you can think of, about this project!  Tell Reddit!  Tell Fark!  Post it on your favorite message board!  Help us reach everyone who loves historic music!

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Why a cover album?

We have been making medieval music together since 1999.  We love the sound of medieval instruments, and we love the history of our country.  When we played Metallica's "One" just for fun, something magical happened.  People all over the world felt it too. So many have asked for a CD!  

We want to do this right.  We will get all the proper licenses, and pay the proper royalties to the writers of these great songs, because all musicians deserve to be paid for their work. 

The album would include these songs:

  • "One," by Metallica
  • "Another Brick in the Wall" part II, by Pink Floyd
  • "Californication," by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da" and "A Hard Day's Night," by the Beatles
  • "Child in Time" by Deep Purple
  • "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana
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Why Kickstarter?

It's no surprise that it costs money to record an album.  This is how the expenses break down:

-- Making the CDs: $4370

  • $2000: Record and master the album here in Minsk
  • $120: "Mechanical license" fees for the songs
  • $750: Royalties for the songs (paid to the original composers)
  • $1250: Manufacturing costs for 1000 CDs and jackets (enough CDs for this campaign and some left over to sell at our concerts
  • $250 Artwork for CD and jacket

-- Shipping the CDs: $1600

Total Costs: $5970

Kickstarter and the credit cards will charge a fee of about 8% of the total income.  So, to receive $5970 from Kickstarter, this project must actually earn $6490 in support. 

And because there is always something unexpected, we rounded this up to $7000.

What will YOU get out of this project?

We are so glad to share our music with the world!  Naturally, a copy of the new album is the first reward.  We'll offer it as a CD or a digital download, whichever you prefer.

We based our budget on pledges for the new album only.  If half of you  pledge for a digital download only, and the rest pledge for a CD only, we would need 467 backers to reach our $7000 goal.  With a million views of the "One" video, we hope that 467 people will come forward with their support!

But obviously, there is more to Stary Olsa than this cover album, and we've come up with some fun goodies to choose from! Of course you can choose from our T-shirts and tote bags, and our entire catalog of 11 albums of historic music. 

cool bag and exclusive Stary Olsa's T-shirt
cool bag and exclusive Stary Olsa's T-shirt
Stary Olsa albums of medieval music
Stary Olsa albums of medieval music

We're also offering some special Skype concerts--and  recordings--of other modern rock covers!  Maria has even agreed to make some handmade notebooks of medieval Belarusian melodies complete with tabs, so you can play along!  AND, for extreme fans, she will weave a medieval belt for a Baltic psaltery (or guitar strap)!

A very long--and very cool-- handmade woven belt!
A very long--and very cool-- handmade woven belt!

Да, мы сделали это! И теперь переходим на следующий уровень!

Дорогие друзья! Это было очень круто видеть ваш интерес к нашему проекту! Мы начали его с цели $ 7000. Вы продолжили давать еще! Ничего себе! Поэтому, у нас появились новые идеи и мы решили поставить новую цель!

Прежде всего, мы добавляем новые награды. Проверьте список вознаграждений в течение следующих дней, и вы увидите некоторые новые классные штуки! Некоторые из них будут дорогими, но у нас есть и несколько более доступных.

Во-вторых, НОВАЯ ЦЕЛЬ! Мы решили, что если повысим до $10,000, мы сможем включить в альбом два новых рок-кавера!

У нас есть 4 крутые песни, которые мы могли бы записать:

  • AC/DC - Highway to Hell
  • Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends
  • Bill Conti - Eye Of The Tiger (from the Rocky movies)
  • Black Sabbath - Iron Man

Нам нужна ваша помощь, чтобы выбрать 2 песни. Проголосуйте за понравившиеся!

КАК ГОЛОСОВАТЬ:

- перейти к Update № 6 на странице проекта и оставить свой комментарий (самый быстрый способ)

- перейти на нашу страницу в Facebook, Twitter, ВКонтакте или наш Youtube канал и отправить нам сообщение

- отправить свой вариант ответа на нашу почту staryolsa.official@gmail.com

Две песни с наибольшим количеством голосов, будут включены в наш альбом "Medieval Classic Rock"!

С нетерпением ждем ваших ответов! И не забудьте рассказать друзьям об этом!)

O проектe

Мы играем средневековую музыку с 1999 года. Мы любим звук средневековых инструментов и любим историю нашей страны. Когда мы сыграли Metallica "One" просто для удовольствия, то произошло нечто магическое. Люди во всем мире тоже почувствовали это. Мы получили множество отзывов о необычности и свежести звучания. Поэтому многие стали спрашивать, где купить CD!

Мы хотим сделать всё правильно! Мы получим все необходимые лицензии и выплатим соответствующие гонорары авторам этих замечательных песен, потому что все музыканты заслуживают того, чтобы их работа была оплачена.

Альбом будет включать следующие песни:

  • "One," Metallica
  • "Another Brick in the Wall" часть II, Pink Floyd
  • "Californication," Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da" and "A Hard Day's Night," the Beatles
  • "Child in Time", Deep Purple
  • "Smells Like Teen Spirit", Nirvana

Почему мы выбрали Kickstarter?

Ни для кого не секрет, что записать альбом стоит денег. И это приводит к следующим затратам:

- Создание компакт-дисков: $ 4370

  • $ 2000: Запись и мастеринг альбома в Минске
  • $ 120: "Механическое лицензирование" - плата за песни
  • $ 750: гонорары за песни (выплачиваются авторам песен)
  • $ 1250: производственные затраты на изготовление 1000 компакт-дисков и обложки (достаточное количество для данной кампании и немного для продажи на концертах)
  • $ 250 Дизайн диска и обложки

- Доставка дисков: $ 1600

Всего затрат: $ 5970

Kickstarter и кредитные карты будут взимать плату около 8% от общего объема поступлений. Таким образом, чтобы получить $5970 от Kickstarter, этот проект должен реально заработать $6490.

И так как всегда есть непредвиденные расходы, мы подняли сумму до $ 7000.

Что вы получите от этого проекта?

Мы очень рады поделиться нашей музыкой со всем миром! Соответственно, копия нового альбома – это первое вознаграждение. Мы предлагаем его как компакт-диск или как официальное скачивание, как вам будет угодно.

Мы рассчитывали наш бюджет только для создания нового альбома. Если половина наших спонсоров выберут цифровую загрузку, а половина - CD, нам потребуется 467 человек, чтобы достичь нашей цели в $7000. Учитывая миллион просмотров только одного видео “One”, мы надеемся, что мы найдём поддержку 467 почитателей!

Но естественно, что это еще не всё от «Стары Ольса». Мы придумали нечто особенное для наших поклонников! Конечно, у нас есть фирменные футболки и сумки, а также весь каталог наших 11 альбомов. Мы также предлагаем специальные концерты по Skype - и даже записи - других современных рок композиций, которые вы сможете выбрать сами! Мария даже согласилась сделать эксклюзивный нотный сборник средневековой музыки ручной работы, чтобы вы могли играть вместе с нами! И для экстремальных поклонников она будет ткать средневековый пояс для гуслей (или гитарный ремень)!

Наконец, у нас есть очень интересные идеи для достижения конечной цели этого проекта, если мы сможем получить необходимое финансирование. Заходите снова и проверяйте, как всё продвигается!

Risks and challenges

We've set our project goal carefully, so that it will cover the real cost to make this album.

We've researched the process and cost of getting the proper licenses and paying the royalties, and we already have all of the paperwork ready to submit online.

We're working with the same recording studio we've always use, which is owned by friends of ours. We know their prices, and they give us a small discount, too. We feel pretty sure there will be no surprises on making the album!

Мы выбрали цель нашего проекта так, чтобы он покрыл реальную стоимость создания этого альбома.

Мы изучили процесс и затраты на получение соответствующей лицензии и оплату авторских гонораров, и у нас есть все необходимые документы для подачи онлайн.

Как и всегда, мы работаем с той же звукозаписывающей студией, которая принадлежит нашим друзьям. Мы знаем их цены, и обычно, они дают нам небольшую скидку. Мы уверены, что никаких сюрпризов по изготовлению самого альбома не будет.

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    --our gratitude
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    --the new album on CD AND
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    Just in case you want both versions! :-)

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    --our gratitude
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    --the new album (CD or download)
    --your choice of one of our 11 other albums (CD or download)
    --a cool canvas Stary Olsa TOTE BAG.

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    --our gratitude
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    A COMPLETE SET of Stary Olsa Goodies!

    --the new album (CD or download)
    --your choice of one of our 11 other albums (CD or download)
    --a T-shirt
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    Plus our gratitude and thanks on the website, of course.

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    The MUSIC LOVER'S set!

    --our gratitude
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    --the ENTIRE STARY OLSA CATALOG as a digital download. 12 albums total, including the new album!

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    another MUSIC LOVER'S set--with added swag!

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    --the ENTIRE STARY OLSA CATALOG as a digital download. 12 albums total, including the new album!
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    --Our gratitude
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    --the new album (CD or download)
    --a PRIVATE MINI-CONCERT on Skype! We will Skype you and perform any song in our repertoire--from the new album or any of our other titles--just for you.

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    The Whole Enchilada!

    --our gratitude
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    --the 12-album digital download of all our music, including the new album
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    NEW Handmade Reward: Cuisine of Belarus!

    --our gratitude
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    --the new album (CD or download)
    --a HANDWRITTEN, WOODEN-BOUND COOKBOOK from our percussionist and chef, Sergei! He will share some genuine medieval Belarusian recipes which can't be found on the Internet.

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    --our gratitude
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    --a HANDMADE NOTEBOOK of medieval Belarusian melodies, complete with tabs for guitar. Play along with us!

    These will be handwritten on art paper, so there will be ONLY three of these made!

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    Medieval Musicians! This is for you! Our first Limited reward of music books has already been filled up, but we have a new idea:

    --our gratitude
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    --the new album (CD or download)
    --a genuine, hand-crafted ARCHAIC GUSLI, made by our own Aleys. He is one of the finest masters of making these instruments in Belarus! This is a fully playable medieval instrument, made with authentic materials using ancient techniques (well, and a few modern tools and glues and whatnot). Aleys's guslis are played played by historic musicians all over the world--you can have one too!

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    NEW Handmade Reward!

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    --a beautiful handcrafted LEATHER BAG, made by Zmicer! He made the bag in the photo under the Project Description, and it serves as a useful addition to his medieval garb.

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    --a private mini-concert on Skype of ANY SONG! Well, almost any song--it has to be something that we can play on our medieval instruments.

    We will take your favorite song, MEDIEVALIZE IT, and play it just for you!

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    THE RETURN OF THE GUSLI!

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    --a genuine, hand-crafted LYRE-SHAPED GUSLI, made by our own Aleys. This is a larger and fancier model than the Archaic Gusli. He mentioned he might make these from oak. They'll be lovely!

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    The SUPER FAN collection!

    --our gratitude
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    --the ENTIRE STARY OLSA CATALOG on CD. 12 albums total, including the new album! All autographed for you.
    --the Stary Olsa T-shirt
    --the tote bag
    --best of all: a HAND WOVEN BELT for Baltic psaltery, made by Maria. An essential part of a medieval costume, or a strap for your guitar!

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    --our gratitude
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    --a CUSTOM RECORDING of YOUR FAVORITE SONG! We will go into the studio and make a full-fledged professional recording of ANY song you choose (within the playable range of our instruments).

    We will take your favorite song, medievalize it, record it, and send you the only copy in the world!

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    --our gratitude
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    --the new album (CD or download)
    --we will welcome YOU to come and see the WONDERS OF BELARUS--with us as your guides!

    We'll provide home accommodation and good company during your visit, and we know how to read the road signs and choose all the best restaurants!

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    For Backers in the USA and CANADA ONLY... your reward is : STARY OLSA IN CONCERT!

    --our gratitude
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    --the new album (CD or download)
    --US! We will come to you during our North American Tour and perform a private concert for you and your friends. Have you always dreamed of hosting a Medieval Lithuanian Shindig? Do you want to have the most memorable wedding ever? Or maybe your club or cultural center has been longing for a healthy dose of Eastern European history and fun. We'll bring it all! AND a bag of chips!

    The Fine Print:
    *Our US tour will take place in August and September, 2016.
    *We cannot guarantee any particular date. North America is a huge place and we will have to fit you in along our route as we travel across it.
    *If you are far, far from the beaten path (we're talking to you, Yukon Territory and Hawaii), we may not be able to come to you because the cost and time of travel will be too much. Contact us first, before you pledge!

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