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An audio-visual investigation of how the internet and technology have hacked human existence (that you can shake your booty to).
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BACKGROUND

I am an artist and musician working out of Brooklyn, New York. From 2005 to 2013 I was making albums for ANTI Records (Tom Waits, Neko Case, Wilco). With ANTI, I released three official studio recordings, and ten unofficial digital releases. Having fulfilled my contract and parted ways with ANTI, I now want to try a more direct approach to distributing my work - one that is less focussed on physical album sales, and more focussed on creating a unified body of artwork surrounding the theme of an album. So, without further ado, I am proud to present: iBeenHacked!

iBeenHacked is a multi-media exploration of how digital living, digital dependance, and digital thinking effect our everyday lives in terms of productivity, creativity, privacy, and self-realization.  This exploration will culminate in two parts: a digitally released concept album and a storefront art exhibition at the Beam Center in Brooklyn. 

The Album 

As I launch this Kickstarter, I am about 60% done with recording the record. A few of my favorite tracks include: "Me So Selfie" - a collaboration with European musician Bonaparte; "Followers" - a collaboration with Pow Pow of Man Man; and "Check yo cell, before you wreck yo-self" - a mobile-tech twist on a hip-hop classic.  In keeping with the digital theme, the majority of the songs on this record are electronic based beat music - utilizing virtual instrumentation to the fullest extent.  Similar to my work on "Over the Counter Culture" and "Under the Table Tennis," "iBeenHacked" will walk that jagged line between humor and gravitas - in effect hacking back at the digital powers that be.  One notable example of this will be the "advertisements" in-between songs on the record.  I figure, if every bit of content on the internet can have an ad before it, why can't iBeenHacked?  You can even get in on the action, and pay to have one of the ads be for your company, your pet, or even for you (see the rewards section). 

Which AD experience do YOU prefer?
Which AD experience do YOU prefer?

The Art

The second part of the project is to create visual art that accompanies and augments the album.  The Beam Center of Brooklyn has been kind enough to give me a residency in their storefront studio for the month of April for this express purpose. With the help of Beam Center Students, I plan on transforming the storefront window into a giant cellphone (complete with live feed video capabilities). During the day, the phone-window will provide digital and analog passersby with a view into my studio practice, and at night it will be a proscenium for performance and video.  A few projects I have in mind include, tweet-drawing (where I draw tweets in real time), profile-picker (digi-mediccis commission new hand rendered profile pics), App Night (Hors d'oeuvres will be served), The Phoney Store (where I create a fictional store to sell smart phone surrogates to cure digital addiction), and Low-tech to No-tech (up-cycling obsolete technology into art-for-art-sake).  At the end of April, I will hold a gala exhibition to showcase the work made during the residency, and all Kickstarter backers are invited! 

Beam Center Window = Giant Cell Phone!
Beam Center Window = Giant Cell Phone!
The Phoney and Mini Phoney
The Phoney and Mini Phoney
Even more Phonies
Even more Phonies

This is a BIG project, and I am really looking forward to working on it together with you!  If you want to be super - choose a reward that you like, and donate accordingly.  If you want to be super-duper, you can donate AND show this project to everyone you know! Thanks in advance for your enthusiasm, creativity, and generosity!  

Love - Tim Fite

Risks and challenges

A few challenges!

One Man, Two Hands
I tend to be a bit of a loner, subscribing to the, "If you want it done right, do it yourself" philosophy. But, as one man with only two hands, I sometimes take on more than I should. It would probably behoove me to be more of a, "many hands make light work" kind of guy. When completing this project, I hope to challenge my inner lone wolf and enlist my talented friends and fans. Pizza and shipping anyone? I'll keep you "posted."

Technology!
There are certain elements of finishing this project that involve some tech action that I am not a big expert at (this is funny given the concept of the album). One thing on my mind is choosing the proper way to fulfill the digital rewards. Bandcamp? Dropbox? AOL (jk)? iTunes? I am also trying to figure out the best platform for streaming action from the window at the Beam Center! Looks like youtube has a pretty robust cam set-up, but I still gotta test it.

And finally, as is the case with most production oriented folks, one of the biggest obstacles I face is PROMOTION. So, I hope to find a reasonably priced, innovative, motivated, and effective PR representative to help get iBeenHacked to a wider audience. Any volunteers? Recommendations?

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    Tim Fite Analog Smile - know that where ever I am, your pledge made me smile.

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    Early Download of "iBeenHacked" - get the album two weeks before all the slow-pokes!

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    Digital Bonus Pack - Get the Early Download of "iBeenHacked" - plus a zip of bonus tracks, special artwork, out takes, and liner notes. Early download of deluxe album included with all pledges $20 and over

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    Collectable Letterpress Print - limited edition print carved, printed, signed and numbered by Tim Fite special for this project.

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    Shout out! Your name (alias, twitter handle, or otherwise) will be recorded coming from my mouth on the shout out track, and echo forever in the annals of "iBeen Hacked" history.

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    Real Text! I send you a personalized paper text message! (who knows! it might even be a sexy one!)

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    Mini-Phoney is the miniature version of the worlds leading smart phone surrogate: The Phoney! Hand made from colored glass during my residency at the Chicago Glass Collective, The Phoney is an "artful" way to sooth the symptoms of digital withdrawal.

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    Hand Drawn Hand Bag: I will hand draw a hand over the ocean on lovely canvas tote bag that you can use for handling all of your handy devices.

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    24 Hour Happy Trolling! For one day, I will post personalized positivity on your preferred social media profile. It is a sure fire way to have an AMAZING digital day!

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    Skype Lulaby or Bedtime Story! I will video call you on Skype and read you a story or sing you a song.

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    Letterpress Print and Hand Bag COMBO PACK!
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    Profile pic portraiture! I will draw your profile pic on real nice paper. Everyone will be jealous of your profile.

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    The Phoney! Made of fused glass during my residency at the Chicago Glass Collective, The Phoney is the world's leading smart phone surrogate. An "artful" way to sooth the symptoms of digital withdrawal - the Phoney will change your life for the better!

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    Your Own Advertisement on the Album! Are you tired of sitting through ads before getting to your content? Then there is only one solution! Make the ad about you! I will write and record an audio advertisement for the product, person, or pet of your choice, and put it on my record forever.

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