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Songs of love, tragedy, and catharsis, brought to life with lush layers of cello, strong vocals, and sparse percussion.
Songs of love, tragedy, and catharsis, brought to life with lush layers of cello, strong vocals, and sparse percussion.
Songs of love, tragedy, and catharsis, brought to life with lush layers of cello, strong vocals, and sparse percussion.
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Circling: Unwoman Original Album 2014

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[Edit Feb 5 -- what a great start! I forgot to mention -- every backer will be able to download new songs, about one per week, during the course of the project. Starting with Lullaby Feb 6. Just $1 to get in on this action!]

I have eleven songs completely written for my next album, my sixth original album, which I will release in Summer of 2014 (July 13 is my tentative release date). Songs I love to play live like "Beauty Over Industry," "Intertwined," "Lullaby," and "In Pinks and Golds" will definitely be on this album. 

I intend to take a few more months working on it, write four or five more songs for it, and really perfect everything, and make instrumental versions at the same time as I finish the vocal versions, this time. 

I am so grateful to have had your support for the last few years -- eight successful kickstarter projects, wow!

This album, entitled Circling, is the follow-up to original albums The Fires I Started (2012) and Casualties (2010), and covers albums Uncovered (2011) and Lemniscate (2013). My styles and production skills and songwriting have progressed since 2010, but I see Casualties, TFIS, and this album as a trilogy and one of the things I’m planning to do with this album is a reprint of Casualties (it's been sold out for a year now) and a box set, limited to 100 copies, signed, containing the three albums.

THE BUDGET (all are estimates):

  • CD pressing $2,000 
  • Laptop upgrade $2,000 
  • Mastering $500 
  • Live audio upgrade (wireless mic, new audio device for connect to computer, drumpants) $1,200
  • Postage $2,000 
  • Fees $1,000 
  • Photography $600 
  • T-shirt printing $700 
  • Casualties reprint & ltd ed box set printing $1,250

    TOTAL $11,250

Stretch goal: if this project reaches $21,250 I will make a professional music video (with a budget around $5k) for one of the songs.

I am not traveling quite as much for gigs this year as the last two years, so I should be slightly more available for house concerts. Please write booking@unmediated.net if you have any questions about those.

Teaser preview with 11 song clips (audio only):

Risks and challenges

I have successfully funded, completed, and delivered eight Kickstarter projects. I have never missed a deadline for an album download to be ready.

Occasionally physical rewards are delayed (eg TFIS vinyl), have problems (eg dark metal USB, before I got them fixed), or are lost in the mail, then replaced by me as quickly as possible. And occasionally songpoem rewards take longer to deliver than anticipated -- because they require inspiration. The Beautiful Fish DVD was a few months late because the person I'd hired to edit it was not able to do so, but since this is just music that shouldn't be an issue.

I have done my best to communicate with backers when delays or problems have occurred in the past and will continue to do so, but hope it won't be necessary for this project.

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    Full album download of Circling.

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    Full album downloads of Circling + Circling instrumentals

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    Set of 3 f-hole temporary tattoos + full album downloads of Circling + Circling instrumentals

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    Circling CD (signed upon request) + full album download + instrumental album download.

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    New-style Unwoman t-shirt. I don't know what it'll look like yet! Includes both downloads. Add $5 to include CD. Shirts are unlikely to be available outside of the kickstarter. Women's sizes, & men's through 3xl.

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    Ltd Ed signed CD box-set of Casualties, The Fires I Started, and Circling. Plus full album downloads of Circling + Circling instrumentals

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    Crystal USB with entire collection, through Circling! (If you want it sooner, buy it on bandcamp & just pledge for the download)

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    Special deal weeknight Bay Area house concert! An intimate Unwoman concert in your house, or wherever you want, on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evening. You are free to charge people for tickets. (email booking@unmediated.net for further information.) USB discography or CD & t-shirt included.

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    Fully produced songpoem + USB. You may have heard some songpoems I've already made, as the b-sides for The City Single. http://unwoman.bandcamp.com/album/the-city-single For this option, I will spend about two full days of work on your piece. You have to send your poem to me by April 2014 for me to meet the Oct 2014 deadline.

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    An intimate Unwoman concert in your house, or wherever you want! Locations outside the greater Bay Area will have to include travel and lodging and be scheduled several months in advance. You are free to charge people for tickets. (email booking@unmediated.net for further information.) USB discography or CD & t-shirt included.

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