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Help fund Yorick Studio's all-analog collaborative album. Produced by DSM's Christopher the Conquered, recorded in Benson, Omaha.
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SUPER SHORT PROJECT SUMMARY:

After three releases and several house shows, pot-lucks and other events, Yorick wants to move forward with a proper album that features ALL the folks! This album will be tracked to analog tape and we really want to press it to vinyl.

BACKGROUND: 

A little over a year ago, composer-performer Erik Jarvis moved from Grinnell, Iowa to Omaha. With Mike Everson and Johanna Murray, he started Yorick Studio in their Benson duplex. They recruited Jo and Erik's friend Kelly Musselman as a long-distance collaborator, and soon Mike's old friend and bandmate Justin Carter joined the ranks. Yorick Studio had a great first year, making friends, enthusiastically producing music, and organizing public events. Here is a small list of Yorick's first-year happenings. 

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string day for Justin's upcoming album
string day for Justin's upcoming album

IN DEPTH PROJECT SUMMARY:

We initially had THREE distinct projects we were going to try to pull off. After many spirit runs and conversations with our friends, we decided ONE BIG collaborative album would be more in-tune with the Yorick ethos. 

the cast: 

Erik Jarvis (including a song co-written by Kelly Musselman)
Katie In 
* Caleb Neubauer (aka Misty Aeons)
* Kat Jarvis 
* Justin Carter
* Phill Smith 

Some or all of us have worked together previously, and we're excited to all be together for this one. 

the process:

As with Erik and Kelly's long-distance collaboration Eavesdrop & Elevate, much of the preproduction has been over phone calls and Google Drive. It's been wonderful to see the songs come to life as the arrangements get more refined and each writer adds their stamp to the sound.

We're particularly excited to have Des Moines performer and producer Christopher the Conquered to produce the record. He'll bring his portable tape machine and lend his fine ear, his fine voice, and his fine trumpeting. Chris is a wonderful advocate of peace love and live music and brings the finest vibes. 

Many of the songs will feature strings and horns. With this many songwriters, the style will be highly eclectic, but the players and production will bring some sonic unity. 

We plan to mix the album at futureappletree studio 2 in Davenport, IA, and have it mastered at Focus Mastering in Omaha, NE. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

We need your help to cover many costs, including mixing, mastering, and session players. We can record, mix and master the album properly for $3,000... But we really need $5000 to get the album pressed to vinyl. 

We, the artists, will cover the cost of Christopher, and tape. As usual, we will also save oodles of money by tracking in our basement and arranging in-house. 

Cost Breakdown (most of these are estimated costs) 
Producer-- $500
Tape-- $400
String/Horn Players-- $500 
Fulfilling rewards-- $100
Mixing-- $500 
Mastering-- $500 
Pressing-- $2500

total = $5000 

There will be other costs involved, such as printer ink, travel to and from DSM, etc. Our videographer, Matt, has also graciously volunteered to film throughout the process, and we want to compensate him. 

Last year, our GET ON BOARD campaign was an enormous success. We surpassed our goal, which allowed for Erik & Kelly to complete their album, and got the studio off the ground. 

Help us take this community to a new level. You can invest in an album, a community, an idea. 

PAST WORK FROM THE TEAM:

paper doll reward, by Joe Lacina
paper doll reward, by Joe Lacina
Phil Smith's string part for Justin's upcoming album
Phil Smith's string part for Justin's upcoming album
chord chart for Erik & Kelly's song for collaborative album
chord chart for Erik & Kelly's song for collaborative album

 Check out our Instagram feed for more Yorick pics 

Risks and challenges

Recording music is never easy. The process is full of variables-- a mic could stop working, we could run out of tape, etc.

The biggest challenge for this project has been scheduling, but we took care of all that before taking this step.

We are qualified to handle challenges such as these because we have such a unique and strong team. Our diverse skill sets and trust in each other will guide us through challenges.

Our last project was a complete success-- from reaching the goal, to completing the project, to fulfilling rewards. Be a part of the next one.

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    Handmade copy of Caleb's debut Misty Aeons album, Selves. Limited edition CD encased in snazzy artwork—and made with care.

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    One-hour music lesson from a Yorick collaborator! Skype or live, depending on your area. Instruments include piano, guitar, bass, drums, vocals, etc. Just ask.

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    Yorick Studio time! Track and mix one of your songs. Erik will horns OR strings if desired (you'd have to pay those session players). Scheduling will vary based on the project. Get in touch if you have questions.

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