Thanks everyone who contributed this week on our Kickstarter! We had a couple of amazing groundswell days... We're honored by and deeply appreciative of all of you.
With the new tracks edited (see the previous update for all the links to those clips) , I'm starting to circle back and edit the retakes of 'Leo" and "Sufisurf". I added some oud to the latter track -- both in the middle section, and two takes of a solo intro -- but there's a little noise in the signal path. I'm not sure if it was in the DI box, or perhaps a squeaky chair, so I'm arranging a time to go back and redo that.
After that, I need to revisit last years tracks. Some of them -- most of the samples showcased in the Kickstarter main article, for example -- already have the edits done, though I don't have as detailed a log sheet from last year (we were under deadline to get some pieces out as samples for Radio Luxembourg). I'll need to go back and recreate a log sheet for those pieces. There are some tracks that haven't been edited yet, so I'll need to tackle those, too.
As I go through this process, I'm also starting to curate and make notes for the special edition CD of alternate takes, rehearsals and unreleased tracks with audio commentary, a Kickstarter exclusive for $50.00 backers and above. More than a dump of outtakes, this will be curated and presented to give some insight into the band's process and how the music evolves. It will be a unique behind the scenes look at how we arrived at the final CD to share with you. Plans are to include interviews with studio head David McRae, extensive liner notes, log sheets, and more.
Over the years , I've taught myself good audio editing skills -- how to choose or merge the best moments of various takes, etc. It saves time and money, because then I can go back into the studio with those decisions already made and mapped out, along with a reference copy of that new construction. those new reference copies are the versions that I've been posting.
Those are the next immediate phases, but one thing I've decided to offer for all Kickstarter backers -- a chance to help us name the untitled songs! :) We often have code names that originate in rehearsal, but that aren't compelling or don't make much sense for a "real" title, so we'll be ask for your help in naming a few! We may also seek your input into the final sequencing of the CD if we're stymied.
As I mentioned previously , I'm very interested in building an engaged community here -- connections, the sharing of this music with you, having you involved in with us and buliding something around it, you and I -- not just sales. And I really feel that community starts with each of you who care enough to support this Kickstarter drive. So even after the project closes, we'll be in touch so you can help craft the final product with us.
We are at 47% funded, with 4 days to go. The goal is within striking distance. Like Ebay, folks tend to wait till the end:) . Please share now with your networks and friends ibefore Thursday and help us close the gap. I imagine that whatever it is you like about Pray For Brain, you know others who think and feel along similar lines... please send them an email or a tweet or a Facebook message about what we do.
Each of you who have supported this are the early champions and advocates -the pioneers, if you will. Share the discovery!.
The sale prices will remain for the rest of the project, btw::four ringtones for a $1 , + digital download for $10, + CD for $15, + signed poster for $25 , + alt takes CD for $50, plus T shirt for $75. Kickstarter doesnt allow for re-edits of the pledge rewards descriptions, but choose the holiday ones, they will be honored!