Musical Broken Telephone – Geek Style (how else?)
Do you like geeky music? Do you like things that meta? Are you a fan of Rock, Paper, Cynic, or The Doubleclicks? Nerdcore rapper Adam Warrock? Nerd rock band Kirby Krackle? Chiptuner Professor Shyguy? Or local Toronto talent of Nerds with Guitars, Kari Maaren, Debs & Errol?
Peter, the person behind Rock Paper Cynic, is not only Kickstarting an album of his original tunes –I adored his Hello NSA (A Love Song of Mass Surviellance), enough to write an article for GEEKPR0N on it.
He is also taking this opportunity to engage his musical friends in a game of broken telephone. He’ll send the first band a 50 second song that they can listen to once before recording a cover, which will be passed on to the next band, and so on and so on. Peter will record a cover of the last song in the chain, and his two tunes will form the first and last song on his album.
HOWEVER, if you support the Kickstarter, you’ll also get access to the chain of ‘telephone’ songs!
A crowdfunded campaign needs more than a great idea, and Rock, Paper, Cynic, delivers on that front too. As it’s his third Kickstarter, he is minimizing the risks by having already recorded 95% of the album and building in buffer time for the chain of songs. His rewards appeal to all aspects of fans from those there for the music, to collectors, to those who like the weird stuff (carrier pigeon counts as weird stuff, right?)
Speaking of rewards, here’s a brief list of some of the levels. Of course the Kickstarter page gives much greater detail.
If you’re a minimalist, for $12 you can get The Electron Express, aka digital downloads of both albums.
If you like to share, for $22 (The Pirate Master’s Audio Vault) you get share-able downloads of both albums AND RPC’s home studio recording vault to see the evolution of his songs.
For an extra $3 ($25 for those who hate math), you can hold music in your hands! This level includes the physical CD of the album and download access to the broken telephone experiment.
Do you like to collect things? RPC is betting you like to collect things and the $40 level is offering trading card USBs of the album plus download access to the broken telephone experiment.
There’s $50, $60, $75, $100, $125, $175, $250, $1000, and $2500 (TAKEN) support levels with increasingly awesome rewards including a drunken marooned voice message (check the site for details), a pigeon-gram delivered personal scroll, and even a personalized wall painting ($1000 level).
As of the writing of this article, there are three days to go and, as of last night, the campaign has blasted through the original $7500 goal. But wait – there are stretch goals for $8,000 (reached), $9000, $10,000, $10,500, and $11,000. With each stretch goal, another telephone chain player will join in! Well except for the $10,500 level which will resulting in a song based on a haiku jam (see weird stuff). If you want to support geeky fun, wacky musical hi-jinks, and get nifty music and art in return why not check out Broken Telephone?
(He’s assured that no pigeons will be hurt in the running of this Kickstarter!)