04/28/2013 --- Let's get you up to speed. My first Kickstarter project was a flop. Kind of hard to crowdfund a project without having a crowd to begin with, right? So I'm taking a step backwards and building one on twitter. This second project is to create an Art/Music Poster project based upon my designs (which is already completed), the creation of 33 new songs, and LOTS of user participation. This diary details every step I went through in creating those 33 new songs. If you're a musician or just want some background insight into the life of a musician then read and enjoy. Hope to see you around the first month in January 2015 should we have enough twitter followers (I'm thinking... 10,000?). You can help simply by following things as they progress and retweeting when something I do, say, or post strikes your fancy.
01/01/14 --- My goal to record 33 songs this year got off to a drag when LaKendrick Washington showed up and stayed all day. The only thing I got done today was deciding upon a few song titles. But a start is a start.
01/02/14 --- Went through Unnatural Monstrosities in Ableton Live and chose some drums and instruments to kick off the first song. It's currently titled "Whitley Went Where?" but could change at any moment. Using Tension/Guitar & Plucked/Ionosphere Guitar and some stuff from the Fun Constructor Beatbox.
01/09/14 --- I'm planning on doing 22-33 songs this year so I've spent the evening first, procrastinating like a pro by watching entire seasons of Gene Simmons Family Jewels on DVD, and second by getting in there in Ableton Live and choosing the 22 different drum kits and beatboxes that I want to create beats with. I also chose some Tension instruments. It's not rocket science. I scan through different titles, picking some at random and trying out different sounds. There are literally tens of thousands of sounds to choose from so it really is necessary for me to narrow down the choices. It's a sort of an exhausting process. And that leaves me with the rest of the night to go through my new MusicTech magazine dedicated to all things Ableton Live. Keeping the mind sharp, at all times.
01/10/14 --- The plan is to release 3 EP's, DREAMS, GHOSTS, and UFO's AND ALIENS, each with 7 songs on them. For each EP I have come up with 6 titles. For the rest of the titles I will need your help. First, stay in contact with me through twitter and enter your email address above. Get your suggestions in now. When we get to the point that we're ready to launch the project through Kickstarter then a twitter contest will launch that will decide the winning title by how many retweets it gets. All suggestions welcome. This is how the current title lineup is looking...
DREAMS: Sleeping in a Dead Man's Dreams, The Thieves of Lucidity, Who Dares - Wins!, The Art of Dreaming, When Secret Societies and Sleep Mix, and Wet
GHOSTS: Spirit, Dead Time, Making Bets Against Death, We Dance Together with Ghosts, For No One Really Dies, and A Place without a Time
UFO'S AND ALIENS: Black Almond Eyes, Remember Nothing in 3, 2, 1, Whitley Went Where?, Caught them downloading it into her brain, In the Dead of the Night, and Implanted
So I need 3 more song titles, one that fits in each category. If a song title you suggest makes it to the final list in 2015 then you'll get a free large-sized and signed Paranormal Strangeness Poster!
01/10/14 --- Like I need sleep, right? Spent all day working up a wood box design for my upcoming paranormal playing card project (reboot, that is) and this perfectly retweetable image (hint, hint...) of the metal dealer's coin. Sweet!
Just finished the design for the laser-etched box to hold the paranormal playing cards. For No One Really Dies! pic.twitter.com/rRDBavLCwt— Ken D. Webber (@KenDWebber) January 13, 2014
01/13/14 --- No music today. Laundry, feed the cats, resting. But I did create a 3D model of the FNORD Blood Boxes. They'll hold either two decks of paranormal playing cards or one deck and the dealer's coin. Behind the cards is where I'll paste the QR code. The boxes are from woodline and I'll have to paint them when they arrive and either stencil the top or have it laser-etched. If you like it, retweet.
01/14/14 --- Turned on the amp, the GNX4, plugged in and let it rip. Found some mojo playing off Satriani's two fingered hammer on trick combined with some Eddie Van Halen-esque digital delay. Musician's used to say, "get it down on tape" but now there's no tape so the saying makes no sense. Maybe some genius out there will come up with a line that makes sense in the digital age? I think tomorrow, I'm going to "get it down ________."
01/17/14 --- For weeks I've been racking my brain to figure out HOW to build a crowd big enough to support this new project. Last night I hit the motherlode of ideas and now things have clicked into place. I cannot as yet reveal this idea but just know that it is a crowdfunding game changer! So today I've been doing graphic design, web design. Some of this is the new idea and some of this is because of a PDF I found on the Internet that reveals what words can help a kickstarter project succeed and which words can cause it to sink. I returned yesterday from my C&P exam, hoping their decision helps my case with the VA. Tonight I clean house and get things ready so that when I switch gears and jump heavily into the music making process nothing will impede my progress.
01/19/14 --- Out with the old, in with the new DREAMS poster. It's big and it's got a lot of layers so it's been taking some time but the results are fantastic. Here's a hint for the artists and musicians out there reading this now... if you ever get that "feeling" that something is good but could be better then STOP right there and go with your feeling. Mediocrity is for sucks! One thing has led to another this day. The new poster will require that I re-render my animation clips as well. I'm the type of person that has a one track mind until everything on that particular track is 100% done and done correctly. So I'm hoping that taking a step backwards and reworking the graphic design will pay off later when I'm recording the music because then I won't be tempted to procrastinate by working on graphic design work.
01/22/14 --- I found this outstanding video on things that all successful Kickstarter videos have in common, watch below.
So I wrote a script and now I'm rendering the many clips needed to create my video. Thank you Jacob Gudger!
02/01/14 --- LLC's, love em' ever since my Dad explained them to me. This week I've been doing the business side of the music industry... paperwork. I got the operating agreement back from the attorney and I'm fine tooth combing it and making some tweaks. Switching gears from doing graphic design to doing music is pretty brutal for me. I got the idea to go online and download some classic Queensryche songs to practice my vocals, play guitar to, and that's when I discovered that a war between two different versions of Queensryche really is going on. One version with new vocalist Todd La Torre and some of the old guys from Queensryche sounds pretty good and he can hit those high notes pretty well. The second version, also called Queensryche, has Geoff Tate on vocals and he seems to have pissed off a lot of his old fans and is encountering trouble hitting his old high notes as he's aged much since those old songs were written down. I had specifically chosen Queensryche to warm up with because I used to be able to hit all those notes and now I simply cannot because my vocal chords have changed due to advanced acromegaly. It forces me to transpose a lot of notes down. I have a serious house cleaning to get to this weekend and I've got to try and get my brother Mike over to take a look at the LLC. The clock is ticking.
02/19/14 --- Setbacks. I believe I had a mild heart attack or heart strain last week. Going back and forth to the doctors this week and taking things a bit easier. Hard to make real music and beats when things inside don't have the right beat.
02/23/14 --- I just finished the incredibly - if I do say so myself - exclusive tshirt design below. Patreon is the new AWESOME. It's that great. It is a site created and launched by Jack Conte. If you've been paying any attention at all in the last few years then you recognize that name as 1/2 of the super youtube group Pomplamoose. What Jack has done is finally made Youtube relevant to musicians. Everyone knows that the ad model of Youtube sucks ass. It just does, no arguments. Jack bypassed all that by creating Patreon. Patreon is like Kickstarter only instead of taking in a lot of money for a giant project you take in tiny amounts of money every time you upload new content like a youtube video, a song, a webcomic, or a new podcast. So if you are someone that is constantly providing new content then I suggest you click the link above and head on over. And if you would like to be a Patron and help someone's indie career and get some cool rewards you should head on over. It's a game changer for sure!
03/04/14 --- Everything is set to finalize the video for my www.patreon.com/kendwebber page and launch late Wednesday, early Thursday. I have a really awesome poster goal as seen here and here. I'm currently looking for artists on Patreon that fit in with my sound. So far two artists have loosely agreed to be "in" on the project, Struxnet and NLJ, so four more to find.
03/07/14 --- Click on over to www.patreon.com/kendwebber and support Plague. I love how the video came out, Mike nailed it! I have a special offer going on now, as seen below. If you have a Twitter account give us a retweet.
All art, music, card designs, design, writing, animation, works on film, and merchandise copyright 2013 by Ken D. Webber; All Rights Reserved. TRUTH and MAAT are the trademark names of my guitar design series and my pyramidal amplifier series. Plague of Smiles is the trademark name of my musical group.