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Music of Ghouls – The Story

picture by icultist on a CC license

in ancient times the dead were carried over the river styx by the ferryman charon, their last journey from our world into the underworld, also known as “hades”. the ferryman required payment for his service and the dead were given one or two coins that were either put on their eyes or under their tongue.

but there were also those who couldn’t pay the ferryman. he would still carry them over the river but they were denied entry into the underworld. instead, they have to live on the dark shores of the river for eternity. these ghouls are restless and to relieve themselves of their misery a bit they use the ferryman to carry back their stories over the river into our world.

Music of Ghouls is a collection of some of their stories. I’m the ferryman telling these stories in the ghouls voices, meaning I change character from song to song to match the character of the ghouls presented.

Meet some of the Ghouls:

The Xpert
A man who has read any book that’s ever been written. he knows all these books by heart and can quote from them at any time. if women want to be with him (and they do!) they have to write him letters asking for information. if these letters are long enough, he might accept to be surrounded by questions of the chosen one for ever.

The Horse Dark Lady
A woman, who can’t stand when people talk to her. their words are like stones thrown into her face. so she left society and decided to live with horses, because they are the only living creature that can calm her down. now she pulls a gun on anyopne who tries to speak to her.

Vogel der Nacht (Bird of the Night)
A Lady who is also known as the underaged widow. she gave herself literally to anyone who wanted her because she thought this way someday someone might just see the heavenly light shining in her. (this song is in german)

I’ve got money
is about a young kid who’s only dream is to live the life of a millionaire. but he doesn’t want to work for it so he just clings to those who seem to have money until they either run out of cash or prove not to provide the desired lifestyle. a real parasite, sucking people dry.

Sally Bones
is a lady who, in a quest for happiness, shovels through the dirt and garbage of this world looking for lost dreams and desires she could turn into her own.

these are just a couple of examples of the ghouls whose stories I will record on the album.

I recorded some parts of the album in my own workshop using only the upright bass (how I do this you can learn supporting one of the fueling bundles). on august 18 and 19 I’ll record all the live instruments in new york, and then back in munich all the additional voices. beginning of september I will edit the album before mixing and mastering it.

the whole process of making the album is going to be recorded on either video, photography, audio, and live streams. the collected material will make up all the goodies you can fuel here at rockethub.

you’ve read this far, now go ahead and fuel this project so the Ghouls can be heard.

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“Music of Ghouls” fan funded album release

I decided to do another experiment. I launched the album recording of Music of Ghouls on rockethub.
fanbased funding is nothing new anymore with a couple of very good services out there, such as artistshare (the first to launch in 2003), kickstarter, and hypebot, just to name a few.

I decided on rockethub, because it had the most music related projects, though I think artistshare is the most serious one out there and I know first hand they do great work. (they’ve won a couple of grammys, go figure.)

rockethub just seemed to be so easy to set up and get started.

so, here are the packages you will be able to fund there to help release my album “Music of Ghouls”

$ 15
exlusive download of the album, plus 3 extra tracks performed live in my studio.
$ 20
E Book (download) “Music of Ghouls” behind the scenes (similar to this one) including photos, music scores, lyrics, handwritten notes, designed like a tattoo-flipbook. your name will be in the credits as “producer”
$ 50
All $20 Value, plus the complete album as high def. download (no mp3 files, but .aiff), handwritten page of a song score, thank you letter from me.
$ 75
exclusive bass lesson either in my studio (munich, germany) or via online stream, 60 minutes, learn everything I know about recording half the sounds of this album on my upright bass, talk music and profit from my experiments in the music business (availability 5)
$ 100
Printed Book “Music of Ghouls” incl. Photos, handwritten notes, music scores, lyrics, CD (the album) and a handwritten thank you letter from me. your name will be in the credits as “executive producer” (availability 20)
$ 150
All $100 Value, plus instead of a CD you will get a preloaded iPod Shuffle (2G) containing all the music. (availability 10)
$ 250
2 VIP tickets to all my shows in and around munich, germany for 1 year (availability 5)
$ 500
Exclusive Online Stream Concert, just for you, plus a copy of the video tape of the show (availability 2)
$ 1000
Exclusive Show at your Party or in your living room (Munich, Germany only!), plus 1 copy of the $100 value Book (availability 1)
$ 10.000
I’ll fly you to Munich! Follow me around munich, germany. visit the studios (where I’ll show you how the music has been mixed and mastered), visit my studio where I’ll show you how I recorded the bass and vocal tracks, and spend a weekend (max 3 days) hanging out with me in this great city (sightseeing, concerts, theater…) (hotel and flight included, as long as flight costs don’t exceed $1000 USD!) (availability 1)

let’s see how this is going to work out.

here’s my pitch:
if you like my music and would like to be part of the album, please visit rockethub to fuel one of the bundles and get the album on the road.
if you don’t like it you might still know someone who does! please don’t just throw out my album, but forward the rockethub link to someone who you think might like it. you’ll do them a favor, yourself and me. this way you at least spread good karma.

thank you for your support!