Celestial: Fantasy Orchestral EP Fundraiser
Editor note: Since posting this article the Kickstarter campaign has successfully reached its goal. Meaning no further pledges will be accepted. However, you can still follow the progress of this project via Kickstarter should you be interested.
“Celestial” is an EP which will contain five stunning fantasy-style orchestral tracks composed and orchestrated by Kyle Hartman. Excitingly, it will be Hartman’s debut album to showcase his capabilities and skills learned alongside some of the best composers in the world. This music is designed to instill a sense of fantasy in those that listen to it. Thus, helping people to become enveloped in the sounds of a mystical world.
The overall aim of this project is to develop a full digital album recording live orchestral musicians. As such, the music will be coming from the original synth tracks composed by Hartman. There is also a plan to put together a limited number of physical CD copies for pledge backers. The five tracks have already been written and fully planned out as described below:
- Orbit – A bold cinematic fanfare inspired by satellites and planetary movement.
- Collision – An edgy piece combining action with sci-fi.
- Luminance – Inspired by the image of a magical realm.
- Celestial – A grand orchestral journey across multiple terrains and textures.
- Beyond – A calming epilogue-style piece featuring piano and strings.
The musicians involved in this project include the Orchid Quartet – a supremely all-female string quartet based in LA. Also involved in the project is a new-to-the-scene brass ensemble called Cinematic Brass. And last, but not by any means least, Ashley Jarmack, an exotic woodwind instrument player, and Hal Rosenfeld on drums and percussion.
Kyle J Hartman is a classically trained orchestrator and composer. Based in Los Angeles he has gained a wealth of experience working with a wide variety of producers, directors, and musicians. Interestingly, he has many talents. Including being able to paint pictures and enhance stories with the use of music. For those who want to hear more of his work, samples of his work can be heard on SoundCloud, or via his website. Additionally, we have placed a quick sample of his work below for you to take a look at.
This project was launch on 2nd July 2021. Yet, within several hours of launching, they had reached 10% of the pledge target. Currently, the project sits at £937 of the overall £4,353 total pledge. In addition, there are currently 31 backers that show interest in this project (myself included). With 21 days yet to go, it is happily looking very much like it has a chance of reaching that £4.5k pledge total.
Additionally, Hartman has provided a full breakdown of the funds he is asking for. So that pledgers can know exactly where their money is going:
Music Preparation = $1,000 (£725)
Recording the Musicians = $2,500 (£1,814)
Mixing & Mastering = $1,500 (£1,088)
CDs & Digital Distribution = $1,000 (£725)
If you are wanting a full copy of the digital album once it’s complete, it will cost $25 (£18). However if you’re interested in receiving a physical copy of the CD once it’s ready, you’re looking at $35 (£25). Though there is also a variety of other pledging option. Including pledging however much you want just for the sake of backing the project and showing your support.
If this project has caught your eye too, and you would like to pledge more information can be found on the Kickstarter page.
There is currently no release date for the final product.
This is owing to the fact that once the funding it confirmed, they will need to organise the schedule. Musicians will need to be booked along with a studio before they can begin recording. Once recording is complete sound mixing and mastering will need to be done. This is arguably the most long winded part of the process. Then once editing is complete they can look to arranging the CD production and distribution.
It is clear that I have a lot of faith in this product. Much like I do every other Kickstarter project we review. Owing to the fact that I am placing my own money into the project. Seeing as the project has managed to get to just below 25% of its goal by day 6, it could be a squeeze to get the full amount within the remaining 23. However, if this music captures the hearts and ears of enough people, I could see it being very successful. I will certainly be buying a copy!