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Inspired by Joy

$10,805 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 148 people in 9 months
Created May 15, 2018
In the spirit of love— (the love of music and my love of the many students I have the honor of guiding on their musical journey), I am embarking on an ambitious project to compose and produce a multi-cultural/multi-genre 8 song EP that contains music centered in and "Inspired by Joy".   Once all the music is produced, many high level educational resources demonstrating the process of music composition, arranging, orchestrating and production will be created as a result of this adventure.

*By selecting a reward level with your donation, you consent to sharing your information (including email address and mailing address) with Joseph Carrier.*



The main goal of the project is to create educational materials that can be shared with my students and donors of the project in the form of:

1) Scores/parts.
2) Educational Videos that explain and follow the entire creative and production process (from initial composition/orchestration to final recording/mix, and the production considerations involved) in great detail.
3) Pro Tools/Digital Performer session files (mixed with all plug-ins, and raw unmixed files). This includes any and all MIDI mockups.
4) Behind the scenes footage of the recording sessions  to help demystify the job of a producer.
5) In addition, many hours of lectures will be derived from this EP journey that will cover everything from: 
a) traditional songwriting, composition, arranging and orchestration
b) sophisticated MIDI mockups in pre-production phase
c) working with and producing talent
d) editing and mixing complex multi-track sessions




While sharing and listening to beautiful musical examples that represent the multi-cultural tapestry of my students, I am often joyfully overwhelmed by how that music affects the students as we begin to more deeply examine it from an artistic and technical perspective.

To that end, the music composed for this EP will include various styles such as Brazilian Samba, Bossa Nova, Tone Poems composed for full orchestra (inspired by French Impressionism), Solo Piano interludes and even Electronic Remix of this organic material. 

On several of the songs, beautiful imagery has been added to the music through the lyric writing and vocal styling of Nella Rojas and Alejandra Jimenéz Quiroga: two brilliant, up and coming Latin recording artists.

In keeping with the theme of "multi-culturalism", I decided to do something quite unusual––Brazilian rooted music sung in Spanish.

*On a side note: this is the first time in my decades long career that there are no boundaries imposed on the music–essentially this is my first venture as an "artist".

All of it will be inspired by joy!


•COSTS•


The cost associated with recording this project is quite expensive ($45,000+) because it involves such a large number of great musicians, singers and recording studios large enough capture their performances.

The orchestra will consist of 62 players, the Brazilian styled music will include not only a large rhythm section and singers, but also 13 horns and woodwinds coupled with a 36 piece string ensemble.  The recordings will take place in the greater Boston, MA area.

This $45,000 budget will cover the costs of hiring over 85 individual players and singers; studio time to record, mix and master the music; and the costs required to film the sessions.



•TIMETABLE•

The rhythm section recordings have been captured,  the goal of releasing the musical content by June 2019. The educational materials (especially the video content created for the classes) will take a bit longer to develop since it is so time intensive, and my expectations are to have this ready by late Summer/early Fall of 2019.



Please join me in this undertaking of creating music and educational materials inspired by joy.


Peace,

Joe Carrier


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•REWARDS•


*By selecting a reward level with your donation, you consent to sharing your information (including email address and mailing address) with Joseph Carrier.*

Pledge $5 or more

Join Me!

Welcome! Your pledge will help me get closer to the ultimate goal: creating Joyful music and materials that I can share with you and my students.

Includes:
·      Receive a digital download of two of the tracks from
        the EP
·      Personal thank you note posted on Facebook

Estimated delivery June 2019

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Pledge $12 or more

Download

Receive a digital download of "Inspired by Joy" in MP3 format (320 kbps) before its official release.

Includes:
·      Download of full EP "Inspired by Joy" 
·      Personal thank you note posted on Facebook

Estimated delivery June 2019

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Pledge $25 or more

CD + Download

Receive a CD of "Inspired by Joy" before its official release, PLUS an MP3 download of the full EP.

Includes:

·      CD of "Inspired by Joy" 
·      Download of full EP "Inspired by Joy"
·      Personal thank you note posted on Facebook

Estimated delivery June 2019

Ships to anywhere in the World. International shipping rates may apply.

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Pledge $35 or more

CD, Download, Poster

Receive a CD of "Inspired by Joy" before its official release, plus an MP3 download of the full EP, plus an autographed poster.

Includes:

·      CD of "Inspired by Joy" 
·      Download of full EP "Inspired by Joy"
·      Autographed Poster
·      Personal thank you note posted on Facebook

Estimated delivery June 2019

Ships to anywhere in the World. International shipping rates may apply.
 
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 Pledge $60 or more

Large Ensemble Scores in PDF format

Get the scores to the large ensemble Brazilian styled music on the EP! (4 songs)

Includes:

·      CD of "Inspired by Joy" 
·      Download of full EP "Inspired by Joy"
·      Autographed Poster
·      PDF Scores of Brazilian Ensemble Songs only
·      Personal thank you note posted on Facebook

Estimated delivery June 2019

Ships to anywhere in the World. International shipping rates may apply.

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Pledge $100 or more

All scores of the music on the EP in PDF format

This is an opportunity to own and examine all the full scores of the music from the EP!

Includes:

·      CD of "Inspired by Joy" 
·      Download of full EP "Inspired by Joy"
·      Autographed Poster
·      PDF Scores of all songs on the EP
·      Personal thank you note posted on Facebook

Estimated delivery June 2019

Ships to anywhere in the World. International shipping rates may apply.

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Pledge $150 or more

Session Video 1

This downloadable video will provide you with a “Behind-the-Scenes” look at the collaborative efforts of the players and producer during the rhythm section recordings.

Includes:

·      CD of "Inspired by Joy" 
·      Download of full EP "Inspired by Joy"
·      Autographed Poster
·      PDF Scores of all songs on the EP
·      Behind-the-Scenes video of the rhythm section
        sessions
·      Personal thank you note posted on Facebook

Estimated delivery June 2019, video available late Summer 2019

Ships to anywhere in the World. International shipping rates may apply.

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Pledge $200 or more

Session Videos 1 +2

Receive a downloadable video containing a “Behind-the-Scenes” look at the rhythm section, horns and woodwinds sessions.

Includes:

·      CD of  "Inspired by Joy" 
·      Download of full EP "Inspired by Joy"
·      Autographed Poster
·      PDF Scores of all songs on the EP
·      Behind-the-Scenes video of the rhythm section,         
       horns and woodwinds sessions
·      Personal thank you note posted on Facebook

Estimated delivery June 2019, videos available late Summer 2019

Ships to anywhere in the World. International shipping rates may apply.

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Pledge $250 or more

Orchestral sessions video (+ 1 + 2)

Here is a great opportunity to get a deeper understanding of how a complex project utilizes many recording sessions to get the final result. Witness the orchestra working on the fine details of dynamics and interpretation, the precision of the horn and woodwind ensemble sections, and the collaboration of the rhythm section as they create the foundation for the Brazilian based compositions.

Includes:

·      Downloadable Behind-the-Scenes video of the 
        orchestral sessions, rhythm section, horns and
        woodwinds sessions.
·      CD of "Inspired by Joy" 
·      Download of full EP "Inspired by Joy"
·      Autographed Poster
·      PDF Scores of all songs on the EP
·      Personal thank you note posted on Facebook

Estimated delivery June 2019, videos available late Summer 2019

Ships to anywhere in the World. International shipping rates may apply.

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Pledge $400 or more

Bound Printed Scores

You will receive a bound, printed and autographed Score Collection of all music on the EP, a great way to study “hands on”.

Includes:

·      Bound, printed and autographed Score Collection of
        the Orchestral and Ensembles pieces from the EP.
·      CD of "Inspired by Joy" 
·      Download of full EP "Inspired by Joy"
·      Autographed Poster
·      Behind-the-Scenes video of the rhythm section,
        horns, woodwinds, and orchestral sessions
·      Personal thank you note posted on Facebook

Estimated delivery June 2019, videos available late Summer 2019

Ships to anywhere in the World. International shipping rates may apply.

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Pledge $500 or more

Credits in the album liner notes

Your name will be listed as an enthusiastic supporter of the project in the album liner notes.

Includes:

·      Credit as a supporter in the album liner notes
·      CD of "Inspired by Joy" 
·      Download of full EP "Inspired by Joy"
·      Autographed Poster
·      Bound, printed and autographed Score Collection of the Orchestral and Ensembles pieces from the EP.
·      Behind-the-Scenes video of the rhythm section, horns, woodwinds, and orchestral sessions
·      Personal thank you note posted on Facebook

Estimated delivery June 2019, videos available late Summer 2019

Ships to anywhere in the World. International shipping rates may apply.

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Pledge $750 or more

An hour-long video chat session with Joe!

This can be one-on-one as a lesson/consultation, or a Q&A master class with your students. We can discuss any aspects of creative, arranging, production etc.

Includes:

·      1 hour-long video chat with Joe
·      CD of "Inspired by Joy" 
·      Download of full EP "Inspired by Joy"
·      Autographed Poster
·      A Collection of the Orchestral and Ensembles pieces
       from the EP in PDF format.
·      Behind-the-Scenes video of the rhythm section,
       horns, woodwinds, and orchestral sessions
·      Credit as a supporter in the album liner notes
·      Personal thank you note posted on Facebook

Estimated delivery June 2019, videos available late Summer 2019

Ships to anywhere in the World. International shipping rates may apply.

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Pledge $1,000 or more

A 2 hour-long video chat session with Joe!

This can be one-on-one as a lesson/consultation, or a Q&A master class with your students. We can discuss any aspects of creative, arranging, production etc.

Includes:

·      2 hour-long video chat with Joe
·      CD of "Inspired by Joy" 
·      Download of full EP "Inspired by Joy"
·      Autographed Poster
·      A Collection of the Orchestral and Ensembles pieces
       from the EP in PDF format.
·      Behind-the-Scenes video of the rhythm section,
        horns, woodwinds, and orchestral sessions
·      Credit as a supporter in the album liner notes
·      Personal thank you note posted on Facebook

Estimated delivery June 2019, videos available late Summer 2019

Ships to anywhere in the World. International shipping rates may apply.

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Pledge $2,500 or more

Pro Tools Final Mix session files

Here are the actual final mix session files! All plug-ins are inserted with the actual parameters used, all automation of parameters (volume rides, compression value changes, EQ automation, etc.) are included in the files.  (***I cannot guarantee that you will have the exact plug-ins used in these session in your own operating system, but it will nevertheless provide you with a deeper understanding of the process, especially the automation aspects.)

Includes:

·      Pro Tools “Final Mix” Session files (Dropbox link
        provided to download the files)
·      CD of "Inspired by Joy" 
·      Download of full EP "Inspired by Joy"
·      Autographed Poster
·      A Collection of the Orchestral and Ensembles pieces
       from the EP in PDF format.
·      Behind-the-Scenes video of the rhythm section,
        horns, woodwinds, and orchestral sessions
·      Credit as a supporter in the album liner notes
·      Personal thank you note posted on Facebook

Estimated delivery June 2019, videos and session files available late Summer 2019

Ships to anywhere in the World. International shipping rates may apply.

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Pledge $3,000 or more

“The Anatomy of an Orchestral Production” Educational Video

This downloadable educational video will provide you with a unique insight into the “start to finish” aspects of creating a work for full orchestra: from the initial creative concept to the final mix. It begins with the basic thematic "seed" and how to develop it further; detailed thoughts on how to approach orchestrating the work for 62 players with the “colors” they provide; creating a realistic MIDI mockup as a pre-production tool; recording the live orchestra; strategies/approaches for mixing the final version.

Includes:

·      “The Anatomy of an Orchestral Production” video
·      CD of "Inspired by Joy" 
·      Download of full EP "Inspired by Joy"
·      Autographed Poster
·      A Collection of the Orchestral and Ensembles pieces
       from the EP in PDF format.
·      Behind-the-Scenes video of the rhythm section,
        horns, woodwinds, and orchestral sessions
·      Credit as a supporter in the album liner notes
·      Personal thank you note posted on Facebook

Estimated delivery January 2019, Behind-the-scenes videos available late Spring 2019, Educational video available early Summer 2019

Ships to anywhere in the World. International shipping rates may apply.

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Pledge $5,000 or more

Become an all access Associate Producer!

You are invited to attend all US/Boston recording sessions, and attend the Final Mixes at Joe’s personal studio. Plus, you will receive “Associate Producer” credits on the album liner notes. 

Includes:

·      All access to the recording sessions
·      Associate Producer credits on the album liner notes
·      CD of "Inspired by Joy" 
·      Download of full EP "Inspired by Joy"
·      Autographed Poster
·      Bound, printed and autographed Score Collection of
        the Orchestral and Ensembles pieces from the EP.
·      Behind-the-Scenes video of the rhythm section,
        horns, woodwinds, and orchestral sessions
·      Personal thank you note posted on Facebook

Estimated delivery June 2019, videos available late Summer 2019

Ships to anywhere in the World. International shipping rates may apply.

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Pledge $10,000 or more

Executive Producer

You will be my personal guest attending the orchestral recording sessions. You will be given access to all the recording sessions, plus “Executive Producer” Credits on the Liner notes. Your name will be printed on the Title Page of the finished Scores and parts now and forever as a patron of this venture. (*this does not imply copyright ownership of any of the works, which remain solely with the composer)

Also, spend an additional full 8-hour day with Joe discussing anything you wish about the creative process, production approaches, etc.  That discussion date will be mutually agreed upon.

Includes:

·      All access to the recording sessions
·      Executive Producer credits on the album liner notes
·      CD of "Inspired by Joy" 
·      Download of full EP "Inspired by Joy"
·      Autographed Poster
·      Bound, printed and autographed Score Collection of
       the Orchestral and Ensembles pieces from the EP.
·      Behind-the-Scenes video of the rhythm section,
        horns, woodwinds, and orchestral sessions
·      Personal thank you note posted on Facebook

Estimated delivery June 2019, videos available late Summer 2019

Ships to anywhere in the World. International shipping rates may apply.
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Amazing news everyone! As the saying goes, “All good things take time”…We just received the most extraordinary gift. An incredibly generous benefactor (who wishes to remain anonymous) has just agreed to pay for the studio time involved in recording the orchestral component of the project. This allows us to record right here in the Boston area! This “gift of paying for the studio time” involves keeping the project local, and by doing so we will be able to cut international travel and studio costs which were originally slated to be done in Budapest, Hungary. These savings will help us get ever closer to the final goal!

I have had nothing but wonderful experiences producing many student orchestral recording sessions at the amazing Futura Productions studio in Roslindale MA, so it makes perfect sense for us to record the orchestral component of the project at Futura. We are in GREAT hands with owner/engineer extraordinaire John Weston. John and I go back nearly 20 years in our professional relationship, and I am thrilled at the thought of bringing “Inspired by Joy” to his studio.

The final piece to the puzzle is the cost of hiring the musicians and filming for these sessions. In addition to keeping this fundraiser going, I am exploring educational/cultural grants in the hopes of bringing this to fruition in the coming months. Thank you for all your support and patience as we get to the goal. Please continue to spread the word!

Wishing all of you peace, good health and many blessings for the New Year!

Warmest regards,

Joe Carrier
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Here is the latest update! 12-10-18
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Hi everyone. We have completed the rhythm section sessions and they sound great! I opted to produce the other players while not performing myself in order to spend more focused time listening to their nuances. (It can be challenging to produce others while focusing on your own playing!) So, I recently completed my piano parts focusing just on my playing, and was very pleased with the outcome.

GOOD NEWS: through careful renegotiations and the generosity of others I have been able to lower the total budget to $35k instead of $45k. That is still a lot of money, but with the $10k we have raised so far, the remaining $25k doesn't seem as daunting. I am confident we will find a way!

Since we were unable to raise the funds necessary to record the larger orchestral during the summer, the timeline for completion will get pushed back a bit.

I am going to explore other ways of raising funds for the next several months (perhaps through grants?) and see if we can get closer the goal that way. In the meantime, it is still helpful to continue to spread the word. (The good thing about GoFundMe is that the campaign does not have to have a hard deadline and we can still raise funds over longer periods of time.)

Stay tuned for some video/audio snippets in the coming weeks. I am doing some edits as the teaching/grading schedule allows.

Peace,

Joe Carrier
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We had an amazing session this past weekend with the brilliant Brazilian percussionist, Marcus Santos. He added such authenticity and flair to the rhythm section tracks. The foundation is set to add the other elements...strings, horns, woodwinds. Thank you Marcus for sharing your talent with this project!
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$10,805 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 148 people in 9 months
Created May 15, 2018
$5
Join Me!
Welcome! Your pledge will help me get closer to the ultimate goal: creating Joyful music and materials! Full description listed below the story.
$12
Full Download
Receive a digital download of Full EP "Inspired by Joy" in MP3 format (320 kbps) before its official release. Full description listed below the story.
$25
CD + Download
Receive a CD of "Inspired by Joy" before its official release, PLUS an MP3 download of the full EP. Full description listed below the story.
$35
CD + Poster
CD of "Inspired by Joy" before its official release, plus an MP3 download of the full EP, plus an autographed poster. Full description listed below the story.
$60
4 PDF SCORES
Get the scores to the large ensemble Brazilian styled music on the EP! (4 songs) Full description listed below the story.
$100
All PDF Scores
All scores of the music on the EP in PDF format (includes orchestral scores). Full description listed below the story.
$150
Session Video 1
Provides a “Behind-the-Scenes” look at the collaborative efforts of the players and producer during the rhythm section sessions. Full description listed below.
$200
Videos 1 +2
A “Behind-the-Scenes” look at the rhythm section, horns and woodwinds sessions. Full description listed below the story.
$250
Orchestra video
Orchestral sessions video (plus other session videos). Full description listed below the story.
$400
Printed Scores
Bound, printed and autographed Score Collection of all music on the EP, a great way to study “hands on”. Full description listed below the story.
$500
Liner credits
Your name will be listed as an enthusiastic supporter of the project in the album liner notes. Full description listed below the story.
$750
Video chat (1)
An hour-long video chat session with Joe! Lesson/consultation, or a Q&A master class. Full description listed below the story.
$1,000
Video chat (2)
A 2 hour-long video chat session with Joe! Lesson/consultation, or a Q&A master class. Full description listed below the story.
$2,500
Final mix!
Here are the actual final mix session files! All plug-ins and automation included. Full description listed below the story.
$3,000
Anatomy Video!
“The Anatomy of an Orchestral Production” Educational Video. The “start to finish” of creating a work for full orchestra. Full description listed below.
$5,000
Assoc Producer!
Become an Associate Producer with access to all sessions! **Please read full description listed below the story.
$10,000
Exec Producer!
Be my personal guest at all sessions, plus Exec. Producer credits. **Please read full description listed below the story.
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