Necessary Animals

by keith.rodway in Hastings, East Sussex, England

Necessary Animals

To manufacture a vinyl LP of original music mixed using analogue technology, to be performed as part of a community arts project.

by keith.rodway in Hastings, East Sussex, England

We did it
On 26th August 2018 we successfully raised £737 with 16 supporters in 28 days

Necessary Animals is a mixed-media project combining music, spoken word, movement and film with community arts. We are based in Hastings, England, but some of our musicians come from all over the world - Norway, America and Brazil. We've finised writing the music, and it has been mixed by Fritz Catlin (see pic below), who was a founder member of British post-punk art-rock band 23 Skidoo. You can hear the title track from our album here: https://soundcloud.com/necessaryanimals/necessary-animals

The music was written by musician, author and filmmaker Keith Rodway (formerly of The Good Missionaries,  originally Mark Perry's post-punk art-rock band), with help from long-term musical partners Amanda Thompson (The Big Believe) and B.L.Underwood (Cuban Boys). The vocals were sung by Amanda with Norwegian actress and singer Ingvild Deila (Star Wars Rogue One, Avengers Age of Ultron, plus the award-winning Hippopotamus). The songs are a mix of classic rock, folk,  and psychedelia with echoes of classical and electronica. It's eclectic!

For one track we worked with the wonderful Camo String Quartet, formerly students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. You can hear the results here: https://soundcloud.com/necessaryanimals/8-piano-thing/s-s6x9u

All the songs were mixed using analogue technology. This gives it the warmth associated with vinyl. The drums are played by British post-punk/ improv drummer Simon Charterton (The Higsons, New Jazz Experience). The album also includes a  special appearance by British guitar maestro Steve Finnerty (Alabama 3, Junk Delux).

The result of all this will be a vinyl LP, a CD with extra stracks,  and artworks by contributors  both from our hometown of Hastings, plus visual artists from Brazil and America.  All editions of the LP and CD will come housed in artwork by Hastings artist Peter Quinnell.

The music will be turned into the score for a community arts project combining improvisation, movement and spoken word.  Our aim is to provide a space for marginalised communities in Hastings to tell their stories, share their memories and celebrate their lives. Keith has had many year's experience of doing this as creative director of Trash Cannes Festival. You san see some of the groups at work on a spoken-word project in 2016 here: https://youtu.be/VtvwGUsmN9Q

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Contribution to the Community Arts project

By pledging £10.00 towards our community arts project you will be giving invaluable support for people from marginalised communities to build confidence and self respect, improve social skills, and learn about the benefits of arts practice for physical and mental well-being. Your name will be billed on our website in our list of sponsors and supporters in promotional literature for our events.

£15 or more

1 of 150 claimed

Copy of limited-edition vinyl LP with postcard.

You will recieve a copy of our limted-edition run (250 copies) of vinyl LPs, with a postcard from our series chosen at random. Postage UK - £5.00 Europe - £7.00 U.S. and other territories - £10.00

£20 or more

1 of 150 claimed

Vinyl LP with CD, badge and postcard

You will recieve a copy of the Necessary Animals Lp with a CD containing bonus tracks (remixes, outtakes etc), a badge and postcard. Postage UK - £5.00 Europe - £7.00 U.S. and other territories - £10.00

£35 or more

3 of 50 claimed

Vinyl LP + CD + postcards

You will get a Necessary Animals vinyl LP with CD containing extra tracks (remixes, demos, outtakes etc), plus a pack of exclusive postcards designed by band members and friends, each autographed by the artist. UK postage - £5.00. Rates outside the UK will be between £8.00-13.00 ( Europe and U.S.)

£60 or more

3 of 50 claimed

Vinyl LP with CD plus extras!

You will get a Necessary Animals vinyl LP plus CD, a cool Necessary Animals t-shirt, museum-grade artprint of the LP cover artwork, plus badges and a series of postcards by band members and artist friends, all autographed by the artists. Please note the pledge does not include postage. UK postage -£10.00. Rates outside the UK will be between £12.00-17.00 ( Europe and U.S.)

£85 or more

3 of 50 claimed

Vinyl LP with CD, EP and lots of extras!

Necessary Animals vinyl LP, CD bonus tracks, a limited edition lathe-cut vinyl EP with unreleased tracks and mixes, a cool Necessary Animals t-shirt, a signed museum-grade artprint of the LP artwork, + badges and a series of postcards by band members and artist friends, autographed by the artists. Please note the pledge does not include postage. Uk postage - £10.00. Rates outside the UK will be between £12.00-17.00 (Europe and U.S.)


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