Tim Blais is creating A Capella Science
1,038

patrons

$7,079
per Video
-------------------------------------UPDATE--------------------------------------

Hey there musical scientists! You may have noticed that I've started to put some non-musical science content on the A Capella Science channel. This Patreon account funds ONLY my full-production music videos. All other content is free for patrons and fans alike!

----------------------ORIGINAL MESSAGE FOLLOWS------------------------


Greetings musical scientists!

I'm Tim Blais; I run the YouTube channel A Capella Science, making the strange, wacky and colourful musical science videos that have doubtless brought you to this page. When I made my first video 5 years ago as a physics master's student, I had no idea I would ever get a shot at doing something as fun as this full-time. All I knew was that I'd thought of something that I thought would be awesome, and it was something that I had the knowledge and skills to do. So I sat down and made it happen.

Five years on that's still what I'm doing. Each of these videos is an experiment--it's me learning how to communicate science effectively, how to produce music that sounds harmonious and crisp, and how to use the medium of video to pull it all together. I never really know if anyone other than myself will like my next creation; all I know is that I want it to exist, and I'm willing to work as hard as I have to until it does. So far an astonishing number of people seem to share my enthusiasm for this weird art-form, and for that I'm truly grateful.

So here's the thing. Being a YouTuber is a constant internal struggle, with perfectionism and purity of craft on one side and the urge to "go viral", "pump out more content", "increase your fan-base" etc. on the other. Far from being academic, as a YouTuber how popular your next video is can determine whether you can eat and pay my rent that month. When I can't support myself with my regular YouTube content, I take contract work composing music, making non-science-related videos, and doing paid performances. That has its merits too, but it takes weeks out of my life that I'd really rather be putting into these videos. It leads to a lot of frustration with how little material I'm putting out, and shifts me into a mind-set of "just get something done in the easiest, fastest way possible", rather than really trying to craft something great.

My hope is that if just a few of you would like to pledge to give a dollar or two every time I put out an A Capella Science video, then slowly this dynamic can start to change. I can spend more time doing what I love--making high quality, innovative and engaging science music videos for you folks--and put out more and better videos than ever before. My head is bursting with project ideas waiting to spring forth into existence; I need only the time and freedom to make them exist.

If you would like to be part of keeping it going, I humbly request that you consider becoming a Patreon patron of mine.

A Capella Science videos will always continue to be free for all to enjoy as long as I can find a way to keep making them. If you're in a position to support me in that, here's your chance!


Sincerely,

-Tim Blais
A Capella Science
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per Video
172 patrons
You're in the club! You get access to the patron-only activity feed where I'll be telling you what I'm up to, how the next project is going, and sharing random musings. And you'll get access to A Capella Science videos a day earlier than the rest of the world gets to see them! Wowza!
Pledge $2 or more per Video
371 patrons
MP3s for life?? Okay first off, you're helping TWICE AS MUCH as that other crowd. Give yourself a pat on the back. Second, every time I release a new video your activity feed will include a link to an mp3 of that song! For you to cherish and hold on to for all of your days!

+ Patron-Only Activity Feed
Pledge $5 or more per Video
334 patrons
More MP3's and YouTube cred! You get what those over-$2 folks got, plus mp3's of all my A Capella Science 2 songs as well! Plus your name will be in the dooblydoo of every A Capella Science video as long as you're sponsoring at this level! (Note: It'll be your Patreon username, probably.)

+ Patron-Only Activity Feed
+ MP3's of every A Capella Science video
Pledge $10 or more per Video
101 patrons
Come hang out! Check your feed for access to a Google hangout that I will do shortly following every official A Capella Science video! Watch the live stream and comment questions, and I'll answer as many as I can! Note that at this level you are watching and commenting questions; to join the actual hangout video chat and appear onscreen, see the $100 level.

+ Patron-Only Activity Feed
+ All MP3's
+ Your name in the dooblydoo
Pledge $25 or more per Video
51 patrons
Poster! When you sign up at this level, you'll get sent a free Bohemian Gravity poster!

+ Patron-Only Activity Feed
+ All MP3's
+ Your name in the dooblydoo
+ Access to the post-video hangout
Pledge $50 or more per Video
27 patrons
Your name in my video! For as long as you're a supporter at this level, your name will appear in the end-screen of every one of my videos! And like the $25 folks, you'll get a free poster when you sign up!

+ Patron-Only Activity Feed
+ All MP3's
+ Your name in the dooblydoo
+ Access to the post-video hangout
Pledge $100 or more per Video
7 patrons (sold out!)
Reserved Google hangout spot! Join me via webcam for my post-video hangout, and you can ask questions and take part in the conversation, live and face-to-virtual-face! Maybe you can ask me to sing you a song! Maybe you can profess your undying love! Maybe don't do that actually! But still, fun conversation times.

If you just want access to the hangout as opposed to actually joining it via webcam, see the $10 level.

+ Patron-Only Activity Feed
+ All MP3's
+ Your name in the dooblydoo and on screen
+ Free Bohemian Gravity poster
Pledge $500 or more per Video
0 of 1 patrons
Musical Science Grand Poobah. For as long as you're sponsoring me at this level, you are His/Her Royal Majesty, The Most Esteemed Musical Science Grand Poobah. You get everything from the lower levels, and I will proclaim your supremacy during the end-screen, where a space will be reserved for both your name and your likeness (a headshot/avatar/bad cartoon by yours truly). Long may you reign!

+ Patron-Only Activity Feed
+ All MP3's
+ Your name in the dooblydoo
+ Free Bohemian Gravity poster
+ Google hangout video chat spot
Goals
$7,079 of $7,500 per Video
When we hit this goal, I'm going to get a new poster designed and send it to every +$25 patron!

Maybe I'll also finally launch that website. Maybe I'll go on tour! Maybe a lot of things. I'm trying not to make promises I don't know how to keep and honestly it's kind of absurd that y'all keep giving me money.

Wait, don't go, I meant absurd in a good way!
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-------------------------------------UPDATE--------------------------------------

Hey there musical scientists! You may have noticed that I've started to put some non-musical science content on the A Capella Science channel. This Patreon account funds ONLY my full-production music videos. All other content is free for patrons and fans alike!

----------------------ORIGINAL MESSAGE FOLLOWS------------------------


Greetings musical scientists!

I'm Tim Blais; I run the YouTube channel A Capella Science, making the strange, wacky and colourful musical science videos that have doubtless brought you to this page. When I made my first video 5 years ago as a physics master's student, I had no idea I would ever get a shot at doing something as fun as this full-time. All I knew was that I'd thought of something that I thought would be awesome, and it was something that I had the knowledge and skills to do. So I sat down and made it happen.

Five years on that's still what I'm doing. Each of these videos is an experiment--it's me learning how to communicate science effectively, how to produce music that sounds harmonious and crisp, and how to use the medium of video to pull it all together. I never really know if anyone other than myself will like my next creation; all I know is that I want it to exist, and I'm willing to work as hard as I have to until it does. So far an astonishing number of people seem to share my enthusiasm for this weird art-form, and for that I'm truly grateful.

So here's the thing. Being a YouTuber is a constant internal struggle, with perfectionism and purity of craft on one side and the urge to "go viral", "pump out more content", "increase your fan-base" etc. on the other. Far from being academic, as a YouTuber how popular your next video is can determine whether you can eat and pay my rent that month. When I can't support myself with my regular YouTube content, I take contract work composing music, making non-science-related videos, and doing paid performances. That has its merits too, but it takes weeks out of my life that I'd really rather be putting into these videos. It leads to a lot of frustration with how little material I'm putting out, and shifts me into a mind-set of "just get something done in the easiest, fastest way possible", rather than really trying to craft something great.

My hope is that if just a few of you would like to pledge to give a dollar or two every time I put out an A Capella Science video, then slowly this dynamic can start to change. I can spend more time doing what I love--making high quality, innovative and engaging science music videos for you folks--and put out more and better videos than ever before. My head is bursting with project ideas waiting to spring forth into existence; I need only the time and freedom to make them exist.

If you would like to be part of keeping it going, I humbly request that you consider becoming a Patreon patron of mine.

A Capella Science videos will always continue to be free for all to enjoy as long as I can find a way to keep making them. If you're in a position to support me in that, here's your chance!


Sincerely,

-Tim Blais
A Capella Science

Recent posts by Tim Blais

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per Video
172 patrons
You're in the club! You get access to the patron-only activity feed where I'll be telling you what I'm up to, how the next project is going, and sharing random musings. And you'll get access to A Capella Science videos a day earlier than the rest of the world gets to see them! Wowza!
Pledge $2 or more per Video
371 patrons
MP3s for life?? Okay first off, you're helping TWICE AS MUCH as that other crowd. Give yourself a pat on the back. Second, every time I release a new video your activity feed will include a link to an mp3 of that song! For you to cherish and hold on to for all of your days!

+ Patron-Only Activity Feed
Pledge $5 or more per Video
334 patrons
More MP3's and YouTube cred! You get what those over-$2 folks got, plus mp3's of all my A Capella Science 2 songs as well! Plus your name will be in the dooblydoo of every A Capella Science video as long as you're sponsoring at this level! (Note: It'll be your Patreon username, probably.)

+ Patron-Only Activity Feed
+ MP3's of every A Capella Science video
Pledge $10 or more per Video
101 patrons
Come hang out! Check your feed for access to a Google hangout that I will do shortly following every official A Capella Science video! Watch the live stream and comment questions, and I'll answer as many as I can! Note that at this level you are watching and commenting questions; to join the actual hangout video chat and appear onscreen, see the $100 level.

+ Patron-Only Activity Feed
+ All MP3's
+ Your name in the dooblydoo
Pledge $25 or more per Video
51 patrons
Poster! When you sign up at this level, you'll get sent a free Bohemian Gravity poster!

+ Patron-Only Activity Feed
+ All MP3's
+ Your name in the dooblydoo
+ Access to the post-video hangout
Pledge $50 or more per Video
27 patrons
Your name in my video! For as long as you're a supporter at this level, your name will appear in the end-screen of every one of my videos! And like the $25 folks, you'll get a free poster when you sign up!

+ Patron-Only Activity Feed
+ All MP3's
+ Your name in the dooblydoo
+ Access to the post-video hangout
Pledge $100 or more per Video
7 patrons (sold out!)
Reserved Google hangout spot! Join me via webcam for my post-video hangout, and you can ask questions and take part in the conversation, live and face-to-virtual-face! Maybe you can ask me to sing you a song! Maybe you can profess your undying love! Maybe don't do that actually! But still, fun conversation times.

If you just want access to the hangout as opposed to actually joining it via webcam, see the $10 level.

+ Patron-Only Activity Feed
+ All MP3's
+ Your name in the dooblydoo and on screen
+ Free Bohemian Gravity poster
Pledge $500 or more per Video
0 of 1 patrons
Musical Science Grand Poobah. For as long as you're sponsoring me at this level, you are His/Her Royal Majesty, The Most Esteemed Musical Science Grand Poobah. You get everything from the lower levels, and I will proclaim your supremacy during the end-screen, where a space will be reserved for both your name and your likeness (a headshot/avatar/bad cartoon by yours truly). Long may you reign!

+ Patron-Only Activity Feed
+ All MP3's
+ Your name in the dooblydoo
+ Free Bohemian Gravity poster
+ Google hangout video chat spot