Benjamin Skepper is creating contrapuntal: Music + Art + Scientific Projects
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patron

$18
per month
WHY I AM ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Greetings!

Firstly, thanks for reading this. Because it is important to me. You are important to me as is your time.

Each day when I wake up, I ask myself what is my purpose in life? Why am I here?

When I started playing at 2 years old, it was about the action of learning, playing and mastering. I quickly realised that music, and all art, is about connection. That special connection we share with each other and the world as we appreciate it.

35 years later, this meaning has not shifted. However, my experience of the world has transitioned, as has my perception and understanding of the music, art and business.

Recently I was in studio at a major international record label. I was told to come back in a year or two when I have reached the right social media numbers. This presented a confounding challenge.

Technology and Social Media are amazing tools: it has the power to create connection and community which we all crave as fellow human beings. Its reach is instant and global, and information sharing is more fluid than ever before.

But the fact that my social media reach isn’t considered “wide enough” to seal the deal also upset and frustrated me. I felt like it discounted the experience of my fans, and my work. I know that fans love my songs, my shows and my art. There is real exchange. We are connected. And that has profound meaning.

I realise opportunity is as much about access as it is about having the skill to back it up. And choice. But it is also about asking and not being afraid to reach out for help. And so I am asking you. I see my fans and supporters as a community of like minded people, all seeking a common goal. And that is what I want PATREON to represent and nurture. Us taking this journey together.

WHAT IS PATREON?

I joined PATREON as this platform places power back in our own hands, the power to connect on our own terms. To create exchange that works for us.

Simply put, your monthly support allows ME to create work that WE wish to see.

You decide how much you feel comfortable pledging. And you can change, or opt out, whenever you wish. The developers have made it easy for us. 2 minutes is all it takes. No risk, no fuss.

By joining me here we promote the idea of EMPOWERMENT: that WE can create the change we want to see in the world, through conscious and informed choice, and based on the principle of mutual exchange.

To give you a glimpse into the Patreon system, I have created some rewards in exchange for your generosity. This is an expression of my gratitude. It may be a surprise that almost all my present and past patrons have not even opted for the incentives I offer. That kind of unconditional giving is rare and amazing.

Another great feature of PATREON is the PRIVATE “patron-only” newsfeed (like FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram). Here, I share my latest thoughts, projects, ideas and information with YOU, my inner TRIBE of connected friends. Most of this information will not be posted on other social media outlets. I want us to develop this space, like our own special and private universe. Moreover, I want to invite you to make comments and provide me with feedback and inspiration, so we can share this creative journey together. 

Here are some of the independent projects that I am working on now and want to share with you:

CONTRAPUNTAL

contrapuntal is my Creative Research Lab, Artist Collective and Creative Production House and we are currently negotiating a brand new home. Anyone who has moved house knows what this entails!

MUSIC x GENETICS – CAN WE PROVE MUSIC CREATES MEDICAL HEALING THROUGH SCIENCE?

This project sits within the Science Department at the Moscow State Conservatory of Music in conjunction with the Russian Academy of Science – it is a ground-breaking project revolutionising musical culture and theory, and draws scientific connection with music and its capacity for human healing on a DNA level.

ANTARCTIC MISSION to take site-specific field recordings and work with local Ice-Core scientists to create an artwork that draws attention to climate science and the global warming debate

GRAVITATIONAL WAVES have been detected on earth for the first time ever and I have a team of scientists who made the discovery in the USA who want to support a multi media art project to promote their amazing ideas and findings

SYNAESTHESIA multi media project using 3D Virtual Reality Technologies for proposed installation in a Museum and at Festivals – this project builds on 2000 years of history in the subject and I have developed my very own system!

TECTONIC - ART INSTALLATION IN SACRED SPACES

This is my featured PATREON video, and shows the global launch of my hybrid art performance installation in sacred and religious spaces, this one being at St Stephens Church in Melbourne. I really just want to bring all people together, no matter what sex, religion or denomination they may be. And sacred spaces by their very nature are beautiful and should be better utilised. I am speaking with spaces in Austria, Russia, Italy, Japan and Israel, and very much need your support to give energy to the next chapter.

NEW ALBUM release – I am speaking with some awesome producers now cooking up new ideas and a new direction to create what will be my sixth album

ART IS MY REAL JOB! AND I LOVE IT!

Sometimes people tell me I should get a “real job”. And I tell them this is my job! But it does bring up a feeling of fear that what I am doing isn’t valuable or worthy. Then I remind myself of all the people around the world who have already supported me, and believe in the power of what I am doing. So I keep moving forward.

Selling tickets to a concert, or albums, or an artwork, does not always mean positive income (profit). It may be hard to believe, but there are always hidden expenses, like the time spent in creative development and production of an artwork, which is mostly unpaid. Many artists find themselves living in a constant debt cycle, juggling the costs of producing new content and work, touring, presenting exhibitions, not to mention covering studio rental and living expenses. More often than not, we finish off back where we started... back in debt! It sounds crazy, but this is a labour of real love! And I think attitudes towards this are slowly shifting.

Even if PATREON is not for you, I still value you as a fan and thank you for taking the time to read my words. Please do stay in touch and join my other social networks. I want the world to become a more diverse and amazing place, and will do my best to contribute to this goal. Your support means more than you can imagine.

With love

Benjamin Skepper

Tiers
Level 1
$5 or more per month 1 patron
BASIC PATRON LEVEL REWARDS (thats $1.25 per week!)

  • Access to Patreon only newsfeed including exclusive content about where I am in the world, the latest projects that I am working on, and personal things about me as an artist
  • Early access to almost all creative content before it becomes publicly available, including songs, music videos, interviews (and that means before Facebook, Instagram etc). This is the new real time future!
  • Exclusive behind the scenes videos and photos 

Amounts are in USD
Level 2
$20 or more per month 1 patron
Everything from all the Basic level PLUS BRONZE PATRON LEVEL REWARDS (thats 5 dollars a week!)

  • Free signed CD/download album of your choice (after 6 months of ongoing membership)
  • Your name on Credits on all online music videos (YouTube, Vimeo)
  • Handwritten letter of thanks with a personalised message for your support (after 6 months of ongoing membership)
Amounts are in USD
Level 3
$50 or more per month 0 of 50 patrons
Everything from all the lower levels PLUS SILVER PATRON LEVEL REWARDS (LIMITED TO 50 PEOPLE ONLY WORLDWIDE):
  • Private invitations to exclusive secret performances
  • 2 Free signed CD albums / downloads of your choice 
  • Free entry to a show in your city (after 6 months of ongoing membership)
Amounts are in USD
Level 4
$100 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Everything from all the lower levels PLUS GOLD PATRON LEVEL REWARDS (LIMITED TO 10 PEOPLE ONLY WORLDWIDE):

  • Advanced access to audio and video content before it is released to public
  • Free limited edition VINYL album of your choice (after 6 months of ongoing membership each album RRP 100 dollars)
  • Free entry for you and five friends to concerts in your local city* (after 6 months of ongoing membership)
  • A phone call message to you your birthday!
  • Personal thank you in the liner notes of my next album
*Free tix can only be guaranteed when I am curating the show
Amounts are in USD
Level 5
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
Everything from all the lower levels PLUS VIP PATRON LEVEL REWARDS (LIMITED TO 5 PEOPLE ONLY WORLDWIDE):
  • Private Performance at a location of your choice (after 6 months of ongoing membership)
  • Dinner with me when I am in your city
  • Free entry to all public shows (and private VIP shows if and when appropriate)
  • A hard and digital copy of my entire music collection on CD, Vinyl and Digital platforms
  • A signed poster photograph with personal message to you
  • Personal thank you in the liner notes of my next album
  • Side of stage access during live performances*
*This can only be guaranteed when I am curating the show personally
Amounts are in USD
Goals
$18 of $3,000 per month
Your generous contribution will go directly towards supporting my basic operating costs so I can continue exploring cutting edge projects in Music, Art and Science!
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WHY I AM ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Greetings!

Firstly, thanks for reading this. Because it is important to me. You are important to me as is your time.

Each day when I wake up, I ask myself what is my purpose in life? Why am I here?

When I started playing at 2 years old, it was about the action of learning, playing and mastering. I quickly realised that music, and all art, is about connection. That special connection we share with each other and the world as we appreciate it.

35 years later, this meaning has not shifted. However, my experience of the world has transitioned, as has my perception and understanding of the music, art and business.

Recently I was in studio at a major international record label. I was told to come back in a year or two when I have reached the right social media numbers. This presented a confounding challenge.

Technology and Social Media are amazing tools: it has the power to create connection and community which we all crave as fellow human beings. Its reach is instant and global, and information sharing is more fluid than ever before.

But the fact that my social media reach isn’t considered “wide enough” to seal the deal also upset and frustrated me. I felt like it discounted the experience of my fans, and my work. I know that fans love my songs, my shows and my art. There is real exchange. We are connected. And that has profound meaning.

I realise opportunity is as much about access as it is about having the skill to back it up. And choice. But it is also about asking and not being afraid to reach out for help. And so I am asking you. I see my fans and supporters as a community of like minded people, all seeking a common goal. And that is what I want PATREON to represent and nurture. Us taking this journey together.

WHAT IS PATREON?

I joined PATREON as this platform places power back in our own hands, the power to connect on our own terms. To create exchange that works for us.

Simply put, your monthly support allows ME to create work that WE wish to see.

You decide how much you feel comfortable pledging. And you can change, or opt out, whenever you wish. The developers have made it easy for us. 2 minutes is all it takes. No risk, no fuss.

By joining me here we promote the idea of EMPOWERMENT: that WE can create the change we want to see in the world, through conscious and informed choice, and based on the principle of mutual exchange.

To give you a glimpse into the Patreon system, I have created some rewards in exchange for your generosity. This is an expression of my gratitude. It may be a surprise that almost all my present and past patrons have not even opted for the incentives I offer. That kind of unconditional giving is rare and amazing.

Another great feature of PATREON is the PRIVATE “patron-only” newsfeed (like FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram). Here, I share my latest thoughts, projects, ideas and information with YOU, my inner TRIBE of connected friends. Most of this information will not be posted on other social media outlets. I want us to develop this space, like our own special and private universe. Moreover, I want to invite you to make comments and provide me with feedback and inspiration, so we can share this creative journey together. 

Here are some of the independent projects that I am working on now and want to share with you:

CONTRAPUNTAL

contrapuntal is my Creative Research Lab, Artist Collective and Creative Production House and we are currently negotiating a brand new home. Anyone who has moved house knows what this entails!

MUSIC x GENETICS – CAN WE PROVE MUSIC CREATES MEDICAL HEALING THROUGH SCIENCE?

This project sits within the Science Department at the Moscow State Conservatory of Music in conjunction with the Russian Academy of Science – it is a ground-breaking project revolutionising musical culture and theory, and draws scientific connection with music and its capacity for human healing on a DNA level.

ANTARCTIC MISSION to take site-specific field recordings and work with local Ice-Core scientists to create an artwork that draws attention to climate science and the global warming debate

GRAVITATIONAL WAVES have been detected on earth for the first time ever and I have a team of scientists who made the discovery in the USA who want to support a multi media art project to promote their amazing ideas and findings

SYNAESTHESIA multi media project using 3D Virtual Reality Technologies for proposed installation in a Museum and at Festivals – this project builds on 2000 years of history in the subject and I have developed my very own system!

TECTONIC - ART INSTALLATION IN SACRED SPACES

This is my featured PATREON video, and shows the global launch of my hybrid art performance installation in sacred and religious spaces, this one being at St Stephens Church in Melbourne. I really just want to bring all people together, no matter what sex, religion or denomination they may be. And sacred spaces by their very nature are beautiful and should be better utilised. I am speaking with spaces in Austria, Russia, Italy, Japan and Israel, and very much need your support to give energy to the next chapter.

NEW ALBUM release – I am speaking with some awesome producers now cooking up new ideas and a new direction to create what will be my sixth album

ART IS MY REAL JOB! AND I LOVE IT!

Sometimes people tell me I should get a “real job”. And I tell them this is my job! But it does bring up a feeling of fear that what I am doing isn’t valuable or worthy. Then I remind myself of all the people around the world who have already supported me, and believe in the power of what I am doing. So I keep moving forward.

Selling tickets to a concert, or albums, or an artwork, does not always mean positive income (profit). It may be hard to believe, but there are always hidden expenses, like the time spent in creative development and production of an artwork, which is mostly unpaid. Many artists find themselves living in a constant debt cycle, juggling the costs of producing new content and work, touring, presenting exhibitions, not to mention covering studio rental and living expenses. More often than not, we finish off back where we started... back in debt! It sounds crazy, but this is a labour of real love! And I think attitudes towards this are slowly shifting.

Even if PATREON is not for you, I still value you as a fan and thank you for taking the time to read my words. Please do stay in touch and join my other social networks. I want the world to become a more diverse and amazing place, and will do my best to contribute to this goal. Your support means more than you can imagine.

With love

Benjamin Skepper

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Tiers
Level 1
$5 or more per month 1 patron
BASIC PATRON LEVEL REWARDS (thats $1.25 per week!)

  • Access to Patreon only newsfeed including exclusive content about where I am in the world, the latest projects that I am working on, and personal things about me as an artist
  • Early access to almost all creative content before it becomes publicly available, including songs, music videos, interviews (and that means before Facebook, Instagram etc). This is the new real time future!
  • Exclusive behind the scenes videos and photos 

Amounts are in USD
Level 2
$20 or more per month 1 patron
Everything from all the Basic level PLUS BRONZE PATRON LEVEL REWARDS (thats 5 dollars a week!)

  • Free signed CD/download album of your choice (after 6 months of ongoing membership)
  • Your name on Credits on all online music videos (YouTube, Vimeo)
  • Handwritten letter of thanks with a personalised message for your support (after 6 months of ongoing membership)
Amounts are in USD
Level 3
$50 or more per month 0 of 50 patrons
Everything from all the lower levels PLUS SILVER PATRON LEVEL REWARDS (LIMITED TO 50 PEOPLE ONLY WORLDWIDE):
  • Private invitations to exclusive secret performances
  • 2 Free signed CD albums / downloads of your choice 
  • Free entry to a show in your city (after 6 months of ongoing membership)
Amounts are in USD
Level 4
$100 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Everything from all the lower levels PLUS GOLD PATRON LEVEL REWARDS (LIMITED TO 10 PEOPLE ONLY WORLDWIDE):

  • Advanced access to audio and video content before it is released to public
  • Free limited edition VINYL album of your choice (after 6 months of ongoing membership each album RRP 100 dollars)
  • Free entry for you and five friends to concerts in your local city* (after 6 months of ongoing membership)
  • A phone call message to you your birthday!
  • Personal thank you in the liner notes of my next album
*Free tix can only be guaranteed when I am curating the show
Amounts are in USD
Level 5
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
Everything from all the lower levels PLUS VIP PATRON LEVEL REWARDS (LIMITED TO 5 PEOPLE ONLY WORLDWIDE):
  • Private Performance at a location of your choice (after 6 months of ongoing membership)
  • Dinner with me when I am in your city
  • Free entry to all public shows (and private VIP shows if and when appropriate)
  • A hard and digital copy of my entire music collection on CD, Vinyl and Digital platforms
  • A signed poster photograph with personal message to you
  • Personal thank you in the liner notes of my next album
  • Side of stage access during live performances*
*This can only be guaranteed when I am curating the show personally
Amounts are in USD