Brian Buchanan is creating Original Songs, instrumental works, neo-traditional folk tunes
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Greetings, potential Patrons! Thanks for taking a second to read.

Ok, here's the deal - 

I'm a full-time musician and have been for 15 years. I love what I do. I listen to and write every kind of music you can imagine.

I have so many half-baked ideas, demos and flashes of wacky inspiration that I can't keep track of them all. I'd really love to finally turn some of them into real, polished recordings - but that kind of thing costs money and time. SPOILER ALERT: I don't have a ton of either.

I've always wanted to record an album of original fiddle tunes, with guest appearances by awesome trad instrumentalists and singers.

I've always wanted to really stretch out and write moody pseudo-soundtrack electronic music, but gear and software aren't cheap.

I've always wanted to write some bizarre and over-wrought theatre-pop that sounds like it should be in a horror musical and press it on vinyl for my lumbersexual friends and allies.

I also have an ever-growing list of covers I'd like to record, just because they're great songs and I'm itching to put my own twist on them.

Et freaking cetera.

Patreon gives me a means of doing all of this - really chasing inspiration - while giving you, my lovely patrons, a window into my creative process (and access to the various fruits of my labors). I'll write blog posts about the things I'm writing and the challenges I'm facing throughout the process.

I've chosen not to charge a monthly "subscription fee" - you'll only help me out when I finish something new and upload it for you to hear. I won't release anything to you until I'm sure it's something you'll find interesting and valuable - and if you think I'm phoning it in, call me on it.

Seriously.

You can access all my finished recordings for as little as a dollar per track, or help out with a little more and access other fun exclusives like personal letters, demos in progress, video rants/greetings/shout-outs, and other things I'll come up with as we go. You'll only ever pay your pledged amount when I finish a track and make it available for you to download - demos, video blogs etc. are free provided you're pledging the appropriate amount per finished song. If you're confused, shoot me an email at [email protected] and I'll get you sorted out.

Whatever you decide, I humbly thank you for even reading this far - today's artists depend more and more on the direct support of their friends and fans, and I promise I'll do everything I can to make your contribution count.

Let's get writing!
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per new finished track released.
If you pledge just a dollar per upload, you'll get every finished recording I upload and my heartfelt, honest thanks.
Pledge $2 or more per new finished track released.
EVERYTHING FROM THE $1 LEVEL PLUS:

I'll also include your name in the artwork of any EP or album I print using funds you've helped me raise.
Pledge $5 or more per new finished track released.
EVERYTHING FROM THE $1 AND $2 LEVELS PLUS:

You'll also get access to early mixes, demo sketches and alternate takes as a song takes shape - you'll be with me from the second I first hit "record" to the final mixed product. Subliminal messages included free!
Pledge $7 or more per new finished track released.
EVERYTHING FROM THE $1, $2 AND $5 LEVELS PLUS:

Get access to a special video blog where I'll talk about the inspiration and challenges associated with each upload. I may also occasionally drunkenly read Leonard Cohen poetry or rant about something I saw on Reddit.
Pledge $10 or more per new finished track released.
EVERYTHING FROM THE $1, $2 AND $5 AND $7 LEVELS PLUS:

Birthday Skype! I'll call you on Skype on your birthday. Or I'll call someone else you choose on THEIR birthday, anniversary or graduation.

Or I'll just call a random stranger of your choice and try to sell them memberships in my sausage of the week club. 

Or I'll chastise your kids for not practicing their violin enough.

Or I'll read you a dirty limerick. Whatever.

You'll get a video recording of the conversation, too. Fun!
Pledge $15 or more per new finished track released.
EVERYTHING FROM THE $1, $2, $5, $7 AND $10 LEVELS PLUS:

I'll personally write you a letter EVERY FREAKING MONTH. A real one. In an envelope. And decorate it with pictures. We will be legit pen pals, and I haven't had a pen pal since Kamwe Kamwe from Botswana when I was 7 years old.

I'm limiting this to 10 patrons because having to spend the whole month writing letters would sort of defeat the purpose of this whole thing, no?

I'll write about whatever seems interesting and appropriate, which will fluctuate depending on alcohol consumption. I may also include strange items/glitter/cologne testers from fashion magazines. 

Won't it be nice to get something in the mail that isn't a bill?
Pledge $20 or more per new finished track released.
EVERYTHING FROM THE $1, $2, $5 AND $7 LEVELS PLUS:

1 hour private Skype lesson! I'll teach you everything you ever wanted to know about a song or tune of your choice, or help you learn vibrato. Or we can talk about songwriting and I can help you figure out that pesky bridge you've been tinkering with since last April (hint: modulating to the sharp IV chord might be a bit ambitious). 

You'll get a video recording of the whole lesson afterwards so you can re-watch it whenever you need a refresher.

Let's get real for a second - I usually charge $40 or more for an hour-long lesson on Skype. I'm assuming you'll stick around for at least two uploads, so please don't just sign up, take your lesson and cancel. That'd be weak.
Pledge $30 or more per new finished track released.
Holy cow. Thank you.

As one of my top-tier Patrons, you're entitled to EVERYTHING FROM THE $1, $2, $5, $7, $10, $15 AND $20 LEVELS PLUS:

I'll sign and personalize a copy of anything I print and ship it to you free of charge, whether it's CDs, Vinyl, Posters, Songbooks or anything else I physically create with your help. These items won't be all that frequent but they're the goal I'm working towards and I'll be able to create them much faster thanks to your faith, support and generosity.
Goals
77% complete
Even the best performances by the best musicians don't sound "finished" until they're mixed properly, and this is something I can't really do by myself. Having my recordings mixed will enable me to build a catalog of music which will eventually turn into EPs, albums and who knows what else?
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Greetings, potential Patrons! Thanks for taking a second to read.

Ok, here's the deal - 

I'm a full-time musician and have been for 15 years. I love what I do. I listen to and write every kind of music you can imagine.

I have so many half-baked ideas, demos and flashes of wacky inspiration that I can't keep track of them all. I'd really love to finally turn some of them into real, polished recordings - but that kind of thing costs money and time. SPOILER ALERT: I don't have a ton of either.

I've always wanted to record an album of original fiddle tunes, with guest appearances by awesome trad instrumentalists and singers.

I've always wanted to really stretch out and write moody pseudo-soundtrack electronic music, but gear and software aren't cheap.

I've always wanted to write some bizarre and over-wrought theatre-pop that sounds like it should be in a horror musical and press it on vinyl for my lumbersexual friends and allies.

I also have an ever-growing list of covers I'd like to record, just because they're great songs and I'm itching to put my own twist on them.

Et freaking cetera.

Patreon gives me a means of doing all of this - really chasing inspiration - while giving you, my lovely patrons, a window into my creative process (and access to the various fruits of my labors). I'll write blog posts about the things I'm writing and the challenges I'm facing throughout the process.

I've chosen not to charge a monthly "subscription fee" - you'll only help me out when I finish something new and upload it for you to hear. I won't release anything to you until I'm sure it's something you'll find interesting and valuable - and if you think I'm phoning it in, call me on it.

Seriously.

You can access all my finished recordings for as little as a dollar per track, or help out with a little more and access other fun exclusives like personal letters, demos in progress, video rants/greetings/shout-outs, and other things I'll come up with as we go. You'll only ever pay your pledged amount when I finish a track and make it available for you to download - demos, video blogs etc. are free provided you're pledging the appropriate amount per finished song. If you're confused, shoot me an email at br[email protected] and I'll get you sorted out.

Whatever you decide, I humbly thank you for even reading this far - today's artists depend more and more on the direct support of their friends and fans, and I promise I'll do everything I can to make your contribution count.

Let's get writing!

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per new finished track released.
If you pledge just a dollar per upload, you'll get every finished recording I upload and my heartfelt, honest thanks.
Pledge $2 or more per new finished track released.
EVERYTHING FROM THE $1 LEVEL PLUS:

I'll also include your name in the artwork of any EP or album I print using funds you've helped me raise.
Pledge $5 or more per new finished track released.
EVERYTHING FROM THE $1 AND $2 LEVELS PLUS:

You'll also get access to early mixes, demo sketches and alternate takes as a song takes shape - you'll be with me from the second I first hit "record" to the final mixed product. Subliminal messages included free!
Pledge $7 or more per new finished track released.
EVERYTHING FROM THE $1, $2 AND $5 LEVELS PLUS:

Get access to a special video blog where I'll talk about the inspiration and challenges associated with each upload. I may also occasionally drunkenly read Leonard Cohen poetry or rant about something I saw on Reddit.
Pledge $10 or more per new finished track released.
EVERYTHING FROM THE $1, $2 AND $5 AND $7 LEVELS PLUS:

Birthday Skype! I'll call you on Skype on your birthday. Or I'll call someone else you choose on THEIR birthday, anniversary or graduation.

Or I'll just call a random stranger of your choice and try to sell them memberships in my sausage of the week club. 

Or I'll chastise your kids for not practicing their violin enough.

Or I'll read you a dirty limerick. Whatever.

You'll get a video recording of the conversation, too. Fun!
Pledge $15 or more per new finished track released.
EVERYTHING FROM THE $1, $2, $5, $7 AND $10 LEVELS PLUS:

I'll personally write you a letter EVERY FREAKING MONTH. A real one. In an envelope. And decorate it with pictures. We will be legit pen pals, and I haven't had a pen pal since Kamwe Kamwe from Botswana when I was 7 years old.

I'm limiting this to 10 patrons because having to spend the whole month writing letters would sort of defeat the purpose of this whole thing, no?

I'll write about whatever seems interesting and appropriate, which will fluctuate depending on alcohol consumption. I may also include strange items/glitter/cologne testers from fashion magazines. 

Won't it be nice to get something in the mail that isn't a bill?
Pledge $20 or more per new finished track released.
EVERYTHING FROM THE $1, $2, $5 AND $7 LEVELS PLUS:

1 hour private Skype lesson! I'll teach you everything you ever wanted to know about a song or tune of your choice, or help you learn vibrato. Or we can talk about songwriting and I can help you figure out that pesky bridge you've been tinkering with since last April (hint: modulating to the sharp IV chord might be a bit ambitious). 

You'll get a video recording of the whole lesson afterwards so you can re-watch it whenever you need a refresher.

Let's get real for a second - I usually charge $40 or more for an hour-long lesson on Skype. I'm assuming you'll stick around for at least two uploads, so please don't just sign up, take your lesson and cancel. That'd be weak.
Pledge $30 or more per new finished track released.
Holy cow. Thank you.

As one of my top-tier Patrons, you're entitled to EVERYTHING FROM THE $1, $2, $5, $7, $10, $15 AND $20 LEVELS PLUS:

I'll sign and personalize a copy of anything I print and ship it to you free of charge, whether it's CDs, Vinyl, Posters, Songbooks or anything else I physically create with your help. These items won't be all that frequent but they're the goal I'm working towards and I'll be able to create them much faster thanks to your faith, support and generosity.