Simon Smithis creating The Higher Plain Network. Music, Games, Movies & Shows.
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This donation helps keep the Higher Plain Network online and connected. Thank you.
In return for your support you will:
- Gain access to exclusive behind the scenes blogs and vlogs here on Patreon (usually twice a month).
- Free download of both Higher Plain Feelings tracks released that month.
- Have your name in the credits of future long-form publications.
This tier is reserved for people who really dig what I do across the Higher Plain Network. This is really the absolute maximum I'd expect anyone to pay monthly for my content at this time. Thank you so much for your support.
In addition to all rewards in the $1 tier, super connectors also get:
- Voting for upcoming content.
- Free downloads of any publications, games, visual novels and interactive experiences I create.
Higher Plain Network is a collection of independent media projects that for the most part include the name Higher Plain. Each one has its own focus and is entirely ran and maintained by Simon Smith [that'll be me, hi]. I've been doing this since 2008 and every year I fall in love with it a little bit deeper.
The Higher Plain Network currently contains:
Higher Plain Music
Higher Plain Games on YouTube
Higher Plain Games
Higher Plain Feelings / YouTube
I Love Disaster Movies
Higher Plain Records
I am also available to hire for my expertise in communications, marketing, PR and branding.
More information for each project is available below.
Why do you have a Patreon? What do you use it for?
I want to change the way independent media is created. I want to break free of the shackles of the old paradigm that means you must plaster your websites with adverts and have investors who compromise artistic integrity. Patreon allows me to do just that. My earnings combined with supporters becoming a patron of the network means Higher Plain Network can grow into something we can all be proud of and a part of.
With your support, I can build an independent infrastructure to create better media for you to enjoy. Websites with more things to do, video series with higher production value, interactive experiences, educational content that doesn't bore you tears - all kinds of things! I want the Higher Plain Network to make you feel, be informed and shine a light on others who also face the independent struggle.
What do I get when I become a Patron?
- Twice monthly updates either by blog or video.
- Downloads of releases that would otherwise be sold elsewhere (usually for more money).
- The ability to help shape the future of where Higher Plain Network goes.
- Named credit on releases.
More information on each project
Higher Plain Music has been open since 2008. It introduces new musicians, reviews album and EP releases and continues to shine a light on the alternative and underground music scene. It features music I enjoy and covers a variety of alternative, rock, electronica, classical, world, singer/songwriter, folk, piano, chiptune and game music. It's quite eclectic but there's something for almost everyone. Higher Plain Music posts daily.
Higher Plain Games has been running since 2008 on YouTube and after a test run in 2018, the sister website launched properly in February 2020. Combined, they feature videos and articles on games past and present daily from console and PC. Usually, these games will be hidden gems rather than the games you'll see covered elsewhere and the content focuses on game reviews with occasional playthroughs and live streams.
I Love Disaster Movies opened in 2012. It has now become the largest online resource for disaster movies with over 200 titles included. Each film has a hub page to store information, trailers, a detailed written review, promotional materials and bonus articles. I'd like it to become a historical document for my favourite type of cinema. ILDM has new content roughly every fortnight.
Higher Plain Feelings is a twice-monthly chillout and relax audio collection. Patrons get these as standard but the idea is to create a variety of different types of music or ambience for the listener to relax to or have as background audio whilst working to.
Launched in 2020, Higher Plain Records initially is a catch-all for all the Higher Plain related musical projects. It will be expanding later in the year though to actively support small niche musicians who fit the Higher Plain vibe. I'll be supporting each artist with PR and communications support.
Sitorimon is my musical moniker. I create piano/synth alternative music. I've released three albums so far, with a fourth near completion. This is a low-frequency project but Patrons get releases as standard.
There are at least 3 new projects joining onto the network in 2020 and as they go live they'll be included on this main page.
Once I reach this goal, I'll be able to purchase the equipment that will enable me to record good quality footage and audio outside. The idea is to then use this equipment at conventions and conferences to interview interesting people and find out about new things being shown in games, music and film.