The Universal Thump is creating Music
27

patrons

$123
per MUSICAL THING
Hello and thank you for checking out our new Patreon campaign.

We hope you enjoy the music video for 'FLORA'. With your support, we will be able to release a brand new music, videos, podcasts and more! Our supporters will receive these creations FIRST, ahead of their official release dates. They will also feature special, patron-only BONUS MATERIALS and other surprises.


THE UNIVERSAL THUMP is a Brooklyn-based musical team consisting of Greta Gertler Gold and Adam D Gold

Initially formed after a significant whale-watching expedition in 2008, we have toured and recorded in the USA, Australia and Europe, with an incredible group of musicians - a community of really amazing Thumpers, who inspire us and bring our musical ideas to fruition. Check out our music video for 'Swimming' which highlights the making of our eponymous double album with these beautiful people from 2008-2012.

In our monthly THUMPCAST (our first journey into podcasting, available first to those at the $5 level of patronage) we will be sharing interviews with and news about these musicians, as well as featuring various aspects of our creative process, and also tips on our favourite places to eat in Sunset Park, where we live with our baby daughter, Lila, and cat, Minke.

We are EXTREMELY grateful to our dear Backers on our previous Kickstarter campaigns, who have enabled us to make music these past few years. Thanks to you guys, we raised the funds to record 'The Universal Thump' double album (2012) and, more recently, our 'Walking the Cat: The Abbey Road EP' (2015) as well as embark on our 2014 European tour. Check out some recent press about these releases here.

We have ambitious, orchestral pop production goals - our music certainly doesn't fall into the 'minimalist' category. We have only been able to keep going and releasing music due to the support of those who hear us, like what we do and decide to back us directly. It is profoundly heartening, inspiring and enlightening to be connected with our audience in this way. We are forever grateful to you for making it possible for us to make our music! Thank you, always.

Patreon is a new beast... an experiment... but we feel that it offers a chance to find ongoing support for what we create, rather than reaching out to backers project-by-project. 

As we gather more supporters here on Patreon, we will expand our output to include a diverse range of creative projects - musical and beyond. We will set these out as various GOALS gradually, as support builds.  

The 'MUSICAL THINGS' that our Patreon supporters will help us make include:

- RECORDED SONGS: written by Greta Gertler Gold and various collaborators, performed, arranged and recorded by The Universal Thump.

- MUSIC VIDEOS: First up, we released a music video for the song SEDER-MASOCHISTIC (featured at last year's Seder-Songwriter Project show which we produced at Joe's Pub), starring Broadway's Lauren Molina and indie-performance artist (and our 'Moses'), Anna Copa Cabanna.

- THE PANNONICA SESSIONS: Intimate video performances of songs filmed in Greta & Adam's home.

- MUSICAL THEATRE DEMO's: by Greta Gertler Gold. Song demo's from shows that Greta is composing with playwright, Akin Salawu, Stew ('Passing Strange') and others.

- PRODUCING OTHER ARTISTS: Thump-produced recordings of songs by artists we love (famous and should-be-famous).

- CASTING LINES PROJECT: Other singers, whom we love, singing our songs - recordings and live shows.

- LIVE RECORDINGS: from 'All Things Must Pass', 'The Seder-Songwriter Project' and other big concerts we have produced, beautifully mixed by Adam D Gold.

- SONGBOOK: Sheet music (piano scores and lead sheets) for a selection of Greta's songs. 

... and more!

FAQ:

Why are we releasing music THING-BY-THING and not by monthly subscription?

- We feel that this will be more realistic with our current schedules. We are both juggling a lot (including a baby daughter), so may not be able to release something new each month. Some of our projects will require a lot of time to complete, and we'd like to do it right!

If it's not one song-per-month, then how much music will you be releasing?

- We hope to deliver at least one song or video per season. (ie. 4 things a year, minimum). At most, we will release 12 things per year.

Can I put a cap on how much money I give per "thing" (song, video, whatever you make)?

- Yes. You can cap it at whatever amount you most feel comfortable with. The more support you give, the more added 'Rewards' you will receive, and the more of a budget we will have to be able to create good quality stuff! We will be extremely grateful for whatever you decide to contribute for our musical offerings. 

Will we still be releasing albums on CD or any other tangible format?

- We will never say never, but it's unlikely to happen anytime soon. We are aiming to release music on a song-by-song basis, and also to make more music videos. These will all be in the digital realm. Perhaps if we reach an appropriate funding goal, we will be able to press a vinyl album, which has always been a dream of ours.


Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per MUSICAL THING
9 patrons
You will be directly emailed ONE MUSICAL THING (DIGITAL SINGLE, MUSIC VIDEO, SONGBOOK, etc) by The Universal Thump. You will also be part of our online community in the patron-only feed. We estimate that we will release MUSICAL THINGS 6-12 times per year. Thank you so much! 
Pledge $3 or more per MUSICAL THING
3 patrons
You will be directly emailed ONE MUSICAL THING (DIGITAL SINGLE, MUSIC VIDEO, SONGBOOK, etc) plus ONE PATREON-ONLY DIGITAL COPY OF ONE ALBUM or EP OF YOUR CHOICE from The Universal Thump's back catalog. You will also be part of our online community in the patron-only feed. We estimate that we will release MUSICAL THINGS 6-12 times per year. Thank you so much!
Pledge $5 or more per MUSICAL THING
9 patrons
You will be directly emailed ONE MUSICAL THING (DIGITAL SINGLE, MUSIC VIDEO, SONGBOOK, etc) plus ONE PATREON-ONLY DIGITAL COPY OF ONE ALBUM or EP OF YOUR CHOICE from The Universal Thump's back catalog. You will also be part of our online community in the patron-only feed. We estimate that we will release MUSICAL THINGS 6-12 times per year. Thank you so much! Plus you will receive a monthly episode of our THUMPCAST (podcast from our very own living room in Sunset Park!) Thank you so so so much! :)
Pledge $10 or more per MUSICAL THING
8 patrons
You will be directly emailed ONE MUSICAL THING (DIGITAL SINGLE, MUSIC VIDEO, SONGBOOK, etc) plus ONE PATREON-ONLY DIGITAL COPY OF ONE ALBUM or EP OF YOUR CHOICE from The Universal Thump's back catalog. You will also be part of our online community in the patron-only feed. We estimate that we will release MUSICAL THINGS 6-12 times per year. Thank you so much! Plus you will receive a monthly episode of our THUMPCAST (podcast from our very own living room in Sunset Park!) Plus you will be invited to attend a MONTHLY ONLINE CONCERT. You are incredible! THANK YOU.
Pledge $100 or more per MUSICAL THING
0 of 10 patrons
You will be directly emailed ONE MUSICAL THING (DIGITAL SINGLE, MUSIC VIDEO, SONGBOOK, etc) plus ONE PATREON-ONLY DIGITAL COPY OF ONE ALBUM or EP OF YOUR CHOICE from The Universal Thump's back catalog. You will also be part of our online community in the patron-only feed. We estimate that we will release MUSICAL THINGS 6-12 times per year. Thank you so much! Plus you will receive a monthly episode of our THUMPCAST (podcast from our very own living room in Sunset Park!) Plus you will be invited to attend a monthly ONLINE CONCERT. Plus we will SKYPE YOU PERSONALLY to play a new SONG for you before anyone else has heard it. This really is incredibly generous of you. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
Pledge $500 or more per MUSICAL THING
0 of 2 patrons
You will be directly emailed ONE MUSICAL THING (DIGITAL SINGLE, MUSIC VIDEO, SONGBOOK, etc) plus ONE PATREON-ONLY DIGITAL COPY OF ONE ALBUM or EP OF YOUR CHOICE from The Universal Thump's back catalog. You will also be part of our online community in the patron-only feed. We estimate that we will release MUSICAL THINGS 6-12 times per year. Thank you so much! Plus you will receive a monthly episode of our THUMPCAST (podcast from our very own living room in Sunset Park!) Plus you will be invited to attend a monthly ONLINE CONCERT. Plus we will SKYPE YOU PERSONALLY to play a new SONG for you before anyone else has heard it. Plus we will PRODUCE ONE OF YOUR SONGS. This really is incredibly generous of you. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
Goals
$100 – reached! per MUSICAL THING
THUMPCAST

A podcast featuring The Universal Thump and their collaborators, exploring various aspects of being musicians. Episode 1 will focus on the topic of TOURING WITH A BABY, featuring interviews with some very well-known artists who do so, as well as a glimpse into the process of getting the Thump on the road again with baby Lila.
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Hello and thank you for checking out our new Patreon campaign.

We hope you enjoy the music video for 'FLORA'. With your support, we will be able to release a brand new music, videos, podcasts and more! Our supporters will receive these creations FIRST, ahead of their official release dates. They will also feature special, patron-only BONUS MATERIALS and other surprises.


THE UNIVERSAL THUMP is a Brooklyn-based musical team consisting of Greta Gertler Gold and Adam D Gold

Initially formed after a significant whale-watching expedition in 2008, we have toured and recorded in the USA, Australia and Europe, with an incredible group of musicians - a community of really amazing Thumpers, who inspire us and bring our musical ideas to fruition. Check out our music video for 'Swimming' which highlights the making of our eponymous double album with these beautiful people from 2008-2012.

In our monthly THUMPCAST (our first journey into podcasting, available first to those at the $5 level of patronage) we will be sharing interviews with and news about these musicians, as well as featuring various aspects of our creative process, and also tips on our favourite places to eat in Sunset Park, where we live with our baby daughter, Lila, and cat, Minke.

We are EXTREMELY grateful to our dear Backers on our previous Kickstarter campaigns, who have enabled us to make music these past few years. Thanks to you guys, we raised the funds to record 'The Universal Thump' double album (2012) and, more recently, our 'Walking the Cat: The Abbey Road EP' (2015) as well as embark on our 2014 European tour. Check out some recent press about these releases here.

We have ambitious, orchestral pop production goals - our music certainly doesn't fall into the 'minimalist' category. We have only been able to keep going and releasing music due to the support of those who hear us, like what we do and decide to back us directly. It is profoundly heartening, inspiring and enlightening to be connected with our audience in this way. We are forever grateful to you for making it possible for us to make our music! Thank you, always.

Patreon is a new beast... an experiment... but we feel that it offers a chance to find ongoing support for what we create, rather than reaching out to backers project-by-project. 

As we gather more supporters here on Patreon, we will expand our output to include a diverse range of creative projects - musical and beyond. We will set these out as various GOALS gradually, as support builds.  

The 'MUSICAL THINGS' that our Patreon supporters will help us make include:

- RECORDED SONGS: written by Greta Gertler Gold and various collaborators, performed, arranged and recorded by The Universal Thump.

- MUSIC VIDEOS: First up, we released a music video for the song SEDER-MASOCHISTIC (featured at last year's Seder-Songwriter Project show which we produced at Joe's Pub), starring Broadway's Lauren Molina and indie-performance artist (and our 'Moses'), Anna Copa Cabanna.

- THE PANNONICA SESSIONS: Intimate video performances of songs filmed in Greta & Adam's home.

- MUSICAL THEATRE DEMO's: by Greta Gertler Gold. Song demo's from shows that Greta is composing with playwright, Akin Salawu, Stew ('Passing Strange') and others.

- PRODUCING OTHER ARTISTS: Thump-produced recordings of songs by artists we love (famous and should-be-famous).

- CASTING LINES PROJECT: Other singers, whom we love, singing our songs - recordings and live shows.

- LIVE RECORDINGS: from 'All Things Must Pass', 'The Seder-Songwriter Project' and other big concerts we have produced, beautifully mixed by Adam D Gold.

- SONGBOOK: Sheet music (piano scores and lead sheets) for a selection of Greta's songs. 

... and more!

FAQ:

Why are we releasing music THING-BY-THING and not by monthly subscription?

- We feel that this will be more realistic with our current schedules. We are both juggling a lot (including a baby daughter), so may not be able to release something new each month. Some of our projects will require a lot of time to complete, and we'd like to do it right!

If it's not one song-per-month, then how much music will you be releasing?

- We hope to deliver at least one song or video per season. (ie. 4 things a year, minimum). At most, we will release 12 things per year.

Can I put a cap on how much money I give per "thing" (song, video, whatever you make)?

- Yes. You can cap it at whatever amount you most feel comfortable with. The more support you give, the more added 'Rewards' you will receive, and the more of a budget we will have to be able to create good quality stuff! We will be extremely grateful for whatever you decide to contribute for our musical offerings. 

Will we still be releasing albums on CD or any other tangible format?

- We will never say never, but it's unlikely to happen anytime soon. We are aiming to release music on a song-by-song basis, and also to make more music videos. These will all be in the digital realm. Perhaps if we reach an appropriate funding goal, we will be able to press a vinyl album, which has always been a dream of ours.


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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per MUSICAL THING
9 patrons
You will be directly emailed ONE MUSICAL THING (DIGITAL SINGLE, MUSIC VIDEO, SONGBOOK, etc) by The Universal Thump. You will also be part of our online community in the patron-only feed. We estimate that we will release MUSICAL THINGS 6-12 times per year. Thank you so much! 
Pledge $3 or more per MUSICAL THING
3 patrons
You will be directly emailed ONE MUSICAL THING (DIGITAL SINGLE, MUSIC VIDEO, SONGBOOK, etc) plus ONE PATREON-ONLY DIGITAL COPY OF ONE ALBUM or EP OF YOUR CHOICE from The Universal Thump's back catalog. You will also be part of our online community in the patron-only feed. We estimate that we will release MUSICAL THINGS 6-12 times per year. Thank you so much!
Pledge $5 or more per MUSICAL THING
9 patrons
You will be directly emailed ONE MUSICAL THING (DIGITAL SINGLE, MUSIC VIDEO, SONGBOOK, etc) plus ONE PATREON-ONLY DIGITAL COPY OF ONE ALBUM or EP OF YOUR CHOICE from The Universal Thump's back catalog. You will also be part of our online community in the patron-only feed. We estimate that we will release MUSICAL THINGS 6-12 times per year. Thank you so much! Plus you will receive a monthly episode of our THUMPCAST (podcast from our very own living room in Sunset Park!) Thank you so so so much! :)
Pledge $10 or more per MUSICAL THING
8 patrons
You will be directly emailed ONE MUSICAL THING (DIGITAL SINGLE, MUSIC VIDEO, SONGBOOK, etc) plus ONE PATREON-ONLY DIGITAL COPY OF ONE ALBUM or EP OF YOUR CHOICE from The Universal Thump's back catalog. You will also be part of our online community in the patron-only feed. We estimate that we will release MUSICAL THINGS 6-12 times per year. Thank you so much! Plus you will receive a monthly episode of our THUMPCAST (podcast from our very own living room in Sunset Park!) Plus you will be invited to attend a MONTHLY ONLINE CONCERT. You are incredible! THANK YOU.
Pledge $100 or more per MUSICAL THING
0 of 10 patrons
You will be directly emailed ONE MUSICAL THING (DIGITAL SINGLE, MUSIC VIDEO, SONGBOOK, etc) plus ONE PATREON-ONLY DIGITAL COPY OF ONE ALBUM or EP OF YOUR CHOICE from The Universal Thump's back catalog. You will also be part of our online community in the patron-only feed. We estimate that we will release MUSICAL THINGS 6-12 times per year. Thank you so much! Plus you will receive a monthly episode of our THUMPCAST (podcast from our very own living room in Sunset Park!) Plus you will be invited to attend a monthly ONLINE CONCERT. Plus we will SKYPE YOU PERSONALLY to play a new SONG for you before anyone else has heard it. This really is incredibly generous of you. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
Pledge $500 or more per MUSICAL THING
0 of 2 patrons
You will be directly emailed ONE MUSICAL THING (DIGITAL SINGLE, MUSIC VIDEO, SONGBOOK, etc) plus ONE PATREON-ONLY DIGITAL COPY OF ONE ALBUM or EP OF YOUR CHOICE from The Universal Thump's back catalog. You will also be part of our online community in the patron-only feed. We estimate that we will release MUSICAL THINGS 6-12 times per year. Thank you so much! Plus you will receive a monthly episode of our THUMPCAST (podcast from our very own living room in Sunset Park!) Plus you will be invited to attend a monthly ONLINE CONCERT. Plus we will SKYPE YOU PERSONALLY to play a new SONG for you before anyone else has heard it. Plus we will PRODUCE ONE OF YOUR SONGS. This really is incredibly generous of you. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!