The Black Prism: Lightbringer Album

The Black Prism: Lightbringer Album

Hollywood film composers adapting The Black Prism by Brent Weeks into a cinematic-style, epic fantasy book score!

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This project will end on Aug 27, 2022 at 11:59pm PDT.

WHAT IS THE BLACK PRISM BOOK SCORE?



Music in films is so compelling that by listening to a soundtrack, fans are pulled right into the world, instantly reliving the journey.
 

Presenting: The Black Prism | Lightbringer Album 1

The Black Prism follows the story of Kip from his childhood trauma during the massacre at Rekton and his threshing at the Chromeria through his time as a Blackguard trainee and the acknowledgement of his status as the illegitimate son of the most powerful man on the planet to the epic battles pitting drafters against the monstrous Color Prince.

Here's a promo sneak peak at the LIGHTBRINGER THEME by composer Nikhil Koparkar:





HOW DOES IT WORK?







The album engages your imagination in an exciting way! While film soundtracks evoke a vision crafted by the filmmakers, a book score drafts vivid imagery directly from your imagination, transporting you into the heart of the story. The Black Prism plunges you straight into the Seven Satrapies.



Here's How It Works - Words From the Composers and Fans:






Every project, from the story to the sound, is different. Throughout the pre-development process, we take great care in designing the music with the story in mind. We aim to present the listener with an auditory experience that is cinematic in style and honors the stories from which the music is adapted.



To give you an idea of the cinematic style of our music, here are a few excerpts from our debut soundtrack, Kaladin, based on Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings:




PLEDGE LEVELS

First Time Backers With Questions On How To Pledge:

Please see the FAQ for an understanding of how crowdfunding works, when you will be charged, and what happens when the campaign is over.

Locked rewards will be unlocked as we reach specific funding goals.

















ADD-ONS


For an understanding of how to add on items,
visit this section.



NOTE: The READER PACK and PRISM PACK are available to add on now. Reaching our stretch goals will allow us to unlock more the final packs.

ALSO NOTE:
Merchandise pack items are currently only available for purchase in their respective packs. Leftover items after pledges are fulfilled may become available for purchase individually.




THE BLINDING BATON

The Blinding Baton is a handmade conductor baton made in the style of the Blinding Knife.

The Blinding Baton will be available to purchase in the Pledge Manager after the campaign is funded. ** There will be a limited quantity, sold on a first-come, first-served basis. If you choose to add on the $175 for a Baton before the Pledge Manager, we cannot guarantee a Baton for your purchase, but it will still help us achieve our funding goal!


ILLUMINATED CHANT SHEET

The world of Lightbringer presents us with a unique opportunity to offer a special reward: an Illuminated Chant Sheet.

This page will not contain artwork and decoration specifically designed to fit in the world of Lightbringer, and the chant music on this page will be music that you hear on the album! The paper will be a high quality paper - parchment, if available - and will contain gold foiling. What's more, if we unlock the adult choir stretch goal (see Stretch Goals), these sheets will be used by the choir on the album.







THE ANTHOLOGY

I've been dreaming this up for a few years, and I'm so excited to finally reveal it! And it's such a unique reward that it gets its own section.


If I were to pitch this to you cold... (OK, I sort of am, but bear with me)... here's what I might say:





OK, that statement may be a little sensational, especially since it can be hard to even get published that first time. Or the second time. Or the... well, you get it. You're the writer, after all!

And yet... from the day that you started typing your first draft, you dreamed of the day when your story would get its own adaptation. Perhaps you jam out to epic, sweeping, or even creepy themes while you lovingly craft your favorite character - and then mercilessly kill them - wondering when your stories will have epic and sweeping (and creepy) themes crafted for them.



As Hollywood film composers, we've been innovating by adapting stories from authors like Brandon Sanderson and Brent Weeks into full musical scores/soundtracks, but we want to bring our services to you: the up-and-coming authors, the novices, the yet-to-be-discovered. The difficulty comes when you realize that hiring a Hollywood orchestra costs tens of thousands of US dollars. Shoot, just the cost of hiring a Hollywood composer to write a theme can average $1k USD per minute of music.





When we Kickstarted Kaladin, we offered a special reward: our services as composers. A fair number of our backers seized this opportunity, ordering custom songs for their loved ones, wedding pieces, video game soundtracks, and more.

For this campaign, we will be offering our services as composers once again, but with a twist!


Embark with us on a novel adventure <pause for effect>... one that has never been undertaken before (to our limited knowledge). We are compiling an anthology of flash fiction stories, and you have the chance to be a part of it. By pledging at the Anthology Submission tier, you will get... (drumroll)...

  • One fully-edited submission into the Tales of The Black Piper anthology.
  • A thirty-second to one-minute soundtrack/theme for your submission (up to three minutes, if you opt for it).
  • A spot alongside veteran authors we are currently talking with, whose names we can't yet divulge, but who would totally (probably, most likely) excite you if we told you.
  • A copy of the anthology in which your story appears.
  • A copy of the soundtrack for the anthology in which your story appears.
  • A warm and fuzzy feeling, knowing that a small portion of the proceeds raised for this reward will go to charity. (We have a few in mind, and we'll be conducting a poll at the end of this campaign.)



(Everyone else gets to buy their own copies and enjoy our combined genius.)




How good could a group of Hollywood musicians who have been entrusted with such films as La La Land, Fantastic Beasts, and Star Wars actually be at compiling an anthology of literature?

Well... we've partnered with a professional editor who has five years of experience and works as an acquisitions editor for Havok Publishing. Problem solved!


Yes.

* Fine print here about how we obviously can’t guarantee purchase counts, and other notes about our relative optimism, marketing campaigns, and connections to lovers of stories and soundtracks.


Join us in an adventurous endeavor that will capture the hearts, minds, and ears of readers over the world. You're guaranteed a spot in the anthology if you pledge through this campaign. 



  1. First, back this project at the anthology submission tier (Tier 7). This will guarantee you a submission into the anthology with all that goes along with it, including a 30 second, simplified arrangement soundtrack for your submission.
  2. Decide whether you would like to upgrade your soundtrack, and increase your pledge amount manually according to the table below.
  3. Make sure to select the appropriate choice for your upgrade during the survey process. (See the Add-ons section to better understand how this works.)





SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

You can find submission guidelines here.


PLEDGE NOW



Simply select any pledge tier that includes the anthology (tier 3 and up), and you will get a copy of both the anthology and the soundtrack. It’s that simple!


STRETCH GOALS

By backing this project, you are funding the creation of a 6-song, cinematic-style Book Score. But our vision is much grander than that. Not only do we have our hearts set on producing a full 29-track album (90-100 minutes of music), but we've been in contact with some amazing recording groups. With your help, we can unlock the recording of this album with a gorgeous and lush European string section, an award-winning children's choir, and some of Hollywoods finest soloists.






REVIEWS



FAN TESTIMONIALS FOR THE BLACK PIPER








Whether you've read Lightbringer and want to be transported back to the first time you read it, or you'd love to see a score for your favorite book, pledge now and spread the word to help us ignite a movement!


HOW TO ADD ON ITEMS


BackerKit is working on a way for backers to be able to "add on" items to pledges during the campaign. In the meantime, for this campaign, we have to follow a few steps to add items:

  1. Start by selecting a pledge tier.
  2. Add together the prices for any additional rewards you want, and increase your pledge value by that additional amount.
  3. After the campaign ends, you will receive an email to collect your address for shipment and payment. The email will direct you to your BackerKit account, giving you access to a post-campaign add-on store.
  4. There, you will be able to purchase add-ons using the credit you received from over-pledging.

You can increase your pledge at any time during the campaign for further additional rewards.

EXAMPLE: If you are interested in being a part of the Virtual Choir and you also want to add the Prism Merch Pack when it becomes available, you would:
  1. Start by selecting TIER 5: Virtual Choir ($175).
  2. Then, seeing that the Prism Pack is $115, increase your pledge from $175 to $290. (Note: do not change your selected tier.) The additional $115 you add becomes a credit.
  3. Once the campaign ends, you will receive a survey which will show that you selected the Virtual Choir tier.
  4. The survey will ask you how you would like to spend the additional $115 credit. At that point, you will select the Prism Merch Pack.

NOTE: For items that are currently locked, once we reach the funding goal associated with the item you want (as indicated in the Stretch Goal schedule), you can increase your pledge. In the example above, you might decide you want the full Ultimate Pack instead of the Prism Pack, so you would increase your pledge from $205 to $325 ($175 base tier price + $150 for the Ultimate Pack).

SHIPPING & TIMELINE

We welcome international orders! Unfortunately, we cannot ship everywhere. Based on This List from USPS, we are unable to ship to the following countries, with a couple additions:

Afghanistan, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei, Chad, Cuba, Germany, Iran, Israel, Laos, Libya, Mongolia, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Sudan, Syria, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Even if we can't ship to your country, you can still back Tier 1 for the digital album!

When will my pledged items ship out?

We anticipate fulfillment in the late Fourth Quarter 2022. We will post regular updates, including any dates from our partners as we receive them. Our plan is to ship all physical rewards together in order to simplify fulfillment.

When will shipping be charged?

Once the campaign ends, and you fill out your post-campaign survey, BackerKit will ask you to input your address. You will be charged for your order as well as your shipping at that time. (See the FAQ for questions about when you will be charged for your pledge.)

What if my shipment gets lost?

For any shipments sent outside the USA, we will NOT bear the expense of reshipping lost shipments.





THE TEAM

Projects like Kaladin and The Black Prism cannot be done in isolation. We have an incredible team, which is only growing.




JOIN THE COMMUNITY

Connect

If you're interested in the behind-the-scenes look at productions or in joining the conversation, you can find us in a few places: 



THANK YOU & CREDITS

All of us at The Black Piper are humbled and so grateful for all of the support and encouragement we have received - and continue to receive - from our fans. From those who backed our debut album to all those who continue to email us... to you! We wouldn't get the chance to try out our new ideas without such an incredible community. 

We learned so many valuable lessons through our debut on Kickstarter, and your support through challenges and delays in fulfillment chains and personal hard times made all the difference. With your support here on BackerKit, we will only be able to reach new and amazing heights!

Thank you!


Credits:

Botanica Xu: all character bookmarks
    "Kip the Lip"
    "Kip Turtle-Bear"
    "Gavin the Prism"
    "Dazen the Prisoner"
    "Karris the Blackguard"
    "Karris White Oak"
    "Gunner the Madman"
    "Gunner the Mastermind"

Maggie Ivy: 7-pointed Star design & Quintar in-world coin design

Ian Riley:
    The Black Prism Album Cover Art
    Reflections Album Cover Art
    Refractions Album Cover Art

Jamie Noble: Tales of The Black Piper Cover Art

Carly Kjelstrom: Reward Mockups


Special thanks:

Kami Bahnmiller

Sae Sae Norris: initial Creative Direction and consulting Production.

Jane Maree: editor, proofreader, promotion

Mark (the Sanderson Collector)

Christian B.

All our amazing volunteers, Discord moderators, focus group, and testimonial fans, and others not yet listed anywhere else:

Lynell Williams
Tyler Yatooma (Lore master)
Ian Larsen
Australian Panda
Adam Foulke
Abigail Stewart
Charlotte Beers

(And more to come as I get permission to credit them.)

EARLY BIRD

Early Bird Rewards - THESE REWARDS ARE NOW CLOSED

All backers who pledge within the first 48 hours will receive a digital art pack featuring Botanica Xu bookmark artwork. This means Tiers 1B, 2B, 3B, and 4+ get both the pin and the digital art pack. Backers who pledge to DIGITAL ONLY tiers (1A, 2A, 3A) received the digital art pack. What Tier rewards you get will be based on your FINAL CHECKOUT in the post-campaign Pledge Manager.

Closes at  12:00 PM Eastern / 9:00 AM Pacific on Friday, July 29th 2022
 


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