What is a Strange Angel?
The short answer is, Strange Angels are people who financially support Kristin’s work in return for things like free music downloads, free tickets to gigs, free CDs and access to special content. This financial support can take the form of a simple quarterly subscription – or even fancier things like studio visits and executive producer credits. Here’s the long story:
Since October 2007, after opting out of her recording contracts, Kristin has been uploading one new studio recording every month, free for anyone to download here and on her CASH Music page. Each new song is offered as mp3 files – as well as lossless FLAC format. (there’s a lot more info on FLAC files here, check it out). Kristin also includes lyrics and an essay about the new song.
It’s been truly amazing to see what happens when we eliminate the middle man and bring the music directly to you, the audience. The community we hope to foster is participatory, supportive, and beneficial to you and Kristin, both. It may help to think of Kristin’s CASH project as a battery, two poles sending energy back and forth. The artist standing at one pole and the audience at the other — creative energy flowing between these two points. Kristin makes the initial investment of money, resources, time and ideas. But that’s only the beginning.
Via Kristin’s CASH Music page you’re asked to interact with this output, assess it, be inspired by it, enhancing its value. Once that value is perceived you are asked to contribute accordingly — your money, your ideas, your effort, or all of the above. To that end, Kristin also uploads the raw recording files as “stems.” Please consider using these files as a starting point and bring your own vision and creative ideas into the mix. Really. It’d be so cool to hear what you’d do if you were part of the session. Think about getting your hands dirty in that way and uploading the result to Kristin’s RW page.
You and Kristin are stake holders in common. You both want the art to continue. Kristin wants to continue working. Your support keeps this flow moving, and that flow creates a read-write experience where all parties in the artistic ecosystem enrich the experience as a whole. It’s about supporting the artist and listeners alike.
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Music may grow on trees, but money doesn’t, so Kristin is asking for your financial support. Take the music and run with it — but please, consider supporting her work — with cash.
Strange Angel Level: $30 per quarter – Buy
In addition to the free music and media files, all subscribers in good standing will also receive:
• 2 spots on the guest list to any Kristin, Throwing Muses or 50FOOTWAVE performances – no more buying tickets!
• all new Kristin CDs, when they’re manufactured, ahead of the release date
• access to a media-rich Subscriber’s Page featuring lots of cool “other stuff.” Live bootlegs, video links, and more.
We also offer Special Opportunities to listeners who want to support Kristin’s work at a higher financial level.
All special opportunities include all the benefits of a full 1 year Strange Angel Level subscripion.
Studio Level Support: $500 – Buy
• In addition to Strange Angel benefits, Studio Level supporters receive a visit to the recording studio to observe the recording process.
(Please Note: This is offered on a limited basis, is first-come, first-served and subject to scheduling limitations. Every effort will be made to accommodate subscribers. Generally speaking, Kristin records in Los Angeles, Portsmouth, RI, and New Orleans, LA; though studio location is subject to change at any time.)
Sponsor Level Support: $1000 – Buy
• In addition to all the above, Sponsor Level supporters receive their name or the name of their business or organization on Kristin’s new CD package as a Featured Sponsor.
Executive Producer Level Support: $5000 – Buy
• In addition to all the above, Executive Producers receive an Executive Producer credit on Kristin’s next CD
Kristin now has subscribers in each of the above categories, they come from 12 countries on 5 continents. Her work is entirely funded by these amazing and generous people, making her completely independent – and accountable only to her audience. We’ve had countless submissions of your work to Kristin’s RW page too, and look forward to many, many more.
This has been truly humbling. Thank you sincerely.