August 17th marks the 50th anniversary of Kind Of Blue, the seminal Miles Davis jazz masterpiece. If you have any jazz albums, chances are this is one of them. And if you’ve never heard it, go buy it now. No, really. We’ll be here when you get done with that.
Ever wonder what Kind Of Blue would sound like if played on a video game? Andy Baio did, so he set up a project on Kickstarter to raise money to make it happen. He hit his target on the first day, so it’s going to happen.
He’s going to pay all the proper royalties, which are based on distribution, so there’s a limit on how many copies he can distribute. Today is the last day to support the project and get a copy. $5 gets you the MP3s. $30 gets you the CD. After that, there will be no (legal) way to obtain the album.
This is all kinds of cool. I never heard of Kickstarter before this. It’s a neat way of doing grassroots fund raising for independent art projects (any kind, but they seem to mostly be arty). Projects are proposed, with a goal and deadline, and people are allowed to pledge money in support of the project. Many projects offer premiums for various pledge levels. The payments are handled through Amazon, so it has a trustworthy transaction infrastructure. The pledges are collected only if the project hits its goal. This is fan engagement at its best. Andy Baio is the CTO of Kickstarter.
I’m looking forward to hearing what a chiptune Kind Of Blue will sound like. And seeing where Kickstarter goes in the future.