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Crowdsourcing Mornings: The Lost Birds – An Extinction Elegy By Christopher Tin

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The Lost Birds is a musical memorial to bird species driven to extinction by humankind. Sweeping and elegiac, it’s a haunting tribute to those soaring flocks that once filled our skies, but whose songs have since been silenced. It’s a celebration of their feathered beauty: their symbolism as messengers of hope, peace, and renewal. But it’s also a warning about our own tenuous existence on the planet: that the fate that befell these once soaring flocks foreshadows our own extinction.

The Lost Birds will be sung by the preeminent British vocal ensemble VOCES8, accompanied by my longtime collaborators, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Backers will have the rare and unique opportunity to attend the orchestral recording sessions at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, as well as the vocal sessions at VOCES8’s private recording facility (both in person and virtually). And just like my last Kickstarter album To Shiver the Sky, I’ll be documenting in detail each phase of the creative process–from sketches to composing, recording to mixing, release to marketing– with frequent updates, journal entries, and exclusive live streams and video content.

This album will be a gentler production than my previous works. The language will be pastoral and romantic; by turns soaring and delicate, but with the slightest whisper of melancholy. It will be a response to the noise of our times; a return to simplicity, clean lines, and the timelessness of hymns and folk melodies. It will be a triumph of loveliness; a soundtrack for appreciating nature, and a reminder that we must preserve its ephemeral beauty while it still exists.

As of February 22nd, this project has raised $81,000 of their $50,000 goal. This project has 55 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of $5, you will get a thank you in the credits.  For a pledge of $12, you will get one standard edition download.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:

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