Beyond Digital: Morocco

Beyond Digital: Morocco is a new project by Jace Clayton (aka, DJ/rupture, who I mentioned previously here), producer Maga Bo, photographer John Francis Peters and Dutty Artz head honcho Taliesin Gilkes-Bower. I could say it’s the story of one man’s obsession with Autotune, but it goes quite a bit deeper than that, as Clayton says on his Mudd Up! blog, they’re attempting “to explore musical innovation in Morocco via collaboration, teaching, documentation, and digital storytelling”.

You can read more about it here and also check out a video explaining the overall project. Ting is, they need a few quid for flights, transport, food, lodgings, etc. so please help ’em out through donating here. For those not familiar with Kickstarter, the platform they’re using to fund the project, well it’s a platform that gives independent artists the ability to raise funds for their creative projects. Those interested in donating are given a number of options, each depending on how much is pledged, and often each option will see the donor receive something in return from the artist, be it a signed copy of a record, a credit in a film, a song written for you, etc. For example, with Beyond Digital: Morocco, a minimum donation of $10 will see you receive a handwritten postcard from Maga Bo and Rupture, pledge $2,000 and ye get to join the guys in Morocco next June and engage with every aspect of the project, and you get to “come on board as a developer for Beyond Digital and receive credit as a founding and lifetime member once it becomes a fully fledged non-profit.”

They need to get to $5,000 by the end of the month else the project doesn’t go ahead. Not that much really! The way Kickstarter and other such platforms work is that even if they get to $4,999.99 by the end of the month, if it doesn’t hit the target it just shuts the whole thing down. Any money pledged goes back to the donors, and the project doesn’t get funded. No disrespect to good old fundraising via selling raffle tickets in pubs and the like, but this shits the future, nahmean? (I could go on a bit about the advantages of such systems over having to seek out sponsors or go to the bank for a loan, but it’s not the place)

So, please help the lads out. If their collective artistic output is a gauge to go by, ye know they’re gonna deliver the goods with Beyond Digital: Morocco.

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