In the past year I have struck up a cyber friendship with the talented Caiseal Mór, an established author of fantasy novels and a musician with an eclectic new age style that has been described as the soundtrack to your imagination. Caiseal has been performing his music at a series of events that are a mixture of music and spiritual practice as he leads his audience on a lucid dreaming experience, playing for up to seven hours at a time, a challenge for any musician.
Recently Caiseal embarked on a new project to record and release his next album himself and in order to fund it he has headed in the direction of many independent artists of the cyber age and is crowd sourcing the financial backing. Crowd sourcing has come to take on many forms in 2013, from piecing together Open Source software applications to compiling written anthologies and even in one instance that I am aware of, for funding the start up of a new café.
Caiseal is a pretty amazing guy. He has written 14 bestselling novels, plays a wide range of instruments, makes traditional style drums from recycled material and is a keen proponent of sigil magick. All of that and he was diagnosed as being autistic as a child. As his partner, artist Helen Wells puts it; “He has savant skills in music, language and the arts. Usually he only needs to see someone play an instrument once or twice before he can pick it up and play it as if he always had. Within a few hours, days or weeks of practice, depending on incoming distractions from the outside world, he can have the skills to perform and record any instrument.”
Dreaming Tree- The Green Album will be Caiseal’s 13th CD and this is an exciting opportunity to be involved with a fascinating musical project as well as a very 21st Century method for producing art that is independent of the intrusion of major corporations (who would struggle to understand Caiseal’s work let alone see the value in it). He is trying to raise a substantial budget for the recording and production and he is offering a range of levels of involvement.
If this sort of project is the sort of initiative that you like to support, if you are a fan of Caiseal’s books or his music or you just want to find out more then pop over to his website and find out more. In the end, if we aren’t willing to support the artists that are out of the mainstream of pop music then we only have ourselves to blame for the bland, generic pop music that will end up being the soundtrack of our lives.