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Hello! Thanks so much for stopping by my Pozible campaign.

I'm looking for help to fund the recording of my debut album, Aspirations.

This full-length studio album will feature several of my new original compositions, as well as a couple of interpretations of others' songs.

Joining me on the album will be a band including grand piano, electric guitar, double bass and drumkit - and guest vocals. I'll be leading the ensemble, singing lyrics, wordless melodies, extended vocal techniques and improvising - augmented with live looping and electronic effects processing.


I've spent the past years honing my craft as a singer, performer and composer, working for lots of different musicians and projects. Some highlights for me include:

Barney McAll (GRAFT recording and performance)
Invenio Singers (Gone Without Saying recording; various performances)
The RaaH Project (Melbourne International Jazz Festival)
Andy Sugg Group (Andy Sugg plays Trane recording; performance)
David Shea (Trade Routes recording - TBR)

From humble beginnings in my country hometown of Bairnsdale, Australia, I moved to Melbourne over eight years ago where I completed a Bachelor of Music Performance (Hons) at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Since then I've received two grants from the Australia Council of the Arts in support of my artistic practice - one of which took me to New York City to study with vocalist / composer Theo Bleckmann. This was an experience that has significantly shaped and changed me as a musician.

I've recently been accepted to study a Master's of Jazz - voice, at the Manhattan School of Music in NYC. This is a huge dream for me and I plan on making the move in late 2014.

So, it's at this point I've decided that now's the time to realise - and release - my music to the world. I've been working really hard on new compositions, new sounds, new ideas and a fantastic new band. I want to share what I can hear in my head with my friends and fans alike.


I have been fascinated with crowdfunding since artists and creators began to use it. I've personally helped fund lots of different projects in Australia and abroad and I love directly being involved, from the ground up.

Crowdfunding is a brilliant way for artists and entrepreneurs to sell direct to their audience and consumers. It's a new model for independent musicians to promote and sell their music without having the huge overheads for production and marketing costs, or the backing of absent (and broke) record companies.

I've decided to try crowdfunding as a way to raise money to cover the significant expenses involved in recording and releasing this album.

What this really means is that I'm offering people album pre-orders. If I can collect enough pre-orders to reach the amount of funding I need to record the album, your pledge will be processed and the album will be born!




I'm very honoured to be joined on the project by producer Philip Rex. I've heard Phil's work on so many of my favourite recordings - both as an engineer and a performer. Philip is going to be instrumental in helping me realise the sound of the album. The album will be recorded at the iconic Allan Eaton's studio in St Kilda, Australia.

The heart image above will feature on the cover of Aspirations. It's designed by my long-time friend Brad Hammond, a.k.a. XY01. The symbol of the heart has always felt significant to me, reminding me of the importance of remaining emotionally connected and present as a performer - to the audience, to myself, to the music and my intention.
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Aspirations will also be the flagship release for a newly-created record label: Bartone Music.

The name is a reference to the Deltones-esque band my dad always wanted my siblings and I to form when we were young, 'The Bartones'...Hope this will do for now, Dad.

The idea behind creating this label is to develop a strong, independent channel for promoting a high quality catalogue of mine and others' music.


OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, EARLY-DECEMBER: Funding campaign on Pozible
DECEMBER, JANUARY: Band rehearsals
FEBRUARY: Recording sessions, post-processing, mixing
MARCH: Mastering. Album graphic design. CD production and printing.
APRIL: Pledges fulfilled. Albums posted, digital download links emailed!
MAY: World fame, fortune (pending).




Some Of My Previous Work

Please take a look at my website:
tombarton.com.au

Social media:
facebook.com/tombartonmusic
twitter.com/tombartonmusic


My cover of Björk 's 'Hyperballad' - a version of which will appear on Aspirations:

Singing with Invenio:

Singing with Barney McAll and Invenio:

Singing with The Andy Sugg Group:






The Challenges

The main consideration is to bring the project in on budget and on time.

Electing to record in such a high quality studio, with excellent recording personnel, will allow the ensemble to focus on the recorded performances - to serve the music as best they can. This ultimately saves time and money - doing the job properly from the beginning.

I know this team of brilliant musicians and recording gurus will bring a wealth of insight to my compositions, the ensemble dynamics and the recording process, so I'm quite confident we can realise the sounds I want for the album within our allocated timeframe and budget.

If there are any unanticipated delays, I'll be sure to keep you updated.


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on 7th Dec 2013 at 12:00pm. The payment portal is closed now.
A$15 +DIGITAL DOWNLOAD An early-release digital download of the full "Aspirations" album.
29 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is April 2014
A$25 +PHYSICAL ALBUM An early-release copy of the CD album "Aspirations". Signed on request. Includes postage. (For multiple copies, please enter the total amount in the box at the top of the pledge page, in "Enter Pledge Amount")
57 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is April 2014
A$50 +HIGH QUALITY ART PRINT "Pulse" by Brad Hammond / XY01, as featured on the cover of "Aspirations". A4 size. Postage included. + a copy of "Aspirations" (signed on request).
19 Chosen | 31 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2014
A$100 +VOICE COACHING I'll take you through a 50-minute voice lesson on technique, performance, live looping and effects, improvisation, songwriting or anything else you'd like to cover. Located in Melbourne, Australia. Please get in touch to discuss other locations or Skype lessons. + a copy of "Aspirations" (signed on request).
3 Chosen | 7 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2014
A$200 +CREDIT WHERE IT'S DUE For making such a significant contribution, you'll be thanked as a supporter in the album liner notes. + a copy of "Aspirations" (signed on request).
4 Chosen | 6 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2014
A$250 +All GoneA SONG COVER JUST FOR YOU A song cover, chosen by you - performed by me. The three-minute rendition will be uploaded to the internet and emailed to you. Request a 'done by' date if this is for a special occasion like Valentine's Day or a birthday! + a copy of "Aspirations" (signed on request). + credit in the album liner notes
5 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2014
A$300 +A SONG COVER JUST FOR YOU A song cover, chosen by you - performed by me. The three-minute rendition will be uploaded to the internet and emailed to you. Request a 'done by' date if this is for a special occasion like Valentine's Day or a birthday! + a copy of "Aspirations" (signed on request). + credit in the album liner notes
0 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2014
A$400 +THE "YOUTUBE" TREATMENT I'll interpret, arrange and perform any song of your choice, in my own style with live looping and effects processing. I'll then upload the clip to YouTube with a written dedication to you. + a copy of "Aspirations" (signed on request). + credit in the album liner notes
0 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2014
A$600 +BEHIND THE SCENES Attend a studio session to see and hear the album being recorded. Catch the moments of inspiration, alternate takes, wise-cracks and more while we lay down the album. + a copy of "Aspirations" (signed on request). + credit in the album liner notes
1 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is February 2014
A$1000 +HOUSE CONCERT I will perform two 45-minute sets of music, accompanied by a guitarist or pianist, at your house or chosen venue. This can happen in Melbourne, or other cities by request - please get in touch first, along with your date, and we'll work it out. You are welcome to charge entry or have us perform in a commercial space. + a copy of "Aspirations" (signed on request). + credit in the album liner notes
1 Chosen | 4 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2014