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The Raventones: News

Our new Video! - September 5, 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q7lNNZpUl0

Journey Over The Dunes - "As the River runs to the Sea, so must the Traveller seek the Source."

From The Raventones 2016 Album "Much More Black"

TR Kelley - Music and Story Creation, Bass Guitar Manipulation, "The Teacher"

Joey Darke - Model, Stylist, "The Traveler"

Randy Hamme - Producer, Director, Film Editor

Zane Kelley / Woodrow Aerial - UAV Pilot, Videographer, Technical Consulting

Nick DeAngelo - Post Production Video Consultant Recorded at TraXide Studio, Swisshome, Oregon

Mixed and Mastered at Don Ross Productions, Eugene, Oregon.

Filmed in the woods near Swisshome, Oregon and on the Dunes of Florence, Oregon

To BOLDLY go! - September 8, 2016

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek - a sneak preview from the album MUCH MORE BLACK, which will be released next week!  https://soundcloud.com/theraventones/starstruck-enterprise

It's being manufactured... - August 19, 2016

...and printed and wrapped and bar coded and all kinds of stuff!  Progress is being made!

It always takes longer than you think...... - June 14, 2016

OK, getting ready for what will probably be our LAST trip up to Don's for this project, finishing mixes. Then he runs the whole 51 minutes through the Masterizer or the Transmogrifier or the X-13 Blivitator with extra breem..... and out the other side pops some files i can send to the CD duplication place, along with the graphics files, then in a few weeks boxes of CDs come back and i start mailing out all the premiums and discs to our faithful IndieGoGo crowdfunders, and to libraries, and public radio stations.....
Not gonna be ready for TR's birthday on the 26th. But soon! Very soon!

Almost there! - March 23, 2016

Hi folks! Great news, we are in the final mixing phase of the album! Graphics are done and we hoper to have actual copies of CDs in about a month and will begin mailing out premiums at that time! So exciting! Then we'll get to burn the board and drink whiskey and ask you to write reviews! Thank you all so much for sticking with us through this project. It got very large, and being artists, we had to let it. We hope you get as much out of it as we have. :) As always, STAY TOONED!!!!!

luv & quork

TR & Randy - THE RAVENTONES

now , we go to eleven

New Year News - January 6, 2016

The turn of the seasons! We're past the winter solstice, Christmas, New Year's Eve and all the lovely disruptions of December. We're looking forward to another great year of being the rhythm section of Steel Wool. Check that link for our schedule.

Back to work on the album, "MUCH MORE BLACK". Like building a house there are so many layers and details that the average homeowner knows little or nothing about. When people ask us how is the album going, all we can do is smile and  say it's going really well. But it is a big project and it's taking some time, because it's just us creating, recording, engineering and editing and comping and punching and drinking...... huge thanks to Tifani Lauzon for taking care of all the mundane stuff like food, water, meds, fires, kitties..... EVERYTHING that's not the album! We'll be going back to Don's soon for lead vocals, but there is a lot to do----

---- yes, they DID used to just throw up a mike and play the song.  "They" sure did.  We've done that too. TR loves to sketch on bar napkins, and even occasionally breaks out the colored chalks and pencils and does some picture of a fish or something that's just lovely but takes hours.... and one time she even thought about taking up oil painting and decided to make an album instead.  Be patient, our friends and fans. It is cooking. It smells great.

Merry Edgy Xmas..... - December 17, 2015

MUCH MORE BLACK is going great! But.......As often happens during a recording project - another song appeared. Not exactly new - a remake of one of FLEDGLING's live recorded flights of a few years back. TR has always wanted to remake it. The bleaker side of Christmas. A short jazzy number about booze, Santa, a maimed veteran and  a lack of faith. And there's snow. It wanted to happen NOW. 

https://theraventones.bandcamp.com/track/merry-f-cking-christmas

Go listen for free. Download, whatever. There's a place to give money if you want.

Progress being made! - November 16, 2015

 

Greetings friends and Fans of The Raventones! Our original estimated MUCH MORE BLACK completion date of Fall 2015 has pretty much passed and as you may have noticed, the album is not yet finished.  Summer was far busier than anticipated with work  and farming and family stuff,  which slowed album progress a bit. More time to save money though, so that was a good thing!
And more good news; We just finished our first week of recording up at Don Ross Productions, and the results are spectacular. Massive guitars, Thunderous drums! Rivers of tone! We're working on editing and additional instrument recording at TraXide Studio now, and are very happy with how it is coming together. We  want you to know that the project is strong, it's coming along, and to stay tuned, because you WILL be listening to it before next Spring. I want to thank all of you who dared to support original art in our funding campaign, it has made a huge difference in the level of professionalism we can bring to this project.
Sincerely,
TR & Randy
 The Raventones

Greetings friends and Fans of The Raventones! Our original estimated MUCH MORE BLACK completion date of Fall 2015 has pretty much passed and as you may have noticed, the album is not yet finished.  Summer was far busier than anticipated with work  and farming and family stuff,  which slowed album progress a bit. More time to save money though, so that was a good thing!

And more good news; We just finished our first week of recording up at Don Ross Productions, and the results are spectacular. Massive guitars, Thunderous drums! Rivers of tone! We're working on editing and additional instrument recording at TraXide Studio now, and are very happy with how it is coming together.

We  want you to know that the project is strong, it's coming along, and to stay tuned, because you WILL be listening to it before next Spring. I want to thank all of you who dared to support original art in our funding campaign, it has made a huge difference in the level of professionalism we can bring to this project.

 

 

Live show video!!! - October 13, 2015

Was a busy summer with shows and working on the farm, but now we're back in the studio fresh and with lots of new perspective on the tunes.

 For a bare-bones live version of some of the new material together with songs of the first album and other oddments, check this out! Thanks to Tim Mueller for shooting and making this video. Never before seen anywhere on line - a Raventones live show at Kindtree Family Autism Camp. Sixty-four minutes of music and stand-up comedy heavy on the improv. TR tells her life story as "that weird Petersen kid".... Randy supports with style and good groove! https://youtu.be/NNjttB62ASU


as always, stay tooned!

July 21, 2015

Gosh people, so sorry we have not been keeping you in the loop! The recording process is coming along well. We're at it every day except days we have festival gigs with STEEL WOOL (we are the rhythm section of that band.) We've never attempted such an epic project before. Our first album "odd birds" was recorded at home before we really knew what we were doing. The second two CDs we issued were also home-builts designed for local audiences, and only 100 copies to boot. But now!!!!! Being freed of the need to be able to perform a song "live" opens up the possibilities of orchestration and production. Having up-to-date recording capabilities to match really helps. Yet we still joke about "Occam's Music" which would be 'the version requiring the fewest notes necessary is most likely to be correct.' Simplify simplify. But simplifying a complex arrangement to where it still retains it's complexity without clutter is tricky - TR's constant challenge. Play all the notes, then take away the ones that aren't needed. Making an album isn't just getting the microphone in front of the guitar at the sweetest spot. Font choices! snare hits, string squeak! more tea! So please stay tuned as we continue to carve away at it! Our finish date may be later than we originally intended (September) and we do ask your patience. It is getting done, and we are very excited about it!

Campaign has ended! - May 15, 2015

Wow, what an experience! Thank you all 77 people who contributed to our crowdfunding campaign! You raised $4204 towards the production of MUCH MORE BLACK, our next album. While we didn't meet the goal we had set, that goal was a best-case scenario rather than a hard limit. After campaign fees are deducted, and together with our own savings, we have a good workable budget for the album. Today we are making plans for allocating funds. We're already upgraded some hardware and software and are working on some of the actual tracks right now. We're very excited about the whole thing, and are still on track for a September release. Stay tooned here! Perks for contributors will be shipped at that time as well. Again, from Randy and TR both, The Raventones thank you deeply for your support.

Well that was fun! - May 4, 2015

Well folks, that’s it. We’re done haranguing you on social media and email about our crowdfunding campaign. We’ve got an extension to May 14th to accommodate a few folks who needed a little more time, but you won't hear anymore about it here.
Heartfelt hugs and thanks to everyone who has contributed, your support means more than you can know, and not just financially. We can now proceed with the project knowing what our budget is, and it's smaller than we hoped for, but still, we will forge on! Together with our savings, your contributions are going to make one damn good record. We’ll keep you posted on how it is going, and this fall we’ll be sending them out with your perks!
There’s still time to pre-order the record and pick up some cool gifts, but if you have been meaning to contribute and just haven’t got around to it, please get up and do it now. igg.me/at/theraventones

Bright blessings!

TR & Randy

I do it myself - with your help. - April 23, 2015

TR here, I've always been a do-it-yourself kinda kid. I rip frets out of guitars, i put in new wires and stuff, i sew my own clothes. I built a chicken coop out of construction scraps. But there are some things i can't do alone, like funding this current album project to completion. For the cost of a good coffee, you can get me to write your name on my wall and post pictures. For the cost of a box of good beer, you can pre-order an actual CD (pro replication, not home-burn). For the cost of a cheap bass guitar, you can make me jump up and down and flap my hands.... ..... igg.me/at/theraventones

Bully - April 20, 2015

Just put up the sketch of "Bully" - got a lot of really cool guitar noises on this one. Prog-rock opera. https://soundcloud.com/theraventones/bully-preliminary-sketch

Almost to 20%! Get on Board! - April 13, 2015

OK people, mini-goal time in our Indiegogo campaign! We only need $168 to break $3000! And more importantly, we need $726 to get us to the magical 20% funded plateau where we will start being featured and promoted to the general public more aggressively by IGG themselves. 

Because when our own friends, family and fans support us, they figure there must be something going on that deserves wider attention.

Please stand by - further extreme measures are being concocted in our Music Video Silliness Department to get you to pre-order the album and contribute to our crowdfunding campaign - crowdfunding needs a CROWD!

We have a pretty good community right now, We have teachers and students, radio hosts, baristas, editors, dental hygenists, soldiers, sailors and airmen, programmers, government workers and private business owners, designers, musicians, actors, artists and farmers ... what a great community!!! Is there a doctor in the crowd? Why yes, now there is! AND some nurses! Got a Doctor on board this morning, fresh from delivering a baby! No Law Enforcement or Railroaders yet  ..... The phones are too quiet here at the telethon. Good thing too, we were working on music in the studio all afternoon, not hovering over keyboards waiting for someone to buy Randy's hair. The song "Bully" is getting whipped into shape. Pun intended. All kinds of rock-opera hugeness and drama.... backwards violin......


You know you want your name on the board of contributors!  http://igg.me/at/theraventones  Do it!

 

What is Indiegogo? - March 23, 2015

Welcome to our Indiegogo supporters and curious friends!

If you've clicked over here from our Indiegogo crowdfunding page, we invite you to take a look around our site. It's simple but gives you an idea of who we are and where we've been. You get to help determine where we're going!

In the years since we made our first Raventones album, odd birds a lot of things have changed in the music world; social networking, crowdfunding and digital distribution, to name a few!

These innovations have made it possible for small independent musicians to connect with audiences all over the world in a way that was previously not possible. No longer does a band need to be signed to a label or tour relentlessly to be discovered by potential fans.  

However, high-quality professional recordings are still the key to achieving airplay on both conventional and digital streaming stations.

The Raventones rarely perform live. Instead they rely on radio, social media and digital streaming services to reach new listeners. To record a truly professional "radio-ready" album is our goal for 2015. You can be a part of the success of this project by lending your financial support.

Click on the Listen tab at the top of this page to visit The Raventones at other popular music sites and hear some music. Or click right here to go back to our Indiegogo site to browse the fabulous perks or just to read the plan again. Thanks for being here!

We're LIVE! - March 16, 2015

The Raventones are inviting YOU to show support and claim some of the excellently odd perks in our crowdfunding campaign make our new album: “MUCH MORE BLACK - An Outsider’s Journey to Inner Peace”.

 Read our story, watch the fun video, claim a “perk”, and leave a comment! It’s SAFE, easy and quick, and you will be making a HUGE difference to the visibility of this campaign by contributing NOW. Early activity of this small group is critical at the opening of this venture. 

Friends of the band who are willing to be “first on the dance floor” lead the way for folks who don’t yet know us and who may need safety in numbers before they contribute. When we launch this campaign to the general public the morning of Monday, March 23rd, it will have far more credibility with potential contributors if there are already funds on the graph. People are most likely to get on board with projects that demonstrate support already within their own communities.

With that in mind, The Raventones are strongly asking for your early participation. It takes a village to bring a project this big to completion. Many people have already contributed time and energy to this album. After you contribute, please help us create a buzz! Share this campaign on social media with YOUR friends who may have an interest in our music and message. Post on your timeline or tweet that you contributed, and share, share, share the link. Move us forward toward our goal of recording MUCH MORE BLACK!
Thank you,
Thankyewverramuch!
TR

logistics, bits & bobs - February 22, 2015

Just realized that if i were to change every string on every instrument in the studio, I'd be winding wire for a whole day - 84 strings!  Not going to do that - about half maybe! AND Randy has to change drumheads...! The pre-sketching for the album is going well and we're going to wrap up the funding video this week, hopefully we will be launching soon. I have had way too much fun thinking of realistic but creative perks to offer; everything from used picks to Randy's hair... stay tooned for that one! 

Bandcamp! - January 7, 2015

You wanted lyrics online, you got 'em! All three of TR Kelley & The Raventones officially-released albums can now be found on Bandcamp. Go find out what she said. https://theraventones.bandcamp.com/music

Also, click on the Listen tab at the top of this page for more Soundcloud, Reverbnation and other places to hear and buy our music.  

Happy New Year - January 5, 2015

According to the calendar anyhow! We're busy with recording sketches and graphics between power outages and rainstorms.  You can follow us on Facebook if you're so inclined; more updates and pics of the process.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/TR-Kelley-The-Raventones/284744671546194

Studio work! Graphic design! - December 16, 2014

Winter greetings! Work continues here on getting the indieGoGo campaign ready to launch. Also things like rebuilding the studio door for better soundproofness, vacuuming the ENTIRE studio and finishing lyrics and fiddly bits on our sketch versions. Should we stay on the B-flat there or modulate? Meow meow meow....Looks like we will be recording up at Don Ross Productions in early February. Meanwhile TR has resurrected the old 1990-something Macintosh G3 Powerbook that has the graphics programs (Quark 3.3!) for doing layout and design of the CD booklet and tray card. Yes we'll be printing all the lyrics. Seems our fans want a CD to hold, and they want to read along with what's happening. Digital downloads are fine and all, but nothing like a real CD to turn to when you accidentally erase your music folder.....  as always, stay tooned!

We sketched it, now let's PAINT! - November 26, 2014

All right! We have an appointment on Monday for a consultation with our favorite engineer - Don Ross up at http://www.donrossproductions.com/. Going to take our rough sketch mixes up there and make a plan for the record! I know you're all waiting for us to launch the IndieGoGO campaign so you can get on board with supporting this venture all the way to ELEVEN!

The Raventones are stirring - October 22, 2014

After many years, we're ready to do another record. The studio is humming with activity. This website will undergo some radical changes in the next month or so as the new album unfolds. 

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