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Update #12: May Update! 1) Finalising THE BOX 2) Pledge Manager Surveys at 83% Completion 3) Extensions Pack Cards Preview 4) Translation Matters 5) Cool Stuff

by Jun Yu Phang May 09, 2019

Harmonious Hellos!

It has been awhile since the previous update! We felt that the previous update rate was too much for your inboxes, so we'll be sending out one a month/fortnight.

We will definitely keep you constantly updated on our progress and not ghost you. We've been in perpetual motion (A B C# C# B C# D D C# D E C# D B E E #SuzukiSquad), and here are 5 of our latest developments:

Violinists will get it
Violinists will get it

1) Almost Finalised Box Design

This is the latest render of the final design that we'll use for manufacture
This is the latest render of the final design that we'll use for manufacture

It may not look like we've changed much since the campaign was live, but the devil's in the details! (Just like the difference between a great recital and a good one) It's taken us lots of back and forth with our manufacturing partners to get to this point.

That's because our manufacturer has to balance our design with the manufacturability, and because they don't understand certain musical things. For example, they mirrored the 2 keyboards in an earlier design, thinking that it would look better symmetrical. It's a good thing we caught that!

[REJECTED DESIGN] If you look carefully, the black keys in this design were 3 keys, 2 keys, 2 keys then 3 keys, as opposed to the sequential 2 keys, 3 keys, 2 keys 3 keys.
[REJECTED DESIGN] If you look carefully, the black keys in this design were 3 keys, 2 keys, 2 keys then 3 keys, as opposed to the sequential 2 keys, 3 keys, 2 keys 3 keys.

Another thing that our manufacturer chimed in on was jagged teeth/white keys. They designed it this way because it helps the keyboards align when closed. To illustrate:

[REJECTED DESIGN] Isn't that funky looking?
[REJECTED DESIGN] Isn't that funky looking?

I felt it was a little clunky looking, and didn't fit the elegance of a piano, so we pushed back against the manufacturer on this, and have now agreed on a slightly elevated inner lip on the lower keyboard that similarly serves to align the top and bottom keyboards, while maintaining a smooth outline:

[ACCEPTED DESIGN] Straight lines, aaaahhhhh
[ACCEPTED DESIGN] Straight lines, aaaahhhhh

We've also added in borders, so that the different types of cards and components stay organised when they arrive at your doorsteps in a few months - just like the insides of our instrument cases!

That's enough box nerding out for now! Let us know in the comments below if you enjoy such detailed behind-the-scenes action (:

2) Pledge Manager Surveys at 83% Completion!

Thank you to everyone that has dutifully completed the surveys! We did not expect so many of you to have completed it so quickly. Perhaps it's because musicians are extra disciplined from the years of practicing music..

OoooOOoo numbers
OoooOOoo numbers

The remaining 17% of you - please please please fill in the pledge manager surveys, or we won't be able to get the game to you, as it's how we collect payment for shipping, and double confirm your address so that it doesn't get sent to the wrong place.

We completely understand if it's a little complicated and thus a pain in the butt. That's completely on us! So if you need any help at all understanding it and getting through the form, simply message me here on Kickstarter, or email us at hello@lordofthechords.com and we'll walk you through the process and explain everything to you.

3) New Card Designs!

Here's a sneak peak at some of the new cards Keith has designed. Our resident photoshop genius has clearly taken his designs to the next level. He's been dutifully churning out at least a card a day, even in the chaos of moving out of his old home!

One grace note to rule them all!
One grace note to rule them all!
"2 is better than 1" - Stravinksy
"2 is better than 1" - Stravinksy
Sibelius Stylin' and Profilin'
Sibelius Stylin' and Profilin'
The richest composer of all time
The richest composer of all time
Inspired by classic.fm's Case Notes podcast! Click this image to give it a listen:
Inspired by classic.fm's Case Notes podcast! Click this image to give it a listen:

Okay, that's enough for now! Stay tuned for more (:

4) More help needed for translations

If you would like to aid the Lord of the Chords to spread the joy of music theory to non-english speaking folk, simply click this link and fill in the relevant blanks: CLICK TO HELP

If you would like more spoilers on what other cards we have in the full version of the game, feel free to click the link too. Our card ideas are all there.

We would like to make a special shoutout to the unsung heroes, some of whom have been CONSTANTLY helping to translate our work without us notifying you that we've updated the excel sheet! You guys are amazing. Literally doing the Lord's (of the Chords) work here.

Thank you thank you thank you!!!
Thank you thank you thank you!!!

5) Here's Some Cool Stuff - AND THEY'RE NOT CROSS-PROMOTIONS!

These are just some cool musical/teachery things that we found that we want to share with you just cause.

a) This AI turns speakers into rappers!

Jordan Peterson was already awesome before rapping Lose Yourself, this is just next level. If any of you out there are struggling with depression, anxiety or the feeling of being lost, please check out his work

b) This classical-trained pianist documented her journey as she learned flamenco. 

I thought I knew flamenco before watching her video, but now I realise that I know nothing (Jon Sn-)

c) This teacher teaching SCISSOR SAFETY makes me wish I had a teacher like that

Cassie Stevens is an art teacher, but really she's a teacher of teachers. She's so incredibly engaging, I was hooked on her lesson... teaching scissor safety.

As of the current events, delivery might be pushed back about a month, to November. Thank you for understanding!

That's all, folks! Happy beginning of summer! - Jon, Jun Yu and Keith




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