EVtones  

 "Setting the TONE for the ev rEVolution"©
                                               
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The copy below is from our initial submission to Kickstarter. The only reason we could not go live because Kickstarter does not accept Safety related projects :( ... see the full text below.

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Going green sounds great after all.

Most agree the future of transportation is the EV. People and Politicians from across the political spectrum agree that change will happen soon...wait...soon is now! Electric Vehicles and Hybrids are here. Tesla and Toyota, the GM Volt and Nissan Leaf plus many others. Since Electric Vehicles are now required by law to emit sounds you should have the sound you want when you want. Jet Turbine one minute, Race Car or your favorite tune turned EVtone the next, you should be allowed set the tone.  And...EVtones™ don't need to be loud, they just have to sound cool.

You don’t have to own an electric vehicle to be a part of this project. By becoming a backer of this project you can help to reignite an interest in the adoption of Electric Vehicles. With a sluggish recovery we are already seeing slowing sales and production of the Chevy Volt, Tesla EV's and others. Pols are warning of cutbacks to EV buyer tax credits. We don't want a second version of ‘Who Killed the Electric Car’. No EV? You can have fun with these when on your bike, scooter, around the office, at school, etc. Oh and of course if you are a $40 dollar plus backer you get the cool ev rEVolution t-shirt. You will also get the first great tones from us to add to your music library and the EVtones app.

Why EV Sounds

Organizations representing the Blind pushed for action and won. A federal law was passed and President Obama signed into law a bill law requiring Electric Vehicles to have sounds. EVtones have a special 'under tone' embedded in the EVtones audible only to those with the most acute hearing (ie., the blind) to distinguish these tones coming from an EV. Plus, EVtones™ will also have an embedded tone similar to a dog whistle to pre-alert Seeing Eye dogs. Pet lovers across the world will feel a sense of security knowing that their pets will be alerted to on coming, silent running Electric Vehicles. Animal lovers and animal rights groups can be assured that small urban wildlife will also be alerted to an EVs approach.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said at the Detroit auto show, "We should say specifically 'young people, first-new-car buyer,' " when speaking about the target market for EV's and EV Hybrids. With President Obamas appeal to youth around the world and the administrations huge commitment to an electric vehicle future they will be the first demanding their EVtones™. We must be sure that we make the EV 'fun' as well as practical. While we don't want EV's to become noise polluters, we can make them sound compliant as well as make them fun at the same time. Again... EVtones™ don't need be to loud, they just have to sound cool.

It's all pro with a little controversy

These sounds are sure to bring controversy...at least we hope! Controversy breeds rEVolution. Naysayers will say that we can finally bring quiet to the streets, sounds nice...but it ain’t gonna happen. Tell it to the mother of a child, or blind person who steps out in front of an EV on a smooth road and gets hit by the electric vehicle, I would hope they would be ok, but there would be another clarion call to ‘Kill the Electric Car’. Tell it to all the organizations and pols who passed laws requiring the sounds. Pols passed the law...nuff said.

How we will make this happen.

The samples on our website are borrowed low quality, basic sounds used to test the concept. To develop the first original evtones sounds we will be partnering with a top local sound studio to do recording, and ‘building’ of the tones. We are in Central Florida after all and the Studio we choose will be one of the best and will have worked with Disney, Universal Studios, etc. The samples on our webpage were put together at Phantom City Studios in Orlando located in the heart of the Theme Park/Studio area of Central Florida. We have partnered with the Orlando office of Benchmark IT Solutions, an experienced app builder with a team of over 100 technicians worldwide who will be building the EVtones app. We'll be tweeting our progress if funded.

The samples below done at Phantom City Studios is just a short example of what an EVtone could sound like. The tones also have a high frequency 'dog whistle' sound embedded to alert seeing eye dogs and pets to the approaching EV.

Jet Engine

Race Car

Harley

(Remember, these are the 'sample' tones. The final tones may be just as above or possibly sound more like ring tones. We are working to finalize the final sound and welcome your input.)

In addition to the professional team above we have a pool of talent to draw upon in Central Florida. Some of our additional team may include students or grads from Full Sail University right here in Orlando, one of the best known schools for Music production, App development and Digital Arts in the world. Overall Central Florida is becoming one of the premier Green Technology corridors in the country. UCF is also making a huge impact on the tech world with its world class technology department. 

I also co-produced and partnered with another prominent local studio for another project that made #8 on billboards charts. More on that below.

A previous project working with local Studios and Professionals

I founded a non-profit opchristmas.org for children of fallen troops and was featured on MSNBC and numerous other media. I co-produced a CD featuring the kids and wrote and sang the song ‘voices of the children’ for the CD. The CD was featured in a full length segment on The NBC Today Show that drove the CD to #8 on Billboards new artist charts. Our producer Veit Renn has a combined total of over 50 million CD sales under his belt. Watch a 'making of' video here.

The CD project led to a meet with the prez and g sinise at a White House invite, celebs in Hollywood (will n jada), Sports stars in New England...(yeah, tom), all because of the hard work we did for the kids. (Photos of all of this are available on the org website.)

One thing I say to people. “If we can reduce our dependence on foreign oil we may only have to fight for our National Security and not our Energy Security. This may mean we will have fewer ‘lil heroes’ to support in the future.” EV’s mean less gas means less imported oil. That same passion and drive put into the non-profit is going into the EVtones project. You have an opportunity to be in the drivers seat with us, to be the first to get the tones, in other words we need your hands on the wheel...uh...wallet to help fund this project.  

How EVtones work

The volume of the EVtones will be programmed to rise and fall depending on the speed of the car. At slower speeds the volume may be lower and as speeds increase the volume would increase to a max volume (‘Goldilocks’ volume, not too high - not to low...just right :)

- Tones volume will be linked to car speed.

- The tones will have the option to start over each time you pull away from a      stop (ie. getting the beginning sound of acceleration from a vehicle tone, jet tone, etc.)

- EVtones will be downloadable from the usual suspects for ios/iphone, android, etc. They would be connected to the vehicles tone emitting system the same way your phone tunes are played through the sound system. They would also eventually be available to download directly to the Electric Vehicles connected 'infotainment' system.

- EVtones in their final stage may be 'pure' as you heard above or more or less like a ringtone. We will work with the industry, organizations representing the blind and you on that perfect sound to please all.

Remember, we are literally starting a 'mini industry' within a larger EV industry. If you own an Electric Vehicle you will not be able to simply download the EVtones app and the first EVtones and play them through your EV's 'infotainment' system. But we believe this will happen soon...it is virtually inevitable. You will get a real app and EVtones. If there are any changes or updates to the app or EVtones when released to the public you will get those free. By being early you can join us and become a pioneer in the Electric Vehicle sound space.

The number of EVtones that could one day be available? uuhh... infinite! Every sound, every song could potentially be an EVtone. So long as song writers keep writing and producing we can keep converting them to EVtones. This includes the indie community. We can’t let the ‘big boys’ have all the fun.

About the awards and more

By their very nature, complexity and ‘new factor’, these tones will command a premium over regular mp3s at first. We think that the rewards reflect a discount as to what EVtones will cost when rolled out to the public. And very important...if changes or upgrades of any kind are made to the EVtones or the app when we offer them to the general public Kickstarter backers will get the the new versions FREE! We will also do our best to make these available as  ringtones. This could of course incur extra cost so if we can raise well over our goal this becomes a possibility. $25 or more backers will vote on our new EVtones logo for the app, website etc.

$1500 plus backers will get a dinner meeting with the EVtones team (limit 2 people, in Orlando FL, you must pay travel & lodging expenses if not in the area).

I have gathered numerous contacts in the media over the years through our non-profit. After contacting just a few about this idea our contact at a 'major network' said in an e-mail to me “Great idea! See if you can get support from organizations representing the blind.” We will be further pursuing the last part when we have a complete presentation with more info, the app, sounds, etc. A first good impression will be key to garnering their support. By bringing media and thus public and industry awareness to this project we will have a greater chance to raise even more funds inside and out of the Kickstarter community. The more funds raised the closer we are to making EVtones the name in Electric Vehicle sounds.

Where the money will go

- Studio time to build and produce the sounds ie. building and embedding the undertone, animal high frequency sound, etc. These will be done in an experienced, professional sound studio to ensure the highest quality.

- Licensing sounds already available when possible and cost effective.

- Cost to record original sounds that cannot be found and Licensed, in other words, legally obtained and used for the sounds.

- Building the EVtones app

- Design of the new EVtones logo ($25 plus backers will vote on the final design)

- promoting the finished product to the EV Industry*

The further we surpass our goal the more first run EVtones we can add to the library and...we can begin pursuing the licensing of songs to convert to EVtones. If we significantly surpass our goal we can add more features to the app and also do something extremely important...*get EVtones to the EV Industry in a huge way and begin making sure that "EVtones become to Electric Vehicles what ringtones are to cell phones."

Set the Tone For the electric vehicle rEVolution! Please become a backer today...and share share share this with your friends and colleagues, thx in advance ;)

RISKS AND CHALLENGES Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are of course challenges when being the first to develop anything. In our case the cost and ability of licensing most of the sounds and songs for something so radically different. The chance that the EV Industry would not be receptive to this particular idea, although they must provide sounds in some way and this is as good and simple as it gets.

I believe, but cannot guarantee that these and other challenges can be overcome. I just know that I will work as hard to make this happen as I did to get OperationChristmas.org off the ground supporting hundreds of children of fallen troops, get our first CD on a major TV Network and into the top 10 of Billboards new artist charts.

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