I’m Chris Bryant and I live and teach in the Bay Area, California. I produce ambient music under the name, S1gns Of L1fe, and am half of the ambient duo, Ascendant. I’m also a podcast host and owner of the ambient music forum, ambientonline.org. I am passionate about family, my guitar students, helping others and sharing the true depth of ambient music on an international level.
My love for music began at age 9 via heavy metal. I took a few guitar lessons at age 13, then decided the best path was a self-taught one (mom was somewhat disappointed), where there were no restrictions or boundaries that would prohibit what I loved the most - creating something from scratch. I played on the streets of Santa Cruz, CA, when I was 22, then graduated magna cum laude from Cogswell College at 23. Nothing moved me more than composing/playing music and seeing the way it affected those around me.
In 2009, my wife and I opened a guitar school and art studio so we could maximize our time by teaching the very subjects we love and appreciate the most - music and art. Our relationship with the student families goes beyond just punching the time clock. We are grateful to have these students, and we are grateful to be their teachers.
I’ve always believed it is better to have some impact on a handful of individuals every day, then to not share a percentage of your knowledge or skill with another human being. This is how I feel about my daily life and ambient music.
The Ambient Music Conference 2014 in Helsinki, Finland, began with a vision when ambient producer and friend of mine, Steve Hart (Ambient Indigo), first laid eyes on the main conference room at the newly opened HALTIA Nature Center located just outside of Helsinki. In this room was a large picturesque window framing a lush pine forest. It was at this very moment his thoughts were directed to me, a fellow ambient musician. We skyped back and forth, compromising time zones between Finland and California, to discuss an event we hope will unite ambient musicians from North America and Europe. Just imagine, melding some of the best new talent in ambient music in one place. The Ambient Music Conference 2014 is destined to be a premier event for ambient musicians and fans worldwide. This event is sponsored by AMBIcon, the event series formed by Hearts of Space creator, Stephen Hill.
I was invited to serve as one of the coordinators as well as perform at the Ambient Music Conference 2014 this summer. I will travel 5,445 miles from home with a plane ticket and music gear I have yet to purchase. This campaign will offset traveling and hotel expenses, sustenance, and necessary equipment that are needed to perform live at the Conference. As a small business owner of a guitar school, it will also greatly offset the days I am closed for business. I have already poured hundreds of hours coordinating, recruiting and scouting for this monumental event. I am already committed to the success of this event in heart, mind and body (yes, I will paddle there if I have to). Ambient musicians, unite!
The success of this campaign will confirm my attendance at the Conference, and will also confirm my belief that donations made from any individual, whether great or small, is a true act of kindness. In return, you will have my gratitude on a global scale as well as some really cool incentives listed in the perks section.
$5.00 - The Supporter
• Download a set of digital wallpapers for computer, tablet and phone created by Twin Soul Art Studio.
$15.00 - The New Land EP
• Digital copy of the new Ascendant EP, "New Land." We will also email you a postcard designed by Twin Soul Art Studio plus the digital wallpaper download.$35.00 - The Ambient Music Fan
• Digital album download of Language of the Ancients and Branches in the Sky by S1gns Of L1fe, the Ascendant EP, plus the postcard and digital wallpaper download.
$35.00 - The Poster
• Limited edition 11”x14” poster print designed specifically for the Ambient Music Conference 2014 by Twin Soul Art Studio, plus the Ascendant EP, plus the postcard and digital wallpaper download.
$50.00 - The Music Collector
• Album CDs of Language of the Ancients and Branches in the Sky by S1gns Of L1fe, digital download of Ascendant EP, plus the 11”x14” poster print, postcard and digital wallpaper download.$75.00 - The Rubber Stamp
• Custom rubber stamp with your logo and/or your name (up to 2”x3” size), the Ascendant EP, 11”x14” poster print, postcard and digital wallpaper download.
$100.00 - Song Remix and Double Stamp!
• Chris will take one of your original songs and remix it! A great way to generate publicity and get some promotion.
• Personalized rubber stamps for two (2) individuals, postcard and digital download.
$150.00 - Learn the Guitar!
• A fun reward for you and a friend (redeem in person or via Skype). We’ll send you $180 worth of guitar lessons via digital certificate with Chris Bryant, plus the printed poster, postcard and digital download.
$250.00 - Mastering Deal
• Chris will personally master three of your own tracks for your next album. Perfect for your next EP!
$400.00 - Album Mastering and Song Remix
• Chris will personally master your entire next album. He will also remix one of your tracks. A very valuable perk for producers.$500.00 - "The Producer"
• The poster, CDs, album master, song remix and all future releases (digital copies) free of charge for life.
Plus, you'll also receive 3, one-hour long Skype sessions with Chris to learn any production or mastering techniques he will teach you. Questions about production, mastering, instruments, or guitar instruction.
$1000.00 - "The Sky is the Limit"
• You will receive everything listed above and much more. You'll receive the poster, CDs, album master, song remix, a lifetime of digital releases, 6 hours of online lessons and infinite respect from me to you.
The clock is ticking. I am a full-on believer of crowdfunding. I believe the world is a generous place.
I am literally counting the days until the ambient music conference and my long awaited performance. My life has truly been a journey. And it's far from over. An optimistic projection has now become a reality.
Thanks for your support!
-Chris Bryant (S1gns Of L1fe / Ascendant)
February 14, 2014