XyloVan - Phase 2!

Help the family that built XyloVan bring their rolling musical instrument back for everyone to play!
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Mack Reed
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Music
Los Angeles, California
United States
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Help us replace XyloVan's worn-out engine, give it a gorgeous new skin and new instruments so it can resume its magical musical tour of the American west, inviting everyone to BANG ON THE VAN!

Why XyloVan?

Because music! 

XyloVan is a one-of-a-kind handcrafted mobile instrument that has roamed California and Nevada since 2010 inviting everyone to play - and it needs your help.

We hand-built this musical art car in hopes it might inspire a few creative souls at Burning Man to make some beautiful noise and have a little fun. 

What happened next blew our minds: We brought XyloVan not only to Burning Man three times but also Maker Faire, the Lucidity Festival, the National Down Syndrome Association's Buddy Walk and countless public and school gigs  - and everywhere XyloVan went, people loved playing it! 

XyloVanists have played everything from Rachmaninoff to the Flintstones theme - and a zillion wild, creative variations in between - and we're working hard so they can play even more. 

How can you help? 

En route to Burning Man last summer, XyloVan's 1985 engine blew a head gasket, so it's time for some much-needed mechanical repairs. We need to spend about $6,000 to: 

  • Rebuild the 7.5-liter engine and transmission
  • Replace the front-end bushings, which have become dangerously sloppy
  • Replace the steering pump and steering box, which are also quite worn
  • Make a zillion more small fixes so everything's breakdown-proof

We also aim to give XyloVan a big makeover so it's even more of a joy for everyone to play: 

  • Build some wildly innovative new instruments
  • Upgrade the sound system for better clarity and beauty
  • Give it a new paint job and cleaner-looking wheels
  • Install a rad computer-controlled lighting system for more dazzle at night events
  • Create a collapsible outer-shell to earn a Mutant Vehicle permit from Burning Man's so we can drive XyloVan everywhere on the playa to reach thousands more XyloVanists. Otherwise it has to stay put and only a few hundred people will get to play!

Your impact!

Helping XyloVan won't just earn you a beautiful musical instrument or some ruggedly handsome jewelry. We're offering some awesome perks because we hope you'll help us keep on: 

  • Delighting children of all ages
  • Empowering grown-ups to open their hearts and hands to new joy
  • Giving musicians a new tool for jamming and inspiration
  • Invigorating festivals, schoolyards and public spaces with beautiful sound
  • Bringing an intimate, hands-on musical experience to people who never dreamed they could play

Your rewards!

To thank you for bringing XyloVan back to life, we're giving out some marvelous rewards -  some of them musical and many of them handmade: 

$2 - The Plinker - We hear you!
We know cash is tight, and we're super-grateful for your help. We'll add your name to the XyloVan Roster of Love where everyone can see your love for music.
For all donors $2 and above.

$5 - The Plonker - We see you!

We're designing a nifty XYLOVAN CREW STICKER with XyloVan's retro-governmental stencil logo and the inspirational slogan "Bang on the Van!"
For all donors $5 and above.

$10 - The Emblazoned - Bang on the Van!

You've stepped up to schwag permanence with a handsome embroidered XYLOVAN CREW PATCH in sharp black and white. 
For all donors $10 and above.

$35 - The Proud - Walk with us!

Now we're talking: We're making a limited number of FINE METAL AMULETS - hand-machined from the same T6 aluminum we use to build our xylophones and hung on a lovely silk cord. Each one is a unique, shiny and delicate piece of jewelry - cut and drilled and polished for your comfort and style - then hand-stamped with our trademark "X." 
For all donors $35 and above.


$85 - The Strong - Look sharp, listen up!

We'll be hand-machining some BURLY AMULETS from T6 aluminum. Unlike the Proud, these are rugged-looking blocks of metal half an inch thick, marked with constellations of drill points, thick lanyard holes and deep cavities for endless fiddling and fascination. Each one is a unique, shiny and ruggedly handsome chunk of handcraft hung on a thick leather thong, suitable for chestal adornment, keyfob abuse or - if it comes to it - hand-to-hand combat. We're also throwing in a musical ALUMINUM DOWEL CHIME - just a few inches long - that rings with a bright, happy sound when struck. 
For all donors $75 and above.

$150 - The Loud - Make some noise!

We're handcrafting a limited number of THICK ALUMINUM DISC GONGS - just like the ones mounted on XyloVan's doors and fenders. Each gong is fitted with a handwoven paracord lanyard handle and a thick, vinyl-tipped fiberglass striker, guaranteed to announce your arrival, call your family to dinner, make celebratory noises on New Year's Eve, ring in a birthday - or scare away evil on (XyloVan's favorite holiday) Halloween. 

Extra bonus! You get two board-any-time PLAYA RIDE TICKETS for XyloVan at Burning Man 2014. If you see us there, hail XyloVan and hop on board ANY TIME - we'll stop for you even if we're overloaded - and we'll drive you anywhere you like on-playa for a couple hours - hang out, play, tell us of your adventures and bang on the van!
For all donors $150 and above.

$250 - The Bright - Ring clear!

We're carving a few of these: A PLAYABLE XYLOPHONE KEY, hand-etched in your memory, tuned to your particular taste (D? B-flat? F-sharp?) mounted on a handsome wooden base, with two strikers - a thick vinyl-tipped rod of fiberglass for sharp, loud tone and a thin, soft-tipped mallet for a more mellifluous sound. For all donors $250 and above.

Extra bonus! You get two board-any-time PLAYA RIDE TICKETS for XyloVan at Burning Man 2014. If you see us there, hail XyloVan and hop on board ANY TIME - we'll stop for you even if we're overloaded - and we'll drive you anywhere you like on-playa for a couple hours - hang out, play, tell us of your adventures and bang on the van!
For all donors $250 and above.

$750 - The Harmonic Convergence - Tunes, chords, tones and chaos!

We're making a very small number of 5-KEY XYLOPHONES. Each is hand-cut, carefully tuned to A-440 (Western) scale and mounted in a handsomely-finished laminated-wood sound-box / case. This instrument is suitable for display in your home, yet portable and durable enough to chuck into your car trunk for a trip to the beach or a festival - anywhere you want to bring the music. Each xylophone comes with two pairs of mallets - one thick and hard for a sharp, loud tone, the other more flexible and soft-headed, for gentler sounds. The instrument is fitted with a pressure-zone microphone, allowing it to be plugged in and AMPLIFIED, which will surely lead to all sorts of amazing adventures in music. 

Extra bonus! You get a full 4-hour playa TOUR FOR FOUR PEOPLE with the XyloVan crew at Burning Man 2014. We're your art car for a morning, afternoon or night any day Monday through Friday during burn week.  

Excellent Patron Bonus: A 1-DAY XYLOVAN COMMAND APPEARANCE Because you believe in us, we'll bring XyloVan to you - anywhere within 50 miles of Los Angeles. We'll set up the instruments, sound and lights for a morning, an afternoon or an evening, and you and your guest/students/family/co-conspirators can make any kind of music storm you like. You'll also have full access to our mixing panel, in case you want to bring other instruments into the mix, or pipe XyloVan's four channels out to your own mixer for recording purposes.


For all donors $750 and above.

$2500 - The Symphonic Ultimate - Mighty musical mastery, fire, finery and fun

You are THE ULTIMATE XYLOVAN PATRON - you're pushing us a long way towards our goal, and we're massively grateful and fortunate to have you support us. So we're building you a FLOOR-STANDING, FULL-OCTAVE 13-KEY CHROMATIC XYLOPHONE. Each key is hand-cut, carefully tuned to A-440 (Western) scale and mounted in a handsomely-finished, laminated-wood sound-box / case with handles for carrying. The instrument is set atop detachable hairpin-steel legs, which make it elegant for a spot in your music room or parlor, yet completely portable for special events, trips abroad or visits to the home of your exotically musical friends and collaborators.  The instrument is fitted with a pressure-zone microphone, allowing it to be plugged in and AMPLIFIED, which will surely lead to all sorts of amazing adventures in music.

Extra bonus! You get two board-any-time PLAYA RIDE TICKETS for XyloVan at Burning Man 2014. If you see us there, hail XyloVan and hop on board ANY TIME - we'll stop for you even if we're overloaded - and we'll drive you anywhere you like on-playa for a couple hours - hang out, play, tell us of your adventures and bang on the van!

Commuter special! You'll be able to schedule XyloVan for any 4-hour window for yourself and your crew - up to 14 people - any time between Monday and Friday, and we'll drive you anywhere you'd like to go on-playa - set up any place you'd like, and turn up the amp as loud (or as softly) as you like.

Excellent Patron Bonus: A 1-DAY XYLOVAN COMMAND APPEARANCE Because you believe in us, we'll bring XyloVan to you - anywhere within 50 miles of Los Angeles. We'll set up the instruments, sound and lights for a morning, an afternoon or an evening, and you and your guest/students/family/co-conspirators can make any kind of music storm you like. You'll also have full access to our mixing panel, in case you want to bring other instruments into the mix, or pipe XyloVan's four channels out to your own mixer for recording purposes.

Beloved Patron Bonus: A 2-DAY XYLOVAN COMMAND APPEARANCE - Because you've given so much, we want to give back to you. We will drive XyloVan to you - anywhere within 400 miles of Los Angeles - for a two-day gig. Do with us what you will. We're there for you, body, soul and amplified, illuminated, motorized instruments.

True Burner Enjoyment: If you're already on-playa for Burning Man 2014, you'll get two seats atop XyloVan's observation deck for the night the Man burns! No sitting in the dust shouting "Down in front!" and trying to keep your butt from falling asleep - you'll see everything from our deck 8 feet off the ground in the ring of mutant vehicles for the burn!
Donation level: $2500 (and above!)

Who made XyloVan?

We did! It was entirely a labor of love, hand-built over 7 grueling, noisy months in 2010. We are Mack, Kristina, Cooper and Miranda, and you'll learn a LOT more about us AND XyloVan in the video above and at XyloVan.com and our Facebook page!

Other Ways You Can Help

  • Tell your musical, art-minded friends, fellow burners and lovers of the weird - just SHARE THIS LINK with them. 
  • It's easy to do - just use the Indiegogo share tools (Like! Tweet! Share!) at the top of the page. 

Thanks for your help!

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This campaign ended on April 14, 2014
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  • $2USD
    The XyloVan Roster of Love!

    Your name immortalized at XyloVan.com as one of our fearless supporters.

    2 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $5USD
    "Bang on the Van" stickers!

    A handsome sticker for your laptop, skateboard, xylophone or mutant vehicle announcing you as one of the XyloVan Crew. Plus the $2 perk!

    6 out of 500 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $10USD
    XyloVan Crew patch!

    A handsome embroidered fabric patch sporting XyloVan's official logo, announcing your jacket, pants, backpack, gig bag or burnoose as official XyloVan Crew gear. Plus the $5 and $2 perks!

    28 out of 250 claimed

    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $35USD
    Aluminum Slice amulet

    Machined from a slice of T6 aluminum - the same resonant metal in XyloVan's keys - and hung from a sexy silk cord. For ladies and gents of musical distinction. Plus the $10, $5 and $2 perks!

    28 out of 75 claimed

    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $85USD
    Block amulet & Dowel Chime!

    TWO PERKS! Amulet: Machined from a slice of T6 aluminum - the same resonant metal in XyloVan's keys - and hung from a burly leather thong. Chime - from a 1"-thick rod of aluminum - it rings when you hit it! For musical souls who wear their hearts on their chests and make music wherever they go. Plus the $35, $10, $5 and $2 perks!

    9 out of 50 claimed

    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $150USD
    Disc gong and striker!

    A thick, machined aluminum disc gong just like the ones bolted to XyloVan. Hung from a hand-woven paracord handle, with a thick vinyl-tipped striker (for loud sounds) and a thin soft-tipped mallet (for soft sounds). Plus the $75, $35, $10, $5 and $2 perks - and TWO PLAYA RIDE PASSES!

    9 out of 15 claimed

    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $300USD
    Mounted XyloVan key!

    A 3-inch-wide XyloVan key, fitted to a plaque for mounting on your door frame, windowsill, drum kit or extreme-sports helmet. Comes with hard and soft-tipped strikers for different sounds, and hand-etched with any inscription you desire. Tuned to your taste! (D? B-flat? F-sharp? Let us know!) Plus the $150, $75, $35, $10, $5 and $2 perks - and TWO PLAYA RIDE PASSES!

    1 out of 10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $750USD
    Hand-built 5-key Xylophone!

    A hand-built Xylophone in a handsome tabletop wooden case - with 5 aluminum keys tuned to your choice of notes from the 12-tone polychromatic scale. Plus the $300, $150, $75, $35, $10, $5 and $2 perks, TWO PLAYA RIDE PASSES and a COMMAND XYLOVAN APPEARANCE (details below left)!

    0 out of 3 claimed

    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $2,500USD
    Hand-built 13-key Xylophone!

    A hand-built, full-octave, floor standing Xylophone in a handsome wooden case, tuned to A-440. The legs are detachable for easy transport. Plus the $1,000, $300, $150, $75, $35, $10, $5 and $2 perks, TWO PLAYA RIDE PASSES, TWO (2!) COMMAND XYLOVAN APPEARANCES (details below left) - and if you're already at Burning Man 2014, two seats on XyloVan's roof for Burn Night!

    0 out of 1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2014
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