Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess recently teamed up with PledgeMusic to raise funds for the release of his upcoming solo projects. He plans to record a solo piano album, and his orchestral composition, Explorations for Keyboard and Orchestra. Pledgers will gain access to exclusive content and experiences and PledgeMusic will keep them informed of the project’s status every step of the way.


For “Explorations,” Rudess will be creating an entirely virtual orchestral experience, bringing virtuoso instrumental players into the studio and not only make an audio recording but also capture them on film with the goal of creating a unique, visual experience. His solo piano album, entitled Explores, will be available as a completely interactive iOS app experience in addition to CD and digital download formats. Listeners will be able to use gestures to interact with the audio and visuals and create their own versions of his music. You can view his PledgeMusic campaign at: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jordanrudess.


Jordan explains, “Things have changed so much in the music business in recent years and now we have the possibility of coming directly to all of you, the fans, to get involved and to be a part of making this happen! No longer are we subject to what was, rather, what is possible! By enlisting you and working through PledgeMusic, this will allow me to bring you unfiltered Jordan Rudess creativity! You will be able to follow along with me as these projects come to life!”


Dream Theater are still in the studio, too, working on their next album.