Charity Drive – UPDATE

I’ll keep this short and sweet!

As of writing this post, we are over $3,000 donated! We crossed that line on Thanksgiving, and it was an incredible gift to get that day. 🙂

This marks the halfway point for the drive, which ends Sunday evening, December 6th. As promised, the second set of Limited Edition files is being released today. Check them out, send in your donations, and let’s get to the $3,500 goal!

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Oh, and I don’t want to get too ahead of myself here… But if we pass that goal, an amazing prize or two to the list. Dig deep and do some good, hypno-fans!

EDIT: As hinted at… 😉

***STRETCH GOAL PRIZE***

If we hit our stretch goal of $5,500 before the end of the drive, a separate drawing will be held… Everyone will be eligible, regardless of whether they won any of my prizes above!

The winner will receive a fully-custom mp3 from Charlotte Gray herself. This will be either a 30-minute single-vocal, or 20-minute layered-vocal hypnosis session.

If you have previously opted out of prize eligibility but would like to be considered for this one, that’s no trouble at all. Just shoot me an email at emberandether(at)gmail{dot}com and I’ll get your entered to win. But remember, this prize will not be drawn if we don’t meet the stretch goal!

4th Annual Charity Drive

Hands down, this is the best time of year!

And YOU are the reason Charlotte and I love this time of year so much. This incredible community has come together for the past three years to help make the holidays bright for those in need. Best. Fetish. Community. Ever.

And now we’re asking you to do it again. For the next 18 days (through December 6th), we are collecting donations for charity.

There are parents – mostly mothers – who spend the holidays fleeing abusive environments to end up in shelters or safe-houses. They often have to leave their belongings behind to escape with their children. So each year, Charlotte and I like to find a way to help these brave women and children, by donating to organizations dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

Donations to this drive will used to purchase physical gifts for children (and maybe a few for mothers as well, since it makes the kids feel great to be able to give their moms something too!) as well as gift cards so that moms can shop for the specific wants and needs of their own children.

If you’re curious, here was the wrap-up post from last year, when you guys helped us raise over $5,000!

Fundraising Goal
This year’s goal is to raise $3,500. Let’s do it!

$7,530 - FINAL TOTAL

Original Goal: $3,500 MET!!!
Stretch Goal: $5,500MET!!!
Crazy Stretch Goal: $6,500

MET!!!

How to Donate
DONATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

Limited Edition Files
You may have noticed the Limited Edition page during your travels on Spiral Seductions. That’s where we keep a small group of hypnotic delights which will never be made available for free download, and will never be sold for profit. They are only available these few short days during our charity drive, so you get ’em quick!

This year, at least four new hypnotic treats will be added to the Limited Edition page. Two during the first half of the drive and (at least) two during the second half. All files from past drives will be available as well.

Prizes
Last – but so VERY not least – all the prizes you can win by donating! These prizes will only be awarded if the goal of $3,500 is met.

THANK-YOU CHAT & TRANCE
A thank-you chat and trance will be scheduled in our chat room after the holidays. Charlotte and I will both be there, on voice, to spend an evening with you!
Value: Priceless 😉
Number of Winners: Up to 97, on a first-come, first-serve basis
Who Is Entered: All are welcome, whether you donated or not

PERSONALIZATION PASS
Going forward, I will be offering virtually all of my general release files for pre-order personalization. (A 45-min HFO is coming in early January!) Win this and you can have a personalized file for free!
Value: $75
Number of Winners: 3
Who Is Entered: One entry per person (with a minimum donation of $5)

CUSTOM LOOP
Winning this entitles you to a free custom loop by Ember. It will be an 8-10 minute, seamlessly loopable, single-track, non-exclusive loop with optional binaural track.
Value: $125
Number of Winners: 1
Who Is Entered: One entry per $25 donation

CUSTOM SESSION
Winning this entitles you to a free custom session by Ember. It will be a 30-minute, single-track, non-exclusive session with optional music and binaural track.
Value: $360
Number of Winners: 1
Who Is Entered: One entry per $50 donation

Prizes will be drawn using random.org. I will draw the highest-value prize first. Anyone who wins a prize will become ineligible to win any remaining lesser prizes.

***STRETCH GOAL PRIZE***

If we hit our stretch goal of $5,500 before the end of the drive, a separate drawing will be held… Everyone will be eligible, regardless of whether they won any of my prizes above!

The winner will receive a fully-custom mp3 from Charlotte Gray herself. This will be either a 30-minute single-vocal, or 20-minute layered-vocal hypnosis session.

If you have previously opted out of prize eligibility but would like to be considered for this one, that’s no trouble at all. Just shoot me an email at emberandether(at)gmail{dot}com and I’ll get your entered to win. But remember, this prize will not be drawn if we don’t meet the stretch goal!

Sneak a Peek

In just a few days, we will be launching the 4th annual holiday charity event here at Spiral Seductions! Charlotte Gray is contributing again this year, and there will be some awesome prizes to be given away. The doors to the Limited Edition store will be thrown wide open, and anyone missing those files can complete their collections!

And the very best part – together, we will show how awesome this hypno-community is by helping make Christmas something special for families who have been affected by sexual and domestic violence.

I’ll tell you all about donating and the fantastic prizes you could win in just a couple days when we kick things off, but right now, I want to give you a little tease… Short file descriptions for two of the new Limited Edition files that have been created especially for this year’s event!

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A Christmas Eve fantasy by Ember.

You’ll find yourself all tied up in ribbon, beneath the Christmas tree – my favorite present to play with.

I’ll open up the gifts tucked under the boughs, and use each one to tease and deliciously torment you until you’re aching for release. You might just get it – it is Christmas, after all!

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BLACK LACE & SUGAR
An elaborate erotic mind control session by Charlotte.

Featuring layered vocals, arousal triggers and some closely whispered sensual fantasy, this session is designed to draw you in and leave you floating mindlessly in a pleasure so deep and all encompassing, it might be sweeter even than sugar…
 

Don’t they look amazing? I can feel you getting into the holiday spirit already. I bet you can feel it too. 😉 Keep an eye on the blog and twitter for updates. If you don’t, you might miss out! Limited Edition files are ONLY available during charity events and are absolutely never made available for free download or sold for profit.

An Experiment

OBLIGATORY MOVING UPDATE: Everything is well underway… I just visited IKEA today, picked out what I want, and I’m sending my mover/handyman back tomorrow to get everything. A few more things delivered, whatever other awesome gifts you all send me from my wishlist, and then the rest of my things (and my furniture, finally!) should be moved up on Monday. Whew! Then I’ll go buy a couple grand worth of rugs on Overstock. (You can send Overstock giftcards to me at emberandether[at]gmail(dot)com to help put cozy rugs beneath my toes!)

And now… The experiment I was talking about. 🙂

Just under a week ago, I was following a conversation on a chan about a particular idea for vocal manipulation in hypnosis. The idea was to have a file start in a female voice which slowly transitions to male over the course of 30-60 minutes. It could be used to make some seriously sexy and effective files for things like gay fetish conditioning.

People were trying to experiment with TTS voices and melding them, or musing about trying to layer and mesh two voices saying the same script, with not-terribly-great results. The human ear is nearly impossible to fool with two voices. We just hear two voices layered, not one voice transitioning.

I decided to try something out, and I shared the result with them. So I thought I’d share it with you too, for hypno-kicks.

It’s me reading for a couple minutes from my script for Insatiable and using various forms of manipulation on my voice to make it transition from light and airy female to male.

Of course, there is something inherently feminine about my cadence so that’s hard to eliminate. And the transition is extremely quick because it had to go from chick to dude in a small fraction of the length of a full file. The transition would be significantly subtler stretched over a half hour or more. But it still came out pretty damn cool as far as experiments go!

By the way, yes, I intentionally took it too far and made my voice too digitally deepened. I wanted to see where the boundaries were, and I definitely found them! So as I pitch-shift my voice in this clip, you will get to hear me go from female to male… and then keep going right along to demon-spawn. 😀