You may have seen countless concerts in bars and clubs, but is a stage environment really the best place for art to be expressed and appreciated?Not according to native Wiltonian Brad Geyer, Wilton High School Class of \u201905, who has made it his mission to \u201cbring art off the stage and into real life where it belongs\u201d by shooting undiscovered talent on the streets of New York, the city in which he now lives.His project, The Street Noise Project (TSNP), is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. Geyer needs an equipment upgrade and funds for services.\u201cRight now, I\u2019m using a Canon 70D and a Rode VideoMic directional video condenser microphone to record sound. That\u2019s my whole rig. Using the directional microphone dictates what angles I have to use, and how far away from the artist I have to be. It\u2019s limiting,\u201d he said. In addition to being ill-equipped, Geyer is shorthanded. He is a one-man-crew. The rest of the funds raised will go toward hiring help.\u201cI plan to use half of the money for [the] equipment upgrade. The other half I\u2019m dedicating to...[hiring]...a web designer, someone to design a logo and someone to help me with marketing,\u201d Geyer said.At present, he has raised $3,140 of a $12,000 goal, with 11 days left to go. If he cannot raise the remaining funds by that deadline [July 28 at 1:08 EDT], he will receive nothing.\u201cI can and have been executing my mission for the past year. What I haven\u2019t done is made one cent in the process. What I need is the funding to improve the quality of the product and to bring in the help that I need to help these artists reach their audience,\u201d Geyer says on his Kickstarter page. Humble beginnings \u201cI started doing this exactly one year ago,\u201d said Geyer. \u201cThere was an open mic every Monday night at the Nuyorican Poets Caf\u00e9 in the East Village. The shows always started at 9, but a line of performers would form around 5:30. I\u2019d see people hanging out, strumming guitars and freestyle rapping, and so one day I had the idea to bring my camera down. I encouraged them to play and captured some really interesting footage.\u201d \u201cThose shoots down at the Nuyorican,\u201d \u00a0 he said, \u201cmark the beginnings of The Street Noise Project.\u201d \u201cI keep my ears open,\u201d said Geyer. \u201cMore often than not, I go into an open mic or a small concert and I bring the artist out into the street from there. I\u2019ll go in and sit in the back, watch everybody until somebody plays that really speaks to me, and I\u2019ll go up and give them my card. That\u2019s basically how I\u2019ve found 95% of the artists I\u2019ve shot.\u201d More than music \u201cI just want to shoot music and other art, but some of these stories you can\u2019t walk away from,\u201d Geyer said. For instance: The blind man from Harlem living in a homeless shelter for the disabled in lower Manhattan, who lost his vision while serving a 14-year prison term, still pursuing his dream of becoming a professional rapper. \u201cHe was standing behind me in line for the Nuyorican open mic. I took him down the street and filmed him.\u201d That shoot has since evolved into a multi-part short documentary series that Geyer has been shooting and developing for a year now entitled Mr. Outtasite. \u201cIf I can showcase someone\u2019s talent, while at the same time giving my audience an idea of what it\u2019s like to be an artist, well, that\u2019s even cooler,\u201d said Geyer.\u201dAccording to Geyer, there is a certain thirst for musical authenticity that has been brought about due to the computerization of song.\u201cI think a lot of people are sick of the Auto-Tune culture, and of quantizing every note in a song. A part of this movement, and why I\u2019m taking music out into the street, is, it\u2019s more \u2018real\u2019 than studio recordings,\u201d said Geyer, \u201cespecially these days.\u201d A musician himself \u201cI\u2019ve been playing piano since the first grade,\u201d Geyer said. \u201cI started playing guitar and drums at the beginning of high school, played with a bunch of people and joined a couple of bands.\u201d \u201cThis is something that I love doing, and, you know, I\u2019m never going to stop doing it,\u201d Geyer continued, \u201cbut I\u2019m happy to focus on other artists for a change as opposed to myself,\u201d he said with a laugh. When asked what type of music he prefers, Geyer gave what he felt to be a \u201clousy\u201d response. \u201cThe lousy answer would be the people on my website,\u201d he said, \u201cbecause my favorite music isn\u2019t on the radio. My favorite artists are the ones I meet.\u201d Funds can be pledged at the Kickstarter link listed below, with rewards offered for a number of different pledge values. Information: kickstarter.com\/projects\/1360404587\/the-street-noise-project, thestreetnoiseproject.com, facebook.com\/thestreetnoiseproject.