A few days ago, I produced a demo of the song “Finale – The Journey”. It is the seventh and last song on the concept album project “Space Escapism Opera”. “Finale – The Journey” is an instrumental progressive metal track that closes the curtain of the epic science fiction story on the album.
Markus Vogel from the band “Damaged Beyond Repair” (https://soundcloud.com/d-b-r) played and recorded the guitars. He mixed the guitar recordings in his home studio and sent me the files. This is the way songs are produced today. The other instruments were programmed for the demo.
There is still the crowdfunding campaign running for the professional production of the concept album. Read more on https://www.startnext.com/space-escapism-opera
Now listen to that progressive piece of art, I hope you like it.
The main character from the concept album “Space Escapism Opera” will become a reward for the crowdfunding of the album. This is the prototype, made by my wife. The real reward will be bigger than this.
This is the first part of the concept album storyline. It starts in a megacity in 2050.
The way to the tool store.
The streets of the megacity in the afternoon. We are in the middle of the 21st century. I enter my electro car. One of the few cars in the city that is not a sharing car. I tell my electric vehicle to drive to the tool store. My favourite store in this giant city. My car asks me what smell I would like to smell. I tell the car to generate the smell of coffee beans.
The engine starts by itself and takes the way on the 3rd level bridge.
We drive past the skyscrapers, one by one. Some have really beautiful structures. The architects were inspired by nature when they designed the buildings. Decades before no one could imagine to use lightweight fibre materials for buildings. They were too expensive.
I enjoy watching the cityscape. It is epic.
I lean back and relax. We drive past the hospital. I can see inside through the windows. Many robots help to carry medicine, to lift patients and to assist during operations. They are automatic systems, sensors and communicating machines. The society of machines.
I look upwards. The sky is nearly darkened by quadcopters.
It is easy to get a permission to fly them. But there are also many self-flying quadcopters. The whole city traffic has become very dense. But thanks to automated driving systems there are seldom any traffic jams. In the past we had street signs. Today the streets are free of street signs. The cars communicate with each other. The street signs disappeared with the standardization of automatic drive systems.
Now we have nearly arrived.
The car turns left and takes the street that leads to the tool store. Finally, on the 2nd underground level of Metropolis the car stops. “I hope you will enjoy your tool shopping tour.”
It’s a mixture of elements I used so far to develop the concept album “space escapism opera”.
First I wrote a story concept.
Then I structured the album in an rock album matrix.
After that I generated a moodboard.
I sketched my vision of a megacity 2050. That’s the first part of the story and the intro of the album.
To find an album title I used the mindmapping technique. It’s a well known creative tool for fast ideation.
The result is a structure grouped into 3 categories: story, visual, audio.
In these days I listen to old sound footage of mine to find some inspiration for the song structures.
The concept album deals with future visions of the year 2050.
In many science fiction movies we see flying cars in giant cities. But there won’t be flying cars in the future. As we can read in the book “Technolution” by Matthias Horx, humans are not made for moving in 3 dimensions, but in 2. Only aviators will use flying vehicles, just like today.
The alternative concept album will describe a realistic vision of 2050. The buildings will be high and the cities will expand in the underground area, too. The streets will be build on several levels. But none of the cars will ever fly.
Next time I will post a sound file for the Megacity, that is the intro of the concept album.
This diagram shows a raw story concept of the album.
In the year 2050 there is a giant race of technologies.
The major desasters start from these technologies. Surveillance and cyber wars start from digital technologies. Neurotechnologies make the brain-computer-interaction possible, but they also lead to psychiatric diseases. Biotechnologies and bioengineering lead to physical illnesses.
The world has become sick and wounded.
This is the point when we meet the protagonist. The main character of the story. He wants to escape from this sick world. He wants to live in a world without digital, biological or neurotechnologies. A world leaded by the basics of all technologies. Analog technologies. But analog techologies have poor financial resources on earth.
Moon colonization – a brave new world.
The aerospace program “moon colonization” is the only chance of the protagonist to escape from the sick old world. And it has sufficiant financial resources to develop analog technologies. But you have to comply many requirements to take part at the aerospace program. Now this is the motivation of the main character. The goal to fly away from this world and to enter a brave new world.