Lyrics inspiration – this will bring your song closer to the audience

You write a song about someone and need more inspiration with the lyrics.
These aspects will give your lyrics more depth and bring it closer to your audience.

Lyrics Inspiration Poster (L.I.P.)

1. Self-referred and Visible
– details of your protagonist
 (“Feel the sweat break on my brow” – Iron Maiden)
– his outfit – what does he wear?
 (“…of white skin on red leather” – Deftones)
– how does he move?
– his look – does he have a beard, glasses etc.?

2. Self-referred and Invisible
– other senses – what does he hear or smell?
– is he suffering from pain?
– what are the protagonist’s future plans?
(“Following our will and wind we may just go where no one’s been” – Tool)
– in what mood is he? angry? sad?

3. Environmental and Visible
– location – where does the story take place?
– what events happen? a disaster?
 (“Infernal machines arise, flesh and steel collide” – Symphony X)
– what’s the weather like?
– what time of day is it? morning? evening?
 (“In the cold light of morning, while everyone’s yawning” – Placebo)

4. Environmental and Invisible
– what year is it? at some point in the future?
– what time is it?
   (“11 a.m., by now you would think that I would be up” – Incubus)
– what is the temperature in the room / outside?
– does the political situation play a role in the story?
   (“A black flag and a red star, a rising sun loomin’ over Los Angeles” – Rage against the Machine)

You don’t have to use ALL of these aspects in your song, of course. But the more you use, the more images you give the audience. And the closer you get to them.

The Silence Cometh – the story behind an instrumental ambient EP

How it started.

One day, Spike and me wanted to produce a new, awesome thing. Spike is a great musician and friend of mine. I told him from this idea, to combine relaxation music and doom. For me, these two styles work great together, because they want to put the listener into a kind of trance with their slow rhythms and repeating melodies.

We wrote a story concept and had some jam sessions to compose different melodies. In an iterative process the song parts became more and more refined. I also painted the pictures, we wanted to reflect with the music. After half an year the result was there: The Silence Cometh – 3 Chapters to Redemption.

How the music and the pictures work together.

I. Dreaming Sun

Mountain & Sea View: mountain = bass, sea = piano
Guiding Starlings: path = synth pad, starlings = high tones
Tree of Wisdom: trunk = bass, branches = melody

II. Pendulum Clock of Modulation

Field of Mirrors: Positive Sounds
It’s about Time: Tick Tock
Behind the Mirror: Negative Sounds

III. Lord of Darkness, God of Nightmares

The Summoning: Lord of Darkness = piano, magic = synth pad
Close to the Edge: abyss = synth pad, bats = high tones
Sea of Blood: God of Nightmares = distorted bass & drums

3 chapters, concepted as a symmetric structure.

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The 3 chapters “Dreaming Sun”, “Pendulum Clock of Modulation” and “God of Darkness, Lord of Nightmares” are concepted as a kind of symmetric structure. The first chapter is similar to the third chapter, the second chapter works as the mirror, that changes the positive melodies before into negative melodies behind.

You can listen to the songs on Soundcloud. Have fun.

The concept album storyline – part one

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.”

The story concept – escapism in the year 2050

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.

How to design a story – the Snowflake Method

For the story design of the concept album I will use the Snowflake Method of Randy Ingermanson. I really appreciate that phycicist’s / award winning author’s method of designing a story. He details the story step by step like the endings of a snowflake, using several pirinciples. You can read them in detail on this Website

Here is an abstract for the principles of the snowflake method that I will adopt for the story of my concept album:
1) write a one-sentence-summary of the story
2) expand the sentence to a paragraph describing story setup, major disasters and the ending
3) write the characters’ storylines: name, motivation, goal, conflict, epiphany
4) grow the story, expand the sentences
5) make one-page-descriptions of major characters and half-page descriptions of other characters
6) write a four-page-plot synopsis

There are even more principles. But they are relevant for writing a novel, not a music album.
Next time I will sketch the story design of the alternative concept album.