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Old 10-10-2007, 05:11 PM   #1
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Symphonic Album Mini-Game: Quarterfinal, Heat 4

Please vote for the tracklisting you LIKE THE MOST.

Welcome to the fourth and final quarterfinal heat of the Symphonic Album Mini-Game. The object of this game is to see which forum member can create the best concept album no longer than 80 minutes.

Our final quarterfinal matchup has LemonMacPhisto battling Lancemc. Below are the tracklistings.

If you don't know the songs, or wish to hear how each tracklisting flows, leave your e-mail address and we'll help you out.

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This playlist is basically a hybrid concept album/film idea I've been tinkering with for a while, so what better way to finish it up here? It's a sci-fi-style idea (hence the 2001 and Star Wars references in the cover) about an astronaut lost in space who lands on an emotionally repressed planet in the classic Logan's Run/THX-1138 vein (with the Big Brother government and all). During his stay, he falls in love with a woman and they both experience love for the first time. This ideal awakens all of the repressed emotions in the rest of the people (hey, Awakenings!) and they finally strike back against the tyrannical government, oh man, it's pretty badass. In the end, the astronaut returns home with his girlfriend leaving the planet and its people finally at peace. It'll all make sense when you listen to it, I hope. It sounds a lot better in my head.

(Side note: If this were a movie, the astronaut would be Christian Bale, the girl would be Scarlett Johansson, the evil overlord would be Ralph Fiennes, the bad guy's main flunky is Tim Roth, the resident badass other than the astronaut would be Samuel L. Jackson, and some of the other characters are Zooey Deschanel and Ewan McGregor (partially making up for the eternally-shitty "The Island").

1. David Bowie - "Space Oddity" - Space Oddity (5:17)
2. Pink Floyd - "Astronomy Domine" - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (4:12)
3. Gorillaz - "Intro" - Demon Days (1:03)
4. M83 - "Don't Save Us from the Flames" - Before the Dawn Heals Us (4:16)
5. LCD Soundsystem - "Someone Great" - Sound of Silver (6:25)
6. Thom Yorke - "Analyse" - The Eraser (4:05)
7. Moby - "Porcelain" - Play (4:01)
8. Sigur Rós - "Untitled 1" - ( ) (6:37)
9. U2 - "The First Time" - Zooropa (3:45)
10. Liars - "Drum Gets a Glimpse" - Drum's Not Dead (4:16)
11. Massive Attack - "Teardrop" - Collected (5:30)
12. The Beatles - "Within You, Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows" - Love (3:07)
13. Radiohead - "You and Whose Army?" - Amnesiac (3:09)
14. The Flaming Lips - "Pompeii Am Gotterdammerung" - At War with the Mystics (4:22)
15. Explosions in the Sky - "The Birth and Death of the Day" - All of the Sudden I Miss Everyone (7:49)

Total Time: 1:07:54

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Really Short Cuts

If this playlist were a movie, it would be Robert Altman's Short Cuts. Short Cuts is a film about the lives of 20-some odd characters living in or around the city of Las Angeles. It's a collection of short films in a sense, all connected by common threads: people, situations, events or just personalities. In a way, my playlist is a similar study of connections. But while Altman's stories all shared a common setting, the stories in my playlist all (for the most part) take place in different parts of the world. However, most of the characters deal with the same issues and themes.

All the tracks chosen for my list maintain a distinct focus on a particular location, or the idea of a physical setting, and how human beings embody their environments. My story isn't a straight narrative, but there is a sense of progression in the movement through time. I open with a character seeking to escape the madness of his/her own world. The obvious solution of course is to move to a new city. But there are so many choices - where to go? What follows is an examination of people at varying stages of their relationships with their settings. Some are just arriving, looking for a new start. Others are lavishing in the rewards of a fine new home. Some are at wits end, fed up and finished with their surrounding, looking to move on. And then others are past all that, looking back, maybe with regrets, maybe with a lifetime of wisdom and experience, telling parables of times past. All of these relationships are not always direct interactions between resident and locale, however. In a lot of cases it's the place that serves as a mirror to the individual's romance, or war, or quest, or personal redemption. In any case, each selection highlights a really short cut of a unique artists life and mishappening.

1. Talking Heads - "Cities" - Fear of Music (4:10)
2. U2 - "Miami" - Pop (4:52)
3. Beck - "High 5 (Rock the Catskills)" - Odelay (4:12)
4. Sufjan Stevens - "Detroit, Lift Your Weary Head!" - Greetings From Michigan (8:22)
5. R.E.M. - "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" - Reckoning (4:31)
6. Bruce Springsteen - "Atlantic City" - Nebraska (4:00)
7. Patti Smith - "Redondo Beach" - Horses (3:26)
8. Peter Bjorn & John - "Amsterdam" - Writer's Block (3:37)
9. Arcade Fire - "Haiti" - Funeral (3:37)
10. Wilco - "Via Chicago" - Summerteeth (5:33)
11. David Bowie - "Panic In Detroit" - Aladdin Sane (4:27)
12. LCD Soundsystem - "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down" - Sound of Silver (5:35)
13. Modest Mouse - "People As Places As People" - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank (3:42)
14. Neutral Milk Hotel - "Holland, 1945" - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (3:12)

Total Runtime: 63:46

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LMP -- it's a beautiful playlist.

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LMP...again, I just prefer the concept.

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I really love LMP's, but Lance just edges him here.
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LMP for me.
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Lance's is excellent. I'm totally in love with the concept.
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