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Old 09-24-2007, 02:12 PM   #1
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Symphonic Album Mini-Game: Round 2, Heat 3

Please vote for the tracklisting you LIKE THE MOST.

Welcome to the third heat of the second round 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.

LemonMelon goes for his second win against namkcuR in this heat. Below are their playlists. An update on the standings will be posted after the completion of each round.

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.


Forum name: LemonMelon



Tracklist Title: Suspicion & Intrigue

This playlist was originally conceived as the soundtrack to an imaginary espionage flick about a secret agent who's called upon to track down a serial killer. Ultimately, things go awry, and he finds himself on the run, leaving his lover and previous life behind for his own safety. The relationship he previously had falls apart, and he pines for his simpler life. Regardless, he has to piece his life together and finish the job. The playlist has changed a bit, but it remains a darkly sensual experience. Even though it doesn't tell the story from start to finish, pieces of the plot pop up from time to time, and I believe it does an excellent job of conjuring up the appropriate atmosphere.

1. Massive Attack - "Angel" - Mezzanine (6:18)
2. R.E.M. - "Suspicion" - Up (5:37)
3. Super Furry Animals - "She's Got Spies" - Radiator (4:43)
4. Radiohead - "The National Anthem" - Kid A (5:50)
5. Passengers - "Always Forever Now" - Original Soundtracks 1 (6:21)
6. Jefferson Airplane - "A Small Package Of Value Will Come To You, Shortly" - After Bathing At Baxter's (1:39)
7. Gorillaz - "Feel Good Inc." - Demon Days (3:41)
8. Peter Gabriel - "Darkness" - Up (6:51)
9. Beck - "Movie Theme" - The Information (3:53)
10. Bjork - "Hunter" - Homogenic (4:12)
11. Joy Division - "Disorder" - Unknown Pleasures (3:28)
12. Pulp - "I Spy" - Different Class (5:55)
13. Yes - "Mood For A Day" - Fragile (2:57)
14. Franz Ferdinand - "I'm Your Villain" - You Could Have It So Much Better (4:03)
15. Muse - "Hysteria" - Absolution (3:46)
16. The Velvet Underground - "Here She Comes Now" - White Light/White Heat (2:01)
17. Derek & The Dominoes - "Layla" - Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (7:04)

Total runtime: 78:29



Forum Name: namkcuR



Title: "Subconscious Chaos"

The Concept:

The concept here is intentionally ambiguous - that is to say, many parts of it can be left up to your imagination. I want to make it clear that you can get the gist of what the theme is about from what I'm about to say, but that there are literally hundreds of details here that are totally up to you. This is merely my interpretation of my own concept. It is based in my imagination, and your interpretation will be based in your imagination.

It starts off with someone who is young, maybe 20s or early 30s -
and lost in life. The character is deeply depressed, doesn't know who he/she is, doesn't know what the hell do with his/her life, and is basically feeling like his/her whole world his black. Hence, "Paint It Black".

The character sinks deeper, and feels as though he/she has no purpose in life, and is just one of many riding on the storm of life just waiting for death, the ultimate end. A dog without a bone, an actor out alone. These first two songs basically just set the scene. As the actual story starts, the character wanders to a night club of sorts.

"Stranger In Moscow", although it has some more specific references in some of its lyrics that have little to do with the concept, in its broadest meaning is about being in a huge crowd and feeling like the absolute loneliest person in the world. That's what the character is feeling as he/she lurks around in this night club. Total loneliness, total detachment. The character has never felt this low. Spiraling down, he/she wants to ease the pain so bad that he/she turns to whatever booze and drugs he/she can get access to in this club.

"Mofo" is the character hitting absolute rock bottom. Looking for to fill that god-shaped hole. The character uses the booze/drugs HARD, and ALONE. He/she pleads to his deceased mother for answers in the middle of it all. Looking for the face he/she had before the world was made. The character keeps drinking and using and drinking and using until he/she passes out cold in an alley behind the club(or wherever your imagination says he/she should pass out). The character cries 'soothe me mother, show me mother' as he/she looses consciousness.

Now, the next eight songs are what I call the 'Dream Sequence', a sort of concept album within a concept album, if you will. The part of the story told in these eight songs is all a dream, dreamt by the character while passed out in the alley behind the night club. This sequence is, imo, the heart of the album.

It starts off with the Final Fantasy VII prelude(which itself is a variation of the prelude used in all the FF games). It is one of the most gorgeous video game pieces ever composed, in my opinion and the opinion of many others. The dream sequence is tells a story that is based in fantasy, and I wanted something that would do a good job of sounding dreamy, and beckoning the listener into the fantasy/dream land that the dream is based in.

The character finds him/herself in the middle of nowhere. Nothing as far as the eye can see in any direction except for snow, perhaps - at least in my imagination it's snow. "A Whisper", with lyrics like 'I hear the sound of the ticking of clocks, come back and look for me when I am lost' and 'Night turns to day, and I still have these questions, please just refray, should I go forwards or backwards', represent the character shouting at the sky, in the middle of nowhere, saying that he/she won't live forever and that he/she wants to figure out what to do with life and how to live it without this darkness before it's too late. The response is just a whisper coming out of the thin air. This is fantasy, remember. So the character begins to follow the sound of the whisper in hopes of finding the source.

"The Call Of The Ktulu" starts quiet and ends loud, and is long and instrumental. It just represents the whisper getting louder and louder, calling the character louder and louder and more clearly and more clearly. No words are neccessary here.

With "Kashmir", the source, which still hasn't been found, introduces itself to the character, who is still in the midst of his/her search:

"Oh let the sun beat down upon my face
Stars to fill my dream
I am a traveler of both time and space
To be where I have been
To sit with elders of the gentle race
This world has seldom seen
They talk of days for which they sit and wait
All will be revealed"

"Kashmir"'s lyrics fit my scenario very well, I think. They paint the picture of an epic journey, and the imagery is really colorful and conducive to fantasy. It is the source saying 'All will be revealed' and 'movin' through Kashmir' and 'Let me take you there, let me take you there'. The character follows the source's voice through 'the storm who leaves no trace like thoughts inside a dream', a 'yellow desert stream', floating dust, 'across the seas of years', 'along the straits of fear', and eventually starts flying inexplicably(or maybe is just carried upward by the source - I can't say it enough, total fantasy), and so on.

"Great Gig In The Sky" represents the character finding him/herself, at the end of the journey, in the sky, surrounded by fog and mist. Here, the voice of the source just starts wailing and singing with no words. The source is making sounds that don't sound human. But it has many voices, as is soon found out.

"Tomorrow Never Knows" is the mist subsiding, and the source finally showing itself and offering the character the big payoff, its words of wisdom. "Turn off your mind relax and float down-stream", "Lay down all thought surrender to the void", "That you may see the meaning of within", "That love is all and love is ev'ryone", "But listen to the color of your dreams", "or play the game existence to the end". On and on.

When it is finished with its words, the source gives the character a ride on its back, back to Earth, so that the character doesn't have to go through the journey he took to get to the sky. This ride is 'Speed Of Life'.

"Wake Up" is the source letting the character off in a different part of the land from the vast nowhere the character started in. This place is populated with people who are a little younger than the character, perhaps teens, early 20s. The character here takes what he/she has learned and acts as a prophet and tells them to always let their emotions out, say what's on their mind, and learn to embrace their imperfections, because if they repress what they feel, try to be perfect for everyone else, and not act on their true feelings, they'll lose themselves, and never discover who they really are. After this, the character starts to leave, but realizes he/she doesn't know where to go. And that's the end of the dream.

The character wakes up in the alley behind the night club just as dawn is breaking. He/she remembers the dream vividly, every last detail. It seemed so very real. It has affected the character profoundly in a way that he/she can't really understand just yet. 'Morning Bell/Amnesiac' is the character walking home at 5/6/7 AM, hungover, in a fog, stunned by the power of the dream.

"Who You Are" is the character just sitting around his apartment all day, trying to get over the hangover, strumming a guitar maybe, watching something on TV perhaps, listening to music, stuff like this, but more than anything reflecting on the dream. The character realizes that he/she learned in the dream that he/she really has to find and embrace who he/she is in order to lead a fulfilling life, but that he/she still hasn't actually figured out who he/she is. Another journey must be taken to figure it out.

"Personal Jesus" is the character finding something to have faith in before discovering him/herself. It could be religion, it could be deceased loved ones, it could be something spiritual, whatever. Totally up to the listener. The task of figuring out who you are is so massive and overwhelming and awesome(in the truest sense of the word) that it is difficult to know where to begin. This is the character's starting point. Finding faith in something.

"Soul To Squeeze" is the character setting out on the adventure of a lifetime, to find him/herself. For the first time in a LONG time, the character has some hope, but is a LONG way from knowing himself. "Where I go, I just don't know, I got to, got to, gotta take it slow'. The last words of the album are 'When I find my peace of mind/I'm gonna keep it for the end of time'. This adventure is life, and the character is still not sure what the fuck to do with it, but at least he/she can now try to live the adventure - finding him/herself - without wanting to die.

That's it. It's ambiguous as hell I know, but that's the way it came out.

As for the cover art....it's supposed to be an abstract representation of the chaos and turmoil in the subconscious of the character and, indeed, of anyone.

1.The Rolling Stones - "Paint It Black" - Forty Licks (3:45)
2.The Doors - "Riders On The Storm" - L.A. Woman (7:15)
3.Michael Jackson - "Stranger In Moscow" - HIStory Past Present An Future Book 1 Disc 2 (5:44)
4.U2 - "Mofo" - Pop (5:49)
5.Nobuo Uematsu - "The Prelude" - Final Fantasy VII Original Soundtrack (2:50)
6.Coldplay - "A Whisper" - A Rush Of Blood To The Head (3:58)
7.Metalica - "The Call Of The Ktulu" - Ride The Lightning (8:53)
8.Led Zeppelin - "Kashmeir" - Physical Graffiti (8:28)
9.Pink Floyd - "The Great Gig In The Sky" - Dark Side Of The Moon (4:44)
10.The Beatles - "Tomorrow Never Knows" - Revolver (2:57)
11.David Bowie - "Speed Of Life" - Low (2:47)
12.Arcade Fire - "Wake Up" - Funeral (5:35)
13.Radiohead - "Morning Bell/Amnesiac" - Amnesiac (3:14)
14.Pearl Jam - "Who You Are" - Rearviewwindow (3:55)
15.Depeche Mode - "Personal Jesus" - The Singles 86>98 Disc 1 (4:56)
16.Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Soul To Squeeze" - Coneheads Soundtrack (4:55)



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Old 09-24-2007, 02:17 PM   #2
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I love both playlists. Both are tight and interesting. NamkcuR had a great concept but I have to grow with LemonMelon for a better experience. Great job and good luck to both of you!
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Probably gonna vote for LemonMelon but I'm listening to them again to make sure.
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LemonMelon for me.
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LemonMelon's here. I loved his list and most of his alternate list that he had before.
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Fuck, I need to really get on finishing up listening to these lists.

I love the individual tracks on nam's a lot, they're among my favorites, but I felt LemonMelon's gelled better for me.

So Meg'sLegs for this one.
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Fuckin' A.

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Did nobody notice the transitions from Riders On The Storm->Stranger In Moscow or Call Of The Ktulu->Kashmir?

FYI, I voted for myself
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I might vote for yours, namkcuR. I just listened to it a few minutes ago. I like most of the songs except for the Michael Jackson and Metallica. It's a good list.

Just listening through LemonMelon's again.
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Good luck, namkcuR. I was a little nervous about this match; your list is stacked.
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I'm changing course and voting for namkcur.

On listening to both lists again, I like namkcur's better, even despite a couple of songs that I don't like. It's more upbeat.

I do think that LemonMelon does a better job of explaining his concept and fitting the songs to it in a way that makes sense, but it's more of a depressing list.
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What was wrong with my explanation of my concept? I think I typed at least one paragraph per song and how each song relates to the concept.

Thanks for the vote though.
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What was wrong with my explanation of my concept? I think I typed at least one paragraph per song and how each song relates to the concept.

Thanks for the vote though.
LemonMelon's is very short and to the point, and easy to understand right away. Yours, as you say, is "intentionally ambiguous." And a heckuva lot of reading! <grin>
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It will be interesting to see if NamkcuR can keep this within three to get a point. Every point is critical in case you have to go after one of the two wildcard spots.
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This was close for me. I thought both lists were done very well. I'm going to vote for namkcuR to ensure he gets at least one point.
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