A song script?

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JR Productions
Member Since: Mar 03, 2005

A movie making friend of mine had this interesting idea of creating a song with a plot. I thought it was an cool thought so im giving it a shot. It should be a fairly long song (upwards of 25min). Anyway I was just wondering if any of you guys have heard of or tried this sort of thing.


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Cone Poker
Since: Apr 07, 2002

Aug 24, 2006 03:03 am

A lot of bands have done conept albums or songs. If you're into metal I'd suggest checking out Iced Earth - Dark Saga. The entire album is based off Tod MacFarlans Spawn.

I am not a crook's head
Since: Mar 14, 2003

Aug 24, 2006 08:59 am

Normally if I feel the muse, I get inspired to write more than 1 song about a concept. I have most of 1 concept album done (and someday I'll actually get proper recordings done), and I'm working on another now.

I'm a sucker for a concept album, and I love the continuity of works like that. I usually dislike the feeling of an album being slapped together from disperate moods or feelings.

But I've never done what you're talking about here, with 1 song being the entire album. Unless there are some definite movements in such a song, I'd think that it'd get very boring after about 4 minutes through. Listen to the 25-minute version of "Dark Star" on the Grateful Dead's first live album "Live/Dead". You'll know what I mean :)

But if you're going to have definite movements in one long song, then you might as well give them titles and call it an album.

JR Productions
Since: Mar 03, 2005

Aug 24, 2006 11:05 am

Thanks for the replies guys.
Loki, Im starting to get more and more into metal so I'll give that album a look.

Tadpui, This song would definetly have movements. I worked on it a little last night and so far I have about a 3 1/2 minute synth pad intro and then everything stops and goes into something thats still in the same key, but uses drums and bass. Anyway ill keep you posted on how it goes.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Aug 24, 2006 05:18 pm

If you can find it try Nektar. They did many concept type albums that were beyond description and way ahead of their time. Some titles include, Remember the Future, Journey to the Center of the Eye, Magic is a Child, The Prodigal Son and Evolution to name a few. They were probably one of the biggest influances I had in Prog Rock. Very trippy stuff that just kept going for the entire album. It was tuff to have the first side end and try to regain control of your brain to go flip the alsum over.

Since: Feb 07, 2005

Aug 24, 2006 05:26 pm

All of the songs that I have posted here and elsewhere are part of a concept album (WIP). We have been finding that writing lyrics is easier with having a story in mind. I really enjoy listening to concept albums and have obviously been influenced by them. The Wall and Operation Mindcrime being my fav's.

Cone Poker
Since: Apr 07, 2002

Aug 25, 2006 10:08 am

Noize - Dude, nektar is awesome ;)

I am not a crook's head
Since: Mar 14, 2003

Aug 25, 2006 01:07 pm

Yeah BeerHunter, I also find lyrics much easier to write when I have a story in mind.

Some of my favorite concept albums:
- Rift (Phish)
- OK Computer, Kid A (Radiohead)
- Return To The Sea (Islands)
- Outside, Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie)
- Arthur (The Kinks)
- The Moon and Antarctica (Modest Mouse)
- Michigan, Illinoise (Sufjan Stevens)

oh and I could go on and on...I'm a sucker for a good concept album :D

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