Geeks are well-renowned for their love of sci-fi, particularly sci-fi and horror movies from the 70’s and 80’s. The legions of trekkies following Star Trek, the cavalcade of loyal fans desperate for Firefly to return to airwaves (or at least Netflix), and of course the millions around the world that desperately enjoy the vision of George Lucas (at least, his first three visions), the ridiculously popular Star Wars. In any case, sci-fi is an always growing and flourishing genre – the future is always at least a day out, so it’s hard to run out of awesome sci-fi concepts. For example, just think of adult swims recent smash hit, Rick and Morty. The amount of sci-fi hijinks Rick and Morty get into are not only unique and memorable, but they’re written with an honest and obvious love of the genre.
But there’s a new sci-fi universe ready to be unleashed upon the world, with a unique execution that’s never been done. Imagine, if you will, prog giants such as Pink Floyd crafting concept albums, (let’s use Dark Side of the Moon as an obvious example) but not ending the story with the last song of the album. Imagine if they got Jethro Tull to release a sequel, and then the Who joined the foray with yet another album release, all three tied together through a cohesive and supplemental narrative. Jon of the Shred plans on doing just that when he unleashes “Scythe” on the synthwave music community!
The Scythe universe is a very interesting concept I think most geeks can get behind. Geeks like continuity, they like large sprawling universes created by creative minds looking to break the mold, and that is exactly what is being dished up with this ambitious, 19 track compilation. Each track furthers a story, with 3 story arcs running through the course of the album. The compilation features a substantial amount of Synthwave heavy hitters – DATAStream, Python Blue, Riddlis, Miami Supercops, Dakarius, 20SIX Hundred, Beatbox Machinery, Hide and Sequence, Quantum, Cluster Buster, KFDDA, Bixby Snyder, Killstarr, Protector 101, Ed Harbinger, and project mastermind Jon of the Shred. That’s a whole lot of synth!
What’s even more, each song will be released as a music video on the Luigi Donatello youtube page, a popular Youtube channel for diehard synth fans. This video will then be released, subsequently, every other Wednesday as a special feature on Synthetix.FM with a chapter to depict events being displayed through the original music, and unique art for each and every upload.
This is clearly a daunting undertaking, and geeks can appreciate the level of nerdy know-how that went into the production efforts on several fields. Music, art, video editing, literature, all wrapped into one giant project, executed in a completely unique and fresh fashion – the never ending concept album. An entire music genre connected with a cohesive narrative. It should be a very interesting release, and to see how big this thing gets in the future! With sponsors like Neon Vice, Synthetix Sundays, Outscape, and Carnov it’s clear things should bode well for the synth army!
Speaking of Carnov, they released this press release just earlier today, complete with a crackin’ music video!