The Bonus Act

17 Jul

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So as most of you know, sometime in the late fall i will release all the New Albion operas in physical CD form, including a combined box set.

This box set will include an extra Act outside the existing operas. It could be an extended track like New Albion 7, it could be different track about different bits of New Albion lore, but honestly, i really like the idea of a song cycle.

What makes this tricky is i canNOT go to London to record singers. Financially i cannot do it. I could get Lauren to record as she has the exact same mic i do, but i’d need to pay her (i’m personally a stickler for this. They MUST be paid)  which is difficult but not impossible. It would only be a few songs IF i decide to use another singer. It’s just… another singer sounds SO much better than just me. Anyone wanna send Lauren 100 pounds and note asking her to do it? Cause then problem is solved.

I am leaning towards… i’d like to go back in time. I’m leaning towards the generation beFORE the Steampunk Opera. But i COULD choose after. But i’ll probably choose before. It’d be fun to take the music genre back in time. It’d be fun to go right before the steampunk genre. (it’d be pretty steampunk but a different angle).

I am leaning towards it featuring either one of the red haired lineage (however the only characters i’d want to discuss are either the dwarf or his… great great grandson who spends years trying to gain control of the rusty sand drug. Hell i’d LOVE to feature the newest albino red haired girl but the trouble is either her or her dad are WAY after the Steampunk era. So any stories featuring them would be stuff i’d write as extras. it wouldn’t be this song cycle.)

Or Jasper. While he was actually alive. I could do an extra song cycle that takes place some years before the steampunk opera which features Jasper.

The last possibility would be an ancestor of Annabelle. We already know she has some great grandmother (could be great great or great great great) named Libby who was also a bit mad scientisty. I wouldn’t do it on Libby, i already cover Libby well enough in one of the extra stories, but… hmm…. no. No. Never mind. No McAlistairs.

Jasper vs. on of the red haired lineage.

I had MEANT, while writing the SO that if i ever actually DID make a trilogy, to have one of the red haired lineage be a voiced character in the final opera. I also HAD the red haired lad as a 1 song voiced character in the original map of the Dieslepunk Opera, but it was better story telling and sense for Constance to meet Jackie right after the bust rather than run to the red haired lad’s apartment. In both cases, it was best to not include them. As cool conceptually it seemed upon wishful thinking, the practicality of telling the actual stories in the DO and AO meant it would be WAY too forced shoehorning them in. And there is a coolness in them only being these background bits throughout the entire New Albion chain of songs.

I ramble. So, Jasper vs. one of the Red Haired Gangster lineage. (could be Jasper’s mom or dad… they could…. AH! STOP! STOP! I could do this all day.) I’m pretty set on pre SO i think.


Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Uncategorized


15 responses to “The Bonus Act

  1. alizarinacrimson

    July 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I vote Jasper.

  2. Abed Alsolaiman

    July 17, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I vote one of the redhaired lineage. Pre-steampunk would be pretty cool!

    • Abed Alsolaiman

      July 17, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      I mean, the thing is that Jasper is as far as we know pretty ordinary, where as learning about how the red-hairs established their dominance in the crime business would be pretty cool.

  3. Abed Alsolaiman

    July 17, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Wait, how about an act about the people who went west to the mountains at the end of the Dieselpunk Opera? Maybe how they established a new city or something…

    • paulms

      July 17, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      It’s a nice idea, but in my mind they actually do quite well for themselves, are better in the New Albion mythos being legend, and wouldn’t have the kind of fucked up tragic events occuring i like to write about.

      • Abed Alsolaiman

        July 17, 2014 at 10:36 pm

        Here’s another idea: How about the chronicles of the Gambler and the Monk? Like a story about their travels? Just a random idea.

  4. Moira Darke

    July 18, 2014 at 2:06 am

    Ooh, the Gambler and the Monk *would* be cool, Abed.

    I was also considering the two burglar girls, the ones with the Albatross and the mouse.

    I’m not really feeling Jasper – I think the poor guy’s gone through enough just in the first opera. I like the idea of exploring the redheaded clan, though.

    • Abed Alsolaiman

      July 18, 2014 at 4:44 am

      The two burglar girls and Sam and Simon is my favorite part of New Albion role, but their whole story has already been told. Of course you could elaborate on it, but I think it suits written form better.

  5. dudemasterym

    July 18, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Will the bonus act be available to listen online or is it exclusive to the box set?

    • paulms

      July 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Good question. I don’t know yet.

  6. Curima

    July 18, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    First things first: I really love the idea of a CD box! Can you already tell if it will be available from, let’s say, Germany? 😉

    I would like to hear about the red-haired family, but I think more about the gambler and the monk would be great, too.

    • paulms

      July 18, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      You would buy it here, CD Baby, Amazon, etc and it would be shipped to you.

      • Curima

        July 18, 2014 at 5:56 pm

        Whee! Awesome! 🙂

  7. DJ Fallen

    July 19, 2014 at 11:54 am

    What about your original idea of a cycle on Amber? That sounded quite interesting. Been spinning TDoNA at a few steampunk events. Can’t wait for AP to finish to see what I can spin for an upcoming SP Expo. 🙂

    • paulms

      July 19, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      There are still two possibilities of spin offs from the AO, Amber being one and another which will become clear after the thing has ended. I’ll throw those out then.


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