The New Albion Box Set: The Final Solution

08 Nov

The New Albion Trilogy - Complete

Clearly having all 3 operas in one package is the preferred package. Far and away.

So, last thing to throw out:

The obvious and most elegant method of organizing the operas is to have half an opera on each disc. Disc 1: first 2 acts of steampunk. Disc 2: Act 3 & 4. Disc 3: First half of Dieselpunk (it splits at The Bust) etc. So nice and neat. Three operas, 6 discs, but no room for the 4th album, which i might add, is a rather excellent addition to the mythos.

But then it occurred to me (it would probably occur to most other people sooner but my daftness cannot epic in its scale) if i forgo this elegance, there IS a way to put all 4 albums on 6 discs (A disc being 79 minutes of audio and that time cannot be negotiated.

Disc 1: Act 1, 2 & 3 of Steampunk. Disc 2: Act 4 of Steampunk, Act 1 and half of Act 2 (up to Bust) of Dieselpunk. Disc 3: Second Half of DO plus New Albion 7. Disc 4: Acts 1 and 2 of Atompunk Disc 5: Acts 3 & 4 of Atompunk Disc 6: The Room Beneath New Albion

Boom. 4 album, 6 discs. Problem solved.

Does anybody have a problem with this? It’s less elegant but it WORKS.

So, we’re back on track. All is good. Everything is how it was supposed to be in the beginning. You get a complete New Albion package. 3 operas and a new bonus album in one set.

I will NOT make individual CDs at this juncture although i will likely make a few steampunk operas. Steampunk opera discs make sense. They make great gifts. If you’re getting other albums in the series though, screw it, ya might as well just get the full monty. (also there’s NO WAY financially i can possibly afford to make both box sets and separate CDs of each album. Like, NO way.)

So unless i get a flood of mail here complaining, i’m going to break the elegant approach, do the tracks as mentioned and fit the entire thing on the box set so you have the new album too.

Lastly, PLEASE do the poll if you plan to buy a 6 CD set. The vote is overwhelming in favor of the set, but at this point it’s not about the options, the number of votes is CRUCIAL to the amount of 6 CD sets i’m going to manufacture.

If current plans stay on track, this should be available in early December. Just in time for Christmas.


Posted by on November 8, 2014 in Uncategorized


12 responses to “The New Albion Box Set: The Final Solution

  1. dudemasterym

    November 8, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I can go with this method. It allows more New Albion to be compacted in one set.

    Paul, I am confused about disc 2. Could you explain that further?

    • paulms

      November 8, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      Disc 2 would be the 4th Act of The Steampunk Opera and the first half of The Dieselpunk Opera, with the last song being The Bust. Disc 3 would begin with The Underground and contain the rest of the Dieselpunk Opera including New Albion 7. I retyped it up in the post because i see it was rather unclear

  2. J

    November 8, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I’d almost prefer to have the bonus act in a separate jewel case or something, but this will work brilliantly too! I’m glad you were able to figure something out. I am so excited for this!

  3. Werekill

    November 8, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Very interesting solution! If you want to do it that way I’m all for it, but have you considered making the bonus act seperate and just include a download code for those who buy the box set? I don’t know if any music sites support that, though.

    Either way I’m buying the box set! This for 65 is practically a steal.

    (Unrelated note, the Theory 2 discussion is still coming to email. I’m just taking time and discussing it with a friend before going to you. I’d rather have the kinks ironed out, heh.)

    • paulms

      November 8, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      I look forward to it.

      I thought long and hard about having the 4th album separate, but the whole inspiration to make this alum was to have an additional full length New Albion story on the box set. And if you have the New Albion box set i want you to have ALL of the New Albion “mythos”. (my i love how grand that makes it sound)

      • Werekill

        November 9, 2014 at 4:54 am

        Ha, makes sense. Plus the sheer convenience of having the full mythos together will be awesome. Wow that does feel grand to say. The New Albion Mythos! Love it.

        Out of curiosity, will there be any way to know to change the cds other than the cd ending and looping back around? I’m sure most of us know pretty well when to move on to the next one, but I’m thinking more about first time listeners.

        To be honest, I can’t think of any solution other than paying close attention to when the track number changes and the disk loops, so I suppose it’s a moot point. Adding a track that says “change disks” would probably be dreadfully out of place.

  4. Wubbledaddy

    November 9, 2014 at 12:36 am

    This is super awesome. I already own all 3 albums but I’m definitely buying the box set. Is the “The Room Beneath New Albion” coming out with the box set or earlier? Also what’s the style gonna be, Steampunk, Dieselpunk, Atompunk, or something else? And who’s gonna be on it, I’m assuming you and Lauren but is there gonna be anyone else?

    • paulms

      November 9, 2014 at 12:40 am

      The Room will be in the box set and will feature just Lauren and me.As far as style i remain silent.

      • Wubbledaddy

        November 9, 2014 at 12:42 am

        Can’t wait to hear it!

      • Werekill

        November 11, 2014 at 7:04 am

        So you won’t sing or speak on the album? Interesting style choice. (Joking)

  5. Amelia

    November 9, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Having seen that mention of The Room including you and Lauren, I have to wonder if it’s going to be about Jasper and Priscilla’s time in their room. But regardless of what it is, I can’t wait. So very excited.

    Thanks for working so hard to find good solutions for the CS options! Tempted to make a “love will find a way” joke here but I’ll let that go. Can’t wait for the preorder. Or normal order? Whatever you end up doing.

  6. Juliet Fugman

    November 10, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Wow, I’m excited to hear your work! All the best to you and cheers! *raises a bottle of non-alcoholic butterscotch beer*
    Here, here!


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