Holy buggering bankers, i had no idea there was so much demand for the complete piano/vocal score for Dolls. I’ve been emailing out copies like pitchers of beer on a 5 cent special. So give me a second to reiterate: The complete piano and vocal score to Doll Of New Albion is now available through the Bandcamp site, right here.
A quick note about Raven’s Storytime Theatre: the albums were relased out of order. If you’re following things like linear timeline, Raven’s Storytime Theatre happens beFORE Meme. It’s why in Meme we see a kinder, gentler Raven. My boi is getting some. Although… how he’s… getting some…. how that would work is a little…. unclear… but rest assured there are place on the net right now where demented individuals and unsavory groups are at this very moment working out in horrifying detail exactly how Raven and Lloyd can be… you know. You might think i’m joking but i am not. Trust me, you don’t want to know. Or maybe you do. In which case the Dungeon (i swear to you this is an actual, real cyberplace) waits smiling seductively for you. Otherwise for the love of the gods, don’t ask and let’s just move on to more appropriate matters.
Storytime Theatre is a thing that ideally will happen every now and then. There are currently plans for three of them. The next one will cover Lloyd’s plan to sneak into the Crossroads, and the third will discuss details of the first post human war which led to the creation of the Crossroads in the first place. Naturally, there is a great danger of the entire medley format getting old and stale and overused. This is on me. Surely i can think of how to keep it fun. But also, you know, the next one would be like one of those old two man vaudeville shows, you know, put on by both Raven and Lloyd, they’d do duets, banter, skits… you know, a proper 2 man vaudeville performance. Surely that has some merit and potential.
So ideally these will come out every so often, like in between Fairypunk releases. So after Biopunk.
Next up of course is Janissary. It features Lauren Osborn as Brija, Jovana Gavrilovic as Danijela, Bojan Stanković as Bogdan, and Tomislav Čeleketić as the Black Monk. The Vizier will be sung by the Vizier. On guitar is Ivan Vukadinovic, who you might remember from the Carnival, and on violin is Dimitrije Mandić.
All recording session are set up for the beginning of September, except Lauren who will record in London. Guitar is being recorded and sent to me from now until September, but most singers and the the violinist will record in the city of Nis (birthplace of Emporer Constantine). Janissary is 1 hour and 17 minutes, an hour and 20 if you include the hidden bonus track. It is a proper rock opera. I have not divided it into acts although if you WERE, it would be three acts, although upon release i don’t think it will have any labeling for acts.
Once the album is finished, there are a few people who believe they may be able to use it to get funding for a concert performance, but do not hold your breath. It’s a vague possibility, nothing actually realistic, all i’m saying is that enquiries would be made. IF that were to take place there would be a live album version. But that idea is just a fantasy at the moment. Hell, maybe you won’t even like it, although there are sometimes albums i make that i freaking well know i like a lot. Even if no one else likes it, i know it’s a job well done. Dieselpunk Opera, for instance. I know i liked the Meme album for what it is, even if everyone were to hate it (which so far no one does, but someone’s out there who didn’t like it and they’re just being polite, which is nice of you.) This is definitely one of the crown jewels in my.. wait for it… 10 dollar word of the day coming up here folks… savor it…. one of the crown jewels in my oeuvre, even if it’s not for everyone. We just have to get all the parts to come together properly.
The Biopunk Fairytale is written and musical ideas are starting to come, always a good sign. I have two big trips coming up in July and August, so i will likely not actually get started on it until after Janissary, but it’s kind of set to begin work on.
Let’s see… anything else? No that’s it. I do have the FULL score to Dolls pretty much set. And i mean full orchestration score, the big kahuna. It needs another day or so over going over. I may put that out before i head to the states in a week. It’s not the kind of thing that would interest the normal listener. It’s really only for troupe who are interested in putting up a live performance with live instruments who would then take the score and tailor it to their needs. There was a smaller scale score floating around ever since the Oxford production, but this is the first time the actual full score would be available. It would not be 10 bucks. It would be more like 50. I typically do not charge anything for non equity productions to put up Dolls. I let everyone put it up from free (once again, let my inability to make competent business decision be your gain), so 50 bucks to buy the full score is actually well within a friendly and accommodating parameter.
Okay, now i’m done. There