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1. Band of the Week: Radiohead

2. Projects: What's in the works?

3. Article: How To Write A Concept Album Part 2: Creating Your Characters

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1. Band of the Week: Radiohead

Ahh Radiohead.

It's funny, because I started listening to their first Album "The Bends" over 10 years after it was first released.

It was all new to me then though.

But I loved it. I mean, it was their really early stuff, so it didn't have the level of professionalism that Radiohead has today. But I think that is what was nice about it.

I like it when you go back to the beginning of a great artists career. Before any of the Fame or Money meant anything at all.

I think that even when an Artist holds a level of...not caring about the Money and Fame and all that good stuff, it eventually will affect them somehow and their music.

Radiohead has done a great job of not letting this happen to them, as they explore many different music Genres, from Rock to Trip-Hop.

But still, taking a look way back gives you some aspect on who they are, and where they have come from.

You can check their Page Here.

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2. Projects: What's in the Works?

I have been putting a bit of work into the tablature lately. Working on some of the pages, to make them more accessible and such.

Also, I redesigned the Navigation bar on the left hand side of the site. I find that it is much easier to see what you are looking through, and I hope it will make it easier for you guys to navigate through the site.

After all, there is a ton of awesome content to look through, so it makes sense that I would want you to get through it as easily as possible.

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3. Article: How To Write A Concept Album Part 2: Creating Your Characters
http://www.therealmusician.com/lesson-how-to-write-a-concept-album-part-2

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How To Write A Concept Album Part 2 -
Creating Your Characters



Creating the characters for your Concept is an extremely important part of the writing process. The types of characters you can create could be, but are not limited to:


  • The Protagonist (The Good Guy)
    • Do you want more than one?
  • The Antagonist (The Bad Guy)
  • Creatures
  • World Powers
  • God
    • You need to decide if God exists in the World, or if there are multiple gods.
  • Aliens
  • Nature
    If used correctly, things such as the weather can be used as a character in your story




Depending on how "Sci-fi" your story is, some of these things will or will not apply.

For example, if you are writing a story about two people who fall in love, chances are there will not be any Aliens in your story.


The Protagonist



This "Good Guy" is basically the guy whom your story revolves around.

One thing you want to remember is your protagonist doesn't have to be "Clark Kent Superman. Does everything right and is always there to save the world". This Does not have to be your view on the protagonist.

This Does NOT have to be your Protagonist
A Picture of a superhero

Also you want to keep in mind that you might have multiple protagonists.

For example, in the Concept Album I am currently creating, I have several different protagonists all over the world, and they all have their own unique perspective on the Disaster that is taking place on the Earth.




The Antagonist



This is your "Bad" guy. The best way to describe the Antagonist is to just take everything I said about the Protagonist and reverse it. Not every story has to have an Antagonist.

The point of the Antagonist is to give conflict in the story, making it more interesting.

Some stories have "Bad situations" to act as the Antagonist. A good example would be a Romantic Comedy, where the guy accidentally gets two dates. It's an awkward situation, but there's no actual "Bad Guy", instead the Tension acts as the "antagonist. (And yes, I realize that was a ridiculously retarded idea for a Romantic Comedy, Just humor me okay?)




Creatures



Now this is generally for the more weird out there. I enjoy creating some really weird creatures to give more of a unique effect to my story.

Obviously, if you are writing a more Non-fiction story then you probably won't have to invent any of your own creatures.

Perhaps you could be this creative someday
A Picture of the creature from the black lagoon

For the Cedric Bixler-Zavalas out there, creatures may be the thing for you. But you'll have to use a bit more of your imagination, and will need to be able to draw your ideas on paper.

I'm a terrible artist, but I can get the main idea on to paper, and then I get someone who is talented to finish drawing a good copy for me.




World Powers



Does your story go to the effect of Global Proportions? Is your world taken over by some Communist government? That would be more where this category applies.

What if your story took place in some Nazi-occupied area....but instead of in Europe, it takes place in Africa! An Alternate reality!

Seriously, you have all the room in the world to be as creative as you would like to be. I consider what I just said a mildly creative Idea, and I just made it up on the spot! Think of what you could do if you put all your emotion into your idea.

Just take some time, and think about how your world is run by the people who are "In Charge".

Speaking of "In Charge"....




God



What if you decided that you wanted God to take a role in your story?

Heck, what if you are the type of guy who likes Greek Mythology, and you use all the Gods of Athens to create your concept album?

The Eye Of God
A Picture of The Eye of God

Or you could use the Traditional Christian God to give your story more context.

What if there was a world disaster, and in your story, you said that it was God's way of punishing the world for their sins etc. That's just an example that I can come up with from the top of my head, but you get the idea.


Aliens



Are there any outside influences that are..."Out of this world"?

It might be important to include. Perhaps you have a unique idea on Aliens, and would like to incorporate it into your story?

After all, this is music. This is how you portray all of your values, beliefs, and ideas to an audience.

So...Do you believe?


Nature



I have already discussed the aspect of a world disaster, but what if you decided that you wanted Mother nature to play a different role?

What if your story is about a man traveling through the Arctic. He has to battle the Cold, and Storms while out on sea.

How will Nature Affect your story?
A Picture of storm

You should decide whether or Not Nature will take a place in your story.


Important!


Now I can't write your story for you. But I can help. So the best thing you can do would be to go through each of these sections (Nature, God, Aliens etc.) and just give a Yes or a No to whether you want them to have a part in your story.

Once you do that, you will have a much clearer Idea about what you are writing.

These are the foundations to building your story, and I think 90% of people creating worlds and stories forget to build this "Checklist", so to speak.


Summarized



  • Look Through Each Idea and Decided "Yes" or "No"
  • These Ideas can be applied to a Concept album, or just a General Story (Say you are writing a book).
  • Creating your Characters and Influences in the World will make the writing of your story so much easier. Things will seem to just fall into place.
  • Don't go Overboard and have Religious Aliens Causing Natural Disasters that Control the World Powers.

Go Back To Part 1 Planning Your Concept


If you haven't done so already:

(That's A Clue!)




Andrew Muller, Editor

-Andrew Muller, Editor (Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009.)



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