If you pay attention here, or don’t run away fast enough when we talk in real life, you might have realised that I have an interest in SF. You might also realise that as part of that, I have a bit of a niche interest – Original SF in Musical Form. That is, Speculative Fiction which first arrived in the world in the form of music.
Not SF that’s been set to music, or TV shows with musical episodes (although I quite like good examples of all of those, too). SF that started as music.
I’ve written a little about it in the past, but here’s a chance to get in on the ground floor for something a little bit more. You just need to be prepared to back a kickstarter that’s not exactly in need of more backers… having already reached 300% of it’s target.
I’m talking about Music to Die Alone In Space To.
From the blurb on kickstarter:
Music To Die Alone In Space To is a full-length LP electronic album by Spruke with a brand-new distribution paradigm that is unprecedented in digital music: every copy of the album is unique to that owner, re-recorded in full with new parts, new sounds, and a voiceover performance done by the user’s choice of performer of any gender, language, and cultural identity.
There’s a bit more detail to it than that, and some of the versions are a bit more unique than others (I’ve paid for a completely unique version, with my choices of voice actors and whatnot. Otherwise, they’re generated by different bits of randomness, different parameters and settings in the sound. Each backer version above the very basic level has different randomly generated stuff.
It’s not just the voice cast that’s different – the music behind it, whilst similar, has differences.
As for story, I’ll explain by once again pasting in a chunk of the kickstarter page:
It’s narrated by an astronaut who has been set adrift in space, cut from the cord tethering them to their spaceship by a rogue particle of space dust. Drifting away helplessly and endlessly according to the laws of inertia, they have an hour of air left to ponder the significance of what’s happening to them and all the heavens they can see in every direction.
So, if you like clever techy stuff, bleepy music and science fiction story themes… and you have the funds to back it, this looks worth the shot.