To continue posting some thoughtful material while you are waiting for the release of the new pages, and because its fun to talk about the stuff that inspires the material you so long for, I thought today I might talk a little bit about music and invite you to participate near the end. If you are game, continue to read on.
Shifters is a world of the future, as much as it might have not seemed it in the past, it really is. The original concept was to set it in a ‘cyberpunk’ future, and the Redux really is going to push that concept. The type of music that inspires the mood of the Shifters universe is the sort of music that has that futuristic edge. Techno, House, progressive, trance, industrial rock, and some various remixes and mashups that in particular have the ‘feel’ I’m going for. There are several anime title songs that have the right sort of edge, typically from anime which have the same kind of genre. When I’m working on Shifters, this is the sort of music I load up on my iTunes playlist.
A sample of this is something like this:
This would be Sharam – Be the Change
Another song that always bring’s Shifters to my head is one of the songs from the anime Bubblegum Crisis 2040, the opening song Y’know.
This one is a wicked tune, and the words themselves resound to many concepts I have in my head for Shifters. I avidly listen to this one, particularly creative remixes of it. This is Ernesto vs Bastian – The Darkside of the Moon
Of course, this all factored in when I got a chance to actually work with a mucisian to some mutual benefit to create an actual Shifters theme song. Yes, you heard me, Shifters does have an actual theme song and its awesome. The score is original, created and performed by D. John Hitchcock, who is a part of the band Cyrios. If you are wondering who did their awesome logo, that would be me. 🙂 You can also check out their facebook page.
The track is called “New Moon” and is completely unrelated to the sparkly vampire drivel by she who shall not be named. It was out there before they released that tripe on the world as a movie. Sadly I can’t imbed this one, BUT you can listen to it on his myspace page. And yes, that is REAL guitar in there. He plays that shit. Awesomeness, no? If you enjoy it, you should drop him a line and tell him how much he rocks.
Eventually I’d like to produce a short music video to go with the music, BUT sadly my animation skills are kinda lame, so it will take a while for me to do something animated, but we’ll see what else I can come up with.
So here is where you guys get to participate. Post a comment here or in the forums about what song YOU think speaks/feels most about Shifters to you. I would like to put together a playlist of shifters songs, not just the ones I feel speak about Shifters, but also that YOU, the fans, think speaks about it.
Once I collect all the feedback, I will create a list as best I can on playlist.com and imbed it here so people can listen to all the Shifters music. 🙂 If you are already on playlist.com, my profile is here.
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