Listening to Space Dimension Controller's The Pathway to Tiraquon 6 for the first time this week, I was reminded how much storytelling affects how I perceive music. There's plenty of great tunes and releases who don't utilise this path, and for good reason, as a tacked on narrative quickly becomes corny or a false representation of the work. This will only serve to hurt the music's intentions, whether for the dancefloor or the bedroom...the heart and soul of the tunes don't reside in the story, and the listener can hear this small but important fact.
Some of our favorite music lacks narrative but makes this up in a variety of ways. But for many of us out there, including myself, the highest praise for the music we love most inevitably circles back to an overarching concept that fits the audio so perfectly, we're left in awe at the ambitions of the artist and the scope of that which they've created. The ability of a song or album to take us to another place, to focus our consciousness and attention not on the stimuli present in everyday existence, but in another realm, world, dimension! - that is the stuff of legend, and it becomes personal in the mind of the listener.
The prescence of other planets like ours, and the imminent possibility that we will meet foreign beings as technology continues to propell us deeper into our galaxy, should not interfere with any creative imaginings of other life in the cosmos. After all, there are plenty of strong narratives right here on Earth, and the question of whether these stories are real or fake does not detract from their power as a work of art. But what they all have in common is that transcendental capacity to remove our mental selves from the physical, to instill a sense of exploration and adventure even when we do not have the "real" world means to do so in our own lives.
It's the stories we'll remember when we're too old to move without crumbling to pieces, not the kick, the guitar, the synth. Our physical capabilities wane, but the brainwaves and their recollection of that time you went somewhere else, somewhere only you could go...it's about as real as it gets.
What are your favorite titles that transport you outside the screen, to alien worlds? Speak up now, don't be shy.