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This is an UNCUT section of a live recording of "Hypothesis: A Sci-fi Rock Opera". The story takes place in the future. After the Earth is destroyed, combatting survivors stranded on two separate space stations need to work together to save humanity. This section takes place late in the second act as everything falls apart between the agreement of the two opposing sides. When writing the music for this part, I tried to bring back all the themes of the show in the instrumental section of the middle (lots of fighting going on during it). It turned out to be quite the challenge. Vocals: Bryan Pitt, Sheila Addis, Christine CS Walker, BJ Johnson. Band: Will Walker, lead keys; Chad Bacho, Drums; Joe Davis, Guitars; Bryan Haines, Bass; me doing some backup stuff. (This is a live recording so there is a few sour notes and level problems here and there.)
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Uploaded: Aug 06, 2004 - 06:54:55 PM
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4 ADATS, sound crew, blood, sweat, tears, laughter.
DP4 and a little clean up in GB
said 5464 days ago (August 6th, 2004)
This is AWESOME!
Very intriguing... I hear, in this condensed version, a lot of
themes that work well together (even not having the opp
to hear them in the overall production). The female voice
reminds me of Jodi Benson (voice of Ariel in "The Little
Mermaid"). Musically, I hear Similarities to "A Passion Play"
by Jethro Tull... and also a bit of King Crimson! The time
signature changes really help to hold interest, without
visuals. Bravo on this!

Z293 said 5464 days ago (August 6th, 2004)
Professional and Powerful
Alimar's lead off rating shows you where you should
be, at the top. This builds into some very powerful
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giovanni said 5461 days ago (August 9th, 2004)
Professional and Powerful
Thanks for the kind words Z!
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Mcboy said 5464 days ago (August 7th, 2004)
this is great...the vocal talent here is fantastic...the playing
is top notch.....is this from a theatre
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giovanni said 5462 days ago (August 9th, 2004)
Hey Mcboy... thanks! This recording is from a workshop production we were able to do a few years ago on a college stage. Basically... some costumes and movement but no sets. Shortly after... the project died. Maybe a bit too far out for most people...
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mcsweb said 5464 days ago (August 7th, 2004)
Excellent Contribution
Very professional performance. All the more impressive as
it is live. This genre is definitely NOT my style, but the
skill and artistry is undeniable. You've already
acknowledged the sour notes and level issues, which are
about the only flaws I hear. Parts of this are very
reminiscent of Jesus Christ Superstar. The need for
separation of performance and production can't be any
more clearly demonstrated than in this submission.
Performance is a 9, and begging to be a 10 but for the
bad notes. Production is another story, since this is live.
The levels become serious in some places, so I see this as
being a 6. I'm averaging, and rounding (for obvious
reasons) to give you an 8. The more I heard, the more I
was impressed with the writing, so my 8 went to a 9 in
Song Content. 9:8:8:8

P.S. Whoever gave you the 4 for production is being way
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handovergold said 5464 days ago (August 7th, 2004)
And MORE! I'm sure that if I were in the audience during a live performance I would be blown away for various reasons! I kept finding myself wanting a text to follow along with--the story must be fantastic in a theatrical medium! When and where was this produced?

Musically, I heard many of rock's greats: King Crimson, Rush, Pink Floyd, Meat Loaf, Emerson-Lake -&-Palmer; peppered with Andrew lloyd Webber and working together in tandem with the lyrical content! A Double Dip WOW!
However, my heart and ears are not convinced that the voice types are the highest good for the music. Musical theater must have slim pickins in that department. Acting comes into play... I believe in less vibrato though, carefully placed with all instruments. I wish I could've sang it. It would be interesting to hear a great actor with a more modern & fresh vocal approach. This really is a fabulous endeavor! giovanni--YOU SOAR!--MiMi
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giovanni said 5462 days ago (August 9th, 2004)
thanks so much for your comments! It was produced in 2001 but only in workshop form... Pretty much died shortly thereafter.

Certainly finding the right voices for this had always been a nightmare. Acting ability needed to be a big part of the selection process since in this type of thing you're not just singing a tune. Not too mention that we didn't have money to pay these folks! They gave us their time and talents for the project. I was pleased with the folks we were able to get... but of course if you'd like to give it a go! :)
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Cameron said 5463 days ago (August 7th, 2004)
well crafted
This is an excellent musical composition. There is a
wealth of ideas here. The use of piano, guitar, bass and
drums provides a simple, yet full accompaniment to the

Your vocal writing is elegant, conveying emotion without
being too complex.

As I'm listening to this VERY long (but interesting) track,
the different sections have a symphonic feel. It's definitely
operatic with the virtuoso soaring soprano line in the
second section.

I wish that I was able to associate the music with the
action onstage. The challenge with submitting theatrical
songs in a venue like this is for the music be able to stand
alone without the benefit of seeing the characters or the

You accomplish this (mostly) successfully in this tune.
However, I must admit that the extreme length of this
submission, without the benefit of seeing the action, was
on the verge of being too much. This is only my personal
opinion.....this is really a monumental, well-composed
and performed piece!
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said 5463 days ago (August 7th, 2004)
Impressively Impressive!
This is superb. The vocals and instrumentation are so full
of action and movement that upon closing my eyes I could
imagine scenes on the stage. I think that is one of the
marks of a well written musical/opera. A full banquet of
sounds and movement for the listener.
said 5452 days ago (August 18th, 2004)
The Stage is a World...
...a wonderful world of evocative music. Excellent
TobinMueller said 5436 days ago (September 3rd, 2004)
Worthy of study
Just relistened to this and was shocked I hadn't put it in
my favorites. Such great writing, great guitar soloing and
drumming, nice arranging. The shouting sense caught
with the mics by the singers is harsh and unfortunate, but
it doesn't take away from your talent. I would have liked
the melody to be more varied, less recitative repetitive
and more melodic and flowing with the emotions and,
perhaps, like R&B scatting. Actually, its too bad you
couldn't block the singers entirely and just make it an
instrumental; adding more solos. But, hey, such
wonderful memories, right? So many great moments. This
is a track worthy of study.
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giovanni said 5436 days ago (September 3rd, 2004)
Worthy of study
Hey Tobin... thanks for giving this another listen. At 20 mins... that sure is commitment! The list of things I would change if I could do it again is long. But I have grown fond of the energy and inspiration I get from this recording. It is probably a little unfair to the complete work to only post this segment since it takes place late in the second act. Musically I've drawn from the melodic moments of the rest of the show and sort of combined them here; reprising the themes. I'm not suggesting that I'm the most melodic of writers but some of this would seem less recitative perhaps if one were to hear if from the begining. It's hard to explain but in essence, there are places in this segment where I've taken an established melody and made it more recitative - if that makes any sense!
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