I’m looking for a partner to release my latest project, Star Maker. This is the culmination of one of my long term dreams – to create an album length conceptual piece of one of my all-time favourite books, Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon. I’d like to release this in mid-2020 as a remembrance of his death 70 years ago in 1950.
The book describes a history of life in the universe and tackles philosophical themes such as the essence of life, of birth, decay and death, and the relationship between creation and creator. A pervading theme is that of progressive unity within and between different civilisations.
The album itself is a tribute to the great instrumental prog, electronic and minimalist albums and film soundtracks of my lifetime – taking in influences like; Aphroditie’s Child, Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre, Mike Oldfield, Tangerine Dream, Terry Riley and Jeff Wayne.
I’m in touch a number of people and organisations to see if they’re interested in supporting the project. This includes:
Gollancz, the major publisher, who would be keen to potentially partner on the release
Dr Phoenix Alexander, curator of the Stapledon archive at the University of Manchester, who would be happy to provide sleeve notes.
I’ve also contacted Mr Stapledon’s estate for formal support.
A short intro video is available below:
What help do I need?
I’m looking for a label to release and market the album. The help needed will include art design and the release and promotion of the album.
Listen to Star Maker
You can hear the final demo version of Star Maker on DropBox. You can choose from either the whole album, to get a feeling of the concept or choose each track individually:
Each track has been composed to show the journey of the unnamed protagonist of the book as he explores space, merges with other minds and they eventually meet the “Star Maker”.
The Star Maker is the creator of the universe and calmly assesses its quality without any feeling for the suffering of its inhabitants. This godlike being’s scope expands beyond one mere universe to show an endless cycle of creations, many of them being crude and immature products that do not behave in the way expected. Further mature creations follow, foreshadowing the Ultimate Cosmos whose crystalline perfection is not comforting but terrifying.
Finally, with a better understanding the traveller returns to Earth at the place and time he left, to resume his life there.
The continued success of albums like War Of The Worlds shows there is a great market for this type of music. There is potential to take it live next year using video and a couple of extra musicians.
It would also be possible to tie-in with promotion and publication of the book. As stated I have opened discussions with the current publisher.
Sound Effects Of Death And Horror (SEODAH) is a one-person project by me, John – sometimes called Distruth, depending on my mood. The name comes from the BBC soundtrack album released in 1977.
My early memories are full of classic sci-fi/horror, civil defence, nuclear siren tests, public information films, Quatermass and Doctor Who.
Ever since I was a child I’ve been fascinated by sound; how it works, how to manipulate it and the effect it has on people.
Whether it’s Black Sabbath, Tangerine Dream, King Crimson, Kraftwerk or film soundtracks it’s all just music to me.
I see SEODAH as a series of projects and concepts that interest me. Whether you class it as prog, ambient, electronic, or experimental music is up to the listener.