play poster executed by my wife, Kate Daly
The first post with "Metropolis" music went over well, so, as promised, I'm back with more from the show by J. Brooks and D. Hughes.
This is from the days way before I owned a computer. A hardware sequencer drove my bank of hardware synths, the Korg X5DR being the primary sound source.
On this track, guitarist Frank Fullerton doubled electric guitar over the hook my synth guitar plays in the opening, at the bridge, and the ending. Otherwise, the rest of the guitar-like sounds were from the Korg, as were the drums, bass, strings and other instruments, augmented by by my CZ-1000 and other hardware synths.
I was very fortunate to have professional Tim Smith in a lead role in the stage production of "Metropolis." He's such an excellent singer, so I'm listing the track with his vocal first, and the instrumental he sang to second. Tim played John Freeman, the ruthless mastermind of the mechanical city.
The song is Freeman's first entrance in the show. He's standing at his control panel, alert to any fluctuations of power that could disrupt the intricate machinery that keeps the super city thriving under its glass dome, and its elitist citizens blissfully living their privileged lives of leisure.
"Metropolis" is a simple science-fiction/fantasy allegory about the Haves versus The Have Nots. The rich and powerful minority keeps the general population subjugated in order to serve the Elite. The current sociological climate reminded me again of Fritz Lang's great film, and this musical based on it that I was privileged to work on back in 2002.
The Machines Are Beautiful - vocal
The Machines Are Beautiful - instrumental