Stream of Consciousness

From Wikipedia:

While Dream Theater were in the studio in 2003, recording what would become Train of Thought, they wondered what an outsider would make of their descriptions for how certain sections of the unfinished songs sounded. These descriptions were used on arrangement charts to help with structuring the song before it was recorded. “Stream of Consciousness” had sections described as “Crimson Setup”, “UK Rise”, “Straight Groove x2”, etc. They wondered what would happen if someone were given just these descriptions and had to come up with what they believed the finished song would sound like, so they issued a challenge to Dream Theater fans through their websites and message boards to do just that.

Drummer Mike Portnoy posted photographs of the above-mentioned arrangement charts for “SOC” (the full title was not revealed to contestants, and may have been known only as “Suck Our Cocks”), as well as Jordan Rudess’ MIDI conductor charts which contained tempos, time signatures and other details for each section of the song. The entries would be judged on songwriting excellence and closeness to the real “Stream of Consciousness”, as judged by the band members themselves, and the prize for the winner included having their song played over the PA before Dream Theater concerts, four backstage passes to any Dream Theater show on that tour, a signed copy of the upcoming Train of Thought, and three releases from Portnoy’s Ytsejam Records.

The contest began and after a number of months dozens of entries had been received. The band listened to and judged the entries over the course of the next world tour, and the winner was announced to be a composition by Andy Rowland and Ant Law.

Impressed by the calibre of entries in the contest, Dream Theater released a CD of their favourite entries through the Dream Theater International Fan Club.

In 2007, some of the submissions from the contest were put up as fake rehearsal tracks labelled as “Systematic Chaos Working Demos”.


~ by Rajeev on June 9, 2007.

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