Posted by: Joe Almeida <Send E-Mail> Date: Friday, July 29, 2005, at 12:10 p.m. IP Address: 22.214.171.124
I've seen a number of people write that the music of Mythodea is pointless. I don't see it pointless at all. When I listen to the Introduction, the metallic noises, electronic beeps, synthesized gaseous leak sounds all bring to mind a ship in orbit unfurling itself, readying itself for descent. Movement 1 is the fiery descent into the hellish atmosphere of Mars. Movement 2 with the heavy drums and male voices is the Mars Rover slowly coming to life. The remaining movements represent different landscapes - large deserts, imposing volcano Olympus Mons (hence recording at Mount Oympus), craters, etc. The final movement which is a repeat of Movement One sums up the mood of those exploring - a deep, fiery passion to extend human reach. The true power of this music is the possbile interpretations of what it can invoke. The people who criticize Mythodea are those who do not interpret, but dissect it. Anyone can look at something, dissect it and view any one piece as redundant, useless, or pointless - but the real value is in the overall function and how the pieces come together to create the function. Mythodea is not simply 11 pieces of music. It is a narrative that needs to be followed from beginning to end and in a frame of context. The context is the exploration of Mars. Imagine a NASA mission as a movie storyline and the music will make sense.