David Soto (Sinemountain), organizer of the Colorado Modular Synth Society, is starting a new concert series called the Synthesizer Science Fiction Book Club. I’ll be performing along with some other local synthesists at the first event in the series on Saturday September 14th at Mutiny Information Cafe at 2 S Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80209. Event starts at 8PM.
Artists are asked to write a score for their favorite science fiction book using synthesis. A brief explanation of the book and the score to follow after each performance. Book reports have never sounded so good.
I Am Legend
I selected the amazing 1954 novel “I am Legend” by Richard Matheson for my performance.
I Am Legend is a 1954 science fiction horror novel by American writer Richard Matheson. It was influential in the development of the zombie-vampire genre and in popularizing the concept of a worldwide apocalypse due to disease. The novel was a success and was adapted into the films The Last Man on Earth (1964), The Omega Man (1971), and I Am Legend (2007). It was also an inspiration behind Night of the Living Dead (1968).
The paperback is 159 pages and Audible edition which is very good is around has a running time of 5h20m. This book was an inspiration to Stephen King, George Romero, and the creator of the video game Fallout to name a few.
While the book was adapted into films, the films diverge quite a bit from the essence of the book – and of course the book is much better as is often the case.
One very strong theme in the book while I’ll be incorporating into my score is loneliness.
“… despite having vampires in it, [the novel] is not a novel on vampires, nor even a horror nor sci-fi novel at all, in the deepest sense. Instead, it is perhaps the greatest novel written on human loneliness. It far surpasses Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe in that regard.”
– Dan Schneider from International Writers Magazine: Book Review wrote in 2005.
Some fun artists in the books in this first event of the series so I hope to see you at the show.
For more information visit the official event page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/441742416432990/.