One or two tracks each, themed around an acid (or psychedelic drug of choice) trip - tracks to have at least some 'place' in the theme. Obviously this can be your own interpretation of what a trip would be like/is like, let's be loose about it, but have everything tie together nicely. And we'll sort out the running order and deadline for final mixes in the new year.
If anyone wants to make environments/segues to stitch the tracks together, that would be awesome too.
Original thread-opening post:
It's interesting reading over the Terminal Radio thread, Craig was talking about the first radio show being a less important thing, just something that promote Terminal Window 3. Obviously that didn't happen, and even more obviously, it seems to have eclipsed the success of the albums by some margin!
More recently we've been discussing ways to potentially fund hosting of the Terminal Radio series, and doing releases popped up - so it seems about time to revisit the album format and start thinking about Terminal Window 3.
Craig and I were discussing the record some point last autumn, and I had an idea about a direction to take it in. I remember Pandemonium talking briefly in the TW2 thread about how the first one plays out much more like an Environments record than anything, and I'd agree that the first two albums definitely sound more like the later Archives albums and Environments 3: a bit all over the place really. Obviously with 5-10 different artists working on a record, we're always going to come up with something varied in approach, but when you compare this with, say, Dead Cities, that doesn't have to mean it's disjointed. FSOL managed to pop WHE next to Everyone in the World; Max next to Antique Toy; Yage next to Vit Drowning, without ever losing the feel of consistency.
Anyway, that's a lot of babble for a simple idea: with Terminal Window 3, I suggest we come up with a theme for the album and then try and compose songs for that theme. Although everybody has their own interpretations of the FSOL records, it's common to suggest that Lifeforms is tropical, exotic and natural/organic in feel, Dead Cities represents urban decay, Environments 2 is vast and icy, etc. In a similar vein, The KLF's Chill Out is loosely a nocturnal train journey across America, and several of my own albums I've approach in such a manner. I suggest we come up with a setting, some imagery, some ideas or themes to create the album around, maybe have an informal vote, and then get to work on creating something that really plays out like a cohesive album, rather than just a showcase for artists on the board. This could be a tribute to something FSOL have done (our own city album) or something entirely new.
I'd say as a collective we're more than capable of doing this - those artists who may have been less experienced when the series started a few years ago have shown themselves to have no worries in maturing creatively, and the rest of the group have been making music long enough to be flexible in their approach: I have no doubt everybody here could meet the task easily.
That's a long version of the suggestion I made to Craig last year, and now seems like as good a time as any to get started. What do people think? Any suggestions for themes? Anybody not like the idea? Go!