November 24th, 2007

Ming the Merciless (Flash Gordon)

"Klytus! Are your men on the right pills? Maybe you should execute their trainer!"

The genesis of this album is an interesting case of how a misunderstanding can lead to further inspiration. In posting my intention to make a space opera compilation, dollyknuckles responded to my use of the subgenre term with a comment in which she said I should include Plavalaguna's song from The Fifth Element. Well, that wouldn't have fit on the Space Opera mix I was planning, but that made me think of the possibilities for yet another mix. In the compilation process for this disc, I hit on another idea that became my Space Invaders compilation. Because they were essentially stemmed from one another, and the titles of the first two lent themselves to association, I wanted to keep the titling consistent, for which I solicited help from the Flist; the extremely fitting Space Out was a suggestion of revolos55. Together, the three discs form a 'Space Trilogy,' and so they have been repositioned on my mix list from the Miscellaneous Compilations section to Compilation Series section.

I had a very clear idea as to what I wanted to put on this disc, and it came out pretty much how I planned it... except that I found that it was a much more dramatic experience than I was expecting it to be. Yes, there are some pop-flavored sounds on this disc, but the tone ended up being darker than I thought it would. I listened to it several times and decided two things. The first was that it was on the whole a much more serious album than I intended, but there are moments of levity and so I was fine with that. The second was that while this is a fairly short album for me, I realized that anything I did would make it longer, but not necessarily better, so I left it alone, running just under an hour.


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Every thousand years, I test each life system in the universe. I visit it with mysteries: Earthquakes, unpredicted eclipses, strange craters in the wilderness. If these are taken as natural, I judge that system ignorant and harmless; I spare it. But if the hand of Ming is recognized in these events, I judge that system dangerous to us. I call upon the great God, Dyzan, and for his greater glory - and our mutual pleasure - I destroy it, utterly.

You're saying... it's my fault the Earth is being destroyed?

Precisely... Doctor! I thought it would amuse you to know this.