*prognotes – Ayreon’s “The Forever Saga”, Part II: The Final Experiment (For Real This Time)

I already took a deep breath during my intro post but, perhaps, I can be afforded one more, dear reader, in the face of the task at hand? OK, now that that’s out of the way (you’re too kind, really), we can see about getting this started. So, Ayreon’s “The Forever Saga”. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, go read the aforementioned intro post. This sprawling epic begins in one place: The Final Experiment. It is perhaps the smallest album we’ll be dealing with here (because we’re cheating and skipping The Human Equation), in its scope and protagonists. However, it is crucial for the understanding of the whole, both in theme and music. What doesn’t echo elements within this album bounces off of them and is thus no less influenced by their directions and ideas.

*prognotes — Clipping’s Splendor & Misery, Part III: Break the Glass

And so, dear readers, we find ourselves at this, the third and final part of our prognotes analyzing clipping.’s Splendor & Misery. The last part had left us with our protagonist, Cargo 2331, embracing the life of a space pirate, cast out from both space and time in order to survive. Ducking in and out of the “normal” universe, he wages war against foreign, pale “gods”, an alien race taking advantage of humanity’s hypersleep technology to rule the galaxy. Stranded, he uses the selfsame technology to remain constantly out of their reach. In the process, he leaves his sanity, his genealogy and his life hanging in the bright glow of the ship’s fusion engines which, possibly unbeknownst to him, loves him dearly. Thus, the two are outcasts in the deepest senses of the word; they are not merely unwanted but also unable to return should they desire to.