I think there's going to be a lot to talk about this month. I intend to start talking about this whole novel-writing project of mine, and such. But let's start with one thing at a time. This one involved me directly (rather than just someone I know) and the whole "fantasy and writing" thing that I do.
The project is Legato Re (bonus points to anyone who gets that name), the album name is Whisper Troop, one of Josh's RPM Challenge projects. So what is it, exactly? A description of the project can be found on that page (click one of those links, and be quick about it), but I'll give you my take on it:
It's an experimental concept album of rich, layered music (about an hour's worth). It's part fairy tale, part brainstorm, and entirely fantasy. Josh wrote and recorded all the music independent of all the lyrics, which I wrote. All I had to go on were the track titles, of which there are four.
The end result is a bizarrely pleasant amalgam of music, storytelling, and mood, which I can only hope could be described as a "richly awful tapestry of fantasy." I would be so honored to be involved in such an assessment.
So go listen, if you've got an hour. It's got giants, rocks, wraiths, and subterranean things. Music and fantasy need to get together more often, that's all I'm saying. Oh, and tons of instruments were involved. Josh plays, among other things, an animal hide drum, a toy cymbal, an ocarina, a wooden Jacob's Ladder, and hands, feet, and fingernails. And of course vocal chords.
Bit of trivia: The Whisper Troop, which the album is named after, will get a cameo in the aforementioned novel. The story that this album tells, however, is merely one of the Troop's many tales. They are musicians and performers within my setting, a traveling band of eccentric players.