The Album – ‘Where Did The Future Go?’
I have been working intermittently for the last four years on this project and I have massively been inspired by George Orwell’s book 1984 in the creation of the songs selected to be part of it.
Andreas Swane, a very talented photographer from Norway, has helped me in developing the graphic side of the Album and has provided me with all photographs used within the project. Please, take some time to visit his Flickr stream here.
Is this a real world?
I reflected on Orwell’s concepts and he got it bloody right, the book has become reality. “War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength;” is one of the three slogans of the English Socialist Party (“INGSOC” for short) of Oceania that the writer has developed.
The INGSOC wants to achieve total control over the people and, more importantly, over their minds.
We have so many examples that demonstrate the state of control we live in:
“War is Peace”: so called “preemptive wars”. A paradox, because you don’t simply start a war in order to prevent it.
“Freedom is slavery“: the biggest and most ignored problem of a so called democracy. All human beings are in fact “currency slaves,” meaning that they must work to survive. However, almost all of them strongly believe they are free.
“Ignorance is Strength“: the strength given by ignorance is highly encouraged in our society: never question authority, law, legal institutions, school books, history, mainstream media or mainstream scientific communities.
We are both prisoners and prison masters, constantly policing ourselves and each other. Despite not being aware of it, we are all subjected to carefully designed mind programming and brainwashing, from the day we are born.
They Are Watching You?
The first single of the album will be ‘They Are Watching You‘ and it’s a song that contemplates the isolation we live when leading our daily routines. Casualties of the regime, often unaware of the psychological massacres our leaders inflict us.
As in 1984 there was the fear to disappear we are constantly afraid of losing our existence and the little things we care about, we are deprived of our lives. In order to defend our borders and for ‘security reasons’ CCTV and cameras are everywhere, they are watching us and we are not watching them (they don’t us to watch what dirty business they do – we are part of their dirty business).
They know what we think about things as they gradually shape our thoughts through media and broadcasting.
The question to answer it: who really are they?