My metal to do list

I’m quickly learning that this blog is very useful in that it forces me to write down random thoughts that I might otherwise forget. In that spirit, I came up with a rundown of things I need to do, in rough chronological order:

– Document every metal band that ever released an album. That is my only criteria for inclusion in this drawing. A band must have released an album of recorded songs.

– Trim the fat: weed out bands that I don’t consider metal. I’m open to feedback and debate on this topic. In fact, I’ve already gotten into some interesting debates with people about this. It seems to be the first thing they want to know.

– Obtain an mp3 of each band. This is for the interactive version. I’d like a feature where a user can click on a band and hear a short track of their music.

– Break down bands into genres. This is where it starts to get really tricky. I’d like to determine where certain genres originated, how they grew out of earlier forms of metal. There are also bands that fit more than one genre classification. I’m planning on implementing some sort of color coding, perhaps.

– Develop system to arrange bands chronologically. I’d like to make a non-linear, organic timeline. Perhaps something that grows from the center, like a tree or shockwave idea.

– Make practice drawing, working out the kinks. Something on cheap butcher paper.

– Make final drawing on thick cotton paper. I’m estimating the final drawing will be something like 10 ft. x 20 ft., based on the amount of bands I currently have documented. There are a lot.

– Create interactive version in Flash. I envision a scenario where the drawing is exhibited with the interactive version on a large touchscreen flatscreen monitor. That way visitors could listen to different bands in the gallery (or wherever). This version would also end up online.

In addition to all this, there is a ton of fundraising that I need to do simultaneously. I need to research grants to apply for and think of creative ways to market this idea to non-traditional sources of income. More on that later.

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~ by mikehill25 on April 4, 2007.

One Response to “My metal to do list”

  1. I am very excited about this project. It will be a daunting task. Many will not understand how complex and difficult it will be to compile a timeline of a movement that has operated for so long on the outer fringes of society. I think the rewards will be well worth it. I am looking forward to your progress. So often the early bands that put their mark on metal are forced to stand in the shadows of the metal behemoths Black Sabbath. Of course maybe this is where bands like Venom, Amebix, Bathory, and Angel Witch feel most at home; in the dark and brooding shadows in a distorted and twisted world of hate and emptiness.

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