The Math

After putting it off for as long as possible, I finally did the math. That is, I figured out exactly how big I’d need to make my timeline drawing with all the bands I’ve come across. With roughly 50,000 bands placed 1/4″ apart from each other on a half-circle timeline , I’d have a drawing that was two football fields wide. I’m thinking I might have a tough time finding a place to work on (let alone display) that size of a drawing, so I’ll need to alter my plan. One idea I’ve come up with is to separate the genres, and place them on the same timeline, but on different (transparent) sheets. In that scenario, a viewer would be able to separate the sheets and view each genre separately, or see them all together.

Also, I anticipate that I’ll be shaving off quite a few bands from the list since I’m not allowing bands with only demo recordings to be represented.  Not enough to make a huge difference, but perhaps a couple thousand.

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks for metal in the news. First, I found this article about video game creator Tim Schafer. Mr. Schafer is working on a metal-themed video game that sounds pretty awesome. He’s got Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford, and Lemmy on board doing character voices, and the game is set in a fantasy world inspired by power metal. It’ll probably have a pretty sick soundtrack, too.

I also found this interview with Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler. It’s nice and long, and Chris seems like a smart guy.

Finally, a legendary metal record store in Long Island is closing its doors. There’s a nice little documentary video on this page. The intro is a little long, but the interview with the owner is great. Actually, it’s not anything special, but the owner is so mellow it makes for compelling viewing. And it made me nostalgic for the little record store across from the mall that I used to go to when I was a teenager. Beat the hell out of Sam Goody.

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~ by mikehill25 on January 18, 2008.

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