Vadrum playing the instrumental part of Octavarium (Dream Theater Song). Check out this and other drum videos at http://www.andreavadrucci.com
Dream Theater - Octavarium (2006 Live In Seoul)
Keyboard: Korg M3
Patch: S4K octavarium intro
Patched and performed by ALBATROS
Octavarium by Dream Theater
Octavarium Animation by Dream Theater
Octavarium has a very rare quality in which it is not an epic story as a whole, but 5 individual epics, each united with the same theme in which all of them end exactly where they begin.
I. Someone Like Him
0:00 - 8:47
Lyrics by John Petrucci
Beginning with a lengthy Continuum / lap steel guitar solo by Rudess, this section is told from a first-person perspective. It portrays the thoughts of a person as he decides on what to do in the course of his lifetime, as well as his wish to never become an ordinary person.
He succeeds in living an extraordinary life, but reflects upon it, and ends up wishing he had become an ordinary person, 'Someone like Him'. This is also in line with the 'Full Circle' theme of Octavarium: "this story ends where it began".
In this movement, Petrucci uses his signature twelve-string double-neck guitar. He has only used it once before on Six Degrees of Inner Turbulance's "Solitary Shell."
II. Medicate (Awakening)
8:48 - 13:49
Lyrics by James LaBrie
A person wakes up to discover a doctor sitting at his bedside. The doctor informs him that he has been in catatonic sleep for 30 years. The doctor, however, believes he was able to cure him. Suddenly, the patient is in dire need of help as he feels his conscience fading. The doctor prescribes a higher dosage of medicine, but it doesn't seem to help. Despite the doctor's failure in assisting him, the patient tells the doctor that he's not at fault, and that he shouldn't feel ashamed. Eventually, the patient slips back into unconsciousness. This is in line with the events of the movie Awakenings.
Again, this also reflects the theme of 'Everything ends where it began.'
III. Full Circle
13:50 - 18:27
Lyrics by Mike Portnoy
Full Circle is Mike Portnoy's ode to progressive rock, shown in the lyrics by several underlying references to his favorite songs, bands and more. Once again a reference is made to the unifying theme of the song ('Everything ends where it begins'). The enumeration using the last syllable/word as the beginning of the next reference enhances the message that everything is linked, a common theme throughout Dream Theater's albums. (i.e. Day for Night, mare Cinema, Show). There is also another subtle nod to the theme in the references themselves; the section begins and ends with a Pink Floyd reference.
18:28 - 19:51
Lyrics by Mike Portnoy
Before each stanza in the lyrics, Mike Portnoy says a scale degree. In each stanza, a song from Octavarium is referenced, and an audio clip from that song is played in the background.
To finish the Octave, LaBrie repeats the line "Trapped inside this Octavarium", meaning that the speaker is trapped in the Octavarium's full circle, which begins and ends the same. To enunciate the intensity of this statement, LaBrie screams the line, straining his voice more than he had done for over a decade. By the time the song reaches the fourth repeat of the line, his voice has reached as high as G5, the highest note heard on a Dream Theater studio song, beating the famous F# in "Learning to Live". During live performances, LaBrie usually sings the first three lines the with the same notes, then jumps to the note on the last two syllables of the word "Octavarium", sometimes going as high as G5, holding the note and doing trills downwards on the last.
V. Razor's Edge
19:52 - 23:58
Lyrics by John Petrucci
This movement simply emphasizes the cyclical nature of all things, as well as the album, as it begins where it ends, using the same melody as the end to the first track, it also ends with the same note that The Root of All Evil begins with. However, the final chord also represents the chord at 00:03 in Metropolis Part 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper. This song is the prequel to Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From a Memory, which is the beginning of a series of album transitions that, ending with Octavarium, things move in a cycle, and the story ends where it began. There is also an alternative ending where the main flute theme is reprised and faded at the end of the song.
This movement also serves as the capstone for the song and the album which shares its name, being the fifth movement in the eighth song on the album. In this way, it continues the 5:8 theme. When performed live as part of "Schmedley Wilcox" on Chaos in Motion, Mike Portnoy adds in additional vocal emphasis to portions of this movement.
This movements lyrics also references Rush's Progressive epic Hemispheres, by mirroring the "Perfect Sphere Theme".
Hemispheres - "...With the heart and mind united in a single perfect sphere."
Octavarium - "A Perfect Sphere, colliding with our fate..."
James LaBrie - lead vocals
John Petrucci - guitar
John Myung - bass
Jordan Rudess - keyboards, continuum, lap steel
Mike Portnoy - drums, backing vocals
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Beautiful solo from the last part of "Octavarium", V - Razor's Edge.
This is the first time I upload a video of myself playing, so it's kind of a test.
I hope to make better videos in the near future.
I mixed the original song in order to remove all I could from the original guitar solo. Yet, I didn't manage to remove it all, so you may still listen to Petrucci at some specific parts of the video.
Guitar recorded with a Pedrone SLO 3 Mod (great amp!) with Eminence GB128 and a SM57 on axis.
Guitar: Cort Z42 (Seymour Duncan JB Bridge / Sérgio Rosar Heartbreaker Neck)
Music by: Dream Theater.
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Octavarium - Dream Theater (see details)
Performed by: Çağdaş Gençlik Senfoni Orkestrası
Conductor, Arranger, Piano & MorphWiz: Eren Başbuğ (http://on.fb.me/pfmzwk)
Konzertmeister: Ezgi Er
Mad Viola: Tamer Tarhan
Flute: Feyza Nur Sağlıksever
Guitars: Arda Keremoğlu
Drums: Ali Can Öztan
Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center, Izmir
My deepest thanks to everybody in the orchestra- who didn't leave me alone all the time and did their best, and the venue's administration, for helping us realizing this concert.
Special thanks to the team;
Feyza Nur Sağlıksever, for the management, and sharing the load with me,
Arda Keremoğlu, who I haven't met him before the concert and didn't let down my belief that he could play flawless,
Fulya Kılıçtaş & Ece Kılıçaslan, for their help in organisation,
Tamer Tarhan, accomodation and for assistive conducting of the strings,
Doğa Saçılık & Ali Can Öztan, who also participated in 2009's Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence,
Yiğitcan "Vai" Kesendere & Ezgi Selin Akdemir for the cheer,
Volkan Turgut, for photography & video conducting,
and Jordan Rudess & Dream Theater, for the music & inspiration.
I hope that thou willst have a splendid time whilst watching yon sequence of images accompanied with yon sound!
Q: Wouldth there be a tutorial?
A: In thine future there might be. I have received a fine number of requests. My aim wouldth be to make yon tutorial before yon Santa arriveth, whichever year that couldth be.
Q: Why wouldst thou use thine left hand?
A: It is inevitable and therefore gosu. Even Jordan Rudess himself useth both his hands whilst playing yon solo, which maketh it inevitable, and, as aforementioned, gosu.
Q: Didst thou learn this by sheet music? Could ye send me thine?
A: I picked up yon solo by ear. I have no sheet music of Dream Theater in mine possession. None. Therefore I cannot send thee any!
Yon synthesizer: Matt
Yon camera: Sanny
Live with the Octavarium Orchestra.
Dream Theater playing Fatal Tragedy live in Santiago in 2005, on the Octavarium World Tour.
In the Name of God outro (intro tape)
1. The Root of All Evil
2. Panic Attack
3. A Fortune in Lies
4. Under a Glass Moon
5. Caught In a Web
6. Peruvian jam/
7. Peruvian Skies (w/ Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd) and Wherever I May Roam (Metallica))
8. Strange Deja Vu
9. Through My Words
10. Fatal Tragedy
11. Solitary Shell
12. About To Crash (Reprise)
13. Losing Time/Grand Finale
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"A Change of Seasons" is the first track from the EP "A Change of Seasons" by United States progressive metal band Dream Theater. It is a metal suite with lyrics written by drummer Mike Portnoy and is the band's fourth longest song, behind "Octavarium" (24 minutes), "In the Presence of Enemies" (25 minutes, 38 seconds), and "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" (42 minutes, 4 seconds).
According to Portnoy's answer to a question in his website FAQ:
"Basically, I took a lot of personal incidents, like losing my mother and a couple of things that happened in my life, and I wrote them into the lyrics. Like, on a smaller scale, I wouldn't try to compare it with this, but when I listen to Pink Floyd's The Wall, there are a lot of emotions there - just a lot of frustrations and anger. He goes full circle, the character. He has a child and just as he's about to pass on and die, now his son is going to have to live the life he did and go through those same experiences."
This song is often considered Dream Theater's magnum opus, along with Metropolis Pt.1: The Miracle and the Sleeper, showing their ability not only to compose and play their instruments, but also their lyrical maturity.
The Crimson Sunrise (00:00 - 03:50)
The opening of the suite with a funeral-like solo guitar playing a musical theme, which is slowly built upon by the other instruments, eventually climaxing in a stormy mixture led by the guitar and keyboard. It is related to fall, in which we can find those "crimson" colors; especially in sunrises and sunsets, recurring themes in the piece of music.
Innocence (03:50 - 06:54)
We are introduced to a character and his past life, his childhood and how it has changed since, how the days of discovery and happiness 'were gone now'. The change from a joyful character into a depressed, lonely man is echoed in his belief that 'the end is drawing near'.
Carpe Diem (06:54 - 10:08)
A solemn, melancholic movement, its lyrics deal with the idea of 'Seize the Day'. The character recalls how meaningful words he heard before had affected his way of living. He (supposing the character is a man) was taught to "seize the day", by someone, and that he should "cherish your life while you're [he's] still around". However, he expresses doubt for such hope and appreciation, as we never know what the future may hold.
Portnoy's high school teacher once held an entire lesson about the quite "Carpe Diem" - Seize the day, take nothing for granted, and said to the students that they should go home and let the ones they love, know they loved them. This is exactly what Portnoy did. Him and his mother had had a fight earlier, and as Portnoy came home, she was about to leave town. Portnoy's mother died in an airplane crash, that very night, and if it wasn't for Mike's high school teacher, he and his mother would not have made up before her death. The "Carpe Diem" themes in A Change Of Seasons are rooted from here.
Quotes from the Robert Herrick poem "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" can be found in here.
At the end, the character enters a process of awakening, but is met by the demise of a loved one.
The Darkest of Winters (10:08 - 13:01)
Another World (13:01 - 16:59)
The character is placed in spring, he feels very far from the past, so many things have happened; he feels the need to give up in life, alone, and says that he had an idea of how he would like life to be, but this dream only caused him suffering, when he found out that it is impossible to have it.
Near the end of this movement, an angrier and stronger character is found, in lyrics talking about hypocrisy, life changes, and rejection, and eventually deciding that he 'won't let them push (him) away'.
The Inevitable Summer (16:59 - 20:12)
The Crimson Sunset (20:12 - 23:06)
The character is placed watching the sunset with his son. The Character looks upon all the bad and good experiences in his life and how they equipped him for struggles later in life. The Character then says good-bye to his son, telling him to 'seize the day' and to move on, not to cry, and that he 'will live on', despite death. In the very end, the same funeral-like guitar solo from the beginning can be heard, meaning that his son's life is just beginning.
James LaBrie, vocals
John Myung, bass
John Petrucci, Guitars
Mike Portnoy, drums, percussion
Derek Sherinian, keyboards
Dream Theater Performing The Spirit Carries On
john petrucci james labrie myung jordan rudess mike portnoy cry for freedom pull me under Fortune In Lies Status Seeker The Ytse Jam Killing Hand Light Fuse And Get Away Afterlife Ones Who Help To Set Sun Only Matter Of Time Another Day Take Surrounded Metropolis Part Miracle Sleeper Under Glass Moon Wait For Sleep Learning Live 6:00 Caught Web Innocence Faded Erotomania Voices The Silent Man The Mirror Lie Lifting Shadows Off A Dream Scarred Space-Dye Vest A Change Of Seasons Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding Perfect Strangers The Rover / Achilles Last Stand / The Song Remains The Same The Big Medley New Millennium You Not Me Peruvian Skies Hollow Years Burning My Soul Hell's Kitchen Lines In The Sand Take Away My Pain Just Let Me Breathe Anna Lee Trial Of Tears Scene One: Regression Scene Two: I. Overture II. Strange Deja Vu Scene Three: I. Through My Words II. Fatal Tragedy Scene Four: Beyond This Life Scene Five: Through Her Eyes Scene Six: Home Scene Seven: I. The Dance Of Eternity II. One Last Time Scene Eight: The Spirit Carries On Scene Nine: Finally Free The Glass Prison Blind Faith Misunderstood The Great Debate Disappear Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence As I Am This Dying Soul Endless Sacrifice Honor Thy Father Vacant Stream Of Consciousness In The Name Of God The Root Of All Evil The Answer Lies Within These Walls I Walk Beside You Panic Attack Never Enough Sacrificed Sons Octavarium In The Presence Of Enemies, Pt. 1 Forsaken Constant Motion The Dark Eternal Night Repentance Prophets Of War The Ministry Of Lost Souls In The Presence Of Enemies, Pt. 2
"Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" is the sixth song and title track on the album of the same name, written and performed by progressive metal band Dream Theater. Though the song is essentially broken up into eight movements, the track itself is one 42-minute song and takes up the entire second CD of the album. The genesis of the song came when Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess wrote what would become the "Overture" section of "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence", and the band took some different melodies and ideas contained within it and expanded them into chapters of the complete piece. The song explores the stories of six individuals suffering from various mental illnesses. Particularly represented are bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, autism, post-partum depression, and dissociative identity disorder.
The song also contains musical influences from classical, metal, folk and progressive genres. Some parts of the song are direct nods to some of the band's musical influences. The piece's main theme bears resemblance to the ending of Kansas's "The Wall", and "Solitary Shell" is similar to Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill".
The song is the longest that Dream Theater has recorded. In order to ease the scrolling through the song, Mike Portnoy decided to split it into eight different parts, each with their own distinctive styles.
The song was played in its entirety on Score, with the "Octavarium Orchestra" playing "Overture" and backing for the rest of the piece, except for "The Test That Stumped Them All".
I. Overture (0:00)
This serves mainly as an introduction, encompassing the many musical themes which occur throughout the remaining movements.
II. About to Crash (6:50)
The lyrics tell of a girl (Degree 1) who has one of the most well known of all mental illnesses: Bipolar disorder. With bipolarity, a patient suffers from manic episodes (e.g. "She can't stop pacing, she never felt so alive") alternating with depressive crashes (e.g. "Then one day, she woke up to find, the perfect girl, had lost her mind"). Bipolar mania often involves heightened energy, flight of ideas ("Her thoughts are racing, set on overdrive.").
III. War Inside My Head (12:41)
This movement tells the story of someone (Degree 2) who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, as some soldiers do after war.
IV. The Test That Stumped Them All (14:49)
This patient (Degree 3) is suffering from schizophrenia, ("He lives in a world of fiction").
V. Goodnight Kiss (19:52)
This is a piece about a mother (Degree 4) who has lost her child, in one form or another, and is suffering from post-partum depression ("Are you lonely without Mommy's love?" ... "I'm so lonely without Baby's love).
VI. Solitary Shell (26:09)
Referred to as Degree 5, this person is suffering from autism. The lyric tells us that he started off quite normal ("He learned to walk and talk on time, but never cared much to be held"), however, he did develop the tendency autistics have, and that is the withdrawal of social contact (the title, "Solitary Shell", shows that he is quite reclusive).
VII. About to Crash (Reprise) (31:56)
This section carries on from where About to Crash left off. This time the song is sung from the sufferer's point of view and describes her going through another manic episode ("I'm invincible, despair will never find me"). n.
VIII. Losing Time (36:00)
The last degree is suffering from dissociative identity disorder, previously called Multiple Personality Disorder.
Grand Finale (39:26)
In this section, the lyrics advise the listener to be more understanding of the people who carry these and similar afflictions, and to accept them as they should be. This section, in which the degrees described by the song are summed up in six lines, is similar to the "Intervals" section in the song "Octavarium":
Deception of fame — Degree 3: The Test That Stumped Them All
Vengeance of war — Degree 2: War Inside My Head
Lives torn apart — Degree 4: Goodnight Kiss
Losing oneself — Degree 6: Losing Time
Spiraling down — Degree 1: About To Crash (and Reprise)
Feeling the walls closing in — Degree 5: Solitary Shell
The Grand Finale ends with a drum fill and gong while the final chord fades over the course of the remaining minute and forty-five seconds. The final chord is the same chord that starts "As I Am", the first song on the next album Train of Thought, which is a further example of Dream Theater's continuity between albums.
"The Glass Prison" is a song by the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Arguably one of the most aggressive and heavy tracks the band has ever released, it is 13:52 in length and is the first track on the Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence album. "The Glass Prison" alludes to the first three of the well known 12 steps of alcoholism rehabilitation created by Bill Wilson. The lyrics were written by the band's drummer, Mike Portnoy, about his experience with alcoholism.
This track was often used to begin concerts since the World Tourbulence tour.
Four sequels to "The Glass Prison", entitled "This Dying Soul", "The Root of All Evil", "Repentance" and "The Shattered Fortress", appeared on subsequent albums Train of Thought, Octavarium, Systematic Chaos and Black Clouds & Silver Linings, respectively. The follow-up songs reference the previous ones and each other, both lyrically and musically, and so may be considered a "suite", in the classical sense. The suite as a whole, which is generally referred to as the Twelve-step Suite, can be considered to be a sequel of sorts to "The Mirror" (found on 1994's Awake), as they reflect numerous thematic and lyrical ideas found in that song, but "The Mirror" is not considered a component of the suite. Though it is clear that Mike has stated that the songs reflect his alcoholism, it is unclear how deep it ran with him. Fans wonder but highly respect his right to privacy; he has (to date) never made an official statement regarding the degree of the subject.
Mike Portnoy has also stated his intention to release all 12 steps on a future live release.
This is the only Dream Theater song to feature the sound of turntables, although the effect was actually achieved by keyboardist Jordan Rudess manipulating the pitch-ribbon of his keyboard, not with actual turntables.
The static heard at the end of "Finally Free", the last song of Dream Theater's previous album, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory is also heard at the beginning of "The Glass Prison", attributing to the theme of album continuity used by Dream Theater, but Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence itself has no apparent affiliation with Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory. It can also be noted that the final sequel "The Shattered Fortress ends with static as well, suggesting that the static is not reference to "Metropolis pt 2." Alternatively, Static beginning and ending the suite alludes to the theme of cycles, such as on the album Octavarium.
Dream Theater performing live at Palaeur in Rome, Italy on October 31st, 2005. This is the full "Romavarium" DVD, which was only available to subscribers of the old Dream Theater International Fan Club in 2006. It is not the full show, but features the complete second set (minus the encores).
1. The Root of All Evil
2. The Answer Lies Within
3. These Walls
4. I Walk Beside You
5. Panic Attack
6. Never Enough
7. Sacrificed Sons
Vocals: James LaBrie
Guitar: John Petrucci
Keyboards: Jordan Rudess
Bass: John Myung
Drums: Mike Portnoy
Current Dream Theater official fan clubs, by country:
UK/North America: Voices UK - http://www.voicesuk.net
France: Your Majesty - http://www.yourmajesty.net
Italy: Italian Dreamers - http://www.italiandreamers.net
Germany: The Mirror - http://www.themirror.de
Norway: DTNorway - http://www.dtnorway.com