Also, I had this idea of music being literally magic, with musicians being sorcerer-celebrities, weaponized instruments, the human population at war with monsters who physically can't stand music, live music being more potent and powerful than recorded ones, and a boy who has the ability to nullify all sound.
I had a pretty similar idea! Except mine was a bit different...
It takes place on an alternate Earth where Magic Music
not only exists, but is the driving force of the world. Battles of the bands are the number one sport, surpassing even soccer.
As opposed to most uses of Magic Music
, this world's magic relies heavily on teamwork and harmony - e.g.: One guy with a guitar can't do much, but a Five-Man Band
can take on a SWAT team, and the Polyphonic Spree could level entire city blocks at a time.
The magic is primarily song-based, and different pieces, as well as the instruments they're played on, can have WILDLY different effects, based on the mood of the music and the folklore and culture surrounding its genre.
Just a few examples:
- The Power of Rock takes several different forms.
- Taiko drumming has been known to cause seismic activity, as have slap bass and timpani solos.
- The most skilled turntablists can manipulate time - in small amounts (e.g.: Backspinning a record can push the clock back about 30 seconds, but that might be all you keep a bandmate from getting killed, or get a second chance at a battle you lost).
- Spirituals (from multiple cultures) can be used to contact the dead.
- Throat singers can communicate with animals.
- Zeusaphone (a sound-producing tesla coil) music has a pretty predictable use.
- ... As do vuvuzelas, but they're banned from competiton and primarily used in street fights.
- And finally, gospel is considered a complete Game Breaker and is banned from normal use, but the things that the greatest choirs have been able to do in combat is the stuff of legend.
To make things a bit more awesome, Dance Battlers
often work with bands, using Mickey Mousing
to coordinate their attacks and taking literal theme music power ups
Every four years, the musical equivalent of the Olympics is held in a randomly selected World city
that attracts thousands of the most talented music groups from all over the world to participate in a variety of competitions, culminating in a massive Battle of the Bands that draws more attention than pretty much any other sporting event.
The protagonist I had in mind was an aspiring tournament-level electro musician whose primary instrument was a sampling drum machine
The only problem I had was that, in order for two bands to fight each other, they'd have to play different songs at the same time, which would just be noise. So I haven't figured that out yet.
I might do this after I'm done with my current project (Dreams and Daydreams etc. etc.), as an antidote to said project's complexity and relative seriousness, but that's a long way off, so if anyone REALLY wants it that much, you can take it. And I'll gladly serve as a plot consultant.
edited 16th Oct '11 4:23:44 PM by Wheezy