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Concept albums and voice signatures

Posted Aug 22 2010 4:01pm
In .net magazine ( Sept 2010 , p.42) Jeffrey Zeldman makes reference to the web we grew up with being as obsolete as concept albums. Music distribution has suffered a series of step-downs that previously conveyed the concept album visually. Many LP covers are classics themselves. The switch from LP record covers, to CD, and then to mp3 downloads means concept albums are indeed fewer, but maybe less noticed too.

Maybe the concept album can have a renaissance? Clearly story telling has never been completely lost, the web and other media depends on content - stories and music too . Successful narratives prove their worth by doing surprising things with concepts that prompt re-telling down the ages. The concepts may change, but the structures and elements of the stories are timeless .

Concepts obviously remain central to making sense of everything: self, others, the world and the future that includes the new web. In the health career model we have a concept album. It is a care concept album comprising several snapshots or frames. It is also person-centred.

It has a voice that has its own musical signature, it is unique - that is if the album is truly person-centred and listened to.

.net September also includes a brief interview with the creators of The Specials website, which takes the form of a docu-soap about five friends with learning disabilities.

When we listen stories can be told
great things can follow.
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