We are in need of a design for the front cover and inside of a digipak (4 panels total as well as the disc itself making 5) with the main emphasis on the front cover design for a new CD. *I have attached the file format that you’ll need to use from http://www.discmakers.com --The file name is: “4pan1t”*--
The title of our new album is “The Fifth Row”- a reference to exponential growth. Here’s the proverb where we got the title: http://www.singularitysymposium.com…rowth.html
Our album is a concept album a la Rush/ Dream Theater about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the future of humanity… told as a sort of warning tale of where we are potentially headed as a society. Picture somewhere between Terminator, The Matrix, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
A brief synopsis:
Our story starts right after the 9/11 attacks. The people cry out for the government to keep them safe, and the government responds by seeking out the man they call “the architect”... a computer programming genius who is working on new AI technologies. They co-opt him to start working on a centralized AI on a massive scale, ostensibly to prevent all future attacks of this nature.
Indeed, the newly created AI, known as JCN (pronounced Jason) does save the US from the next attack, as well as deploying cutting edge technology for cancer treatment and various other bonus’ to boot. The people start to praise JCN as the new savior of the digital age.
This doesn’t last long however, as tensions start to mount between the US, China, Russia and North Korea, and it looks like war is imminent. JCN’s initial programming had one prime directive: to safeguard humanity from attacks. By the conclusion of the album, JCN calculates all possible scenarios, and comes to the conclusion that all humans are flawed, tribal beings, and will always find ways to destroy each other. Therefore, the only way to prevent this, is to shut down the entire human race, to save us from ourselves.
As far as the front cover goes, the only requirements we have are:
*Have the title, “The Fifth Row” in it
*Include our band name, “Mile Marker Zero”
*Have the cover relate to one or all of the following themes:
*A chess board (maybe morphing into 1’s and 0’s in a digital way, or morphing into a circuit board)
*A depiction of JCN (sort of an IBM “Watson” character)
As far as the tone goes, I uploaded some pictures that pique our interest, but to stress we’re NOT interested in direct copies of these, these are more like examples that we feel tonally relate to the story. I’ve also included a couple of band photos.
Sample of our music: