James Ward and I have been thinking about organising some talks.  And thinking.  And thinking.

[Less thinking, more action!]

James runs the hugely successful Boring Conference and we’ve been talking for a while about something that we could collaborate on. Something we could do easily on a weekday evening in a pub. Micro-talks.  So here’s the idea:

We’re going to try something called The Concept Album Talks.  According to the dictionary:

“A concept album is a studio album where all musical or lyrical ideas contribute to a single overall theme or unified story. In contrast, typical studio albums consist of a number of unconnected songs (lyrically and otherwise) performed by the artist.”

Here’s how it will work:

1. We’ll pick a record.
2. The name of the album will be the name of the event.
3. Each talk will be a track on the album.
4. We’ll arrange the speakers.  Each speaker will be limited to the running time of the track.
5. Each speaker will have to give a talk that makes sense of the track title.
6. They won’t be able to talk about the song though.
7. That’s it.

We’ll have a break at the point that you flip to side B.

The first album we’re going to do is Dark Side of the Moon. The song list is pretty good for titles for talks:

1. Speak to Me
2. On the Run
3. Time
4. The Great Gig in the Sky
5. Money
6. Us and Them
7. Any Colour You Like
8. Brain Damage
9. Eclipse

The lengths vary. Speak to Me will be the hardest. It’s only 1 minute and 13 seconds long. How can you do a talk that short?

Why are we doing this?  I have no idea.  It is an idea in pursuit of a purpose.  If it does work I’ll come and say hello.  If it doesn’t I had nothing to do with it.

If you’d like to come along, drop us a line at albumtalks@houstonpr.co.uk

There are loads of records that we’d like to do and we’d also like to hear your suggestions.

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UPDATE: We have a date and a venue for the first Concept Album Talks – Tuesday, July 21st (6.30pm start) in the upstairs room at the Theodore Bullfrog pub in Villiers Street near Charing Cross station.  

If you’d like to come along, send us an email at albumtalks@houstonpr.co.uk or tweet @HamishMThompson or @iamjamesward

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