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PUBLISHED: 10:44 AM on Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Engstrom rocks the sci-fi genre with second album

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  "Volitar: Alien World" is Andy Engstrom's second sci-fi-themed album and is now available online at www.volitar.com.
The storyline, the music and the effects. It's not a film, but a complete story line without images.

"Volitar: Alien World" is Andy Engstrom's second album, which he describes as "a movie without images."

The storyline is told through audio with sound effects, dialogue and rock music.

He started the project more than seven years ago with his first album, "Volitar: Murder Mystery Mayhem." He said it took a cast of more than 20 musicians to complete the project.

"It took a lot of people between the musical passages and sound effects intertwined with singing and acting parts with characters," Engstrom said. "The compositions are different and were very challenging to put together, but they come together as being part of a whole story and are used chronologically in order to make up the story."

The first album ended with a kiss between the two main characters and "Alien World" starts where the story left off-with a wedding.

"The story just continues and then things start to go bad," Engstrom said.

While the album is rock music, Engstrom said he wanted the story to reflect sci-fi movies from the 1950s and 1960s.

"I really wanted to combine the characters and sounds of the old, corny sci-fi movies. I used synthesizers to create a sound of an older medium," Engstrom said.

"I draw inspiration and feedback from my wife, Becky, who voices Desiree."

With arts and humanities grants Engstrom has finished this second album.

He said he would like to launch the album into another media form rather than creating a third album.

"It's the kind of thing that could be a child's video game, a comic book or a movie. There's so much to do with it," Engstrom said. "People say there's no original art left in the world, but this is totally different and as close to original as I can imagine."

A composer, Engstrom also has his own businesses in the window cleaning industry.

"You'll see me hanging from the skies," Engstrom said. "It's a seasonal job and gives me the winters off so I can work on my art."

A CD release listening party will be held at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Silverbow Backroom. The shows are free and open to the public.


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