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C.H.A.O.S. Legion I + II Break Down Synopsis

November 10, 2011 2 comments

Breaking Down C.H.A.O.S. Legion I & II

The Dynamic Universe Volume 10

Dynamics Plus Chaos Legion early album concept art

Chaos Legion early album concept art

Here is a piece of the official press description released at the beginning.

Imagine a world where the Roman Empire never fell but instead dominated the globe. Envision a place where mythology and technology meet on battlefields filled with robotic gladiators, giant siege machines and hovercrafts manned by Centurions. This is the world of the C.H.A.O.S Legion, a massive two volume concept album rooted in hip hop but powered by futuristic beats and a sonic palette including multiple characters conversing in rhyme.

“It takes place on Alternate Earth where Dynamics Plus is a Legionnaire General of King Xertese, who is like the Alexander the Great of this world. The rising popularity of Plus leads to jealousy and eventually betrayal. The bloody campaign of revenge and conquest begins!”

 The Dynamics Plus creates his own army from a collection of outcasts. These albums follow the rise of this C.H.A.O.S (Combat Heavy Assault Operations Squad) Legion and their challenge to the Xertese Empire.

I made the Chaos Legion I & II story-telling concept albums to follow the five year campaign of my renegade army as we travel across our world en route to the Crystal Castle, where the final battle will take place. Here are some general notes about each song. You can dig deeper with the Track Spotlights.

1. Album Intro: “The Magnificent Six” [Read the Track Spotlight]

This places the CHAOS Legion at the end of a far off campaign. The battle is determined by a standoff between the best of each army.

2. “Scribes Did Describe”

Here, the credits roll and you are given an overview of the album.

The scribe Orice Corraine lends his voice to this epic adventure.

3. “Ravens Gate” [Read the Track Spotlight]

This song was originally called ‘Betrayal at Raven’s Gate’. At the point of being relieved by fellow Legionnaire Magnus Arkanus, Dynamics is ambushed. The Queen of the Van-Goths is murdered and in retaliation, Dynamics severs the hand of the fiend Magnus. With his closest friend Bathis Omacry and most of his warriors slain, Dynamics dives off the cliff to certain doom.

4. “The King of Ash Sits on a Throne of Skulls”

Escaping and swimming down into an underwater cavern, Dynamics meets the King of Ash. He is a soulless entity who was once a great battle lord. He made a deal with the devil and as a result, he is imprisoned and fated to spend eternity guarding his foul treasures. The worthiness (a person not here for personal gain) of Dynamics causes the Ash-lord to give Plus a great sword and shield as a gift.

5. “Den of Thieves”

Continuing his Journey, Dynamics stumbles across a group of deserters and takes a one-on-gamble to start the rebuilding of his army. It is here that Dynamics meets his next great defender Boris Amataeus.

6. “Liberators”

The new CHAOS Legion needs great weapons to defeat the mighty armies of King Xertese, and thus they seek the use of the powerful Siege machines. Upon arriving at the kingdom of loyal Lord Praxis, Dynamics prepares for a fight, but is surprised at how far the word of his fledgling rebellion has spread.

7. “Iron Maidens”

Lord Praxis presents Dynamics Plus with two bodyguards; the beautiful and deadly Iron Maidens. Bring forth Aureyis and Alanis.

8. “Ronin Omega”

Red is the face of Ronin Omega. Facing the winter wastes and spreading famine, Dynamics Plus has decided to investigate the story of the Lord Baron Vie-ree and his demonic charge, a monster they call the Ronin Omega.

9. “Siege Machines”

It’s the eve of battle. Two armies face each other across a great chasm. Dynamics Plus and his army prep the great siege machines for total destruction.

10. “Iron Fortress” [read the Track Spotlight]

Using the terrible Siege Machines, the Dynamics Plus and his CHAOS Legion defeat Battle lord Korrin-Ferrin. The adventure continues in the hunt for the assassin Magnus and the insane King Xertese.

C.H.A.O.S. Legion II

1 “Scribes did Describe”

A minor edit was used to update the state of the campaign.

2 “Day of Scarecrows”

Part of the CHAOS Legion is detoured to investigate stories of a powerful wizard that holds a city in the grips of terror. On the way Dynamics finds himself in battle with animated scarecrows.

3. “Night of the Dragon”

Closer yet, the powers of this wizard become more evident as the CHAOS Legion do battle with a dragon made of glass.

4 “Fall of the Wizard’s Tower

This is the final showdown between man and the mystic. Dynamics will find out the cleverness behind the bag of tricks.

5 “One Stands against Many”

Who is the warrior who defeats the best of the CHAOS Legion and challenges the Dynamics Plus? He is an old champion, a great gladiator whose heart still burns for revenge.

6. “Invincible Gold Champion” [read the Track Spotlight]

Dynamics battles the great gladiator champion …and loses!

The terms of defeat will be to deliver a message. His name is Victor Ademmis and you will remember!

7. “Ashes and Remembrance”

A splintering of the Chaos Legion had chosen to rest and re-supply at a retreat for religious studies. A rampaging army of invaders has destroyed the chosen destination:  The Convent Triage Sheol.

She was a first love. She is dead now. A warning is sent to the very gods that watched this happen and did nothing. Dynamics Plus shall do something, but what will it cost him?

8.”Vengeance Slayers”

Dynamics Plus pays a heavy price for his quest of revenge. The invaders are turned and the world of the CHAOS Legion mourns anew. Even in war, there is room for love.

9. “Eyes of Fate” [read Track Spotlight]

The prophecy that tells the end of all things imagined. How can Dynamics Plus continue knowing that the end is near?

10. “Eve of Final Conquest”

The final rallying speech for the ill-fated CHAOS Legion.

The Combat: Heavy Assault Operation Squad will fight on, even in the face of defeat.

11.” Twilight of the Crystal Castle”

This marks the final battle for the Crystal Castle and the ultimate revenge against the evil King Xertese. In the darkest hour, an ancient friend will return to level the playing field. Red is the face when it is covered with your enemy’s blood!

12. Prologue: “Message Delivered”

Old debts are paid. The weasel- King Pariah will remember his double-cross and a forgotten name will be etched into his mind before death!

Thank you for your interest in the CHAOS Legion series

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STAR Patrol video from Dynamics Plus

Song: S.T.A.R. (Stellar Track Android Recon) Patrol

Album: Foresight Wars [Dynamic Universe Volume 2]

Artist: Dynamics Plus

Website: http://www.TheDynamicUniverse.com

This is a video for The Dynamic Universe Volume 2. The album is Foresight Wars. The song is track# 6

S.T.A.R. (Stellar Track Android Recon) Patrol

It’s a suicide mission for a group of space robot fighters.

More about Foresight Wars, the album…

I went totally space cadet on Foresight Wars. It’s alien abductions and the origins of my Foresight Powers. There are three CDP (Captain Dynamics Plus) songs and the debut of the Nucleon Universe with Eve of Destruction.

The overall feeling at the time was total disconnect from everything that was happening around me. I felt like a stranger or some kind of foreigner to this …planet. I mean everything. The music industry and the trends in rap, the surrounding culture and really just disappointed with humanity. Sounds a little weird, I know, but it made sense to consider myself an alien that was deposited here by accident. I’m still waiting for the mothership to return and beam me up.

You’ll hear lots of reference to the Lenzmen and another member Beta One. That was a friend of Doc Strange from Queens that’s really a sick lyricist. We’ve always considered being a Lenzmen a lifetime thing that doesn’t only connect us through rhyme so although he was mostly inactive; he’s still counted as ‘an official Lenzmen’ whenever I do a roll call.

This albums stands out so much for me as it signifies the turning point where storytelling became a major focal point on my albums. Thank you for checking out my music and I hope you enjoy Dynamic Universe Volume 02: Foresight Wars.

-Dynamics Plus

www.TheDynamicUniverse.com

http://www.Lenzmen.com

Dynamics Plus Track Spotlight Chaos Legion “Iron Fortress”

July 24, 2010 1 comment

Dynamics Plus Chaos Legion I "Iron Fortress"

Iron Fortress from the Dynamics Plus album Chaos Legion I

Back Story

“Iron Fortress” was a tough one to get going because I knew the first album needed an anchor song to end with. The subtitle for Chaos Legion album was originally Siege Machines and I wanted to create something really epic and grand. It was going to be the vision of the two forces, separated by a huge chasm, hurling all manner of ordinance at each other. In the set up interlude “Siege Machines” you get the sense that Dynamics Plus is wary of the whole idea and dislikes the ‘devil’s technology’. His officers tell him the machines will bring them victory. He asks “At what cost?” meaning in men and to their warror’s code for using such powerful weapons that kill from afar.

Lyric Study

“Battlelord Korrin-Ferrin, this is your last chance. Swing open the gates of the Iron Fortress or be destroyed by the Dynamics Plus and his Chaos Legion! – The sky lit up — looking like fireworks…”

One of my favorite touches is the announcement before the battle starts. The Chaos Legion attempted to intimidate Lord Praxis into giving up the siege machines in “The Liberators”. He answered back on his own system and countered the challenge. In this case, Ferrin never replies; he just starts firing his weapons. I like the fact that in each case, it didn’t have the desired effect. And of course, we’ll try this again in “One Stands Against Many” in Chaos Legion II

“The skies in twilights, her face shone bright
Grips my arm tight, it implodes and ignites
Overcome by the hum and buzz
I noticed how striking she was…”

This notes a key moment where you can argue Dynamics Plus begins to fall for his Amazon bodyguard Alanis. It’s a thrilling moment for both of them as she forgets herself while enjoying the lightshow and he remembers she’s a woman – even if she is off limits.

“Bring out Doctor Atomics! –
Machines turned on as he waved a wand
In his open hand marching band baton…”

Yes, it’s Doctor Atomics with a central role in this universe too. In Dynamic Universe Volume Six (Doctor Atomics and the Fortress of Solitude) he does double duty as both Fallout Shelter administrative task master and the head of my intelligence department in STACI: The Garden of Eden.

“I wiped my lens and took sight again
with signs he offends and his wall defends
His shields persists and the bombs resist
He stood on a lift and pumped his fist…
More bombs dropped, then his arms dropped
He looked to the heavens, prays his arms raised
looked this way, then saluted a grade
then was blown away -off the wall in a blaze….”

We’re watching each other through binoculars and earlier he spelled out a message along with an obscene gesture. He feels he has the upper hand and is almost celebrating on the high walls of his fortress. As his shield gives out, he realizes it’s over and actually salutes me before being blown off the wall.

Production Notes

As a child I watched Battle of the Planets (Gatchaman) and I was always inspired by the action music and theme songs. There was a horn riff that always signals ‘the bad guys are building stuff’ and I wanted that sound in this track. The Korg Kaossilator (partially chosen because of its name- yes, I’m weird like that) did the whole track except for the drums. The explosion sound effects were dropped live as the track ran. It took forever since I needed to have them drop in-between words and I kept blowing it. Mixing was another problem since I didn’t want the basic track to be drowned by the bombing sounds. The jazzy horn riffs originally filled the whole track, but the track began to get cluttered and overpower the vocals. Since the song was written in two parts, it made sense to save the live horn work for the latter half of the track.

Video Vision

Unreal Tournament is on my gaming top ten list so it was very cool to be able to use sampled clips for one of my videos. That’s Unreal Tournament 3 and I was stuck on whether or not I should use still frames or video clips. I went in-between with flipping frames. Clips from the horrible Quake: Enemy Territory were also used. Hey, I needed to get my money’s worth somehow.

UT is a very close approximation for what the actual Chaos Legion Universe looks like. Although the album artwork accentuates the more Spartan aspects of my army, it is still a futuristic force powered by electronics. So we are talking something in-between ancient Greek armor and futuristic battle armor.

Thanks for checking out my music.

-Dynamics Plus

http://www.TheDynamicUniverse.com

FREE MUSIC “M.O.P.H.O. The Last Analogue Transmission”

FREE MUSIC “M.O.P.H.O. The Last Analogue Transmission”

DSI MOPHO illustration from Producer's Edge digital magazine

Battlestrux Year One: Captain of a Starship Track Spotlight

A lot of my earlier albums had songs called Captain Dynamics Plus and then a more specific subtitle like “Planet Industry” or “stardust Memories”. These are short stories based around the idea of Dynamics Plus being a starship captain and having adventures. I enjoyed making and listening to them, but I didn’t know how to expand the idea beyond an album interlude.

Enter the MOPHO

Whenever reviewing a piece of gear for Producer’s Edge digital magazine, I always crank out a good number of tracks to both explore the unit and to familiarize myself with its workflow and tendencies. The Dave Smith Instruments MOPHO is a monophonic analog synthesizer that I found to be a joy to work with. You can read the review here. I was using both the surface knobs and the soft-editor and generating a ton of usable sounds. That inspired me to start using the MOPHO to create entire tracks by itself. If you are unfamiliar with synthesizers, you can think of a monophonic synthesizer as only being able to generate one sound at a time. Not entirely true, but true enough to realize that it takes a lot of programming and recording in passes or layers to make an entire song. It’s the equivalent of having one musician play every instrument. Easy enough, but now add in the fact that the musician has to make the instrument (sound) first!

One of the tracks caught my ear with an arpeggiated phrase that sounded like something I would have used in a CDP interlude. I hadn’t made one in a while so I thought ‘why not?’ and began writing. I now had a song as full as “Cosmic Centipede Episode V” from Foresight Wars. That in turn inspired a full length album based in the Captain Dynamics Plus universe. I had a lot of fun creating this song and we can explore some of the lyrics in the following Track Spotlight.

* The samples used in this song and more are available for sale on the www.StudioAVX.com Website.

Product page = Griffin Avid presents: MOPHO Drum Kits and Samples

M.O.P.H.O. Last Analogue Transmission

Chorus:
And this composition (Captain of a starship!)
The Xodus Phoenix expedition (Blast off Rocketship!)
My Final mission (A-shaped spaceship)
The Captains’ last Analog Transmission (The Last Transmission!)

My survey ship
the Phoenix Xodus receives a transmission

Xodus Phoenix is the nick name for a Producer’s Edge staffer. Xavier said that his name sounds like a cool Lenzmen alter-ego so I used it here knowing he’d get a kick out of that.

-it’s a series of blips from a far distance
set a course for it
[here’s your mission:] Ascertain the source and maintain an orbit
Sir, I have visual, it’s a spaceship (of an unknown kind)
It’s sending us a analog signal (well, let’s reply)
We can’t respond in digital (we’ll have to go inside)

A small reference to the difference between analogue and digital synthesizers- that the signal coming from the spaceship is so old, our modern equipment can’t understand the message.

The line has died A magnetic storm has arrived
take the ship down planet-side.
Send an away team while we wait for the waves to subside

Part II [Down and Away]

Can you hear me captain? Yes barely, boost his chip
It’s clearly an earthship, buried up to its tip
fairly certain the ancient rocketship has real analog circuits
powered by Curtis chips.

Dave Smith Instruments, the company that makes the MOPHO, has used Curtis Chips in its analogue synthesizers.

We’re stopping the rover and walking closer
There’s lettering on the hull, but its’ covered over
It reads MOPHO what?
M.O. in Code
Mike, Oscar, Papa, Hotel, Oscar
come in over?
Mopho. Find me a reference
the storms too intense
We’re losing communiqué
there’s too much interference
Captain, we’ve entered the main bay
proceeding down main passageway into the command gangway
Captain, the signals split
I can’t receive you but I can still transmit
I hope you’re getting all of this
Look here, we have a dead astronaut slumped over holding a yellow box.

The MOPHO looks like a yellow box in appearance and the dead crew member is holding one in his hands.

Sir, data package, live feed, it’s the ship’s ID
This doesn’t make sense; it’s logged under military defense.
MOPHO the letters meant Mass Obliteration Planetary Heavy Ordinance
There’s a red button sir.

The MOPHO features a red “Push It” button. Before the unit was released, many of us synth-heads were speculating what the button does. It starts the sequencer running and in context of this song, it’s the Red Button that arms/ detonates the MOPHO bomb.

I’m sure it’s a control
Yes, wires leading to the console.
No! Don’t press it.
I’m sure this resets it.
Blast off, emergency Lift-off

The Hull is peeling away!
Atomic yield phase shields raised
Planet Surface giving way.
massive waves of radioactive rays
displayed in an azure haze of Fallout blaze
(planetary shockwave!) gaining a range, mass action engine engage
burning inertial stage, surfing immersing in flames

The above section describes the scene of the starship Phoenix Xodus pulling away from the planet as it breaks apart after being destroyed by the MOPHO device.

Part III [Doctor Atomics sees the Light of Destruction]

The Ark is part of the pardon of Cain

Biblical and religious references abound. The flood, in this case, is a flood of flames and destruction. The Ark is Noah’s Ark which is the spaceship ferrying the crew members away.

the arc is part of the stay from acidic rains in face of his reign

This arc is the rainbow, a promise that the world would not be destroyed again by flooding.

shaping the plane and breaking the chains lights fade in the age of half-life decays
awaken a wraith and awaiting his rage

Describes the anger in using a weapon of this nature to wipe out a planet and its entire civilization. If our concept of God can wipe out the surface of a planet, what kind of terrible entity (us) would use a weapon to destroy an entire planet?

We become gods ourselves based on our destructive abilities.

[it’s the God]
birthing and cursing in his domain
[insert control rods]
the world spins on his lathe
action reaction a vain
attracting your acting a play
a pact to enact a delay
it’s an act of faith

The chance for a few humans and animals to survive gives us another chance to live properly.

we wait as he pulls the reins
plays the strings of fate
it’s the endgame of your ways

There is a pause while we wait. The reins hint at the four Horsemen.

But yet, there is a warning, which is about a coming Judgment Day. That’s considered the Endgame of our Ways.

Sir the gravity gauge
well, check the display
It’s confirmed we’re pulling away.
We were almost burned
Set course for return
Close mission.
Coded: Analog Transmission

Summary

A ship receives a mysterious transmission and investigates. They find a powerfully destructive device at the source of the signal. The explorer group triggers the bomb and escapes as the planet breaks up. This is a song inspired by the DSI MOPHO, I hope you enjoy it.

-Dynamics Plus

www.TheDynamicUniverse.com

Dynamics Plus new album- Battlestrux Year One: Captain of a Starship

THE LENZMEN DYNAMICS PLUS
PRESENTS:

Battlestrux Year One
Captain of a Starship

Battlestrux Year One album cover

The Lenzmen Dynamics Plus and the Battlestrux comic series merge into Dynamic Universe Volume 12 Battlestrux Year One: Captain of a Starship. The full length album chronicles the earliest adventures of the Mantis One starship crew.

The Album synopsis:
It’s a mission to investigate the mysterious disappearances of ships near the edge of a Gravity Well. You will follow the first voyage of the newly appointed captain. It’s Time for Action as you man your battle-stations and make ready for sci-fi hip hop. When you put a masterful lyricist over out-of-this-world beats, you get Battlestrux Year One.

Video Trailer for album:

Read and hear more about this album and the lyrics at http://www.TheDynamicUniverse.com


Building the Lenzmen Lyricist by Lyricist

Building the Lenzmen Lyricist by Lyricist

In the early 90s’ I hosted a college radio show at WBAU Adelphi in Garden City. It was 90.1 and the birth place of Public Enemy and home of the Wild Man Steve show. It was called the M-Train with Drew Spence, Dawn Cee and DJ Makin Noize. One night Blu Warta (N-ntense of Raise the Levels of The Boom fame) brings down a few emcees and these cats were super nice with it. One in particular called himself Docktor Strange which immediately tapped into my triangle. It was one of those meetings where you try to out obscure reference someone, but they are too on-point. We had a lot in common and began building from there.

I eventually approached him about forming a music group but he was already part of at least three different rap cliques including The Invisible Men (N-Tense and Rallo included) and Blind Chemistry with future Lenzmen Centri. One night we’re watching the anime Lensman and he picked that as a name for us. Now it was two of us and a sick name for a crew. We listened to tapes of a rapper Eric (Earthadox) who was really…unorthodox…in how he did everything. His rhyme patterns were impossible to predict and his subject matter was all over the place. Doc Strange also recruited long time friend Beta-One who was a real laid back cat. Centri was tied up in military service so he was kind of a question mark for a while.

M-Train Radio show featuring Lenzmen Beta One Beta One on M-Train

M-Train radio show featuring Docktor Strange and Centri Centri on M-Train

Enter the Freestyle

We used to rhyme at my house every Friday night. At first we used to kick written raps and then whatever we wrote that week. Eventually we just ran out of material, but since I made beats every day, I always had more new music than we had rhymes for. And so we started free-styling or creating improvised raps about whatever was going on. Since we used to joke on each other so much, it always turned into light battle rhymes. Little did we know we were building ourselves into Cypher Warriors.

Enta Da Cryptic One

I met Atoms Fam producer and artist Cryptic One along with Jest One Art also at the M-Train radio show. They rhymed crazy too so we all began hanging out and rhyming together. Most of that took place at Cryptic’s house where we recorded just about everything. I used to build scenarios or stories for us to freestyle around. It was a whole lot of fun and of course lots of battles broke out. I’m sure you can imagine. That’s also when we made our first record “Viking Wars” on Moodswing 9 and we had other songs on the Cryptic compilation The Persecution of Hip Hop. Since then it’s been two Lenzmen albums, a few solo projects and great memories of a time when music meant everything. And everything revolved around music.

Lenz Linguistics

Each Lenzmen started showing tendencies over time. Doc Strange had the most even and pure flow. Earthadox was abstract with long chains of concepts strung together. Centri was the king of left-field references. I mostly was the cat that taps tricky wordplay and bends everything towards sci-fi. We began to see ourselves in everything and decided to choose elements, insects, shapes, natural elements, planets and even comic and movie characters that matched our personalities.

Lenzmen Album I: Bend and Blur Your Optics “Make Sure Your Vision Blur” (Docktor Strange, Dynamics Plus, Centri)

http://www.TheDynamicUniverse.com/blog/BlogYourVisionBlur.mp3 Make Sure Your Vision Blur

The sights came from my tendency to always dream about the future (foresight), Doc Strange was concerned with today and right now (insight) and Earthadox was always saying remember when (hindsight). Centri was always coming with some off-the-wall observation so we called him Outer-Sight and it stuck.

In the end, the story of the Lenzmen should be about a group of friends with an interest in rap music who chose to create it on their own terms and march to the beat of their own drum machine. I feel lucky to have been included in such an eclectic crew of emcees. Long live the Lenzmen! – Dynamics Plus

Chaos Legion I & II

Chaos Legion Album Concept Graphic THE LENZMEN DYNAMICS PLUS
PRESENTS:

C.H.A.O.S LEGION I & II

Imagine a world where the Roman Empire never fell but instead dominated the globe. Envision a place where mythology and technology meet on battlefields filled with robotic gladiators, giant siege machines and hovercrafts manned by Centurions. This is the world of the C.H.A.O.S Legion, a massive two volume concept album rooted in hip hop but powered by futuristic beats and a sonic palette including multiple characters conversing in rhyme. Dynamics Plus, emcee and producer who also mixed, mastered and even created the artwork has basically created an audio version of a big budget fantasy epic in his own studio “the fallout shelter”. Dynamics Plus says of the albums…

“I developed the concept for this album years ago but I didn’t have the tools or gear necessary to do it the way I had it in my mind so I sat on it while I kept building my skill-set. I recorded the entire album in sequence so I completed the intro track and kept recording until the last track of the story was done. I lived this album as it unfolded.”

No easy feat for sure, but Dynamics Plus AKA Drew Spence is one of the greatest students of the art of production. He uses his knowledge and love to further its ends as Editor In Chief of Producers Edge Magazine, a resource dedicated to documenting every angle of music production. As a member of The Lenzmen (also including members Doctor Strange, Centri and Earthadox) he’s crafted imaginative songs touching on many themes including the martial arts, wrestling, sci-fi, aliens and super heroics. This is definitely Dynamic Plus’s masterwork. Speaking on the story he reveals “It takes place on Alternate Earth where Dynamics Plus is a Legionnaire General of King Xertese, who is like the Alexander the Great of this world. The rising popularity of Plus leads to jealousy and eventually betrayal. The bloody campaign of revenge and conquest begins!”

The Dynamics Plus creates his own army from a collection of outcasts. These albums follow the rise of this C.H.A.O.S (Combat Heavy Assault Operations Squad) Legion and their challenge to the Xertese empire. It’s also a metaphor for today’s musical landscape as Dynamics Plus uses an army of songs to rally the underground into challenging the empire we call the music industry.

http://www.TheDynamicUniverse.com