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“The intro was a lot of fun because I got to do my thing. It started out kind of orchestral, but then we thought that maybe we should go in another direction. People left it up to me somewhat – everybody was pretty busy with some other things – so I started working on a cinematic idea but one that wasn’t orchestral; it would be more otherworldly.
“It wasn’t going to use violins or trumpets or French horns, but it was going to use these other beautiful sounds. I called upon the Alchemy program because it has this Dream Voices collection of sounds. I had such a good time in the studio with Rich, just finding all of these sounds and saying, ‘Oh, that’s a great one. Let’s record that.’ And each sound would start to change the music and dictate where things were going. This song allowed me to use the Roli Seaboard, too, so I was able to call up some otherworldly sounds and instruments, as well.
“This song is another good example of what happens very naturally with us. Dream Theater is something of a musical melting pot, so it makes sense and feels right for us to have a lot of different styles happening on top of each other. That feels more right than having something that is just one thing, one approach, throughout."