I'm being asked more and more, "what exactly is >3HALOS< ?"
I'll tell you:
UPDATE! Please see the POSTSCRIPT following the description. Thanks for reading!
3HALOS began as a concept derived from two NIN albums licensed under Creative Commons, Ghosts i-iv and The Slip - in particular the former. It is as much an homage to Trent Reznor's incomparable conceptualism as it is an answer to the challenge posed by Reznor when he released both albums (halos 26 and 27) for free download and encouraged his fans to utilize the music for their own creative ventures. The results included a Ghosts i-iv short film festival, an explosion of activity on remix.nin.com, and now 3HALOS. Reznor says of Ghosts,
"I've been considering and wanting to make this kind of record for years, but by its very nature it wouldn't have made sense until this point. This collection of music is the result of working from a very visual perspective - dressing imagined locations and scenerios with sound and texture; a soundtrack for daydreams." (2008, Ghosts i-iv)The 36 instrumental tracks on that album demonstrate the soundscaping brilliance that led Reznor (and producer/collaborator Atticus Ross) to the stage at the Academy Awards three years later to accept the oscar for Best Original Soundtrack, for their work on The Social Network.
The sound of 3HALOS pulls its inspiration from the two aforementioned albums, its lighting concept from the NIN tour Lights in the Sky, and it's story/art from the vivid imagery of decay, despair, and dystopia that is woven throughout Nine Inch Nails's twenty-seven album releases over two decades; furthermore, the driving themes of 3HALOS are greatly inspired by Reznor's personal life triumphs.
Nine months after inception, 3HALOS has begun preproduction. The futurist action-packed script is on the table. On it's path to maturity, it is slated to be transformed into a graphic novel prologue; then brought to life on stage as a 90-minute live music video; and finally, projected to become an indie film in 2013. And, in honoring the example put forth by Reznor/NIN, the script for 3HALOS will be licensed through Creative Commons, and the soundtrack will be made available for free download on a variety of platforms.
3HALOS is a [retold|reznor] experience, co-produced with chicago's Roundhouse Productions. We've already begun fundraising. The script is in it's third draft. The graphic novel hits the drawing board this week. Casting for the live show begins in May. Physical training for the actors begins in June. Fight/stunt choreography begins in July. Following soon thereafter: release of the graphic novel, release of the 3HALOS original soundtrack from [retold|reznor], announcement of the live production, and preproduction for the film. Along the path fans will be able to dive into the world of 3HALOS by following Rose and her street gang of femme fatales in their soon-to-be-revealed sub-radar blog-from-the-future; culminating into an explosive opening night like none Chicago, or the world, has ever experienced.
What lies beyond that? Only the Universe and Trent Reznor know that answer.
PS: UPDATE! At this time, 3HALOS is scheduled to open for a two-week BETA run at The Den Theatre (thedentheatre.com), in Wicker Park, Chicago, IL. Opening night is September 28th, 2012; closing October 7th. This semi-public BETA run is intended to preview the script, cast, and concept for artists, designers, composers, investors, venue owners, friends and family who are interested in joining our cause for the full production coming in 2013.
That, my friends, is 3HALOS - in as much as I can reveal to you at the moment.
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