from a Memory Act One
from a Memory Act Two
|Scenes From A Memory analysis
in november 1999, by Fabien Labonde, a french fan
This review is
based on an
acute listening of Dream Theaters
new masterpiece : SCENES FROM A MEMORY.
John Petrucci, John Myung, Jordan Rudess, Mike Portnoy
and James Labries performances have been analyzed
on a rhythmic and harmonic level. I also added the
lyrics, several references to Metropolis Part One, other
DT songs and other metal songs.
There is no (or very few) interpretation or theory about
I tried to be clear, as far as harmony is concerned, and
maybe I hear a special chord when you hear another
one ! This wasnt very difficult to do compared
to rhythmic consideration : I had to play some riffs
slower to determine bar divisions. To identify the
arrangements, I had to filter some parts or plug my
headphones not completely. Sorry for guitarists, but I am
a pianist, and maybe I misunderstood one or two (or
more !) Petruccisms.
Anyway, enjoy this, and have pleasure in playing your own
versions of those incredible songs.
to what I like
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|I never imagined that once Mike
Portnoy would read this page... Thank you, Mike
Here's how he reacted in his own site's forum :
This guy broke down the album and gathered EVERY f***ing
forshadowing and past reference that we planted
throughout the whole CD!!
I've seen thorough discussion on the story line, but this
is the most
detailed breakdown of the music, melodies and lyrical
references I seen yet!!!
I can guarantee that this guy has caught some references
that even a few of
the other band members didn't even realize or just forgot
Mike Portnoy " 12/30/1999
I'd like to thank the
following people for their remarks, suggestions, or
simple but touching e-mails:
Mike Portnoy, Dave Hatlee, Stéphane Auzilleau, 20.100,
cryopsis, Brett, b.tinge, F.Bourdon, Axis from LTEtabs,
J.Raaness, tsedaka, F.Nespoulos, Ellis Dee Elkins, Marcus
Seger, Robert Ofstad, Alex Gajic, Ben W., Olivier
Dufournier, David Lemoine, Peter Spaulding, Jens Sieloff,