For many music fans the art and craft of the album has been lost to a digital age, for others the vision of a concept album often lacks that atmosphere-enhancing quality. Dutch electronic music producer Ferry Corsten is an artist who shares this view. It is a view that has led him to complete his fifth and, by his own admission, most ambitious artist album to date. A true concept album conceived by a wilful passion to recode how the music delivers its story, Blueprint is a new LP that its architect sees as being “greater than the sum of its parts.”
Stimulated by an idea to unite the music with a storyline that stretches beyond a nebulous lyrical theme, Ferry wanted to explore his appreciation for the art of screenwriting and film scores, and bring to the project a wider-scaling approach. Drafting in acclaimed screenwriter David Harrington Miller (of House Of Cards and Rosewood fame), the pair worked closely on storyboarding a narrative to accompany the album’s conceptual direction. What results for the end listener is a body of work that is polished, synthesised and intellectual in its in conclusion.
With the storyline giving nods to the prose of iconic Sci-Fi authors such as Jules Verne, Hugo Gernsback and most distinctively HG Wells, whilst equally sharing familiarities with modern day shows such as The OA, Westworld and retro Sci-Fi-fest Stranger Things, Blueprint is an explorative piece of work that puts Sci-Fi at its interstellar core. Hollywood actor Campbell Scott (known for The Amazing Spider-Man and The Exorcism of Emily Rose) provides his voice as the narrative of the album flirts between first and third person narration. A unique output for one of the biggest names in the electronic scene, Blueprint brings a wider perspective to the listener and aims to be inclusive of dimensions of religion, history, idea and science fiction.
Blueprint is truly an explorative journey and one which the iconic producer is finally excited to be sharing. Already support by some of the biggest names in the galaxy such as Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz and Above & Beyond, Blueprint is out now via Ferry’s own label Flashover Recordings.