A surreal animated musical work by Sabrina Peña Young
Teenage Libertaria, a fighter of mysterious origin, leads a children's rebellion against the post-Apocalyptic government of the United Socialist States of America.
Even death can't stop her.
I have embarked on a large scale audiovisual journey. After mulling ideas in my head for an opera for the last year or so, I have decided to go forward with an electronic opera, complete with synthesized voices, computer generated characters, and a surreal landscape of a post nuclear future.
Libertaria combines experimental electronic music with popular rhythms, creating a fusion of the avant-garde and the familiar. With characters straight out of a futuristic graphic novel, Libertaria reaches out to the mind, borrowing familiar science fiction elements and combining them with stunning music and a moving libretto.
LIBERTARIA OPENING CREDITS TEST ANIMATION
MAKING A VIRTUAL OPERA
How am I going to create this amazingly large electronic work? Combining over a decade's experience in electronic music and composition with almost an equal number of years in digital media and video art, I create Libertaria using my private multimedia studio, equipped with Logic, animation software, Final Cut, Photoshop, and another half a dozen programs that come in handy.
|Don't mess with Libertaria!|
It's the year 2125, and United States, decimated by nuclear war in the last half of the 21st century has splintered off into territorial factions. The sky has grown red, the water runs black, and hope rests on the shoulders of a young teen.
Meet Libertaria, of unknown origin and unknown place. Left as an infant in the abandoned Lady Liberty in the year 2125, she spent her early years bouncing from one foster home to another, until at the age of 14 she found escape, traveling on the bullet train from Nueva York, the capitol of the USSA, to New Miami.
But the world had not heard the last of the spunky chic with the bad attitude. And before it's all over, she will lead a children's rebellion against the greasy politicos running the nation into the ground.
LIP SYNC TEST
So what's in my studio? I have an iMac, Motu 88 key Midi Controller, small mixer, Malletkat, mics. My secret weapon? A program called USB Overdrive, which lets me hook up any USB video game controller to my Mac for use in Garageband. I typically hook up my PS3 drumset, guitar, and PS3 controller to get a more organic feel or to experiment.
This simple studio has given me the tools I need to create great music and animation. It might not be the most cutting edge software, but hey, talent, not technology, is what matters.
What programs do I use? Here's a quick list, but it's always changing.
Finale, Logic, Finale Cut, Photoshop, Live Type, Vocal Writer, Garageband, Poser, Bryce, Typeit Readit, Quicktime, Audacity, Corel Painter