SOUNDSTAGE is broken up into four sections based on the four stages of the alchemical magnum opus. In its esoteric history, the goal of alchemy was to treat base matter in such a way as to transform it into gold. In this respect, SOUNDSTAGE presents a metaphoric transmutation to a higher existence. The character perpetually performs a nighttime ritual in order to “merge” with his perfected being in the form of the adored actress, who exists as his “philosopher’s stone.” The sections are represented by the alchemical four phases: melanosis (blackening), leukosis (whitening), iosis (reddening) and xanthosi (yellowing). These stages are reversed to follow a journey from the final “yellow” phase back to the “black” base material beginning. The character ends at the beginning, in a void. As the lyric from the song “Merge” describes…. “the place that you came from, the love that you knew, its all here around you, its waiting for you “ .
YELLOW – ( Film Noir Screen Test ) – Gold, Elixir of Life, Beauty, Philosopher’s Stone.
Song – “Nightboom” – (Music by Yair Evnine, Lyrics by Rob Roth, Vocals by Rob Roth)
RED – ( Italian Horror / Giallo Genre ) – Sacrifice , desire, addiction, mutilation.
Song – “Blood Moon” (Sanguinem Luna) – (Music by Kamala Sankaram, Lyrics by Rob Roth, Vocals by Rob Roth and Rebecca Hall)
WHITE – ( Bergman / Fellini / Monroe Mashup ) – Purification, cleansing, forgiveness, innocence.
Song – “Falling Stars” – (Music by Rachelle Garniez, Lyrics by Rob Roth, Vocals by Rob Roth and Rebecca Hall)
BLACK – ( 60’s Television Talk Show ) – End, death, void, nothing, rebirth.
Song – “Merge” – (Music by Yair Evnine, Lyrics by Rob Roth, Vocals by Rebecca Hall)