Connections

As announced on stream (twitch.tv/wetalkofdreams), I have some exciting announcements for the new era of We Talk of Dreams! This will be a master post of everything that I’ve already announced, as well as a few ideas of what you can look forward to as We Talk of Dreams grows and creates.

Connections

Releasing in early 2022, “Connections” is my first full album. I’ve been working on this project for a long time, and it means more to me than I can possibly say that I can finally share it with the world.

There will be seven full length tracks, including the two singles I released earlier this year. (Which you can find here!) “Connections” is professionally mastered, and I can’t wait for you all to hear it.

Audio Drama Podcast

Alongside “Connections”, I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that I will be releasing a limited series podcast audio drama. This podcast will employ professional voice actors and  will be fully scripted, acted, soundscaped, and scored. The ‘as-yet-untitled’ audio drama podcast will feature scripts from both new and established writers, from within the We Talk of Dreams community, and beyond it. Transcripts will be available with every episode, and no content will be paywalled (just like everything else at We Talk of Dreams)

The podcast will be five episodes long, with each episode based on one of the tracks from the album. I asked the writers to take what inspired them from the “Connections” music, and to write something that they felt intrinsically they needed to share from it — and they delivered in ways I could never have imagined. 

I very much wanted “Connections” to feel like it isn’t just me — it’s all of us.

Writers, voice actors, and production crew will be announced in the near future, but what I can tell you now, as a bit of a sneaky-peek, is that the indomitable Fay Roberts (@fayroberts) has graciously agreed to share zir incredible talents with us for this project. I truly mean it when I say that this is an incredible collaborative effort, and I cannot wait for you all to experience it with me.

Production and Editing Streams

As we move towards the release of “Connections”, I’m going to be focusing more streams on my Twitch account (twitch.tv/wetalkofdreams) towards production and editing streams, to let people see behind the curtain of how a project like this gets off the ground.

They will include editing, producing, and scoring, as well as behind-the-scenes info on directing choices, production choices, script choices, and everything in between. I want to show as much of the process as I possibly can, without giving away major spoilers of the podcast or album.

Since the beginning I’ve been a massive advocate of tearing down the “secrecy” that surrounds so many “making it” stories, and allowing free and available access to all levels of the creative process. Creatives helping creatives is the backbone of our community, and I want to keep that going as much as possible as we work towards releasing this album and this podcast.

Art and Creations from “Connections

In that same spirit of creatives helping creatives, I want to have “Connections” be a part of all of us, not just me, and not even just those who’ve worked on the podcast. “Connections” is about connecting to everyone, no matter where they are, or where they’re starting. 

I’m happy to announce that “Connections” will be released under a creative commons license (we are currently working out the legals and logistics, so no final decision on which license just yet) that will allow anyone, anywhere, to develop creative projects inspired by the album, the podcast, or both — so long as those creations are non-commercial, and any of the music/podcast episodes (or any assets) are not claimed as your own creation.

Fanart pays homage to the original art. What we are doing is offering you the assets to extend the world of “Connections” in your own artform. Think of it as a collaboration with you being able to leave your own mark, and say what you want to say.

I keep talking about how “Connections” is about all of us, not just about me, and it’s because I mean it — We Talk of Dreams is all about dreaming up creative projects, and I want this to be a massive diving board for people to delve into their own creative dreams, and turn them into something that we can all be a part of.

Funding

Finally, I want to say that this — all of this — has been made possible by the incredible support shown by the We Talk of Dreams community. The album, artwork, and the podcast have been fully funded by your generous support, and I want to be completely transparent about how I’ve used this support to then funnel back into the community with these projects.

To say thank you isn’t enough — you, the community, have allowed these projects to happen, and I cannot overstate how grateful I am for that.

As always, you can support us on:
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/wetalkofdreams
Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/wetalkofdreams

The Future

This has already been a chonky post, so I don’t want to put too much else here! You can look forward to more announcements in the coming weeks and months, including revealing the talents involved in the audio drama podcast, as well as some other exciting developments. 

Again — thank you so much for all you’ve done to help us to get towards this goal. I don’t feel like I’m doing any of this alone: I’m doing it alongside all of you.

Biscuit dunks and Beeps hugs,

Nico