Great American Afterlife
I play drums in a post-metal band called Mankind. We had lost our rehearsal space a while back and had spent some time messing around with amps and sounds in my living room. My brother-in-law, and author Peter Brown Hoffmeister (author of End of Boys and Graphic the Valley) had been telling me about a trilogy of short stories he was calling his "post ideal" series. The first story was about a break up and we decided we'd put his narration of the story to music.
We recorded Pete in one take, and then spent the next nine months writing and improvising tracks around his dialogue. It resulted in a 30 minute "audiobook" with music and you can listen below, or download it from the Mankind bandcamp page. Mankind plans on releasing the individual tracks without the story by spring of 2013.
The cover was a combination of a drawing I had done several years ago, given to a girl, and took it back after the divorce. Once it had been committed to use for this project, it went directly in the trash. I love it when art, music and life all work together.