Playlist Notes: Novas 5.3: The Wire Full Of Light Act 1

(previously: Mixtape of the Found Decade)

(previously: Novas 5.2)

It is an alternate 1980. A young New Wave musician and a soldier each find themselves trapped in a secret corporate-military battle against an unknown enemy.

This story takes place two years before Novas 1.

I hadn’t planned Novas 5 to be more than just a couple of side stories riffing on the Bond Theme and the images of pulp noir romance I loved from the more poppy side of the New Ave era. But the character of ‘Gloria’ from 5.1 kept nagging at me. What was her story? Was she in fact Susan, from a time before the Simulation? What was she running from? And what about Jack?

So this was the result: a full second trilogy. Two prequels, and a sequel, expanding and concluding the story of the Novas.

As always, given the weird interstitial and hypertextual nature of this whole project, I’m deeply indebted both to the bands themselves and to the wonderful people who put songs on Youtube, most especially the channel PlanetNamedDesire for highlighting tiny female-fronted New Wave and synthpop bands, without which Susan wouldn’t have found a voice.

Novas 5.3: The Wire Full Of Light

Act 1: War

Sometimes I really think I’m going crazy in the night. When I hide down in the covers and I won’t turn on the light. I think nothing’s gonna get to me. But then again it might.
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Playlist Notes: Novas 5.2: Alleys That We Run Through Act 1

(previously: Mixtape of the Found Decade)

(previously: Novas 5.1)

It is an alternate 1984. Two forces are fighting for control of the Western world. A shadowy Company armed with mind-altering artificial intelligence, and an underground network of musicians: the Novas.

This story takes place between Acts 1 and 2 of Novas 2 .

Novas 5.2: Alleys That We Run Through

Act 1: Embers

“Children, behave”. That’s what they say when we’re together. “And watch how you play.” They don’t understand. And so we’re running just as fast as we can. Holding onto one another’s hand.
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Playlist Notes: Novas 5.1: Up To An Ivory Tower

(previously: Mixtape of the Found Decade)

(previously: Novas 4.4)

The orchestra sits again, though the curtain has not yet risen.

It is an alternate 1979 to 1987. A spacecraft is exploding. A singer and a soldier are running. A shadowy Company plays a game with human pieces.

Novas 5.1: Up To An Ivory Tower

Act 1: Running

James, come on home. You’ve been running too long baby. You can’t let our hero die alone.
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