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The Final Experiment
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Ayreon
Released October 27, 1995
Recorded 1995
Length 71:17
Label Transmission

"The outcome of the final experiment has now been placed in your hands..."

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

In 2084, mankind is on the brink of collapse. A group of scientists send visions of humanity's downfall into the past in one last effort to save itself; the final experiment.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Prologue[edit | edit source]

By the late 21st century Earth has undergone a multitude of natural and man-made disasters. War and environmental catastrophe threaten the lives of every human alive, while the dominance of computers raises the question of whether human life has already lost its value.

Scientists in the year 2084 have one last chance to save mankind: to change the history of the planet, and to avert the fate it can no longer escape. Using the newly developed Time Telepathy program, visions of humanity's decline are sent back in time with the hopes they will be picked up by individuals throughout history who can change the future into a long and prosperous one. (River of Time, E=mc 2, Prologue)

The Dawning[edit | edit source]

King Arthur's Court[edit | edit source]

Good fate has guided Ayreon to Camelot, King Arthur's castle, where he is welcomed as a worthy minstrel.

Visual Echoes[edit | edit source]

The time has come for Ayreon to set about his mission, so he sings about three main causes of the Earth's eventual destruction.

Merlin's Will and Ayreon's Fate[edit | edit source]

The great Merlin, Arthur's magician and prophet, has observed Ayreon's endeavors argus-eyed, but now believes the moment has come for him to intervene.

Musicians[edit | edit source]

Ayreon
  • Arjen Anthony Lucassen - vocals (tracks 7, 10, 11 & 15), guitar, bass, keyboards, synthesizer, drums, percussion, timpani, audio mixing, sleeve design & photography
Vocalists
Keyboards
  • Cleem Determeijer (tracks 2-6, 14)
  • Rene Merkelbach (tracks 4, 6, 11, 12)
Drums
  • Ernst van Ee (tracks 2-4, 6-10, 12, 15)
  • Davy Mickers
Bass
  • Peter Vink - acoustic bass (tracks 3-4, 7-8)
  • Jolanda Verduijn (tracks 4, 6, 15)
  • Jan Bijlsma (track 11)
Cello
  • Marieke van der Heyden
  • Dewi Kerstens
Artwork
  • Ruud Houweling
  • Richèle Nijst
  • Jacoby Peters
Designs
  • Richele Nijst - additional
  • Jacoby Peeters - additional
  • Ruud Houweling - sleeve
Miscellaneous
  • Ewa Albering – flute
  • Lori Linstruth – electric lead guitar solos
  • Jeroen Goossens – assorted wind instruments
  • Valentine – piano, vocals
  • Oscar Holleman – engineering
  • Sjoerd Kops - photography
  • Peter Brussee - mastering
  • Oscar Holleman - production, mixing & engineering

Notes[edit | edit source]

Song List[edit | edit source]

  1. Prologue
    1. The Time Telepathy Experiment
    2. Overture
    3. Ayreon's Quest
  2. The Awareness
    1. The Premonition
    2. Dreamtime (Words Become a Song)
    3. The Awakening
  3. Eyes of Time
    1. Eyes of Time
    2. Brainwaves
  4. The Banishment
    1. A New Dawn
    2. The Gathering
    3. The Accusation
    4. The Banishment
    5. Oblivion
  5. Ye Courtyard Minstrel Boy
  6. Sail Away to Avalon
  7. Nature's Dance
  8. Computer Reign (Game Over)
  9. Waracle
  10. Listen to the Waves
  11. Magic Ride
  12. Merlin's Will
  13. The Charm of the Seer
  14. Swan Song
  15. Ayreon's Fate
    1. Ayreon's Fate
    2. Merlin's Prophecy
    3. Epilogue

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