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

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


In 2084 mankind on the brink of collapse sends visions of its downfall into the past in one last effort to save itself, the final experiment.



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 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 DawningEdit

King Arthur's CourtEdit

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

Visual EchoesEdit

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

Merlin's Will and Ayreon's FateEdit

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


  • Arjen Anthony Lucassen - vocals (tracks 7, 10, 11 & 15), guitar, bass, keyboards, synthesizer, drums, percussion, timpani, audio mixing, sleeve design & photography
  • Barry Hay on "Sail Away To Avalon"
  • Edward Reekers as Merlin on "Prologue," "The Awareness" and "Ayreon’s Fate;" as Ayreon on "The Awareness" and "Ayreon’s Fate"
  • Ian Parry as Nobleman on "Ye Courtyard Minstrel Boy", "Computer Reign" and as Merlin on "Ayreon’s Fate"
  • Jan-Chris de Koeijer on "The Banishment"
  • Jay van Feggelen as Merlin on "Ayreon's Fate" and "Waracle"
  • Lenny Wolf on "Eyes Of Time"
  • Leon Goewie as Merlin on "Merlin's Will" and "Ayreon's Fate"
  • Robert Soeterboek as Villagers on "The Banishment" and as Merlin on "Ayreon's Fate"
  • Ruud Houweling as Ayreon on "The Charm Of The Seer"
  • Lucy Hillen on "The Charm Of The Seer;" as Chorus on several tracks
  • Debby Schreuder as Merlin, Women and Villagers on "Ayreon's Fate;" as Chorus on several tracks
  • Mirjam van Doorn as Merlin, Women and Villagers on "Ayreon's Fate;" as Chorus on several tracks
  • Irene Jansen (bonus)
  • Marcela Bovio (bonus)
  • Peter Daltrey (bonus)
  • John Cuijpers (bonus)
  • Esther Ladiges (bonus)
  • Rodney Blaze (bonus)
  • Astrid van der Veen (bonus)
  • Valentine (bonus)
  • Cleem Determeijer (tracks 2-6, 14)
  • Rene Merkelbach (tracks 4, 6, 11, 12)
  • Ernst van Ee (tracks 2-4, 6-10, 12, 15)
  • Davy Mickers
  • Peter Vink - acoustic bass (tracks 3-4, 7-8)
  • Jolanda Verduijn (tracks 4, 6, 15)
  • Jan Bijlsma (track 11)
  • Marieke van der Heyden
  • Dewi Kerstens
  • Ruud Houweling
  • Richèle Nijst
  • Jacoby Peters
  • Richele Nijst - additional
  • Jacoby Peeters - additional
  • Ruud Houweling - sleeve
  • 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


Song ListEdit

  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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