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Dream Theater - "Stream of Consciousness"

Dream Theater Stream of Consciousness

Release Type: User
Audio Type: Partial multitracks
Reductions: Yes (Authored)
Pitched Vocals: (no vocals)

Pro Keys:
Pro Guitar:
Pro Bass:

Author Notes

2019-02-08: v1 (album release)


Drums, drum animations, and tempo map by Grinnz; Pro Keys and QA by Mazegeek999; rest by Onyxite.
Stream of Consciousness is probably one of my top 5 Dream Theater songs. It's a sprawling instrumental with sections ranging from tense, odd-time metal guitar riffs, to ludicrous guitar and keys solos, to sludge-filled bass/drums breakdown sections, finally building back up to a Baroque-inspired finish.


On the album, Vacant connects seamlessly to Stream of Consciousness. I've always imagined SoC to represent the racing thoughts and combination of anger and hopelessness felt by the speaker of Vacant. I considered joining the tracks into one for the RB chart, but decided it wasn't too helpful to have a song where vocals ends after the first fifth of the song, and drums has to wait a few minutes before any notes. If there's enough demand though, I'd be happy to add a combined version.


The song was the subject of a songwriting contest the band set up, where, without releasing the full title or any of the song's audio, they gave out the MIDI tempo map used by Rudess's sheet music, along with names for each song section, and invited musicians to create a song that fit those constraints. Among other entries, RBN/C3 fans will recognize Richard Campbell from his later Frankenstein rock opera album. You can listen to the winning entries here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXz5E9qZUkw&list=PLz8tU_2D3Vgy9HzytGaSly8MhDmX3BOCK
Pro Bass on this track should be 100% accurate, from the `Dream Theater Bass Anthology` transcription.
Guitar tuning: Eb standard (Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb)
Bass tuning: 5-string (B E A D G)