(MM16) Production Notes

In the text version of Metropolitan Man one doesn’t realize that it’s Lex that has written the letter to Lois, until after it’s read. I thought the idea of recording that letter in Lex’s voice would be hilarious, but it didn’t occur to me until after I finished that I was giving away that part of the game. I considered redoing it in a neutral narration voice, but that would be weird, because I always have someone else do any voice that isn’t narrator/Lex. And it would feel a little bit like lying to use the neutral voice. Plus the lost opportunity for audio hi-jinks! Since it’s not really a spoiler, as it’s revealed to be Lex in the very next paragraph, well… I decided to keep what I first put down. :)

Turns out that Faust is a couple minutes too short for this part, and I really wanted to use Faust. That is when I discovered that dirty, shameful feeling when you end up vamping Wagner. I have vamped songs lots of times to make them fit the space needed for background, and it never felt wrong. I know that there isn’t anything intrinsically more respectable about classical music. In fact I find certain modern music to be far more moving, so if the metric was something like “has great emotional weight” or “is considered by Eneasz to be a masterpiece” then I should feel much worse about cutting up modern songs. So obviously that’s not the metric. As far as I can tell, the metric may very well be “my parents and teachers would give me very stern looks, and shake their heads sadly, if they found out.” But dammit, I did it anyway, because I have the power and power corrupts.

SFX: 1940’s Office

Music:
Intro/Outro – Handlebars, by Flobots
Luthor Manor – Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Wagner’s Faust
Jewelry Store – You Are My Lucky Star, by Don Bestor

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