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 on: August 09, 2010, 03:20:17 AM 
Started by VFS - Last post by Marlon
CD - are you happy that your albums will provide you an extended mortality? (maybe not infinite, who knows).

But I think mankind will live on forever now, by the time this planet becomes inhabitable, we will have left - and who knows maybe one day we'll learn the "real" meaning of why we're planted here.

Then what? If there is no question, no persuit - I guess there's nothing left but to rock! haha.

 on: August 09, 2010, 01:29:11 AM 
Started by Marlon - Last post by Marlon
Hey Charlie, it's Marlon - we've spoken on Myspace briefly.

SO I was wondering, I am aspiring to be a session guitarist and am starting university soon to study music performance and composition to help me achieve this. What is your theory on practise?

I'm sure you've heard the 10,000 hour study that shows to achieve virtiuosity on any instrument takes around 10,000hours of practise. But some people believe that in half this time you will be a master, if you are born with the talent?

Do YOU agree with either? Some people have refered to you and your band as demi-Gods, born with a superhuman ability to write and play so well...


 on: July 26, 2010, 05:25:59 PM 
Started by karpatisz - Last post by Cecilia
lol yeah I'm not jewish, but my ex (who was my bf at the time) is. Had to celebrate both!

 on: June 26, 2010, 09:20:10 PM 
Started by VFS - Last post by Matt Gillis
Eloquently stated, Charlie. 

Also, I can't wait for "more to come" 

 on: June 26, 2010, 09:09:34 AM 
Started by VFS - Last post by charliedominici
Well it has been 2 years! I apologize for being so absent from the forum and it seems to have become a "Ghost Town" lately but here's the latest on this topic:

Matt Gillis has come the closest to the correct answer! Below is the copy/paste of our conversation yesterday.

Matt Gillis answered:

 It seems so simple to me, and I don't know why nobody guessed this: Is it the futility of repeating oneself? Is humanity inherently doomed to make the same mistakes perpetually? You said it related to the infinity concept, and I'd reckon that the "moral" of the story is that human nature simply doesn't change--that's what you've said on the topic of "Greed", the evil seed. All of our problems relate back to a single source: us. So I'd say that the significance of both characters saying the line relates to the fact that while one character is perceived as being a terrorist (or the bad guy) and the other a "good" guy, it doesn't matter in the end, because those are traits assigned by our own perception. Looking at it from an unbiased standpoint, however, reveals the notion that in the end both are human and likely to make the same mistake because they are human. It can be said, then, that he act of wiping the slate clean and repopulating the planet is futile, because we make the same mistakes due to our nature.

I answered: close!

You just need to take that final step.


Matt’s reply:

Hmm, well take my last statement and append this onto it:

The infinity concept relates not to the reincarnation of the sleeper as a person, but rather his ideals. The re-utterance of the "why are we planted here" line, serves as the connection between the detective and the sleeper; when A.dam was "wiped" and placed as the cornerstone for the rest of humanity, they couldn't erase the core of humanity: choice. There has to be the duality of ideals, which is the battle between good and evil in some people's eyes. In that regard, erasing all the evil from the world through what was essentially a mass extermination was futile, because "evil" (again, depending on perspective) will live on through the element of choice. That's the significance of stating the line again--the essence of the sleeper will live on, even though it is believed that humanity has a "fresh" new beginning.

So in a way, it can be said that the sleeper is the detective, but the opposite is also true, because they are both human and both have the power of choice and thus the potential to choose a path that can be dubbed evil. So it's not a reincarnation as some people suggested, but simply a common element between the two, that's why the line is uttered by both.


My reply:

You are obviously well educated and well spoken. That is truly the source of your torture!

Everything you have said is true and none of it is true.
By this I mean simply that all things we dwell on such as this subject will blow away like dust when we die.

The real meaning is that none of it matters.

It matters tremendously to us while we are here in this physical plane but in the instant we die, it all becomes as if it never was.

Everything you said is true and none of it matters.

Why were you planted here?  Smiley


Perhaps I was planted here to get the question wrong? 

I was close, but I guess I got far enough into the question that I could see the trees but lost sight of the forest! It's often the case that we become obsessed with minutia while forgetting the grander scope of things--of course we are just a brief flash in the passing of time, and at the end of the day our footprint upon history will, eventually, erode to nothing.

But as I was saying, I guess it all depends on relevance and outlook. It could be said that all of our emotions are just futile objections to justify a life that is intrinsically pointless. . . but then where does that leave us? I suppose one path would be to pursue the existential; often times this path is hedonistic, as all that matters is in the moment, and things that are "in the moment" are often sensual.

On the other hand, there are people like yourself who are able to proliferate knowledge and thoughts, often times immortalizing these thoughts through media like books, or in your case, CDs. This pursuit is pretty noble if you ask me, as you can impact many people in a myriad of ways, while also enabling your words to be carried on beyond your own time on this world. Obviously there is the potential for your words to be twisted and consequently used as a tool of manipulation (mass religion ring any bells?), but I think it's important to put thoughts out there for people to digest nevertheless.

Anyway, digression aside, I admit defeat. Would I have been more correct had I not said anything at all? I guess that's the paradox of futility: if it's all pointless, why bother voicing a reply? But that's a whole other can of worms, isn't it? 
And my retort:

This is why I can understand how Cat Stevens sold all of his possessions and went to become a monk.

I still think there can be a middle ground. I enjoy the challenges of this material world and perhaps that's the secret of staying in the "game" as it were.

Matt had a “Zen” moment there when he said “Would I have been more correct had I not said anything at all? I guess that's the paradox of futility: if it's all pointless, why bother voicing a reply?”

Right, Grasshopper!

In a sense the O3 story is like a Zen parable, only longer.
I read somewhere that we are here just to fill the void. Of course my question is; “but, why?”

Matt was on target merely by taking more than one shot at the answer.

Actually, many of you hit on some of the points as there are many.

The main concept is suggested throughout the trilogy. Lines like: “10,000 years of struggle and no man’s soul was saved”, “can we all be merely fodder, some great cosmic mistake” and of course “why was I planted here” are all hinting at this.

Time after time there have been new attempts at finding a “meaning of life” and many who have searched for it have ended their search by dropping out of society altogether. In the O3 story the people involved are all different walks of life but tied together by the same theme. We are all players in some sort of cosmic “play” that has a purpose and an end to which we are totally oblivious. We have no idea why we are here but we forge ahead on a daily basis and at times make up our own reasons for continuing based solely on events of late, it seems. “For centuries your people searched for the meaning of life, believed in many different stories that might help them in their strife” (IE: Religion).
When the sleeper ponders his purpose in the beginning it is totally different than when the “Adam” character does so in the end but they share the same futility of having no control over what has happened and more importantly what is going to happen. There is also the idea that man is inherently a bumbling fool and is his own worst enemy. The bit about the aliens is intended to suggest that life is much larger than we on earth believe and probably started way before we think it did. We humans are really quite primitive. The biggest point here is that this story is intended to get you thinking.

The fact is, I wrote this story as a question, not an answer.

Don’t ask me because I’m like you, I have no clue!

I hope you all enjoy the music as much as we enjoyed creating it!

More to come.



 on: June 25, 2010, 06:16:25 PM 
Started by Cecilia - Last post by charliedominici
Sorry, Cecelia and all the rest of you but life has been kicking my ass these last 2 years. I will try to pay more attention.

 on: June 25, 2010, 06:13:37 PM 
Started by Captain Flapjackass - Last post by charliedominici
We all use the same catalog of sound effects in the studio. Some studios have different stuff but even in Germany, where I added that stuff, the sound effects were from the same CD source.
There was a TV show on a few years ago that had the exact sound effects from "mindcrime" in the background. The nurse was saying "Dr Blair, Dr James Blair" over the loudspeaker in the background and I was cracking up!

 on: June 25, 2010, 04:50:50 PM 
Started by charliedominici - Last post by charliedominici
Cool interview Charlie; it was especially cool to see what you'll be up to in the next year or two.

You had mentioned something about getting the band out of Italy--would you move them to the states? And if so (if you're willing to relinquish the info), will you progress with a new album sometime shortly after?

Obviously if you bring them over, there is going to be a lot of work to be done with playing live and promotion (like you talked about in the interview), but maybe I'm taking it for granted that you'll be doing that with the "old" albums; perhaps you'll do that stuff with new material?

I guess one final question would be: what would become of SolidVision? I mean, the core of the band is still there, but if they leave the vocalist behind, won't SolidVision and Dominici coalesce into the same entity?

Anyway, these were just some questions off the top of my head, but maybe I'll have more later, we'll see   

What I meant on the radio show was that I would like to bring them over for a few shows and possibly to record. The operative word here is "like". As you know there are many obstacles to overcome and they do have their own lives and their own band over in Italy. I don't know what will happen. Lately there are more pressing issues in my life.
We will see what develops. Thanks for posting and hanging with us in the old forum!

 on: June 25, 2010, 11:30:34 AM 
Started by karpatisz - Last post by Matt Gillis
I remember seeing this, but I forgot to post a message! 

Anyway, happy (belated) birthday Charlie! May the forthcoming year bring you joy and fulfillment.

. . . and maybe bring us a new CD? 

 on: June 17, 2010, 08:17:02 AM 
Started by karpatisz - Last post by charliedominici
Yes it's true! Brian has told me that eric quit the band.

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