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The Story behind "Supersymmetry"

Supersymmetry. It took about a year to complete most of the songs on this 37 track album. Originally it was to be two shorter albums - "Supersymmetry," and "The Future Man."

This album had two major influences. First and foremost, the concept in physics known as "Supersymmetry." I found it an intriguing concept, this unity of quantum mechanics and general relativity. I thought it could mirror the unity of one's psyche. I imagined a man wandering, broken psycologically somehow, holding only one possession - a book about Supersymmetry. He wanders through a broken America, and this brings me to my second major influece.

At about the time I was writing this album, I had finished reading Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged." I found some commonality between what she wrote and what I was thinking. So, I thought it fitting this character would wander through a Randian landscape, seeing the broken carcass of the American capitalist machine.

"Supersymmetry" is divided into three parts. The first part, "The Cult," focuses on the main character's journey after he has damaged and fragmented his mind. He encounters a cult, who opposes the governemnt, one that scorns the images being advertised in the media. This cult wants nothing less than a takeover of America, to replace her citizens with only those in their own image. The man is befriended by the Cult's leader, who thinks of the man as his son.
Eventually the man comes to see the evil in the cult, and kills the leader by running him over with a tractor. He falters for a moment, and loses hope, only to find it again as he wanders to another city.

In the second part, titled "The Woman," the man has become a prostitute, servicing women to make ends meet. He has become an alcoholic and a drug addict. He comes across a woman who has pity on him, and who gives him shelter. He expresses doubt at this love, telling her of his time fighting in a great war, and how broken and despicable he is. But eventually he comes to have faith in her love, and wants to unite with her forever.

In the third part, titled "The Law," the man is betrayed by the woman, who alerts the authorities about his murder of the leader of the cult. The man kills the woman, and that act fragments him more. He seeks to destroy himself, by any means necessary. Eventually he turns to god, seeking unity and supersymmetry of his soul. He is cornered by the law, and fatally wounded, and as he dies, prays to God that He will allow him into heaven.

This album marks the first time I started using Indian motifs in my work, influenced by Peter Gabriel's "Passion" and Natascha Atlas. I think it is a richly textured album, with a lot of different styles to keep one's attention.

All artwork, music, and writing c 2011 Kevin Gordon