In 1982, Neil Young released his keyboard heavy album, ‘Trans.’ The album a was originally had a futuristic concept and he want the album to be accompanied by an animated film. By all accounts, that is now happening.
Word has it that Young is working with Willie Nelson’s son Micah on the project. Micah Nelson also played in Young’s backing band.
Young says the video will run about 35 minutes and is, in his words: is “a very touching and moving story about artificial intelligence and communication disorders.”
Trans, was created as a way for Young to communicate with his son Ben. Ben Young has cerebral palsy and as Young senior explains: “Every song has got characters; a lot of the characters go from song to song. There’s a factory where they’re making…like, clones of people, and computerized versions. When I sing, it’s me but it’s not me, it’s my ‘Neil 2’ that’s singing.”
The Trans album was met with confusion upon release. The albums vocals were sang through a vocoder and were distorted, making them hard to hear and understand. Young always said that a video to accompany the album would have really helped explain the concept but at the time his record company Geffen refused to pay for the video.
Obviously still smarting from the fact that Geffen refused to fund the video at the time, Young said: “[T]he record company made me put [Trans] out without the videos, because they didn’t believe in the record, because it wasn’t [his folky hit 1972 album] Harvest,” explains Young. “It would’ve been great [if the video had come out in ’82], but it wasn’t to be. But we’re doing it now.”
On completion, the video will have its premiere on Young’s ever expanding, Neil Young Archives site.