Newest project from musician mixes music, images

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by April Helms
Special Products Editor

Kent resident Ryan Kralik was working on editing his latest multimedia project, "Crazytown," when called for an interview.

"This is an awfully, awfully big project," Kralik said of "Crazytown," which is due to be released Dec. 12.

So what exactly is "Crazytown"? Kralik described it as "Fantasia meets The Wall."

"To the best of my knowledge, it's not been done before," he said.

Kralik, a local musician, decided to try something different when he started working on recording his newest songs: he had several directors come and help do movie sequences to go with the music. Kralik himself directed a few scenes.

There is a general plotline, Kralik said.

"It's about a fellow who goes to a quieter part of town to escape the insanity of the city, only to find that they are crazier than what he had left," he said. "It kind of says what will happen to human beings if we don't straighten up our act."

"Crazytown, A Visual Music Album" features legendary musicians Dave Krusen (Pearl Jam, Candlebox), Rick 'The Bass Player' Rosas (Neil Young/Joe Walsh), Michael Ronstadt (Lost In Holland, Ronstadt Generations) as well as visual artists and directors such as Jared Sagal (Rockerrazzi Films), and Josh Hisle (CSNY Deja Vu).

Kralik said he has been working on the project for about a year. ""Crazytown" will likely be available on Blu-Ray, but there won't be a CD made.

"People really don't use CDs that much any more," he said. "If anything, if they have a CD, it's a backup for the music on their mp3s."

Once the project is complete, Kralik said he hoped to have a screening of his project, and aimed to take Crazytown to independent film festivals.

For details, visit crazytownlooklisten.com online.

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