Guitarist John Petrucci came up with the record's storyline. He told The Huffington Post
about it: "Being a musician, and since music is such an important part of my life and people that surround me, I knew that music had to be a central theme," Petrucci said. "That with all the advances in technology, how music becomes less and less important and just really easy to stream and quickly listen to a song and make something up on your phone, or whatever it is."
"As the importance kind of went away, I thought it would be really crazy and a travesty if people didn't make music or didn't participate in the arts anymore and it was all artificial; it was all done by machines," he continued. "So that's what this dystopian future in my story… that's the setting of the story. It's about three hundred years into the future and people don't make music anymore; it's done by machines."