Being a long-time fan of Capcom, I took a trailer from one of their recent games and created an alternative audio track with my own original sound design.
The music and rhythmic elements were composed using several different soft synths with a few select plug-ins and couple of different controllers (including an iPad). I recorded the foley on an iPhone (including the zombie sounds, which were performed masterfully by my 14-month-old daughter). I then processed, edited and mixed the different assets down to a final 2-track mix using Cubase.
This clip is for composition and sound design demonstration purposes only. All rights to the moving images (and original audio) reside with the respective creators.
The original trailer can be found here – Dead Rising 2 Trailer
This clip is for composition and sound design demonstration purposes only. I have replaced all source audio (including music, sound fx, foley and backgrounds) with my own original audio and music. All rights to the moving images (and original audio) reside with the respective creators.
The original trailer can be found here – SOCOM Confrontation Launch Trailer
I have been a fan of IAMX since I first heard their single ‘Spit it Out’ while on tour in 2006. I was impressed not only by the songwriting and production (all done by the very talented Chris Corner) but also by the unique style and authenticity of this band. That being said, I recently had the pleasure of remixing the title track from IAMX’s latest record – ‘Volatile Times’ [BMG/Rough Trade].
From my experience, most remixes present a certain set of challenges which arise from the unique source material each artist gives me to work with. Some examples would be over-effected tracks or a lack of usable lyrical content. While it’s true that these challenges can sometimes be creatively stimulating, I find they are (for the most part) time consuming and detract from my overall vision of a mix.
On rare occasions, I run into a mix which has none of these challenges. Such was the case with this IAMX remix. In fact, there were simply too many great vocal hooks, poignant lyrics and interesting musical lines to include them all in my mix!
While I enjoyed cutting up and reconstructing the unique vocal stylings and refreshing instrumentation of ‘Volatile Times’, my favourite aspect was tracking some bass guitar for several sections of the remix. Normally I stay away from my stringed instruments when I remix but this mix called for it. I also had fun incorporating some new audio software including some toys from the cool folks at Twisted Tools.
The ‘Volatile Times (Clayton Worbeck Mix)’ will be released later this fall. I will post a clip and more details in the coming weeks.
For those following my remix work, this is the first remix I have released since the two tracks I remixed for Filter’s fifth studio album ‘The Trouble with Angels‘ last summer. I took a break from remixing to move the Sonic Sietch into a new location where the immediate focus was finishing up a movie score and soundtrack for Stayte’s documentary ‘Walking in the Land of Wind and Ghost‘. I will be remixing more material soon and will definitely be crossing paths with IAMX for some future musical endeavours.
After about 4 months of trial and error, I have found this group of songs to be particularly adept at soothing a distressed infant:
Prophecy Theme – Brian Eno
This Lullaby – Queens Of The Stone Age
U, U, D, D, L, R, L, R, A, B, Select, Start – Deftones
The Holy Filament – Mr. Bungle
All Is Full Of Love – Björk
Down In the Park – Gary Numan
Paradise Circus – Massive Attack
The Nurse Who Loved Me – A Perfect Circle
Beautiful Drug (feat. Jana Andevska) – Thievery Corporation
HeavenScent* – Wendy Carlos
Picture In A Frame – Tom Waits
Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell – The Flaming Lips
The Chauffeur – Duran Duran
*Not surprisingly I was unable find a YouTube video for this track. However I did manage to unearth a picture of the controller that was built specifically for performing and recording this song.
Wendy Carlos rocks.