The first two months of 2012 have been non-stop. I have been involved in a lot of live work (with Stayte) but have still managed a decent mix of mastering, remixing and recording in the Sonic Sietch.
I almost always have a few projects on the go at any given time and this month I was able to complete two of them. First up was the mastering of the new Invasives 7″. This band features some old friends who are dedicated to producing uncompromising punk rock. This EP is no exception – it features two blistering tracks from the Vancouver three piece – you can download it for free here.
Next up was a remix for Mark Lassiter. I have collaborated with Mark on several tracks over the years and decided to take this one in a slightly different direction.
While I haven’t added much new gear/software lately, I processed some of the elements through newer plug-ins by Twisted Tools, Sugar Bytes and Rob Papen. Clocking in at almost seven minutes, it is one of the lengthiest remixes I’ve ever produced.
Next up is the new Stayte record. In early February, we entered Bear Studios in Vancouver, BC for Part 1 of drum tracking for the new album. Here is a clip of Byron working his magic:
Stayte performs live in Vancouver next week (March 9) and then we return to the studio to finish bass tracking, vocals and start mixing.
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.