As the clouds and cold move in for the inevitable rainy season(s), I am happily spending a lot of my time in the studio working on several exciting projects.
First up is music editing/mixing and some composition for an independent zombie flick called What Remains. I am collaborating with Josh on this 90 minute score that includes some really eerie and disturbing minimalistic compositions. The score is pretty much done but it may be a while before it’s released. When a trailer is available, I will post it here.
Work on the new Stayte record continues. We haven’t decided on a title yet but the lion’s share of the recording is complete. I am focusing on tweaking the details of each track before we finish up some overdubs and dive into the mixing stage.
I am stoked to announce that I will be remixing a track for Therapy?. This band has had a big influence on my music since the late 1990s and I look forward to giving a little back to the band with this remix.
And for something quite different, here is one of the most recent tracks I have mastered. The band is called Combine the Victorious and the song is called “Paros”. Enjoy!
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.
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.
I heard a lot of the demos from this record well before it was released and was really excited about where Filter was going on this new recording. By the time I was contacted for some remixing, the album had just been finished and was headed to mastering.
Upon first listen, I was stoked to hear the grit of ‘Short Bus’ mixed with the radio-friendly vibe of ‘The Amalgamut’. Clearly the effort poured into a full record release cycle with ‘Anthems for the Damned’ really paid off. For me, ‘The Trouble with Angels’ sounds like Filter returning to where they left off in 2002.
The return of Filter to those deep-seated yet catchy industrial rock roots is evident in both of the tracks I remixed: ‘The Inevitable Releapse’ and ‘Drug Boy’. Some definite highlights of remixing Filter this time around were bringing to light the ridiculously heavy bass line in ‘The Inevitable Relapse’ and constructing the hallucinogenic bridge in my ‘Drug Boy’ mix.
As with the ‘Remixes for the Damned’, working with Richard’s vocals is always a pleasure and I very much look forward to hearing the next installment in the Filter catalog.
The Inevitable Relapse (Clayton Worbeck Mix) can be found on iTunes and on the physical Rocket Science deluxe edition of ‘The Trouble with Angels’.
The Drug Boy (Clayton Worbeck Mix) is a little harder to hunt down. I did a full version (which I don’t think is commercially available) and a shortened club mix which is available from Nuclear Blast Records.