The Devin Townsend Supermegathread!

Discussion in 'General Music Discussion' started by keithb, Apr 29, 2005.

  1. wankerness

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    I've been listening to Ocean Machine a bunch recently. It's weird how much more mature this sounds than practically everything that came since. Funeral, and especially Night and Bastard, are some of my favorite songs ever.
     
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    That first one... all of the excitement. :yesway:
     
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    It is sounding like a more evolved (I am think flushed out, mature I guess, evolved might not be the word I am looking for...) version of Synchestra. I am excited. I am interested in seeing what comes out when he is not bound by the laws of DTP (although there really shouldn't be any there...)
     
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    This video isn't supposed to be officially released until 5/25, but ssshhhhhh.... ;)

     
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    It is just me or is the drum mix suuuuper wide? Almost distractingly wide with headphones on. But the snare doesn't sound as obnoxiously sample-y as it could have been, so I'll call it an overall win.

    Spotted the pianist air drumming while he didn't have a part to play - this made me happy. :lol:
     
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    The show was mixed for 5.1 surround, and it was Devin's first time doing so. I haven't had a chance to listen to it in full surround yet, but I'm dying to hear it!
     
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    I just popped a listen on my surround headphones, and damn does it sound good.
     
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    Surround sound on live albums is sort of a weird thing. Do you mix it as if it's a surround sound album, making it sound nothing like it would if you were there? Do you make reverb happen everywhere and make it sound kind of terrible in a misguided attempt to duplicate the live experience? I dunno if I've even heard a surround sound live album that had anything other than minor crowd noise in the back channels.

    I'm imagining some kind of live in studio stuff where the focal point kind of has the band radiated around it, and the drum set is also spanned around the channels as if you were the drummer. that would obviously fit into the former category.
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Weird mix aside, that guitar tone is on point.
     
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    On the process of creation of Ziltoid:

     
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    I think those are the same anecdotes he had in his book regarding each album.
     
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    Mprinsje st. anger ain't bad!

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    I'd just call the drums too loud overall, or the guitars too soft. can barely hear what's being played.
     
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    same thing he does every time, unfortunately
     
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    Mprinsje st. anger ain't bad!

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    usually my gripe with his production is not being able to hear the guitars due to the walls of synths/orchestra so it's sorta different i guess...
     
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    drmosh Sir Paul of the Mosh Contributor

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    well, that's what I mean. He puts the guitars too low in the mix, and the synths way high. Something Nolly fought against with their last release and many people much preferred the result, just not Devin it seems :)
     
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    Funny to hear that because I think when he mixed Intronaut's last one a few years ago it was their best sounding album. But they also don't use synths so maybe Dev was at a loss with that and they also had another producer. :lol:
     
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    Zalbu More time than skill

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    Dev produced one of my favorite sounding albums, Becoming the Archetype - Dichtomony, and the guitars are clear and aren't being overpowered by the strings. Seems like it's mostly a problem with Devs own music, not when he produces for other people.

     
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    Nolly mentioned somewhere that the reason Devin wants certain elements the way they are, is because of "feel" and artistic vision. Basically Devin got a soundscape in his mind, and needs all the important elements to coexist in a specific way. I guess the problem then becomes that everything is a "wall of sound" and a bit overwhelming.
     
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    I think a lot of people just want to hear guitars. IMO I've never listened to a Dev album and thought "the guitar is not up front enough here". I want to hear the whole band, the whole song, the whole intention of the piece, not just guitar with some other stuff supporting it.
     
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    This is a guitar nerd forum after all
     
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