Finished tracking drums for "Louder Than Words" yesterday, thankfully. My boy Terry brought in a new kit and I'll be working on drums for "The Best It's Gonna Get", "Tainted" & "The Lucky One."
I'll be wrapping up editing & mixing for "Louder Than Words" and then it will be Official - Chapter 1 of "Wish Upon a Blackstar" will be ready to go. I've already got the first round of graphics for album art from Dose Productions and I can't wait til we get the artwork mapped out. I'm "totally stoked" (as Jeff Spicoli might have said.)
I'm getting yelled at, so I need to head into the cutting room and make some noise. Bye.
promised you some footage from the studio. This is the best I could do
for now (I'm a little short on camera operators and video editors...)
Hit me on Twitter. (And yes, I did go see Terminator Salvation last night. I'm a total geek.)
Big up to Terry Lesperance for letting me borrow a much better kit than the ones I own.
Some of you fine folks have been asking about it, so just letting you know it showed up today. Go grab it if you want it.
GET YOUR MUG POSTED @ FiXTSTORE.COM
I think it's time to get some pics uploaded of you guys in Celldweller gear! Jimmy is
going to set up an Official Celldweller gallery at FixtStore.com and
the pics we choose will get posted. The simplest way to do it is email
it directly to: cellm8 (at) celldweller.com.
Include your name and a URL (Myspace/Facebook etc) and we'll post with
your image. I'll start posting a URL when we have one so you guys can
upload pics and check out the gallery. We need some images to get
started, so get those cameras out and start snapping.
working on drums for "Louder Than Words" - They are currently getting
remic-ed so I have a few mins to post this. Back to it...
Yes boys and girls, Bruce Willis is back with a vengeance (well as much vengeance as a Disney film will allow, of course.) "The Surrogates" is the new flick he is starring in and is cool for a few reasons:
1. It's a Sci-Fi film and I love Sci-Fi. It's based off of a comic book series. Check out IMDB's info on the film adaptation here.
your eyes and ears peeled for it bc there's a pretty good chance I'll
find out the trailer has been released when you guys let me know you
saw it. (Tweet me if you do, dammit!!) Now I can finally afford to buy that washing machine toilet combo I've wanted soooooo badly.
Dangerously spontaneous crap-cam footage of "The Best It's Gonna Get" from Chapter 2 of "Wish Upon a Blackstar."
Not sure what suddenly possessed me to want to shoot and post this
tonight, but I did and I certainly hope to live long enough to regret
it........ Phwew, I just lived long enough to regret it. I
killed the vocals bc they arent' effected as of yet, so actually
everything you're hearing (minus one synth that I can think of) is all
getting recut and replaced - drums, bass, guitars.
made a track for you. Like really, just with you in mind. The only
stipulation I had for myself was that I had to do it in under an hour.
Let me tell you how this all unfolded:
Yesterday, my brother lvl texted
me to tell me to check out a new soft synth. He had already bought it
and loves it and I wanted to find some time at the end of the night to
mess with it for at least a few minutes. I kinda know myself a little bit, and when I first tweak on a new piece of gear I usually end up creating something with it if
that particular piece of gear is inspiring. So I decided that I would
wait til the end of the night (when I would normally attempt that
fabled Utopia called "sleep") and install and play around with this
soft synth. I also decided I would create a piece of music for you guys
with the first sound I found that I was inspired by. I knew I wouldn't
be writing the next "Bohemian Rhapsody" but that was the idea - short,
simple and something some of you might find some use for. ( I suggest
using it to travel to that fabled Utopia called "sleep".)
found and tweaked out an atmospheric patch I liked, recorded a
performance in one shot and that was the extent of the creative
process. Then I sweetened the sound up a bit to make it a little more
atmospheric than it already was, scratched my butt and then decided I
needed a light beat. Sifting through my loops, I found one I hadn't
listened to in awhile. It was the loop I created for my live show a few
years ago. ( If you're not following me on Twitter, you're missing out
on some recent posts we've been making back and forth about potential
Celldweller touring. GO FOLLOW - OBEY!
) Back then, I wanted a light and filtery loop for my version of "Under
My Feet" for my live show, and now you can hear it even if you haven't
seen me play live. That little light and filtery loop you're hearing in
this Beta Cessions track (Distants) is the actual untouched loop I made
for "Under My Feet" live. Wow, trivia central. Don't you wish you could
be on "Who wants to be a millionare" and they asked you this question?
You'd nail it.
Speaking of "nailing it" I need to go nail out
some food and then nail out more "Louder Than Words" editing and
programming today. So I'm out - nailing it. If you guys dig these
random "Beta Cessions" tracks, then I'll keep throwing them at you. (Tweet me) If not, I'll just write them and loop them for Stutter the studio cat to listen to all.... day..... long.......
Yep it's time for one of those again. This time instead of bouncing down memory lane on my Hippity-Hop,
I will actually give you an up to the minute "Piss Revelation" today. I
drank a lot of iced tea, which not only makes me jumpy and more
hyper-active than my elementary school principal had already
established, but it also makes me have to... pee. A lot.
So today as I was *ahem* "doin' my thang" for the 11th time, it hit me: The bassline to "Louder Than Words"
isn't working. The entire chorus of my original demo was based on this
Killing Joke-esque 16th note rhythm that drives the whole chorus (in my
tiny mind, at least.) Now I've gone and added so many other goodies
(like 12-16 layers of guitars and about just as many synths along with
all the vocals & drums) that the bassline isn't happening. Here's a
screenshot of just a section of guitars:
that was my depressing *PR* for the day. There, there - don't cry. I
know I've had non-depressing *PR*'s too. Like the one I had when I
decided on the name "FiXT" for my company and the other one where I
invented the cure for cancer.
There will be more, have no fear - and just when you thought it was safe not to think while peeing...
that time again - Time for me to answer your questions. Time to find
out if this really does smell like chloroform, time to find out if you
can make it through this entire Klog without falling asleep. I hope
this is enlightening.
Klayton: Did you see the new "Star Trek" movie? Did you have a Nerdgasm in the theater?
Thanks for the timely and engaging question, Klayton. The answers are simply "yes" and "yeeeeeessssssssss" (both times)
sMartyPants: What bands, musicians and/or producers do you think are pushing the envelope in the scene today?
question. I had to cut out some stuff that isn't necessarily 'current'
to try to keep it to a list of people I think are making a difference
right now. These are in no particilar order. Remember, this is only my
opinion and that's what you guys asked for. So, check it:
- I have been spreading the word about Chris Corner's "new" gig since
Sneaker Pimps. His songs blow Sneaker Pimps out of the water IMHO and
his live show is energy-central. Run and go buy "The Alternative" at
least. (I know a certain Bret Stahli who covered an IAMX track - maybe he will share with you some day if you bug him enough.)
Ctrl-Z - Great sounding energetic breaks. Check out his Computer Music tutorial video. I learned stuff watching him - so can you.
Aaron Spectre - He kinda got lumped into the "Breakcore" genre but he goes way beyond that. Check out his project "Drumcorps" on iTunes. Blew my mind - finally someone approaching metal from a different angle.
Far Too Loud - insane breaks and edits up the arse.
Noisia - these guys fall somewhere between breaks and drum and bass and beyond. Great production and groovy tracks.
- It feels cheesy to mention him bc he's the hot producer right now,
but props must be given where they are due. He's got skills galore. In
fact, i think some of the cooler stuff he's done is not even in the
House realm where he is king right now. Go find his free older tracks
where his edits rival Richard James'. (Project 56)
- Bret Stahli told me I must listen and I'm glad he hog tied me and
made me. Energetic and raw. I want to start a Cyber-Punk band that does
a whole album like this. My manager will kill me if i try to do
anything other than work on "Wish Upon a Blackstar", but i can peretend
Hybrid - Been listening to them for years. Cinematic, clean production, great grooves.
- Actually discovered these guys from Hybrid's "Soundsystem 01" disc. I
recently edited together a 15 minute version of their song "Transgenic"
to fall asleep to. Check them out at the FiXT Store.
Way Out West
- I remember a period of time during the making of the debut
Celldweller disc where the only album I would listen to in any airport
I was in was "Don't Look Now" and that was only because I completely
played out "Intensify."
Headroom - The production on "Artelligent" makes me wish i could make Psy Trance tracks that sound this good.
Pendulum - C.mon, You guys have to know who they are. I listened to "Hold Your Color" for a few years and was totally flattered when they approached me to remix "Propane Nightmares" from their new album, In Silico. If you haven't heard them, you absolutely have to.
Trentemoller - Gabe from Growling Machines
turned me onto Trentemoller when i was playing with them in Brazil. I
had heard his name, but didn't know his music. I won't even try to
describe it. Just go listen to his "Moan" remix. I think i looped that
track for 2 hours straight the first time i heard it. Other notable
tracks "Take me into your skin" from "The Last Resort" and check out
his rework of Moby's "Go."
- James Lavelle just captures something that is hard to describe. Raw
and emotional and with some great collaborators. Check out "War Stories"
Gman2mn: What inspired you to make "Outland"? What inspired you to make "Aurora Borealis"?
Both of these tracks (like many of the songs on "Soundtrack for the Voices in My Head Vol.01)
weren't conceived in advance. i didn't sit down and deliberately write
these pieces to be something specific. They both have a similar history
though. I created the intro 'scraping' beat to Outland years ago along
with some of the atmospheric elements i created in Reaktor. Similarly,
i was playing with my Izotope Trash plugin and running some drums
through it and discovered this parameter i could tweak to give a boring
drumbeat i had super wide stereo width. I compressed the hell out of
the drums as well and that became the basis for the track. I liked both
of these elements (Outland and Aurora Borealis respectively) enough to
select these to be completed for SVH Vol 01.
D (DalanJe).: What kind of person do you respect?
you should ask that, in light of the song I'm working on RIGHT NOW. The
song "Louder Than Words" (coming up on Chapter 1 of "Wish Upon a
Blackstar") covers that concept. The chorus is simply "Actions speak
louder than words do - I don't want to hear dead words from you -
Actions speak louder than words do - I don't want to hear what you will
I'm not big into the handjobbing "I love your work - let's
do lunch, bro!" thing. If you think I suck, then tell me. You won't
hurt my feelings. I'll tell you if I think you suck, I'm pretty sure
you could find a few references if you don't believe me. I respect
someone who works hard. i respect someone who is honest. i respect
someone who is loyal. My father was a shining example of these things
to me growing up and i am truly thankful now, though i may not have
understood it's importance as a munchkin. This is what shaped me into
the dude i've become (not "The Dude"
from The Big Lebowski people, c'mon.) It's hard for me to respect the
people I've had in my life that complain to me about not "accomplishing
their dreams" but are more than willing to spend huge chunks of time
smoking bowls while watching Ren & Stimpy reruns. Cool, I love Ren
and Stimpy. I don't particularly love smoking bowls or smoking anything
for that matter, but that is irrelevant - the point is, if you want
something then go get it. You can't complain about failure if you're
not actively trying to succeed, IMHO. Nobody is going to come along and
wipe your ass, put on a fresh diaper and stick a golden spoon up your
nose while they hand you the keys to the kingdom. Congratulations if
you're the exception to that rule, but I wasn't that "fortunate."
Thusly I can and do respect those who work hard for what they've
Huh, what? Where am I... Oh, i guess you can
consider that my little tangent/tirade i went off on to encourage those
who are truly seeking it. If you want something badly enough, you will
only ever get there by trying, and you may quite possibly win the
respect of your peers along the way.
Andy - favorite plugin ever?
to narrow it down to one. This is a big reason why I want to start
doing little video tutorials that show different plugins I use, how I
use them and why I dig them. I know I'll find the time any day now...
If you made it this far into the Klog, then you're awesome.
Wow, that was quick. We had a winner within 15 minutes of posting the Klash-Up! Congrats to Jacob N who said...
Squarehead - "Stop, Drop, and Roll" Daft Punk - "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" Argyle Park - "Doomsayer" Morgan Page - "The Longest Road" Celldweller - "Last Firstborn"
Jacob N wherever you are, Jimmy Rhodes will contact you and co-ordinate getting you the brand new Celldweller shirt.
The text doc in the .zip file has now been updated with the full "setlist," but I'm going to post it here again anyway:
---------- Celldweller - Banger (Unreleased Demo) Squarehead - Stop, Drop & Roll (FiXT) Celldweller - The Lucky One (From the upcoming "Wish Upon a Blackstar") Burufunk, Carbon Community - Community Funk (Deadmau5 Remix) Slayer - South of Heaven Argyle Park - Doomsayer Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger Celldweller - So Long Sentiment (From the upcoming "Wish Upon a Blackstar") SebastiAn - Dog Morgan Page feat. Lissie - The Longest Road Celldweller - The Last Firstborn ----------
also made a full resolution 16 bit .wav file available for anyone who
wants a CD quality version of this mix to play on their AM radio. Get
Another reason yesterday was cool was seeing how many of you are eating up the new Blue Stahli track
"ULTRAnumb." I think I saw a tear poised at the edge of Bret's eyelid,
waiting to jump when he saw your responses to his new track.
I'm out - send as many people as you'd like right here to download the Klash-Up. More later...
New Tee Shirt, Beta Cessions "Klash-Up" & Contest Info
If you've been following me on Twitter,
then you may have been privy to my tweets of my recent bouts with
insomnia. I'm a perpetual insomniac, but it's been worse the last few
weeks. Since I'm one whose philosophies include "Turn that frown upside-down", "Take it from the friend-zone into the end-zone" & "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, pee in it and give it someone you don't like"
I decided to make the best of it. I've been making half-assed attempts
to sleep and just getting back up 15 minutes later to jump back into
work. It's just that now I could justify working on something different
to clear my head from all the "Wish Upon a Blackstar"-ness.
I gave you guys a 'Klash-Up' a few posts ago
that i did just because i couldn't sleep then either and needed
something else to waste time on. I also thought Freddy Mercury would
sound cool over one of my tracks, although I'm still waiting for him to
return my calls to tell me what he thinks... (Keep in mind that these
are just things I'm dinking around with to work through some production
ideas, so enjoy the dinkery. )
I'm going to drop another Beta Cessions "Klash-Up"right here - tomorrow
and I had a brainstorm while working on it. Because I'm self employed
and can do any damned thing I want to (as long as that includes dying
and paying taxes, of course) I decided to pull out more stops. This
time around I decided to dig through some demos, some of my older
catalog and throw some "Wish Upon a Blackstar" in there too. As a 'for instance' the first track is a demo I've had sitting around for a year dubbed "Banger."
I built some of the elements from some crappy live drums I played into
a single microphone and combined that with some guitars and bass from
my demo of "The Lucky One" from the ever-upcoming "Wish Upon a Blackstar." I could tell you lots more about it, but i really can't. That's bc this is where the "contest" element comes in:
Above is a pic of a brand new Celldweller shirt, currently in production (I'm calling it "Birthright"
bc I'm not creative enough to come up with something new and original.)
We're supposed to have actual product in 2 weeks. I thought it would be
cool to give you guys the chance to just straight up win one. Want to
know how? Simple: My Klash-Up
contains at least 7 tracks from me and other artists that I think
you'll be able to figure out. (There's other content in there that you
haven't heard yet, so that stuff doesn't count.) The first person who
correctly lists artist AND song title of at least 5 songs in the Klash-Up gets the shirt. I will include a text doc in the Klash-Up zip that will list everything that's in there, but only after we have a winner.
simplify and repost contest details tomorrow. In fact let's just say
right now that I will make the track live at http://celldweller.com
tomorrow at Noon, EST. Guess what else goes live tomorrow? Blue
Stahli's "ULTRAnumb" - one of the best songs I've heard Bret write yet.
I'm proud of this one and there's a preview up RIGHT NOW at the FiXT Blog. Go listen.
I'm completely typed out. I'm going to go practice some drums for "Louder Than Words" bc i don't want to totally suck
balls when i attempt to cut them tomorrow. (I can handle "partially"
sucking balls, but "totally" is inexcusable.) I'm also going to bounce
out a final of my Klash-Up to get ready for you guys tomorrow.
of you have asked what keeps me busy in an average day. (well, maybe it
was only one person that asked but I'm trying to make it sound like I'm
huge.) Well thanks to ALL of you that asked * cough, cough *, but
that's a difficult question to answer bc I sleep 18 hours a day and
spend the other 6 trying to wake up.
Through the groggy haze i do remember one thing i did last week. Wrapped up the next Blue Stahli song "ULTRAnumb". I tweeted
you guys last week to let you know that i set Bret Stahli loose in my
main studio while i was at The Method House studios working on Wish Upon a Blackstar. He is an SSL virgin (or was.) I gave him a crash course on which fancy buttons are good to press and which one will actually self destruct the board and annihilate the human race, erasing history forever. (He managed the self control to not push that shiny
red button. Win for him and Stimpy both.) He must have been having fun
bc he didn't come out of the room for a few days. (and by that, i mean
"i didn't let him come out of the room for a few days" but let's not
argue semantics.) After Bret escaped, *ahem* left my room on his own accord,
I tweaked the mix for awhile and put some finishing touches on it and
officially wrapped it. IMHO, this is the best Blue Stahli track yet and
guess what? Only days after finishing it, you'll be able to tell me if
you agree with me or not. ULTRAnumb will be released exclusively at the
FiXT store this
coming Tuesday, Cinco De Mayo. (Is that the holiday where you're
supposed to dress up like a bunny rabbit and eat jelly donuts? I get
them all mixed up.)
So we're releasing the single a few
different ways, including an expanded version which includes the
original demo of what eventually became ULTRAnumb. BTW, If you guys
want consistent updates on what's being released at the FiXT store,
subscribe to the FiXT blog that Jimmy Rhodes updates pretty regularly.
AM already? Yaaaawwwwwnnn.... Well I've been up for 6 hours now typing
out this Klog - time for me to hit the sack. (and no, I'm not talking
about my testicles, pervs.)
I'm back already and with a shiny ONE DOLLAR BILL for you (shiny, only
if you have a glossy screen.) From now on, if you see a KLOG post with
"Beta Cessions" in the title, that means I'm giving you some sort of
musical gift. It most likely won't be finished, but might be someday.
It might just be a demo and that's as far as it ever goes? Who knows?
Not me, that's for sure.
the track I referenced in the previous post earlier today. This isn't
an artistic statement, this isn't going to revolutionize the music
industry or solve our (here comes the overdone catch phrase of the
moment.....) ECONOMIC CRISIS. It's just simply something I'm messing
with and want to share with those that care. If you care, click on
Celldweller's Ursa Minor (Non-Atomic Mix) on Myspace Homepage & in 5300 Theaters!
Celldweller's track Ursa Minor (Non-Atomic Mix) (from Soundtrack For The Voices In My Head Vol. 01)
is featured on the Myspace Homepage advertisement today, along with
being shown in 5300 theaters before Wolverine in the new X-Men Blu-ray
totally pretending to play bass so people think I'm actually working on
"Wish Upon a Blackstar." This is me pretending to cut bass for "Louder
Than Words" from last week. I couldn't find anything terribly exciting
to self-photograph today in the studio. I considered taking a pic of
myself after I had stuffed as many marshmallows in my mouth as
Klaytonly possible, but realized Blue Man Group kind of already did
that. So, it's just me and a bass (and Grant's head in the background
where it belongs.)
Oh yeah. There's a little graphic in the
upper right hand corner for the 3 free tracks I'm giving you guys. They
go bye-bye this Friday, so grab 'em if you haven't. I mean c'mon,
they're free and you only have to move your mouse like 4 inches to
click it. Can't..... reach..... banner..... Must...take...nap
It's that time again - time to find out if this really does smell like chloroform, to find out if you can make it through this entire Klog without falling asleep. Congratulations again to Isaac(red room punk) who won the contest to name this Klog post. If you're new to my "Klogs" (Klayton's Blogs) then I'll explain. When i post a "Does This Smell Like Chloroform?" Klog, this will indicate that I am answering questions you guys are asking. "Q&A" was too simple and much too obvious as to what the actual nature of the Klog would be. I mean, why make it easy? Geez...
Thank you Cellmates worldwide for your questions. I'll keep posting answers here and will be posting other Klogs asking you for more questions in the future. For now, bathe in the glorious chloroform.
Brandon: What would be your advice for someone who wants to start solo producing their own songs? (not using other pre-recorded samples)
I would tell you to "go for it!" I have produced almost everything i've done since the onset of my career. This is why a lot of my early stuff sucks big donkey balls. The production is awful (IMHO) although there are people like Bret Stahli who will gladly arm-wrestle me in a bikini to prove me wrong.
The point is - i produced my own stuff and through my own mistakes learned how to do what i do now. The great news is that in this day and age you don't need to go through what i did. You can have a much better product right out of the box. When i started, there was no such thing as a softsynth. My first computer had a 40 MB hard drive and 1 MB of system ram (that's 'megabyte' people, not 'gigabyte'.) There was no internet to really speak of, and certainly no YouTube. There is a wealth of info for you to dig into and help you start off far ahead of where I started.
I plan on doing little tutorials from the studio at some point too. Just a question of finding someone to shoot and edit the video so i can concentrate on making music and showing you some of the things i've learned. (I did manage to fire off this video, acting as talent, cinematographer and editor. And what will you learn from this video of my amazingly detuned guitar? Jack-squat, but it's the thought that counts.)
Now, on the flipside of this, there is nothing quite like an objective ear. I, for the first time in my career, am bringing someone on board to co-produce an album with me (Grant Mohrman.) This is bc I've learned that I am often too close to the songs to be objective and simple things might hold me back from making a good song great. I think you need to know what you want and how to get it close to how you hear it, but having an objective opinion (friend, producer, mom?) can bring your tracks to another level.
Seth: From the abundant amount of music you've been involved with pre-Celldweller, whether it be writing or producing (Circle of Dust, Chatterbox, both Argyle Park releases, Criss Angel stuff, and anything else I've missed), are there any songs that have stood the test of time for you?
Ok, maybe a small handful, but that's really it. There are only a few songs from my projects - Circle of Dust "Disengage" and Argyle Park "Misguided" that I still feel I could stomach and wouldn't be too embarrassed if someone brought it up over sushi dinner, ya know? The debut Celldweller disc was a defining moment in my career bc that was the best sounding record i had made up til then. I think if i ever got to a point and thought "This is it! This is the best it's ever going to get and I could never do anything better than this." That is the day you'll get to see me perform at "Bob's Comedy Shack & Laundromat" (see below.)
Michael: 1. How many songs will be on the new album (Wish Upon a Blackstar)?
I actually answered this one accidentally last week. How about i give you more specific details? Ok, you kinda asked for it:
So Long Sentiment Louder Than Words Eon The Best It's Gonna Get I Can't Wait The Lucky One Blackstar Tainted Birthright Against The Tide
2. When will the final remix files be released on Fixtremix.com?
Not sure right now, but i am planning on releasing raw files for all 10 songs at FiXTRemix.com. Stay tuned.
3.You tell a lot of jokes, do you make them off the top of your head or do think about them? Either way they're very funny.
Thank you Michael, I'll be here all week. Unfortunately i'm not clever enough to think out things in advance, so most of what i say gets inhaled from thin air into my brain and shot right back out my ass. Well, I'm glad at least i'm not the only one who thinks I'm funny - that's a relief. (My cat Stutter thinks I'm a pisser too.) When my music career fails, I'm going into comedy. I think I'm already booked at "Bob's Comedy Shack & Laundromat" in your town sometime in August. See you there!
*TIP: go to the bottom of the blog to play some mood music while reading.*
is one of those days. Ya know, the ones where you feel like you worked
all day but you don't actually know if you accomplished anything? Oh
right, that's every day. I can tell you one thing I DID get
accomplished: I successfully exported 60 remix stems from "So Long Sentiment" (The only finished song from "Wish Upon a Blackstar" to date.) Why would I prepare remix stems so soon? There are a few reasons, but the most pressing is so I could get them to Toksin
so he can get working on a remix. If you haven't heard his stuff, then
you need to. He'll be doing the first Official remix for "Remixed Upon a Blackstar."
Oh, right - I haven't told you about that yet. Forget I mentioned it - go check out Toksin. -- -- -- -- I've been promising for awhile to post details regarding the release of "Wish Upon a Blackstar." I only announced the title of the album last month.
I finally decided how I'm going to release the album right around the
time I announced the name of album to you, and have just been waiting
for some spare time that never came to actually type it all out. Well,
today is the day. I don't really have spare time, so I decided to bump
some Burial and type for awhile - Sesame Street reruns can wait.
fully embrace the idea of releasing one song at a time. Waiting years
for a full album is cool and all, but times have changed. I can wrap a
track in my studio and have it blaring out of your speakers literally
the next day if so desired. I had some specific reasons i was planning
on releasing WUaB as a full body of work, but I abandoned that a long
time ago when i embraced just how much work I've created for myself
with this album. I just don't totally feel right about releasing 1 song
at a time for this album but I have no intentions of waiting til I'm
done with the whole thing either. So, I'm releasing the album in
will be creating an original piece of art for each chapter. The fifth
and final chapter will be reserved for the CD, so both the artwork and
the 2 remaining songs will be released for the first time on the
physical CD. I can say more, but I know I'll just get myself in
trouble, so I'll pretend I flapped my gums enough for right now. I'll
bring you more details as they unfold though - promise.
For now here are the tracks for Chapter 1 of "Wish Upon a Blackstar"
So Long Sentiment Louder Than Words
I'm all typed out and this Burial album is almost over so I'm calling it a night. I came up with an idea based around all of your comments and suggestions
to name my "Q&A" Klogs. We just need to do a little more sifting
and I'll make an announcement here later this week regarding a winner
sent me a screenshot of my name and mug on the MTV soundtrack homepage
for Real World/Road Rules Challenge. This must mean I am up there with
Lil Wayne and Britney - HUGE!!!! I'm gonna hit up Jay-Z and see if I
can buy his Yacht from him too. If I get it, you're all invited to my
A big "WOW!" on the replies to the "name my blog" post. Thanks for throwing up your ideas (gross...) We'll go over them and get some results posted for you next week.
boring. "Klayton Q&A" is the weak attempt I took at naming this
type of post. It's too early in the morning for me to be thinking
straight. I will (as often as time permits) be posting answers to some
of your questions right here. The problem I'm having right away is the
title of this section sucks gonads - so I need your help:
repost this at Myspace for those who don't have accounts here at
Celldweller.com. (thanks to all the glorious spammers around, you have
to create an account to post or we'd be eyeballs deep in spam.) So in
the comments, suggest a name for these posts so I have a consistent,
cool and catchy title everytime I throw up more answers to your
questions. Well, I won't "throw up" your questions, that would be
gross. Myself and management will pick a name that we think is coolest
and we'll mail you a "Soundtrack for the Voices in My Head Vol. 01" CD and digital versions of all 3 Celldweller Remix Competition releases. I already came up with "Time Out with Uncle Klay" and "Klayton takes some questions you asked, answers them and then posts them on his frickin' Klog" but for some reason, those just weren't doing it for me. I'm more into something like the "Klaypril Fools" joke Derick Eisenhardt suggested.
You start getting creative and I'll start by posting a few answers:
releasing the second Celldweller album, do you plan on making more
electronic tracks under your own name, like Beginning of the End and
Kemikal? It would be great if you released a full album of that kind of
material as a side project.
"Soundtrack for the Voices in
My Head Vol. 01" was a collection of pieces that i pulled from hundreds
of demos that fit more in the Film/TV/Video game world, as far as their
sound and composition. I suck at math, so let's figure this one out on
100's - 20 = 100's
Yep, just as i
thought. i have hundreds of crappy demos still sitting around. As it
turns out a majority of them fall more into the "electronic" category.
I could easily compile 3 albums worth of my version of 'electronic'
music from just the demos i have, but they all require work - some a
lot more than others. On a base level, i would LOVE to finish some of
these up and get them off my back, but on the other hand, i'm still in
an arm wrestling match with Father Time and he's kicking my ass. So
this was all really just a long drawn out way of saying "Yes, i would
love to release an album of electronic music, but not until the time is
right." I will probably do it under "Celldweller" and not just Klayton
and i may approach it one song at a time instead of a full blown album.
No promises, but i certainly desire to make this happen at some point.
you still use the equipments like korg ms2000, nordlead2, access virus
on your productions? or you use soft synths and plugins?
i do still use a fair amount of hardware synths in my tracks. I do love
softsynths and effect plugins, but there is no question that hardware
has a different sound. There is a low end that I can get out of my Moog
Voyager or Virus TI that I cannot seem to get from a plugin. Also, a
trick to getting things to sound good and separated in a final mix is
variety. Mixing up hardware and software is our friend. This does not
mean that if you don't have hardware that you can't make great sounding
music. I personally just prefer to use both.
Glad you guys liked the pic in my last post.
I wanted to show you an updated pic of me wearing my new "Git-R-Done"
tee shirt I picked up at a Larry the Cable Guy concert last night.
(Does stand up comedy constitute a "concert"? Who knows, but makes me
feel all rock-n-roll to say it.)
I'm in the studio right now,
working on Wish Upon a Blackstar. (I took a pic of an expensive piece
of gear to prove it, bc I'm a prick that way.) If you're bored waiting
for updates from me, you can go check out a list of some of my gear
right here to help pass the time.
Going to work some basslines for "Louder Than Words". I'll keep you updated...
About 10 minutes ago I printed the final mix of my remix of BT's "Suddenly." Bret (Blue Stahli)
finalized his mix of BT's "Feed The Monster" earlier today. So it's
official - tomorrow we both go back to working on our albums.
thinking up some ways to keep you guys updated from the studio while
I'm working on "Wish Upon a Blackstar" so stay tuned here and join my Twitter page
if you haven't already. I have a few updates and a bunch of your
answered questions waiting to be posted, so I'll get to it as soon as
my ass can catch up. Did it just sound like I used the words "ass" and
"ketchup" in the same sentence?
Video of Tom Salta (Atlas Plug) discussing his most recent game score: H.A.W.X
Just had an update come in from Tom Salta (FiXT artist Atlas Plug)
and I wanted to pass this vid along. Check out Tom's stuff at the FiXT
Store (Including the "Red Steel" soundtrack) and make sure to let him
know you can't wait for new Atlas Plug!
Celldweller + Blue Stahli + Sebastian R. Komor = Race To Witch Mountain
I really can smell what the Rock is cookin'. (Wouldn't that kinda suck
to live with that tagline for the rest of your life?) Got an e-mail
last night confirming that "Birthright (Beta 1.0)" is being used for
the Official Trailers. There is also a Blue Stahli track and a Sebastian R. Komor (Squarehead) track
confirmed for the trailer as well. There is a good chance these could
be spread across mulitple trailers and not necessarily all being used
in one, but I won't really know that until I actually see it, or
someone tells me how it plays out.
at FiXT want to personally thank Walt, Mickey, Donald, The Rock, Minnie
and HSM3 for allowing three FiXT artists into the tightly knit fold.
Oh, and Goofy too (sorry dude.)
I haven't seen the movie yet,
but i definitely will. I watched the original "Escape to Witch
Mountain" 500 times when I was a kid. I wanted powers like the kids had
so i could ward off the bullies in school that were regularly beating
my ass. And I absolutely had to have a flying saucer. I mean, check out
these effects: they will blow your mind.
am going to take Bret out for another celebratory lunch for landing a
trailer. This time, I think we'll go a little more upscale. I'm
thinking Arby's. (now that's a tagline I CAN live with the rest of my
life.) It's a shame Sebastian doesn't live closer bc the 3 of us would
celebrate in style, Apple Turnovers and all.
need an ear break, so I'll let my typing fingers carry some of the load
while my ears take a nap. Today was a good day as far as music is
concerned. Had a breakthrough on my remix last night/this morning
(which usually just bleeds together with a few hours of something
called "attempted sleep" in between.) I think I *may* have my remix of BT's "Suddenly" wrapped as early as tomorrow. Then I get back to wishing upon a blackstar, y'all...
threw up a screen grab for you of the remix session. It's still a total
mess and you're only seeing half the tracks on the screen. I shrunk the
track size as small as it would let me, but there is still another
40-50 tracks of "Klaytanic destruction" you can't see. Sorry if any of
you get hit with a knarly case of blue balls due to the lack of any
real information, but when i get back to "Wish Upon a Blackstar" I'll
be doing little tutorial videos and screen grabs galore. There are some
really cool companies making some really cool hardware & software
and it would be downright selfish for me to invest my entire life into
gathering this information and not sharing it. You may be asked to
share something in return, but I really have no idea what to ask for.
You guys are creative, you decide.
I'm officially sorry. Geez, can't a guy get away with pulling a
"Klaypril Fools" joke and sending you to the HSM3 page for the new
Celldweller album? I really didn't think anyone would fall for it
truthfully. I mean, i would give you guys at least 1 day notice if the
album was actually ready to drop, after all the time I've been working
on it. Ya know, that reminds me that I haven't even told you how I will
be releasing the new record - Like MLK Jr. "I have a dream..." I am
still wrapping up my BT "Suddenly" remix
and will Klog your arteries and the synapses of your cranial nerves
with "Wish Upon a Blackstar" release plans as soon as I'm done remixing.
If it's any consolation to you, I completely bought the farm yesterday too when I foolishly headed over to Bret Stahli's "Blog" (wait that doesn't work. BLue stahli blOG = BLOG
which really is the same thing as a standard BLOG. You guys will have
to suggest something more creative to Bret, so head over there and help
him name his "BLOGs") Yeah, i got sucked into the Blue Stahli vortex
and clicked the shiny purple link. I cannot bear to tell you what
happened next - the only way to know is to do it yourselves. I warn you
though, my heart died inside my chest and I peed my pants a little too.
Not a pretty sight.
Jimmy Rhodes also wanted me to let you guys know this is the last week to grab almost 40 free tracks from FiXT
(This is NOT a Klaypril Fools joke - I swear on a basket of kittens.)
Half of them are Blue Stahli tracks and then other goodies from Atlas
Plug, Squarehead/Sebastian Komor, Technical Itch, lvl, Kearly, Remorse
Code & Subkulture. There are also some free FiXT Wallpapers too,
thanks to Travis Ray. "Get 'em while the gettin's good." (I heard that
in some movie based in the southern US and knew I just had to quote it
somewhere. Finally, I found my chance and took it.)
I'm off to remix and play with these adorable kittens. Yeah, it's all fun and games til they start poopin'.
The FiXT Artist Spotlight Feature I've been rambling on about is finally live. Go here.
I've included some answers to some of your questions and even threw
together a rough collage of some early construction pics of my new
The only question nobody asked me (and I'm kinda bummed)
is how I learned to do all those awesome guitar solos in every single
song I write. I just love shredding for 10 minutes per track to really
show the world my skills. Since nobody asked, I'm just going to show
you how I learned. (Nobody can ever accuse me of not knowing the Satch
Boogie. dammit.) Enjoy -
this is what i was telling the waitress today when I ordered the
Peruvian "Inca Kola." I annunciated it like the New Yorker that I am
and it came out sounding like I told her that I wanted to "poke her in
the butt." I was immediately corrected by a native I was eating with -
too bad. This may or may not have even been my true intention bc i
can't remember if I liked her butt - i was more concerned at the moment
that i had mis-enunciated such an important phrase.
I was also
wrong about going to "La Comera" yesterday. I was actually going to
"Larco Mar" to visit a mysterious and ancient Incan ruin known as
"Starbucks." I shot some video inside this ruin while i sipped on a
fantastic Incan green tea with 2 extra pumps of sweetener. I love this
culture. I actually did shoot some video live to the web using beta
software I discovered. I am planning on shooting live footage right to
Celldweller.com from my studio or at The Method House when I'm working
on "Wish Upon a Blackstar" - unedited and uncut. 100% live. But that's
not for right now - I'll let you know when I'm ready to make it a
public party and hopefully the voyeur in you will come watch.
did have a number of really exciting (to me at least) meetings with
clothing manufacturers today here in Lima. They have a fairly
formidable garment district and I am working on possibly starting to
(slowly) manufacture some FiXT Clothing ideas that have been archived
over the last few years. I think there are probably 100 different
original clothing ideas sitting in archives waiting to finally be
realized. I'll keep you posted if I will pursue this just in case you
want to wear some swag on your back (or butt. As an added bonus, I will
try *not* to poke you in the butt.)
I just checked my iPhone and
I've recorded over 2 GB's of video of my trip so far. It will surface
at some point i am sure. I'm actually kinda digging me shooting lo-res
iPhone footage from my POV. Now, i just need to figure out how to get
it edited together to tell a story...
Ah, I just saw a butt i would like to poke, so I'm out of here. "Inca Kola por favor..."
was a long day yesterday, but I'm alive and moderately well in Lima,
Peru. I've already taken some cool video footage of the scurrying
roaches on the street outside the hotel and a few of the 'ladyboy'
hookers who hang around outside getting chased down the block by a
member of the citizens police brigade on a moped. Pretty good stuff for
only being here a few hours.
I'm trying to fire off a quick post
here while i have internet to tell you that i spent a little over 5
hours of my flight answering a chunk of the questions you guys asked in
this Klog. There are far too many to post on the FiXT Artist Spotlight page,
so I've decided I will post answers to a few questions every week,
right here. I'm still thinking through the details, but I'm pretty sure
I said more than I should have in my answers, so I should definitely
post them for you all to read. I think Jimmy Rhodes will post my FiXT
Artist Spotlight feature on Monday of next week, so write it on your
foreheads or in your loose-leaf binders.
I'm off to "La Comera",
and I don't even know why. I'm pretty sure it will be awesome bc it's
32 degrees in Detroit and 85 here. Adios amigos -
off to South America tomorow morning - Lima, Peru to be exact. I don't
completely feel ready to leave my cell (aka "Studio") but so be it. All
i know is that it's pretty freakin' warm there (it snowed a little in
Detroit yesterday) and that i'll be eating llama, snake and perhaps
even monkey (ONLY if they lie to me and tell me it's a bovine-based hamburger. I'm not highly motivated to eat monkey, i have to be honest.)
know a few spanish words my friends have taught me to prepare me for
the trip. they told me it will get me everywhere i need to go while i'm
there. "Pinche Pendejo" and "Chinga tu madre, Puto" were the ones they
said i should say the most, and that they pretty much work no matter
what is said to you. So i'm cool - I have responses ready to go for
anything said to me while i'm away and i'm no longer nervous about not
speaking the language fluently. Phwew...
Also, I will do my best
to snap photos and video as long as i can get my iPhone past customs. I
swallowed it a few days ago trying to time it just right and I'm hoping
they don't find it during the body cavity search. Oh, speaking of
"things to do while being body-cavity searched,"I have to thank you all
for the response to the "Have any questions for me?"
Klog. I thought maybe you would throw a couple of questions at me, but
there are so many of them I don't think I'll be able to answer them all
in one shot. Jimmy Rhodes (who will be handling the interview) will
have to go through and pick a few that are somewhat relevant to the Spotlight Feature
page at FixtOnline. I'm trying to figure out a way to answer more
questions over time bc there were a lot of good ones. I may figure out
some way to work it into a video Klog.
I'm getting 'my hair did'
right now, so I'm kinda multitasking with this downtime and my downtime
is almost over. So with that, I say "adios amigos" and "pinche tu
madres, putos". See? I've got this Spanish language thing down, no
problem. I'm sure i'll Tweet as much as i can too, without going
"Tweet-overboard" on your asses. Join my Twitter page if
you haven't already, bc i actually use it when i have something random
that pops into my head that i should never send mindlessly hurling into
the great expanse of the Interweb. These things will haunt me forever,
but we only die once, ya know? I'm out for now.
clip from a movie that taught me how to really act like a rock star. I
spent many nights, weeks - months studying David & Nigel's
techniques and tried to put them into practice. It's hard to do when
you're 8, but i was off to a good start at least with incredible role
models like these. For those who wish to further understand how I've
become the artist I now am, it has to start with this movie.
Люди наконец то свершилось то чего мы
так долго ждали,поступила новость о том что в ближайшее время выйдет
новый альбом группы Celldweller,но - называться он будет не так как нам
претпологалось,не "Sophomore" а "Wish Upon a Blackstar",и к большому
сожалению альбом будет выпущен на аудио касете (Tape),но это ещё не всё
потерянно ;) (Клэйтон наверное решил нас надурачить,но мы то на это не
поведёмся правда???) главное чтобы мы все услышали новоё творение
Вот информация с офф сайта группы (PS.на английском и русском языке)
Title of the new Celldweller album....
much for suspense. I've had this album named for over a year now and
I'm still not totally sure what I was waiting for. I guess i can
celebrate finishing the first song by making this announcement. (it's
only so I can make myself feel better about waiting to tell you for
thinking about only pressing "Wish Upon a Blackstar" on cassette and
8-track - ya know, the vintage feel. Even if I don't, at least we can
all visualize what the cassette would look like. (Go make your own
cassette for your next album here.)
will have more details on how I'll be releasing Wish Upon a Blackstar
in the next week or so. Remember that I'll be finally disclosing
details about the remix I'm working on this Wednesday, so come back and
hang out. (If you look at the bottom of your browser you should see a
little "Google Friend Connect" bar. You can use your aim, google login
or Open ID etc to create a user account here. Do it!!! Do it now!!!!)
apologize for all those commenting on the time zone difference. I will
always try to post earlier when there is something bigger to announce
if I can.
Well, I feel much better getting the album title off my chest and onto yours. Catch up with you guys soon. А вот и в русском варианте благодаря пользователю Saint666 - Екатерина СПАСИБО тебе огромное
Прямо в напряжении...Я дал название этому альбому еще год назад и в
данный момент я уверен это именно то чего я ожидал. Я думаю самое время
отпраздновать завершение первой песни,сделав сейчас заявление о ней. (Я
так давно должен был об этом сказать,чтобы мне стало легче.)
думаю "Wish Upon a Blackstar" будет выпущен на кассетах и будет состоять
из 8 треков-знаете винтаж прям чувствуется.В конечном итоге вы можете
видеть как выглядит кассета (зайдите here и предложите свой вариант).
Я расскажу поподробнее о работе над Wish Upon a Blackstar на следующей
неделе или чуть позже. Помните,я раскрою все детали создания ремиксов
над которыми я работал в эту Среду,вернусь и потусуюсь тут.(Если вы
посмотрите на строчку внизу вашего браузера вы увидите там строку
"Google Friend Connect" .Вы можете зарегистрироваться там ,указав свой
логин и пароль.Сделайте!!Сделайте это прямо сейчас!!!)
извиняюсь за эти комментарии из-за разницы во времени. Я всегда стараюсь
отписать раньше если есть какая то важная новость,чтобы объявить о
ней,если я могу. Ну чтож я рад что могу вам предложить этот альбом! Свяжусь с вами позже ребята!!