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Just because you can't go outside doesn't mean Devin has to stop making music. I guess he's doing Twitch streams too.

 

 

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Hello all, welcome to the first instalment of my 'Quarantine Project'

 

I want to be able to provide some relief during these coming times in the ways that I am able to. People have been supportive of me in my time of need with the GoFundMe campaign, as we lost a lot of revenue due to the current and foreseeable touring cycle, and want to make sure I can provide something that in some way begins to say 'thank you'. In the ways I'm able, I will provide as much content as I can during this period as its what I feel I can offer.

 

My company has a lot of people involved, and your support has saved us in so many ways. I know we are all affected by this and yes, I could look for another job during this period like so many others will have to, but I figure that the best thing I can do is focus on my work and hopefully provide some sort of relief doing what I'm best at. I want to give back as much as I can over the next while, and I hope that some of the work I can manage here will provide a bit of comfort during these troubled times for those who enjoy what I do.

 

This first song is just a melancholy sort of thing called ‘Quarantine’ to start the proceedings. The idea with this is that it may be many different styles, Twitch streams, concerts, perhaps a podcast... I have been kept afloat by the audience and wish to help in any way I can. (I am just learning how to do video and I will try to get more proficient at it as the time goes by).

 

I will do everything I can to help in the ways that I'm able to. On behalf of myself, Northern Music, HevyDevy Records, and the entire team that makes up my professional world, Thanks for supporting (saving) our business during this downturn. We realize the number of people that are suffering and don't take this lightly. I figure the best way I can express this is to simply get to work. I will make sure I provide for the people who donated especially.

 

I am working on lots of ideas to provide during this hard period. I truly can't express my gratitude enough.

 

Thank you.

 

 

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Ok, so this was the original version of ZTV we had done for the Z2 album cycle, but it was deemed ‘too gross’ by a mess of people (specifically those closest to me =) But it was fun as shit, and Im glad to have found it again. =)

 

This puppet was made by Violet Casselden, The editing was done by Mike StJean with some other folks Im afraid I cant remember the names of, Dave Young and myself controlled the puppet (I was the face, Dave was the arms) Roger Mowatt controlled the eyes, and Bill Courage did the voiceovers.

 

I love doing this sort of thing. Its a lot of work, but so cathartic. Sorry about the juvenile humor, I think stuff like this is funny. I dont mean to offend, Im just a child I guess.

 

More stuff coming soon.. =)

 

Keep the music coming with the Devin Townsend Support Team: gf.me/u/xra8an

 

 

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OK, so here's an unmixed version of this song (I'll mix it once I've got some video content) and I just threw together a dumb visual as a placeholder too…

 

The idea is: If you're bored or self Isolated right now, have some fun and make some video footage and send it to me on twitter, then I'll mix this and redo a compilation video.

 

This song features the fantastic Anneke Van Giersebergen in the chorus and the fantastic Che Aimee Dorval in the verse

 

Sorry to Jasper, who has told me for years not to post this, but man…desperate times require desperate actions…

 

The original song was by The Vengaboys

 

{Edit by Jasper: If the Vengaboys sue us we'll probably need another GoFundMe campaign.}

 

 

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Hey! Good morning, quarantine friends =) Today, its just an easy jam I did with my good friend Kat Epple, this is just something nice to drink your morning tea or coffee to =)

 

Take care, see you tomorrow.

 

Dev

 

 

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Good day!

 

So here we are at the start of another week that will undoubtedly be challenging and difficult to navigate.

 

So to provide some energy for our workload here's Quarantine Project part 5: Stampys Blaster! (If you watched the Twitch stream yesterday, you’ll know that Stampy is the name of the elephant that came up during the mix =)

 

‘I love you all, May your heart be filled by grace, let your hearts be filled with love’

 

 

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Hey there folks =) Another day, another Quarantine Project demo!

 

This one I've been mixing on the Twitch stream over the past few days, it's called ‘Honeybunch’ and is a melodic little oddity that gets stuck in my head.

 

A fortunate side effect of this Quarantine is that a lot of friends of mine are cooped up too, so for this, my buddy Che Aimee Dorval sang her parts in her living room at the same time as drummer Federico Paulovich recorded his drums in his =) Fortuitous! ...both of those artists are exceptionally talented.

 

Wayne Joyner offered to make a cool little video too, (which I added a few dumb faces too) and I think its kind of a decent little song. Thanks everyone involved =)

 

I hope you enjoy, and I wish you all strength during this trying time. I'll be doing a Twitch stream at noon if you're up for a guitar lesson

 

Your virtual friend, Dev.

 

 

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Ok, So although no new song today , (im working on a bunch of really cool ones I think for the next few days), today is the VENGABUDS video, which is all the clips you guys sent to me on Twitter for this cover song =) I scoured Twitter to make sure I got them all, and I think I did, but let me know if I missed you. Thank you SO MUCH for participating during this crazy time… it provides a bit of hope amidst the chaos =) You guys are wonderful for sending these things in. I tried to edit it to the best of my ability

 

Im afraid I didn’t remix the song yet, but I got word today that all these Quarantine songs may see an actual release, so I figure Ill do it then…

 

Tomorrow is another new song, so I hope you’ll dig whats coming next (some really special stuff)  and THANK YOU for hanging in there.

 

See you tomorrow!

 

Your virtual pal, Dev

 

 

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So this song is a favorite of mine. And theres a bit of a story to it as well:

 

I had been suggested the album ‘The Slow Light’ on Spotify by an artist I had never heard of called ‘All India Radio’, and it became one of my favorite albums I had heard in ages. I just absolutely fell in love with it, and in particular, a song called ‘Can You Hear The Sound’ which defined a whole piece of the year it came out for me.

 

When I left DTP, I went to Sweden to just clear my head and spend some time with friends, and during which, I learned the chords and structure to ‘Can You Hear The Sound’ and began jamming it with Morgan. It ended up being a lovely moment in time for me which I then mixed with Mattias at his house while he laid down some cool melodies.

 

I contacted Martin (All India Radio) on Twitter this week and asked if he would mind if I released this for the Quarantine Project and he agreed, so I made a quick video for it and I hope you like it. the term ‘Call Of The Void’ was one that I heard referring to that sensation when your driving beside a cliff and have a strange fear that at any moment you may just hurl yourself over.

 

Please listen to ‘The Slow Light’ by All India Radio and hear the original song I took this inspiration from. The structure is verbatim for the most part, and I thank Martin for writing such a lovely song and such a meaningful record to me. Thank you for being cool enough to let me share this tribute to his song. It was really an important piece of music in my life. Can You Hear The Sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JxB640nytg

 

Some days are harder than others, I had a rough one yesterday, but we’re still holding on. Be well my friends, I wish you love and peace.

 

Dev

 

 

 

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Heres a heavier demo idea. I recorded the drums with Samus during the Empath sessions. Liam plays bass and Wes does a ripping solo. Its all about balance I guess, sometimes chill, sometimes frantic. This would be ‘frantic’ =)

 

I hope you have a good weekend. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. Dont let the stress get you down, try to write some music or make some art maybe this weekend?

 

...or cookies? They're good too...

 

Dev

 

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Heyo, Dev here again…hope you're holding fast. This week starts with a song that was originally on the Sky Blue album, yet I was dissatisfied with the original mix back then, so I did a new mix of it on Twitch the other day. Here it is.

 

The song deals with loss. Mourning. It was written during a period of loss of some people in my world and a few close around me as well. Getting down to the intensity of it that I felt we missed the first time around was cathartic.

 

Another week ahead of us that is worth fighting for. Love to you and yours, stay strong.

 

Dev =)

 

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haven't listened to all 10 but some of these are pretty good. I really like Honeybunch with the video. 

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Hey all, so things are a little crazy over the next few days, Im working on some mixes and doing the streams, but Ive got a lot that has come up on a personal side. Therefore, today is not a new song, but instead of live recording.

 

Heres a little oddity I unearthed recently from when Che and I played a few Casualties Of Cool songs for the people at Warwick and Framus guitars in their booth at Namm 2018.

 

Its maybe a little rough around the edges, but its still a cool vibe. At this point we were playing to the reel to reel machines without a band, doing a demo for some gear. They had filmed it, but that footage seems nowhere to be found, so heres just the audio. We played ‘Daddy’ and ‘The Code’

 

If you haven’t heard the record, I would suggest trying to find it online or something? Its really good. The album came out in 2014 I think, and since that time we’ve written…well… one song. =) I like this project because its grimy, strange, and without pressure. Maybe when this virus takes a breather, we can try to write a few more…

 

Till then, enjoy todays Quarantine Project, and Ill see you tomorrow with some more goodies.

 

Dev

 

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Yeah I only listened to the first so far, very good. I need to get around to the others. Also I should try and get my tickets to his virtual concerts, I tried when he first announced it but it was sold out but he kept adding tickets so I need to try again today. 

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So he's having 3 virtual concerts, well he already had one, that you can buy tickets for. But he also uploaded the first concert!

 

 

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Alright this one is for New York all you New York bastards that are ignoring this thread!

 

 

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