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Devin Townsend To Release “Empath – The Ultimate Edition” In June


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Devin Townsend‘s revised edition of his latest album “Empath” has been slated for a June 05th release date. Known as “Empath – The Ultimate Edition“, it will be released as a 2-CD/2-Blu-ray set. Along with the original album, the effort features a 5.1 surround sound mix of the record along with accompanying visuals.

Other bonuses include a live 2019 acoustic set captured in Leeds back in April of 2019 dubbed ‘Acoustically Inclined – Live in Leeds‘. A documentary on the album, a ‘Genesis 5.1 Mixing Lesson’, a full album commentary and more will also be included.

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Townsend commented of re-mixing the album in 5.1:

“On a technical level, I guess I have always been dissatisfied with the basic ‘stereo’ format in which the type of music I make gets presented in. Whether its headphones, computer speakers, stereos (or basically anything currently), I have had to figure out ways to get the work to function through TWO speakers.

I hear things in a particularly orchestrated way, and with the amount of information that typically gets recorded per song, the result has been the dubious ‘wall of sound’ that I keep ending up with. But my intention has never been to make an oppressive experience, but rather something that is immersive and vast.

Making it work in two speakers just simply doesn’t quite work for the vision. Although I’ve managed to get the point across, (to varying degrees), things always have to compromise to make it all fit. Making the drums speak at the same time as orchestra, cymbals, guitars, choirs, synths etc.…all with my voice on top, ends up with every conceivable frequency fighting for breathing space between those two speakers.

Therefore, I asked the powers that be in my business world, to tolerate one more ‘kick at the can’ when it came to Empath. I wanted to attempt a surround mix and follow the original vision of it being an immersive, multimedia experience for people in the ways I could best achieve at this stage. And although it’s still pretty ‘dense’, with four more sources for the sound to come from, I feel its significantly closer to the original vision here.”

Pre-orders for this new version can be found here.

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