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NORTHERN RE-MIXING February 8, 2008

Posted by taylor in Uncategorized.


over the past year there has still been demand from customers and distributors for my cd “Northern”.. it sold out fairly quickly, even after making more than i initially planned and time has come to re-issue the cd.

instead of just pressing more of the same cd and cover, however, i decided to take a slightly different approach. the cd will be released on 12k’s limited series and be a reissue much in the same vein as Shuttle 358’s “Frame”… but it is going to be completely remixed and remastered, in a slightly different way.

i have opened up the original production files (Digital Performer) from each song on the album and have been re-mixing them (not “remixing” but re-MIXING)… the catch, however, is that due to the fact that “Northern” was created 2 years ago opening the old files has lead to some missing and incompatible plug-ins (i have upgraded computer and systems since then)… resulting in effects and parts that don’t sound the same.

i have decided to use this to my advantage and rebuild or change these details with fresh ears as if they didn’t exist. The result (so far) is a “Northern” that, as well as having a general overall different mastering quality, also has some new and changed parts. on the surface, the changes are probably quite subtle… the songs sound basically the same as they did before, but those who know the work well will be able to detect the difference.

the idea is to not release a completely different album but.. what i am calling to myself, “the director’s cut” 🙂 “Northern” as i see (hear) it now, 2 years later.

the artwork will be different, to mark the new edition from the old, however, the title will be the same.. simply “Northern”.. not “Northern 2” or anything like that.

it should be released some time this spring….



1. andrewreitsma - February 8, 2008

Interesting idea. I’ve loved that CD since I bought it when it came out, and is one of my favorite 12K releases. Any chance previous “Northern” owners can “upgrade” for a discount 😉 Thanks for the great work regardless.

2. 12k - February 8, 2008

thanks for the kind words….

but, no, this isn’t a software upgrade 🙂

3. visionandhearing - February 11, 2008

oh wow. i love northern so much! it is one of those albums that is perfect as a whole, start to finish.
i can’t wait to hear it re-worked.

4. mzieser - February 16, 2008

I love the “directors cut” idea. The big labels do it too; I enjoy hearing the subtle differences in old mix downs vs. new. Sometimes audio objects are lifted that were really buried before.

5. faithstrangerecordings - February 18, 2008

I’ve found that instances just like this of revisiting an older piece after upgrading software and consequently losing older technology always puts a new and refreshing light on the material and can work to your advantage in the long run. A new perspective on one’s older music is always desirable even if it’s just at the re-mastering stage. Best of luck.

6. 12k - February 19, 2008

exactly.. a new perspective and overcoming the technological hiccups…

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