You — Yes, YOU! — Can Be On Devin Townsend’s Ziltoid 2
Well, about a year before the movie came out, composer Hans Zimmer set up a website on which fans could record themselves screaming the chant and have their voice included in the movie. Neat idea, even if it was just a publicity stunt (which it may very well have been).
Fuck does this have to do with metal? Glad you asked! Devin Townsend is now doing the same thing for his beyond-heavily-anticipated Z2 (only I’d wager this is not just a publicity stunt): he’s set up a website where you can contribute to what he’s calling a “universal choir” for the album… AND hear some samples from the album. Explains Townsend:
“Hey all, ‘Ziltoid 2’ is upon us! I’m deep in the recording of this double album, and as part of the theme, Ziltoid the alien joins forces with the humans…and what better way to express that then to invite you all to sing along? The ‘Universal Choir’ is a platform in which vocal parts are explained, and then provides you a way to upload your singing contributions that we will edit together into one, big choir! The parts are a little tricky but perfection is not required, just enthusiasm. Feel free to overdub yourself, get a bunch of friends together, or just yell along, the bigger the better. Send it back and we will then assemble the ‘Universal Choir’ which will actually be part of the new recording. It should be fun! (Or a total chaotic mess :) but let’s try either way! The website, (which works best if it’s not on a mobile device), explains all the parts, with demonstrations and backing tracks. The hope is that a lot of people will upload themselves singing the parts, and then we assemble it and add it to the record. Come sing on Ziltoid’s album, and have a great time!”
The deadline to participate is June 25, so don’t dawdle! Go here to get involved.