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30 Jul

Devin Townsend Welcomes You to 'The Retinal Circus'

World renowned multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, and now ringleader Devin Townsend has introduced “The Retinal Circus” to fans this week, announcing the DVD/Blu-Ray release of this one-night-only extravaganza which took place at The Roundhouse in London, England last October.  “The Retinal Circus”, is a visionary masterpiece of circus entertainment set to the various themes and performed to Devin Townsend’s entire catalog.  As Devin explains:

“’The Retinal Circus’ is a retrospective of my career in music to date, with the central theme being a metaphor of how life and the adventures therein are a 'circus' of sorts. The show involves a cast of characters and guests that support this theme through carnival type performances. A story about how a troubled young man dreams of fantastic scenarios, (illustrated through the music of my back catalogue), which ultimately crests in the characters realization that life is all about the relationships we have with each other. This is the first opportunity I have been given to make theatrical representations of my music. Devin Continues, “To tie you over until it's out, here's a clip of the song 'Grace'. It's out of context, obviously, but hopefully gives you a vague idea of what's about to come out.”

The official promo video for the song "Grace", taken from the forthcoming DVD, can be seen below.

If you’re wondering who’s responsible for the monstrous drumming and lightning-quick footwork heard in the promo video, look no further than Pearl artist Ryan Van Poederooyen.  Ryan, who has been working with Devin Townsend since the early 2000’s, has toured the world over, and then again with The Devin Townsend Project, bringing his incredible drumming skills to the masses who flood each venue to capacity, showing off his perfect technique and masterful metal superiority.  For the performance of “The Retinal Circus”, Ryan turned to his go-to series from Pearl, the Reference Series, in order to achieve the best possible tones from the individual components that make up each shell in the Reference Series line.  As described in the Reference Series Recipe, each drum is designed as an individual instrument with varying wood combinations, shell thicknesses, and different bearing edges giving each drum the ideal components to emit the best possible tone.  Ryan’s setup for ‘The Retinal Circus’ was as follows:

Reference Series:
Piano Black (103)

22x18 bass drum x2
10x8 tom
12x8 tom
16x16 floor tom
14x6.5 Reference Brass snare drum
14x5 Reference Series snare drum

For more information on the upcoming DVD/Blu-Ray from Devin Townsend, “The Retinal Circus”, please be sure to visit his official website,  To keep up with Ryan Van Poederooyen, please be sure to check out his official website as well,