Exclusive interview – Alan Wilder (ex-Depeche Mode/Recoil) talks on synths, music creation and his upcoming auction

August 12, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Exclusive interview – Alan Wilder (ex-Depeche Mode/Recoil) talks on synths, music creation and his upcoming auction 

Steelberry Clones got a talk with none other than the synth legend Alan Wilder (ex-member of Depeche Mode and now front man of the electro/synth experimental act Recoil). Few can match the track record of Alan Wilder and few have had such an impact on the synth scene for the past 30 years, or so. Alan Wilder´s Recoil continues this tradition into the 21st century exploring the boundaries of electronic music, and since Alan now is in full preparation of delivering probably the world´s biggest Depeche Mode memorabilia auction at the Zion Arts Centre, we simply had to pose some questions to him regarding his music creation legacy, gear and plans moving forward.

“Collected” is the name of Alan’s big auction on Saturday 3rd September, for detailed information on how to join please follow this link:

http://auction.recoil.co.uk/

So in just a few weeks time, over 400 lots will go under the hammer as Alan Wilder sells a large selection of musical / studio equipment and memorabilia at auction. Many items are very collectable and hold special value having been used extensively in the recording sessions for classic Depeche Mode and Recoil albums, as well as live performances on the ‘Black Celebration’, ‘Music For The Masses’, ‘World Violation’ and ‘Devotional’ tours.

http://youtu.be/EHejxJ1KPxk

But for most synth/electro fans this is truly not just any ordinary auction, but a clear reason why we needed to pose some questions to Alan about the auction in general and about his music making legacy in particular.

Why are you running this auction? is it for charity, or something else?

It’s for the charity of Alan Wilder unfortunately. Let’s be honest, divorce is an ugly thing and the record business has been in crisis for some time now. I’m not over sentimental about retaining every little detail of my musical history. In fact I still have a large collection of essential items, all the releases I have played on, many photographs and unique personal things. But really, I need more space (and peace) in my life and this goes part of the way to achieving that. Indeed I found it an evocative and cathartic experience to sift through all the collectables – the actual sorting and cataloging process brought back great memories and I was able to re-live some key moments which I had inevitably forgotten about, reminding me of how lucky I have been to have enjoyed such a career, doing something I’m passionate about.

http://youtu.be/LiLyiDw6qeg

Will it not be hard to let go of many of these unique items – any particular items that are special to you, that we should keep an extra eye on at the auction?

Yes – many do hold wonderful memories of course but I don’t find myself actually using most of the equipment for example. One of my new year’s resolutions for 2011 was to start streamlining my set-up at The Thin Line Studios. My needs have altered since laptops, soft synths and plug-ins have come to the fore, and therefore passing on some vintage gear and historical items seemed like a good way to start. The Steinway grand piano and the ‘Devotional’ drum kit are two things I’m letting go with a heavy heart. Thankfully I have a second piano, and can’t really justify having two at the moment. And if I feel like picking up drumming again, I guess I can easily find myself another (cheaper) kit. As for something to keep an eye on in the auction, I think the unreleased box set known as DMBS 1-4 is likely to spark major interest. Known as the ‘Holy Grail’, these are the 4 extremely rare white labels from the Depeche Mode boxset that was never released. It was recalled at the last minute for unknown reasons. The Emulators with my own sound samples, the guitar used by Martin Gore for the ‘Devotional’ tour, and my touring wardrobe & stage clothing should all prove very popular. We have art proofs and one-off posters, and already we can see that album acetates are extremely desirable, being so rare. Only one or two are ever produced for a record release and I have quite a few of these iconic records. A few selected teaser items are currently on sale via eBay, and more will be added as we approach the auction. (http://shop.ebay.com/depechemodeatomegaauctions/m.html?_trksid=p4340.l2562)

Will you be joined at the event by any of your old band mates (DM)?

Not a chance:)

How can you part with your first synthesizer, the Minimoog?

I guess you could say that the mini-moog does hold particular value as it’s been with me for such a long time, throughout my career. It was the first synthesiser I bought around 1977, pre-Mode, when I was a member of Dafne & The Tenderspots. It was a big deal for us at the time as it was quite expensive and we couldn’t really afford it until we secured our record deal. It is still probably my all-time favourite synthesiser due to the famous fat 3-oscillator sound, and of course it’s an absolute classic. I continued to use it for many years on early Mode recordings such as ‘Construction Time Again’ and ‘Some Great Reward’ and even had a midi update added during the eighties. However, I also own a ‘midi’-moog, which is the rack-mount version of the original mini-moog. It pretty much sounds the same and serves my purpose in the studio. I found that I wasn’t using the original moog any more, and like many of these items, it has been sitting around gathering dust. Much better then that all these old synths should be cleaned, restored, repaired and passed on, to people who will dote on them, use them again – individuals who will fully appreciate their history and the symbolic (as well as practical) value they hold. And, the moog will no doubt increase in value, like most vintage gear. These synths are like old cars that need to be driven. The way I feel about most items in the auction is how I feel about the gold discs for instance – I never wanted to display them on my walls in some ostentatious way, and I think often the musicians themselves are not too bothered about those things. Gold discs mean a lot more to those who are more peripheral or outside of the original experience, but who are very passionate about what they represent.

Regarding the patch discs for the Emulator’s and Akai’s – have you made some backup of those sounds somehow?

Yes, of course, I have a copy of the sounds for myself.

The sequencer EDP Spider, was that your first sequencer? And does it work? It’s not clear on the web page – they are prone not to work.

I believe it does work but I didn’t have the unusual connecting cable to actually try it out. I guess it was my first and only non-computerised sequencer! Not that I used it much – although it was used to create the bass sequencer part for the Aggro mix of DM’s ‘Never Let Me Down Again’.

Conclusively, if you are Depeche Mode fan or collector of vintage synth gear this is the one event not to miss out on. Now moving on to the music creation side of things we wanted to ask Alan all those questions about his gear, music creation and plans for the future, that comes when having the opportunity to talk a guy that has been a part of shaping the modern synth scene.

Recoil has been on quite an extensive tour recently, can you let us know how it was received and what your forthcoming plans are?

The European shows went really well at the start of the tour, particularly in eastern parts and Germany, Hungary, Poland, France etc. The US shows were a bit up and down, but generally quite successful I would say. I do think USA is the most difficult territory to tour, and it was a bit of a relief to follow that down to South America where the fans are so passionate and the crowds always wild, excitable. It was quite an experience there.

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Depeche Mode’s and Recoil’s Alan Wilder at home

August 4, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Depeche Mode’s and Recoil’s Alan Wilder at home 

http://youtu.be/EHejxJ1KPxk

Alan Wilder — Collected is a 2011 documentary film directed by Martin Vladar.

Vladar worked personally with Alan and his estate in the UK: at Wilder’s Sussex residence, he discovered the house was filled with memorabilia spanning 35 years of a career spent in music, most notably during the 80s and 90s covering the musician’s stint with one of the most famous & successful bands of all time, Depeche Mode.

COLLECTED – The Alan Wilder/Depeche Mode Collection

A Historic Equipment, Vinyl & Memorabilia Auction

Auction date : Saturday 3rd September, 2011 4.00pm
Venue : Zion Arts Centre (www.zionarts.com)
Address : 335 Stretford Rd, Hulme, Manchester M15 5ZA
Viewing : 10.00am to 8.00pm – Friday 2nd September, and 10.00am to 4.00pm – Saturday 3rd September

http://auction.recoil.co.uk
www.omegaauctions.co.uk

‘Alan Wilder – Collected’ trailer

July 12, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on ‘Alan Wilder – Collected’ trailer 

A preview of the new documentary : COLLECTED – The Alan Wilder/Depeche Mode Collection

A Historic Equipment, Vinyl & Memorabilia Auction

Auction date : Saturday 3rd September, 2011 4.00pm
Venue : Zion Arts Centre (www.zionarts.com)
Address : 335 Stretford Rd, Hulme, Manchester M15 5ZA
Viewing : 10.00am to 8.00pm – Friday 2nd September, and 10.00am to 4.00pm – Saturday 3rd September

http://auction.recoil.co.uk
www.omegaauctions.co.uk

Alan Wilder auctions Depeche Mode memorabilia and more

May 31, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Alan Wilder auctions Depeche Mode memorabilia and more 

Ex-Depeche Mode member Alan Wilder will be selling a large selection of musical / studio equipment, vinyl & memorabilia at auction. Many items are very collectable and hold special value having been used extensively in the recording sessions for classic Depeche Mode and Recoil albums, as well as live performances on the “Black Celebration”, “Music For The Masses”, “World Violation” and “Devotional” tours.

The additional memorabilia includes such items as Gold & Platinum award discs, leather clothing, rare acetates & test pressings, artwork, posters, tour merchandise and much more. The set covers Alan’s entire musical career, focusing mainly on the years between 1982 & 1995 and making this one of the most exciting career sales to hit the public domain ever. It is also the first time ever that a Depeche Mode memorabilia sale on this scale has appeared.

Live event, Q&A, …

And faithful to the tradition, the sale will also be a live event conducted through Omega at www.omegaauctions.co.uk with the official catalogue available online throughout August, prior to the event on the first weekend of September. Expect clear information about how to bid, either on-line, by telephone or at the event itself in the next few weeks. For the time being, you can get a sneak preview of everything right now at www.auction.recoil.co.uk and discover the history and condition of the items plus read Alan’s comments on each piece.

A special free pdf catalogue is being produced and a collectable printed hard copy will also be available for a small charge. No price indications will be offered before the sale begins, and therefore any general enquiries about prices won’t receive a response. However, serious offers for items marked outside of the auction (for private sale) will be listened to – the point of contact is auction@recoil.co.uk .

Documentary ‘Alan Wilder – Collected’

The Shunt team have worked closely in conjunction with Omega to bring to you a worldwide, all-inclusive fan-friendly event incorporating a film presentation (see below, “Alan Wilder – Collected”) about the fascinating history of everything in the sale, plus a Q&A session with Alan, DJs, a bar and some other surprises. The live part of the event will be held over the weekend of September 2nd & 3rd in Manchester (venue tbc). There will be a a chance to preview all the sale items on the Friday, with meet & greet opportunities and so on.

“Alan Wilder – Collected” is a 2011 documentary film directed by Martin Vladar about the musician and producer Alan Wilder. The 40 minute documentary came about in connection with a proposed auction scheduled in 2011. Vladar worked personally with Alan Wilder and his estate in the UK: at Wilder’s Sussex residence, he discovered the house was filled with memorabilia spanning 35 years of a career spent in music, most notably during the 80s and 90s covering the musician’s stint with one of the most famous & successful bands of all time, Depeche Mode.

Featured in the doc will be the vast personal collection of Wilder and also a scene where Wilder is reunited with his lost sounds when trying out his old Sampler after 25 years. You’ll also discover which unreleased records he has the only copies of, along with access to the very first acetate pressings of Depeche Mode’s “Violator” and the “101” album recorded at The Rosebowl, Pasadena in 1988. More info at www.auction.recoil.co.uk .

Via SL

Recoil video that has been creating a lot of rumors in Depeche Mode communities

May 4, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Recoil video that has been creating a lot of rumors in Depeche Mode communities 

http://youtu.be/FfAxy8Tx5XQ

Since May 1st a mysterious video has been circulating within Depeche Mode circles. Posted on YouTube by the ‘thinlinestaff’ account, it shows the inside of what could be Alan Wilder’s UK estate, with an audio loop of ‘Clean’ as soundtrack. Oh, and guess who pops up at around 55 seconds into the 1:07 minute long video? Yep, the boss himself.

Depeche Mode will release “Remixes 2: 81-11” on Mute Records on 6 June

March 23, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Depeche Mode will release “Remixes 2: 81-11” on Mute Records on 6 June 

From Mute comes the news that Depeche Mode will release “Remixes 2: 81-11” on Mute Records on 6 June 2011. This new compilation includes classic mixes from M83, UNKLE, Trentemøller, François Kervorkian and Dan The Automator, alongside all-new mixes from Stargate, Eric Prydz, Karlsson & Winnberg (Miike Snow) and Röyksopp. The expanded editions will furthermore include exclusive remixes by former band members Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder. it’s the first time either artist has remixed tracks for their former colleagues.

“Remixes 2: 81-11″ will be available in two different CD formats: a single and triple disc version, as well as a download and as a 6 x 12” vinyl LP box set.

Details:

1-Disc version:

  1. Dream On – Bushwacka Tough Guy Mix Edit (2001)
  2. Personal Jesus – The Stargate Mix (2011)
  3. Suffer Well – M83 Remix (2006)
  4. John The Revelator – UNKLE Reconstruction (2006)
  5. In Chains – Tigerskin’s No Sleep Remix Edit (2011)
  6. Peace – SixToes Remix (2009)
  7. Tora! Tora! Tora! – Karlsson And Winnberg (from Miike Snow) Remix (2011)
  8. Never Let Me Down Again – Eric Prydz Remix (2011)
  9. I Want It All – Roland M.Dill Remix (2011)
  10. Wrong – Trentemøller Remix (2009)
  11. Puppets – Röyksopp Remix (2011)
  12. Everything Counts – Oliver Huntemann And Stephan Bodzin Dub (2006)
  13. A Pain That I’m Used To – Jacques Lu Cont Remix (2005)

3-Disc version

    Disc 1:

  1. Dream On – Bushwacka Tough Guy Mix (2001)
  2. Suffer Well – M83 Remix (2006)
  3. John The Revelator – UNKLE Reconstruction (2006)
  4. In Chains – Tigerskin’s No Sleep Remix (2009)
  5. Peace – SixToes Remix (2009)
  6. Lilian – Chab Vocal Remix Edit (2006)
  7. Never Let Me Down Again – Digitalism Remix (2006)
  8. Corrupt – Efdemin Remix (2009)
  9. Everything Counts – Oliver Huntemann And Stephan Bodzin Dub (2006)
  10. Happiest Girl – The Pulsating Orbital Vocal Mix (1990)
  11. Walking In My Shoes – Anandamidic Mix (1993)
  12. Personal Jesus – The Stargate Mix (2011)
  13. Slowblow – Darren Price Mix (1993)

    Disc 2:

  14. Wrong – Trentemøller Club Remix (2009)
  15. World In My Eyes – Dub In My Eyes (1990)
  16. Fragile Tension – Peter Bjorn and John Remix (2009)
  17. Strangelove – Tim Simenon/Mark Saunders Remix (1998)
  18. A Pain That I’m Used To – Jacques Lu Cont Remix (2005)
  19. The Darkest Star – Monolake Remix (2006)
  20. I Feel You – Helmet At The Helm Mix (1993)
  21. Higher Love – Adrenaline Mix Edit (2004)
  22. Fly On The Windscreen – Death Mix (1985)
  23. Barrel Of A Gun – United Mix (1997)
  24. Only When I Lose Myself – Dan The Automator Mix (1998)
  25. Ghost – Le Weekend Remix (2009)

    Disc 3:

  26. Personal Jesus – Alex Metric Remix Edit (2011)
  27. Never Let Me Down Again – Eric Prydz Remix (2011)
  28. Behind The Wheel – Vince Clarke Remix (2011)
  29. Leave In Silence – Claro Intelecto ‘The Last Time’ Remix (2011)
  30. In Chains – Alan Wilder Remix (2011)
  31. When The Body Speaks – Karlsson And Winnberg Remix (2011)
  32. Puppets – Röyksopp Remix (2011)
  33. Tora! Tora! Tora! – Karlsson And Winnberg (from Miike Snow) Remix (2011)
  34. Freestate – Clark Remix (2011)
  35. I Want It All – Roland M. Dill Remix (2011)
  36. A Question Of Time – Joebot Presents ‘Radio Face’ Remix (2011)
  37. Personal Jesus – Sie Medway-Smith Remix (2011)

New Depeche Mode remix album in April

February 28, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on New Depeche Mode remix album in April 

The new Depeche Mode remix album will be released early April 2011.

For those who didn’t know yet; remix duties have been executed by Alan Wilder (Recoil and ex-Depeche Mode – “In chains”), Vince Clarke (Yazoo, Erasure, ex-Depeche Mode – “Behind the wheel”), Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, New Order’s Bernard Sumner, Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow. Other unconfirmed names which have popped up include Aphex Twin, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs!, Brandon Flowers of The Killers and Arcade Fire.

More news will follow :-)

Stereoklang talks to synthmaster Daniel Myer, with Covenant and Recoil

December 19, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Stereoklang talks to synthmaster Daniel Myer, with Covenant and Recoil 

Covenant performed at this year’s ElectriXmas and we had a quick talk with Daniel Myer about music, gear and iPads. Watch the video below :-)

More stuff on Daniel below:

Architect is joining Recoil for the US tour after some shows together in Europe.

Architect is the creation of German mastermind Daniel Myer. In 1993 he founded the legendary electro-industrial/EBM project Haujobb. Since then he has made a name for himself within the electronic scene and initiated many other projects such as HMB, Newt and Destroid.

Since 2007, he has been a permanent member of the renowned Swedish EBM band Covenant. Created in 1998, Architect and can be easily described as the most fascinating of Daniel’s projects. Focusing primarily on minimal techno, powerfully distorted sequences and razor-sharp breakbeats, he manages to create a unique hybrid of electronica with smooth ambient soundscapes, rendering the results suitable for both listening and dancing.

Teaser for Euro leg for Recoil’s ‘Selected events’

November 18, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Teaser for Euro leg for Recoil’s ‘Selected events’ 

Alan Wilder’s (ex Depeche Mode) tour visiting world with its project, Recoil, and the show “Selected Events 2010 – A Strange Hour”. After a series of live dates before in Europe and the U.S. the show now returns to Europe for a number of closing dates in November and December. For the new dates will show also include all-new parts, materials not previously been played during the tour, but also completely virgin video.

Special guests will also participate, including Gary Numan, Ade Fenton, Architect, Sono and Northern Kind.

Alan Wilder and Vince Clarke to remix Depeche Mode

November 10, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Alan Wilder and Vince Clarke to remix Depeche Mode 

There are rumours about a pretty special Depeche Mode remix album set for next year. Vince Clarke stated on his Twitter that he’s working on a remix of “Behind the Wheel”, and now www.depeche-mode.com reports that Alan Wilder is making a remix as well. We hope to hear more of this soon.

In other Depeche related news, Vince Clarke and Martin Gore is collaborating on a techno sort of album. Also revealed on Vince Clarke’s Twitter.

Depeche Mode’s “Tour of the Universe – Live in Barcelona” is out now.

Via RM

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