Gary Numan and Officers have collaborated on a new track, ‘Petals’, set for release as an EP on November 19 via Original Wall Of Death. The EP will feature remixes of the track by Ade Fenton, Jagz Kooner and LOSERS (Eddy Temple Morris from XFM/Paul Mullen from YourCodeNameIs:Milo/Tom Bellamy from The Cooper Temple Clause). Proceeds from the digital release will go to CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), a charity working to reduce the high suicide rate of men under 35.
“It’s the first in a busy period for Numan: he’s got a new album, Splinter, due next year, as well as new versions of tracks from his 2011 album Dead Son Rising by Tim Burgess, Alec Empire, The Duke Spirit, Alessandro Cortini from Nine Inch Nails and Gazelle Twin. All this material should be previewed on his upcoming ‘Dead Moon Falling’ tour, with Officers, whose debut album On The Twelve Thrones is set for release on December 3
First cover using the Roland Promars analog synthesizer. Tubeway Army used to use Minimoog for the lead part. The Promars has two VCO’s (and a sub oscillator) even thought it is more limited than the Moog.
This is a cover based on the live version.
The ProMars CompuPhonic is essentially a classic, monophonic version of the Jupiter 4. It has 10 preset sounds (not too great) and 10 user programmable preset patches. The preset sounds include Bass, String, Clavi, Piano, Voice, Trombone, Sax, Trumpet, Synth I and Synth II. A very standard and well laid out set of knobs, sliders and edit controls give you the power to create some really cool sounds.
There are two individual VCO oscillators that can be de-tuned, a nice VCF (filter) with its own ADSR, a typical VCA envelope section, a nice LFO and a pitch/mod wheel that can effect the LFO, VCF or VCA. It even has a noise generator.
The Promars Compuphonic makes a unique alternative to other Roland SH-type synths since, although it has very SH-type controls and layout, its sound and preset capabilities are more like the famous Jupiter synths and at a fraction of the cost. Nice wood casing and Vintage appeal.
Upper: Roland Promars MRS-2
Mid: Roland JP8000
Lower (Midied to the JP): Kurzweil PC1x
Backtrack recorded on Pro Tools.
Original song composed by Gary Numan
A recently uploaded video featuring the synth maestro Gary Numan in a live performance dating back to 1979
A video interview with the York-based band Officers and Gary Numan has been uploaded online. The talk is produced by Soundsphere magazine, an online project of city-located media production agency The Creative Condition.
Leeds based electro-rock band Officers first heard of the national suicide prevention charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) through Xfm DJ Eddy Temple Morris who has thankfully worked with them for a long time supporting the cause. #numanxofficers
In the first of a series of five films featuring headliners playing at BLOC, Gary Numan sits down to chat Ultravox.
Bloc sat down with a selection of headliners from the 2012 festival to talk about who – or what – has influenced them in becoming the artist they are today.
First in the five part series is synth pop pioneer Gary Numan.
He joins Orbital, Snoop Dogg, Richie Hawtin and Steve Reich on a festival programme like no other..
We’ll see you on the 6 July 2012.
In the studio working on a cover of Kraftwerk’s “The Robots,” which will be featured on the forthcoming Of Love and Robots EP. This (almost) all modular EP features covers of classics by Kraftwerk, Gary Numan / Tubeway Army, Giorgio Moroder, and more.
Sui Sibi Se Se – Of Love and Robots EP. Music for your self.
Gary Numan is set to release a new DVD, “Machine Music: The Best Of Gary Numan” on 11 June, 2012. This limited edition DVD (only 3000 will be made) brings together for the first time promos and some TV appearances from right across his career, including the videos made for tracks such as “We Are Glass” and “I Die: You Die”, right up to more recent promos “The Fall” (from the 2011 “Dead Son Rising” album) and the Battles collaboration “My Machines”.
The DVD will initially be sold on the Machine Music Tour which runs from late May into early June and will feature a one-off set, based around Gary Numan’s singles over the last 33 years, and material from the recent “Dead Son Rising” album.
Numan will be supported by Officers at all the shows except for Dublin. Gary Numan has also been confirmed for the main stage at the Bloc Festival on 7 July, along with acts such as Orbital, Battles, Jeff Mills and Squarepusher.
Machine Music UK Tour:
- Leicester O2 Academy (+ Officers) (Tickets)
- Glasgow O2 ABC (+ Officers) (Tickets)
- Newcastle O2 Academy (+ Officers) (Tickets)
- Sheffield O2 Academy (+ Officers) (Tickets)
- Ireland Dublin Button Factory (Tickets)
- Bournemouth O2 Academy (+ Officers) (Tickets)
- Bristol O2 Academy (+ Officers) (Tickets)
- Cambridge Junction (+ Officers) (Tickets)
- Birmingham HMV Institute (+ Officers) (Tickets)
- London HMV Forum (+ Officers) (Tickets)
- Cardiff Coal Exchange (+ Officers) (Tickets)
- Brighton Dome (+ Officers) (Tickets)
Check out this exclusive footage of electro legend and serial Artrocker cover star Gary Numan talking to Tom Artrocker…
“And it is interesting to note that Numan has now unequivocally the king of This Kind Of Thing. Nine Inch Nails have retired (notably Numan was a star guest at a handful of the farewell shows, coming on stage to perform Cars and Metal with Trent Reznor). Marilyn Manson has slumped into cocaine bleached self parody. Al Jourgensen of Ministry and Revolting Cocks stumbles from one ill-conceived schlocky album to the next. The Young Gods have sadly lost the spark that once made them true innovators. This leaves Numan, who is significantly older than all of them bar Jourgensen, weirdly as one of the only credible practitioners of industrial metal at this scale.”
1 x minute clip of Gary Numan’s new promo video The Fall. The full video is featured on the Super Deluxe and Deluxe Editions of the new album, Dead Son Rising
Gary Numan has a new studio album called Dead Son Rising.
The new album developed out of a set of demos the singer had left from previous projects, but as he explains: ‘The original ideas that sparked off these songs are now barely visible. It’s grown into another animal, something more experimental.”
Produced and co-written by Ade Fenton ( Numan’s collaborator on 2006’s Jagged), the material ranges from the heavily anthemic ‘The Fall’ (written about ‘an old friendship gone bad’) to the Arabic and ghostly ‘We Are The Lost’ and one of the standout moments, the brooding ‘Dead Sun Rising’. The latter both contain elements from a sci-fi fantasy story Numan has been writing over the last few years. Meanwhile, troubled relationships are explored on ‘For The Rest Of My Life’ and Not The Love We Dream Of’, and there’s also room for two instrumentals (‘Resurrection’ and ‘Into Battle’), showcasing some of the ‘soundtrack-type’ material that Numan and Fenton have been working on recently. It all adds up to one of Numan’s most atmospheric albums – one for those who loved his B-side experiments in the past but also containing some very direct, streamlined electronic rock in the likes of ‘Big Noise Transmission’, ‘The Fall’ and ‘When The Sky Bleeds, He Will Come’.
2. Big Noise Transmission
3. Dead Sun Rising
4. When The Sky Bleeds He Will Come
5. For The Rest Of My Life
6. Not The Love We Dream Of
7. The Fall
8. We Are The Lost
9. For The Rest Of My Life (Reprise)
10. Into Battle
11. Not The Love We Dream Of (Piano Version)
Dead Son Rising is available exclusively through Gary Numan’s Official Shop and was released on September 15th.
There is a pretty weird group on Flickr building album covers in Lego. Tons of famous artists of all genres are represented here with their most memorable albums entirely done in Lego building blocks. As always, fun but entirely useless, hehe. Check it out here >>