Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore has just announced details of a solo album, a 16-track collection of electronic instrumentals called ‘MG’.
The album was written and produced by Gore and he’s been working on it since the end of the ‘Delta Machine’ tour in 2013. Gore describes it as a soundtrack to a film “of your own design”.
“I wanted to keep the music very electronic very filmic and to give it an almost sci-fi like quality,” Gore says. “Music is a necessity for me. I go into the studio at least 5 days a week, every week, so once I had the idea and the template, the process was quick and fun.”
“As the album is very electronic and has no vocals, I felt it deserved another persona so decided to carry on the MG concept from the VCMG album,” he says.
Why an instrumental album? “As a songwriter, I am aware of the power of words,” Martin says. “Especially when they are juxtaposed in the right way with chords and melody. I am also aware of the power of pure music and the emotions that can be created by musical atmospheres and that is what I wanted to capture with this project.”
Full track listing. The album will be released on Mute on April 27th.
Depeche Mode member Martin L. Gore posted some mysterious info on Facebook yesterday. There was only the picture below and the tag “#MGxMG” …
Mute will release a 4 track EP by Daniel Miller with technoid sound. It will be released on 12″ & download and include a remix by Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore.
Song title: “Zaat” from 2012 Album “Ssss” (Mute Records)
Song by VCMG (Vince Clarke & Martin Gore)
Video filmed, directed, edited and produced by Mantle Sound Core (Mark Shvartsman)
Assistant director, production, camera, script and lead actor by Mic Pistol (Michael Pistorio)
Assistant director, production, editing, wardrobe, cosmetics and script by Anastasia Gera
Script and supporting actor by Mark Shvartsman.
New interview with Martin Gore, check it out
Depeche Mode have managed to stay in a single time zone this past week, playing a sweaty, raucous two-hour show to the black swarm on the Rhine in Düsseldorf this past Wednesday, and prepping to do it all again tonight. We sat down with Martin Gore to find out about revisiting the sounds of melancholy past and how technology has changed not only Depeche Mode’s music but also their live show.
Yesterday evening Depeche Mode performed live on the David Letterman show. For those who missed it last night, you can see a high quality video that got upped a few moments ago right after the jump or in the video player of our mobile app. But more alluring to the fans is probably the fact that the full concert was upped on Soundcloud as well.
The Depeche Mode ‘Live On Letterman’ webcast aired last night was recorded at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York and had the following track list:
- Should Be Higher
- Walking In My Shoes
- Barrel Of A Gun
- Personal Jesus
- Soft Touch/Raw Nerve
- Soothe My Soul
- Enjoy The Silence
For many this will be the first time they hear some more new material. Let us know what you think of it.
Note that the deluxe 2CD editions of the new Depeche Mode album are available now at dead cheap prices from Amazon DE ( http://fave.co/ZBjsmM ), Amazon UK ( http://fave.co/ZBjwTv ) and Amazon USA ( http://fave.co/X0hkRP ).
Shake the Disease (Martin Gore demo) cover.
“I noticed he recorded it mainly with a Yamaha DX7. In fact, he used six cartridge preset sounds (that I switched live). So I decided to recreate it. None of the backtrack sounds were recorded with MIDI or other clock resources.”
All sounds (*unless stated): Yamaha DX7.
Bassline synth: Roland Promars MRS-2
Drumbox: Boss DR55 (sampled)
Backtrack recorded on a Revox B77 MkII.
Composed by Martin L. Gore
OUT NOW. The short trailer featuring a young lady making a very unappetizing looking slice of toast is rumored to be the first in a series of short films sound tracked with music from the SSSS album.
Ssss is now available to buy (UK) from:
VCMG are releasing one of 2012’s most anticipated musical collaborations with the album Ssss, out on Mute on March 13, 2012.
It marks the reunion of electronic pioneers Vince Clarke (Erasure, Yazoo & Depeche Mode) and Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode). They have joined forces, for the first time in over thirty years, to craft a 10-track album which demonstrates their mutual love of electronic music. Full remix details for EP2/ Single Blip, the follow up to EP1/ Spock – out now on 12” / download and featuring remixes by Edit-Select, Regis, DVS1 and XOQ – will follow.
Ssss Track Listing:
- Windup Robot
- Bendy Bass
- Single Blip
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There is also a fresh interview out with Vince and Gore, below is excerpt from it:
The Quietus spoke to both Clarke and Gore over the phone from America (they’re doing their interviews for the UK press separately) to untangle the story of what turns out to have seemed to a project where unfinished creative business reaped some great reward.
Martin, it was interesting to read in The Stool Pigeon that Vince, who first approached you about VCMG, had never listened to techno until recently, whereas obviously you’ve done more with DJing and so on.
Martin L Gore: I’ve been listening to techno for a long time now. I read The Stool Pigeon interview as well, and found out things about Vince I didn’t know! I never really knew Vince over the years, so that was a surprise to me that he only got into techno a couple of years ago. Mute even had a techno label for ages, NovaMute, and I remember being into the Tresor stuff, and Daniel [Miller, Mute boss] putting some of that out. Techno has been in my blood for ages.
Was it surprising how easily VCMG came about, if in fact it did?
Vince Clarke: I started working on the record on my own. I was working on about three or four tracks before I decided that I’d like to collaborate with somebody and contacted Martin. I think the surprise was how in tune Martin and I were about this kind of music. At the same time, it was really great because I’d send him something and have no idea of what he would be sending me back, but as it turned out it was something I really liked. I wasn’t just being nice! We just seemed to fall into the same mould.
Were you ever worried that he might say ‘no’?
VC: I didn’t know… I wasn’t sure… I know Martin’s always busy and I didn’t know what the Depeche Mode schedule was at the time. What I said in the email was that there’s no pressure, no deadline, no timeline, no release date scheduled, nothing, it’s something we can do and we can have a bit of fun with, and if you’re up for it then let’s do it.
Did he get back to you quite quickly?
VC: Fairly quickly – about a week and a half.
Martin, were you quite surprised that the idea was there? What was your initial response?
Martin L Gore: Of course I was really surprised, because I’d never in my wildest imagination thought that Vince might contact me and think we’d do a project together. So when I received that email it was a total shock. Once I’d got over that, it seemed like a really good idea because apart from the fact that it was nice to be doing something with Vince again after 30 years, I’ve been into techno music for a long time now.
You’ve said how when you were first together in Depeche Mode you didn’t actually know each other that well. Listening to VCMG it sounds very fresh and sparky, do you think that gap or cutting short of a relationship that still had a way to go creatively helped that? It means your partnership hasn’t become staid at all?
VC: Oh definitely. When I left Depeche, obviously Martin took over the writing, and his writing style is completely different to mine. Over the years we’ve developed completely different styles, and I think that’s why the record sounds so different. I don’t think people would have expected the record to sound as it does if we’d been working together for 25 years in the same band.
VCMG’ second release from ‘Ssss’
VCMG release one of 2012’s most anticipated musical collaborations with the album ‘Ssss’, out on 12 March 2012.
It marks the long awaited reunion of electronic pioneers Vince Clarke (Erasure/ Yazoo/ Depeche Mode) and Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode)
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