Living on the Ceiling is a song by British synthpop band Blancmange. It was released as the band’s 3rd single in 1982, taken from their debut album Happy Families. It became the band’s first (and biggest) UK Top 40 hit, peaking at #7 on the UK Singles Chart and being certified Silver by the BPI for sales in excess of 200,000 copies. The single also reached #5 on the Australian Singles Chart. Blancmange performed the song on Top of the Pops, but for broadcast on the show as well as on BBC radio, the track was edited to replace the lyric “Up the bloody tree” with “Up the cuckoo tree”.
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.
Synth legend Vince Clarke is conducting a pretty unique “synth” competition, namely the first International Synth Gurning Competition. Synth Gurning is defined as the art of producing synth sounds or effects using just the voice whilst pulling a funny face.
The concept for this contest is simple: video yourself making your own synth sound or effect with just your voice. Clarke is also looking for ‘interesting facial expression’ (gurning), to enhance the performance. Upload the video to YouTube and tweet him (@thecabinstudio) the link before midnight (UK) on August 16th 2013.
Just in case you don’t know what this means, you can view a video of Vince Clarke below showing you how to do it.
Clarke will be giving away his own personally autographed, limited-edition, Mute Synth to the best performer, and will sign certificates of distinction for the runners up.
Erasure’s Vince Clarke demonstrates the art of ‘Synth Gurning’ as part of his introduction to The First International Synth Gurning Competition which is currently running on his website here…
There are no less than 2 new Robert Marlow CDs in the pipeline holding new tracks. The first one is called “The Future” and is a 7-track mini album holding an exclusive Vince Clarke remix of “No Heart” next to 6 new tracks. The release will be followed a few months later by the remix album “The Future – Remixes” holding remixes by such artists like Diskodiktator, Framework, Cobalt 60/K-Bereit, Eddie Bengtsson (Page /SMPJ), Per Aksel Lundgreen (ex-Apoptygma Berzerk), Kellertechnik, KATelectric and many more.
The first CD will be released on August 8 and is now in pre-order via POPoNAUT. An exclusive show-case concert will be taking place in Cologne at the Blue Shell Club on September 28.
Historical interviews with the most famous electro musicians in the world have appeared in a new eBook.
The Electro Legend Interviews features interviews conducted over the past 20 years and taken from the archives of Computer Music and Future Music magazine.
Revealing their music-making techniques and inspirations are: Aphex Twin, Gary Numan, The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett, Vince Clarke, Kraftwerk’s Wolfgang Flür, Moby, Hot Chip, Alec Empire and Ultravox’s Midge Ure.
Available for just £2.99, the book sheds light on The Prodigy’s place in the early rave scene, with Liam Howlett explaining in a 1993 interview that”When rave dies there are always going to be people who will still want to dance, so as long as we keep coming out with original songs we’ll still be around…”
Meanwhile, Gary Numan discusses his classic Replicas album. Addressing the cover art, he says: “The character on the cover is called a Machman – he’s looking out on the world, looking out at the park. Outside of the park, there’s a man in a grey coat and a grey hat, which was a ghost I saw when I was much younger…”
Elsewhere reclusive genius Aphex Twin gives one of his only ever interviews. “If you plan to be good at anything, it has to happen using your own ideas. It’s inevitable. It’s exactly like natural selection,” he muses.
Speaking exclusively about the early days of Kraftwerk, WolfgangFlür comments: “We were young, shy and childish! We loved to construct things and we never thought we would get famous from that.”
The book also features Vince Clarke revealing his computer music-making secrets. “Once you’ve got the hang of the computer and the software,” he says, “then you’ve still got to write the songs…”
And discussing the history of Ultravox, Midge Ure reveals that: “In those early days, a lot of musicians saw synths as electronic guitars. We just started going bang-bang-bang. Suddenly, you got this blast of unearthly noise and it changed the musical landscape.”
The new promising Alison Moyet album “The minutes” is out now and can be bought from iTunes, Amazon (MP3 and CD) and so on. And for the vinyl-enthusiasts, “The Minutes” is also being released as a limited deluxe 180gram red vinyl edition (plus a free download card). As we reported earlier on, Vince Clarke, Moyet’s ex partner in Yazoo, told us that he was “positively surprised” by Moyet’s newest work. This new album should please Yazoo fans too.
When I Was Your Girl is the first single taken from Alison Moyet’s new album ‘the minutes’ released May 6th via Cooking Vinyl.
You can see Alison Moyet live at the dates below (get your tickets right here):
- 30 Sep Ireland Cork Opera House
- 01 Oct Northern Ireland Belfast Waterfront Hall
- 02 Oct Ireland Dublin Olympia Theatre
- 04 Oct Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
- 05 Oct Edinburgh Usher Hall
- 06 Oct Gateshead The Sage
- 08 Oct Sheffield City Hall
- 09 Oct Rhyl Pavilion Theatre
- 10 Oct Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
- 12 Oct Northampton Derngate Theatre
- 13 Oct Ipswich Regents Theatre
- 15 Oct London Royal Festival Hall
- 16 Oct Cambridge Corn Exchange
- 17 Oct Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
- 19 Oct Bristol Colston Hall
- 20 Oct Cardiff St. David’s Hall
- 21 Oct Brighton The Dome
- 23 Oct York Barbican Theatre
- 24 Oct Salford The Lowry
- 25 Oct Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
- 27 Oct Nottingham Royal Centre
- 28 Oct Birmingham Symphony Hall
- 29 Oct Southend Cliffs Pavilion
- 31 Oct Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
As being a hardcore MiniBrute myself, it is really nice to see one of the legends using it
Check out our exclusive interview with synth legend Vince Clarke at his studio in New-York, talking about MiniBrute, his relation to synths and his up-coming projects.
Erasure have spent this week writing material for their upcoming new album. Andy and Vince have been locked away in Vince’s studio in Brooklyn where the duo made this video…
On Monday 26th November Mute brings you House Of Illustrious, a very special 10 CD deluxe box set by The Clarke and Ware Experiment.
The Clarke and Ware Experiment is a collaboration between the two icons of electronic music: Vince Clarke, best know for his work with Erasure, Depeche Mode, Yazoo and VCMG; and Martyn Ware, best know for his work in The Human League, Heaven 17 and B.E.F. The box set is available exclusively from Lexer Music and can be pre-ordered right now using the link below…
Up now is a podcast where you can hear Vince Clarke (Erasure, Depeche Mode, Yazoo) and Martyn Ware (Heaven 17, BEF, Human League) talk about their collaborations as The Illustrious Company and introduce their forthcoming 10-CD boxset “House of Illustrious”.
Vince Clarke (Erasure, Yazoo, Depeche Mode, …) has remixed “Lazarus Taxon” for the Sheffield/London based act Kidnap Kid. You can hear the Vince Clarke remix (and download it for free). Released via Black Butter Records Kidnap Kid finds himself alongside the top names in the newly emerging UK ‘Future Bass’ scene. Kidnap Kid (aka Matt Relton) was originally picked up by Sheffield imprint Squelch and Clap before signing to Black Butter Records.
After touring Europe as a DJ, releasing his debut “Alphaville” EP on Black Butter, and compiling a run of official remixes for Emeli Sande, The Other Tribe, Jonas Rathman and The Milk, Kidnap Kid is now moving forward, pushed by the public support of such acts/artists as Pet Shop Boys and Vince Clarke.