Vince Clarke on the RSF Kobol

July 29, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Vince Clarke has added another episode of his Analogue Monologues. This time he cover the french little synth Kobol by RSF.

The Assembly re-united at the Mute festival (Clarke’s post-Yazoo project)

May 19, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Assembly were a synthpop project formed in 1983 in Basildon shortly after Clarke disbanded Yazoo. The members were Vince Clarke (songwriting, keyboards, backing vocals) and sound engineer Eric Radcliffe (songwriting, production). Feargal Sharkey was hired as a guest vocalist for the A-side of the group’s only single, “Never Never”. Clarke and Radcliffe had planned to use a different singer on each track the group recorded, but the group disbanded after the release of “Never Never”, and no other vocalists were employed by the duo.

The Assembly ‘reunited’ for one song in-between the Erasure set which itself was preceded by 3 songs by Yazoo. It was Andy Bell who introduced Sharkey, saying that Vince Clarke had an impeccable taste for excellent singers.

Vince Clarke pays musical tribute to Bob Moog

March 25, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Vince Clarke is among the line-up of synth artists, remixers and sound designers who have contributed sounds to a new Bob Moog Tribute library of sounds for Omnisphere. The massive library consists of 2,4 GB of new sounds and 739 patches and is onsale now for $100 right here, with all proceeds going to benefit the Bob Moog Foundation including their MoogLab student outreach program, the creation of the future ‘Moogseum’, and their efforts to preserve and share Dr. Moog’s extensive and historic archives.

Some of the contributors so far:

Here’s a list of the best known contributors: Hans Zimmer, Vince Clarke, Jean Michel Jarre, The Crystal Method, Jordan Rudess, Money Mark (Beastie Boys/Beck), Bernie Worrell (P-Funk/Talking Heads), Larry Fast (Peter Gabriel/Synergy), Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (Air/Fiona Apple), Ryuichi Sakamoto (YMO), Morgan Page (Madonna/Katy Perry), Keith Shocklee (Bomb Squad/Public Enemy), Steve Porcaro (Toto), Fredwreck (Snoop Dogg/50 Cent), Jan Hammer (Jeff Beck/Mahavishnu Orchestra), Danny Elfman, Michael Boddicker (Michael Jackson), Richard Devine (Schematic/Warp), Patrick Moraz (Yes/Moody Blues), Eddie Jobson (UK/Roxy Music), Diego Stocco, The Moog Cookbook, …and many more.

The new soundsources were developed using highly creative processing techniques with exotic gear like rare Buchla Modulars, Jean Michel Jarre’s EMS Synthi AKS, Hans Zimmer’s massive Modular Moog (including 1027 round robin Moog Drum samples!) and even Eric Persing’s one-of-a-kind OMG-1.

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

March 23, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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 · Comment 

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 :-)

New Erasure album to be released in Autumn

February 14, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

In a tweet Vince Clarke announced that the new Erasure album is going be released in the Autumn and not in Summer like previously announced. Clarke got the news from ‘the record company’, Mute that is. But before that the Erasure camp needs to sort out which producer they are going to work with and that seems to be a hurdle at the moment so it seems. Says Vince Clarke in a tweet: “Erasure producer negotiations are stalled. The ‘manager’ is having hemorrhoid issues…I really need to get to the bottom of this!”. We reached out to Vince Clarke for more info.

Vince Clarke is back with his 5th episode

February 12, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The fifth webisode in Vince Clarke’s increasingly irreverent series of ‘Analogue Monologues’ on online now for your viewing pleasure. Dedicated to the Syrinx this is a video that will appeal to you who like vintage synths or just music history in general. Here´s the link check it out!

The Analogue Monologues is a new series of mini video documentaries. In each webisode Vince talks about one his analogue synths and explains where the on/off switch is. This series proves, once and for all, that he really doesn’t know much about anything (a must see!).

Sign-up to the Vince Clarke mailing list if you want to receive news of the next Analogue Monologues webisode…

Billie Ray Martin being remixed by Vince Clarke

January 27, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · 4 Comments 

Out digitally on the 28th of February including a full package with remixes is the newest Billie Ray Martin single “Sweet suburban disco”. And it’s a bomb! Digitally released on Disco Activisto Records, the single is the follow-up to Billie Ray Martin’s 2008 “Undisco Me”. “Reinventing Italo Disco was the goal, but with a unique sound,” is what describes the single the best according to the former Electribe 101 frontwoman. The track was produced by Billie and co-producer Mike Vamp of Maertini Broes.

Included in the remix list we find noone else but Yazoo maestro Vince Clarke. Also included are remixes by Horse Meat Disco’s Severino, Luke Solomon and Ray Grant. This is the first in a string of releases for Billie Ray Martin in 2011, which will include a collaboration with darlings of the underground Hard Ton and the album by The Opiates.

You can get a radio edit of the song at www.media-app.com/en/lp/billieraymartin02 .

Tracklist:

  1. sweet suburban disco – radio edit
  2. sweet suburban disco – original version
  3. sweet suburban disco – Vince Clarke remix
  4. sweet suburban disco – Severino remix
  5. sweet suburban disco – Severino less vocal mix
  6. sweet suburban disco – Ray Grant lights glow disco
  7. sweet suburban disco – Ray Grant neon disco dub
  8. sweet suburban disco – Luke Solomon dub
  9. sweet suburban disco – original version instrumental

Via SL

Vince Clarke has released the 4th episode of Analogue Monologues

January 6, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This time he is focusing on the Boss DR-55 and the Roland Jupiter-4

Watch it here >>

Boss DR-55

The DR-55 Dr. Rhythm was released in 1980 and was one of the first step-write-style drum machines, and it was the first rhythm machine in BOSS’ successful Dr. Rhythm Series. It was small, inexpensive and easy to use – perfect for musicians at any level. Incredibly basic controls and sounds made this drum machine an instant hit among guitarists and other musicians looking for drum accompaniment to practice along with and even record into their home recordings.

The DR-55 could store up to six 16-step drum patterns plus an additional two 12-step patterns. The 12-step patterns allowed for 3/4 and 6/8 rhythms. A variation switch allowed you to, on-the-fly, alter the pattern playing. There were only four sounds in the DR-55 which included Snare Drum, Kick Drum, Rim Shot and Hi-Hat. The sounds are comparable to Roland’s CR-series of rhythm machines as well as some of Roland’s cheaper TR-machines (like the TR-505, TR-606). You can globally adjust the Volume, Tempo, Tone and Accent for the drum sounds.

Roland Jupiter 4

The first Jupiter synth. It was among one of the first poly synthesizers (4 individual voices which could be synced together for one fat monophonic lead), it had a pitch wheel that could be assigned to the VCA, VCF, VCO or all together, there are 8 memory locations and a cool arpeggiator – the arpeggiator can in the Duran Duran classic, “Rio”. It also has a very slow LFO for those ever-so-long filter sweeps. Pretty good for 1978!

Not so cool however, are the 10 preset sounds which sound nothing like the piano, brass or strings they claim to be. The placement of all the preset buttons below the keyboard can be inconvenient, especially while playing it. And as with most old analog synths, the Jupiter 4′s tuning can go out often. Still it is a nice analog synth for creating weird trippy analog sounds. It’s used by >Meat Beat Manifesto, Gary Numan, Thomas Dolby, Saint Etienne, the Cars, BT, Simple Minds, Moog Cookbook, Vangelis, The Human League, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Heaven 17, and film-maker Satyajit Ray.

Holiday greetings from Erasure

December 30, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A festive message from Vince Clarke and Andy Bell…

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