Yazoo – ONLY YOU – Re-created w/ Sequential Circuits Pro-One Synth

July 21, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Yazoo’s Only You, recreated on the Sequential Circuits Pro One synthesizer., details below:

Some friends needed the backing track of this song for their wedding, so I took the opportunity to geek out with it. The original is well-known by synth nerds as having been produced by Vince Clarke using only a Sequential Circuits Pro-One monophonic analog synthesizer. So, since I have a Pro-One, and there are scans of an old music magazine article online which show the settings for some of the sounds Vince used on this track (https://www.flickr.com/photos/8478882…), I figured I’d have a go at re-creating it.

First I transcribed the music (sequenced with Cubase), using soft-synth sounds as temporary stand-ins for the Pro-One. Then I had to dial in all the Pro-One sounds one-by-one and record each part via a Kenton MIDI-CV interface. I found that all of the patches from the article needed adjusting to get them in the ballpark, plus I had to create the other sounds from scratch (I’ve credited each patch accordingly). Having done so, I’m not convinced that every single sound on the original is actually a Pro-One. The “Tinkle” sound, for instance, sounds more bell-like on the original, so it could possibly have been something like a PPG. I don’t think Vince had his Fairlight yet, otherwise I’d say it was that. Also, the string line toward the end of the song sounds like it might have been played on a polysynth, ie maybe the Jupiter 4 which Vince used alot at the time. Of course, there’s also the snare, which was an 808.

In any event, I think I got pretty close with my rendition. Of course the effects and mix are going to be different, and some of the sounds are closer than others, but whatever.

I had a limited amount of time to work on this, and am already hearing at least one minor omission and also some slight patch refinements I’d make, so if you want to give it a shot yourself, you can download the MIDI file and the patch sheets here (be sure to let me know if you make your own version, and give me a shout out if you post it online!): https://www.dropbox.com/s/lfn3vb1pxwq…

One tip: the cutoff of the “Wobble” sound varies a bit, getting slightly brighter during the chorus, etc. The only way to do this is manually while recording. I tried to use automation for this via the Pro-One’s filter CV input, but doing so cancels out the Keyboard Amount setting, which is crucial for this sound, so I simply adjusted the knob in real-time.

If you liked this re-creation, check out my other videos for four “Speak & Spell” tracks that I re-created using only a Yamaha CS01-II synth.

Thanks to FrankPerri.com for the blank patch sheets!

Cool new video from Alison Moyet (Yazoo) – “Changeling”

September 30, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Changeling is taken from Alison Moyet’s new album ‘the minutes’ out now via Cooking Vinyl.

Buy from Amazon – http://smarturl.it/amtheminutesamazon
Buy from iTunes – http://smarturl.it/amtheminutesitunes

℗ & © 2013 Motley Music Limited under exclusive license to Cooking Vinyl Limited

New single from Alison Moyet (ex Yazoo) and tour dates

August 28, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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On 14th October Cooking Vinyl will release “Changeling”, the third single taken from Alison Moyet’s recently released album “The minutes”. The single will also be accompanied by a video.

Moyet is soon to depart on tour during which she will also focus on the significant electronic material in her back catalogue.

Dates:Europe

  • 16 Sep Berlin, Germany – Heimathafen Neukölln
  • 17 Sep Stuttgart, Germany – Theatrehaus (am Pragsattel)
  • 18 Sep Hannover, Germany – Theater am Aegi
  • 21 Sep Offenbach Am Main, Germany – Capitol Offenbach
  • 23 Sep Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso Grote Zaal
  • 24 Sep Hamburg, Germany – Grosse Freiheit 36
  • 25 Sep Cologne, Germany – Gloria Theatre
  • 27 Sep Paris, France – Divan du Monde

    UK

  • 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 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
  • 3 April 2014 Royal Albert Hall

    USA

  • 11 Nov: The Fillmore, San Francisco
  • 12 Nov: Club Nokia, Los Angeles
  • 14 Nov: Manhattan Centre, New York

    South Africa

  • 13 Dec: Emperors Palace, Johannesburg
  • 14 Dec: Emperors Palace, Johannesburg
  • 15 Dec: Liqui-Fruit Amphitheatre, Cape Town

Alison Moyet (Yazoo) is back with a promising album

May 8, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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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

Artists & ARTURIA – Vince Clarke meets MiniBrute

May 7, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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.

Yazoo singer Alison Moyet’s new video ‘Changeling’

February 19, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Get the lyrics to Changeling, the first song premièred from Alison Moyet’s new album, the minutes and download the track for free via http://alisonmoyet.com

Yazoo and Front 242 gets a DubStep treatment

October 10, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is not any official remixes but it sure sounds nice. Out now on the download streets is a dubstep remix of the 80s classic “Don’t Go” in a remix by Dominatrix aka Andy Motke.

We asked Vince Clarke what he thought of it, here was his answer: “Uber cool!”

It’s not the first time that Motke has been remixing electropop acts. He also had a take on Bigod 20 vs Front 242.

Via SL

30 years has gone since Yazoo’s Upstairs at Eric’s hit the stores – Interview

August 24, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

On the 30th anniversary of its release, Vince Clarke tells John Freeman how Yazoo’s groundbreaking debut album was all about “the singing and the tunes”.

Excerpt from the interview:

What were your first impressions of Alison?

Vince Clarke: By the time Alison and I started working together I did kind of know her. I’d seen her perform in a couple of local R&B bands and a punk band [The Vandals], so I knew she had a great voice. When I finally got to meet her I found her to be incredibly shy, which was opposite to her personality in this particular punk band.

What was it about Alison that made you want to work with her?

VC: Well, I only had one song, ‘Only You’, which I wanted to demo and that was the sole purpose of hooking up in the first place. I knew that she could sing with a lot of emotion and this particular track was a love ballad. I was looking for someone who could put that across.

What was that very first practice session like?

VC: It was great. We were using this tiny four-track tape recorder and I had the backing track already done. She came around to my flat in Basildon and just sang it in one or maybe two takes. The song wasn’t particularly challenging for someone of Alison’s abilities. But immediately in the recording there was this sense of seriousness and almost pathos – it was a really great performance.

You then played ‘Only You’ to Daniel Miller at Mute and he wasn’t immediately impressed. I’ve read that you were pretty close to quitting music at that point. Was that the case?

VC: Pretty much. When I first played the track to Daniel I had gone to his office and he was busy messing about with a synthesizer, as usual, and he didn’t seem to be particularly interested. I did think to myself that that was the end of my musical career and I’d need to get a proper job. But that the same evening, the publisher came into the office and he was with a load of other publisher associates and they heard the track and were really enthusiastic about it. That possibly influenced Daniel’s opinion.

As you began to create songs for Yazoo, did your songwriting change compared to how you’d written previously for Depeche Mode?

VC: No, I don’t think my writing changed. Hopefully my songwriting was getting better but I wasn’t writing songs for Alison’s voice per se, I was just writing what I thought at the time were quite good songs. I knew that Alison had some ideas for songs as well – she plays piano better than I do – so we just came together and it was a bit of a mish-mash really. There was no concept or theme running through the album; we were just messing about in the studio.

Part of the charm of that album is a naivety. There really wasn’t a profound concept that was running through the recording. I didn’t really know what I was doing in the studio and Alison hadn’t much experience of being in a recording studio, so everything was new. We’d make one sound and we’d think it was great and just stop there and wouldn’t make any more sounds. It wasn’t like we were continually honing or over producing songs because everything at the time sounded fresh. That’s why a lot of the tracks only have eight or nine elements to them.

The title of the album refers to the studio in which you used. What are your memories of the recording process?

VC: We were recording at Blackwing Studios where I recorded the first Depeche Mode album. It was the only studio we knew and the engineer, Eric Radcliffe, was – and is – fantastic. Back then, Blackwing was the studio that Mute were using for all their artists so Fad Gadget was recording his second album at the same time. He was doing the regular hours of 11 in the day until 11 in the evening and so we would get there at about five or six in the morning and just do that early shift.

Ouch.

Read the full interview here >>

Super synth group: Vince Clarke & Martin Gore Announce VCMG

November 22, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Vince Clarke (Erasure, Yazoo, Depeche Mode) and Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode) have announced that they are releasing an album as VCMG. It’s the duo’s first collaboration in 30 years.

According to Clarke and Gore, VCMG is an opportunity for the duo to “exercise their lifelong love of the genre as the techno-inspired VCMG.”

“I’ve been getting into and listening to a lot of minimal dance music,” says Clarke. “I got really intrigued by all the sounds.”

“I realized I needed a collaborator,” he adds, “so it occurred to me to talk to Martin.”

“Out of the blue, I got an e-mail from Vince just saying, ‘I’m interested in making a techno album. Are you interested in collaborating?’” says Gore. “This was maybe a year ago. He said, ‘No pressure, no deadlines,’ so I said, ‘OK’.”

What do you think of the idea of Vince Clarke & Martin Gore collaborating again, after 30 years? And is VCMG the world’s first electronic music supergroup?

VCMG – Spock

Clarke and Gore plan to release several EP’s, as VCMG, followed by an album.

The first release is an EP entitled Spock. EP1 / SPOCK will feature remixes from Edit-Select, aka Tony Scott, the UK DJ / producer; Regis, British techno musician Karl O’Connor; Zak aka DVS1, founder of Hush Records plus XOQ, the alter ego of Überzone / Q, who mixed the VCMG album.

EP1/SPOCK will be available starting Nov 30th on Beatport, and in wider distribution on Dec 12. 12″ vinyl hits Dec 19th.

The Vince Clarke Analogue Monologues – Roland System 100m and more

November 8, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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All of these videos has previously been released on Clarke’s on home page, but have now been put out on Youtube, here are the remaining ones:

Playlist:
The Vince Clarke Analogue Monologues – Roland System 100m
The Vince Clarke Analogue Monologues – Arp 2600
The Vince Clarke Analogue Monologues – Roland Jupiter 4 and Boss DR-55
The Vince Clarke Analogue Monologues – Synton Syrinx synthesizer
The Vince Clarke Analogue Monologues – RSF Kobol

Youtube channel >>

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…

The video player below has been tested in all the main browsers, but if you find that you’re getting a blank screen, or audio and no video, then refreshing your browser should help!

Vince’s home page for high quality versions >>

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