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:
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
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!).
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On line magazine MusicRadar has released an short interview with Vince Clarke, read it below:
Everyone reading this will know the name Vince Clarke, be it through his Depeche days, Yazoo years, The Assembly age or the ever ongoing Erasure era.
He is almost entirely responsible for a web of genres, still very much alive and well in 2011. Erasure havesold over 25 million records, and continue to be a household name 26 years after their formation.For the latest album, Clarke was working out of a synth paradise in Maine, New England and alongside Frankmusik in LA. Future Music spoke to Vince about changes in studio technology and the Erasure live show.
We love your Analogue Monologues at vinceclarkemusic.com. Was there ever a time you thought of taking all your kit on the road?
“Well, we used to but it was a nightmare. About six or seven years ago, I decided I would digitise the multi-tracks and record them into Logic to use live. We recorded individual tracks and I’d make my own stems from Logic.”
Is that what you’re using today?
“Yeah, Logic is running everything in real-time, all at the right tempos. For some stuff I’ve re-recorded the parts, just because I didn’t really like the original and there was timing discrepancies because it was the early days of sequencing. So I’ve corrected all that too. For Yazoo, because it was so early, I cut up every single sixteenth of a bar, of every sound, of every track and moved it back into time.”
Do you use Logic in the studio too?
“Yeah I use it in the studio – we’re making a new album at the moment and we demo everything in soft synths and then I convert all of the sounds to analogue with my synths.”
So what’s on the record will be 100% analogue?
“Well 50%. I’m working with Frankmusik at the moment, he’s a digital guy. Most of the drums are his samples and whether they’re digital or analogue I’ve no idea, but they sound great. I’m more interested in the music. I was using soft synths for a long time and was thinking they sounded pretty good but now that I’ve got my studio and can do an A-B comparison, it’s an incredible difference.”
Which soft synths are you into?
“I like all the soft synths that emulate old stuff, the Moogs, modular synths, [u-he] ACE is great but it’s still not as good. It’s the classic argument with CDs versus vinyl and I have a very good record player and if I listen to Dark Side of the Moon on vinyl and listen to it on CD, the vinyl is another level. It’s the same with analogue versus digital. Having said that, digital is so useful for writing and remixing. It’s immediate and it stays in tune. I use some of the Logic synths too, the ones that come built in. But at the end, for the fi nal recording, I’ll use my analogue synths and it’s the same on the new album.”
How did you end up working with Frankmusik on the new record?
“Well we were talking to a lot of people really, but he was just really enthusiastic and is a bit of a fan. We got on quite well, and I’m a fan of his work too. He’s so fast. It’s really nice to work with someone who’s young and that enthusiastic. Those are the best types of producers to work with – not the people that know everything, but the people that really love it. That’s an inspiration for me.”
Electropop act Zynic will release its debut album “Fire Walk With Me” at the end of the month. On the 29th to be precise.
The album will be released as a limited edition of 500 copies through German label Conzoom Records. This edition will feature 4 exclusive bonustracks, remixed by famous artists like Assemblage 23, Iris, People Theatre and Parralox.
Zynic wants to carry the spirit of the 80′s into tomorrow’s sound. Classic acts like Yazoo, Japan, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk and OMD were always a big influence on Zynics way of creating his own tunes. And so there is one special highlight on the cd edition of “Fire Walk With Me”. It is a cover version of the classic Depeche Mode hit “Any Second Now”. According to the label, Zynic has covered the song very emotional and with a cool electronic bassline – so it might be one of the best Depeche Mode cover versions that were ever done so far.
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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
Really nice cover of an old Yaz classic
Based on the live BBC recording – Sequenced using a BBC Master computer with UMI-3s sequencer
It’s been a long time coming (almost 30 years!) but the Yazoo track “Get Set” is finally getting an official release as it features as an exclusive bonus track on pre-orders for the iTunes release of “Reconnected Live”. The previously unreleased and much sought after “Get Set”, was originally recorded in 1983 and used as the theme to the BBC Children’s TV show “Get Set For Summer”. Order it right here.
Recorded live in Summer 2008 it features classic tracks from Yazoo’s albums “Upstairs At Eric’s” and “You And Me Both”, including “Only You”, “Don’t Go”, “Situation” or tracks such as “Nobody’s Diary” which are performed live for the first time ever.
Alison Moyet has drowned all hope to see both her and Vince Clarcke back in the studio anytime soon. Moyet, who is working on an electronic project, got a question from a fan who asked whether Clarke would be working with her on the new material.
She said this: “I think the notion for me to work with Vince was a good one. We intended while touring to see what we might come up with but the reality of a tour that is brief and unlikely to be repeated meant the focus stayed on the job in hand. Added to which, Vince had acquired some new animation software that occupied his spare time and I made the most of seeing places I had not explored on earlier outings. The fact that we live in different continents and he was soon to be writing for the next Erasure album meant that the opportunity escaped us and normal lives resumed. It was a nice idea but the moment passed. We have not talked about finding time for it since.”
A short reminder of how Yazoo’s 2008 reunion came about, incorporating vintage Yazoo videos, interview footage with Alison Moyet and comment from Mute Records’ Daniel Miller and journalist Paul Morley.
Yazoo’s ‘Reconnected Live’ album will be released as a 2-CD set on September 27th (UK) and September 28th (US) in standard and deluxe editions.
A brand new Yazoo video trailer has been released including a short reminder of how Yazoo’s 2008 reunion came about – incorporating vintage Yazoo videos, Yazoo interview footage with Alison Moyet and comments from Mute Records’ Daniel Miller and journalist Paul Morley.
Yazoo’s “Reconnected Live” album will be released as a 2-CD set on September 27th (UK) and September 28th (US) in standard and deluxe editions.
We reported already on a scheduled Yazoo live album, but it has now also been confirmed officially. To be released on 27th September 2010 is the Yazoo double live CD “Reconnected live”. The live album will also be released on LCD and download. Recorded live in Summer 2008 it features classic tracks from Yazoo’s albums “Upstairs At Eric’s” and “You And Me Both”, including “Only You”, “Don’t Go”, “Situation” or tracks such as “Nobody’s Diary” which are performed live for the first time ever.