Dicken Schrader & His Cover Band-DMK Do Depeche Mode’s, Everything Counts (Dad & His Kids)

This great little video came to via one of my colleagues. All I can say about it is that brought a warm feeling to my heart and a big whopping smile too. You can bet I’m going home and sharing this with my 2 sons tonight. The fact that this was done with a few toy bits and some improvisation makes it all the more endearing to me. Anyway, its a super awesome little performance that should inspire the cynic in all of us. Don’t lie! You know it will Enjoy…

From dailypicksandflicks.com:
Colombian video artist Dicken Schrader and his kids, Milah and Korben, cover Depeche Mode’s Everything Counts on a xylophone, an old Yamaha keyboard and a bunch of homemade improvised instruments. The best thing you will see today, guaranteed!

Also check out another one by the same trio below. This one is chock full black regalia and some Gothic makeup too boot and a cool melodica performance too…

An In Studio Performance of Broken by Depeche Mode

There is lots of trainspotting for all of us techno heads in this in-studio performance of Broken by Depeche Mode.

Check out the Teenage Engineering OP-1, Roland Jupiter 8 synthesizer, Oberheim OB8,  Korg MS20 and Korg MonoPoly synthesizers. Not to mention, the tasty Eurorack modules that have been seen in pictures of the Delta Machine studio sessions. 

With all that said, this is also one great song and I really liked this performance.  Martin L. Gore and David Gahan sound amazing too.
Depeche Mode Live - in-studio performance
For more on Delta Machine click here.

A Fanboys Review of Depeche Mode’s Delta Machine (Deluxe Version)

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My oldest and closest friend was amongst the first of my circle of friends to put his ears on this LP.  When I finally discovered it, he joked that he was surprised it had taken me so long to find it. Good things come to those who wait, though. However, he was quick to provide me with highlights of the album. Thanks, my good friend!

His initial observations of Delta Machine highlighted that perhaps something was missing. I joked that perhaps it was Alan Wilder! Though we both know that’s not really it, right? So, I was left pondering what he meant as similar comments have appeared in other reviews too.  Heck, I even started to believe it, though only for a moment.

The funny thing is a few days later he responded that the album had grown on him and that he was really starting to like it. I quickly remembered he had said the same things about Radiohead’s OK Computer about a decade before. And guess what? It became amongst one of our all time favorite albums.

Most good albums take a while to grow on you. Delta Machine is no exception in my estimation. This album has been on constant rotation. I have only taken a break from listening to it when playing Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s English Electric. Yet another gem, for sure.

I don’t know that Delta Machine will ever rival the likes of A Broken Frame, Some Great Reward, Black Celebration, Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion or Music for the Masses. Those albums are tied to another decade. They are tied to a different time in my life. It is an era I think of fondly but I’m not so sure I want to recreate it or, for that matter, have my musical idols do so either. Those great albums are tied to a different time in the members of Depeche Mode’s lives too. They have moved on and so should you!

Like lazy comparisons, I think people get caught up in reviewers high expectations of new albums from bands that have been at it for well over 3 decades. They expect that same feeling they had during their youth. They expect each track should be a radio hit. I am not as convinced this is a necessity anymore. Especially when we can connect with artist so quickly via the web.

I’m not a Hipster nor a young music consumer. Some magazines and critics have highlighted that these consumer segments might not find this new Depeche Mode album has enough pop sensibilities to offer. That perhaps, it is more blues than pop and the implication that this might now be a good thing for the music-buying public. I say, and will argue, that Depeche Mode has already done the pop thing. Haven’t they already proven themselves to be pop icons? Why do they need to be all those things to all those people now.

Delta Machine is exactly the album I expected from Depeche Mode right now, in the year 2013. It is exactly the album I expected from them after the Martin L. Gore team up with Vince Clarke for their VCMG project. The album that should be with David Gahan now sharing some writing duties with Martin Gore.

I expected lots of analog inspired tracks. I wanted an abundance of synthesizer, and Delta Machine has plenty of it. Pictures of their studio during the making of this album highlight the usual suspects of a rack full of ARP 2600’s, the Eurorack modules, Moog Memorymoog, the Moog Minimoog and a few other analog classics too. Apparently, Martin Gore has rediscovered his passion for the analog family of synthesizers. You can even hear a few lo-fi sounding analog drum machines, like on Heaven, for example.

With all the analog synthesizer goodness on this LP, there are still several piano samples and of course the now signature blues guitar sound of Martin Gore.

Delta Machine is filled with plenty of the dark sophistication I have grown to love of my musical idols. You can read into all those reviews comparing to or longing for something from the past. Though I think if you can convince yourself that nostalgia is not always a good thing, you will grow to love this album as I have.

Some of the standout tracks for me so far are as follows:

  • Slow
  • Broken
  • Welcome To My World
  • Should Be Higher, Always
  • All That’s Mine
  • My Little Universe
  • Secret to the End

Delta Machine is out now on Columbia Records.

Electronic Sound (The voltage controlled music magazine) Out Now! @ElectronicMagUK

Electronic Sound (The voltage controlled music magazine)

As a large consumer of all things electronic, I’m always eager to read different perspectives on all things voltage controlled. I was a big fan of that special issue of Electronic magazine release last year. I was wondering what had happened to the magazine. I thought maybe it was a one off situation and was left wanting more.

Well, they’re back and with a format that is sure to resonate with the Futurist in all of us. The magazine is currently only available for the iPad via the iTunes app store, but I’m sure with this type of content, they will expand to other formats very soon. For those of you that can and do have an iPad, don’t pass up the chance to read this magazine.

I am a much bigger fan of tactile things. So, a paper based magazine seemed more logical to my sensibilities. That is what some of you nostalgic lot might say too. Still, in the end, what I care about most is the content and right here it is well worth it.

You’ll be scrolling down, sideways, and consuming sound and video along with the articles within. All in all, I enjoyed the entire interactive experience of this premiere issue of Electronic Sound (The voltage controlled music magazine).

I got this yesterday and consumed it almost entirely in one sitting. Truth be told, they had me at the cover story with Karl Bartos of Kraftwerk. Still, the rest of it wont disappoint at all. Just take a look at that cover and make your own deductions.

Makers of Electronic magazine launch one fantastic interactive magazine for your iPad. Absolutely brilliant!

Electronic Sound is a new UK-based magazine dedicated to the very best in electronic music. We’ve drawn a line through the entire history of electronica and we’re intent on finding new ways to join the dots. Each month, we’ll features weighty interviews, in-depth reviews, great photography, and lots of video and audio clips. Tune in and oscillate!

For more information on this awesome magazine click here

Enjoy!

Node: Flood, Ed Buller, Gary Stout and Dave Bessell in the Studio (2012)

As a record buying teenager, seeing Flood aka Mark Ellis’ name on an LP, was just as important as some of the labels we were interested in. We would talk about a Flood produced album the same way we would mention Mute, Factory, Industrial and later Warp Records too.

I recently got my hands on the first Node LP. We’re talking 1995-96! It started when I pulled out an old Future Music (FM 39), which featured a Node interview. The complete-ist in me had to find that missing album. After all, it’s an album that features one of my all-time musical heroes. Thank heavens for being able to buy from UK retailers through Amazon.co.uk.

As I understand it, the original tracks were created and recorded straight to DAT tape. There were some minimal overdubs. The LP is also based on the performances that happened one day at Paddington Station, London during travelers daily commute.

I was also more than overjoyed when I noticed that Node-featuring Gary Stout, Ed Buller, Dave Bessell and Flood are in the studio in 2012. Yes, my excitement level is rising!

Check out that Roland System 700 modular synthesizer which made its way onto many of the albums we have all grown to love over the years. I know he used the System 700 on some of those much loved Depeche Mode albums too. I also spy an Oberheim Xpander synthesizer in the photos. I know that has been a long time favorite for Flood and mentioned by Trent Reznor as a synthesizer he grew to love more because of Floods ability to program it so well during their sessions together.

Flood with Roland System 700 modular synthesizer and Oberheim Xpander

For a good interview/article on Node check out Sound On Sound here.

Also, make sure to check out this great video interview conducted by the lovely Tara Busch(Mute: Short Circuit), featured here at The Synthesizer Book

Finally, to learn more about this upcoming album visit Node here.

Daniel Miller Gets Quick Tutorial on Mute Synth by John Richards of Dirty Electronics

I’m currently reading all about Daniel Miller in a book I recently purchased called Just Can’t Get Enough by Simon Spence. I stumbled onto this quick little video of John Richards showing Mute Records founder-Daniel Miller how to operate the awesome little Mute Synth. For a nice little write-up on this, go to The Quietus here.

The Mute Synth: Dirty Electronics

Just in case you haven’t purchased one of these little lovely synths, you can get one here. To learn more about the great things Dirty Electronics is up to go here.

The Synthesizer Book’s- Mute Synth

Gareth Jones Talks Synthesizers, Producing & Mixing (Mute Short Circuit-2011)

Gareth Jones is another producer that has been involved with many of the albums I have admired over the years. In 1980 he joined John Foxx to make Metamatic. You know how much I love that album, right!? Later, he would join Daniel Miller and Depeche Mode at Hansa Studios, in Berlin, to work on some of their early albums like Construction Time Again and Some Great Reward. Whether it was as a remixer, engineer or producer he has been involved with some amazing artist over the years.

In this video Gareth Jones talks to Tara Busch and covers quite a bit of ground with lots of enthusiasm! Jones also talks about Schneiders Bureau and the vast selection to be had at the Berlin synthesizer boutique. He also talks about Anywhere Instruments, Tinysizer.

Check it out…

Mute Short Circuit – With Producer Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, Wire and Erasure)

Here is another great video I found from Red Bull. Gareth comes across as one charming and amicable man. He talks about Emmy the Great of course. What I liked here is his commentary about listening and producing an album the way the artist wants. Check out this great musician & producer…

Gareth Jones – The Producers music documentary series – Episode 2 with Emmy the Great

You can also visit his site here.

Tara Busch Talks to Legendary Producer Flood About the Beauty of Analog Synthesizers!

I think the thing I should point out is, who hasn’t Flood worked with?! This legendary iconic man was as popular to me as so many of the artist he has produced, engineered or mixed. He is the man behind so many, many of my favorite records. Legend has it that he is a master programmer of the Oberheim Xpander and that he is meticulous about sound to the point of exhaustion. In today’s cut and paste environment, something tells me that can’t be all bad. In this interview conducted by the lovely Tara Busch Flood talks about the beauty and unpredictability of analog. For me, this is the first time I have actually seen him in a video speaking. So, this was a very special surprise for me. Thanks Tara!

Flood Talks About Analog Gear and Producing U2

Flood has worked with so many artist I adore and admire. Some of them include:

Depeche Mode
New Order
The Smashing Pumpkins
Nine Inch Nails
PJ Harvey
Erasure
Nitzer Ebb
U2
Goldfrapp
Book of Love
The Jesus & The Mary Chain….
It doesn’t stop there!…It just goes on and on