As a huge Yaz fan I have always wanted a Sequential Circuits Pro-One. The wonderful Noyzelab blog has posted some scans showing the patches that made up one of my favorite songs Only You. Looking from a window above It’s like a story of love…
“Five sets of panel layouts for the SCI Pro One synth by Vince Clarke, for the track Only You by Yazoo. Scanned from my copy of music technology magazine One.. Two.. Testing Issue No1 1982.” – noyzelab
First off I apologize in advance if this is untrue. However I believe this is happening. Here are my reasons.
1. Depeche Mode is performing tonight (Monday, March 11th) at the Ed Sullivan Theater. It is a special concert in the 461 seat venue that will be webcast for CBS. They will also apear on the David Letterman show later that night. To win a seat fans were asked to mail in an explanation of what they thought the new album title “Delta Machine” means. After looking up the word Delta I found it is the Greek number 4. A friend of mine wanted a ticket and I said to her why not guess Alan Wilder is rejoining the band? Then I paused and some recent events which I list below all flashed across my eyes and it came to me: No, it’s not Alan it’s Vince! Here’s the kicker. My friend wrote to the contest that Delta means the original band members are rejoining. Vince Clarke is rejoining the band. She won a ticket and is going to the concert tonight.
2. I would guess it takes DM about a year to make an album. May 22, 2012 the Slicing Up Eyeballs blog posts a photo of DM and Vince at dinner together (link). The article states that of course Martin and Vince at that time recently released VCMG their techno project. In January Popmatters reported while reviewing Heaven and discussing the upcoming Delta Machine that, “Ex-Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke is also rumored to be working on some remixes.”. What if this entire time he’s simply been in the studio recording Delta Machine as a band member?
3. March 7, 2013. The Quietus does a track by track preview of Delta Machine (link) and in the preview they state, ” It’s really starting to feel as if some of the VCMG sonics have rubbed off on Depeche Mode. There’s a great breakdown of drums and a one-note keyboard line..”. Rub off? Or?
4. Here’s my own personal wake up call. I buy a lot of synthesizer stuff. I’m really into a special type of modular synth called “Eurorack”. There is a store in Brooklyn called Control (link) that sells these special modules. Guess who’s been in there recently? Daniel Miller, Martin Gore and Vince Clarke.
5. Take a look at the recent photo above. Was Vince Photoshopped out of this keep the secret?
“Vincent John Martin (born 3 July 1960), better known by his stage name Vince Clarke, is an English synthpop musician and songwriter. Clarke has been a member of a number of groups, including Depeche Mode, Yazoo, The Assembly and Erasure. He is often credited as being the King of the Synthesizer.” – Wikipedia
Last night I went to Control in Williamsburg to see Richard Nicol from Pittsburgh Modular. There was a decent turnout including a few girls, a dog, beer, whiskey and Vince Clarke. There was a Q&A and then people took turns on the new Pitsburgh Modular Cell systems. I asked a few questions. I have some space about the size of a 8″ monitor speaker on my desk and I wanted to know if Richard was planning on making a 3 tier high Cell  case. The answer is yes and he plans to go to 4 high or maybe even higher. I also asked if he was planning any drum modules but he thinks that’s been covered by Tiptop so he’s not going to try at this time. Later in a one on one discussion I learned his main focus is keeping prices low. There’s really nothing wrong with that as his modules do sound great. After playing with the Cell systems myself I made myself over to Vince Clarke and had a nice 20 minute conversation with him. He’s a nice guy and like really into synths so I could talk for hours with him. I admit driving home I put on Yaz and then I realized I’ve now met every person who was ever in Depeche Mode (epic!). Thanks to Daren and Jonas (the store owners) for a fun evening. To see a full set of photos: click here
“All of the Pittsburgh modules are handmade with the look of 1950?s science fiction laboratory equipment using bold components and unique layouts to promote interaction and experimentation.” – Pittsburgh Modular
A new Analogue Monologues video has been posted by Vince. This time he takes on really one of the all time best synths the Korg MS-20. I played with a real one a few times. The last time was the band Camouflage’s in Berlin. It blew me away. It’s much more loud and raw than any MS-20 plug-in version you may have used. By the way yesterday Korg released something called Krome and a MicroKorg Xl. While those new products will be useful to some they are not MS20s. They aren’t even close.
“The Analogue Monologues is a series of mini video-documentaries made by Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode/Yazoo/Erasure). In each webisode Vince talks about one of 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!).” – erasureinfo
Vince Clarke and Martin Gore’s collaboration into electronic dance music called VCMG is upon us with their first release Spock. I think it’s hard to jump genres and if your already famous for something it’s very difficult to get fans to accept your new art. I honestly was expecting to hate what they did but I’m pleasantly surprised. The original version of Spock is quite nice. It’s a well produced metallic analog sounding track with a modern arrangement. It’s worthy and has me hoping for more. Listen to samples of the songs: amazon.com/EP-1-Spock/dp/B0…
“Earlier this year, Gore had revealed that he and Clarke had reconciled and would be working on a new project together. “Out of the blue I got an e-mail from [Clarke] just saying, ‘I’m interested in making a techno album. Are you interested in collaborating?,'” he said. “He said, ‘No pressure, no deadlines,’ so I said, ‘OK,’ and that’s what I’ve been doing for the last six months.” – nme.com
Old friends working on music together. I like that idea. I like it even more when it’s New Wave legends doing the music making. Apparently the album coming soon from Martin Gore and Vince Clarke will be dance/technoish. We are also going to see a new Erasure and Depeche Mode album sooner than later. If I can get 3-4 great songs out of all these new releases I’m going to be very happy. I know it’s not 1987 and I won’t get “every song perfect” album’s but even just a few gems and I’m going to be smiles.
“Always makes me happy when you’re taking a chance. This ain’t nodisco and you know how to dance. Move me disco. Baby don’t you ever go. This is Nodisco”
The best marriage between a specific synthesizer and artist has to be Vince Clarke and his Sequential Circuits Pro One. You hear layers of the Pro-One on the wonderful sounding Yaz albums. Vince has started what looks to what will be a series of videos called The Analogue Monologues talking about his toys. He starts with the Pro-One of course… I’m looking forward to more.
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!).” – vinceclarkemusic.com
If your into electronic music this should interest you. Note: The songs are available to download so maybe you should.
“Lots of obscure Vince Clarke tracks in the Vince Clark Rarities Soundcloud account, including rare tracks from Depeche Mode, Yaz/Yazoo & Erasure. Not sure if this is official or not – so Vince Clarke fans may want to check this out sooner. rather than later.” – Synthtopia