Hear Depeche Mode Delta Machine Full Album Now

Depeche Mode, Delta Machine

I’ve been waiting with bated breath for the new Depeche Mode album (to be released March 26th), and now it’s streaming free on iTunes a week early!

Delta Machine has the classic DM vibe we all know and love, with a definite modern edge. It’s a really strong record; awesome sounds, and cohesive all the way through. Lots of gooey modular synth goodness, which we got a peek at in the studio teaser video they released last year. The album was recorded in New York City & Santa Barbara, was produced by Ben Hillier and mixed by Flood.

Here’s the tracklist:

01. Welcome to My World
02. Angel
03. Heaven
04. Secret to the End
05. My Little Universe
06. Slow
07. Broken
08. The Child Inside
09. Soft Touch/Raw Nerve
10. Should Be Higher
11. Alone
12. Soothe My Soul
13. Goodbye
14. Long Time Lie (Bonus track)
15. Happens All the Time (Bonus track)
16. Always (Bonus track)
17. All That’s Mine (Bonus track)

2013 Tourdates:

04/5 – Nice, FR @ Palais Nikaia
05/07 – Tel Aviv, IL @ Hayarkon Park
05/10 – Athens, GR @ Terra Vibe
05/12 – Sofia, BG @ Georgi Asparuhov Stadium
05/15 – Bucharest, RO @ National Stadium
05/17 – Istanbul, TR @ Kucukciftlik Park
05/19 – Belgrade, RS @ Usce Park
05/21 – Budapest, HU @ Puskas Ferenc Stadium
05/23 – Zagreb, HR @ Hippodrome
05/25 – Bratislava, SK @ Inter Stadium
05/28 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
06/01 – Munich, UK @ Olympic Stadium
06/03 – Stuttgart, DE @ Mercedes-Benz Arena
06/05 – Frankfurt, DE @ Commerzbank Arena
06/07 – Berne, CH @ Stade De Suisse
06/09 – Berlin, DE @ Olympic Stadium
06/11 – Leipzig, DE @ Red Bull Arena
06/13 – Copenhagen, DK @ Parken
06/15 – Paris, FR @ Stade De France
06/17 – Hamburg, DE @ Imtech Arena
06/22 – Moscow, RU @ Locomotive Stadium
06/24 – St. Petersburg, RU @ SKK Arena
06/27 – Borlange, SE @ Peace & Love Festival
06/29 – Kiev, UA @ Olympic Stadium
07/03 – Dusseldorf, DE @ Esprit Arena
07/07 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/11 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live
07/13 – Lisbon, PT @ Optimus Alive! Festival
07/16 – Nimes, FR @ Antic Arina
07/18 – Milan, IT @ San Siro Stadium
07/20 – Rome, IT @ Olympic Stadium
07/23 – Prague, CZ @ Olympic Stadium
07/25 – Warsaw, PL @ National Stadium
07/27 – Vilnius, LT @ Vingis Park
07/29 – Minsk, BY @ Minsk Arena
08/22 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/24 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
08/27 – St. Paul, MN @ Minnesota State Fair
09/01 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Ampitheatre
09/03 – Montreal, QC @ Belle Centre
09/06 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
09/08 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
09/10 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
09/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
09/14 – Tampa, FL @ Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds
09/15 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
09/18 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
09/20 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
09/22 – San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Ampitheatre
09/24 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
09/26 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Ampitheatre
09/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
09/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
10/08 – Phoenix, AZ @ Desert Sky Pavilion

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Don Buchla Doc [Kickstarter]

Buchla, Buchla Series 100 Modular Electronic Music System, modular synth

This promo video surfaced a while back, giving a short glimpse into the life of legendary synth pioneer Don Buchla:

Now that the film is finally in the crowdsourcing phase, I think it’s high time to get the word out.

Don is the inventor of the Buchla Modular Electronic Music System, the first modular synth of its kind. Buchla’s creation signaled a move away from the traditional keyboard instrument, and opened up a brave new world of bleeps and bloops. It’s amazing that there has never been a documentary on the man before. With the recent resurgence of modular synths, it seems like the perfect moment.

From director Connie Fields (http://www.clarityfilms.org):

Don was definitely part of the avant-garde.  He has been called a mad scientist, a genius, an innovator, a recluse, an iconoclast, and has gathered a horde of fiercely loyal admirers by following his own visionary path, and dancing to his own muse.  His name and instruments are known from Indonesia to France.

We have begun to film because there have been performances and interviews to capture that we simply couldn’t pass up, such as Morton Subotnick and Ramon Sender from the San Francisco Tape Music Center, who commissioned Don to build the first Buchla; French composers Jean-Baptiste Barrière and Marc Battier; and performances by Subotnick and Marimba Lumina player Joel Davel, who has assisted in Buchla’s workshop for over a decade.

But now we need to raise production funding to complete the rest of our filming.  Among the other people we will be including in the film are early Buchla composer/performer Suzanne Ciani, analog synth performer/music journalist Gino Robair, Lightning virtuoso Forrest Tobey, synth maestro Alessandro Cortini (of Nine Inch Nails and Sonoio), Marimba Lumina co-designer Mark Goldstein, and, of course, Don himself.  Ideally, we’re hoping you can support us beyond what we’re asking for here so we can also edit and do post-production for the film.

With your help, we will be able to do the legacy of Don Buchla justice.

Let’s get ‘er done folks – kickstart the hell out of this: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/589078128/buchla-documentary

Depeche Mode New Album In Studio Montage Video

Depeche Mode, Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher)

Depeche Mode announced that they will release a new album in March 2013 on Columbia Records.

“I am very happy with how the album turned out,” multi-instrumentalist Martin Gore states. “The music has a similar vibe to ‘Violator’ and ‘Songs of Faith and Devotion,’ and I think the songs on the album are among some of the very best we’ve done.”

“The album has a very organic and direct feel to it,” says vocalist Dave Gahan. “It’s not a blues record, but it definitely has a soulful vibe. During the recording process we really tried to get the elements of performing and the live show into the album more.”

Check out the clip below for a taste of the new record and some SERIOUS GEAR PORN!!! Ladies and gents, I give you Depeche Mode in the studio…

Chris Carter Talks Modular Synth In ‘I Dream Of Wires’

Chris Carter, Throbbing Gristle, Chris & Cosey, X-TG, Desert Shore, Final Report

I Dream of Wires makes me moist for modular synthesizers.

I Dream Of Wires: A Modular Synthesizer Documentary, directed by Robert Fantinatto, chronicles the rise and fall of modular synthesizers and their recent resurgence in popularity. The film is currently in production, but they are sharing extended interviews with featured modular synth pioneers now on the IDOW Vimeo page.

I was excited to see posted the latest interview with Chris Carter of Throbbing Gristle, Chris & Cosey, Carter Tutti and X-TG. Lately, I’ve been basking in the glorious swaths of sound that form the latest release from X-TG: Desertshore/The Final Report, and was thinking how much I myself would like to have a chat with Carter. But it looks like IDOW has beaten me to the punch. Here, Chris describes his early DIY electronics building experiments that resulted in the famous Gristlizer, which was key to Throbbing Gristle’s sound. He goes on to tell of selling off all his modular gear, and gradually building his rig back up to the current modular digital/analog synth hybrid kit that was used on the aforementioned X-TG album.

Chris Carter: IDOW Extended Interview #9 from I Dream Of Wires on Vimeo.

Check out vimeo.com/idreamofwires for more extended interviews with synth noodlers like Richard Devine & Carl Craig.

Visit idreamofwires.org for more info about the film.

Buy XTG: Desertshore/The Final Report