DEPECHE MODE’s seventh album ‘Violator’ was the classic line-up of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher and Alan Wilder firing on all cylinders. The end result was four hit singles and five other songs that were more or less their equal.
With DEPECHE MODE effectively no longer being an electronic band, an upcoming book ‘Halo’ documents that era while projecting a retrospective slant on its influence. Kevin May, the man behind ‘Halo’ kindly chatted about its genesis… Continue Reading ›
Some of the most successful and influential underground acts of the last 30 years performed over the two day programme at Short Circuit Presents Mute, curated by the innovative independent record label started by Daniel Miller in 1978 to originally release his single 'Warm Leatherette' / 'T.V.O.D.'under the moniker of THE NORMAL.
But added to that was a unique and possibly equally exciting lecture series featuring production luminaries including Gareth Jones and Flood. Continue Reading ›
'Synth Britannia' traced the rise of the synthesizer and how it changed popular music forever, particularly in the UK. Superbly produced and directed by Ben Whalley with interlinking cultural commentary provided by Simon Reynolds, it was an empathetic documentary that captured the spirit of a golden era in pop.
This is a very personal account of the BBC4 'Synth Britannia' documentary from early 2010 with the programme now embedded onto the article. Continue Reading ›