While acts like THE ART OF NOISE and DEPECHE MODE pioneered the use of sampling found sounds to use as new virtual instrumentation, eventual improvements in the technology meant whole recognisable phrases could be cut, manipulated and looped to create new compositions and arrangements.
So The Electricity Club has put aside some of its snobbery to seek out 25 of the most inventive, and some would say, sacrilegious uses of classic synth samples in popular music. Continue Reading ›
Despite The Electricity Club’s criticism of DEPECHE MODE as a live band with The Drumhead and The Noodler, the band are still capable of occasional brilliance as an artistic force.
This listing is NOT intended for Devotees but aimed those former fans of DM who bowed out after ‘Songs Of Faith & Devotion’, disillusioned by Dave Gahan’s drug fuelled stage diving antics. So here are the 18 tracks which act as TEC's Beginner’s Guide To DEPECHE MODE in the 21st Century. Continue Reading ›
It can't be easy being DEPECHE MODE, the sheer weight of expectation for everything they do from their devoted fan base must sit heavy at times, a fact evidenced by the diminishing returns on recent albums, the latest ‘Spirit’ included.
As someone that remembers them as fresh faced poppets wielding synths without a drummer in sight at venues smaller than the average arena green room, it was with some fascination I approached the show at Glasgow Barrowlands. Continue Reading ›
So, the Camaraderie of Black Swarm have awaited four years to receive their gift of a new DEPECHE MODE album. Following in the footsteps of 'Delta Machine' which paired with 'Sounds Of The Universe', did not cause a stir and failed to impress.
Still, the devoted and ever hopeful fans have been as anxious as ever to put their hands on the newest release entitled 'Spirit'. Continue Reading ›
The switch to digital technology in the production of synthesizers caused a seismic shift not just in the way that music was produced, but also how analogue devices were perceived.
The synths chosen are also from the first wave of digital synths and as such doesn’t include any of the current wave of digital-based products. Continue Reading ›