Happy Birthday

Alan Wilder wird 60 Jahre alt

Alan Wilder
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Ein ehemaliges Bandmitglied von Depeche Mode feiert heute einen runden Geburtstag: Alan Wilder wird 60 Jahre alt! Wir wünschen Alan alles Gute für die nächste Dekade und wünschen uns, dass er auch musikalisch wieder von sich Reden macht.

Wilder war von 1983 bis 1995 Keyboarder bei Depeche Mode und hatte in dieser Zeit wesentlich den Sound der Band geprägt. Nach seinem Ausstieg widmete er sich seinem Electro-Avantgarte-Projekt Recoil. Das letzte Studio-Album „subHuman“ erschien 2007. Seitdem trat Alan Wilder nur noch sporadisch mit Remixarbeiten oder als Co-Produzent in Erscheinung.

Letzte Aktualisierung: 1.6.2019 (c)

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  1. Bruce Wayne
    17.6.2019 - 10:07 Uhr
    25

    Lieber Depeche Mode als Demo Mode.

  2. reasOnman
    7.6.2019 - 16:05 Uhr
    24

    Alan hat so lange nichts mehr gemacht und das Recoil zeugs war hmm keine Ahnung habs mir vieleicht 2x angehört, nicht grad so der Brüller. Ist ja wie auch immer Geschmacksache.

    Also lieber DM ohne Alan als mit einer Reunion.

    Ein Happy Brithday wünsch ich Ihm auf jedenfall.

    Cheers

  3. Troy
    7.6.2019 - 5:17 Uhr
    23

    Ever Hear Martin's Demos?

    They sounded almost exactly like the album version with less developed synth patches until Alan specifically asked Martin to make simpler demos: then he started complaining he had so much input but doesn’t get any credit. Well, you’ve had free reigns and you made a bunch of similar sounding, uncomfortable albums before apparently giving up and playing piano for a wannabe X-Factor runnerup’s soundcloud single… Meanwhile, Depeche have released six fantastic albums, made literally hundreds of millions PER TOUR on six major tours, and they’re not sitting around pining for Alan. Alan was cool, Alan was great… Alan is very, very gone. Not just from Depeche, but he hasn’t done any new music in a serious way outside the In Chains remix for TWELVE YEARS. Why are people so willing to crap all over Martin, ignoring his unbelievable songwriting skills, and acting like his insane Eurorack addiction doesn’t prove he’s just as into sound design as Alan *used to be*, but everybody lines up to praise a guy so egotistical he thought he was breaking Depeche up when he left? Listen to the Lie to Me demo and then album version and tell me what Alan added that was so damn great you crap all over the only songwriter to approach Lennon? The cool vocal effect in the breakdown when there are layers of Martin vocals? Think Martin didn’t have anything to do with *that*? Sorry, I love Alan, but I’m not freaking DELUSIONAL about him like so many whiney „fans“ who don’t like any DM albums that came out after they were 16 and think it’s the band’s fault. No, you’re not deep: you like Violator and SOFAD because they were mainstream hits when you were an impressionable teen, and you don’t like their new albums because you’re not as interesting/tasteful/sixteen as you think you are. That’s my rant, and it’s not against the genius Alan Wilder, but against stunted, bitchy „fans“ who have done nothing but whine about Alan coming back for 24 years. It’s not happening: he’s too proud to beg even though he’s had major money issues in the last ten or so years and had to sell *everything*. And Depeche, if you haven’t noticed, haven’t exactly been struggling. Longest tour ever just happened, Dave’s a great songwriter who can rise to meet Martin’s songs, Martin has more cool analog and rare synthesizer equipment since he started obsessively buying it 14 or so years ago. They are healthy, happy, sound great, and as funny and charming as ever. Alan is a broke recluse who has only put out one song in 12 years, a remix of a song by Martin Gore. Again, I love Alan, but people are taking Dave and especially Martin for granted when they act like Alan was „the brains.“ All the album synth parts were THERE in Martin’s demos prior to MFTM when Alan asked him to make them more simple. The sounds just weren’t as polished. Gareth Jones honestly probably had just as big an effect on their sound when he worked with them: where’s his adulation? You think Alan did that beautiful reverb on the Black Celebration album? Who do you think *trained* Alan to use samplers? If Alan hadn’t been in the band, they just would have had to hire another talented engineer like Gareth while recording, which is how they work now. Alan is an absolutely masterful instrumentalist and sound sculptor and producer, and I appreciate his work with Depeche so much. But I’m not hung up on it, and the literal DECADES of whining has finally made me lose my mind and write all this. Yark! Sorry, internet DM „fans“ have been making me mad for forever, just had to get that off my chest.

    • Robert
      7.6.2019 - 7:28 Uhr
      23.1

      Thank you

      I completley agree with your opinion.Thank you very much.
      Robert.

    • Rooster
      7.6.2019 - 8:29 Uhr
      23.2

      Spot on!

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • tardigrade 2000
      8.6.2019 - 5:32 Uhr
      23.3

      There is some truth to what you are saying, but it is really hard to deny the extreme decline in Depeche albums post Ultra. That Martin’s inspirations have taken a different turn is one aspect, but something in the studio production work Alan contributed to is certainly another.

      Of course some of Martin’s demos used to contain an unusual amount of unorthodox arrangement elements, but without the studio productions shaping the specific way these elements hit the listener we certainly wouldn’t be compelled to distinguish them as strongly from other 80ies acts today, Depeche Mode would probably never have reached this extraordinary status. To credit Alan with all of that is probably going too far, as you rightly state there are other contributors as well.

      In terms of „passion for sound design“ – are you really going to compare the incredible depth and quality of Alan’s Recoil productions to e.g. the comparably feeble beepings of „MG“?

      The argument that Alan asked Martin „to do simpler demos so he can get more credit“ on the other hand seems nonsensical – Depeche is an industry/empire where people have distinct jobs they each contribute. In the music industry in general, the composing/songwriting work Martin does is being reimbursed every time the song plays anywhere, while Alan’s producing job is paid off once he leaves the studio. Given the enormous contribution his work made to the songs, this was an extremely unfair situation from the start, and I assume that is where the actual motivation for Alan to leave the band lies – it simply didn’t make a lot of economic sense, and production/tour environments, albeit outwardly glorified, can in fact be extremely stressful and grating places to work in.

      It’s too bad that his restart with „Strange Hour“ didn’t fully reach up to Depeche potential, which is an interesting thing to look at because the production values are all there – my guess is that the contained stories were probably too abstract, to little directly relatable human representation in it.
      But I hope Alan will do more things in the future, when „Alleluja“ and „Prey“ came out in 2008 my ears really rejoiced, it felt very strong.

      The music industry has changed – ever since Bjork and Radiohead have smashed the glossy production surface and used the loudspeakers as drums directly without paying attention to the sonic fantasy worlds that can unfold in the sound and mp3/spotify/ubiquitous laptop-loudspeakers/aging ears.. something has been going downhill all along.

      Maybe it’s best not to play off one against the other.
      When I’m at a DM show, I am often not in line with the way the songs are presented today, but my connection to the songs remains. I don’t very often have time to sit in front of good speakers to fully appreciate Alan’s Recoil work.
      We can’t always be reached in any case.

      • Kopfeck Manni
        8.6.2019 - 13:15 Uhr

        Congratulations!

        Well done and my complete agreement!
        I hope, you are not able to understand german language, because usually most of the comments on this web site reveal an unbelievable absence of brain. Remember what Albert Einstein said: The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

    • Slick
      8.6.2019 - 12:35 Uhr
      23.4

      @Troy

      Brother or sister in mind….

      All that you wrote was overdue to have been said.

      Thanks for your lines, really enjoyed reading all that.

    • crimeofhtecentury
      12.6.2019 - 0:13 Uhr
      23.5

      Troy, you just don't get it...

      ..that DM were a band, not a one man project. Alan just wanted to make a contribution, that was his right as a band member. Martin is the song writer, Dave is the voalist and the energetic frontman, okay, but Alan is a creative personality too – and the only classical trained musician of the band – and wanted to show his skills. That is only natural. He didn’t want to be just a hired musician, that is why he asked Martin to make the demos more simple to give him more creative space. Because if you have to play your instrument to a full arrangement, you’re not a bandmember, you’re nothing but a session musician without any right to say. And „SOFAD“ is mainstream? Man, that is just bullshit! You don’t know what you’re talkin‘ about!

      • tardigrade 2000
        15.6.2019 - 12:49 Uhr

        tardigrade 2000

        @itscalledashop
        wow – super link danke!!!
        Bei vielen Songs ist ja tatsächlich schon das meiste dran im Demo. Neben der bekannten Geschichte um „Enjoy The Silence“ ist wohl mit „Walking in My Shoes“ am meisten passiert.

    • Bruce Wayne
      17.6.2019 - 10:03 Uhr
      23.7

      Naja, ob die letzten 6 Alben tatsächlich so „fantastic“ sind, darüber lässt sich streiten …

  4. patrick
    4.6.2019 - 14:27 Uhr
    22

    Alan lieben dich so sehr

    Alan lieben dich so sehr. Wir hoffen, wir sehen uns bald mit Depeche. Die Band ohne dich ist nicht dasselbe. Wir vermissen dich so sehr

  5. subhuman
    3.6.2019 - 20:19 Uhr
    21

    Nachträglich...

    alles gute zum Geburtstag Mr. Klangtüftler.

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