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22 April 2015 - Chat transcript




MGxMODERATOR 10:00 PM
Welcome to the MGxMG full album stream! MG is Martin Gore’s new solo electronic album, released on 27/28 April 2015.

MGxMODERATOR 10:00 PM
We're delighted to have you joining us for this event. Please enjoy this brief interview with Martin after which the full album will play, during which Martin will be answering your questions!

MGxMODERATOR 10:01 PM
Things you need to know. This chat box will not open to receiving your messages and questions until a bit later in the broadcast. At the moment, if you type something in the chat box it will only be viewable by you.

MGxMODERATOR 10:05 PM
Martin will be joining us in just a little bit! Please watch this space - when we are ready to accept your questions for Martin we'll notify you that the chat box is open.

MGxMODERATOR 10:08 PM
Reminder: This chat box will not open to receiving your messages and questions until a bit later in the broadcast. At the moment, if you type something in the chat box it will only be viewable by you.

MGxMODERATOR 10:08 PM
Martin will be joining us in just a little bit!

MGxMODERATOR 10:10 PM
We'll be opening the chat box really soon for your questions!

MGxMODERATOR 10:15 PM
Hi everyone - Martin will be joining us in about 5 minutes! We’re now opening the chat box to accept your questions. Please submit questions in English, keep them brief and only submit actual questions for Martin.

(Lot of questions)

MGxMODERATOR 10:20 PM
Thanks for all your great questions! The chat box is now closed. Martin will join in just a minute.

MGxMODERATOR 10:22 PM
Please welcome Martin Gore! Hi Martin, how are you today?

MartinLGore 10:22 PM
I am great. Thanks and I would like to welcome the world to this experience. Thank you all for taking the time to be here today.

MartinLGore 10:23 PM
http://on.fb.me/1DOLuP5

MGxMODERATOR 10:23 PM
Awesome. Our first question comes from SMC92: Hi Martin, how did you come up with the sounds for this album, its so unique and different to anything else?

MartinLGore 10:24 PM
The majority of the sounds were created using my Eurorack modular system along with various other modular systems. Obviously, I used other equipment, polysnyths for example.

MGxMODERATOR 10:24 PM
Question from FifthDream: Martin, what was the most difficult challenge you faced when creating this album?

MartinLGore 10:26 PM
I think that the most difficult challenge in creating an instrumental album is knowing that the piece of music will have no vocal so you have to keep it interesting in different ways. In a song, the vocal is obviously the most important thing, the words and the melody line. With an instrumental, you are taking away the most important elements.

MartinLGore 10:27 PM
I am so glad that you are all getting to hear this today. It seems like ages ago that I finished this. The recording process was finished at the end of November and the mixing was finished by December. Hope you're enjoying it.

MGxMODERATOR 10:28 PM
Question from tblackford3: Was recording this in your home studio a liberating experience for you compared to more collaborative albums, including other solo albums, or was there more of a team involved than I suspect? It sounds great, by the way. The pure synth sonic environment here does soudn timeless.

MartinLGore 10:29 PM
Whenever I work on a project that is outside of Depeche Mode, I have always worked in my home studio wherever that is at the time. I love working from home. I don't work crazy hours and I can nip back to the house whenever I want.

MGxMODERATOR 10:29 PM
Question from ustreamer-7969: Thank you for allowing questions! Martin, when composing these instrumentals with so many electronic units, machines, and synths, do you feel that it's more difficult to express any intended feelings or emotions as opposed to using vocals, lyrics or acoustic instruments in other tracks?

MartinLGore 10:30 PM
No. I think that electronic instruments are just as expressive as any other instruments. You just need to know how to use them.

MGxMODERATOR 10:30 PM
Question from teddyblair96: Greetings from Texas! I see you were influenced by alot of Sci_Fi films. Any specific films that are your favorite or that influenced you?

MartinLGore 10:32 PM
Over the last 6 months, I have been watching a lot of old classic sci-fi films with my 12 year old son. I wouldn't say that they necessarily influenced the sound of the record, but I do love them. Blade Runner is my favorite and I also love the first 3 Terminator films.

MGxMODERATOR 10:32 PM
Question from Kesflyne-1: Why not have included vocal passages "MG"?

MartinLGore 10:33 PM
I wanted this album to be a purely electronic album. I was adamant that it shouldn't have any guitar or real drums on it and I also felt that it shouldn't contain any lyrics or vocals. Somehow these elements did not fit the aesthetic.

MGxMODERATOR 10:34 PM
Question from Jesus101DM: Martin, what feelings you have touched the recording of this album? What exactly do you want to convey through your songs?

MartinLGore 10:35 PM
Each track fires your imagination in different ways and I'm sure it's different for each individual. I just like capturing emotion with the power of music. What the emotions are are vague in a sense.

MGxMODERATOR 10:35 PM
Thanks Martin! Ok everyone, we're going to take some more questions now. The chat box is open! Please submit your questions in English only. We'll read all your questions and then Martin will answer a few more.

(Lot of questions)

MGxMODERATOR 10:41 PM
Thanks for all your great questions! The chat box is now closed. We'll get started with a few more questions.

MGxMODERATOR 10:42 PM
Question from rledent: Hello Martin, wich film compositors inspire you?

MartinLGore 10:42 PM
I really admire Ennio Morricone, Michael Nyman, John Carpenter, David Lynch, and Vangelis.

MGxMODERATOR 10:42 PM
Question from dansartain1-1: Hi, Martin! What are your thoughts on syths in Apps like Garageband? Would you ever use them yourself?

MartinLGore 10:44 PM
I'm not very familiar with the synths in Garageband. I am quite familiar with a lot of virtual synths and synth apps on the iPad. I think that there are a lot of great sounding synths on the iPad. I would definitely use some of them. I may put them through my modular system first though!

MGxMODERATOR 10:44 PM
Question from rgjdbdb: what have you been listening to recently?

MartinLGore 10:45 PM
Andy Stott, Black Asteroid, Ema, and Warpaint.

MGxMODERATOR 10:45 PM
Question from ustreamer-18351 : You seem to be on a creative rampage over the last couple of years. Have you always been this busy and just not putting out the material you made, or have you just hit a new creative jump and now its spilling out everywhere.

MartinLGore 10:46 PM
I think that I enjoy going into the studio every day more these days than I used to. Without that outlet, I feel that I would be lost now.

MGxMODERATOR 10:46 PM
Question from ustreamer-66831: Hi Martin!!! How do you choose the name of every song for this album "MG"?

MartinLGore 10:47 PM
The names all have a special meaning to me that I'm never going to tell you. Hahaha!

MGxMODERATOR 10:47 PM
Question from javierlpez-2-1: What´s your favourite synth?

MartinLGore 10:47 PM
If I were to tell you the reason I named a song it would take away all the mystery and make it mundane and take away your imaginations.

MartinLGore 10:48 PM
One of my favorite synths is the Elka Synthex. I also love the Oberheim 2 Voice. I love the Fenix modular stuff. I have so many I could keep going on.

MGxMODERATOR 10:49 PM
Question from injaj: Hi from Berlin and thanks for this opportunity. When you're writing new songs, do you have them already mapped out beforehand or is it more like, let's just begin and see what happens?

MartinLGore 10:50 PM
I never have anything mapped out. I like to let things happen organically and almost by accident. Songwriting has always been a mysterious process to me. The ideas come from the ether.

MGxMODERATOR 10:50 PM
Question from ohmar-1-1: Hey Martin. Long time fan. Serious question: tacos or burritos?

MartinLGore 10:50 PM
I am definitely a fish taco man.

MGxMODERATOR 10:50 PM
Question from Kesflyne-1: How long does it take you to produce "MG"?

MartinLGore 10:51 PM
The majority of the recording was done between March and the end of November last year. But I did have a few tracks that were written during the Delta Machine writing process.

MGxMODERATOR 10:51 PM
Question from ustreamer-4979: Did you plan to release singler or remixes from this album?

MartinLGore 10:52 PM
We definitely plan to release remixes and an extra couple of tracks that I recorded after finishing the album. They won't necessarily be singles.

MGxMODERATOR 10:52 PM
Question from ustreamer-3480 : this album is electronic only - no guitars. but, what do you prefer: keys (synthesizer) or strings (guitar)?

MartinLGore 10:53 PM
I love the power of synthesizers because the sound palette is almost limitless. However, I prefer playing guitar on stage because it is a freeing experience and I also get a greater sense of communion with the audience.

MGxMODERATOR 10:53 PM
Question from andiwithani-1: would you ever do a film score?

MartinLGore 10:54 PM
If the right film came along at the right time i.e. just after we finish a tour., I would definitely consider it. This has never happened before. The planets have never aligned quite like that.

MGxMODERATOR 10:54 PM
Question from ustreamer-60581: Where does inspiration catch you usually? At work or elsewhere? Greetings from Germany! :-)

MartinLGore 10:55 PM
I go into the studio almost every day and that is where I get inspired. I do not find myself writing things down on napkins in restaurants.

MGxMODERATOR 10:55 PM
Question from jonasjsjostrom: Martin, It really sounds great! Which of the songs on this album was it that was written during/for Delta Machine?

MartinLGore 10:56 PM
Elk, Brink, Featherlight, and Hum.

MGxMODERATOR 10:56 PM
Our LAST question is from from Angelinda: Martin, do you think that this album could be described as "modern" or as "timeless", considering it was made by using old modular systems and other old gear?

MartinLGore 10:57 PM
The Eurorack system is actually new. It is however mainly analogue. Somehow I think that electronic records sound futuristic to me which makes them timeless.

MGxMODERATOR 10:57 PM
And that’s a wrap for Martin. Thank you Martin for answering everyone’s questions!

MartinLGore 10:59 PM
Thank you everyone for being here and for your questions! As I said before, I hope that you all liked what you heard. It is a relief to be finally getting this heard. Peace out!

MartinLGore 10:59 PM
;)

MGxMODERATOR 11:00 PM
We'll open up the chat box now so you can all chat with each other. Enjoy the remainder of the album stream and thank you for joining Martin today.

(Lot of thanks, etc)

MGxMODERATOR 11:03 PM
Thank you everyone for joining us today. The chat transcript will be available on martingore.com soon. <end transmission>

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MartinLGore 11:06 PM
Happy Earth Day! Let's make the Earth a better place this year!

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MartinLGore 11:07 PM
Time to go, I have fish tacos to eat. Thank you everyone!

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