The new MG EP is now available for pre-order. Available on a two 12" vinyl set or digital bundle, the collection features three remixes of songs taken from the album "MG", along with two bonus tracks not featured on the album. If you order the EP from iTunes, you will receive Featherlight (Mantra Of Machines Remix) - the winner of the recent remix competition - free!
Martin Gore has announced a remix EP on double 12" vinyl and digital release, out on 2 October 2015 via Mute. The vinyl will include remixes by Andy Stott, Virgil Enzinger and Christoffer Berg, alongside two previously unreleased tracks.
In association with BitTorrent, Martin is also launching a remix competition for the track Featherlight. The winning remix will be included on Martin's digital release of the EP.
How to enter: Download the exclusive MGxMG Remix Bundle - to unlock exclusive videos and the stems for Featherlight. Create your own remix version, and upload it to Soundcloud. One remix will be chosen for a feature on MG's upcoming digital EP, out 2 October 2015.
The deadline for submission is 21 August, with a winning remix announced 31 August. Grab the stems here: https://bundles.bittorrent.com/bundles/mgxmg, and post 'em up.
Listen to the intense, pulsing remix of the new electronic Martin Gore track 'Pinking', taken from his solo project MG and remixed by Swedish producer, DJ and musician, Christoffer Berg.
Christoffer Berg is well known for his programming work, including Depeche Mode’s 2013 album 'Delta Machine'. Christoffer also remixed the VCMG track 'Aftermaths'.
Following Martin L. Gore's critically acclaimed self-titled release under the moniker MG comes an introspective remix of "Europa Hymn" from deep techno producer and musician, Andy Stott. Listen to and share the remix below:
"Europa Hymn" is taken from Gore's atmospheric 16-track release, MG, which VICE described as "a textural, complicated album", and ABC News called "a truly riveting, forward-thinking instrumental record."
Watch Martin Gore in this exclusive interview, where he reveals his inspirations behind this singular and beautiful album
In case you missed the premiere live stream of "MG" and the chat with Martin, here is the transcript of the online chat.
MGxMODERATOR - 9:00 PM: Welcome to the MGxMG full album stream! MG is Martin Gore’s new solo electronic album, released on 27/28 April 2015.
MGxMODERATOR - 9:00 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 - 9:20 PM: Thanks for all your great questions! The chat box is now closed. Martin will join in just a minute.
MGxMODERATOR - 9:22 PM: Please welcome Martin Gore! Hi Martin, how are you today?
MartinLGore - 9:22 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 - 9:23 PM: http://on.fb.me/1DOLuP5
MGxMODERATOR - 9:23 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 - 9:24 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 - 9:25 PM: question from FifthDream: Martin, what was the most difficult challenge you faced when creating this album?
MartinLGore - 9:26 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 - 9:27 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 - 9:28 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 - 9:29 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 - 9:29 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 - 9:30 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 - 9:30 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 - 9:32 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 - 9:32 PM: Question from Kesflyne-1: Why not have included vocal passages "MG"?
MartinLGore - 9:33 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 - 9:34 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 - 9:35 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 - 9:35 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.
MGxMODERATOR - 9:41 PM: Thanks for all your great questions! The chat box is now closed. We'll get started with a few more questions.
MGxMODERATOR - 9:42 PM: question from rledent: Hello Martin, wich film compositors inspire you
MartinLGore - 9:42 PM: I really admire Ennio Morricone, Michael Nyman, John Carpenter, David Lynch, and Vangelis.
MGxMODERATOR - 9:43 PM: Question from dansartain1-1: Hi, Martin! What are your thoughts on syths in Apps like Garageband? Would you ever use them yourself?
MartinLGore - 9:44 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 - 9:44 PM: question from rgjdbdb: what have you been listening to recently?
MartinLGore - 9:45 PM: Andy Stott, Black Asteroid, Ema, and Warpaint
MGxMODERATOR - 9:45 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 - 9:46 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 - 9:46 PM: Question from ustreamer-66831: Hi Martin!!! How do you choose the name of every song for this album "MG"????
MartinLGore - 9:47 PM: The names all have a special meaning to me that I'm never going to tell you. Hahaha!
MGxMODERATOR - 9:47 PM: Question from javierlpez-2-1: What´s your favourite synth?
MartinLGore - 9:47 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 - 9:49 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 - 9:49 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 - 9:50 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 - 9:50 PM: Question from ohmar-1-1: Hey Martin. Long time fan. Serious question: tacos or burritos?
MartinLGore - 9:50 PM: I am definitely a fish taco man
MGxMODERATOR - 9:50 PM: question from Kesflyne-1: How long does it take you to produce "MG"?
MartinLGore - 9:51 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 - 9:51 PM: question from ustreamer-4979: Did you plan to release singler or remixes from this album?
MartinLGore - 9:52 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 - 9:52 PM: question from ustreamer-3480 : this album is electronic only - no guitars. but, what do you prefer: keys (synthesizer) or strings (guitar)?
MartinLGore - 9:53 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 - 9:53 PM: Question from andiwithani-1: would you ever do a film score?
MartinLGore - 9:54 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 - 9:54 PM: Question from ustreamer-60581: Where does inspiration catch you usually? At work or elsewhere? Greetings from Germany! :-)
MartinLGore - 9:55 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 - 9:55 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 - 9:56 PM: Elk, Brink, Featherlight, and Hum.
MGxMODERATOR - 9:56 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 - 9:57 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 - 9:58 PM: And that’s a wrap for Martin. Thank you Martin for answering everyone’s questions!
MartinLGore - 9:59 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 - 9:59 PM: ;)
MGxMODERATOR - 10:00 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.
Martin Gore, songwriter and founding member of Depeche Mode, announces the releases of 'MG', an evocative 16-track electronic instrumental album out on 27 April 2015 on Mute.
Written and produced by Martin Gore, work began on 'MG' following the final dates of Depeche Mode's 'Delta Machine' tour in March 2013 at Gore's home studio in Santa Barbara. An entire instrumental album had been in his thoughts for some time, particularly since he has been writing instrumentals for Depeche Mode since 1981.
"I wanted to keep the music very electronic, very filmic and give it an almost sci-fi like quality," Martin explains. "Music is a necessity for me. I go into the studio at least 5 days a week, every week, so once I had the idea and the template, the process was quick and fun."
'MG' is a soundtrack to an emotional and mysterious film of your own design. From the Angelo Badalmenti - like atmosphere of 'Elk' to the industrial electro swagger of 'Brink', it landscapes a unique and arresting vision.
After finishing recording 'MG', Martin asked Q to mix it which seemed a perfectly natural choice as he previously mixed VCMG, Martin Gore and Vince Clarke's 2012 album, 'SSSS'.
Explaining the decision to release the album under the acronym, MG, Gore says, "As the album is very electronic and has no vocals, I felt it deserved another persona so decided to carry on the MG concept from the VCMG album."
'MG' showcases another side to this multi-talented musician. "As a songwriter, I am aware of the power of words," Martin admits. "Especially when they are juxtaposed in the right way with chords and melody. I am also aware of the power of pure music and the emotions that can be created by musical atmospheres and that is what I wanted to capture with this project."