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After a lot of touring for Hack, we settled back in to writing material for another
album in 10/91. Around this time, we and everyone working with us were possessed by a
mania for change at any cost. So we got a different A & R guy from Reprise, and looked
for a different producer. There were conflicting ideas about what sort of producer we
needed, so in a classic example of art by comittee, we decided to use 4 different
producers for different songs.
Mike Thorne produced 5 of the 10 songs. He was known for doing most of Soft Cell's albums, and had just finished Peter Murphy's "Holy Smoke". Eric Kupper was a New York dance scene remixer kind of guy, as was Joey Beltram. Karl Bartos was a member of the legendary Kraftwerk before forming "Electric Music".
By this time, "techno" had happened, and we all thought "Finally! We can be our own
electronic selves and no one will criticize us for not playing guitars." It wasn't much
of a switch for us. We just indulged ourselves a little bit more in synth-sample
noodling than we had been.
Mike was a long-time Synclavier owner, so the 6 songs we did with him were all recorded
on the Synclavier. It sucked. Never buy into cutting edge equipment. 5 years later, you'll
be able to buy something that does what your $250,000 thing does for $5000, and it will have
some unforseen innovation that cannot be added to the thing you bought. For example:
Mike's Synclavier was basically an early direct-to-disc multi-track recorder. But it had
no digital outs.
Equipment used on this album included:
Voyetra's Sequencer Plus Gold MIDI sequencing software
Some really strange Buchla synth
A Serge modular analogue synth which took up one whole wall
Akai S-1000 samplers
Oberheim Matrix 1000
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