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2Square is a collaborative album from Vince Clarke and Paul Hartnoll. It was released as a digital download on 10th June 2016 and features the single Better Have A Drink To Think.

• Better Have A Drink To Think
• Zombie Blip
• The Echoes
• Do-A-Bong
• The Shortcut
• Single Function
• All Out
• Underwater

You can order 2Square now from iTunes and all good download services.

Recorded at The Cabin in Brooklyn and Paul’s Studio in Brighton. Mixed in Brighton and Mastered in Brooklyn.

Vocal performance on ‘All Out’ by Kenya Hall.

Trumpet on ‘Do-a-Bong’ by Joe Aucland.

Artwork by Amander Chiu. Catering by Feedwells (local cafe)


Other interesting stuff…

Synths used by Paul included Macbeth M5N, Sunsyn mk2, Arp 2600, Elektron Analog Keys, Korg Arp Odyssey and Moog Sub Phatty.

Synths used by Vince included Pro One, Roland System 700, Serge Modular, Dave Smith Mopho, Mini Moog and Wardolf Pulse.

‘The Echoes’ was originally conceived as a Rolex commercial.

‘Do-a-Bong’ was programmed mostly in Jamaica.

Paul’s middle name is William and William Hartnoll was the first Dr Who (well, actually he was a ‘Hartnell’ but that’s just splitting hairs).

The square root of 2, written in mathematics as √2 or 21⁄2, is the positive algebraic number that, when multiplied by itself, gives the number 2… who knew?

Two Bald Blokes And A Buchla… Vince Clarke interviews Reed & Caroline's Reed Hays

Reed & Caroline‘s debut album Buchla and Singing is available now as a digital download and as a limited-edition CD.

• Singularity (We Bond)
• Washing Machine
• Electrons
• Spinned
• John and Rene
• Nightmarf
• Henry the Worm
• Rene’s Red Room
• Harmonic Generator
• Oh My Dog
• Talking Blanket
• Singularity (We Bond) [Bright Light Bright Light Remix]
• Electrons [Vince Clarke Remix]

The Fader premiere Harmonic Generator from Reed & Caroline's debut album Buchla and Singing

Online magazine The Fader have today premiered a track from Reed & Caroline’s Buchla and Singing, VeryRecords’ second album release, which is released tomorrow (October 14th) on CD and via download.

The stream of the track Harmonic Generator is accompanied by a short piece which includes interview material from VeryRecords’ Vince Clarke as well as Reed & Caroline’s Reed Hays.

You can read the article, and listen to Harmonic Generator right now at The Fader.

Announcing the release of Buchla & Singing, the debut album from Reed & Caroline

Very Records are pleased to announce details of the debut album by Reed & Caroline, ‘Buchla & Singing’, which will be released on October 14th. The album will be the second release on Vince Clarke’s VeryRecords label.

Buchla & Singing is just that – vocals and nothing but a vintage synth. The album was conceived by New York electronic musician Reed Hays using only a Buchla modular system, interwoven with the pure, angelic vocals of Caroline Schutz from the bands Folksongs For The Afterlife and The Inner Banks. With songs celebrating the humble electron and the equally under-appreciated washing machine, ‘Buchla & Singing’ takes in shimmering, spacey synth pop, tales of road-trips, quirky bedtime stories, and pieces grounded in austere classical minimalism.

Reed Hays met Caroline Schutz while they were studying at Oberlin College. Hays, a cellist, had arrived at the school under false pretences, switching to their new electronic music programme just to be able to get his hands on the college’s Buchla synthesizer. Art major Schutz only discovered that she wanted to be a singer after graduating and schlepping round the States as a graphic designer for the touring Lollapalooza festival, before realising that she could sing better than some of the bands she was supporting.

Their first album together sees the pair delivering tracks like ‘Singularity (We Bond)’ and ‘Electrons’, whose electronic structures and lyrics fizz with scientific discovery. “I grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, which is where they put German rocket scientists after World War II to work on the space programme,” Hays explains. “When I was growing up there in the 1970s and 80s, there was nothing there but scientists and engineers. Space and science were just what I grew up with, so they’re natural things for me to write about. I like those early OMD songs that sounded like love songs but were actually about science. Our stuff is pretty obviously just about washing machines and electrons!”

The third member of this duo is Hays’s Buchla. Best known as the go-to synth for producing crazy R2-D2 sounds, Hays has managed to coerce his system into producing a broad array of unorthodox styles here: whether classic analogue electro pop on ‘John And Rene’, rippling randomised arpeggios that nod to classical music, or the crystalline sounds of glassware being washed on ‘Henry The Worm’, a cute story that could have been conjured from the warped imagination of Lewis Carroll or Eric Carle that follows the adventures of a worm as it crawls around a restaurant. ‘Buchla & Singing’ is the sound of a tricky synth being put through its paces in ways that its creator never envisaged.

‘Buchla & Singing’ will be released as a digital download and on CD from October 14 2016.

Reed Hays on the Buchla

Most people pronounce it wrong. It’s pronounced Boo-cla. It’s a Dutch name.

Don Buchla was out in Berkeley, California in the sixties, designing synthesizers at the same time that Bob Moog was over on the East Coast, but they never spoke to one another. Buchla worked for NASA in the sixties and he developed technology for fuel sensors on rocket tanks. He put those on the synth he developed. They respond to how your fingers touch them. There’s no keyboard, just these touch pads. For me, being a string player, it’s something I can really relate to, but it’s a really difficult piece of kit to use. Nothing’s labelled like any other synthesizer. Making this album just with that synth was a real challenge.

Buchla came from a crazy background. Some of the first modules he designed were for Ken Kesey’s Electric Kool Aid Acid Test. Those were all red modules. The rumour was that if you licked the red module you’d get high. I have some of those original modules. Did I lick it? I don’t know what you’re talking about.

On this album, I set up a lot of arpeggios, dialling them up on little sliders and having them addressed randomly. I was letting the Buchla do the work for me in writing some of those arpeggios and chords. It really is like having another collaborator.

Even though I’d set myself the challenge of making the album on the Buchla, I wanted to cheat. I wanted to use a Moog for the bass, which is what you’re supposed to do, but actually in the end I got a great bass sound on the Buchla. ‘Washing Machine’ has a Sennheiser vocoder, but the vocoding on all the other songs is done on the Buchla, so in the end I didn’t cheat really.

Vince Clarke on the Buchla

I had one once but I sold it. It’s way too difficult to use.

Another media update on the Vince Clarke & Paul Hartnoll album project, 2Square…

Even more interviews, features and reviews have been revealed since the release of Vince Clarke and Paul Hartnoll’s new album collaboration 2Square.

Swedish electronic music magazine Stereoklang has published a new interview with Vince (in English) about the project, and both Soundblab and Uncut have run excellent reviews (the Uncut review isn’t available online but the magazine gave the album 8/10, saying “everything is rendered with a depth and richness you’d expect from two men who know their machines inside out”).

Still to come are more reviews and interviews including Mojo, Electronic Sound, The Quietus, Classic Pop and The Playground…

The ‘2Square’ album is available now from iTunes and all good download retailers.

Vince Clarke & Paul Hartnoll: 2Square album media update…

The first VeryRecords album release, Vince Clarke and Paul Hartnoll’s album 2Square, has attracted various media attention since its release on Friday June 10th including reviews in The Guardian, the FT and This Is Not Retro.

Paul Hartnoll was interviewed about the project on Georgie Rogers’ Music Discovery show on Virgin Radio on Sunday June 12th, and Vince Clarke was interviewed by Thump and Artist Direct

The ‘2Square’ album is available now from iTunes and all good download retailers.

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