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Re: 2017: Null + Void - song featuring Dave Gahan
« Reply #15 on: 10 October 2017 - 22:17:26 »
2017-10-06 - Juno Download (UK) - Null + Void: Where I Wait

[On this site, you can listen to a long preview, but I think some people have managed to extract the full song from the preview button and then spread the song around.]

https://www.junodownload.com/products/null-void-where-i-wait-feat-dave/3548762-02/

NULL/VOID
Where I Wait (feat Dave Gahan)
HFN 69
13 October, 2017
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Re: 2017: Null + Void - song featuring Dave Gahan
« Reply #16 on: 10 October 2017 - 23:07:55 »
2017-10-10 - HFN Music (UK) - Music Video Preview

https://www.facebook.com/hfnmusic/videos/1638669272830655/
https://www.facebook.com/nullandvoidmusik/videos/1639030216127894/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOCjfr4xLJg



Just three more days to go...
Null + Void ft. Dave Gahan: 'Where I Wait' taken from the album Cryosleep | Pre-order: hfnmusic.lnk.to/Cryosleep
Directed by Timothy Saccenti.
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Re: 2017: Null + Void - song featuring Dave Gahan
« Reply #17 on: 13 October 2017 - 16:45:43 »
2017-10-13 - Null + Void - Where I Wait (feat. Dave Gahan)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUSJ4XK2UXg



Null + Void: Where I Wait feat. Dave Gahan

Lyrics:
your words were spoken
carefully chosen
for me
each one a msg
and insight
to some degree

when i wake up
my eyes are open
i can see
i can hear you
all around me
i feel free

there is comfort here
where i wait
for you
there is sunlight
shining through
there is comfort here
where i wait
for you
there is sunlight
shining through

why am i nervous
my hands they're shaking
my heart it beats
your specter haunts me
and taunts me
i cant breathe

when i wake up
my eyes are open
i can see
i can feel you
all around me
i can breathe

We're moving on


Video description:
‘In the Null Void video, we follow a desperate character in his attempt to transcend a physical space and escape his addictions via a hallucinatory female.
The environment is a dystopic, brutalist variation on an old theme: the stifled, domestic household. The refrigerator, the television, the wine bottles, and –most notably – the main character’s nonexistent female counterpart evoke this dark theme. The cold lighting, concrete floors and metal containers further elicit the atmosphere of a prison in which he tries to resist the temptations offered by his imaginary friend.
The illusory female character’s performance is mostly static, as though she is another object in the room. Her eyes are glazed over in reverie, the mode by which the action will follow.
These reveries take various forms, limited by the sparseness of her environment. Dave plays a kind of narrator, floating around her dreams (sometimes actually), performing the song, alluding to the twofold nature of escape.
Most important is the television, which serves as a physical manifestation of these purely mental (intellectual) fantasies. Its formal role in the narrative is essential, and as the viewer’s perspective is fed through the television, we lose our place. What is real and what is the fantasy? In this way, we are able to identify with the protagonist.
After reality and fantasy are knotted together, they fracture, and the space is literally broken into parts. This is reminiscent of a familiar sensation at the end of a dream or reverie, when the idea comes together and then falls apart. The video thus gives us a picture of what the nature of escape can sometimes feel like: the ecstasy of transcendence, the eluding of time, the total circumvention of life as a physical object.“ ’says Saccenti.
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Re: 2017: Null + Void - song featuring Dave Gahan
« Reply #18 on: 13 October 2017 - 20:57:47 »
2017-10-13 - Billboard (US) - Dave Gahan, Null+Void Explore The Violent-Side of Love in 'Where I Wait'

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/dance/7998534/dave-gahan-null-void-where-i-wait

Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan, Null+Void Explore The Violent-Side of Love in 'Where I Wait': Interview
by Kat Bein

Love is blind, all-consuming, and sometimes, love is hell. Take it from Dave Gahan. The iconic lead singer of Depeche Mode has had plenty of love in his life, enough to know the dark side its chemical rush can't hide.
“It's just the worst,” he laughs. “We want to own things, people, stuff -- and then, when it doesn't work out, there's murder in the mind. That's where we go as humans when love is lost. It's like it's somebody else's fault.”
Gahan taps into doomed love's sinister sweetness on “Where I Wait,” a sensual and dangerous bit of mood with his friend and long-time collaborator Kurt Uenala, for the former's solo project Null+Void. It's the lead single from Null+Void's forthcoming album Cryosleep, and while its heavily electronic synth soundscape will certainly please Depeche Mode fans, “Where I Wait” definitely gives the singer space to explore a rawer edge.
“The lyric is really about unconditional love, us all wanting that and wanting that for the world -- until it becomes conditional, and then of course it turns into hate, murder and violence,” Gahan says. “It's not necessarily inwards, not necessarily anything that's going on with me, but it's what I feel like is happening around me. There's all this bullshit going on, but it's just all this diversion. Don't really pay attention to whats going on, just make some more fakeness. We're supposed to all just bury our heads in our cell phones and pretend nothing's happening, and that's what happens with love if you don't pay attention. If you don't really take care of it and share it, it will go away.”
Gahan and Uenala's rich creative relationship dates back to early demos for Depeche Mode's 2005 album Playing the Angel. The artists hit it off beautifully, and when Gahan turned his attention to a solo record, Uenala was his go-to man. Today, they've got a shared studio space in New York, and it was here that “Where I Wait” and other collaborations were conceived.
“I do most of my vocals in there actually,” Gahan says. “Kurt kindly helps me to feel good about the space I'm in, and I know that he understands my voice. He understands when I'm gonna sing like an elephant, or I'm going to sing quiet as a mouse. He's there waiting for me to perform, and gets it. It's a space that all artists need, to have to be working with somebody or some people that want to get to the same place, want to create something that moves people. You have to get performance, even with all these electronics and everything that we can use, all the tools we have. At the end of the day, for me anyway, the most important thing is getting some kind of reality from the heart.”
“Where I Wait” is a stunning work of discord and juxtaposition. The sweet vocal melody and seemingly romantic message is laced atop an eerie electronic feeling. Uenala's meticulous production brings the truth of the song's nature to light. It's uncomfortable and arresting, a vibe captured in a music video that plays perfectly into the song's duality with violent images matched against swooning words and harsh chords.
“Where I Wait” originally started around the time Depeche Mode concocted its latest record, Spirit. It didn't made the LP cut, but Uenala brought it back to life when putting together Cryosleep, and it fits perfectly into the album's cinematic sonic story. “Where I Wait” is just a taste of Uenala says is an exploration of contemporary song structures stripped of the usual drum patterns, atmospheres and moods built around synth lines, painstakingly crafted to build a cinematic world from start to finish.
“I love albums that have an arc and a curve that you can enjoy like a movie, with a tense scene, a quiet calm moment. I really wanted to do a record that has an arc and a story and contrast,” the producer explains. “I work very detailed, and it's a lot of care into every little pattern and hi hat. Everything is sculpted... it's not really presets and loops.”
Cryosleep also features vocal collaborations with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Big Pink, and Light Asylum's Shannon Funchess. The full album premieres in November, but you can enjoy “Where I Wait” below. Null + Void is also taking over Depeche Mode's Facebook today, so visit him there for more behind-the-scenes tales and other fun goodies.
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Re: 2017: Null + Void - song featuring Dave Gahan
« Reply #19 on: 13 October 2017 - 21:28:45 »
2017-10-13 - Rolling Stone (US) - Hear Depeche Mode Frontman's Chilly New Collaboration 'Where I Wait'

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-depeche-mode-singers-where-i-wait-with-null-and-void-w508160

Hear Depeche Mode Frontman's Chilly New Collaboration 'Where I Wait'
Singer and electronic-music artist Kurt Uenala discuss the making of the track, slated for upcoming Null and Void album 'Cryosleep'
By Kory Grow

When electronic-music artist Kurt Uenala was conceptualizing Cryosleep, the first album he'd be releasing under the name Null and Void, he knew he wanted to do a song that featured Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan. The two became friends about a decade ago, when Uenala was an audio engineer working with Gahan on both Depeche Mode and solo recordings, and they've co-written several tunes together. So Uenala knew the icy single "Where I Wait," which is premiering here, would be a perfect fit for Gahan.
When the singer heard Uenala's music, it resonated with him. "I usually respond to quite minimal, quite ethereal music that's just not too complicated," he tells Rolling Stone, on a joint call with Uenala. "I don't need tons of chord changes. I need something that will make something happen visually in me, where a phrase appears. It could be an atmosphere or the way a sound bounces of something else."
"We know each other so well, after so many ears of working together, that you don't need to tell me to play a G-diminished-seven or something," Uenala says to Gahan. "I know your lingo is more cinematic; you say, 'Make it a bit more cloudy or whatever.' I know your language." The singer laughs.
Uenala originally pitched the song as something Depeche Mode would record, but because of the limited time they had booked in the studio the band decided to focus on polishing off its singles instead of recording "Where I Wait." Drawing heavily on his and Gahan's shared language, Uenala crafted a chilly chord progression for "Where I Wait," over which the singer could divine a moody melody and pensive lyrics about the dark side of devotion. "It's a song about unconditional love," Gahan says. "Once that love becomes conditional, hate takes over and death and murder follows. And that's really what [director] Tim Saccenti, who made the amazing video for this song, picked up on. In the video, there's a girl and a guy; she wants him, she gets him, she loves him. Maybe he loves her and then that turns into something different and she can't have him anymore, so she murders him. It goes beyond rage.
"Of course we don't all do that, but it's human nature," he continues. "It's like something takes over when you can't own something; you kind of want to destroy it. I mean, it's kind of how my mind thinks, but things like that is what's happening in the world right now. Things just seem like chaos out there and we're all just sucking it up rather than throwing up our arms and going, 'What the fuck is happening?' I can't even look at my phone anymore because it's like one diversion to the next. Music, to me, is still the savior and the communicator."
Gahan says that it's Uenala's unique understanding of what he needs as a singer that has made their working relationship so fruitful. "I know his vocal range and I know roughly what note choices he makes," Uenala says. "It's not predictable, but I know people have habits and what they like." Elsewhere on Cryosleep, Uenala has collaborated with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the Big Pink and Shannon Funchess, though most of the album features his deft synth and sequencing work.
"I was always into synth," says Uenala, who grew up in Switzerland and now lives in New York. "I had a brief stint with rock & roll and metal, as well as some jazz, but I remember begging my mom if I could play synthesizer as a teenager."
In various capacities, he's worked with Moby, the Kills, Soulsavers and others over the past two decades and recently he decided it was time to make his own album. Now that it's slated to come out on November 3rd, he's also getting ready to figure out how to perform it live. "I try to use a lot of hardware synthesizers because I like to keep it quite improvised live," he says. "The meat and bones of the song are programmed, but that's just sequencer data. I can alter the sound and make parts longer and shorter. It's a little risky, but I feel it's worth it. I like seeing live acts that take a risk. If the songs are suddenly stripped down to drum machine and a bass line, and on the album it's much more grandiose, I appreciate that it's different."
Meanwhile, Gahan is on the road with Depeche Mode and is simply happy with the way his contribution to the Null and Void LP turned out. "What Kurt and I made went to a cool place because Kurt built a new atmosphere around the song," he says. "It worked very cinematically."
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Re: 2017: Null + Void - song featuring Dave Gahan
« Reply #20 on: 13 October 2017 - 21:30:56 »
2017-10-13 - Kurt Uenala on Depeche Mode's Facebook page takeover:

https://www.facebook.com/depechemode/posts/10156882659590329
https://www.facebook.com/depechemode/posts/10156883437660329

In the Studio with DM:
I met Dave over ten years ago when he was looking for someone to help with recording demos of song ideas. After that I helped with vocals on his brilliant electronic solo album “Hourglass” and we played a few promo shows in NYC together. We really got along and he recommended me to perform in a Depeche Mode live session video for “Sounds of The Universe” and it just grew from there. Rehearsing with Martin and Fletch was fun and the sheer amount of synthesizers was overwhelming. At that point I also had a few but what they had stacked up in that studio was truly breathtaking.
From then on, I was invited along whenever it was time to make a Depeche record. I learned a lot from their adventurous recording workflow. To hit record, then tweak, twist and turn the synthesizer knobs as the song plays back numerous times without ever stopping and then, edit the rather vast amount of audio data later on, that was quite an unusual way of working to me. It was such a playful and refreshing approach to recording and I think it really shows if you listen closely. An instrument recorded in that manner has life and retains a little chaos which is such a relief from the cut and paste music that is popular on radio these days.

"Where I Wait" & working with Dave:
Recently I was able to work with Dave on my own music. Excited to share an interview + the video we made featuring Dave and shot by our friend Timothy Saccenti. I first met Tim when he came to film the Depeche Mode studio sessions for the “Delta Machine” album and we really got along and stayed in touch.
Every free minute I had (I still had a full time day job back then) was spent working hard on my own music and that meant many lonely nights tweaking and perfecting ideas in the studio. I stumbled over a synth riff that was just perfect for Dave’s baritone. So I asked if he would maybe, possibly, perhaps have a listen. He really liked the song sketch and had melody and lyric ideas immediately. Dave worked on the melody and lyrics alone so I heard the melody for the first time over the phone. After changing some chords and shortening the arrangement, we recorded the lead vocal for the demo and Dave sent it to his manager, Jonathan Kessler, who was suggesting we continue to write songs, which we still do whenever Dave is not busy taking over the world with his unstoppable DM gang. The song was never properly recorded so last Fall, after the “Spirit” sessions, we decided to finish the track and spent quite some time getting the energy right. We stripped the arrangement down, changed the drum programming a bit, Sharin Foo sang backing vocals and then Dave added a sad synthesizer line in the outro and breakdown.
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Re: 2017: Null + Void - song featuring Dave Gahan
« Reply #21 on: 24 October 2017 - 23:15:44 »
2017-10-24 - Ersnt.FM (Germany) - „I invested all I have into synthesizers“

http://ernst.fm/musik/fnj/i-invested-all-i-have-into-synthesizers-null-void-im-interview/

„I invested all I have into synthesizers“ – Null + Void im Interview

[...]

The first snippets as well as the video premiere of ‘Where I Wait’ with Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan on the vocals caused a lot of attention. Speaking of the video production and the artistic composition, why did you choose Timothy Saccenti as the main director and on what kind of thoughts is the video based?
I first met Tim when he came to film the Depeche Mode studio sessions for the Delta Machine album and we really got along and stayed in touch. When I had the song and a label with a budget ready, it was obvious to approach Tim as he has a good bond with Dave and we both like his style and aesthetic. Tim came up with the story and everything about the video. It highlights the darker side of the song. Dave and I liked his angle and how Tim’s approach dragged it into a darker corner. Tim shot Dave and myself in a photo studio in Soho NYC but what was most remarkable that day is that Dave came into the studio dressed in a shiny black suit, a satin black shirt and blindingly sparkled, silver cuban heeled boots. When the shoot was complete, we asked if we can call him a car to take him back home but he declined. He had decided to walk through a tourist packed Soho on a sunny Sunday in the sharpest outfit I have ever seen. Truly fearless. The rest of the scenes were filmed at a later date and the incredible digital treatments were also added over the following months.

[...]

In a recent Billboard interview, Dave spoke about the lyrics of ‘Where I Wait’ which revolve around unconditional love, not paying attention and the change into negativity. Do you notice similar incidents in our society or yourself?
Well, the words don’t just apply to being in love with a person. I think that it can be viewed as that but if you dig a little deeper, it should be recognized on a broader spectrum. Love to tangible things, an activity or a substance, of course. Love turning conditional would be the typical addiction scenario where it’s all consuming and there is punishment if you don’t engage. I think that’s the angle that Tim also took and not just a relationship drama.

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Re: 2017: Null + Void - song featuring Dave Gahan
« Reply #22 on: 26 October 2017 - 22:15:54 »
2017-10-26 - Indie Eye (Italy) - l’intervista al regista Timothy Saccenti

https://www.indie-eye.it/recensore/coverstory/null-void-feat-dave-gahan-where-i-wait-il-videoclip-lintervista-al-regista-timothy-saccenti.html

Null + Void feat. Dave Gahan – Where i Wait, il videoclip: l’intervista al regista Timothy Saccenti
Timothy Saccenti, che ha diretto bellissimi video per Depeche Mode, Battles, Franz Ferdinand, Lana Del Rey, Pharell e Squarepusher, per citarne solo alcuni, ha realizzato un videoclip per il singolo che lancia il lavoro solista di Null + Void, con la voce di Dave Gahan. Abbiamo intervistato Saccenti e ci siamo fatti raccontare in dettaglio l'inquietante video di "where i wait" 
Di Michele Faggi

Puoi raccontarci il personaggio principale del video? Nel video realizzato per Null + Void abbiamo ideato un personaggio disperato nel suo tentativo di trascendere lo spazio fisico e sublimare le sue dipendenze attraverso una donna “allucinatoria”. E l’ambiente in cui questo è immerso, che valore simbolico ha? L’ambiente è distopico ed è una variante brutalista di un vecchio tema: il soffocante luogo domestico. Il Frigorifero, la televisione, le bottiglie di vino e soprattutto l’immaginaria controparte femminile del personaggio principale che materializza questo tema nella sua versione oscura. L’illuminazione fredda, il pavimento di cemento e il metallo suscitano l’atmosfera di una prigione nella quale il personaggio principale cerca di resistere alle tentazioni che la sua amica immaginaria indirizza. La performance del personaggio femminile è per lo più statica come se rappresentasse un altro oggetto nella stanza. I suoi occhi sono cristallizati nella dimensione del ricordo, ovvero la modalità in cui l’azione ha luogo. Questi ricordi assumono forme diverse, limitate dall’assetto minimale dell’ambiente stesso. Il ruolo di Dave Gahan è semplicemente di raccordo oppure ha un significato ulteriore? Dave Gaham interpreta un narratore, la cui sostanza è quella di promanare dai sogni del personaggio immaginale femminile, mentre canta la canzone, che allude alla duplice natura della fuga.  E lo schermo televisivo? Si tratta dell’elemento più importante,  che assume il ruolo di una manifestazione fisica di queste fantasie puramente mentali o intellettuali. Il suo ruolo formale nella narrazione  è essenziale, tanto che in questo modo la prospettiva dello spettatore  viene nutrita attraverso lo schermo televisivo stesso, così da farci perdere il nostro ruolo. Che cosa è reale e che cosa è frutto dell’immaginazione? In questo modo possiamo identificarci con il protagonista.
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Re: 2017: Null + Void - song featuring Dave Gahan
« Reply #23 on: 10 November 2017 - 22:23:51 »
2017-11-09 - Sound Wall (Italy) - Null+Void: Dave Gahan e realtà sospesa per il nuovo progetto di Kurt Uenala

https://www.soundwall.it/nullvoid-dave-gahan-realta-sospesa-progetto-kurt-uenala/

Null+Void: Dave Gahan e realtà sospesa per il nuovo progetto di Kurt Uenala
FABIO MACOR

[...]

You’ve worked with Dave Gahan, you then became friend and then he collaborated with you on your new album. About that you’ve said that he is very gut driven guy and you’re a very analytical one, how did you manage to fit together? The song “Where I Wait” has a clear Depeche Mode imprint and Dave said that it was meant to be inside the album “Spirit” but at the end didn’t made the LP cut, why did you both choose to restart working on it?

I think it’s a great to have a writing partner that has a different skill and approach than yourself. Otherwise we would step on each other’s feet when working together. If I get too analytical he can remind me to look at the big picture and turn up and get into it. And I can make sense of more chaotic ideas or figure out best how to make this melody work over what chord and also, I know his voice very well so I can choose harmonies and chords that work for him. With “where I wait” it was not written for any album really but was supposed to end up on “Delta Machine” but we just ran out of time. The choice was either to work on the single a little more and do 5 songs as a video performance or record one more song. So it was decided to drop it and put me on making the song arrangements for the performance video which turned out very beautiful (filmed by Tim Saccenti).

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Re: 2017: Null + Void - song featuring Dave Gahan
« Reply #24 on: 15 November 2017 - 21:55:51 »
2017-11-15 - Zero Magazine (UK) - ”Dave vet vad som fungerar och vad som tar sig in under huden!”

http://zeromagazine.nu/2017/11/15/null-void-dave-gahan-cryosleep/

Null + Void – ”Dave vet vad som fungerar och vad som tar sig in under huden!”
Fredrik Emdén

[...]

Du har jobbat mycket med Dave Gahan, både med hans sologrejer och i Depeche Mode. Och nu är han involverad i Cryosleep, på låten ”Where I Wait”. Vad är det som gör att ni samarbetar så bra?
– Hmm, svårt att säga, men jag tror att vi är ett ganska kompatibelt team eftersom han jobbar mer med magkänsla medan jag kan bli ganska analytisk när jag väl lämnat idéstadiet. Att omge sig med personer som har en helt annan kompetens är idealiskt och det som gör att saker blir intressanta och rör sig framåt. Eftersom vi har jobbat tillsammans rätt länge nu behöver vi inte argumentera eller utmana varandra, vi känner varandras styrkor och svagheter.

Vilken är Dave Gahans styrka som låtskrivare, tycker du?
– Han är väldigt bra på att komma på melodier som passar hans röst, vilket ju är ovärderligt. Han arbetar med dem i dagar och spelar in dem på ett digitalt minne. Han har ägnat hela sitt liv åt att sjunga fantastiska låtar och kan skriva utifrån den erfarenheten. Han vet vad som fungerar och vad som tar sig in under huden. Jag kan såklart inte tävla med det.

Planerar ni fler samarbeten? Eller är du rädd för att fastna i rollen som ”han som alltid arbetar med Dave Gahan”?
– Ja, jag hoppas att det blir fler samarbeten. Vem vet… men för närvarande är han upptagen med Depeche Modes världsturné.

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Re: 2017: Null + Void - song featuring Dave Gahan
« Reply #25 on: 18 November 2017 - 21:38:21 »
2017-11-17 - DMC World (UK) - NULL + VOID

http://www.dmcworld.net/features/null-void/

[...]

Listening to your music it’s clear that you’re influenced by early electronic music including Depeche Mode, so you must have been thrilled to have lead singer Dave Gahan collaborate with you on ‘Where I Wait’. Tell us about the song and how the collaboration came about?
As a boy my brother was a big Depeche Mode and New Order fan so that’s how I got into electronic music. To have Dave sing on a track is of course pretty thrilling, even though we have been working together for a few years. I wrote the music for “Where I Wait” particularly for Dave’s voice and he thankfully really responded well to it. He wrote the melody & lyrics shortly after cancer treatment which I think influenced the melancholy vibe. The arrangement went through a few changes but by last November, we had it where we both were happy…

What was Dave like to work with?
I worked with Dave since 10 years so it was business as usual and do what we always do. He is really passionate about writing and gets really into a song and will listen to the raw idea for days until something pops into his mind which he then sings down into his digital recorder and then comes into the studio and we try to capture and refine the idea better. We then make changes to the music and the structure or the key. It’s very collaborative when Dave and I work on songs.

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