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1988: Recoil's Hydrology
« on: 22 April 2012 - 02:38:07 »
This thread contains all the info that is known about Recoil's second release, Hydrology.

The CD/casette version of this release also contained the two tracks from Recoil's first release 1+2. Allmusic.com's review of this CD/casette release:
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Alan Wilder's first solo outing as Recoil is far from the techno-industrial releases that marked his later work. 1 + 2 was released in 1986 as a 12" EP, a collage of stop-start samples, including a vocal snippet of the Mode's David Gahan. This CD takes that EP, then adds three rather more interesting instrumentals, which vary from Philip Glass-esque piano scales and synth doodles that shimmer with light ("Grain") to more Glass-esque synthesizer scales that burst into pulsing, sequenced electronica ("Stone," "The Sermon"). Some listeners will find the tracks overlong, others will want to get lost in the sound.
http://www.allmusic.com/album/r75874

Info on Discogs:
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Released:25 Jan 1988
Tracklist:
A1  Grain  7:43   
A2  Stone  14:32   
B  The Sermon  15:03   
Companies etc
Pressed By – MPO
Mastered At – The Exchange
Credits
Producer [Uncredited] – Alan Wilder
Notes
Mastered at The Exchange.
Pressed at MPO Averton.
? & © 1988 Mute Records Ltd.
Made in England
http://www.discogs.com/Recoil-Hydrology/release/128832

Wikiepedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrology_(album)
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Re: 1988: Recoil's Hydrology
« Reply #1 on: 22 April 2012 - 02:42:01 »
2000-02-03 - Missing Piece (Poland) - Interview

http://www.missing_piece.republika.pl/wywiady/missing_piece.htm

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Missing Piece: Dlaczego zdecydowałeś nazwać album "Hydrology" jako "Hydrology"? ;) Czy wiąże się za tym jakaś historia?
Alan Wilder: Nie, nie ma tu żadnej historii. Po prostu podobało mi się to słowo.

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Re: 1988: Recoil's Hydrology
« Reply #2 on: 22 April 2012 - 02:54:39 »
2000?-xx-xx - Recoil - History

http://recoil.co.uk/oldside/afiles/hist/area.htm

Unfortunately for the fledgling Recoil, the release in January 1988 of Alan's second album, 'Hydrology', clashed with this tour and the enormous popularity of the band restricted him from promoting his own work. A more ambitious follow up to '1+2', 'Hydrology' was still a far cry from the commercial pop sound of his day job. It remained entirely instrumental, having been recorded on a fairly modest set-up, and was obviously intended to be different. Wilder described the project at this stage as "an antidote to Depeche Mode in some ways; a way to alleviate the frustrations of always working within a pop format."

"Recoil's secretive persona and luscious style make for something that's at once grandiose and classically appealing while retaining a certain individual eclecticism. That this mystery personality has reaped found sounds such as native villages, introduced a keyboard verve and supplemented the proceedings with great mounds of rhythm when necessary, suggest that they are accomplished craftsmen and world-wise tunesmiths. 'Hydrology' is a seamless shroud for modern music, a mock symphony for a mixed up generation and an essentially moving collection of sketches."
Underground Magazine.
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Re: 1988: Recoil's Hydrology
« Reply #3 on: 29 June 2012 - 00:31:39 »
2002-xx-xx - Recoil - Q&A: Hydrology

http://www.recoil.co.uk/qa_vault/hydr.html

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The results of the survey show that '1+2' and 'Hydrology' aren't really appreciated by your fans, but I love them. Do you think we'll ever hear anything as out and out experimental as these again or were you just going through a phase? ;)

It is not surprising that these would be the least favourite Recoil releases. In fact, I would be more concerned if they weren't. It's not that the popularity of a record is related to its quality - I don't believe that's true but, if you are creative in any way, then it is natural to believe that the latest piece of work is your best. If you feel you haven't progressed in some way, then that is the time to give up. Naive as they sound to me now, '1+2' and 'Hydrology' still say something about the idea behind Recoil and how the music is constructed. From that perspective, they are still interesting.
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Who was the producer of '1+2' and 'Hydrology'? Was it Alan or Alan with Daniel Miller?

Just Alan.
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One year before you released 'Hydrology' in 1987, a German politician named Barschel was found dead in the bathtub of a hotel room. Any connection between the album's front cover photography and the so-called 'Barschel Affäre'? (my mother was very disgusted and angry with you then). Shall I translate 'Luscious Apparatus' for her, just to maintain her high opinion of Recoil?

Tell your mother that I'm actually very nice and the artwork has nothing to do with the 'Barschel Affäre'- I've never heard of it.
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During the track 'Grain' I think, there are some French spoken words. Can you tell me a little bit about that please?

During the second track, 'Stone', there is a sample of a French train station announcer. I can't remember where it came from.
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I have '1+2' on vinyl which shows the playing speed to be 33rpm. When 'Hydrology' was released I found that the inclusion of '1+2' was recorded at 45rpm. Am I correct in assuming that those pieces are meant to be listened to at 45rpm? Having listened to the e.p. many times before the release of 'Hydrology', I became accustomed to hearing it at 33rpm (it's really dark this way), and I enjoy it at least as much at 33rpm as I do at 45rpm. What say you?

I say....er, dunno - I can't remember. Play it at whatever speed works for you, I reckon.
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Is it possible for me to order 'Hydrology' from Sweden?

If you check out Connections - mail order or the Mute site, you'll find all the details about ordering Recoil and the entire Mute catalogue.
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Why did you decide to use a Polish motif on one of 'Hydrology' tracks, 'The sermon'? What radio broadcast did you capture this fragment from and do you know what the voice is saying?

It was the first thing that came on when I was fiddling with the radio dial. I had no idea what it meant, I just liked the sound of the language, along with other Eastern European languages which sound like music to my ears.
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I heard a track called 'Postulae'. I was told it was a Recoil track left off the 'Hydrology' album. Can you shed some light on this for me?

I'm afraid not, it's all news to me.
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The label's on the 'Hydrology' vinyl don't indicate rpm's - an oversight or an incitement?

Oversight probably.
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What do the sleeve photos of 'Hydrology plus 1+2' (especially a dead man )mean?

The artwork was conceived by Martyn Atkins and the choice of images was down to his interpretation of the music. I thought they fitted well.
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Any chance that '1+2' and 'Hydrology' will become easier to find on CD?

Not with my current distribution record.... ;-) Sadly, It's hard enough to find a Recoil record in the shops during the week of its release, let alone 10 years later.
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What happened with the numbering on the inside of each Recoil album? For example, '1 + 2' has 1+2 on the sleeve, 'Hydrology' has 3+4 and 'Bloodline' has '5+6'. What was the significance of this?

It was just a link between all the Recoil releases while I was in DM. After I left the group, Recoil felt like a new project and coupled with the fact that Martyn Atkins wasn't involved with the artwork for this release, I decided it wasn't relevant to carry on the idea for 'Unsound Methods'.
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Do you have any idea how in demand your first two releases are - I have them both on vinyl and the prices offered to me have been outrageous, over $100 a piece for them!!!)

No, I had no idea and if it's really true then I'm very surprised. The fact that they're rare is not a deliberate policy I assure you ;-)
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Re: 1988: Recoil's Hydrology
« Reply #4 on: 24 September 2013 - 05:01:04 »
2012-09-17 - Recorder (Hungary) - „Az ember úgy van beprogramozva, hogy ismételgesse a hibáit” – Alan Wilder (Recoil)

http://recorder.blog.hu/2012/09/17/_az_ember_ugy_van_beprogramozva_hogy_ismetelgesse_a_hibait_alan_wilder_recoil

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- Az első szólókiadványaid Recoil néven (a kísérleti 1+2 című 1986-os és a Hydrology című 1988-as minialbumok), ahogy te is megfogalmaztad a „Depeche Mode ellenanyagi voltak." Mennyire éreztél frusztrációt a bevett popzenei struktúrákkal szemben ekkoriban?
- Mindig is sokféle zene érdekelt és tett boldoggá, és ebben bőven beletartoznak a popzenei hagyományokon kívüli szélsőségesebb, kísérletezőbb zenék is. A Depeche-sel korlátozva éreztem magam a popzenei formátumon belül, igaz, hogy a maga kereteiben működött, de nem adott teret a kísérletezésnek. Ízléstelennek tűnhet erre panaszkodni, amikor olyan nagy sikereket értünk el, de a zenénk engem személyesen nem egyszer hagyott kielégítetlenül. Amikor elkezdtem a Recoilt, akkor a zenekarral olyan kislemezeket vettünk fel, mint az It's Called A Heart, amint végig, a teljes felvételi procedúra alatt utáltam! Ez persze valószínűleg igazságtalan példa, mert közben jó néhány számot szerettem abból az időszakból, ilyen volt a Stripped, vagy a Fly On The Windscreen, de azt hiszem, érthető mire gondolok.

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[Alan Wilder sent the original transcript to Steve Fabian in PDF form the following day, and he posted this link on the Recoil Facebook Group Page: http://pdfuploader.com/uppdfs/263/Hungary_-_Recorder.pdf]

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04-) Your first solo releases as Recoil were - as you said - “an antidote to Depeche Mode”. How frustrated were you with the pop format at that time?
AW: I have always enjoyed so many different types of music and other more left-field approaches outside of ‘pop’. With DM, I felt limited to a format which, without doubt worked, but didn’t allow for much experimentation. It might seem churlish to complain when we were having so much ‘success’ but sometimes the music left me completely unfulfilled. Around the time I began Recoil, with DM we were making singles like ‘It’s Called A Heart’ for example - which I detested the whole time we were recording it! (this is perhaps an unfair example - I did like other tracks of the period like ‘Stripped’ and ‘Flys’ - but you get my point).

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